I am new to this forum as well as to the MBA application process so have some newbie questions. I wanted to know if one can influence the timing of the interview by timing the application submission appropriately.
I am planning to apply to HBS, Wharton and Chicago GSB in Round 1 next year (for the class of 2013) but am still researching the application process.
Chicago Booth has a mid decision date by which all the candidates invited to interview will be contacted. Can this date be influenced by submitting the application early?
Harvard and Wharton just mention the deadline and the decision date.
Of these 3, only Wharton mentions that no one will be admitted without an interview. Is this not true for the other two?
I guess it is not the case that the ad-com starts reviewing the applications only after the deadline when all the applications for that round are received.
Basically I want to have Harvard Interviews in the end. Going by the dates this year, Chicago GSB's deadline is 13 days later than that of the other 2. Should I apply to Chicago before HBS if the case is similar next year also?
Thanks a lot!
This is a common misconception. You cannot influence the date of your interview by altering your submission date. The exact process varies by school, but in general, interview invites are sent out as decisions are made and applications are not read in any particular order. Therefore, it is impossible to predict or control when that interview invitation shows up (or exactly what day the interview itself is scheduled on).
To your second question, Harvard, Wharton and Chicago all require interviews. In all instances, if you do not get invited to interview, you will not be admitted.
Third, and perhaps this is obvious, but perhaps not: interviews are by invitation only (Kellogg being an exception) and therefore, you may not even get the chance to interview at HBS, Chicago or Wharton. In fact, it's quite likely you won't get to interview at all three - most people don't.
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