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Re: Font Size [#permalink] New post 18 Sep 2007, 06:41
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HBS asks the recommendors to write only 1 page recos. In this case, which font and size should be used by the recomendors?


Are you talking about the paper recommendation? think that the online recommendation is a little more extensive (multiple choice questions and 3 essays)


how do u know ? :wink:


The recommender essay questions are available here:
http://www.hbs.edu/mba/admissions/writtenapplication.html
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Sep 2007, 06:49
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I showed my essays to one of my colleagues and his comment on the career vision was the following - I have talked about things in terms of how I want to start in an investment management position and then grow and open my firm. From then on, I talk about my firm's placement in the market and how I believe it can really stand out. So, his comment is when the essay is asking you to talk about *your* work in the company and not what the company will do.

I am a little confused. Any suggestions?


Honestly, I think that you are fine. You already know how you want your company to shape out and you even seem to have narrowed down on your USPs. I think that's pretty fantastic. If you establish your own company, your job is going to be to well...run it. I don't think you need to be telling ad-com how exactly you intend to do that. On the other hand, if you were talking about *joining* an established firm and then working your way up, then I guess what you intend to do inside the organization needs to be outlined. Just my thoughts...
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Sep 2007, 11:18
Well, guys, I have recently passed my TOEFL and have to wait for the score. During HBS's application I found this note: "The MBA Admissions Board discourages any candidate with a TOEFL score lower than 267 on the CBT or 109 on the IBT from applying."

What if I get 107 or 108 on my TOEFL? Shall I apply in R1 or retake it and apply in R2? :) The schools seem to have draconian rules for TOEFL but not for GMAT that has a range of scores (not minimum score) :P
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 [#permalink] New post 19 Sep 2007, 00:36
Believe me, if you know passable English, getting a score a score above 109 in IBT should be a no brainer...I wouldnt worry if I were you
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 [#permalink] New post 19 Sep 2007, 00:45
saurabh357 wrote:
Believe me, if you know passable English, getting a score a score above 109 in IBT should be a no brainer...I wouldnt worry if I were you


Ok. Thank you. :oops:
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 [#permalink] New post 19 Sep 2007, 00:58
The Essay No.2 asks about what I have learnt from a mistake. I have a very good lesson but it is somehow connected with a death experience. Will this topic be off-limits or too personal. I know that a rule of thumb is that if it's inappropriate for dinner-party conversation, it probably doesn't belong in my essay. What do you think?
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 [#permalink] New post 19 Sep 2007, 01:06
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The Essay No.2 asks about what I have learnt from a mistake. I have a very good lesson but it is somehow connected with a death experience. Will this topic be off-limits or too personal. I know that a rule of thumb is that if it's inappropriate for dinner-party conversation, it probably doesn't belong in my essay. What do you think?


Hmmm....I don't really agree with your 'Rule of Thumb'. I think certain personal details/experiences *can* go into the essay. Then again, it depends on whether you are comfortable putting them in your essay.
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 [#permalink] New post 19 Sep 2007, 07:46
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The Essay No.2 asks about what I have learnt from a mistake. I have a very good lesson but it is somehow connected with a death experience. Will this topic be off-limits or too personal. I know that a rule of thumb is that if it's inappropriate for dinner-party conversation, it probably doesn't belong in my essay. What do you think?


Is learning some way related to success in life? I wonder whether HBS would be interested in our learnings in other contexts.
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 [#permalink] New post 19 Sep 2007, 08:10
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The Essay No.2 asks about what I have learnt from a mistake. I have a very good lesson but it is somehow connected with a death experience. Will this topic be off-limits or too personal. I know that a rule of thumb is that if it's inappropriate for dinner-party conversation, it probably doesn't belong in my essay. What do you think?


Is learning some way related to success in life? I wonder whether HBS would be interested in our learnings in other contexts.


It is hard to guess what will interest an adcom member in an essay and what will not. I would suggest you read your own essay and decide how you would feel if you were an adcom member (they are human too, and I doubt there is any extensive training to become adcom member). If you really like it it, you have a chance. If you sounds so so, you need to improve. If you don't like it yourself, take professional help ;-)

BTW, I'm not applying anywhere this year, because HBS is the top school for me and I feel i am not prepared enough to apply (Still feel my essays are so so, and that there is a limit on how much words can help, so working towards making the profile better) , though I'm done with GMAT (760) and have experience too.
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 [#permalink] New post 19 Sep 2007, 08:18
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The Essay No.2 asks about what I have learnt from a mistake. I have a very good lesson but it is somehow connected with a death experience. Will this topic be off-limits or too personal. I know that a rule of thumb is that if it's inappropriate for dinner-party conversation, it probably doesn't belong in my essay. What do you think?


Is learning some way related to success in life? I wonder whether HBS would be interested in our learnings in other contexts.


It is hard to guess what will interest an adcom member in an essay and what will not. I would suggest you read your own essay and decide how you would feel if you were an adcom member (they are human too, and I doubt there is any extensive training to become adcom member). If you really like it it, you have a chance. If you sounds so so, you need to improve. If you don't like it yourself, take professional help ;-)

BTW, I'm not applying anywhere this year, because HBS is the top school for me and I feel i am not prepared enough to apply (Still feel my essays are so so, and that there is a limit on how much words can help, so working towards making the profile better) , though I'm done with GMAT (760) and have experience too.


I admire your approach about making profile better and then applying.

Yesterday, I was hearing a podcast in which HBS admissions MD was interviewed. The interviewer asked her, "Is there any right time to apply for MBA?"

I felt MD did not have an answer for that. She reframed the question to wrong time, and kept on saying when is the wrong time to apply.

That made me wonder, whether there is any right time to apply. IMHO, getting admission in a b-school is more of taking advantage of the present. Yes. For freshers it is a different ball game altogether.
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 [#permalink] New post 19 Sep 2007, 13:42
saurabh357 wrote:
I showed my essays to one of my colleagues and his comment on the career vision was the following - I have talked about things in terms of how I want to start in an investment management position and then grow and open my firm. From then on, I talk about my firm's placement in the market and how I believe it can really stand out. So, his comment is when the essay is asking you to talk about *your* work in the company and not what the company will do.

I am a little confused. Any suggestions?


I think he's suggesting you discuss a little more the types of roles you would like and less the type of industries. Just for the record, I'm neither agreeing or disagreeing with his comments, just traslating what he may have meant.

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 [#permalink] New post 24 Sep 2007, 02:04
With just a week away from the deadlines, how is everyone doing?? Essays and reccos in place or you still have to sort 'em out? Hmm....I'm starting to get those darned butterflies in my stomach now....
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 [#permalink] New post 24 Sep 2007, 03:47
My recos are in. Still not very sure of my essays. Tweaking, tweaking and tweaking...

boy writing essays is not easy :(
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 [#permalink] New post 24 Sep 2007, 04:47
Recos are in, in final stages of editing essays.

Hope to submit within the next few days.
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 [#permalink] New post 24 Sep 2007, 11:56
My app is submitted, but 2 of my recommenders are taking their sweet time.
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 [#permalink] New post 24 Sep 2007, 12:32
Almost everything is IN but for one of the recos !!
fingers crossed / twisted / bent / broke !
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 [#permalink] New post 24 Sep 2007, 12:35
Query:
How are you folks handling the 'part time' work exp part of the application?

As in, do we include information about jobs held during coll as well?
To be very precise, I am contemplating on adding my Teaching Assistantship role during my Masters - any inputs?
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 [#permalink] New post 24 Sep 2007, 12:36
I included my part time work during college.
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 [#permalink] New post 24 Sep 2007, 12:37
1:30 pm PST - App submitted, which means my first ding is on its way.

1 recommendation in. 2 others will hopefully be done by the end of this week.
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 [#permalink] New post 24 Sep 2007, 12:39
congrats ncprasad!!! good luck and I hope you get an interview soon!
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