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# bit of a trivial question about the current HBS application

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13 Aug 2013, 10:29
Hi all,

Apologies if this post is in the wrong place (it's my first one!) - I have been a long-time lurker like many. Took the GMAT earlier this month and thanks to many of the tips on here, got a 760. Made the decision to apply to HBS in R1 but now have a small (somewhat trivial) question about the application that has been on my mind for a couple of days now - I have a nagging suspicion I might be interpreting a section incorrectly and wanted to pose the question to others.

For those who are currently working through the application, under the Employment section where you can list up to 3 roles - each role asks for a "Description", "Key Accomplishments" and "Most Significant Challenge". How did you guys interpret the "Description" section - did you take it to mean a description of the role or a description of the organization? I assumed it was asking for a description of the role but that seems a bit like a repetition of your resume, does it not? How did you go about differentiating this section from the information on your resume?

Any insight you could provide to ease my mind would be greatly appreciated

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15 Aug 2013, 18:39
I would take it as a general description of your role and responsibilities, while the others are very specific occurrences within your time in the role.

Hope that helps and best of luck! Congrats on the GMAT.
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20 Aug 2013, 18:21
Mittens,

I had the same question and emailed HBS about it. They said:

"HBS is looking for a description of the company that you work for under the employment section. We apologize for the confusion!"

Pretty clear response - hopefully they'll make it less ambiguous on the application next year.
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26 Aug 2013, 18:46
Thanks for sharing! Nice that they had a clear response and acknowledged it was a bit confusing!
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