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I just noticed this in the employment history section of the HBS application:
"It is strongly recommended that you confirm your title, starting and ending salaries, and dates of employment with your Human Resources office (or its equivalent) before completing this section. The MBA Admissions Board reserves the right to withdraw an offer of admission already made if any discrepancy is found."
In the year before I left my last job I was a business development analyst full time, but I did not have an official title change from my engineering role before that. I separate these two as different titles on my resume because it is confusing otherwise (and my manager would agree with the change), but from an HR file perspective I was still a Development Engineer at my time of departure. Is this discrepancy going to cause problems?
I would go with the HR definitions, but put the different departments you worked for in parentheses near each job title. For example: Development Engineer (Engineering Analyst)/Development Engineer (Business Development Analyst). I have had different jobs with the same title before and this is how differentiated. If there was a promotion or an increase in responsibility make sure to note that in the 1st bullet point of the more recent job (i.e. Promoted to development engineer in business dev dept to research and manage new supplier relationships).