You would be hard pressed to find a smarter, more articulate, and more likeable MBA candidate than Olivia.
Product Manager at Morgan Stanley, she also worked for Staples and Wayfair. At Staples, Olivia was a Junior Product Manager on the company’s digital leadership rotation program. At Wayfair, she held the position of Senior Associate Product Manager, focused on the company’s B2B offerings. Additionally, she successfully overcame a company-wide layoff at Wayfair at the start of the pandemic to land her job at Morgan Stanley.
The 26-year-old professional sports a 740 GMAT, a score obtained on her very first try. But the red flag in his quest to earn an MBA at one of his four target schools – Harvard Business School, MIT Sloan, New York University Stern School of Business, and Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School of Business – just might be his GPA. She earned a 3.2 at Babson during her undergraduate years.
How to overcome a low GPA? Tat 740 GMAT is a start. Additionally, Olivia completed Harvard Business School’s online core business program, HBX CORe, to solidify her credentials. Is it sufficient?
In this Friday’s episode with Sandy, HBSGuru.com founder Sandy Kreisberg and Poets and quants Founder and editor John A. Byrne is weighing his chances. Sandy thinks she has a chance on HBS, even with a Babson 3.2. If Olivia comes in, it will be an easy ride. She currently lives in the Harvard neighborhood.
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THREE ODDBALL JOBS TO EXPLAIN, INCLUDING DOG DNA
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GRAND STATS, PUBLIC IVY DEGREE & FANG JOB. WHY HE’S GOING TO SUM UP ANYWHERE
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HOW THIS POWERFUL CANDIDATE CREATED HIS FIRST HBS APP
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YES AT HBS WITH A 3.0 AND A 680 – THIS BOY’S “ TWIN ” DID
2 + 2 POSITIONING FOR TYPES OF FINANCING
40% AS BUT HIGH CHANCES FOR HBS 2 + 2. I FOUND WHY
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OVERCOME TWO STRIKES: A LOW GPA AND A LOW GMAT
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APPLICATION TO H / S / MIT FROM LATIN AMERICA WITH A 770
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CAN THIS INDIAN MAN GET TO HARVARD IF HE HAS NOT DONE HIS UNDERGRAD AT IIT?
WILL THIS BOY’S FAST FOOD EXPERIENCE MAKE HIM BLACK AT HBS DESPITE A 770 GMAT and 4.0 GPA?
CAN THIS FIRST GENERATION BLACK ENGINEER GO TO HARVARD OR STANFORD?
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WHAT ENGINEERS NEED TO DO TO REGISTER
HOW DOES AN INDIAN CANDIDATE STAND OUT AT M7?
CAN SHE TURN MONEY INTO GOLD FOR WHARTON AND COLOMBIA?
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AN HBS MOCK INTERVIEW WITH A UNICORN TECH GUY
HARVARD / STANFORD / WHARTON FOR THIS MONEY, NO GOLD SUMMARY?
STANFORD AND DOES THERE HAVE A MARY ROOM FOR THIS 33 YEAR CANDIDATE?
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CAN YOU JOIN STANFORD FROM YOUR FOURTH JOB?
WILL STANFORD & HARVARD BUY THIS STORY?
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ENTERING KELLOGG AND MCCOMBS FROM PLUTO (NOT THE PLANET)
HOW DOES THIS MCKINSEY ANALYST NOT FIT IN HBS & STANFORD?
A HIGHLY RANKED MBA FOR THIS PIANIST CONCERT?
NAGER, TECHNOLOGICAL FOUNDER, BANKER, HUMORIC TESTS FOR H / S / W
BAINIE, BYU ATHLETE = H / S / W?
INTERVIEW TIPS FOR MILITARY CANDIDATES – AND OTHERS
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GROUPON AT HBS? THIS GUY CAN DO IT
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OLD WHITE MALE WITH A LUCK AT HBS?
MBA MOCK INTERVIEW: MORGAN STANLEY STAFF RECEIVED A DRILL
GRE FOR 2 + 2 SUPERSTARS: WHAT BASS CAN IT GO TO?
SAY “YES” TO THE MONEY OR “STAY” FOR THE GOLD?
WHEN WHITE MALE SHOULD RETURN TO GMAT
3.4 GPA, 700 GMAT & HISPANIC: CAN IT GET TO HARVARD, MIT, KELLOGG?
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CAN THIS INDIAN IT MALE GET TO HBS WITH A 3.4 GPA BUT A 750 GMAT?
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GET IF YOUR STATISTICS ARE LOWER THAN MEDIAN
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REAL HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL 2 + 2 INTERVIEW