About Harold Simansky

Senior MBA Admissions Counselor

Before Stratus, Harold began his business career at Bain & Company, where he was a member of the Private Equity Group. His work there included investment deal generation, strategic due diligence and portfolio company acceleration. Following this, Harold took a more entrepreneurial road, starting four successful companies over the last dozen years. These endeavors have generally been focused on residential energy efficiency and the “green” home. His most recent company was a website and print magazine (yes, print!) devoted to healthy and sustainable homes. This company was successfully sold in February, 2015 to a regional media company.

Articles written for Stratus Prep:

MBAnalysis Blog: MBA Ding Analysis or Why You Didn’t Get In

Just about the same time every year, we get an influx of new clients looking for a “ding analysis,” meaning helping them figure out why they were rejected from all their top schools. Generally, this process isn’t quite as hard as you might think because there are some obvious spots in the application process where… View Article

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MBAnalysis Blog: Valentine’s Day Special – Best MBA Programs for Finding a Life Partner

As Valentine’s Day bears down upon us, this is not a bad time to look at business school through a different lens, like which school you might want to attend if you’re looking for a life partner. Not exactly something the US News or Financial Times consider when they make their rankings, but in the… View Article

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MBAnalysis Blog: 6 Things to Consider When Selecting an MBA Admissions Consultant

Getting an MBA is possibly one of the biggest investments of your life. As you ponder a hundred-thousand-dollar-plus investment, there is likely to be a realization that you cannot do something as important as this on your own. While friends or colleagues may help, rarely do they have the expertise to move the needle much… View Article

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MBAnalysis Blog: Round 3? Four things to think about

Now that Round 2 MBA submission deadlines have passed, you may start wondering if a Round 3 application is worthwhile. Anyone who has read my blogs knows that I am particularly down on applying R3. After all, what have you been doing until now? By applying so late, what are you communicating to the school?… View Article

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MBAnalysis Blog: 5 MBA Interview Do’s and 5 Don’ts (Part 2)

So, you have been lucky enough to be invited to interview by your top choice MBA program. Congratulations! Your chances of being accepted have just risen from maybe 15% to roughly 50%. While you now have a great opportunity to cement your candidacy, here are some things NOT to do during an interview; things that… View Article

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MBAnalysis Blog: 5 MBA Interview Do’s and 5 Don’ts (Part 1)

The first hurdle business school applicants have to cross is getting an interview. And at some schools that is nearly impossible. At Harvard Business School, for example, roughly 20% of applicants get to meet with an admissions committee member directly to plead their case. But if you are one of the lucky few who do… View Article

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MBAnalysis Blog: Last Minute MBA Application? 8 Crazy Things To Think About

With about two weeks to go before deadlines come fast and furious some of you may start thinking about more schools to which to apply. This may be a product of not getting into your dream school, and now you want to pursue plan B. Or, hopefully, you have gotten into your target school and… View Article

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MBAnalysis Blog: Are You REALLY Applying Round 2?

With almost exactly a month until those Round 2 deadlines start coming fast and furious, NOW is the time to decide if you really are in good enough shape to submit a great application to your top choice MBA program. Just to give you some dates, from January 3 to the 24th some thirty schools… View Article

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MBAnalysis Blog: 5 Things I Am Thankful For…With My Business School Applications

As we all settle down to celebrate the greatest of all-American holidays and give thanks, now is not a bad time to take a different look at the business school applications you are working on. Sure, the application process can be a bear, but there may just be a few reasons to be grateful. 1…. View Article

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