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Calling all the Harvard Gurus - Fall'08 [#permalink] New post 02 Aug 2007, 21:36
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Well, was surprised to see Harvard missing from all the action !

No, I do not intend to apply to Harvard - just starting a thread for all the 'H' aspirants and wishing them all the very best.

Ivory tower - yay


EDIT - Gave in to the H magic and decided to apply !

R1 Applicant List

tsaditya
ncprasad
kripal
faceman
aurobindo
collegesenior
saurabh357
jjanders
forcefeed
deepuaries
grad_mba
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helg....Yes!!We can do this.
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Re: Calling all the Harvard Gurus - Fall'08 [#permalink] New post 09 Feb 2008, 14:31
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I should have posted this earlier, but I guess it is better late than never... Attached is a list of HBS interview questions that have been posted in various places on the internet. Hopefully it helps you prepare and get a grasp of what types of question HBS asks.
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Re: Calling all the Harvard Gurus - Fall'08 [#permalink] New post 16 Jan 2008, 10:10
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Accepted. I'll post more details about my application and interview later today.

Thank you GMATclub!!! :woohoo
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Re: Calling all the Harvard Gurus - Fall'08 [#permalink] New post 09 Jan 2008, 19:21
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dextrous wrote:
when do we get our rejection letters!!


It's Harvard - they don't just reject you. They actually send someone to your house to slap you in the face for wasting their time. Then they reject you.

Unless you've saved the world or cured cancer.
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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.

Interview
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 25 Jan 2008, 07:38
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Terrific, guys. Congratulations!
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Re: Calling all the Harvard Gurus - Fall'08 [#permalink] New post 03 Feb 2008, 18:29
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Congrats to everyone with the R2 interview invites, hopefully we will see more over the next few weeks :-D. GMATclub is really tearing it up.

The only advice I can really provide for the interview is to relax and be ready to talk about anything that has significantly influenced your life. I suggest that you interview on campus if at all possible, it is a great experience.
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Re: Calling all the Harvard Gurus - Fall'08 [#permalink] New post 08 Feb 2008, 14:25
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Hey nupur, way to go!

Go get 'em!

Good luck
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Re: Calling all the Harvard Gurus - Fall'08 [#permalink] New post 08 Feb 2008, 15:03
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nupurgupt wrote:
http://clearadmit.shop.studylink.com/

Does anyone recommend the clear admit school guides for the interview?


I wouldn't buy it because the sample questions are probably worthless. All of the questions will be tailored to your specific profile, they don't like canned questions. Re-read your essays & application multiple times, and try to think about anything that makes you unique. If you really want to practice, you could setup a mock interview with sandy from BW.
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Re: Calling all the Harvard Gurus - Fall'08 [#permalink] New post 09 Feb 2008, 11:54
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Interview call from the mighty "H"....Congrats nupurgupt.....!!!!
I remember someone in this forum post a de-brief of the interview at "H" this season. You may want to search it out.

nupurgupt wrote:
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Wow .. congrats nupur! I would feel that I wrote a very successful Harvard application if I just get an interview call from them (Nevermind the admit).


well in all honesty, i think i have it easier than the male applicants....so it's not fair for me to think that my application was better

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Congrats Dox & Big-O! So I will see both of you on campus this fall, right? :lol:
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Thanks for the support guys. Yeh forcefeed, we'll be seeing each other in the fall :)
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Re: Calling all the Harvard Gurus - Fall'08 [#permalink] New post 02 Aug 2007, 21:41
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Well, was surprised to see Harvard missing from all the action !

No, I do not intend to apply to Harvard - just starting a thread for all the 'H' aspirants and wishing them all the very best.

Ivory tower - yay


I was planning to start the thread and ask Lepium to provide some insight for Harvard aspirants. ANyways, Thanks for starting the thread.

Lets get some people out here and discuss about life at Harvard.
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Re: Calling all the Harvard Gurus - Fall'08 [#permalink] New post 03 Aug 2007, 07:13
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Lets get some people out here and discuss about life at Harvard.


Come visit, man. It's very intense.
What helped me find out stuff:

1) As corny as it may sound, I read the "day in the life" posted by some students in the website and got some useful information.
2) I attended a class, an on-campus info session and an off-campus info session.
3) The website has tons of info, just make sure you follow all the links that interest you or conduct a search.
4) Don't bother too much with following up with adcoms, phoning them every other day, dropping by "just to say hi". Follow the rules and you should be fine. Your decision will be ready when it's supposed to be, and your interview invitation will be sent if necessary.

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 [#permalink] New post 03 Aug 2007, 08:04
I'll be applying R2. Its too early of a R1 deadline for me to be able to visit this year. My odds aren't good, but what the heck, I'll give it a shot.
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Aug 2007, 08:32
Out of all the schools I am looking at, I believe I have the best stories & experiences for the Harvard essays. Too bad that R1 deadline is so early. Right now I am deciding between having HBS be my first set of completed essays, which are usually the worst, and submitting them for R2. I don't think it applying in R2 will hurt my chances anymore, its just the wait to hear back from them would kill me.
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Aug 2007, 08:57
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I don't think it applying in R2 will hurt my chances anymore, its just the wait to hear back from them would kill me.


I agree, R2 won't hurt your chances, but the wait is tough. I think this year they will have a deadline for interview invites (as Chicago and Wharton have), so the wait should be a little shorter.

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Re: Calling all the Harvard Gurus - Fall'08 [#permalink] New post 03 Aug 2007, 09:22
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abhishek.sardana wrote:
Lets get some people out here and discuss about life at Harvard.


Come visit, man. It's very intense.
What helped me find out stuff:

1) As corny as it may sound, I read the "day in the life" posted by some students in the website and got some useful information.
2) I attended a class, an on-campus info session and an off-campus info session.
3) The website has tons of info, just make sure you follow all the links that interest you or conduct a search.
4) Don't bother too much with following up with adcoms, phoning them every other day, dropping by "just to say hi". Follow the rules and you should be fine. Your decision will be ready when it's supposed to be, and your interview invitation will be sent if necessary.

L.


I am in INDIA, so might not be able to visit the campus.............I have gone through the website properly.

Need some information about the job scene post MBA. Do you have some info other than the info in the employment reports?
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Re: Calling all the Harvard Gurus - Fall'08 [#permalink] New post 03 Aug 2007, 09:39
abhishek.sardana wrote:
I am in INDIA, so might not be able to visit the campus.............I have gone through the website properly.

Need some information about the job scene post MBA. Do you have some info other than the info in the employment reports?


Not much, at least yet. That's a good question for an info session or for some local alumni.

My view on the subject is that if you get into HBS there won't be many closed doors, so the job scene can be considered to be as good as or better than that at any other school.

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