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Re: Calling all HBS Applicants - (2015 Intake) Class of 2017 [#permalink] New post 04 Aug 2014, 11:39
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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.



I submitted a 1.5pg resume for the 2+2 program as a college senior and was admitted. I would recommend 1 pg for job applications, but I think HBS cares less than you might think.
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Re: Calling all HBS Applicants - (2015 Intake) Class of 2017 [#permalink] New post 04 Aug 2014, 12:00
An n=1 result doesn't really prove anything. I've spoken with dozens of adcom members, HR reps, admissions consultants, you name it, over the last few years, and a single-page resume is the standard...particularly if you've only got undergrad plus a handful of years of work experience.

Go over 1 page if you want, but I strongly advise against it.
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Calling all HBS Applicants - (2015 Intake) Class of 2017 [#permalink] New post 04 Aug 2014, 15:39
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An n=1 result doesn't really prove anything. I've spoken with dozens of adcom members, HR reps, admissions consultants, you name it, over the last few years, and a single-page resume is the standard...particularly if you've only got undergrad plus a handful of years of work experience.

Go over 1 page if you want, but I strongly advise against it.


It was actually an admissions consultant that told me to go with the longer version of my resume. I personally always lean on the conservative side and would've submitted a one page resume had he/she not swayed me otherwise.

Yes, this is one out of many examples; however, I wanted to add this data point because I was a college student with no full time work experience - a stark contrast to 20+ years of experience.

My advice would be to keep the resume under a page unless you have a good reason to go over.
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Matthew M. Segneri, who earned his MBA from Harvard Business School in 2010, will become the new director of its Social Enterprise Initiative (SEI), the school recently announced.

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Launched in 1993, the SEI pioneered the concept of “social enterprise” by adopting a problem-focused approach toward understanding the management and leadership challenges facing organizations involved in creating social value, regardless of their structure or funding source.

Segneri, working with the Initiative’s faculty co-chairs Herman B. “Dutch” Leonard and V. Kasturi “Kash” Rangan, will manage a range of programs and activities, including those that support research and teaching, educational programs within the MBA and Executive Education curricula, MBA field-based learning and career support programs, and alumni outreach and engagement.

While an MBA student at Harvard Business School, Segneri was co-president of the Social Enterprise Club and a team leader for the New Orleans Service and Leadership Immersion Program, which brought HBS students to New Orleans to work on various projects after the destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina.

Segneri comes to the position with a broad range of leadership experience in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors, most recently at Bloomberg Philanthropies in New York City, where he was a senior leader on the Government Innovation team.

“From his days as a Harvard MBA student to his work at the highest levels of big city governments, he has made a lasting impact through his vision, strategic and operational skills, and energy and hard work,” says Professor Rangan.

Segneri succeeds Laura Moon, who has become Managing Director of the School’s wide array of Initiatives, which focus on research and course development in specific topics such as leadership, health care, and digital technology.

“I am excited and honored to return to HBS and the Social Enterprise Initiative, both of which have been so influential in my personal and professional life,” Segneri says. “This is an incredible opportunity to give back to the School and inspire, educate, and support leaders committed to solving our most intractable social and economic problems.”

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Re: Calling all HBS Applicants - (2015 Intake) Class of 2017 [#permalink] New post 07 Aug 2014, 06:17
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HBS Names New Director of Social Enterprise Initiative [#permalink] New post 08 Aug 2014, 08:15
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Matthew M. Segneri, who earned his MBA from Harvard Business School in 2010, will become the new director of its Social Enterprise Initiative (SEI), the school recently announced.

Launched in 1993, the SEI pioneered the concept of “social enterprise” by adopting a problem-focused approach toward understanding the management and leadership challenges facing organizations involved in creating social value, regardless of their structure or funding source.

Segneri, working with the Initiative’s faculty co-chairs Herman B. “Dutch” Leonard and V. Kasturi “Kash” Rangan, will manage a range of programs and activities, including those that support research and teaching, educational programs within the MBA and Executive Education curricula, MBA field-based learning and career support programs, and alumni outreach and engagement.

While an MBA student at Harvard Business School, Segneri was co-president of the Social Enterprise Club and a team leader for the New Orleans Service and Leadership Immersion Program, which brought HBS students to New Orleans to work on various projects after the destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina.

Segneri comes to the position with a broad range of leadership experience in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors, most recently at Bloomberg Philanthropies in New York City, where he was a senior leader on the Government Innovation team.

“From his days as a Harvard MBA student to his work at the highest levels of big city governments, he has made a lasting impact through his vision, strategic and operational skills, and energy and hard work,” says Professor Rangan.

Segneri succeeds Laura Moon, who has become Managing Director of the School’s wide array of Initiatives, which focus on research and course development in specific topics such as leadership, health care, and digital technology.

“I am excited and honored to return to HBS and the Social Enterprise Initiative, both of which have been so influential in my personal and professional life,” Segneri says. “This is an incredible opportunity to give back to the School and inspire, educate, and support leaders committed to solving our most intractable social and economic problems.”

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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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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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A few questions... [#permalink] New post 10 Aug 2014, 13:34
Hello all. Firstly apologies if I have posted this in the wrong forum section. The truth is it is perhaps more of a general thread and only in here because HBS is the dream school for me and I imagine a lot of people. If a mod is not happy with where the thread is, or I can get better responses in another section of the forum, i'd appreciate if you could move it. Thanks. I also apologise if the length of this post is quite long, I pretty much have to do it this way to get the right assistance.

So anyways, a few questions I was hoping I could get some assistance with for those looking at getting into HBS or a top 10 business school down the line. Yes I realise HBS is an institution which isn't always the easiest to predict or pin down an applicant's chances but still would appreciate a few minutes of anyone's time in guiding me and assisting me, whilst also assessing my chances.

I don't have the most interesting profile, I actually think it's very weak and very uninspiring so far, but I plan to change it over the next 5-6 years in a very big way. Now priorities may change, plans won't work out the way I want them, opportunities may come up, I realise that, but ultimately i'm not sure my desire to go to a top b-school will actually subside, I do think that will remain a constant along with my desire to do a startup, probably in the tech field. The reason I want to do an MBA? I can't answer that now obviously, i'm sure it'll become far clearer as I gain work experience and decide what field I want to be in exactly, whether it's M&A, Trading, Private equity, Consulting or whatever. I'm just trying to make my profile as strong as possible before that.

I'm a recently turned 24 year old male from East Africa of middle eastern ethnicity, family of 5, divorced and live with father, grand parents since age 3. I was never the hardest worker in high school towards the end due to a number of reasons such as uncertainty about funding for university/ prohibition from studying abroad from parent due to perceived immaturity/ only child with no guidance. As a result I had very average GCSEs and A-levels in my finals despite always being in the top 3 of my class throughout pretty much all my schooling education till year 9 or so. So I was always very capable.

Both my parents and grandparents have never been to college, whereas uncle and cousins have, not sure it makes any difference, but seen a few people mention it, is it seen as a positive if you're the first in your family to graduate?

During my schooling years I was involved in a family startup, local 3* tourist hotel which acted as a transit point before tourists set off too see the Serengeti and Ngorongoro national parks. It's been operating now for around 10 years, first 5 years or so revenues were circa $100-150k. The performance hasn't been so good in the last 5 years, I know the reasons behind this but ultimately I have no authority when it comes to strategy setting nor can I influence the decisions of the owner. In the startup, I never contributed any capital but helped setup the inventory and IT systems at quite a young age. This has been balanced with, over the years looking after my grandparents, assisting my father with the operations and maintenance, studying.

After high school I joined a local institute which offered a sort of advanced diploma in accountancy for 3 years (very low gpa which earned me a 2.2, again because of frustrations etc), and then I worked at the family startup as an accountant and admin offer for around 3 years. During this time I've also sat for and cleared the CFA level 1 exam.

It's pretty bad so far right? Anyways gets a little more positive from hereon in. By a stroke of luck and though a series of fortunate events I have the chance to now study abroad in the Uk at the university of Southampton and will double major in Accounting and Finance for 3 years starting October.

The institution is not Oxford or Cambridge but by all accounts seems to be a top 15/ top 20 UK institution and has a strong Engineering and Computer Science department. It is in the top 1% of unis globally and ranked somewhere between 75-150 globally based on most rankings and research i've done. The programme itself is top 15 nationally i'd say, and seems to be 100-150 globally. I'm not sure how well known it is though around the world.

So with all this background info, I have a real hunger, desire and determination to finally put things right. It might be too late, but I do hope not. This is now the grand, incredibly ambitious, if also maybe slightly unrealistic plan :D:

1) Refocus and put all my energy into getting a first class undergraduate degree which is gpa 3.7-4.0 and being as high in class ranking as possible.

2) I plan to take all or as many quantitative modules as possible in the course.

3) I plan to join Finance and Investment society, Computer Science society as I brush up on my coding/programming skills to assist me in getting the technical knowledge to do the startup and assist me in the work experience aspect. Knowledge of something like MATlab can only be of assistance for the work experience factor. I already have a number of ideas for the tech startup, i'm going to to do it with a friend, the tech scene in East Africa is interesting now with things like mobile money transfer and very high smartphone penetration. self-taught coding might look "different"?

4) Reading as much as I can of magazines like The Economist to keep up to date with current affairs and the business world.

5) Learn 2 languages possibly French and Spanish at university to add to the 3 I already know.

6) Sit the GMAT next summer and kill it, 720+ hopefully, quite confident it won't be a problem. If it is, I'll sit it in summer 2016 again.

7) Gain internships each summer in year 1 and year 2, targeting big 4 and a central bank.

8) Finish CFA levels 2 and 3 within the next 2-3 years.

9) Apply to Oxford/ Imperial/ LSE for MSc Fin econ/ MSc Finance/ MSc Econ and finance in the beginning of my 3rd year. Hopefully join at 27, finish at 28 and allow me to gain 2-3 years work exp before applying to B-school aged 30-31. If I don't get into any of them I will seek employment right after graduating and probably apply to B-school at 30.

10) Make a startup within next 5 years, which hopefully has an influence on people's lives and the nation/region.

But anyways enough of the excuses, background, and plans now come the questions.

1) How important is the undergrad institution you attend? I checked the HBS website and the institutions they admit students from and whilst the are a number of less well known U.S. institutions which aren't Ivy league schools, i'm not sure if this is still the case with UK institutions? How are UK undergrad institutions which are not Oxbridge/ Imperial/ LSE/ Warwick viewed? Specifically the likes of Nottingham, Southamton, Manchester for anyone who knows. :)

2) Will attending a "feeder school" MSc offset my undergrad school name? Or is the weight of undergrad school extremely high? What about a startup can that offset the undergrad institution?

3) How is the Accounting and Finance double major undergrad viewed by B-school admission officers? Is it viewed favourably, unfavourably compared to the likes of Econ, Engineering, or are they neutral on the whole?

4) Will getting an MSc negatively affect my chances of getting an admit for an MBA? If so I might have to reconsider.

5) Mature undergrad students, how are they viewed in general? And what about if it's someone with a background story like mine?

5) What are my chances based on my "plan" (lol)?

6) Any other tips about how I should actually approach this within the next 5-6 years, perhaps I am going about this in the wrong way? Any help appreciated.

This is all that I can think of for now, might add a few more questions if I remember. Feel free to ask if anything is missing by the way.
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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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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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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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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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