MBA Handicapping: How to Use Your International Experience to Enter HBS



How does an auditor enter Harvard Business School from Uzbekistan?

This is a good question that Bakhu absolutely wants answered. Hoping to land a job with MBB in consulting after earning his MBA, he applied to Harvard as well as Northwestern Kellogg, Chicago Booth, MIT Sloan, Dartmouth Tuck, Duke Fuqua and Jones Graduate School of Business at the Rice University.

Bakhu has a score of 720 GMAT and a GPA of 3.7 in economics from Westminster International University in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan. After five years at EY as an auditor, he joined TBC Bank as an internal auditor before joining in one year a start-up audit and consulting boutique where he heads the practice of audit.

Bakhu also has a solid set of extras. Every Saturday, he feeds the homeless in his town. He has a non-profit podcast and is a columnist / translator for a blog #dontbesilent, a project against domestic violence.

The fact that he is from Uzbekistan, the former Soviet socialist republic until 1991, is probably a key advantage for him. Besides the fact that few nationals of this country obtain MBAs in the United States, in the 2020 test year only 100 GMAT tests were taken in Uzbekistan. Currently, not a single Harvard MBA student is from the country. Thus, his international experience would make him unusual if not unique in most business school classes.

In this episode of Friday’s With Sandy, HBSGuru.com founder Sandy Kreisberg and Poets and Quants Editor-in-chief John A. Byrne assesses his chances of acceptance and gives Bakhu powerful advice to help shape his story and increase his chances of being admitted.

If you would like to participate in a future Fridays With Sandy webinar, you can contact Sandy and John here.

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