Articles by John Byrne

Calculating Your Odds of Getting into a Top MBA

by John Byrne on January 27, 2016

Sandy Kreisberg is back to analyze a few more profiles of actual MBA applicants.


Handicapping Your MBA Odds—Ms. Jersey Girl

by John Byrne on December 6, 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 [...]


Handicapping Your Elite MBA Odds—Ms. Real Estate

by John Byrne on November 16, 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, [...]


Assessing Your Odds of Getting in—Ms. Project Engineer

by John Byrne on November 1, 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 [...]


How NOT to Blow Your HBS Interview

by John Byrne on October 28, 2015

Don't miss expert advice on how to best prepare for your HBS interview.


Handicapping Your MBA Odds—Mr. Global

by John Byrne on October 8, 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 [...]


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

by John Byrne on October 2, 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 [...]


Predicting Your MBA Chances of Admission

by John Byrne on September 5, 2015

Sandy Kreisberg is back to analyze a few other profiles of actual MBA applicants.


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

by John Byrne on August 28, 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 [...]


Winning Essays of Harvard MBA Applicants

by John Byrne on August 26, 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 [...]


What Are Your Odds of Getting In?

by John Byrne on August 19, 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, [...]


Handicapping Your Elite MBA Odds

by John Byrne on August 16, 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 [...]


Best B-Schools for Entrepreneurs

by John Byrne on August 15, 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 [...]


Handicapping Your Elite MBA Odds—Mr. International

by John Byrne on August 8, 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 [...]