Are you wondering what it takes to get into Harvard Business School? Or for that matter, any top B-school in the world, such as Stanford, or Wharton, or INSEAD, or maybe closer home, ISB? In this article, I am going to tell you three factors that admission committees look for in every applicant. Make sure that you read this article till the end.
So if you’re looking at doing an MBA, read the whole article carefully, so that you get more such topics from me. So I have a question for you before we get started. Are you looking at doing an MBA from a top school like Harvard? If yes, go ahead and write in the comments below, with a “yes”. If you are not, then go ahead and say “no”. There is no problem. But I just want to know to understand a little bit more about you and tailor the content that I am going to create for you. Here are the three factors that the admission committees of top B-schools such as Harvard are going to look at in your profile.
Three Factors To Get Admission In Harvard
The first factor, what Harvard or any B-school is really looking at is, they have got people with similar experience if you look at their website, 3-4 years experience, people who have worked for large companies, people who have got, you know, great undergrads, good GMAT scores. But is that what it takes to get into Harvard? What they are looking at is an X-factor. They are looking at something that is a little different. So a very key point for you, if you are looking at applying is to identify, isolate that x-factor and try to focus on that in your application. So you could be a software engineer. You could say I’m doing all of this at work, but then, on the side, I also have my own start-up, idea, that I’m pursuing. In fact, one of our students who actually got into Harvard, he was working on a start-up idea along with his full-time job. Guess what, the start-up didn’t work out and he had to fold it. But it didn’t matter. What mattered was the stories. So it’s very important that you start thinking about that one differentiating factor which is going to set you apart from the other applicants who are going to be applying this year with you.
The second factor that you need to think of, is Harvard is not just looking at performance, what you have done in the past. They are also looking at potential, what you’re capable of doing. And they believe that people who get to where they want to are people who have a clear vision. So clarity of goals is the second factor most B-schools look for. And it’s very important you start that journey now. What kind of job you’re looking at, what domain are you going to be working, what are the transferable skills that you bring from your current job onto your post MBA career? These are all questions you should start answering at this point.
The third factor that the admission committee at Harvard would look for is they would look for any sign in your application that tells them you have the potential to handle the academic rigour of a two year MBA. And if you’re worried that maybe your academic record does not reflect that? Here is a great opportunity. Get a great GMAT score. See, you cannot change much of what you have done in the past, but if there is one factor that is in your control while you are applying for a B-school this year, it has to be your GMAT score. So if you want to compensate for any academic performance in the past? Getting a great GMAT score is a sure shot way to tell the B-school that look, I know what it takes to thrive in the two years or a one year at B-school. So that’s all I have for you. I hope you gain some useful knowledge from this post.