In this post, I will be analyzing the essay question and key components of the HBS Application for the Class of 2022.
In addition to discussing overall HBS application strategy and the required essay, I will discuss key parts of the application form, resume, and transcript.
I also provide some advice for HBS reapplicants and Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Harvard Law School, and Harvard Kennedy School Joint Degree Applicants and the new MS/MBA.
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This essay must be submitted within 24 hours of completing the interview.
Additional instructions regarding the reflection will be sent to applicants who receive interview invitations.The first step is for you to assess how you best embody these qualities, and how you may elaborate on them outside of your other application materials, including your recommendations, test scores and undergraduate records.Of these three categories, leadership should be a priority focus.Moreover, it may be tempting to draft a lengthy essay on traditional subjects such as your career goals, greatest successes, and interest in the school; however, your need for an MBA or specific career goals may be adequately covered in your other materials.This should help to narrow your focus, select your topic and craft a succinct essay.You should take care to steer clear of simply “recycling” essays from HBS’s peer schools, such as Stanford or Wharton, as the adcom will probably spot such an essay based on the highly unfocused nature of the HBS prompt and will not respond positively.In line with the policy instituted in the 2012-2013 season, applicants who are invited to interview will be asked to write a reflection about their interview experience.You might explain the magnitude of a professional or personal accomplishment noted on your résumé, for instance.You could also choose a particularly meaningful activity or project and share why it is important to you, especially given your personal or professional goals.The School Guide is good for brushing up on the program, classes, clubs, school strengths, etc, — whereas the Interview Guide explains their typical interview, with questions other candidates have been asked.I just finished reading the Clear Admit School Guide to Wharton, and in one word, it is fantastic.