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Calling all HBS Applicants - (2015 Intake) Class of 2017

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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.
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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.

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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.

If you would like individual and personal support while applying to HBS, contact me to learn how I can help! scott@personalmbacoach.com
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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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FROM HBS Admissions Blog: Class of 2017 - Preliminary Profile
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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New post 15 Jul 2015, 07:55
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!

https://pymetrics.com/?utm_source=blog& ... ClubForum2
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