Chicago Booth | Mr. Community Uplift
GMAT 780, GPA 2.6
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Angel Investor
GMAT 700, GPA 3.20
Stanford GSB | Mr. Equal Opportunity
GMAT 760, GPA 4.0
Rice Jones | Mr. ToastMasters Treasurer
GMAT 730, GPA 3.7
Kellogg | Mr. MBB Private Equity
GMAT TBD (target 720+), GPA 4.0
Said Business School | Ms. Creative Planner
GMAT 690, GPA 3.81 / 5.0
Wharton | Mr. MBB to PE
GMAT 740, GPA 3.98
Harvard | Mr. Soldier Boy
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Stanford GSB | Mr. Wedding Music Business
GMAT 710, GPA 3.7
Harvard | Mr. Big 4 Auditor
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Harvard | Mr. Software PE
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Harvard | Mr. First Gen Consultant
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Stanford GSB | Mr. Classic Candidate
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Stanford GSB | Mr. MBB/FinTech
GMAT 760, GPA 3.7
Stanford GSB | Mr. Break Into Buy-Side
GMAT 780, GPA 3.6
Wharton | Mr. LatAm Indian Trader
GMAT 720, GPA 3.5
Harvard | Mr. Perseverance
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Stanford GSB | Mr. Politics Abroad
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MIT Sloan | Mr. Canadian Banker
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Darden | Mr. Stock Up
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Harvard | Ms. Fintech To Tech
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Harvard | Ms. Finance
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Stanford GSB | Mr. Unrealistic Ambitions
GMAT 710, GPA 2.0
Kellogg | Mr. Kellogg 1Y
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Stanford GSB | Ms. CPA To MBA
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Harvard | Mr. Aspiring Elected Official
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Ross | Mr. LGBTQ PM
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Sandy’s Drive-By Analysis Of R2 Harvard Business School Dings

Sandy Kreisberg, founder of HBSGuru

P&Q has scoured the internet for HBS Round 2 DING profiles and turned them over to Sandy Kreisberg, the tell-it-like-it-is HBS Guru for his gut reactions.

See below for Sandy’s two cents on why these round two applicants were dinged, without even an invite. If you want to add your own DING profile and get Sandy’s acid-reflux response, just use the comment section below to get his assessment.

Consultant Dinged By HBS But Interviews At Wharton, MIT, Booth, Kellogg & Tuck 

The Basics:

  • 720 GMAT
  • 3.44 GPA
  • Undergraduate degree in a quantitative major at an Ivy school
  • Work experience includes three years of consulting internationally and internships in the U.S. in private equity and venture capital.
  • Extracurricular involvement shows a record of consistent service and volunteering outside work and during undergraduate years
  • Goal: Continue in consulting (sponsored)
  • 24-year-old female

Application Outcomes:

Harvard Business School (dinged without interview)

Stanford Graduate School of Business (applied, waiting for outcome)

Wharton (interviewed)

Chicago Booth (interviewed)

Northwestern Kellogg (interviewed)

MIT Sloan (invited to interview)

Dartmouth Tuck (interviewed)

Sandy’s Analysis: So we have a white girl with a lower than average GPA and GMAT. We do not know if your work experience is with a prestige consulting firm such as McKinsey, Bain or BCG, and that is real important.

Successes at other schools (getting interviews) is a great dataset of where the rubber meets the road: To wit, what separates Harvard Business School from others.

But your ding is not surprising. Applications like this one are also better received in round one at HBS.

Nonprofit Guy Dinged By HBS But Interviews At Wharton, Booth & Kellogg 

The Basics:

  • 770 GMAT
  • 3.68 GPA
  • Work experience includes six months in special needs education, just over two years in the Peace Corps and just under a year (11 months) in a grassroots nonprofit
  • Short-term goal: Management consulting
  • Long-term goal: Leader in the corporate social responsibility space
  • 26-year-old white male

Application Outcomes:

Harvard Business School (dinged without interview)

Stanford Graduate School of Business (applied, waiting for outcome)

Wharton (invited to interview)

Chicago Booth (interviewed)

Northwestern Kellogg (school-initiated interview)

Yale SOM (applied, waiting for outcome)

Sandy’s Analysis: Grrrr. Lots to life for a Peace Corps type. Your outcome at Harvard could have turned on the prestige of the post-Peace Corps nonprofit or general application executive, especially explaining how special education/Peace Corps and grassroots nonprofit led to goals.

You wrote: “long term leader in CSR space.” WTF does that mean? Probably it’s not a big deal, but how informed were you able to be in an essay about what the CSR space is and key influences and how those led to your goals?

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.