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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 19 Sep 2012, 23:38
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Hello Everyone,
It's good to see the buzz on this thread.

I am having difficulty with the question to non-native english speakers "In what context are you currently reading, writing, and speaking English?" I understand the intent of the question and have things that I can put in but I am having difficulty in framing the answer. Are they just looking for a simple one liner or are they actually asking the specifics on material and situations?

I would really appreciate your help on this.

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Well, like every other part of the application, every opportunity for you to give information is an opportunity for you to boost your profile. So aim for specific and impressive - I mean if you read Time magazine no one is likely to be impressed, but if you read Foreign Policy, Scientific American, James Joyce and William Faulkner all in the same week, well then... :)
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 19 Sep 2012, 23:39
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Thanks this is really helpful. One more quick question on the awards section. I really haven't won anything recently. Does being ranked top-tier during an analyst program count for something like this?

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Sure! Why not? Having the highest ranking can totally account for it. Just cause you don't have a Certificate with a pretty smiling photo (think Employee of the Month) to stick on the wall, doesn't mean it's not an award.
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 20 Sep 2012, 18:28
For international applicants and US citizens living outside of the US, what do you plan to do in the event you are invited for an interview? Will you fly to the US, a hub city, or roll the dice with a Skype chat? I'm from the US but live in South America. I'm trying to decide if it would be worth either flying to Sao Paulo or to the East Coast to interview face to face. Does anyone have experience or advice with HBS interviews via Skype? I know the admissions office says that a Skype interview is as good as an in person interview (and I don't doubt this) but I feel like a Skype chat can be stilted and uncomfortable just because you can't read the interviewers body language effectively. Thoughts and suggestions are welcome.
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 20 Sep 2012, 18:32
I would try to go in person... just gives them a better feel of who you really are! But, my opinion!
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2012, 02:03
Does anyone have a rough idea of when invites typically get sent out?
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Does anyone have a rough idea of when invites typically get sent out?


Its on the director's blog. R1 invites will go out Oct 17 and Oct 24. By Oct 24th, we would have either received an invite to interview, or our app cycle would be over at Harvard as they'll in that case send out the ding email.
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2012, 02:29
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I would try to go in person... just gives them a better feel of who you really are! But, my opinion!


Totally agree! Plus a great opportunity to see mom and dad...
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2012, 07:19
Submitting my application today. The two page resume caught me off guard but gave me a chance to talk more about my leadership and extracurricular activities. What else did you guys put in your resume?
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2012, 10:33
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Submitting my application today. The two page resume caught me off guard but gave me a chance to talk more about my leadership and extracurricular activities. What else did you guys put in your resume?


Just submitted my app today as well! Happy to finally get it out the door!

I decided to stick with a 1-page resume. Figured I'd rather have every bullet on my 1-pager be heavy-hitting, whereas if I went to 2 pages, I'd be getting into less impressive content. So I've got my work experience, very brief education section (not including GMAT score or class rank on there, etc.), community activities section (could have used 1-2 more bullets here, but didn't want to leak onto 2nd page), and one line for "interests", which I've heard often generates interesting interview fodder!

Now have another week to tie up my GSB app!
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2012, 10:44
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Submitting my application today. The two page resume caught me off guard but gave me a chance to talk more about my leadership and extracurricular activities. What else did you guys put in your resume?


Don't extend to 2 pages unless you have a TON of experience. From the HBS blog:

"Resume - one-page is still a good guideline. Don't think that because we are reducing the number of essays we are encouraging you to include really extensive detail on the resume."
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2012, 10:56
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Submitting my application today. The two page resume caught me off guard but gave me a chance to talk more about my leadership and extracurricular activities. What else did you guys put in your resume?


Don't extend to 2 pages unless you have a TON of experience. From the HBS blog:

"Resume - one-page is still a good guideline. Don't think that because we are reducing the number of essays we are encouraging you to include really extensive detail on the resume."


This is how I approached the resume:

First Page: dedicated to work experience (both in formal and entrepreneurial). Since I had a lot to say regarding my startup, I was able to provide more detail
Second Page (1/2 only): I focused heavily on leadership in my extracurricular and added one bit about myself (I was in a jazz band and team captain of my undergraduate cycling team)

I think as long as the resume points to your strengths and has relevance, won't hurt to take it 2 pages?
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2012, 11:12
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This is how I approached the resume:

First Page: dedicated to work experience (both in formal and entrepreneurial). Since I had a lot to say regarding my startup, I was able to provide more detail
Second Page (1/2 only): I focused heavily on leadership in my extracurricular and added one bit about myself (I was in a jazz band and team captain of my undergraduate cycling team)

I think as long as the resume points to your strengths and has relevance, won't hurt to take it 2 pages?


I'll leave it to the consultants to chime in, but I think going over 1 page is generally regarded as a bad idea at least from what I've seen.
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2012, 11:23
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I'll leave it to the consultants to chime in, but I think going over 1 page is generally regarded as a bad idea at least from what I've seen.


Yeah, generally for under 10yrs w/e, 1 page is enough. but perhaps since hbs allows up to 2 pages, might as well go for it but leave out the fluff.
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2012, 12:23
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jmtomaz wrote:
Submitting my application today. The two page resume caught me off guard but gave me a chance to talk more about my leadership and extracurricular activities. What else did you guys put in your resume?


Don't extend to 2 pages unless you have a TON of experience. From the HBS blog:

"Resume - one-page is still a good guideline. Don't think that because we are reducing the number of essays we are encouraging you to include really extensive detail on the resume."


I'm chancing two pages, though I only have 6 years experience. In the time since graduating with my M.S. I have been a rocket scientist, led the R&D budgeting process and envisioned/implemented an entirely new collaboration system for promoting innovation in a large company, started my own technical consulting firm, and moved to key position in a Google-backed cleantech startup.

My extracurriculars are pale in comparison to my work achievements and I think my resume is my best bet and making up for that gap. I got it down to one page, but it lost a LOT of impact when I did. We'll know if the second page was a mistake in a few weeks...
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2012, 12:36
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I'm chancing two pages, though I only have 6 years experience. In the time since graduating with my M.S. I have been a rocket scientist, led the R&D budgeting process and envisioned/implemented an entirely new collaboration system for promoting innovation in a large company, started my own technical consulting firm, and moved to key position in a Google-backed cleantech startup.

My extracurriculars are pale in comparison to my work achievements and I think my resume is my best bet and making up for that gap. I got it down to one page, but it lost a LOT of impact when I did. We'll know if the second page was a mistake in a few weeks...


Let me backtrack and ask this: if I do not put my first employer or research experience (which is not completely needed, but shows I worked through school, partially explaining GPA), I can get it down to one page - but will removing that first job then be seen as a 2-year gap in employment?
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Let me backtrack and ask this: if I do not put my first employer or research experience (which is not completely needed, but shows I worked through school, partially explaining GPA), I can get it down to one page - but will removing that first job then be seen as a 2-year gap in employment?


This is strictly my opinion, but I would go for the two pages then, since HBS explicitly allows you that option.

Not to insult others who stuck with the 1 page resume, but since the essays and forms for extracurricular are already pretty slim, I would capitalize on the two page resumes. I doubt a ding would result solely because someone decided to go with a two pager. It's all about the content. If you have achievements that are relevant or perhaps extenuating circumstances that may confuse or cause concern for adcom, then you have the opportunity to clear it up via the resume.
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2012, 14:28
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Let me backtrack and ask this: if I do not put my first employer or research experience (which is not completely needed, but shows I worked through school, partially explaining GPA), I can get it down to one page - but will removing that first job then be seen as a 2-year gap in employment?


This is strictly my opinion, but I would go for the two pages then, since HBS explicitly allows you that option.

Not to insult others who stuck with the 1 page resume, but since the essays and forms for extracurricular are already pretty slim, I would capitalize on the two page resumes. I doubt a ding would result solely because someone decided to go with a two pager. It's all about the content. If you have achievements that are relevant or perhaps extenuating circumstances that may confuse or cause concern for adcom, then you have the opportunity to clear it up via the resume.



I would still think 1 page would be better, as it focuses on the meaty things you have done. However, I am sure people get in with 2 pages.
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2012, 14:59
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Let me backtrack and ask this: if I do not put my first employer or research experience (which is not completely needed, but shows I worked through school, partially explaining GPA), I can get it down to one page - but will removing that first job then be seen as a 2-year gap in employment?


This is strictly my opinion, but I would go for the two pages then, since HBS explicitly allows you that option.

Not to insult others who stuck with the 1 page resume, but since the essays and forms for extracurricular are already pretty slim, I would capitalize on the two page resumes. I doubt a ding would result solely because someone decided to go with a two pager. It's all about the content. If you have achievements that are relevant or perhaps extenuating circumstances that may confuse or cause concern for adcom, then you have the opportunity to clear it up via the resume.


Considering dee took the time to specifically suggest a 1-page cv, it seems like 2-pages is a massive risk.

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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2012, 22:23
As long as the 2-page resume is justified, I don't think it will hurt at all.

If you have sufficient things to say, if it hurts more to NOT SAY those things, I would definitely go for a 2-pager.

Secondly, I doubt if the Adcom will take it negatively as the option has explicitly been given by them. I don't see any rationale of giving options if opting for one will be seen adversely to the other.
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 22 Sep 2012, 05:26
Hello Everyone,
Just a last question. I have my undergrad from India and the grading system of my university was split into two categories. One category graded you based on class performance - attendance, class exams & assignments etc. The other category are the grades of final semester exams, which were never set or checked by the professors who taught us. The grading styles were non-standard and usually patterns of grading showed it. All in all, the grade of the exam depended on the personal style and mood of the grader.

Now, I was wondering if I should add this information to my 'additional' section or not? I mean, would this reflect negatively that I am out of a university that maintained such low standards of grading.

Thanks for your help in advance.

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