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Re: Calling all HBS Fall 2009 Applicants [#permalink] New post 12 Nov 2008, 18:54
I'm thinking my less than stellar gPA will get me dinged here. :(

Does anyone know when the dings go out?

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Re: Calling all HBS Fall 2009 Applicants [#permalink] New post 12 Nov 2008, 18:58
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BusinessWeek is also reporting that many of the typical gilded resumes (top tier bulge bracket bank => multi-billion dollar PE firm) are not being interviewed this year. This is very unusual.


if this is indeed true, then good for Harvard.
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Re: Calling all HBS Fall 2009 Applicants [#permalink] New post 12 Nov 2008, 20:20
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BusinessWeek is also reporting that many of the typical gilded resumes (top tier bulge bracket bank => multi-billion dollar PE firm) are not being interviewed this year. This is very unusual.


if this is indeed true, then good for Harvard.


Why do you say that? I don't disagree or agree, I'm just curious what your reasoning is.
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Re: Calling all HBS Fall 2009 Applicants [#permalink] New post 12 Nov 2008, 20:23
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BusinessWeek is also reporting that many of the typical gilded resumes (top tier bulge bracket bank => multi-billion dollar PE firm) are not being interviewed this year. This is very unusual.


if this is indeed true, then good for Harvard.


I am curious about this as well. I don't work at a BB (but did my summer internship at one) and IB does get some of the brightest undergrads, from the best schools...yes some of my coworkers were dolts but out of my graduating class the top students all generally went to "gilded resume" places...they're talented people.
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Re: Calling all HBS Fall 2009 Applicants [#permalink] New post 12 Nov 2008, 20:25
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BusinessWeek is also reporting that many of the typical gilded resumes (top tier bulge bracket bank => multi-billion dollar PE firm) are not being interviewed this year. This is very unusual.


if this is indeed true, then good for Harvard.


Why do you say that? I don't disagree or agree, I'm just curious what your reasoning is.


Positives of having less PE people: Obviously, more diversity. They generally take up 10% of the class or thereabouts, I believe. Additionally, there is a lot of worry about how the industry will carry on, and they may want to push these folks to look at different career tracks.

Negatives of having less PE people: The HBS/Stanford PE network is extremely strong and powerful. It is one of the main reasons why top finance people are usually shooting for H/S or bust. They also tend to be some of the best students at HBS and overrepresented as Baker Scholars. You do not want to anger these folks.

I believe that they are just waiting to see how many finance people apply in R2, and the quality of this pool of people. There is no doubt that they are flooding HBS with applications this year, and they will have to devise some mechanism to admit the best of them.
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Re: Calling all HBS Fall 2009 Applicants [#permalink] New post 12 Nov 2008, 21:21
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Same here - 29 at matriculation, still waiting for invite. Add me to the "oldies-but-goodies" club :)


Similar situation -- I'll be 28 at matriculation. I'll admit I'm starting to sweat a little bit. I only applied to 4 schools, and it looks like HBS is a bust and I haven't got any love from Ross yet. I know there is still time ... but I'm getting just a tad antsy.
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Re: Calling all HBS Fall 2009 Applicants [#permalink] New post 12 Nov 2008, 21:21
regarding age.well i am 28, will be 28 at matriculation, but guess what? I have 9 years of experience..thats right..i might as well not apply :(

I think if HBS is trending younger its probably the most stupidest thing...cause i can tell you as the youngest guy in every freaking group i ever worked for..I had to work harder than the rest to prove myself..those young minted HBS mba are in for a lot of social trauma..
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Re: Calling all HBS Fall 2009 Applicants [#permalink] New post 14 Nov 2008, 04:46
Guys,

Anybody here giving a telephonic interview for HBS? how are you guys preparing?

Does anyone have experience with telephonic interviews?
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Re: Calling all HBS Fall 2009 Applicants [#permalink] New post 14 Nov 2008, 05:07
Congrats everyone on the interview invites! I've added to the list on the first page. There were some missing. CompanyMan, check with Lepium a current student, he may have had a telephonic interview.
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Re: Calling all HBS Fall 2009 Applicants [#permalink] New post 14 Nov 2008, 06:32
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Guys,

Anybody here giving a telephonic interview for HBS? how are you guys preparing?

Does anyone have experience with telephonic interviews?


I generally quite like telephonic interviews. At the very least, it allows you to have a good amount of notes in front of you in case you have any questions that stump you. Of course, be wary of actually reading responses and coming off as robotic. I think the main downsides to a telephonic interview are that it can be more difficult to "connect" with the person because of a lack of non-verbal cues, plus the risks of technical difficulties and difficult communication due to accents. One piece of advice I have is to dress at least semi-professionaly during the call. It sounds goofy, but I think you somehow naturally come off as more professional and confident if you're wearing normal clothes, as opposed to talking in your pajamas. Good luck!
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Re: Calling all HBS Fall 2009 Applicants [#permalink] New post 14 Nov 2008, 06:34
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Congrats everyone on the interview invites! I've added to the list on the first page. There were some missing. CompanyMan, check with Lepium a current student, he may have had a telephonic interview.


Looks like GMATClub is running >50% on interview invites! 8-)
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Re: Calling all HBS Fall 2009 Applicants [#permalink] New post 14 Nov 2008, 06:57
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Congrats everyone on the interview invites! I've added to the list on the first page. There were some missing. CompanyMan, check with Lepium a current student, he may have had a telephonic interview.


Looks like GMATClub is running >50% on interview invites! 8-)


Truly inspiring for us R2 folks. Congratulations once again everyone.
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Re: Calling all HBS Fall 2009 Applicants [#permalink] New post 14 Nov 2008, 07:07
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Guys,

Anybody here giving a telephonic interview for HBS? how are you guys preparing?

Does anyone have experience with telephonic interviews?


I generally quite like telephonic interviews. At the very least, it allows you to have a good amount of notes in front of you in case you have any questions that stump you. Of course, be wary of actually reading responses and coming off as robotic. I think the main downsides to a telephonic interview are that it can be more difficult to "connect" with the person because of a lack of non-verbal cues, plus the risks of technical difficulties and difficult communication due to accents. One piece of advice I have is to dress at least semi-professionaly during the call. It sounds goofy, but I think you somehow naturally come off as more professional and confident if you're wearing normal clothes, as opposed to talking in your pajamas. Good luck!


Well, I have no prior experience with telephonic, hell i have only given one formal interview in my life yet...

I am more worried about accents.. pre conceived notions regarding personalities develop from accents.
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Re: Calling all HBS Fall 2009 Applicants [#permalink] New post 14 Nov 2008, 07:11
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CompanyMan wrote:
Guys,

Anybody here giving a telephonic interview for HBS? how are you guys preparing?

Does anyone have experience with telephonic interviews?


I generally quite like telephonic interviews. At the very least, it allows you to have a good amount of notes in front of you in case you have any questions that stump you. Of course, be wary of actually reading responses and coming off as robotic. I think the main downsides to a telephonic interview are that it can be more difficult to "connect" with the person because of a lack of non-verbal cues, plus the risks of technical difficulties and difficult communication due to accents. One piece of advice I have is to dress at least semi-professionaly during the call. It sounds goofy, but I think you somehow naturally come off as more professional and confident if you're wearing normal clothes, as opposed to talking in your pajamas. Good luck!


Well, I have no prior experience with telephonic, hell i have only given one formal interview in my life yet...

I am more worried about accents.. pre conceived notions regarding personalities develop from accents.


Assuming you're from a fairly typical MBA student location I wouldn't worry too much about stereotypes inferred from your accent. I'm sure the adcoms have spoken to hundreds, if not thousands, of people with a similar accent and would not be naive enough to assume something about your personality based off of it.
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Re: Calling all HBS Fall 2009 Applicants [#permalink] New post 15 Nov 2008, 06:19
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agold wrote:
BusinessWeek is also reporting that many of the typical gilded resumes (top tier bulge bracket bank => multi-billion dollar PE firm) are not being interviewed this year. This is very unusual.


if this is indeed true, then good for Harvard.


Why do you say that? I don't disagree or agree, I'm just curious what your reasoning is.


I said that because I don't think IB and PE are going to be major hirers of MBAs in the near future (maybe 5-10 yrs). It makes sense for Harvard (or any other b-school) to reduce the number of people they take from this field, many of whom probably said they wanted to return to PE/IB. Other fields such as healthcare and energy are gaining in popularity among b-school graduates, and in order to make room for these folks, HBS is making cuts among PE/IB people.

Just my theory. I have nothing against people in IB/PE (except maybe a slight jealousy at what I can imagine is the size of their bank accounts).
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Re: Calling all HBS Fall 2009 Applicants [#permalink] New post 16 Nov 2008, 19:43
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I'm in the same boat as you, my friend. Don't worry...somebody will welcome our aging minds.


Hey MeddlingKid, it's weird, I've never felt "old" in my life until I started the HBS application!

BTW, all the very best for your Wharton interview! I've just scheduled mine for next week.

BTW guys, does you HBS status still say "Submitted"? I thought it might change to "Complete" or something.

Anyway, all the best to those who have received invites from HBS!!
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Re: Calling all HBS Fall 2009 Applicants [#permalink] New post 17 Nov 2008, 07:52
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BTW guys, does you HBS status still say "Submitted"? I thought it might change to "Complete" or something.


Still says submitted.
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Re: Calling all HBS Fall 2009 Applicants [#permalink] New post 24 Nov 2008, 11:35
Anyone have their interview yet or have one coming up soon?
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Re: Calling all HBS Fall 2009 Applicants [#permalink] New post 24 Nov 2008, 11:41
A week from tomorrow for me. I believe that interviews start tomorrow at the satellite sites, but campus interviews start on the 1st.
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Re: Calling all HBS Fall 2009 Applicants [#permalink] New post 24 Nov 2008, 14:03
What time are you?

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A week from tomorrow for me. I believe that interviews start tomorrow at the satellite sites, but campus interviews start on the 1st.

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