The reality is that most people should not use this essay to discuss their career ambitions and interest in HBS, because doing so will not reveal that much “more” about them.
For example, if you are a consultant who plans to return to consulting after graduation, we cannot imagine a scenario in which addressing your goals and why an HBS MBA is critical would constitute an effective use of this essay.
Our analysis of the prompt and advice on the best way to approach it therefore also remain constant.
(For even more targeted guidance on approaching and writing your HBS essay, download our newest Take special note of the word “more” in this straightforward question.
If you interview on campus, note also any observations about your time there.
For example, sitting in on a class might have reminded you of a compelling past experience, or participating in the case method may have provided insight into an approach you could use in some way in the future. Once again, HBS has made no changes to its question.HBS Managing Director of MBA Admissions Chad Losee, now entering his fourth application season, must feel the prompt is effective in eliciting the kind of information the admissions committee finds valuable in evaluating potential students.Although more than a few candidates will undoubtedly submit clichéd pieces on making a difference, if you can capture your admissions reader’s attention fully and make a strong enough impression, the cliché aspect will disappear, and he or she will be impressed by your actions and character.You may have read through these three options and thought, “What about a fourth option, in which I discuss my goals and why HBS? ” The HBS admissions committee is a straight-shooting group—if the school wanted candidates to write about their goals and why HBS, or wanted them to, the prompt would come right out and say so.Now, some applicants may fret that this means they absolutely cannot touch on anything mentioned elsewhere in their application, for fear that the admissions committee will become annoyed and reject them.However, HBS is not asking only for fresh information—it is asking for , and specifically, whatever “more” you believe the committee needs to evaluate you thoroughly and fairly.So, even though a bullet on your resume may inform the school of a certain fact, if a profoundly important story lurks behind that fact that you feel effectively expresses a key part of your personality or skill set, you should not feel hesitant to share that story.That said, we are not advocating for you to explore your resume in depth, just trying to convey that “more” here does not mean strictly “thus far unmentioned.” The admissions committee is not staffed by robots, seeking to detect a certain “type” of applicant.Maybe the people you met or a building you saw made a meaningful impression on you.Whatever these elements are, tie them to aspects of your background and profile while adding some new thoughts and information about yourself.