Don Loper publishes his entire HBS Application

There is this guy called Joshua Steimle who applied to Harvard Business School (HBS) and got rejected without even an interview call. While MBA applications are considered private and personal by most people, this guy took a bold step and published his entire application in pdf form to the public for comment. I must say that's a very bold step and in all my sanity, I would never do that. But if you read his applications and then the comments section, you will get many different points of view and will develop a fresh perspective on leadership and management.

Here he publishes his application. Although he does a preliminary analysis himself before opening the application to the public, there are more aspects for improvement than he ever imagined. An interesting read. Go here for his entire pdf application.

6 comments:

Ankit said...
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Ankit said...

Some observations on the app and comments it generated

* Comments were made in Jan-Feb 07, Sep 07, Jan 08 and Jan 09. Seems this post was "re-discovered" at least thrice. The opinion of the writer may have changed since then.

* Few quotes from the app and comments. I guess, top B-Schools are looking for "consistency" and being "achievement oriented" than admitting the fact that one if confused in the spirit of "Phi Beta Slackers" [look-up this term on Web]

"Full-Time Employment #3
Reasom for leaving:
I planned on continuing to work full-time while in school but coordinating work and school schedules did not work out"

"First of all, I want to explain that I failed multiple classes at the end of my second year of college due to meeting my first girlfriend and subsequently being dumped. I believe I insured myself against a repeat experience when I married. Now, let’s get to business."

"I view as my three most substantial accomplishments maintaining my moral standards during my teenage years,....."

"As previously mentioned, I grew up wanting to be an artist. I was attracted to that life, at least in part, because I was shy and as an artist I believed I wouldn’t be required to be social."

"I myself just got turned down for a position with a top management consulting firm and I am feeling your pain. It’s all in the image you project."

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Eric said...

Wow, thank you so much for taking the time to share this experience with your readers before your party! Awesome post--it seems like there are some great people at the ISB.

Good luck to you,

Eric
Founder, Beat The GMAT
http://www.beatthegmat.com

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