哈佛商学院（Harvard Business School，简称HBS）的MBA招生面试前整整两周，亚历克斯•克莱纳每天晚上睡觉前都反复琢磨着一份可能被问到的问题清单。周日，和HBS招生官员约好的面试前一天晚上，他从康涅狄格州的父母那里驱车来到波士顿。
毕竟，那时距离卡莱纳从耶鲁大学（Yale University）毕业，拿到历史学学士学位，已经有将近4年的时间了。毕业后，他在纽约的美林证券（Merrill Lynch）从事了两年的投资银行业务，然后去旧金山的私募股票公司Vector Capital工作了两年。
克莱纳很快成为哈佛大学2014届的一名学生。现在，作为MBA校刊The Harbus的主编，他带领一组同学刊登了最新版的《哈佛商学院面试非正式指南》（Unofficial Harvard Business School Interview Guide）。
For two full weeks before his MBA admissions interview at Harvard Business School, Alex Kleiner would mull over a list of potential questions every night before going to bed. He drove up to Boston on a Sunday from his parents home in Connecticut the night before his scheduled session with an HBS admissions official.
On the Monday morning just after the Thanksgiving Day holiday, Kleiner slipped on a dark navy suit, a blue shirt, conservative tie, and black shoes. "Nothing too flashy," he recalls. And then he reported to a small room at Dillon House where two women sat opposite him. One asked the questions, and one feverishly scribbled notes.
Over the next 30 minutes, he received only one question for which he wasn't completely ready for: "What was your proudest moment in college?"
"It caught me off guard because all the questions I had received until then I had prepared for," recalls Kleiner.
After all, it had been nearly four years since Kleiner graduated from Yale University with an undergraduate degree in history. Since then, he had worked for two years as an investment banker at Merrill Lynch in New York and for two more years in private equity at Vector Capital in San Francisco.
He told the HBS admissions staffers how, as president and captain of the university's club ice hockey team, he helped to organize a match against Johns Hopkins University to commemorate the first collegiate ice hockey game ever played.
"It went by in the blink of an eye," recalls Kleiner. "I walked out thinking it had only begun a couple of seconds earlier. But I felt I had done a good job getting my points across. It was actually pretty comforting. Both people were kind and receptive and engaged in our conversation. The second person didn't speak but she would nod and make facial expressions to let me know she was listening to my answers."
Soon enough, Kleiner would be offered a seat in Harvard's class of 2014. Now, as editor-in-chief of The Harbus, the MBA student newspaper, the 28-year-old has found himself leading a team of students who have just published the latest "Unofficial Harvard Business School Interview Guide."
The newest edition of the guide has been substantively revised and updated -- and, at 68 pages long, (up from just 40 pages last year) is the largest ever published by The Harbus. The question that surprised Kleiner -- along with advice on how to approach an answer -- is among 96 questions revealed in the guide. All of those questions come from current students who successfully navigated the HBS admissions process. "We try in our analysis to give insight to what the admissions committee is after for each question," adds Kleiner.
In addition to the questions, which range from the most obvious to the highly unpredictable, the $65 guide contains a new section offering the best general admissions advice from successful HBS applicants. (The money made from the guide goes to support the foundation that publishes The Harbus newspaper). Kleiner and his MBA colleagues, for example, tossed in a section on timing, urging applicants to give themselves at least two months to study for the GMAT and three months to complete the HBS application alone.