HBS Deadlines, Essays, and Recommendation Questions (Class of 2015, Starting Fall 2013)


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Essays required for all applicants

Tell us about something you did well. (400 words)

Tell us about something you wish you had done better. (400 words)

Joint degree applicants only:

How do you expect the joint degree experience to benefit you on both a professional and a personal level? (400 words)


AFTER the interview, candidates are asked to do a written reflection on the interview experience which will be submitted via the online application system. This is a chance for you to have the "last word," so to speak.



Recommendations must be completed online. The recommendation form includes the following four essay questions, along with other types of questions.

  • Please comment on the context of your interaction with the applicant. If applicable, briefly describe the applicant's role in your organization. (250 words)
  • How does the candidate's performance compare to other well-qualified individuals in similar roles? (250 words)
  • Please describe the most important piece of constructive feedback you have given the applicant. Please detail the circumstances and the applicant's response. (250 words)
  • Please make additional statements about the applicant's performance, potential, or personal qualities you believe would be helpful to the MBA Admissions Board. (250 words)