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Class of 2018: Start Your Engines! [#permalink]

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FROM HBS Admissions Blog: Class of 2018: Start Your Engines!
It's June 1 and, as promised, the application for the Class of 2018 is live!

You can now access the application via our website.

Stay tuned for some more information about the Class of 2017 over the coming weeks.
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Is My GPA High Enough?

“I’m really concerned about my poor college performance. Is my GPA too low to gain admission to a top MBA program?”

This is one of the most frequent questions we at MBA Admit.com hear from aspiring MBA applicants.

There is no one-size-fits-all response to this query. If you conduct research about each business school’s average GPA for matriculating students, you can gain a sense about how a business school might view your academic record and where you stand in your odds for admission. But, a candidate’s specific profile matters a great deal. When helping candidates to articulate the mitigating factors that explain their less-than-ideal GPA and to shine a light on their significant attributes and achievements, we at MBA Admit.com have helped candidates with GPAs like 2.7 to get into top MBA programs such as those of Stanford, Harvard, Wharton and Columbia.

Many candidates are happy to hear that business schools can be receptive to “mitigating circumstances” and legitimate reasons why a GPA might be lower and thereby give a candidate with such a lower GPA a shot at admission. What are examples of such mitigating circumstances? Consider some of these:

Where did you go to college? If your school was a top-ranked college in its country, the admissions committee may be a little more lenient in accepting a lower GPA than the same GPA of a candidate who attended a much lower-ranked college. A candidate from Yale with a 3.2 might have a strong shot of gaining admission to Harvard Business School, whereas a candidate from a low-ranked college might not.

What was your major? Some majors are known to be very difficult and time-intensive. Students in these majors often graduate with GPAs that are lower when compared side-by-side with candidates who have a GPA from a much “softer” major. Admissions committees are aware of this. For example, at many top colleges, students who graduate with electrical engineering degrees may have relatively lower GPAs than those graduating with an art history degree. If your major was known to be tough, you should point that out in the essays and recommendations.

What is your gender? Sorry guys — gals do sometimes have an easier time in MBA admissions. It is a matter of simple supply and demand in most cases. In many cases, fewer women apply to given business schools than men and admissions committees value the presence of women in top MBA programs, so women seem to sometimes receive a little more leeway on the GPA.

Did you have to work your way through school to support yourself or your family financially? Admissions committees are often sympathetic to legitimate hardships paired with a well-written explanation.

Did you simply have a bumpy start or choose the wrong major early on, only to find you blossomed in your latter years of college? This can matter. Make sure to point this out to the admissions committee. You will want them to believe that the performance of your latter college years is what is truly indicative of your talents, abilities and potential.

There are many other factors that can affect the GPA assessment. If you are concerned about your GPA, think about how admissions committees will view your GPA, and what mitigating factors you could use to positively affect that view. This can help you understand whether your GPA will be seen as a strength or a weakness in your MBA application.

Would you like a free profile evaluation? Feel free to send us a copy of your resume (send to info@mbaadmit.com) or fill out the profile evaluation form on our homepage at http://mbaadmit.com/.

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How Important is My GPA 4 Years After College? [#permalink]

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How Important is My GPA 4 Years After College?

Some business school applicants simply never “gained their footing” in their undergraduate years. Perhaps moving far from home to attend college was difficult for them and they did not achieve high grades. Perhaps they chose the wrong major and never applied themselves to courses in which they had only lackluster interest. Perhaps they chose to party too hard and made poor choices in balancing “work” with “fun”. Yet, following their undergraduate years, those same applicants blossomed in their business careers. Some such MBA applicants might have already enjoyed 2-3 promotions before applying to business school, which speaks to their professional success. But, their undergraduate GPA tells a different story. That GPA could be a 3.0, a 2.8, or a 2.5. Perhaps a tad bit lower. A question that looms large in the minds of such applicants is, “After four years of outstanding work experience, will my weak undergraduate GPA still sink me in my quest for admission to a top business school?”

This is a situation that we at MBA Admit.com deal with very frequently, and we have great expertise in helping candidates override less-than-ideal GPAs. The good news is that, even for applicants with less work experience than four years, if you put together a business school application skillfully, it is possible in many cases to overcome a low GPA to gain admission to a top business school. Certainly, the undergraduate performance will represent a weak spot in your candidacy, but you can address this through the application. Addressing it does not mean simply writing a paragraph about it in the “optional” section of the application (which may or may not be a good idea, depending on the candidate and the circumstances). Rather, addressing the matter can also mean drawing attention – through the MBA essays and recommendations – to the other notable achievements that convey to the admissions committee that after four years, your defining and relevant achievements are your professional successes, not your academic performance. At MBA Admit.com, we have helped candidates with GPAs as low as 2.7 and 2.8 to gain admission to the business schools of Stanford, Harvard, Wharton and Columbia. It’s all about the strategy implemented through the application.

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Specific Factors to Help Override a Less-than-Ideal GPA [#permalink]

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Specific Factors to Help Override a Less-than-Ideal GPA


There are some broad factors that the admissions committee will take into account as reasons that can justify a lower-than-ideal GPA (and hence the admissions committee might not be looking at your lower-than-ideal GPA as a problem at all). These factors can vary from what we at MBA Admit.com call “extreme extenuating circumstances” to “reasonably acceptable explanations.” When trying to override a less-than-ideal GPA in order to gain admission to a top MBA program, it is often helpful if you have one of these extenuating circumstances or reasonably acceptable explanations as to why your GPA was lower. Let’s consider some examples…

Major event that explains the lower-than-ideal GPA: Did you lose a very close relative and your grades suffered for a while? Did your parent lose their job, causing stress on the family and anxiety for you, causing your grades to drop? Major events like these can help explain a lower-than-ideal GPA to the satisfaction of the admissions committee.

Challenging circumstances to overcome: Were you the first in your family to attend college and it took a little adjustment in your first 18 months before your grades reflected your abilities? The committee will often take circumstances like these into consideration.

Working your way through school financially: In many cases such as this, the committee will realize you were juggling work with your academics and may be more understanding if your GPA is slightly lower.

Medical or physical challenge: If you had to overcome some major medical or physical challenge, the admissions committee will sometimes give you leeway on the GPA.

There are, of course, other variations. See a link below for a list and explanation of eight additional “extreme extenuating circumstances” and “reasonably acceptable explanations.”

The take away: a less-than-ideal GPA is not always a deal-killer in MBA admissions. If any of these circumstances above apply to you, or if you had comparably difficult circumstances, then the admissions committee may still consider your GPA – while lower than the matriculating average – to still be acceptable.

For a more comprehensive list of “extreme extenuating circumstances” and “reasonably acceptable explanations,” click http://mbaadmit.com/category/overriding-a-low-gpa/.

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Redirecting Attention Away from a Less-than-Ideal GPA [#permalink]

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Strategies for Redirecting Attention Away from a Less-than-Ideal GPA

There are many strategies that can be effective for redirecting attention away from a less-than-ideal GPA to successes and achievements that can potentially persuade a business school admissions committee to grant admission to you. Essays are usually key, as are the recommendations. Your GMAT score, an “alternative transcript”, and your work experience can also help offset a lower GPA.

Essays and Recommendations

Your application should sing praises as it highlights the credentials that indicate you are an excellent candidate from all angles. In doing so, you should address your low GPA. But, addressing a low GPA does not mean simply writing a paragraph about it in the “optional” section of the application, which some candidates might choose to do. You can address the matter indirectly by shining a light on your other achievements that convey to the admissions committee that your defining and relevant achievements are your professional successes – not your academic performance. This should be an emphasis of your admissions essays. You should present essay content that demonstrates the deepening and broadening of your professional skills and experiences, reinforcing the idea that you have matured into a highly effective and impactful young professional and that you are no longer defined by your undergraduate performance.

Strive to secure recommendation letters that emphasize this same message. The recommendations should rave about you, stressing how outstanding you are in general, how you are a stand-out compared with peers, and how bright your future is.

GMAT Score and Alternative Transcript

When seeking to override a less-than-ideal GPA in order to gain admission to a top MBA program, ideally your GMAT score should be strong, which will also reinforce the idea that you have strong skills and great potential. To provide evidence of strong skills and the capacity to do MBA-level classwork, some candidates with weak GPAs take business courses after college at a reputable and reasonably prestigious institution, building an “alternative transcript” that provides evidence of their current abilities. Such courses can be taken in person or online.

Work Experience

Having a substantial amount of work experience can help also. With at least three years of experience, you can present essay content that demonstrates the depth and breadth of your professional skills and experiences. You can reinforce the idea that you are no longer defined by your undergraduate experience.

We at MBA Admit.com have helped candidates with GPAs as low as 2.7 get into top business schools such as Stanford, Harvard and Wharton. In most cases, it is ultimately your entire candidacy that matters, so take the time to put together a compelling application.

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Class of 2017 - Preliminary Profile [#permalink]

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As promised, here's a very early peek at the Class of 2017. This is a preliminary profile - we will post the final matriculating class profile at the very end of August.
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Applying To Harvard Business School – A How-To Guide [#permalink]

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If you’re applying to Harvard Business School, then you’ll want to attend Accepted’s upcoming webinar, Get Accepted to Harvard Business School.

During the webinar, Linda Abraham, Accepted’s CEO and founder, will discuss important application tips that apply specifically to Harvard’s application, including 4 key steps for HBS acceptance!

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Harvard Business School: The Habit Of Leadership [#permalink]

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Thank you, Harvard Business School. IMHO, that’s what applicants should think when they visit the program’s website and find “habit of leadership” on its “Who are we looking for?” admissions page.

It’s common knowledge that HBS values leadership, but with this phrase, the adcom succinctly expresses how they view leadership – dynamic, deep, intrinsic, long-term. It’s something you possess and bring to your experiences, not something that happens to describe your involvement in a few isolated incidents (i.e., the proverbial “leadership experience”). Not just HBS applicants, but all b-school applicants can benefit from reflecting on the phrase – and then determining how they embody it in their actions.

There are a gazillion excellent articles and treatises on the meaning of leadership. And most of them are valid. I’m focusing on the other word. The key to this message is habit. First, it’s active. It’s something done. It’s not something bestowed upon you (like the title Team Lead) and it’s not something ascended to (advanced to Project Manager). Whether good or bad, habits are something you do.

Second, a habit is reflexive, a part of you. You may think about it objectively in your mind, but it’s also behavior. Yet that doesn’t automatically mean it’s innate – a habit may be learned (you probably know someone who trained herself to become more patient or more decisive or less defensive). Therefore, if you aren’t a “born leader,” you can still develop the habit of leadership.

A habit knows no boundaries. You exercise the habit of leadership in school, in your family, with friends, at work, in your community. It means that when something needs doing or when you perceive an opportunity for positive impact, you shift into gear to make it happen – even if it’s hard, even if it’s not your designated role, even if you’re not sure exactly how you’ll do it. Simply, it’s what you do.

Because it’s action oriented, not title or ego oriented, the habit of leadership, ironically, may sometimes seem invisible, a hidden force. Routine and regular. Example: your friends, tired after a long day of canoeing on the Delaware River, squabble about where to go for dinner. You gently draw the group’s focus to the two most feasible options, proposed by two different members of the group; everyone starts to feel enthusiastic again. They may not consciously recognize your leadership; in fact, the person who proposed the “winning” idea might feel like the leader! (More irony: real leadership often allows others to feel like the top dog.) Of course, the opposite is also true sometimes: your leadership habit may require you to visibly assert an opposing vision or emphatically convince people to join you in taking a risk.

While this quality is something HBS explicitly seeks, any b-school adcom will value it – after all, someone with “leadership experience” isn’t necessarily a leader fundamentally, but someone with the “habit of leadership” is. All b-schools want leaders.

Having the habit of leadership is great, but it’s only helpful to the application if you express it effectively. That means – you’ve heard it from us ad infinitum – use example and anecdote. Look for opportunities to weave in the message of your habit of leadership, even in essays on other topics. Also, try to bring it out in your resume and your interviews. Ask your recommenders to highlight it. It can only enhance your application and your candidacy.

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Related Resources:
• Harvard Business School 2016 MBA Essay Tips & Deadlines
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• What Does Harvard Business School Want?

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Our updated (June 2015) “How to Apply to HBS” Guide is the starting point for a prospective applicant to the Harvard Business School. This 15-page white paper is available for immediate download and is provided to prospective applicants at no cost.
Our 10-step guide will help you understand all of the key hot button issues and major thematic touch points – as well as critical admissions strategies and tips – that will make or break your prospects for gaining admission to the world’s most coveted business schools.

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In the admissions consulting business, we love to ask the question, "Where are you applying?"  And applicants appear to equally enjoy giving an answer that starts with "HBS, of course."  HBS, of course.  The first rule of applying to Harvard Business School is to understand that everyone applies to Harvard Business School.  Applying to HBS isn't a novel exercise, but rather the first box on a checklist for virtually every candidate pursuing an MBA from an elite program.

So what does this mean you shouldn't apply to HBS?  Of course not.  But it does mean two critical things:

1.    Your interest in HBS must rise above "it's HBS"
2.    You absolutely must do everything right

To the latter point, doing things “right” includes not just what you do, but what you don’t do.  It’s about handling your business with total confidence, self-possession, assuredness, and mastery.  It’s about stepping into a world of ambiguity and not breaking even a hint of a sweat.  Harvard has so much talent to choose from that it’s almost an impossible task to sort it out, so one thing they have done is introduced some stress and then watched to see who handles it.  Basically, you don’t have to be perfect when you apply to Harvard, but you have to be perfectly composed.  You have to own who you are, know when and where your personal expectations took shape, understand the path you are on, and – above all else – know how to put one foot in front of the other without doubting yourself along the way.

Quite honestly, if you are a legit candidate at HBS and have dreams of going there, this is a place to invest some resources and hire someone who can coach you through the process.  You will not only submit a better app and stay closer to that ideal of perfection, but you will also grow and evolve as a person – that’s just the kind of app process it is.  Nothing builds character more than navigating ambiguity and coming out the other side.  For those who can’t afford services, we have created this 10-step approach to applying to HBS that can at least help you set the right path.  Indeed, the following guide will help keep you on the straight and narrow as you undertake the nerve-racking task of applying to the world's most famous business school.
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Re: Calling all HBS Applicants - (2015 Intake) Class of 2017 [#permalink]

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HBS has one required question this year and while it is very simple and straightforward, there are many things to consider when drafting a response.
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Question: It’s the first day of class at HBS. You are in Aldrich Hall meeting your “section.” This is the group of 90 classmates who will become your close companions in the first-year MBA classroom. Our signature case method participant-based learning model ensures that you will get to know each other very well. The bonds you collectively create throughout this shared experience will be lasting.

Introduce yourself.

Note: Should you enroll at HBS, there will be an opportunity for you to share this with them.

We suggest you view this video before beginning to write. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eA5R41F7d9Q

There is no word limit for this question. We think you know what guidance we're going to give here. Don't overthink, overcraft and overwrite. Just answer the question in clear language that those of us who don't know your world can understand.
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How to answer the question

Review the rest of your application to get a sense of what has already been communicated to HBS. This includes your letters of recommendations, short answer questions and resume. While this essay can certainly discuss items already in your application, it is a good idea to try to have it be somewhat complementary.

What are some things you could address?
• Explain when you were a protagonist. How did you get there? What did you learn?
• An interest or passion of yours. How has it made you a better leader?
• Reflect on why are interested in learning through the case method and how you will contribute to the classroom. It is not necessary to specifically write how you will do this, rather think about the characteristics that define you and how those characteristics will manifest themselves in your team discussions. If you love lively debates with friends, talk about how that helps you to grow.
• Leadership and motivation: While you don’t want to come across as too intense, you definitely want your passion, drive and motivation to be evident.
• Lastly, this does not have to be and should not be completely professional. Your classmates will want to know all about you, not just what you have accomplished but what makes you interesting.

What should you keep in mind while writing?
• Imagine reciting the essay out loud to your classmates
• This could be a starting point for an interview conversation. (as Dee mentions in her blog) http://www.hbs.edu/mba/admissions/Pages ... ector.aspx If you have something very impressive that hasn’t been written about elsewhere, you could discuss it here. Just be prepared to talk about it in great detail during the interview.
• Reveal interesting things that will peak the interest of both adcom and your classmates. After all, the point of this is to start a dialogue. You don’t have to leave stories unfinished but write something that will make the reader curious to hear more about.
• This essay will be VERY different for everyone. Even more than traditional essay questions, this requires very deep thought and reflection. There is an art to crafting a successful answer here. Make sure to take the time to do so.

How long should the essay really be?
• Most essays that work will fall somewhere between 500-1000 words, with some being over 1000.
• Absolutely consider quality over quantity. If you can write a solid 600 word essay that is powerful and moving, that can absolutely work and lengthening it for no reason would only hurt you.

The case method video is very informative and inspiring! I have all of my clients watch it multiple times as it helps put you in the mindset of an HBS student and better prepares you not only for the application but the interview. Watch it a few times, especially the day before your interview.

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Class of 2018: Start Your Engines! [#permalink]

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FROM HBS Admissions Blog: Class of 2018: Start Your Engines!
It's June 1 and, as promised, the application for the Class of 2018 is live!

You can now access the application via our website.

Stay tuned for some more information about the Class of 2017 over the coming weeks.
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Class of 2017 - Preliminary Profile [#permalink]

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As promised, here's a very early peek at the Class of 2017. This is a preliminary profile - we will post the final matriculating class profile at the very end of August.
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Re: Calling all HBS Applicants - (2015 Intake) Class of 2017 [#permalink]

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The MBA Recruiting Process – Insights from Darden ’15 Grad and CEO of RelishMBA

Hello from the RelishMBA team, and congratulations on being admitted to the MBA Class of 2017! My name is Sarah, and I’m a recent Darden School of Business graduate who founded RelishMBA, an online recruiting platform built specifically for the business school recruiting market. As a recent grad who works full-time in the MBA recruitment space, I wanted to share some recruiting advice and tips to help you prepare for arriving on campus at HBS.

The first thing to be aware of is that MBA recruiting is a long and intense process. Recruiting activities begin quickly once you’re on campus and they take up a huge amount of your time and energy for most of your first year. While virtually all top MBA students have great jobs available to them, finding those jobs can be frustrating and stressful, with relevant information often hard to find and a complex networking process that can be tough to effectively manage. I started RelishMBA to address these problems and make the process more efficient for both students and employers.

The summer is a great time to get started with recruiting processes (while you don’t have to worry about school, student clubs, social life, and the dozens of other activities that fill up your time during first year). Luckily, there are a few things you can do to prepare before school starts in August: Relax. Explore. Prepare.

Relax – business school is a big change from the working world; take a bit of time off. You deserve it and you’ll need the break!

Explore – In your time relaxing, begin checking out what industries and companies recruit MBAs. This is something RelishMBA helps with. Sign-up at RelishMBA.com to begin exploring employer’s company pages on MBA Careers specific for your school (“day in the life” alumni testimonials, on-campus presence, key points of contact, etc.).

Prepare – And lastly, get your resume ready. Below are some tips from my experience.
It’s also important to remember that once you’re on campus, you’ll be networking with recruiters and alumni frequently – and RelishMBA will help you here too, through relationship management tools that make it easy to stay on top of your networking game. Have any questions? Reach out anytime at recruit@relishmba.com.

Resume Tips:

1) Writing your resume is your first Marketing assignment

Your resume is essentially a one-page advertisement designed to sell your brand to employers. But as your first year marketing class will tell you, marketing is about a lot more than just a fancy design and a few well-placed buzzwords. Think about your audience (i.e. who will be reading your resume? Finance recruiters? Consultants? Marketers? Others?) and how you are positioning yourself with that audience (i.e. what work experiences would be most relevant or interesting to the recruiters reading your resume?).

For example, if you’re headed up to Wall Street, focus on the more quantitatively rigorous parts of your work experience, and try to make sure that your resume as a whole reflects an interest in and passion for finance and its associated disciplines. Future consultants will want to highlight problem-solving and analytical thinking. Marketers could talk about leading cross-functional teams or point out examples of especially effective communication.

And if you are not sure what you want to do, don’t sweat it – there are lots of you out there, and it’s no big deal for the next few weeks or months. But regardless of your eventual industry or function targets, remember: your resume is not just a chronicle of your past work achievements; it is an advertisement designed to effectively sell you and your brand to recruiters.

2) Be concise but specific

This is one of the more difficult parts of honing your resume: providing specific examples of relevant work accomplishments in a way that a recruiter can easily digest in a few seconds. Try starting each bullet point with a strong action word. Instead of saying something like “Helped to more than double sales during tenure in catchment area,” try something like “Launched blogger outreach program that increased web traffic by 72% and increased sales by 120%”.

These sorts of hard numbers are really helpful, especially since many recruiters will spend only a few seconds looking at your resume and those numbers stand out on the page. So it’s also important to be sure that your bullet points can be read and processed easily. And if you don’t have a lot of specific numbers to add to your resume, it’s still important to be specific about your accomplishments and to pick your words wisely.

3) Add some flair

You should be careful with how much flair you add to your resume, but it’s a good idea to think of ways to set yourself apart from the competition. The “Personal” section at the bottom of your resume, where you list hobbies, activities, and interests, is an easy place to hook a recruiter (or break the ice in an interview). Only mention things that are truly a part of your life, but still consider your audience and which of your hobbies or experiences might be of interest to the recruiters reading your resumes. Once you reach campus, you’ll hear plenty of stories about students who were able to land first or even second-round interviews largely on the basis of what seem like minor resume items.

Other ways to add flair:

-Were you kind of a big deal in college? It’s worthwhile to mention any particularly important or impressive extracurriculars from your undergrad days (particularly leadership roles), and including club affiliations and other school-specific positions can be a good idea once you get onto campus

-Recruiters are looking to hire real people, not business robots. Make sure your resume – the accomplishments you choose to mention, the structure and content of the Personal section – reflects your personality.

4) Don’t be careless

This is the part where we tell you that a few people every year submit resumes with misspelled words or mismatched fonts or other significant but easily avoidable mistakes, and that you could be one of those people if you’re not careful, and you think “I’d never be that much of an idiot,” and then you send your resume to McKinsey or Google with your name spelled wrong at the top. Don’t be that person.
Seriously, just get a friend to read it. Several friends. Have a resume-reading party. But don’t spell your name wrong.

Have any questions? Reach out anytime at recruit@relishmba.com

Sincerely,
RelishMBA Team

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Hi HBS!

I'm a second year MBA student and I'd like to share with you a resource that has enhanced my experience so far.

I found my internship through pymetrics, a company started by an HBS alum and an MIT neuroscience Phd.
pymetrics is the next generation career search platform. It uses neuroscience, big data and machine learning to reveal the optimal career paths for each candidate.

The way it works is you go to the site, play games for FREE (neuroscience games that reveal your cognitive and social traits) and then receive a full profile including a career report.

pymetrics then matches you with companies and jobs you are compatible with. This is how I found my internship. It's awesome.

You should definitely check it out and support HBS alumni!

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I was aspiring to pursue MBA degree in US, but now have to drop my plans due to financial and personal reasons.

I had enrolled with Stratus Prep( Check their website and GMATClub and BeatTheGmat forums for their reviews) for their 5 school comprehensive MBA consulting package(end-to-end) which also includes HBS consulting (for this they charge $250) extra. This package is for $ 7750.

As per my discussions with SP, they are ready to transfer my credit to another student. If you are aspiring to apply next year and are interested in engaging SPs consulting services, kindly PM me. I am planning to offer you my package with them at an attractive discount.

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