Cornell Johnson | Mr. FinTech Startup
GMAT 570, GPA 3.4
Stanford GSB | Ms. Future Tech Exec
GMAT 750, GPA 3.4
Stanford GSB | Mr. Sustainable Business
GRE 331, GPA 3.86
Stanford GSB | Mr. FinTech
GMAT Not Taken Yet, GPA 3.5
UCLA Anderson | Mr. Analytics Man
GMAT 740, GPA 3.1
Harvard | Mr. Hopeful Philanthropist
GMAT 710, GPA 3.74
Harvard | Mr. MacGruber
GRE 313, GPA 3.7
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GRE 326, GPA 3.47
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GRE 315, GPA 3.0
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GMAT N/A, GPA 2.31
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GRE 310, GPA 4.75 out of 5
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GMAT 620, GPA 3.1
Wharton | Ms. Software Engineer
GMAT 760, GPA 3.84
Harvard | Mr. PE Strategist
GRE 326, GPA 3.6
Harvard | Mr. FBI To MBB
GMAT 710, GPA 3.85
Harvard | Mr. MBB Consultant
GMAT 730, GPA 3.9
Yale | Ms. Impact Investing
GRE 323, GPA 3.8
Chicago Booth | Mr. Cal Poly
GRE 317, GPA 3.2
Darden | Ms. Business Reporter
GMAT 2150, GPA 3.6
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GMAT 680, GPA 3.65
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GMAT 730, GPA 3.73
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GMAT 740, GPA 3.2
Kellogg | Mr. Military In Silicon Valley
GMAT 720, GPA 3.0
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GRE 323, GPA 5.72/10
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Columbia | Mr. CPA
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Harvard | Mr. Health Clinic Founder
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You’d Never Believe These MBA Applicants Were Just Rejected By Harvard Business School

Mr. Consultant In London

  • 750 GMAT
  • 3.8 GPA
  • Undergraduate degree in computer science from a top five university in the U.K. (sends maybe one to two people to HBS each year)
  • Work experience includes two and one-half years in strategy consulting with Oliver Wyman in London, with one promotion last year and another expected this year
  • Extracurriculars include several years advising a social enterprise in India; diversity and inclusion lead for employer’s recruitment initiatives, volunteering lead for my office, mentor to a refugee entrepreneur
  • Goal: To transition to product management at a social impact-oriented tech company
  • Recommenders were manager and career advisor / mentor at OW
  • Essay focused on “how working with the social enterprise helped me realise my passion for combining technology and business to solve social problems, and then about how I built my career in this direction and started to find my own style as a leader, and why HBS was the right next step to build this out further”
  • “Any thoughts on reasons for the ding other than being in the uber-competitive Indian-male-engineer-consultant bucket? Would also be great to get your thoughts on what I can do for better odds next year – thinking of switching jobs to a major tech company e.g. Amazon / Google”
  • 25-year-old Indian male

Sandy’s Analysis: Computer Science at a top 5 university in the UK (sends maybe one to two people to HBS each year? Ha ha, who are they versus you in terms of employment, gender, etc?

And what is Ollie Wyman’s track record in sending Indian males to HBS?

“Any thoughts on reasons for the ding other than being in the uber-competitive Indian-male-engineer-consultant bucket?” And coming from silver university and silver job.

Hmmmmm, what is your sign, what is horoscope this month re: good news in the mail?

“Essay talked about how working with the social enterprise helped me realise my passion for combining technology and business to solve social problems”

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“and why HBS was the right next step to build this out further”

Oh yeah! I don’t mean to give you a hard time, but a lot of your stats and ideas are awfully generic.

Thinking of switching jobs to a major tech company e.g. Amazon / Google could help you, especially if you skip a year and apply in two. You are certainly young enough.

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.