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Re: Haas Berkeley 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 15 Dec 2011, 08:58
I have the eaxct same questions as Romano25 and would really appreciate any advice!
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Re: Haas Berkeley 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 15 Dec 2011, 09:12
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Hi Guys,
I am an R1 applicant in California anxiously waiting for an interview call. I have been fortunate
enough to get into a M7 school in R1. However due to various reasons Haas and Sloan are my
top choices.
My question is this: Would it be prudent to let Haas AdCom know that I have an admit in hand?
The idea here is to signal to Haas AdCom that I am a good candidate (due to M7 admit) and
deserve an interview. However I have never heard of this being done. Could it backfire?
A buddy of mine warns me against it, arguing that Haas might ding me if they know that
I have an admit from another top school for yield related reasons. BTW the school that I have
got into is not HSW.
Your advice is appreciated.


I suggest against doing so for two reasons:
1) A main reason why schools put people on waitlist is because they are not sure who will attend and who will not. In an ideal non-quantum non-relativity world, they would admit only those who they think WILL ATTEND their program. Unfortunately there is no way to find out, so they waitlist people. Now in such a situation where 'there is NO way to find that out', you are actually GOING and TELLING them yourself - you are guiding them toward believing that you MIGHT not attend Haas

2) This is my opinion and I might be wrong - but they might take this as a 'threat' or 'warning' so to speak. I hope this does not sound like - 'Hey fella, I have an admit already, that too from M7, so bring it on BRO' lol
well jokes apart, my 0.02$ - avoid it..just wait till they call you...anyway you have nothing to lose..
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Re: Haas Berkeley 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 15 Dec 2011, 09:19
Hey guys,

Just thought I'd share this with you. I received an interview invite from Berkeley Haas in late November, and when I scheduled an on-campus interview, the latest date it (the online scheduling system) would allow me to interview on-campus was Friday December 9th.

Now make of this what you will, perhaps they opened up new interview slots after that? Has anyone received an invite in mid-December? But my impression was that they're probably done interviewing for Round 1.

Also, to the question about letting Haas know about acceptance to another MBA program - I would definitely suggest against it too. It's not a standard practice, and there's no way to know how they would react, but I expect it would affect your candidacy negatively.
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Re: Haas Berkeley 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 15 Dec 2011, 10:50
Hi Guys,
Appreciate your prompt responses. Your arguments make a lot of sense and I probably will just continue to wait.
To give all of ourselves some hope, I did a survey of Haas Berkeley 2011 - Calling All Applicants. Interview calls
were sent at-least until Early Jan. So I am optimistic that people (hopefully me too) will continue to receive calls.
However, what we do not know is the admit percentage of people who get late interviews. A very unscientific survey
based on trolling the web suggests that applicants who get late interviews invariably get dinged. Maybe applicants
who get late interviews are people who are low on the priority list and AdCom will admit them only if they kill in the
interview.
And if all of this leaves you wondering, how any of this is uplifting, please picture me bathed in shame
and confusion.
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Re: Haas Berkeley 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 15 Dec 2011, 11:57
Whoa whoa whoa they might have wrapped up R1 on-campus interviews last week but there's still almost a month for off-campus interviews before decision day. The interview invites only started going out in mid-November as I recall and they may go out right up until the end. There's a good chance they are still evaluating the last of the apps and I wouldn't think those are necessarily the ones that are of poorer quality. Do they mix them all up or go in submission order? I submitted mine the day they were due for R1 so maybe that's why I haven't heard anything yet. Let's stay positive about our chances and everyone else's.

Do people get into Haas at any time if they don't kill the interview? Haas gets so many high-GMAT, high-GPA applications for a relatively small incoming class, I don't think they take people who don't have the personality and cultural fit to go with the credentials. They seem genuine about the four pillars. This is just what I think based on my experience meeting staffers, current students and alums. Lots of dynamic and memorable personalities. I'm glad I've already done an interview for another program because at least when and if Haas contacts me, I will be a little more prepared. Finding out later could be a good thing. And being waitlisted is always a possibility and better than a ding :)

I do wish that they would tell the people who are being dinged without an interview before Jan. 12 though. So those people could grieve and move on.

Because I was feeling like I was a little too focused on my first-world problems of the ups and downs of applying to b-school, I collected several boxes of canned food and toiletries and cash and gift card donations for a local nonprofit in the last several weeks from friends, family and co-workers. Maybe I can inspire someone else on here to do something for others in their community this holiday season too.
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Re: Haas Berkeley 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 15 Dec 2011, 14:27
I really hope Haas isn't done with R1 interviews. I am actually a re-applicant. Last year, I applied and got an interview invite in November, and then got waitlisted. I stayed on the waitlist until the very end in July, and then finally got the rejection. I applied again this year, but still no interview invite, which has me down at the moment. But, if I could get on the waitlist last year, and since my GMAT is better this year than then, I'm hoping that I can get the interview again this cycle. Fingers crossed for me and for all the rest of you waiting as well!
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Re: Haas Berkeley 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 15 Dec 2011, 14:29
Oh, and I just got rejected from Kellogg =( ... So, I really, really hope Haas interviews aren't over yet!

mbahopeful2012haas wrote:
I really hope Haas isn't done with R1 interviews. I am actually a re-applicant. Last year, I applied and got an interview invite in November, and then got waitlisted. I stayed on the waitlist until the very end in July, and then finally got the rejection. I applied again this year, but still no interview invite, which has me down at the moment. But, if I could get on the waitlist last year, and since my GMAT is better this year than then, I'm hoping that I can get the interview again this cycle. Fingers crossed for me and for all the rest of you waiting as well!
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Re: Haas Berkeley 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 15 Dec 2011, 23:16
Mbahopeful,
Keep the faith. Also I think that your reapplication and determination to get in is very admirable. One way or the other, with or without, you can still do well!
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Re: Haas Berkeley 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 18 Dec 2011, 09:23
I was wondering what the lead time is between submission and an invite to interview? I submitted a R2 application (deadline: Dec 1). When is a good time to start panicking? Thank you!
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Re: Haas Berkeley 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 19 Dec 2011, 08:30
Does anyone know if the application status is supposed to change after you've interviewed? I interviewed just over a week ago and it still says invited to interview.
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Re: Haas Berkeley 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 19 Dec 2011, 12:19
matt753 wrote:
Does anyone know if the application status is supposed to change after you've interviewed? I interviewed just over a week ago and it still says invited to interview.


Mine says the same! I did my interview like three weeks ago haha
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Re: Haas Berkeley 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 20 Dec 2011, 08:00
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matt753 wrote:
Does anyone know if the application status is supposed to change after you've interviewed? I interviewed just over a week ago and it still says invited to interview.


Mine says the same! I did my interview like three weeks ago haha


Thanks taffy97, good to know. I guess it will change no matter what in less than a month!
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Re: Haas Berkeley 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 20 Dec 2011, 10:29
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taffy97 wrote:
matt753 wrote:
Does anyone know if the application status is supposed to change after you've interviewed? I interviewed just over a week ago and it still says invited to interview.


Mine says the same! I did my interview like three weeks ago haha


Thanks taffy97, good to know. I guess it will change no matter what in less than a month!


I interviewd on 11/21 and called adcom last week about my application status still hanging on "invited to interview". I was told it would remain like this until decisions came out in Jan. Just make sure that you check the notes under your status to see if you need to submit anything else like official transcripts for instance!
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Re: Haas Berkeley 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 20 Dec 2011, 22:47
Hey all,

I'm applying round 3 and had a question about the application. When filling out the employment history page, the application asks for "Responsibilities/Key Accomplishments".

Did you choose to use this as an additional essay, similar in nature to the "most significant accomplishment" or did you keep this fairly high level and general? It doesn't appear that there is a word limit on this entry. Right now I've kept it fairly high level, but was thinking about adding a personal anecdote or two for key accomplishments (although I my most significant accomplishment essay is a work accomplishment). What did those that have already applied choose to do/what are you planning on doing if you haven't applied yet?
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Re: Haas Berkeley 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 20 Dec 2011, 22:53
once again, are there ANY INDIAN APPLICANTS invited for interview so far?
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Re: Haas Berkeley 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 22 Dec 2011, 16:23
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Hey all,

I'm applying round 3 and had a question about the application. When filling out the employment history page, the application asks for "Responsibilities/Key Accomplishments".

Did you choose to use this as an additional essay, similar in nature to the "most significant accomplishment" or did you keep this fairly high level and general? It doesn't appear that there is a word limit on this entry. Right now I've kept it fairly high level, but was thinking about adding a personal anecdote or two for key accomplishments (although I my most significant accomplishment essay is a work accomplishment). What did those that have already applied choose to do/what are you planning on doing if you haven't applied yet?


Hi sfmatt,
Submitted R2 intl applicant here.
If I am not wrong, the application asked for "Responsibilities" only. I mean as far as I remember, it didn't ask about "Key accomplishments". So, I kept it pretty high level and general.
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Re: Haas Berkeley 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 22 Dec 2011, 17:16
Just got back from a coffee chat in my city hosted by a 2nd year student. It was very informal but a great way to get information about Haas' academic and EC opportunities from a student's perspective. Also I think interacting with current students can give a slight idea of what your classmates might be like. If any R2 applicants know of a coffee chat happening near them I highly recommend going.
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Re: Haas Berkeley 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 23 Dec 2011, 14:04
Does anyone know if it is possible to switch an application from part-time to full-time? My recommenders have submitted and I am working on the essays, but after further analyzing my goals, I really feel that the full-time program would better suit me. The essays seem to be the same, and I'm assuming the recommendation questions, etc. would be the same as well. I don't want to appear indecisive to the AdCom, so if they were to say no, and that hurts my part time app, then I dont want to do it. Any thoughts?
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Re: Haas Berkeley 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 25 Dec 2011, 09:56
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Does anyone know if it is possible to switch an application from part-time to full-time? My recommenders have submitted and I am working on the essays, but after further analyzing my goals, I really feel that the full-time program would better suit me. The essays seem to be the same, and I'm assuming the recommendation questions, etc. would be the same as well. I don't want to appear indecisive to the AdCom, so if they were to say no, and that hurts my part time app, then I dont want to do it. Any thoughts?


I doubt it's possible to switch your app. I think you'd have to create a fresh app for the FT MBA program, and discard the other one, which means you'd have to ask your recommenders to submit their recos again. I'm assuming you have not yet submitted your app, in which case it shouldn't be a problem.

Also, even if it's possible to switch, I would advise against it because the recommenders' comments & tone would surely be different if you were applying to the FT program than if you were applying for the PT program.
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Re: Haas Berkeley 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 25 Dec 2011, 12:11
Anyone who did their undergrad at Cal having difficulty sending official transcripts to Haas? The online system will only let me send my transcript to the graduate office, not directly to Haas Admissions.
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