You already met Vraj in a previous episode. Sandy assessed his odds for Harvard Business School’s 2+2 deferred admissions program less than a month ago under the headline Can This Indian Male With A 3.4/710 Leapfrog His Cohort?
Well, Vraj took the first step toward that leapfrog move by gaining an interview with Harvard admissions this coming Monday. So naturally he came back to help prep for that important session for this mock interview with Sandy.
First the facts: While his raw scores are low (a 710 GMAT and a 3.4 undergraduate GPA), he’s a stellar 2+2 candidate. Born in Vadodara, Gujarat, India, he emigrated to the U.S. with his parents at a young age. He has not one but two Ivy League degrees. Besides his undergraduate degree in computer science and economics from the University of Pennsylvania, he also has a master’s in systems engineering from Penn with a 4.0.
He has done internships with Google, Facebook and an Wharton MBA startup. His Facebook internship led to a job offer with the social media player. And his own startup, Magic Connects, a software platform that matches students with each other attracts 1,500 weekly students visits from 65 universities and 44 countries. Vraj founded the platform during the pandemic to help students, isolated from each other as learning shifted to remote instruction, discover friends and community. He won an outstanding research award for a two-year cancer research project he did for the U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force.
All those accomplishments got him on the interview schedule for Harvard Business School. Now the only question is whether he can present himself well enough to get that admit.
In this episode of Fridays With Sandy, HBSGuru.com founder Sandy Kreisberg puts him through the paces of a mock HBS interview. It’s chock full of lessons for anyone about to walk into an admissions interview with any highly selective business school.
DON’T MISS PREVIOUS FRIDAYS WITH SANDY EPISODES
HBS WITH A 3.2 GPA??? IT COULD HAPPEN.
CAN THIS INDIAN MALE WITH A 3.4/710 LEAPFROG HIS COHORT?
CAN THIS PGA ANALYST LAND AT HBS?
HOW TO MOVE FROM PURE TECH TO STRATEGY CONSULTING
THREE ODDBALL JOBS NEED EXPLAINING, INCLUDING DOG DNA
WITH INTERNSHIPS AT TESLA, TWITTER, SPACEX & THE CIA, DOES HE HAVE A SHOT AT HBS?
WHICH LATIN AMERICAN PASSPORT HELPS THE MOST AT HBS?
GREAT STATS, PUBLIC IVY DEGREE & FANG JOB. WHY HE’S GOING TO GET DINGED ANYWAY
2+2 WITH LOW STATS: SANDY SAYS IT COULD HAPPEN
SUMMA, 780: HBS LIKES THAT, WHARTON LOVES THAT, DOES STANFORD WANT MORE?
ARE ALL OF INDIA’S ITT’S CREATED EQUALY? MAYBE NOT FOR ELITE MBA ADMISSIONS
BIG 4 — LAUNCH PAD FOR H/S/W?
HOW THIS POWERFUL CANDIDATE SCREWED UP HIS FIRST HBS APP
4.0/760, CALTECH: MINEFIELDS FOR 2+2
YES AT HBS WITH A 3.0 & A 680 — THIS GUY’S ‘TWIN’ DID IT
2+2 POSITIONING FOR FINANCE TYPES
40% QUANT YET HIGH ODDS FOR HBS 2+2. FIND OUT WHY
SALES GUY, 31. HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL? HERE’S HOW
THE BASICS OF GETTING AN MD-MBA
CAN THIS BAND LEADER JAZZ HIS 3.3 GPA INTO HBS 2+2? WORKING AT MCKINSEY HELPS
HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL WITH A 670? HERE’S HOW
TOO YOUNG FOR HBS, EVEN WITH A 750 GMAT?
MEXICO, MASTERCARD, MAESTRO: 3 HOOKS FOR AN M7 ADMIT?
AVERAGE GMAT & GPA? CHECK. SO WHAT DO YOU NEED TO BUST INTO BOOTH & KELLOGG?
OVERCOMING TWO STRIKES: A LOW GPA & A LOW GMAT
720 VS. 740 GMAT: THE SLIM DIFFERENCE CAN BE HUGE
HOW TO MAXIMIZE A 320 GRE AND A 3.4 GPA
HOW ASIAN IB/PE APPLICANTS SHOULD PRESENT THEIR STORY TO H/S/W
CAN THIS WHITE SOUTH AFRICAN GUY CRACK STANFORD & HARVARD?
APPLYING TO H/S/MIT FROM LATIN AMERICA WITH A 770
WHERE SHOULD THIS BMW ROCK ‘N’ ROLLER GO TO B-SCHOOL?
CIAO!!! EURO ADMISSIONS FOR BIG 4 TYPES
DON’T SCREW YOURSELF IN THE FIRST TWO MINUTES OF AN ADCOM INTERVIEW
CAN THIS MULTI-RACIAL MAP MAKER FIND HER WAY TO AN ELITE MBA?
UNEMPLOYED POT EXEC GOES FOR TOP MBA. WE SAY MAYBE. ARE WE SMOKING SOMETHING?
A 770 GMAT & TWO NO-NAME EMPLOYERS EQUALS WHAT?
CAN THIS INDIAN MALE GET INTO HARVARD IF HE DID NOT DO HIS UNDERGRAD AT IIT?
WILL THIS GUY’S FAST FOOD EXPERIENCE GET HIM BLACKBALLED AT HBS DESPITE A 770 GMAT & 4.0 GPA?
CAN THIS BLACK FIRST-GEN ENGINEER GET INTO HARVARD OR STANFORD?
GETTING INTO WHARTON & HARVARD WITH A 720 GMAT & A 3.6 GPA
WHAT ENGINEERS NEED TO DO TO GET IN
HOW DOES AN INDIAN APPLICANT STAND OUT AT THE M7?
CAN SHE TURN SILVER INTO GOLD FOR WHARTON & COLUMBIA?
CAN THIS 32-YEAR-OLD FORMER PRO RUGBY PLAYER GET INTO H/S/W?
AN HBS MOCK INTERVIEW WITH A UNICORN TECH GUY
HARVARD/STANFORD/WHARTON FOR THIS SILVER, NOT GOLD RESUME?
IS STANFORD AND HAAS A HAIL MARY FOR THIS 33-YEAR-OLD CANDIDATE?
HOW DO HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL & STANFORD GSB VIEW HR TYPES?
IS THIS ENGINEER A FIT FOR BERKELEY HAAS & MIT SLOAN?
IS 2+2 HBS POSSIBLE WITH A 680 GMAT
HOW A WHITE MALE WITH LOWER STATS GETS INTO COLUMBIA & WHARTON
CAN YOU GET INTO STANFORD FROM YOUR FOURTH JOB?
WILL STANFORD & HARVARD BUY THIS STORY?
FULLBRIGHT, FAMILY POULTRY BIZ, PAKISTAN + HBS?
HOW TO EXPLAIN SIX JOBS IN FIVE YEARS TO A BUSINESS SCHOOL
SHOULD SHE RUSH TO APPLY NOW OR WAIT FOR THE NEXT CYCLE?
HOW TO GET INTO HBS WITH A 3.2 GPA
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT HARVARD’S 2+2 DEFERRED ADMISSIONS PROGRAM
GETTING INTO KELLOGG & MCCOMBS FROM PLUTO (NOT THE PLANET)
HOW DOES THIS MCKINSEY ANALYST NOT GET INTO HBS & STANFORD?
A HIGHLY RANKED MBA FOR THIS CONCERT PIANIST?
SWIMMER, TECH FOUNDER, BANKER, COMEDIAN TRIES FOR H/S/W
BAINIE, BYU ATHLETE = H/S/W?
INTERVIEW ADVICE FOR MILITARY CANDIDATES — AND OTHERS
A 770 GMAT & A 4.O FROM LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS — WHAT ELSE DO YOU NEED FOR HARVARD’S 2+2
FAANG APPLICANTS TO STANFORD & HBS ARE OFTEN SUCCESSFUL. THIS GUY SHOWS WHY
GROUPON TO HBS? THIS GUY MIGHT DO IT
WHAT IT TAKES FOR A NON-IIT FROM INDIA TO GET INTO HBS 2+2
OLD, WHITE MALES WITH A CHANCE AT HBS?
MBA MOCK INTERVIEW: A MORGAN STANLEY STAFFER GETS A DRILLING
GRE FOR 2+2 SUPERSTARS: HOW LOW CAN IT GO?
SAY ‘YES’ TO SILVER OR ‘HOLD OUT’ FOR GOLD?
WHEN WHITE MALES SHOULD RETAKE THE GMAT
3.4 GPA, 700 GMAT & HISPANIC: CAN HE GET INTO HARVARD, MIT, KELLOGG?
CAN THIS LIFE SCIENCE CONSULTANT GET INTO COLUMBIA & KELLOGG?
DO FEMALE INDIAN TECHIES HAVE AN EASIER TIME WITH THE HBS ADCOM?
CAN THIS INDIAN IT MALE GET INTO HBS WITH A 3.4 GPA BUT A 750 GMAT?
WHERE RETAIL BUYERS & BRAND SPECIALISTS GET MBAs
CAN THIS EX-AIR FORCE OFFICER-TURNED-SOFTWARE-ENGINEER CRACK THE MBA CODE?
CAN THIS TARGET STAFFER GET INTO HARVARD OR STANFORD?
HOW PETRO ENGINEERS CAN GET INTO A TOP MBA PROGRAM
LONG DISTANCE CALL: HOW DOES AN AUSSIE TELECOM GUY GET INTO STANFORD?
IS THIS 30-YEAR-OLD ENERGY GUY HEADED FOR HBS?
GETTING IN IF YOUR STATS ARE BELOW THE MEDIAN
WHAT GMAT DOES THIS LATINA GOVERNMENT ANALYST NEED?
REAL GOOD ODDS FOR THIS INDIAN DO-GOODER. HERE’S WHY
MILITARY-BANKER-HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL?
HOW TO AVOID LANDMINES IN YOUR 2+2 INTERVIEW
THE REAL HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL 2+2 INTERVIEW