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Questions on # hours worked per week; awards [#permalink] New post 16 Sep 2011, 16:36
A few schools ask for the avg number of hours worked per week. My company has struggled in the past year and my avg hours per week is about 40. In 2009 and 2010 is was more like 80. Should I take the average over my time at the firm or the average of my current work??

I am a nonexempt employee, paid by the hour, so I'm afraid to report this incorrectly. Would admissions check on my actual number of hours worked?


Regarding awards and honors, I haven't received many - college or post college. Standard academic honors, a few awards for student organization I helped lead. No awards post college. Some schools leave significant space to write about awards...I feel a little discouraged by it.
Is this an issue?

I'm applying to HBS, Wharton, Kellogg, Duke and NYU.

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Re: Questions on # hours worked per week; awards [#permalink] New post 10 Oct 2011, 21:03
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Hello SOS1122, thanks for your question.

I do think honesty is the best policy for your first question. I know most – if not all – schools do a background check on their admitted students (sometimes this doesn’t happen until you’ve already started, but it does happen). I think a material difference between 40 and 80 hours is something that you would not want to be questioned about. You might explain the difference in the optional essay, but I’d go with the most accurate information in the application.

I would not feel bad about no awards post-college (I certainly didn’t have any either). Don’t feel discouraged by the lack of these things; rather, be confident in demonstrating the assets you bring to the table.

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