MIT Sloan | Mr. International Impact
GRE 326, GPA 3.5
Wharton | Mr. Investment Banking
GMAT 750, GPA 3.1
Wharton | Ms. Product Manager
GMAT 730, GPA 3.4
Chicago Booth | Mr. Indian O&G EPC
GMAT 730, GPA 3.75
Chicago Booth | Mr. US Army Veteran
GMAT 710, GPA 3.7
Stanford GSB | Mr. Techie Teacher
GMAT 760, GPA 3.80
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Musician To Consultant
GMAT 710, GPA 1.6
Ross | Mr. NCAA to MBB
GMAT 710, GPA 3.2
Ross | Mr. Operational Finance
GMAT 710, taking again, GPA 3
Stanford GSB | Ms. S & H
GMAT 750, GPA 3.47
Columbia | Ms. Cybersecurity
GRE 322, GPA 3.7
Kellogg | Mr. Multinational Strategy
GRE 305, GPA 3.80
Kellogg | Mr. Defense Contractor
GMAT 730, GPA 3.2
Duke Fuqua | Mr. O&G Geoscientist
GRE 327, GPA 2.9
Kenan-Flagler | Ms. Big Pharma
GRE 318, GPA 3.3
INSEAD | Mr. Jumbo GMAT
GMAT 770, GPA 3.7
Duke Fuqua | Mr. 911 System
GMAT 690, GPA 3.02
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Agribusiness
GRE 308, GPA 3.04
Stanford GSB | Mr. 750
GMAT 750, GPA 3.43
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Tech Evangelist
GMAT 690, GPA 3.2
NYU Stern | Mr. Bioinformatics
GMAT 710, GPA 3.7
Harvard | Mr. Investment Banker
GMAT 750, GPA 4.0
Harvard | Mr. Bangladeshi Analyst
GMAT 690, GPA 3.31
INSEAD | Mr. Indian In Cambodia
GMAT 730, GPA 3.33
McCombs School of Business | Mr. Consulting Analyst
GMAT 700, GPA 7.7/10
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Emporio Armani
GMAT 780, GPA 3.03
Yale | Mr. Fencer
GMAT 740, GPA 3.48

Sandy’s Dos & Don’ts for Harvard Business School Interviews

Sandy Kreisberg, an MBA admissions consultant known as HBS Guru, has created his own list of dos and don’ts for applicants who have been invited to interview by the admissions office at Harvard Business School. This more irreverent list of suggestions, really a send up on the recently published 2011 Unofficial Harvard Business School Interview Guide, is a complement to his more substantive advice in How NOT to Blow Your Harvard Interview.

His two cents:

1)   Don’t wear ear buds, no matter how cool your playlist is, and don’t ask if you can finish eating this cookie.

2)   Cover up gang insignia.

3)   Don’t pack visible firearms, even if licensed.

4)   Don’t ask interviewer if it is okay if you ‘friend’ them after the interview.

5)   Similarly, don’t say, ‘Do you mind if I take a picture of us together and send it to my Mom right now?’

6)   Don’t attempt to sell interviewer lottery tickets, no matter how good the cause.

7)   Don’t give interviewer stock tips or inside information about your company, with a wink.

8)   Don’t say: 1. ‘You look old for this kind of work’ or 2. ‘You look tired. This must be exhausting’ or 3. ‘You look cute!’

And if you’re one of the few applicants who is interviewed by admissions director Dee Leopold, don’t say:

1)   ‘Holy shit, now it all comes down to this’ (even though true).

Do say:

1)   ‘Good afternoon, your majesty.’

2)   ‘You look young for this kind of work.’

3)   ‘Love, love, love those shoes! Where did you get them?’

About The Author

John A. Byrne is the founder and editor-in-chief of C-Change Media, publishers of Poets&Quants and four other higher education websites. He has authored or co-authored more than ten books, including two New York Times bestsellers. John is the former executive editor of Businessweek, editor-in-chief of Businessweek. com, editor-in-chief of Fast Company, and the creator of the first regularly published rankings of business schools. As the co-founder of CentreCourt MBA Festivals, he hopes to meet you at the next MBA event in-person or online.