We were going through the Anderson MBA application to see what they’re asking for this year when we laugh-out-loud-snorted.
On their academic history section, they tell you to enter the grading scale used by your school – e.g., “4.0” for most U.S. schools – and the field has this priceless gem:
The number must match the scale on your transcript or else you are not following instructions. [emphasis added]
That’s awesome. Talk about playing it real, UCLA.
This goes in stark contrast to the sense of true distaste that we experienced when we read through the HBS MBA application several weeks back. Apparently Harvard Admissions is now pretending to be your friend.
You know they AREN’T your friend, not IRL at least. If they were, why would they be so mean and reject you?
Oh yeah, that’s coming later. For now we’re going to be all cutesie and pseudo-nice and such. Harvard claims it’s an attempt to be transparent, but c’mon. They’re actually lying to you in places.
Like where they imply that it’s OK to submit a resume that’s longer than one page – nay, longer than TWO pages. That’s BS, HBS! Your very own Dee Leopold has stated point-blank in her webinars that they question the need for this.
Here are her exact words:
The resume can be more than one page but ask yourself real carefully, “Does it need to be?”
Here’s what the HBS app instructions say:
Ideally, this would be about 1-2 pages in length, but we’re not going to make a fuss if yours happens to be longer than that.
Talk about mixed messages.
Dee even said it in her blog post on Application Instructions from Friday (Aug. 29) : “We are not hoping to have multi-page resumes with tons of detail.”
But it’s Harvard. They can get away with it.
Sheesh, Dee even implied in that blog post last week that if they can’t figure something out on your app, that they’ll contact you for clarification. Really?!? Sorry, can’t say we’ve ever heard of that happening. It’s up to you to present yourself appropriately.
Consider yourself warned: The HBS app is not your friend. Don’t buy into that fluffy talk language on the app instructions – and DEFINITELY do not forget that this needs to be a completely formal, professional, crystal-clear, NO TYPOS presentation.
Anyway, thanks to UCLA for keeping it real. Nice new admissions site, too. UCLA is (finally) stepping up their game.
BTW in case you’re wondering: Your resume should be just one page. Period.