MIT Sloan | Mr. Healthtech Consultant
GMAT 750, GPA 3.44
NYU Stern | Mr. Army Prop Trader
GRE 313, GPA 2.31
Harvard | Mr. Software PE
GMAT 760, GPA 3.45
Kellogg | Mr. Social Impact Initiative
GMAT 710, GPA 3.1
Harvard | Mr. Policy Player
GMAT 750, GPA 3.4
Chicago Booth | Mr. Unilever To MBB
GRE 308, GPA 3.8
INSEAD | Ms. Spaniard Consultant
GMAT 710, GPA 8.5/10.00
Rice Jones | Mr. Carbon-Free Future
GMAT 710, GPA 4.0
London Business School | Ms. Private Equity Angel
GMAT 660, GPA 3.4
Harvard | Mr. Navy Nuke
GMAT 710, GPA 3.66
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Salesman
GMAT 700, GPA 3.0
NYU Stern | Ms. Entertainment Strategist
GMAT Have not taken, GPA 2.92
Wharton | Mr. Future Non-Profit
GMAT 720, GPA 8/10
Chicago Booth | Ms. Indian Banker
GMAT 740, GPA 9.18/10
London Business School | Mr. FANG Strategy
GMAT 740, GPA 2.9
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Indian Dreamer
GRE 331, GPA 8.5/10
Wharton | Mr. Hopeful Fund Manager
GMAT 770, GPA 8.52/10
London Business School | Mr. LGBT Pivot
GMAT 750, GPA 3.7
Kellogg | Mr. Defense Engineer
GMAT 760, GPA 3.15
Harvard | Mr. CPPIB Strategy
GRE 329 (Q169 V160), GPA 3.6
Rice Jones | Mr. Student Government
GMAT 34 (ACT for Early Admit Program), GPA 3.75
Chicago Booth | Mr. Healthcare PM
GMAT 730, GPA 2.8
Kellogg | Ms. Sustainable Development
GRE N/A, GPA 3.4
Stanford GSB | Mr. Army Engineer
GRE 326, GPA 3.89
Kellogg | Ms. Big4 M&A
GMAT 740, GPA 3.7
MIT Sloan | Ms. Rocket Engineer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.9
Harvard | Mr. African Energy
GMAT 750, GPA 3.4

The Round 2 Ding Report For Harvard Business School MBA Hopefuls

Mr. Family Biz

  • 750 GMAT
  • 4.0 GPA
  • Undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from a southern state school
  • Work experience includes a stint as a design engineer but for the past two and one-half years have been running a small, 25-year-old family business; also did a couple of technical internships while in school
  • “The business is an HR service-based business focused on transportation and energy clients, where I have been leveraging my technology background to improve operations through automation”
  • Goal: To use the MBA as a jump-off point to management consulting
  • Essay addressed how he attempted to overcome southern rural white male stereotypes
  • “Perhaps that was a miscalculation and I should have focused more on explaining why I need an MBA”
  • 25-year-old white male
  • “I am guessing my profile was hard to fit into any one bucket, and they likely had a hard time seeing the career vision since my company is niche and there wasn’t much space to explain exactly what I do, or how I have skills/experience that would be valued in consulting. I was hoping to use the interview to clear up the confusion, but obviously didn’t get the opportunity”

Sandy’s Ding Analysis: Working in your family business is real good IF your goal is to build out the family business.
 Still, adcoms like BIG family businesses as measured by sales and employees. That said, even though your family business was “small” (your word), it actually sounds like you were getting real solid experience there. If you had managed to capture that in a powerful way (and stressed management of people instead of downsizing ;-), you could have built a base for goals adcoms support in management consulting.

You say, “I am guessing my profile was hard to fit into any one bucket, and
 they likely had a hard time seeing the career vision since my company is 
niche and there wasn’t much space to explain exactly what I do, or how I 
have skills/experience that would be valued in consulting.
”

Dude and all you other dudes reading this: never complain about space. That is really a way of saying, this was hard and I gave up.”

Then you write, “I tried to use part of the essay to overcome the southern rural white male stereotypes, but perhaps that was a miscalculation and I should have focused more on explaining why I need an MBA.”

OK, let’s not beat a dead horse. To use a southern rural saying, you seem to get what you did wrong. 😉

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.