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Re: HBS 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 07 Jun 2012, 07:36
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str1der - you may want to post these slides up. They're from Dee's webinar and provides a good framework for thinking about HBS admissions.

http://poetsandquants.com/2012/06/07/de ... ar-slides/

Good luck everyone! Hope to see you all at HBS in 2013 :)
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Let the games begin. Good luck to all!

I have already started my first essay and have a couple different drafts that are pretty strong. I am having a tougher time with the second. If I want it to be a classic failure essay or switch it into a short-coming and here is why HBS is perfect for me right now type essay.

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Count me in as well.. Want to prove I am good enough for the best, going to give this one my all..

Also well into the first essay (outline is done). Its not as strong as any of the essays I read in the book "65 successful Harvard essays" but what can you do? Gotta give it the best shot I can.

For the second essay I am going the sincere short coming and this is why Harvard is perfect for me right now approach.
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Does anyone know how many recommenders Harvard requires? I have heard 3 but just wanted to confirm.
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Does anyone know how many recommenders Harvard requires? I have heard 3 but just wanted to confirm.


3 it is - Atleast two of whom need to be professional recommenders i.e. people whom you've worked with at your current/past companies. Third can be a professional recommender/a client/HBS alumnus etc.

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Let`s do it! We have the essays early enough, so no excuse to not turn it all in on time! :)
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Updated class of 2014 stats in main post. Link here: http://www.hbs.edu/mba/admissions/class-statistics/ and Blog entry here: http://www.hbs.edu/mba/admissions/blog.html

A little bewildered with the reduction in international student numbers. also, asia number down by 1% or 10 students - thats quite a drop. bad news for peeps like me


Only 26 South Americans! It`s definitely going to be an uphill battle for my continent too.

As for Asia, I don`t think the 1% drop is very significant - just looks like a random wobble in the applicant numbers. I think in general these numbers only represent the split in candidates applying. I think if you apply in R1 or R2, it won`t be time for the adcom to say "We have enough people from Asia."
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So I just updated the thread to include the most up-to-date graphs and application data! Let's get this party started. Good luck to everyone that is applying this year, we wish the very best application season possible :)
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Will be applying for the first round. Btw, for the 3rd recommender, is it possible to have someone non-related but really close to write it for you. I know 2 of them has to be professional.
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Seems like most top b-schools have come out with their deadlines and essay questions! I can feel my adrenaline levels increase just sifting through the sites.

Did y'all check out the changes HBS made to their application? Specifically the post interview 24 hour deadline essay! What do you guys make of it?
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Got an interview! (summer round 2+2) Anybody know what % of applicants get an interview for 2+2?

haha, more importantly, what percent of interviewed applicants get admitted.
That would be about 50-60. So good work.

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Working on my essays I have come to a place where I find admission consultants divided.
the question is "Tell us about something you wish you had done better. (400 words)" from HBS admission

The doubt I have is apart from an obvious failure essay can an achievement which could have been done better can also be included in this?? say I saved 5 people in a snow storm but if I hadn't sat about thinking for an hour before I did that We wouldn't require to amputate limbs of two due to frost bit(bit extreme isn't it??) or say I saved a village from starving but while they were reaching brink of starvation I had the same powers i had when I saved them. so I should have saved them earlier instead of sitting around not utilizing my power(that is a bit milder I hope).

but my point is somebody, given a chance would improve achievements shouldn't that go into this essay or is it that failure only can go into the essay??


Use this as an opportunity to admit failure - a true failure. Don't try to (or blatently) sneak a positive character trait or an achievement into this essay. It will sound insincere. Admitting a failure can show strength, depth of character, deep self-awareness, and a drive for self-improvement - all qualities that HBS wants to see in applicants!

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str1der wrote:

Can the second answer be focused on a more personal story - I don't mean health/divorce etc. (not demeaning these issues). But eg: something related to the impact I could have created via volunteering that got left midway. I get the fact that the ending should be on a positive note, which in this case would need to be an example of corrective action to lead to a more impacting volunteer work experience.

I get that both/either answer 1 and/or 2 can be personal examples, I am specifically asking for Answer 2 above as that will be my attempt.

cheers!


Either essay can focus on a personal story. I see no advantage to using one essay over the other to discuss a personal story. [Was that what you were asking? If I've misunderstood your question, please clarify.]

If you're asking whether the second PART of the SAME essay can focus on a personal story, I recommend sticking with the same theme as your first PART. Let me clarify. The structure that works well for the "Wish You Had Done Better" essay is: A) I wish I had done XXX better; B) I failed because I did AAA, BBB, CCC from which I learned DDD; C) Since then, I've been doing YYY at my new job (for example). If XXX takes place in a professional setting, so should YYY.
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I agree you need to show you are more than an average finance guy. My goal is to show that I am more than that and that I will make in impact beyond dollars and cents when I come out of an MBA program. But I'm not prepared to use a "victim" or sob story to get in. Just doesn't seem to be the point or even ethically sound.

And don't let me take this away from anyone who has grown up in a country in great poverty or war. If you have been through that, and it has framed who you are, you have real experiences. God Bless you and I hope you tel lyour story and how it shaped you and how it prepared you to make an impact in business when you are through school.
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hi,
nice spirited discussion going on here so I thought I would throw in my question.

Does anything offset low GPA for HBS short of being personal aid to president Bush?? because wherever I read everybody says GPA is very important for HBS. Right but its a done thing. you cant get a undergrad GPA again. and to measure by something one person did when he/she wasn't even old enough to vote (or maybe buy liquor) after years of work seems a bit unfair doesn't it?? HBS being a school that it is I dont think it would let a leader go just because of some low GPA in some college some years ago.any views on that!!!!!!!
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