Applying to Harvard Business School

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  • 1. Applying to Harvard Business School featuring: Sherry Hakimi former Marketing Specialist of MBA Admissions at Hosted by: Caitlin Quan Evisors Marketing & Operations Associate Hosted by: Career Advisors on Demand..com/webinars
  • 2. Agenda 1. About Sherry 2. A Few Things You (Should) Know About HBS 3. What is HBS Looking For? 4. Application Tips 5. Q&A Hosted by: Career Advisors on Demand..com/webinars
  • 3.  Former Marketing Specialist in MBA Admissions – Worked at HBS for two years – Worked across several marketing sectors, including college and women applicants – Focused on yield  Graduated from Harvard Kennedy School  Currently working in Strategy and Operations for the City of NY About Sherry Hosted by: Career Advisors on Demand..com/webinars
  • 4.  Full-time, two-year MBA program  General Management MBA  ~900 people per class, broken up into 10 sections of ~90 people  First year is required curriculum (RC year) – and there is no testing out of anything; second year is elective curriculum (EC year)  Exclusively teach by case method  New: FIELD (HBS is a continuous “delicate experiment”)  Very competitive applicant pool  Active, vibrant student life A Few Things You (Should) Know About HBS Hosted by: Career Advisors on Demand..com/webinars
  • 5. HBS is shifting away from people who “look good on paper”  Going beyond essays  More about who you are, what you have accomplished, and what you have the potential to accomplish  They want to know that you are the kind of person who can not just think up an idea – you can operationalize it, too “To make more progress in the education of leaders, we have to get better at translating knowing into doing.’’ - Dean Nitin Nohria What is HBS Looking For? Hosted by: Career Advisors on Demand..com/webinars
  • 6.  Habit of Leadership – All different kinds – Evaluation of your potential to fulfill HBS’ mission of educating leaders who will make a difference in the world  Analytical Aptitude and Appetite – Intellectually curious – Yes, they want strong analytical skills – And, yes, they want strong communication skills  Engaged Community Citizenship – Does not mean community service – It means you are a giver as well as a taker – Goes back to both HBS’ mission and the case method What is HBS Looking For? Hosted by:See the rest at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/58
  • 7.  Having a current student write you a recommendation is not going to help you – HBS believes in keeping a level playing field – The letter from a current student will get read, but it will not be considered in the application evaluation process – Bottom line: If you are a strong candidate, you won’t need it  Think through your “story of self” as your craft your application – Make it cohesive  Make sure to align your recommenders with your “story of self” – Each recommender is instrumental in corroborating all those accomplishments, leadership skills, and amazing personal qualities that you allude to in your essays and resume Tips Hosted by:See the rest at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/58
  • 8.  GMAT or GRE – doesn’t make a difference – As long as you do well (90%+) on either, you are fine  Read the HBS website – HBS is actually fairly transparent about the admissions process – Dee always likes to say that it’s really not the “black box” that everyone thinks it is – Visit: http://www.hbs.edu/mba/admissions/application- process/Pages/written-application-introduce-yourself.aspx – FYI: Read Dee’s Sept. 17 blogpost (it is very “real”) Tips Hosted by:See the rest at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/58
  • 9.  Above all, HBS cares about the type of leader you are – Reflect on what type of leader you are, and own it – There is no one type of leadership (examples: motivational, authoritative, thought, entrepreneurial…) – Every class at HBS starts with a professor asking a student to say what she or he would do as the protagonist (leader) of the case – HBS wants leaders that will make a difference in the world Last Tip Hosted by:See the rest at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/58
  • 10. Questions & Answers Hosted by:See the rest at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/58
  • 11. Questions & Answers Question 1: What type of experience is best referenced in the essay portion of the application? Hosted by:See the answer at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/58
  • 12. Questions & Answers Question 2: What is the best way for seniors to position themselves in the 2+2 program? Hosted by:See the answer at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/58
  • 13. Questions & Answers Question 3: Do they have quotas in selecting candidates? Hosted by:See the answer at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/58
  • 14. Questions & Answers Question 4: To what extent should you be funny when writing an essay? Hosted by:See the answer at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/58
  • 15. Questions & Answers Question 5: When should someone consider applying to Harvard Business School? Hosted by:See the answer at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/58
  • 16. Questions & Answers Question 6: Does Harvard Business School favour candidates with entrepreneurial goals? Hosted by:See the answer at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/58
  • 17. Questions & Answers Question 7: Do the experiences candidates mention in their essays relate to their future goals? Hosted by:See the answer at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/58
  • 18. Questions & Answers Question 8: What advice do you have for those selected for the interview? Hosted by:See the answer at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/58
  • 19. Questions & Answers Question 9: How would admissions look at reapplicants differently? Hosted by:See the answer at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/58
  • 20. Questions & Answers Question 10: Is there a greater emphasis on recommendation letters given the reduction in essay questions on the application? Hosted by:See the answer at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/58
  • 21. Questions & Answers Question 11: What advice do you have for those on the waiting list? Hosted by:See the answer at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/58
  • 22. Questions & Answers Question 12: What are the restrictions on your resume? Hosted by:See the answer at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/58
  • 23. Questions & Answers Question 13: If you are politically opinionated, should you moderate this on your application? Hosted by:See the answer at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/58
  • 24. Questions & Answers Question 14: What differentiates people with high GMAT scores/strong work experience? Hosted by:See the answer at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/58
  • 25. Connect Book your session with Sherry at: www.evisors.com/expert/2087 Sherry Hakimi former Marketing Specialist of MBA Admissions at She can help you with: • Candidate Diagnostic • Application Help • Essay Critique • Resume Evaluation & Editing • Interview Prep …and more! Hosted by:See the rest at evisors.com/webinars/webinar/58