Harvard 2011’s essays questions

The HBS’s essays and recommendation questions for the next class have been published!

Although I’m still not sure whether I’ll apply to HBS, I have to say that these questions, having the question so early will definitely help. Here the questions:

Essays questions
What are your three most substantial accomplishments and why do you view them as such? (600-word limit)
* What have you learned from a mistake? (400-word limit)
* Please respond to two of the following (400-word limit each):
1. What would you like the MBA Admissions Board to know about your undergraduate academic experience?
2. What is your career vision and why is this choice meaningful to you?
3. Tell us about a time in your professional experience when you were frustrated or disappointed.
4. When you join the HBS Class of 2013, how will you introduce yourself to your new classmates?

I really like the HBS’s questions (straight to the point) and I’m pretty sure that I could manage to write good answers.

Recommendation questions:
* Please comment on the context of your interaction with the applicant. How long have you known the applicant and in what connection? If applicable, briefly describe the applicant’s role in your organization. (250-word limit)
* Please describe the most important piece of constructive feedback you have given the applicant. Please detail the circumstances and the applicant’s response. (250-word limit)
* Please make additional statements about the applicant’s performance, potential, or personal qualities you believe would be helpful to the MBA Admissions Board. (250-word limit)

By the way, Harvard requires three recommenders (some schools require only two). I already have two of them decided (my former boss in New York and a work colleague also from New York’s job). About the third I’m still undecided. Naturally, it would have to be someone from my current Hong Kong’s job, but the truth is that they don’t know about my MBA project and telling them about it could have some serious consequences, such as not renovating my expat contract that finishes in December’10. Well, I need to think about it sooner than later.



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