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October 18, 2004

News & Opinion: Applying to Harvard

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 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."

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About Dylan Schleicher


Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.