How does an auditor get into Harvard Business School from Uzbekistan?
That’s a good question and one that Bakhu definitely wants answered. With the hope of landing a job at MBB in consulting after earning his MBA, he is applying to Harvard as well as Northwestern Kellogg, Chicago Booth, MIT Sloan, Dartmouth Tuck, Duke Fuqua, and Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business.
Bakhu brings a 720 GMAT score and a 3.7 GPA in economics from Westminster International University in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan. After five years with EY as an auditor, he joined TBC Bank as an internal auditor only to move to a startup audit and consulting boutique within a year where he is head of the audit practice.
Bakhu also has a strong set of extras. Every Saturday, he feeds homeless people in his town. He has a non-profit podcast, and he’s a columnist/translator for a blog #dontbesilent, a project against home violence.
The fact that he is from Uzbekistan, the former Soviet socialist republic until 1991, is likely a key advantage for him. Besides the fact that few from that country get MBAs in the U.S., in testing year 2020, only 100 GMAT tests were taken in Uzbekistan. Currently, not a single MBA student at Harvard is from the country. So his international experience would make him unusual if not unique in most business school classrooms.
In this episode of Friday’s With Sandy, HBSGuru.com Founder Sandy Kreisberg and Poets&Quants Editor John A. Byrne assess his odds of acceptance and delivers some powerful advice for Bakhu to help shape his story and increase his odds of an admit.