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# Calling all HBS Applicants - (2015 Intake) Class of 2017

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Re: Calling all HBS Applicants - (2015 Intake) Class of 2017 [#permalink]  14 Jul 2014, 13:52
Devon wrote:
If you don't mind, can you please tell us your background? I've been researching people that HBS has accepted, but all I can find online are people with rockstar backgrounds. I don't feel like my background is competitive with these people, yet my admissions consultant is still telling me that I have a real shot based on how my history conveys a personality type that HBS is looking for (leadership, independent, contrarian, etc.). I've been trying to figure out what kind of people HBS has accepted that weren't necessarily able to change the world before the age of 25 haha, but all I can find are those types.

Devon,
Not everyone admitted to HBS has already changed the world but I totally understand how it might feel that way.

Background-wise, I've worked in education for the past 4 years. What was most important for me was to show my increasing levels of leadership and also my passion.

I was pretty active on this forum last year, and I've frequently said that I honestly was just hoping to get admitted to one school. In the end, I was somehow admitted to 6, including HBS and Stanford. My point here is that everyone doubts themselves and may feel like they haven't done enough. But schools are looking at your potential and what it may mean for future success.

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Re: Calling all HBS Applicants - (2015 Intake) Class of 2017 [#permalink]  14 Jul 2014, 14:02
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Piggybacking on the advice asymmetric and DefyingGravity gave above (which are excellent nuggets), do we have a thread where c/o 2016 applicants reflect on what they wrote about for the HBS essay topic (given it's the same prompt this year)?

I wrote about how my childhood has influenced my personal and professional decisions. I know several people who took a similar approach, connecting personal and professional experiences. An admitted friend of mine wrote a poem, and another one chose not to write anything (the one person accepted without writing an essay).

You may also want to look into purchasing the HBS Harbus guide. Matriculating students were asked to submit their essays for publication. The guide also includes questions that were asked during the interview.

However, I honestly don't think this is the right approach. When you hear about or see things that other people have written, you'll start to feel swayed. What worked for one person won't work for another.

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Re: Calling all HBS Applicants - (2015 Intake) Class of 2017 [#permalink]  15 Jul 2014, 04:19
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Hey Everyone!

Hope everyone's essays are coming along nicely (you should at least start if you haven't already!!!).

I compiled all the essay analyses (from experts/consultants). A LOT OF good information is out there on how you should approach the essay questions.

Check it out at: http://grantmeadmission.com/2014/07/15/ ... s-updated/
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Calling all HBS Applicants - (2015 Intake) Class of 2017 [#permalink]  16 Jul 2014, 07:34
Hello everyone... I did a very improptu visit to Harvard last year (did not do an official tour etc, just visited alumni and current students). Should I plan on doing a REAL visit to Harvard with the tour so that they are aware I made a visit to the campus? Thoughts from an alumni?

The single biggest fear I had going into my interview was the fact that I had not visited HBS. In fact, my parents lived ~40min away, so I had no excuse for not visiting. The topic never came up in the interview. I instead focused on why an MBA fits perfectly with my past history and future goals; this was sufficient for me.

For the record, it was not Dee Leopold who interviewed me. I am also a 2+2 candidate, but I doubt this makes much of a difference.
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Re: Calling all HBS Applicants - (2015 Intake) Class of 2017 [#permalink]  17 Jul 2014, 17:36
Quick Question:

When the application asks for work experience and part-time experience, do they also want us to list internships? They do not ask to list internships (only full-time and part-time). For example: I've worked at one job since graduation, but I've had internships and TA positions during undergrad. Could anyone advise on what they're looking for?
Thanks so much!
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Re: Calling all HBS Applicants - (2015 Intake) Class of 2017 [#permalink]  18 Jul 2014, 06:07
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Hello everyone... I did a very improptu visit to Harvard last year (did not do an official tour etc, just visited alumni and current students). Should I plan on doing a REAL visit to Harvard with the tour so that they are aware I made a visit to the campus? Thoughts from an alumni?

The single biggest fear I had going into my interview was the fact that I had not visited HBS. In fact, my parents lived ~40min away, so I had no excuse for not visiting. The topic never came up in the interview. I instead focused on why an MBA fits perfectly with my past history and future goals; this was sufficient for me.

For the record, it was not Dee Leopold who interviewed me. I am also a 2+2 candidate, but I doubt this makes much of a difference.

Awesome! Just out of curiosity, what did you use to research HBS?
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Re: Calling all HBS Applicants - (2015 Intake) Class of 2017 [#permalink]  18 Jul 2014, 06:08
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Me trying to tackle the HBS app:

Read more in my latest blog post...
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Calling all HBS Applicants - (2015 Intake) Class of 2017 [#permalink]  18 Jul 2014, 11:45
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The single biggest fear I had going into my interview was the fact that I had not visited HBS. In fact, my parents lived ~40min away, so I had no excuse for not visiting. The topic never came up in the interview. I instead focused on why an MBA fits perfectly with my past history and future goals; this was sufficient for me.

For the record, it was not Dee Leopold who interviewed me. I am also a 2+2 candidate, but I doubt this makes much of a difference.

Awesome! Just out of curiosity, what did you use to research HBS?

Most of my information came from HBS' site (and youtube channel), forums/blogs like these, and speaking with alumni that graduated from both my undergrad and HBS.

I took a quick look through your blog. Interesting how many similarities there are between you and me.
- Interned and started FT at a F50 manufacturing company
- Spent one rotation in corporate finance at that mfg company
- 710 GMAT
- 3.79 gpa (3.76 at the time of my application)

I don't know if this applies to you, but as a fellow large corp mfg worker, I think the "X factor" that got me into HBS was my ability to express how passionate I was for my specific industry.

I am passionate about my industry Ms. HBS interviewer and here's proof:
- I moved 2000 miles away from CA to follow my passion.
- My degree specialty is specific to this industry.
- I have spent so much time and money on my own hobbies that pertain to the industry.
- I have strong opinions on what companies in the future will need to do in order to be successful.

My point is that business schools are dying for people who are over achievers with industry expertise. They get plenty of applications with high GMAT's from consulting / high finance. Leverage your industry experience as much as possible. I didn't have amazing stats, but I wasn't competing against bankers or consultants. I was competing against other people in a similar industry.

I went off on a tangent there, but it's not often I see people with manufacturing experience on forums like these.

Good luck!
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Re: Calling all HBS Applicants - (2015 Intake) Class of 2017 [#permalink]  18 Jul 2014, 12:40
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Hello everyone... I did a very improptu visit to Harvard last year (did not do an official tour etc, just visited alumni and current students). Should I plan on doing a REAL visit to Harvard with the tour so that they are aware I made a visit to the campus? Thoughts from an alumni?

bryk wrote:
bryk wrote:

The single biggest fear I had going into my interview was the fact that I had not visited HBS. In fact, my parents lived ~40min away, so I had no excuse for not visiting. The topic never came up in the interview. I instead focused on why an MBA fits perfectly with my past history and future goals; this was sufficient for me.

For the record, it was not Dee Leopold who interviewed me. I am also a 2+2 candidate, but I doubt this makes much of a difference.

Awesome! Just out of curiosity, what did you use to research HBS?

Most of my information came from HBS' site (and youtube channel), forums/blogs like these, and speaking with alumni that graduated from both my undergrad and HBS.

I took a quick look through your blog. Interesting how many similarities there are between you and me.
- Interned and started FT at a F50 manufacturing company
- Spent one rotation in corporate finance at that mfg company
- 710 GMAT
- 3.79 gpa (3.76 at the time of my application)

I don't know if this applies to you, but as a fellow large corp mfg worker, I think the "X factor" that got me into HBS was my ability to express how passionate I was for my specific industry.

I am passionate about my industry Ms. HBS interviewer and here's proof:
- I moved 2000 miles away from CA to follow my passion.
- My degree specialty is specific to this industry.
- I have spent so much time and money on my own hobbies that pertain to the industry.
- I have strong opinions on what companies in the future will need to do in order to be successful.

My point is that business schools are dying for people who are over achievers with industry expertise. They get plenty of applications with high GMAT's from consulting / high finance. Leverage your industry experience as much as possible. I didn't have amazing stats, but I wasn't competing against bankers or consultants. I was competing against other people in a similar industry.

I went off on a tangent there, but it's not often I see people with manufacturing experience on forums like these.

Good luck!

You are absolutely right! Thanks for your help manufacturing friend!!! We are a special breed for sure, and I appreciate your advice!!!
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How is need based financial aid calculated? [#permalink]  18 Jul 2014, 21:05
I have read a lot of posts that say scholarship awards at HBS are need-based. Does anyone have more information about how this is calculated? I assume income and assets are the main criteria, but do they also take into account parents' income/assets as in undergrad? (Is there an expectation of a family contribution?)
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Re: Calling all HBS Applicants - (2015 Intake) Class of 2017 [#permalink]  21 Jul 2014, 05:32
I have written, edited, thrown out, re-written, and re-edited about 5 essays now. Going to take a few days off, start over, and just go with my gut.
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Re: Calling all HBS Applicants - (2015 Intake) Class of 2017 [#permalink]  23 Jul 2014, 03:32
In for R1 - GMAT/TOEFL taken, essay 95% completed and recommenders briefed. A heartfelt good luck to all applicants! Whatever the outcome, it will be a great experience.
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Harvard at 12th Annual Diversity MBA Admissions Conference [#permalink]  23 Jul 2014, 20:04

12th Annual Diversity MBA Admissions Conference (DMAC)
Riordan Programs Alumni Association
Saturday August 9, 2014
9am to 5pm
UCLA Covel Commons, Los Angeles, CA

The ONLY event of its kind in the Western United States is back for its 12th year!
Be assured this is THE NOT-TO-MISS event for anyone interested in pursuing an MBA. Connect with admissions officers from top 25 ranking business schools in an intimate setting and get one step closer to your dream school.

Regular Registration: $100 (ends August 2nd) Late Registration:$125

Ticket price includes:
• 4 round table sessions with admissions directors from top 25 MBA programs
• Alumni Q & A Panel
• Raffle Entry
• Lunch
Register: http://dmac2014.eventbrite.com or visit http://www.riordanalumni.com/programs/dmac/

Keynote Speaker
Peter J. Aranda III
Executive Director and CEO
The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management

Carnegie Mellon: Tepper School of Business
Cornell University: The Johnson School of Management
Dartmouth College: Tuck School of Business
Georgetown University: McDonough School of Business
Indiana University: Kelley School of Business
Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Sloan School of Management
New York University: Stern School of Business
Northwestern University: Kellogg School of Management
The Duke MBA
University of California, Berkeley: Haas School of Business
University of California, Los Angeles: Anderson School of Management
University of Chicago: Booth School of Business
University of Michigan: Ross School of Business
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill: Kenan-Flagler Business School
University of Pennsylvania: The Wharton School
University of Southern California: Marshall School of Business
University of Texas at Austin: McCombs School of Business
University of Virginia: Darden School of Business
Washington University in St. Louis: Olin Business School
Yale School of Management
The Duke MBA
University of California, Berkeley: Haas School of Business
University of California, Los Angeles: Anderson School of Management
University of Chicago: Booth School of Business
University of Michigan: Ross School of Business
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill: Kenan-Flagler Business School
University of Pennsylvania: The Wharton School
University of Southern California: Marshall School of Business
University of Texas at Austin: McCombs School of Business
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Re: Calling all HBS Applicants - (2015 Intake) Class of 2017 [#permalink]  24 Jul 2014, 06:37
mfost7791 wrote:
Quick Question:

When the application asks for work experience and part-time experience, do they also want us to list internships? They do not ask to list internships (only full-time and part-time). For example: I've worked at one job since graduation, but I've had internships and TA positions during undergrad. Could anyone advise on what they're looking for?
Thanks so much!

I included internship experience, since I had several internships during undergrad that I felt were meaningful to my story. I just made sure to specify that it was an internship.
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Re: Calling all HBS Applicants - (2015 Intake) Class of 2017 [#permalink]  24 Jul 2014, 20:08
Hi MBA Hopefuls,

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Within the first (free) 30-minute consultation, I can very quickly figure out if low GMAT scores are something we'll be able to work around or if applicants should retake the GMAT and/or consider other MBA programs. This boils down to an applicant's professional background and other accomplishments.

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Thanks for listening! I look forward to hearing from you.

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Re: Calling all HBS Applicants - (2015 Intake) Class of 2017 [#permalink]  31 Jul 2014, 08:38
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Almost done with the app.... it is LOOOOOOOONG
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Re: Calling all HBS Applicants - (2015 Intake) Class of 2017 [#permalink]  31 Jul 2014, 08:41
Almost done with the app.... it is LOOOOOOOONG

Over a month in advance. Wow.
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Re: Calling all HBS Applicants - (2015 Intake) Class of 2017 [#permalink]  02 Aug 2014, 14:21
Alrighty then, finally back on the MBA train after deciding not to apply the past two years.

Looking forward to starting this essay.
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Re: Calling all HBS Applicants - (2015 Intake) Class of 2017 [#permalink]  03 Aug 2014, 19:49
Given the nature of the HBS app, would it be ok if your resume exceeds a page?

My resume currently sits just over a page - literally 10% over. I'm hesitant to trim it down further or sacrifice white space to make it all fit within the 1 page.

Appreciate any thoughts
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Re: Calling all HBS Applicants - (2015 Intake) Class of 2017 [#permalink]  03 Aug 2014, 21:28
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Given the nature of the HBS app, would it be ok if your resume exceeds a page?

My resume currently sits just over a page - literally 10% over. I'm hesitant to trim it down further or sacrifice white space to make it all fit within the 1 page.

Appreciate any thoughts

In a word, no.

Unless you've got 20+ years of work experience, there's no reason you can't fit all your relevant accomplishments onto one page.

The resumes you submit to McKinsey/Goldman/Google/3M will be required to fit on a single page, so the resume you include in your business school application shouldn't be any different.
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