HBSpeak

October 21st, 2008

HBS is full of euphemisms and politically correctness. So this time, when HBSers say X, they actually mean Y:

Recruiting

They say… They Mean…
The recruiting process was a humbling experience The recruiting process was a humiliating experience
There wasn’t a cultural fit I didn’t get an offer
I wouldn’t have gone back anyway I didn’t get an offer
How’s the lifestyle at your company? Will I have a life or will I work 19 hours a day?
I had a great summer at Lehman and plan on going back I’ve been smoking something really strong in the last few weeks
It’s a competitive offer I’m getting tons of money!
I’m trying for consulting, I think it’s a good fit for me Finance is gone and I have no idea what I wanna do with my life
I applied to all strategic corporate rotational leadership development programs I have no freaking idea what I wanna do with my life
I’m considering canceling my hell week interviews and accepting the McKinsey offer There are awesome deals to the Bahamas
Dedicated Interview Period Hell Week

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