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  • Round 1 volumes higher?

    by EssaySnark on October 13, 2015

    We can’t say for sure but it appears that HBS saw another high-volume Round 1 this year.

    They allocated 950 interview invites. In recent years, Round 1 volumes have resulted in only ~900 interviews. More interview invites is always a good thing since it would seem that each Rd 1 applicant then has a better chance of getting one – unless ... Read More

  • Of course you are – but do you know how to present those impressive leadership skills and experiences in your application essay?

    For many applicants, writing the “leadership essay” is one of the most challenging aspects of the application process, mainly because the concept of leadership is so tough to define. It’s easy to say that you have ... Read More

  • Fuqua? McDonough? Kenan-Flagler? INSEAD? Haas? Ever wondered how in heck to say these words? You might want to figure it out before you talk to anybody about them. Like, in an interview perhaps? These are not official phonetic spellings (we’re not sure the rules of all that), they’re just our attempt to help you not…

    While much of ... Read More

  • Congratulations! You’ve just been invited by your dream business school to have an interview. You’re feeling a wide range of emotions: relief that your MBA candidacy is still alive, pride in having advanced to this point, anticipation about meeting a decision maker in-person, and uncertainty over how to prepare.

    With only a few weeks before ... Read More

  • Some BSers come and go in EssaySnark’s world – and some stick around for awhile! It’s always a pleasure getting to know you people through this grueling process (and we often feel like we really do know you! just like your MMA coach! after all, sharing your essays with us is sharing the most important parts of yourselves. we are honored ... Read More

  • Moving away from Harvard for a moment (not that we’re not fully aware that the second wave of invites is happening today): Let’s talk about MBA interviews in general. Or more specifically: What’s the best way to shine in this all-important meeting? This advice is applicable to any interview – MBA or otherwise. In the…

    While ... Read More

  • ISB 2016 MBA Essay Analysis

    by Apply MBA on October 7, 2015

    Essay 1: If we were to admit just one more student, make a compelling argument as to why that student should be you by describing an (only one) achievement in your personal / professional life that you are most proud of. What did you do that sets you apart from others? What did you learn? (400 words max)

    This question requires you to focus on that ... Read More

  • Don’t assume that all top MBA programs in the U.S. are schools you should aim for.

    Our 12 Terrific Tips blog series offers specialized advice for MBA applicants in a range of situations – from deciding between an MBA and EMBA program, to applying as a member of an overpopulated sub-group, to acing your interviews…and loads more! Here’s ... Read More

  • This advice is mostly specific to Harvard. And we’re already bracing ourselves for the retorts we’re gonna get for it — “EssaySnark, are you kidding?!?? That’s so damned basic. You’re an idiot.” — but it’s the truth. Or, one of the many truths, when it comes to preparing for your all-important meeting ... Read More

  • If you are one of the business school candidates who was driven enough to apply in Round 1, then it’s time to give yourself a pat on the back. Though you might be wondering what you’re supposed to do now. Here are a few ways to keep yourself productively occupied:

    Move on to Round 2 Keep moving forward and begin working on the next ... Read More

  • You already know why admissions committees want to know about extracurricular activities, and how to up the intensity. Now let’s talk about ECs from the point of view of the one participating – your kid!

    There are all sorts of activities out there, so today we’ll dig in to see what your student can gain from various types of ECs. We’ll go through ... Read More

  • If you get an HBS interview invite…

    The most important thing to do is quickly decide when and where you want to interview.

    Spaces at all the hub interview sites tend to fill up early, so if you are not planing to come for a campus interview, reserve your space as soon as possible.

    There is no inherent advantage to interviewing early. If you want ... Read More

  • Not like we need to remind you!

    Dee Leopold walked through the process on the HBS Director’s Blog yesterday and of course we did the same a few weeks ago (our post includes some handy dandy timezone conversions).


    It all happens at 12 noon Boston time today – that’s U.S. Eastern time. If you don’t get an email by, ... Read More

  • A lot has been made of how the GRE has a difficult Verbal section, and how it can be difficult for anyone to master all the vocabulary tools needed to do well in Verbal. We do not agree: time and time again (over a period of two decades!), we have been able to coach students who thought that they were not sufficiently strong in the words department, ... Read More