Stanford GSB | Mr. Navy Officer
GMAT 770, GPA 4.0
Harvard | Mr. Public Finance
GMAT 720, GPA 3.9
Darden | Mr. Engineer Consultant
GMAT 730, GPA 3.47
Stanford GSB | Mr. Systems Change
GMAT 730, GPA 4
Tuck | Mr. Consulting To Tech
GMAT 750, GPA 3.2
Harvard | Ms. Ambitious Hippie
GRE 329, GPA 3.9
Harvard | Mr. Milk Before Cereals
GMAT 710, GPA 3.3 (16/20 Portuguese scale)
Harvard | Mr. Sales To Consulting
GMAT 760, GPA 3.49
INSEAD | Ms. Hope & Goodwill
GMAT 740, GPA 3.5
INSEAD | Mr. Airline Captain
GMAT 740, GPA 3.8
Harvard | Ms. Almost Ballerina
GRE ..., GPA ...
Harvard | Mr. Startup
GRE 327, GPA 3.35
Stanford GSB | Mr. MBB to PM
GRE 338, GPA 4.0
IU Kelley | Ms. Biracial Single Mommy
, GPA 2.5/3.67 Grad
Darden | Ms. Unicorn Healthcare Tech
GMAT 730, GPA 3.5
Stanford GSB | Mr. MBA Class of 2023
GMAT 725, GPA 3.5
Chicago Booth | Mr. Guy From Taiwan
GRE 326, GPA 3.3
Stanford GSB | Mr. Energy Reform
GMAT 700, GPA 3.14 of 4
Ross | Mr. Verbal Engineer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.3
Ross | Ms. Packaging Manager
GMAT 730, GPA 3.47
Kellogg | Mr. Danish Raised, US Based
GMAT 710, GPA 10.6 out of 12
Wharton | Mr. Sr. Systems Engineer
GRE 1280, GPA 3.3
Chicago Booth | Mr. Semiconductor Guy
GMAT 730, GPA 3.3
Harvard | Mr. Polyglot
GMAT 740, GPA 3.65
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Enlisted Undergrad
GRE 315, GPA 3.75
Stanford GSB | Mr. Rocket Scientist Lawyer
GMAT 730, GPA 3.65 Cumulative
Darden | Mr. Stock Up
GMAT 700, GPA 3.3

How Not To BLOW Your HBS Interview

Harvard Business School Baker Library - Ethan Baron photo

Harvard Business School Baker Library – Ethan Baron photo

Applicant Two: Tech & Healthcare

1. Did you go to a class? What classes did you go to? What were the cases?

2. Why did you pick your major?

3. Why did you go into tech?

4. How did you go from your internship to your first job?

5. Tell me about the X project (on resume).

6. Did X have any competitors?

7. Did you get any negative feedback during your time at job 1?

8. What does company 2 do?

9. How big is your company? Did it grow or stay steady after you joined?

10. Who are company 2’s competitors?

11. What can you contribute to class discussions?

12. What would you do for your HBS internships?

13. Anything we didn’t cover?

Applicant Three: Finance & Non-Profit

1. The observer hasn’t read your application – Can you tell her about yourself?

2. Let’s start from the top current role) – How do you manage working in such a beauracractic organization?

3. What are the pluses and minuses of working there?

4. What do you like most? Least?

5. Who is the best leader you ever worked for?

6. Who is the worst? Why?

7. If you had to work for [the worst] again, what would you do differently in terms of managing him?

8. Seems like you are working in so many different countries and regions and projects – How do you manage that?

9. You came your [to present job] from investment banking? How come?

10. Tell me about a deal at the investment banking firm you worked at? What role did you play?

11. What advice would you give to someone leaving investment banking to join an NGO?

12. OK, so we only have time for one more question: what big problem do you want to solve?

Applicant Four: Energy

1. Country you are currently living/working in – What’s it like, how did you end up there?

2. Tell me about your current company. What advice would you give a person with your background who is just starting? What advice would you give to your CEO if he was looking for advice about your division?

3. Tell me more about your current project?

4. Specific questions about my current role – responsibilities and about my current manager — Name one thing you wish you had done differently?

5. Walk me through your career progression.

6. A previous role – What did you do well? What could you have done better?

7. Give me your sense of the challenges and strengths of other energy companies (we went thru several)

8. What was your favorite assignment, why?

9. What was favorite course in college?

10. What would you do differently if you could do college over. What about in your first job?

11. What do you think will be most challenging for you at HBS?

12. If you could have lunch with any business leader, who would it be and why?

13. If you could have lunch with any political leader, who would it be and why?

14. What do you do for fun?

15. What is your favorite alternative energy company and why?

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.