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Rejected By HBS. Find Out Why


Profile Basics:

  • 770 GMAT
  • 3.9 GPA
  • Undergraduate degree from Harvard College
  • Work experience includes two years at a top-four management consulting firm, one year of externships, one year in a fast-growing tech startup in a business operations role, another year in an early-stage venture capital firm, and currently at a well-known private equity shop
  • Essay on his to start his own business that combines “the
    passion I gained my experiences in early-stage companies with the
    analytical skills I learned in PE / consulting”
  • Post-MBA Goal: To found a startup business in male-skincare
  • White Asian male

Sandy’s Assessment:

Dunno man, a 770 GMAT and 3.9 from Harvard College? As soon as the HBS adcom sees that, they are secretly hoping there is some reason to ding you, just so that they can say that they ding folks with a 770/3.9.

Did you give them that reason?

Dunno, but reason number one could be the fact you just had too many jobs.

You say your work Experience is 2 years at top 4 management consultant, followed by one
year of self-identified externships.

WTF does that mean?

Then, you did a year in a fast-growing tech startup in a business ops role, and one in an early stage VC. Currently at a well-known middle-market private equity shop.

Some of your outcome may well depend on what they think of the PE shop you’re currently at.

You are in the White/Asian male bucket, so where you work will really count.

You say your essay was about “my desire to start my own business to marry the
passion I gained my experiences in early-stage companies with the
analytical skills I learned in PE / consulting”

That is okay and certainly didn’t hurt you.

But I’m not so sure about your post-MBA goal to do a startup in male-skincare.


Did you really say that. It just does not compute given your work history. That goal alone, without further explanation, along with the short time you spent with each of your many employers would have been enough to get you tossed in the ding pile.

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.