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Re: Calling all HBS Applicants - (2015 Intake) Class of 2017 [#permalink] New post 07 Aug 2014, 06:17
Thank you EBM and byrk :)
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Re: Calling all HBS Applicants - (2015 Intake) Class of 2017 [#permalink] New post 08 Aug 2014, 11:56
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Yeah, I agree with the one-page limit.
Maybe you can go through it one more time and ask yourself two questions:
"Does this really creates value to my resume and show the Adcom I'm a top professional?" and
" Can I put this information elsewhere in the application?"

This two questions helpe me cut about 150 words from my resumé!
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Calling all HBS Applicants - (2015 Intake) Class of 2017 [#permalink] New post 12 Aug 2014, 04:54
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Hi, Here is a good post from past year's discussion..........

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That's interesting, what i am missing here is how does the adcom know the post-MBA career goals (esp for career switchers). Is it inferred? presuming the candidate does not mention it in this essay question. I did not find any other section in the application requirements that conveys / helps convey this explicitly.


For last year's application (for class of 2015) it was a VERY short question you fill out online (300 characters or something like that - essentially 2 sentences around "Why an MBA / Harvard").

From everything I've heard from Dee on this subject they really don't like the post-MBA career goal question. Their view is that it's such a hypothetical question it becomes useless. There's no way to know if you're being genuine or if you simply make up a really compelling story for your goals with no intention of actually doing that. They want to create a diverse and talented class that is prime to be successful - and for them the best predictor of future success is to look at why you've done the things you've done in your life.

Obviously it's up to you what to do with the essay but I would just warn to not make the emphasis of what you want to convey about future plans. If your future goals fit nicely with the story of who you are and where you're coming from it would probably fit quite organically. I didn't mention future goals in either of my essays last year and received an interview and only spent 2 minutes of the interview discussing future plans. Obviously they weren't interested in it for my application at least.

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Re: Calling all HBS Applicants - (2015 Intake) Class of 2017 [#permalink] New post 12 Aug 2014, 12:13
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Hi, Here is a good post from past year's discussion..........

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That's interesting, what i am missing here is how does the adcom know the post-MBA career goals (esp for career switchers). Is it inferred? presuming the candidate does not mention it in this essay question. I did not find any other section in the application requirements that conveys / helps convey this explicitly.


For last year's application (for class of 2015) it was a VERY short question you fill out online (300 characters or something like that - essentially 2 sentences around "Why an MBA / Harvard").

From everything I've heard from Dee on this subject they really don't like the post-MBA career goal question. Their view is that it's such a hypothetical question it becomes useless. There's no way to know if you're being genuine or if you simply make up a really compelling story for your goals with no intention of actually doing that. They want to create a diverse and talented class that is prime to be successful - and for them the best predictor of future success is to look at why you've done the things you've done in your life.

Obviously it's up to you what to do with the essay but I would just warn to not make the emphasis of what you want to convey about future plans. If your future goals fit nicely with the story of who you are and where you're coming from it would probably fit quite organically. I didn't mention future goals in either of my essays last year and received an interview and only spent 2 minutes of the interview discussing future plans. Obviously they weren't interested in it for my application at least.


That's great! I don't think I saw that "Why an MBA / Harvard" in the app this year?
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Re: Calling all HBS Applicants - (2015 Intake) Class of 2017 [#permalink] New post 13 Aug 2014, 07:08
Question for the group about resumes:

What do you all think about using the standard HBS resume format that current students and graduates use? I like it, it's one page, and they are familiar with it. Would it be faux pas?

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Re: Calling all HBS Applicants - (2015 Intake) Class of 2017 [#permalink] New post 13 Aug 2014, 08:34
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Question for the group about resumes:

What do you all think about using the standard HBS resume format that current students and graduates use? I like it, it's one page, and they are familiar with it. Would it be faux pas?

Thanks in advance.


It's fine if you want to use it and adcom isn't going to find it presumptuous or anything. I wouldn't recommend spending hours reformatting an already-good resume just to fit HBS's format though...you'll have plenty of time and coaching on how to do that after you're admitted.
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CLASS VISITS!!! [#permalink] New post 13 Aug 2014, 09:00
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In addition to class visits, in September, our second year students begin leading our tours and information sessions. This is a great way to hear from current students about the MBA program. We will also always have an admissions staff member at these sessions as well. Please check the events section of our website for the schedule of tours and info sessions.

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Re: Calling all HBS Applicants - (2015 Intake) Class of 2017 [#permalink] New post 14 Aug 2014, 12:51
yeah, I agree. I think it makes sense that the Adcom will evaluate you based on the content of your resumé, not on its format.
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Re: Calling all HBS Applicants - (2015 Intake) Class of 2017 [#permalink] New post 17 Aug 2014, 12:22
In for R1, but don't really have a clue on how to answer the essay prompt :S

I'm amazed that several of you have already completed their essays
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In for R1, but don't really have a clue on how to answer the essay prompt :S

I'm amazed that several of you have already completed their essays


It can vary from person to person, but seeing how the prompt explains that they can already see the "who/what" parts of your career, it makes a lot of sense to use the essay to explain the "why" part...i.e. what experiences have shaped your character and changed your perspective on your life/career, why you chose to do some of the things you did, why an MBA/HBS is the next logical step, and why you think you'll make a big impact afterwards.
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Re: Calling all HBS Applicants - (2015 Intake) Class of 2017 [#permalink] New post 17 Aug 2014, 13:25
Thanks EBM. This will give me a starting point
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Re: Calling all HBS Applicants - (2015 Intake) Class of 2017 [#permalink] New post 18 Aug 2014, 05:58
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In for R1, but don't really have a clue on how to answer the essay prompt :S

I'm amazed that several of you have already completed their essays


It can vary from person to person, but seeing how the prompt explains that they can already see the "who/what" parts of your career, it makes a lot of sense to use the essay to explain the "why" part...i.e. what experiences have shaped your character and changed your perspective on your life/career, why you chose to do some of the things you did, why an MBA/HBS is the next logical step, and why you think you'll make a big impact afterwards.


@Masoy I've gotta agree with @EBM the essay is going to vary from person to person and that's what makes it such a unique and difficult question to answer. I just finished my essay within the last two weeks and I'm working on the final stages of peer reviews. But trust me, I've been working on them since June and have gone through 20+ drafts and versions. If you need some extra guidance I'd recommend taking a look at The Unofficial Harvard Business School Essay Book. Its was just recently updated with essay from last years class who answered the same questions we are for this class.

http://www.harbus.org/the-essay-book/

And of course there is also snarky Sandy's review of a few essays. As much as I personally don't like the guys attitude, he does have some interesting things to say. - Worth a read -

http://www.mbaprogramsnews.com/tag/admi ... _IE17xdXDI
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Re: Calling all HBS Applicants - (2015 Intake) Class of 2017 [#permalink] New post 18 Aug 2014, 08:46
Long time lurker, first time poster - in for Round 1 too!
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Re: Calling all HBS Applicants - (2015 Intake) Class of 2017 [#permalink] New post 19 Aug 2014, 00:09
Hey friends,

My resume format changes a bit when I see it in the previewer. How should I approach this problem? Do the admissions team download the resume and view it in Microsoft Word?

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Re: Calling all HBS Applicants - (2015 Intake) Class of 2017 [#permalink] New post 19 Aug 2014, 03:43
Can you upload it as a PDF instead of a word doc?

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My resume format changes a bit when I see it in the previewer. How should I approach this problem? Do the admissions team download the resume and view it in Microsoft Word?

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Re: Calling all HBS Applicants - (2015 Intake) Class of 2017 [#permalink] New post 19 Aug 2014, 07:11
Hey Guys,

First post this admission season.
I was wondering about the length of the resume. I know one page is the usual standard. But considering the Harvard Essay prompt this year, I was not sure if resume be could be longer. Further the instructions once you start the application states
"Resume
Instructions: Please provide a current resume or CV. Ideally, this would be about 1-2 pages in length, but we're not going to make a fuss if yours happens to be longer than that. "

What are your thoughts ?
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Re: Calling all HBS Applicants - (2015 Intake) Class of 2017 [#permalink] New post 19 Aug 2014, 08:45
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Hey Guys,

First post this admission season.
I was wondering about the length of the resume. I know one page is the usual standard. But considering the Harvard Essay prompt this year, I was not sure if resume be could be longer. Further the instructions once you start the application states
"Resume
Instructions: Please provide a current resume or CV. Ideally, this would be about 1-2 pages in length, but we're not going to make a fuss if yours happens to be longer than that. "

What are your thoughts ?


See my post a page or two back--unless you've got 15-20 years of work experience, there's no reason you can't distill your important accomplishments down to a one-page resume.
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Financial Aid: How We Do It At HBS [#permalink] New post 20 Aug 2014, 11:00
FROM HBS Admissions Blog: Financial Aid: How We Do It At HBS
You don’t need me to tell you that business school is an expensive undertaking. Beyond the actual tuition and living expenses, there are the difficult-to-truly-calculate opportunity costs. Everyone whom we admit is undoubtedly doing VERY well out there in the Real World. Embarking on a two year business school adventure is a big decision.

We want to make it affordable.

Last year we awarded about $26 million in need-based financial aid. We plan to increase the amount for the Class of 2017.

Where does this money come from? Our alumni. They look back on the HBS experience as having been transformational in both professional and personal ways and they are eager to give back. Their favorite way to do this is through financial aid.

You’ve heard this before but I want to repeat it: our admissions process is need-blind. Although we ask for your income, this is more for us to understand different industries/paths vs. anything to do with evaluation. Our financial aid is need-based.

Here are 3 bullet points which may be helpful:

• We do not award full fellowships. This means that no student will be fully funded by HBS.

• You do not apply for financial aid until AFTER you receive an offer of admission.

• We have a loan program for international students which does not require a U.S. co-signer.

After you have completed a financial aid application, you will receive an award package from HBS. In making our awards, we rely on a formula which takes into account whether you are single or married and can be adjusted for documented exceptional circumstances. Parental income and assets are not considered in the calculation.

Let me repeat what I said earlier: we want to make HBS affordable. We want you to make post-MBA career decisions based on your dreams and aspirations, not a burdensome debt repayment obligation. We believe in the value proposition of our MBA - a place where leadership talent becomes a force to make a positive difference in the world. And we are confident that our students will become the alumni who are enthusiastic about enabling the next generation of HBS-aspirants to do the same.



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Re: Calling all HBS Applicants - (2015 Intake) Class of 2017 [#permalink] New post 21 Aug 2014, 08:43
Really excited to go through this process. Almost done with my application and essay. Looks like I can submit by Labor Day. Good luck everyone!
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