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Calling all the Harvard Gurus - Fall'08

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Re: Calling all the Harvard Gurus - Fall'08 [#permalink] New post 16 Jan 2008, 12:54
forcefeed wrote:
Accepted.


Congratulations...
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Re: Calling all the Harvard Gurus - Fall'08 [#permalink] New post 16 Jan 2008, 13:08
Congrats FF and JJ!!!
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Re: Calling all the Harvard Gurus - Fall'08 [#permalink] New post 16 Jan 2008, 13:32
Thanks everyone. I've posted my profile on the other thread, for those curious.
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Re: Calling all the Harvard Gurus - Fall'08 [#permalink] New post 16 Jan 2008, 13:46
forcefeed, nice! WoW! Congrats!
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Re: Calling all the Harvard Gurus - Fall'08 [#permalink] New post 16 Jan 2008, 13:48
congrats!
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Re: Calling all the Harvard Gurus - Fall'08 [#permalink] New post 16 Jan 2008, 15:41
Dinged as expected.
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Re: Calling all the Harvard Gurus - Fall'08 [#permalink] New post 16 Jan 2008, 17:19
Wow, ff and jj (maybe I should change my username to rhyme better :) )! A little late but Congrats!!!

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Re: Calling all the Harvard Gurus - Fall'08 [#permalink] New post 16 Jan 2008, 18:29
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Thanks guys!!! I remember back in the summer I was not even sure if I would apply to HBS, a few members on here convinced me to give it a shot and it really paid off. No matter how ridiculous it may seem, always apply to a stretch school, you never know what can happen.

Ok, below are some small suggestions on HBS' application that will hopefully be helpful for the R2 & R3'ers as well as next years applicants. If anyone has more specific questions, please let me know. I will try to address them as best I can.

Essays
The most important thing here is to decide what you really want to convey to the adcom and what stories you will tell. For HBS I suggest that each example displays your leadership ability, and shows that you posses qualities that are critical to leading effectively. Everyone's definition of leadership varies so I suggest that you follow your own belief (personally I think decisiveness, vision, and confidence are critical to leadership). Then you will have to decide which stories line up with the essay questions, which I don't believe is too difficult with HBS' broad range of questions. If you can, take a novel approach to answering a question. I ended up completely changing my culture shock essay 10 days before submitting the application because I realized that culture shock can include much more than travels to other countries.

I suggest that you have your essays reviewed by multiple people, I had two sisters, a current HBS student, and a professional editing service review my essays. If you are a very technical person (Engineer or in IT) I suggest that you have non-technically oriented people review your essays. Always remember that it is your application though and you have the final say in what changes and what stays. While I am on the topic of editing, I have to plug Edit Avenue (http://www.editavenue.com). I had all of my essays reviewed by Fin&Marketing and she was able to provide copy editing and advice on content without charging the ridiculous MBA admissions consultant fees.

I believe the most difficult part of the HBS' essays is meeting the ridiculously short word limits. I ended up removing many of the details from each story and had my editors confirm that the essays still made sense. The essays also lacked smooth transitions because those often take a lot of words. My essays were not pulitzer prize winning works, don't worry if writing is not your strong point, I believe it is one of my weaker points. As long as you can clearly show and not tell your story, your writing should be OK.

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First off, if you get an interview invitation, congrats! When I met my interviewer, I was a little intimidated because he seemed like the type of person that would thoroughly grill you and take pleasure in breaking you down. It turns out that it was actually a very enjoyable experience, and had to be the most comfortable interview I have ever had. I believe everyone is interviewed by an HBS adcom, and it is not a blind interview. The adcom will know your profile very well, and have specific areas that they want to probe into. I prefer this approach because I did not find myself recycling my essay and resume material, it was obvious they already knew that well because it would be used as a spring board for their question.

The only piece of advice I can really offer for the interview is to know yourself!!! I know it sounds stupid, but they will start asking about things you barely even mention in the essays. I spent ~10mins of the interview talking about a topic that was not mentioned in my essays, but he knew my profile well enough to read between the lines. Keep your cool throughout the interview, and if needed, take a second to think things over or ask them to repeat the question. Some people just get too wound up and tense which then makes them panic and blow the interview. I listened to some Linkin Park & Jay-Z before the interview and it got me pumped up and in the right mood, being in the right mental state is half of the battle.

I walked out of the interview very satisfied with how things went. I knew that I put my best foot forward, and had no regrets.

Now it is time to get ready for a 1.5 week trip to Rio de Janeiro, the perfect present to myself :-D. Nothing better than the beach, caipirinhas, and beautiful brazilian women :lol:.
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Re: Calling all the Harvard Gurus - Fall'08 [#permalink] New post 16 Jan 2008, 19:18
^ warning about Brazil - you may never want to come back! :lol:

Excellent debrief. And best of luck, yaar!
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Re: Calling all the Harvard Gurus - Fall'08 [#permalink] New post 16 Jan 2008, 19:34
Great debrief and congratulations once again. Where's the new avatar (In case you have decided to go to H)?
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Re: Calling all the Harvard Gurus - Fall'08 [#permalink] New post 16 Jan 2008, 19:57
awesome dudes............congrats an rock on
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Re: Calling all the Harvard Gurus - Fall'08 [#permalink] New post 16 Jan 2008, 21:51
forcefeed, JJGooden, awesome news! Huge congrats!!! :cool
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Re: Calling all the Harvard Gurus - Fall'08 [#permalink] New post 17 Jan 2008, 03:50
Wow congrats forcefeed and jj...AMAZING job guys!
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Re: Calling all the Harvard Gurus - Fall'08 [#permalink] New post 17 Jan 2008, 04:16
Force, Are you going at the Carnival? Oh man, I wish I could be in Brazil right now...

If you really want to see the best women in the world you must go south in Brazil (Florianopolis is the best), but still Rio has really some good stuff there.

If you need some tips PM me.
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Re: Calling all the Harvard Gurus - Fall'08 [#permalink] New post 17 Jan 2008, 08:03
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Great debrief and congratulations once again. Where's the new avatar (In case you have decided to go to H)?


Ya, just in case you decide to go..... :wink:
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Re: Calling all the Harvard Gurus - Fall'08 [#permalink] New post 17 Jan 2008, 08:12
Harvard ding :(

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Re: Calling all the Harvard Gurus - Fall'08 [#permalink] New post 17 Jan 2008, 08:16
Round 1:

forcefeed - Admitted
JJGooden - Admitted
collegesenior - Interviewed, then dinged
ncprasad
kripal
aurobindo
saurabh357
jjanders
deepuaries
grad_mba
poochandi
gnr646
sensation
jpjazzman
tsaditya - Dinged
faceman - Dinged
helg - Dinged
terry12 - Dinged
nnabros - Dinged
MGOBLUE2 - Dinged
KingKREEP - Dinged
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Round 2:

mNeo
bherronp
JamieK
casbroker
nsulham
hsampath
elhajoui
BCC145
just4u1530
vchhaochharia
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Re: Calling all the Harvard Gurus - Fall'08 [#permalink] New post 17 Jan 2008, 09:05
DWI. But this doesn't hurt nearly as Wharton did ...
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Re: Calling all the Harvard Gurus - Fall'08 [#permalink] New post 17 Jan 2008, 20:12
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Force, Are you going at the Carnival? Oh man, I wish I could be in Brazil right now...

If you really want to see the best women in the world you must go south in Brazil (Florianopolis is the best), but still Rio has really some good stuff there.

If you need some tips PM me.


It will actually be right before carnival, hopefully I will be able to make a few of the samba school practices. I'll try to hit Florianopolis on my 2nd trip there, I wouldn't want to set the standard too high :wink:. I'll definetly shoot you a PM.

Oh, and for those of you wondering about the avatar... It's actually a little tough to let go of GSB. The school is so perfect for me and I have dreamed about it for so long (HBS wasn't even a dream till '07), that I still want to think it over before committing to HBS. I am a 90% lean to HBS but I wish I could go to both schools. I also need to find a creative avatar like the rest of you :lol:.
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Re: Calling all the Harvard Gurus - Fall'08 [#permalink] New post 17 Jan 2008, 21:15
anyone got waitlisted w/o an interview (this is my current obsession topic for all schools :)
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