Last week Harvard Business School released the details of its application for the 2013-2014 admissions season. Most of the excitement has been about Harvard’s drastically revised essays . Without further ado, here are Harvard’s admissions deadlines and essays for the Class of 2016: HBS Application Deadlines Round 1: September 16, 2013 Round 2: January 6, 2014 Round 3: April 7, 2014 HBS Application Essays You’re applying to Harvard Business School. We can see your resume, school transcripts, extra-curricular activities, awards, post-MBA career goals, test scores and what your recommenders have to say about you. What else would you like us to know as we consider your candidacy? (No word limit) Just one question in the written application this year… So what should write about? We always every applicant that they need to do two things to get into HBS or any other top MBA program: Stand out vs. other applicants (especially those who are most similar to the applicant) and show fit with the school. If you come from a very common background — think management consultant, or IT consultant from Asia — then you need to stand out more, and this essay is your chance to do it. If your background makes you unusual vs. the typical HBS class profile — perhaps you have more than the typical amount of work experience or have zero quantitative abilities to point to — then you need to use this essay to demonstrate that you will fit in and thrive at Harvard. Also, If you have a real sore spot in your application, such as a low undergraduate GPA, then you should expect to devote some words to that here. Don’t dwell on it, and don’t sound like Mr. Excuses, but do address it and move on. Finally, remember that every other HBS applicant faces the same one-essay constraint as you. Piece of cake! Post-Interview Reflection : You just had your HBS interview. Tell us about it. Did we get to know you? Especially since this letter has no word limit, the temptation will be for you to cram in half a dozen additional things that you wish you had covered in the interview. However, less is always more — keep the note limited to no more than two or three core ideas that you want to highlight. Ideally you covered all of the important things in the interview already, but of not, then this is a chance to hit on those here. Keep in mind, though, that sharing these ideas in the interview is always going to be more effective than cramming them into this note. And, be realistic about how much this letter will help you. Chances are that it won’t turn a dud of an interview into a terrific one in hindsight.Do NOT go into the interview with this note already drafted; let it truly be a reaction to the discussion, which was hopefully an interesting and provocative one. If your interviewer reads this note and it sounds like a replay of an entirely different discussion than what he or she remembers, that will only serve to hurt you come decision time. Want to know how to get into Harvard Business School and other top-ranked business schools? Take a look at our industry-leading book, Your MBA Game Plan , now in its 3rd edition. And, be sure to find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter ! The post Harvard Business School Admissions Essays for 2013-2014 appears courtesy of MBA Admissions Blog by MBA Game Plan .
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