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Adam Markus Hbs Essayshark

HBS Class of 2020 MBA Admissions Application

Aug, 16, 2017


In this post, I will be analyzing the essay question and key components of the HBS Application for the Class of 2020.  In addition to discussing overall HBS application strategy and the required essay, I will discuss key parts of the application form, resume, and transcript. I also provide some advice for HBS reapplicants and  Harvard […]


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Brief thoughts on recent HBS MBA admissions interviews

Jan, 29, 2017


In this post, I discuss HBS MBA admissions interviews. My long prior post on that topic is here. This post builds on what is in that post so I suggest reviewing it first. For my detailed suggestions on overall interview preparation, please see: –MBA Application Interview Strategy –Interview Practice is ABOUT SPEAKING! –Further Comments on […]


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HBS Class of 2019 MBA Admissions Application

May, 18, 2016


In this post, I will be analyzing the essay question and key components of the HBS Application for the Class of 2019.   At this time, the online application is not live yet but the essay was released on the HBS Director’s Blog on May 11, 2016. In addition to discussing overall HBS application strategy and the required essay, […]


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Top of the Ecosystem: Why Top 10 MBA Applicants Should Apply to HBS

Nov, 15, 2015


Every year I have clients who get rejected from HBS and get admitted to other top MBA programs.  This year has been no different.  One of those who was rejected in R1 and offered an interview at another Top 10 business school asked me if it had been a waste of time to apply to […]


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If you get an HBS interview invite…

Oct, 06, 2015


If you get an HBS interview invite…   The most important thing to do is quickly decide when and where you want to interview.   Spaces at all the hub interview sites tend to fill up early, so if you are not planing to come for a campus interview, reserve your space as soon as […]


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Stanford GSB MBA Admissions Interviews

Sep, 29, 2015


Stanford GSB’s is the hardest MBA admission interview invitation to get on the planet.  If you have been invited, your chance of admission just went from about 6.5% (depends on the year) to 50%.   The odds are much better, now you must close the deal.  While a poor interview is unlikely to result in admission,  the […]


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HBS Admissions Interviews for the MBA Class of 2018

Sep, 29, 2015


In this post I provide advice for HBS Admissions Interviews for the MBA Class of 2018. HBS ADCOM HQ   In my experience, applicants who succeed at HBS MBA interviews go to their interview with a sense of confidence based on having done careful preparation. My clients who have failed the interview stage have often done so because of related reasons: lack […]


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HBS Class of 2018 MBA Admissions Application

Jun, 07, 2015


In this post I  analyze the Harvard Business School MBA Application for the Class of 2018. In addition to discussing overall HBS application strategy and  the required essay, I will discuss key parts of the application form, resume, and transcript. I also provide some advice at the end of this post for HBS reapplicants.  I […]


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Which 2016 entry top MBA program essays to start with?

May, 15, 2015


Now that the 2016 entry essays for Columbia, HBS, MIT, Stanford and Wharton (schools all link to my analysis for 2016 entry)  are known, I have an opinion about which school to start with, but the answer just really depends on the applicant.   Every year, my early bird clients always ask me which school […]


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HBS MBA Admissions Essay for the Class of 2018

May, 15, 2015


NOTE: An updated and expanded version of my analysis of the HBS essay and application for 2016 entry can be found here.    While the Harvard Business School application for 2016 entry will not go live until mid-June,  the essay was released today, May 15th.   Until I see the online application form for the Class […]


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Wharton MBA Essay Questions for Class of 2020

Aug, 17, 2017


In this post, I analyze the essay questions for the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania for Fall 2018 admission. You can find testimonials from my clients admitted to Wharton in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017  here.  For my most recent post on Wharton interviews, please see here and here. My clients have […]


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Stanford GSB MBA Essays and Application for the Class of 2020

Aug, 16, 2017


In this post, I analyze the Stanford GSB MBA essays and additional information/resume/employment history/activities for Class of 2020 Admission. My analysis of Stanford GSB interviews can be found here. In addition to the Class of 2020 post, I also recommend reading and/or listening to my presentation, “So you want to get into Stanford GSB?” which was made to a Japanese […]


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HBS Class of 2020 MBA Admissions Application

Aug, 16, 2017


In this post, I will be analyzing the essay question and key components of the HBS Application for the Class of 2020.  In addition to discussing overall HBS application strategy and the required essay, I will discuss key parts of the application form, resume, and transcript. I also provide some advice for HBS reapplicants and  Harvard […]


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MIT Interview Essay Question

Feb, 16, 2017


IF YOU ARE INVITED FOR AN MBA INTERVIEW AT MIT SLOAN Those invited to interview will be asked to answer the following question: The mission of the MIT Sloan School of Management is to develop principled, innovative leaders who improve the world and to generate ideas that advance management practice. Please share with us something […]


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MIT Sloan MBA Essays for Fall 2017 Admission

Aug, 18, 2016


In this post I will discuss the Class of 2019 MBA application admissions essays for the MIT Sloan School of Management.   You can see the my client results and testimonials here.   Before analyzing MIT Sloan School of Management MBA Essays for Fall 2017 entry, I think it is important to take a look at MIT […]


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Chicago Booth 2016-2017 MBA Application Essays

Jul, 29, 2016


This post is on the University of Chicago Booth’s MBA application essays for 2016-2017 admission to the Class of 2019. The University of Chicago is a very intellectually serious place.  Booth reflects that culture. Not everyone who goes there is an intellectual, but most are quite smart.  Your objective is to show you understand yourself, understand […]


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Wharton MBA Essay Questions for Class of 2019

Jul, 28, 2016


In this post, I analyze the essay questions for the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania for Fall 2017 admission. You can find testimonials from my clients admitted to Wharton in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015  here. Unlike the trend in the last several years, where the number of essays or word count has […]


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INSEAD MBA Essay Questions for September 2017 Admission

Jul, 21, 2016


Here I discuss INSEAD’s essays for September 2017 Entry (Class of July 2018).  The application has been updated and now there is a video component.  As the details of what the video component is are not fully available at this time, I will update this post soon (July 21, 2016).  Since 2001, when I began doing […]


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Stanford GSB MBA Essays and Application for the Class of 2019

May, 17, 2016


In this post, I analyze the Stanford GSB MBA essays and additional information/resume/employment history/activities for Class of 2018 Admission. My analysis of Stanford GSB interviews can be found here. In addition to the Class of 2019 post, I also recommend reading and/or listening to my presentation, “So you want to get into Stanford GSB?” which was made to a Japanese […]


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Some brief pointers for editing MBA and other graduate school application essays

Apr, 22, 2016


 Chances are extremely high that when you initially write any application essay and even when you have a good working version of it going, it is likely to be over the word count.  If it is not over the word count, especially at the initial stage that itself is actually a problem.  In another blog post, […]


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