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Admit WE [#permalink] New post 24 Mar 2010, 08:26
Any idea on when is HBS Rd2 admit WE?
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Re: Calling all HBS Fall 2010 Candidates [#permalink] New post 24 Mar 2010, 09:49
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A mix of a 1 week vacation around India and endless replaying of the interview in my head, (it probably gets more distorted every time I try to recall it). And then telling myself "oh interview is only part of it" and hoping....


I honestly have pretty terrible memory when it comes to most things. I can't hold a 10 digit phone # in my head for longer than 10 seconds, for example.

But when it comes to this interview and the horrendous waiting, I can still remember almost verbatim everything that I said, and every response from my interviewer. There's also an alternate world I slip into where I still like to daydream of how I could have improved some of my answers. But the truth is, even if there was an improvement on one or two responses, it would barely translate into a +1% improvement in my overall odds.

Since it's all beyond my control, here's to hoping that my profile fills some unique niche in the class. :beer
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Re: Calling all HBS Fall 2010 Candidates [#permalink] New post 24 Mar 2010, 16:32
Hey guys,

Trying to get some of your "precious" thoughts over here. Would it be way too late for me to apply for R3 at HBS with the profile listed below? If it's not too late, what do u guys think my chances are w/ profile below? Seems like my GMAT score isn't as competitive as others' are. Tried to raise it with 2nd trial but ended up increasing only 10 points by hitting into a bump during the Verbal part. I'm open for any encouragement/advice/critiques. Thanks in advance!

27/Male/Korean-American (US Citizen)
3.2 from Marshall Undergrad Corporate Finance
700/90% (m:47 v: 38 a: 5.5)
3+ experience as Sr Financial Analyst @ $10B company
Feels pretty strong with application essays
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Joint HKS/HBS Question [#permalink] New post 24 Mar 2010, 16:40
I've interviewed at HBS R2, but I just found I out I was rejected at HKS. I had applied to the joint program but my priority was definitely HBS. Is my HKS rejection going to effect my HBS application? The websites say the applications are independant but the only information they share is final outcome. Hard to believe. Does anyone know of some admitted to one program but not the other if they applied to a joint program? Sandy jump in here if you're got some insight...
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Re: Calling all HBS Fall 2010 Candidates [#permalink] New post 26 Mar 2010, 21:56
So anyone here also apply to Wharton and get results yesterday?

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Re: Calling all HBS Fall 2010 Candidates [#permalink] New post 27 Mar 2010, 01:21
as a wharton round 1 admit with fellowship, i should feel happy that i'll definitely have a b-school to attend this year. but janus, just like you, i can't stop rewinding the interview in my head and counting down the days till april 6. every word and sentence said still haunts me until now.
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Re: Calling all HBS Fall 2010 Candidates [#permalink] New post 27 Mar 2010, 10:12
It seems there are lots of brilliant and accomplished people with prestigious academic and WE pedigrees, amazing stats and great interviews who inexplicably don't get in.

Perhaps, then, there is the cosmic opposite: those with middling all-of-the above who equally inexplicably DO get in. I can only hope I will end up being one of the latter :)

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Re: Calling all HBS Fall 2010 Candidates [#permalink] New post 28 Mar 2010, 10:08
Struggling with a potential decision:
- Admitted to Wharton with full tuition scholarship
- Admitted to Kellogg with half tuition scholarship

What do I do if I also get into HBS (assume no scholarship) on April 6th?
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Re: Calling all HBS Fall 2010 Candidates [#permalink] New post 28 Mar 2010, 17:12
[facepalm] ---er, Wharton with full scholarship? Why is this even a discussion? Unless HBS gives you some significant $ (ok, a little bit of money might still tip a scale to some folks), a Wharton MBA for exactly $0.00 (ok, yeah, whatever, some costs, nothing worth discussing) has an ROI that I can't calculate (and I got a degree in fi-nance, as they say).

Wharton is a huge admit, congrats, seriously. HBS is not so much greater that you should walk away from the full scholarship. Go my friend, go to Philadelphia and have a great time

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Re: Calling all HBS Fall 2010 Candidates [#permalink] New post 28 Mar 2010, 18:14
Decision Time,
I personally think you should take the HBS offer if you get it. Wharton is a great school and you can't go wrong with Wharton, and the full scholarship makes it extra attractive, but the value of a Harvard MBA cannot be understated and it will be worth the investment many times over. It is the ultimate MBA and I would never consider passing it up if I ever get it.
Just my 2 cents, and goodluck in whatever u choose to do.
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Re: Calling all HBS Fall 2010 Candidates [#permalink] New post 29 Mar 2010, 00:31
The best thing to do is simply wait and see if you get into HBS. They might make your HBS/Wharton decision quite an easy one :wink:
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Re: Calling all HBS Fall 2010 Candidates [#permalink] New post 29 Mar 2010, 05:08
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The best thing to do is simply wait and see if you get into HBS. They might make your HBS/Wharton decision quite an easy one :wink:


I know, I know. However, I do think it is fair to assume that there is a 60% chance that I get into HBS (the admit rate post-interview). And, my HBS application and interview were stronger than Kellogg and Wharton. So, more likely than not to get in.

Probably over-thinking this and should wait to see what April 6th brings.
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Re: Calling all HBS Fall 2010 Candidates [#permalink] New post 29 Mar 2010, 05:56
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Janus wrote:
The best thing to do is simply wait and see if you get into HBS. They might make your HBS/Wharton decision quite an easy one :wink:


I know, I know. However, I do think it is fair to assume that there is a 60% chance that I get into HBS (the admit rate post-interview). And, my HBS application and interview were stronger than Kellogg and Wharton. So, more likely than not to get in.

Probably over-thinking this and should wait to see what April 6th brings.




Definitely just wait and see. I could be wrong, but it seems like it's too hard to extrapolate the success of getting into other schools with that of getting into HBS given that they are so focused on determining if you're an interesting addition to the classroom case discussion. Sounds like you're a stellar candidate though (and congrats on your achievements btw) so here's hoping that they make things interesting for you! :wink:
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Re: Calling all HBS Fall 2010 Candidates [#permalink] New post 29 Mar 2010, 10:26
So how does decision day work?

Is it at the stroke of midnight as april 5 becomes april 6? or 12 noon? or 5pm? or some completely random time? All at once or piecemeal?
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Re: Calling all HBS Fall 2010 Candidates [#permalink] New post 29 Mar 2010, 17:27
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So how does decision day work?

Is it at the stroke of midnight as april 5 becomes april 6? or 12 noon? or 5pm? or some completely random time? All at once or piecemeal?


My interviewer said it would be out at around 12 noon Boston time.
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Re: Calling all HBS Fall 2010 Candidates [#permalink] New post 30 Mar 2010, 10:03
ahh, well then for better or for worse, we applicants in India can expect to learn of our HBS fate on April 6 after all! (albeit at the very end of it)
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Re: Calling all HBS Fall 2010 Candidates [#permalink] New post 30 Mar 2010, 15:22
Questions on the essays:

For the short essays, question 1 (topic: What would you like the MBA admissions board to know about your undergraduate experience?)... i have a few ways I could go with that. I believe they want you to talk how your undergraduate experience, specific to your situation/major/institution/goals/etc, helped you develop. However, I could also see it used to explain your transcript/academic history as well.

I have a couple bad grades and a few semesters in a row where personal issues killed my grades... I was wondering if this was a good place to talk about them, or if I should use the 'additional information' area to do that (which is what I did on most other applications).

Also... any advice on doing a cover letter (question 4 of the same section)? I haven't done a real cover lette rin... well... a long time (maybe ever). But it seems like that might be one of the better questions to go after. Any advice on how to format, writing styles/perspective, etc would be appreciated.

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Re: Calling all HBS Fall 2010 Candidates [#permalink] New post 31 Mar 2010, 04:33
When I was picking my essays, it came down to a choice of undergrad experience vs cover letter. Conventional wisdom told me to go for the undergrad experience, but I went for cover letter instead and if nothing else it at least worked in getting me to the interview round :)

I started with my actual cover letter as a base and heavily modified it from there, trying to replace some of the more direct "why you should hire me" with some more thoughtful things.
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Re: Calling all HBS Fall 2010 Candidates [#permalink] New post 01 Apr 2010, 05:48
Here's the waitlist letter from HBS...looks like they are accepting 30 R1s from the waitlist:

Hello Everyone:
Eileen Chang from HBS - it is the beginning of April and time for another update from our office. This is a substantial update, so please read carefully.
As I indicated in my last email, we are making decisions on many of your applications and will be notifying most of you of your final decision next Tuesday, April 6 when we release decisions for Round 2 applicants.

There will be three types of decisions that will be communicated next week for Round 1 waitlist candidates: 1) If it doesn't appear likely that we will be considering you for place in the class at this point, you will be released from the waitlist so that you may pursue other opportunities. 2) A few of you who have not already been interviewed may receive an invitation to interview. 3) Finally, we anticipate making about 30 offers of admission to Round 1 waitlist candidates next Tuesday.

In addition, we will be asking a handful of you to continue to remain on the waitlist and will email you separately to confirm your willingness to do so. If that is the case, you will not receive a decision next Tuesday.

Please have the courtesy to be sincere in your response; if you have indeed made other plans, we would appreciate your letting us know so that we would consider only those who would seriously plan to matriculate if offered a place in the class.
Given that this will be the last time that many of you will be receiving my monthly waitlist update, I'd like to say a very sincere thank you for your patience. You have all demonstrated tremendous cooperation with our process, which I know is not easy given the inherent uncertainty of the waitlist. We are grateful for this and hope that our communication has been helpful in providing some guidance throughout these last few months.

Thank you for your interest in our program, and all the best.

Sincerely,

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Re: Joint HKS/HBS Question [#permalink] New post 01 Apr 2010, 07:02
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I've interviewed at HBS R2, but I just found I out I was rejected at HKS. I had applied to the joint program but my priority was definitely HBS. Is my HKS rejection going to effect my HBS application? The websites say the applications are independant but the only information they share is final outcome. Hard to believe. Does anyone know of some admitted to one program but not the other if they applied to a joint program? Sandy jump in here if you're got some insight...


hmmm, in most cases HKS is less selective but it could turn on your fit and story--I know lots of accepts at HKS/Dings HBS but not many flip side of that --e.g. YOU
(accept HBS/ding HKS) --not to say it could not happen. G'luck and keep us posted.

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