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October 18, 2004

News & Opinion: Applying to Harvard

By: 800-CEO-READ @ 4:55 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

[I found this one back in the archives and we had never posted it.]
On Tuesday [8/24/04], The Wall Street Journal reviewed [sub. needed] a new book from St. Martin's Press called 65 Successful Harvard Business School Applications: With Analysis by the Staff of the Harbus, The Harvard Business School Newspaper.
The current application asks six personal-essay questions and allows 400 words for each answer. (With the exception of the question about your three most substantial accomplishments, for which you get 600 words; I guess the applicant pool is a very accomplished bunch.) Some questions stay the same from year to year. For example: "Provide a candid assessment of your strengths and weaknesses." Or: "What are your career aspirations, and how can an MBA help you to reach them?" There is always some kind of leadership question. In the book, it is: "Discuss an experience that has had an impact on your development as a leader."

It start[ed] shipping September 1st.