Articles by John Byrne

  • Calculating Your Odds of Getting into a Top MBA

    Calculating Your Odds of Getting into a Top MBA

    by on January 27th, 2016

    This 26-year-old young professional woman is an analyst at a mid-level investment bank in New York. A Big 10 grad with degrees in finance and economics, she wants to use the MBA to eventually become a leader in the … Read More

  • Handicapping Your MBA Odds—Ms. Jersey Girl

    Handicapping Your MBA Odds—Ms. Jersey Girl

    by on December 6th, 2015

    She’s a 23-year-old African American woman who works at a fast-growing government consultancy. With a 710 GMAT and a 3.6 grade point average at an Ivy League school, she’s hoping an MBA will help her develop … Read More

  • Handicapping Your Elite MBA Odds—Ms. Real Estate

    Handicapping Your Elite MBA Odds—Ms. Real Estate

    by on November 16th, 2015

    She’s a 25-year-old engineer for one of Silicon Valley’s glamour firms: Google, Facebook, or Twitter. With a 730 GMAT and a 3.65 grade point average, she’s hoping to get an MBA to help transition into a product … Read More

  • Assessing Your Odds of Getting in—Ms. Project Engineer

    Assessing Your Odds of Getting in—Ms. Project Engineer

    by on November 1st, 2015

    Talk about tough love. Sanford “Sandy” Kreisberg, founder of Boston-based MBA admissions consulting firm HBSGuru.com, offers a good bit of tough-love counsel to this latest batch of MBA applicants whose goal is to … Read More

  • How NOT to Blow Your HBS Interview

    How NOT to Blow Your HBS Interview

    by on October 28th, 2015

    With HBS interviews right around the corner, we thought it would be a good time to again check in with Sandy Kreisberg, aka HBSGuru.com founder and a prominent reader of tea leaves at Harvard Business School, and ask him … Read More

  • Handicapping Your MBA Odds—Mr. Global

    Handicapping Your MBA Odds—Mr. Global

    by on October 8th, 2015

    Yet another video analysis of an applicant who wants to do his MBA at a leading business school. This week’s candidate has killer stats: a 730 GMAT, a 3.88 grade point average from an Ivy League university, and a job … Read More

  • Handicapping Your Odds of Getting into a Top MBA Program—Ms. Dual Degree

    Handicapping Your Odds of Getting into a Top MBA Program—Ms. Dual Degree

    by on October 2nd, 2015

    She’s a 27-year-old American who is fluent in five languages and has been working as an analyst for the past three years at one of the big three consulting firms. This young professional has with a keen interest in … Read More

  • Predicting Your MBA Chances of Admission

    Predicting Your MBA Chances of Admission

    by on September 5th, 2015

    He is currently studying public policy at a top Ivy League university and scored a highly impressive 770 on the GMAT. This 23-year-old student has done internships at Barclays and J.P. Morgan. He now expects to apply to … Read More

  • Handicapping Your Odds of Getting into a Top B-School—Mr. Dance Marathon

    Handicapping Your Odds of Getting into a Top B-School—Mr. Dance Marathon

    by on August 28th, 2015

    This time our MBA handicapping series goes after some provocative targets: HBSGuru.com founder Sandy Kreisberg tells a Stanford wanna-be with some powerful touch points  how she could write her all-important ‘What … Read More

  • Winning Essays of Harvard MBA Applicants

    Winning Essays of Harvard MBA Applicants

    by on August 26th, 2015

    When Steve Hind and Alula Eshete were putting together the annual admission and essay guides to Harvard Business School, what struck them most about the essays that helped to get current and future classmates admitted … Read More

  • What Are Your Odds of Getting In?

    What Are Your Odds of Getting In?

    by on August 19th, 2015

    She’s a 24-year-old community manager at a well-known digital media agency in New York. With a 690 GMAT and a 3.5 GPA from Barnard College, she plans to apply to a top business school next year to help achieve her … Read More

  • Handicapping Your Elite MBA Odds

    Handicapping Your Elite MBA Odds

    by on August 16th, 2015

    Our highly popular MBA handicapping series is back, with a new video and four great legacy assessments of real candidates who want to get into a top business school. After focusing on his round one and round one clients, … Read More

  • Best B-Schools for Entrepreneurs

    Best B-Schools for Entrepreneurs

    by on August 15th, 2015

    “When I grow up, I want to start my own company.” Bet you wouldn’t hear baby boomers exclaim that in sixth grade. Back then, they imagined themselves becoming Alan Shepard or Jackie Kennedy, pushing boundaries and … Read More

  • Handicapping Your Elite MBA Odds—Mr. International

    Handicapping Your Elite MBA Odds—Mr. International

    by on August 8th, 2015

    She’s a serial entrepreneur in Eastern Europe, having successfully sold one business and started another. At 27 years of age, she says with conviction: “I want to employ people, not to be employed by someone else.” … Read More