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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 10 Jan 2013, 18:26
PMd you so we don't spam these poor people!

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Thank you Stayfrosty6 and @dwchin for your response. Looks like we have lots to do..
@dwchin - I agree we should stick together, help each other out :) I read the past transcripts for Haas Waitlist chats a noted a few interesting things:
1) R1 Waitlist candidates will be notified before R2 waitlist about a final decision.
2) They will review all the waitlist candidates together again in Mid/end March. So we have until then to beef up our candidacy. A decision will be provided that will be admitted/denied/waitlisted further.
3) If you decide to provide an additional personal statement then they recommended it should not be more than 1 page.

Like you said, it is hard to provide additional information without really knowing what they view as a shortcoming on your profile. My plan is thus to reinforce all aspects:
1) Have one of my original recommenders talk in detail about my quant ability.
2) Have a second new recommender talk about overall leadership potential and a more personal side of me.
3) Take a trip to Haas. I have only attended chats/spoken to students so far
4) Write a personal statement saying how my visit further reinforced my interest in Haas talk about new community work I have done since, I have changed my job so how that has brought me closer to my long term goal.

Does that sound a little overbearing?

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Without really knowing for sure on how things will play out and what exactly would help enhance candidacy, I would tend to agree with stayfrosty.

Personally, I'm thinking additional letter of recommendation and perhaps a personal statement. What about you?

Us waitlisters got to stick together! Haha

AspiringCan wrote:
Waitlisted for me too, after interview..
What kind of info should we be working on for the AdCom?
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 10 Jan 2013, 21:02
Hi! New to this forum. I'm a R2 applicant who is invited to Super Saturday- saw my status updated for the interview invite in late december, got an email this week asking for my official transcript (then confirming they got it). however, I haven't gotten any details about the agenda for Super Saturday itself, and I'd really like to start making travel plans! Has anybody gotten details, or know when we should?
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 10 Jan 2013, 22:17
Can somebody explain what is super Saturday? Is this where they will interview most R2 applicants?
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 10 Jan 2013, 22:45
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Just got the call from Stephanie! And fyi, my application status is still under review.



Wow. You must have a heck of a resume and essays to get into all those great schools with a sub-3.0 gpa. What do you think set you apart?

Congrats.
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 11 Jan 2013, 05:58
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Hi! New to this forum. I'm a R2 applicant who is invited to Super Saturday- saw my status updated for the interview invite in late december, got an email this week asking for my official transcript (then confirming they got it). however, I haven't gotten any details about the agenda for Super Saturday itself, and I'd really like to start making travel plans! Has anybody gotten details, or know when we should?


You should have gotten an email too with the invite and email address to RSVP to, as well as the schedule. Maybe check your spam? The day's events go from 11:30am-5pm.
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 11 Jan 2013, 06:44
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eltoro wrote:
Just got the call from Stephanie! And fyi, my application status is still under review.



Wow. You must have a heck of a resume and essays to get into all those great schools with a sub-3.0 gpa. What do you think set you apart?

Congrats.



Thanks Shawshank. My GPA is a little tricky. My undergrad grades out of a 5.0 scale. The 2.9 is based on their conversion recommendation, but I'm not sure if schools follow that. Other than that, I have good work experience in manufacturing with increasing responsibility, lots of extra-curriculars, and a masters in engineering.
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 11 Jan 2013, 06:54
eltoro wrote:
Thanks Shawshank. My GPA is a little tricky. My undergrad grades out of a 5.0 scale. The 2.9 is based on their conversion recommendation, but I'm not sure if schools follow that. Other than that, I have good work experience in manufacturing with increasing responsibility, lots of extra-curriculars, and a masters in engineering.


Eltoro,

Thanks for sharing the info. I am in a similar situation but in Aerodynamic design. I hope I have done a decent job explaining my situation.
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 11 Jan 2013, 08:54
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MBAtLast wrote:
Hi! New to this forum. I'm a R2 applicant who is invited to Super Saturday- saw my status updated for the interview invite in late december, got an email this week asking for my official transcript (then confirming they got it). however, I haven't gotten any details about the agenda for Super Saturday itself, and I'd really like to start making travel plans! Has anybody gotten details, or know when we should?


You should have gotten an email too with the invite and email address to RSVP to, as well as the schedule. Maybe check your spam? The day's events go from 11:30am-5pm.


Thanks! I've been checking my spam folder regularly and never saw that. I guess it's time to check in with admissions.
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 11 Jan 2013, 08:56
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Can somebody explain what is super Saturday? Is this where they will interview most R2 applicants?


From what I understand it's an interview day for people outside of the Bay area. Beyond that (as in, who gets invited, who doesn't), I don't know the particulars. Specifically, I don't know why some people get invited to that while others interview with alumni in their home town.
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 11 Jan 2013, 09:48
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Can somebody explain what is super Saturday? Is this where they will interview most R2 applicants?

I'm pretty clueless about it, but here's an excerpt from a Haas adcom from two years ago that might help:

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MYTH #1: Super Saturday interviews hold more weight than other interviews
FALSE - Candidates invited to Super Saturday are round 2 applicants who typically reside in the US, but outside the Bay Area. This gives them an opportunity to travel to campus for an interview during a weekend. Though we wish we could extend this opportunity to all of our candidates invited to interview, rest assured that a Super Saturday interview holds equal weight to an interview conducted with an alumnus in your local area or with a student on campus.
Source: http://www.mbaprepadvantage.com/blog/haas-dispels-myths-about-mba-interview-invitations/

So if there are limited spots for Super Saturday, how do they decide which U.S.-based candidates are invited?

Who knows. On one hand, it could make sense to use a priority system in terms of applicant quality and match: you want to sell to the strongest candidates and the best way to do that is through a campus visit. As a U.S.-based candidate who did not get a Super Saturday invite, it could mean that I'm in a 2nd-tier of interview candidates.

On the other hand, it makes just as much sense to look at it logistically: if a metro area has a well-represented alumni population, you'd want to prioritize SS invites to other applicants who might have a harder time finding an alumni match in their area. I'm from D.C., where there is a decent pool of Haas alumni doing social and non-profit work, and have had an easy time connecting for my interview.

It's interesting to contemplate, but I've learned that there is so much out of our control in this process that it's not worth worrying about.
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 11 Jan 2013, 10:01
have any R2 who got their "your application is ready for review" email after 12/12 been invited for an interview?

i'm from California, grew up in the Bay Area and live near LA so I know I wouldn't be invited to Super Saturday but I was hoping to hear something by now...
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 11 Jan 2013, 20:33
Congrats to all R1 applicant call-getters! Those who are in waitlist/waiting for a interview Invite R2... all the very best. Hope is something you can hold on to pretty tightly :).

R1 applicants - would be really glad if you can post your profile, country and interview questions along with what you loved about the interviewer(culture or something). Might be of a great help to us all.

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Re: Haas-UC Berkeley Fulltime MBA(2013) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 12 Jan 2013, 11:55
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Hi, congratulations! I'm still in the early phase of preparing. Maybe cannot catch up this year's R3. So I might join the R1 later this year:)
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 12 Jan 2013, 11:56
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Congrats to all R1 applicant call-getters! Those who are in waitlist/waiting for a interview Invite R2... all the very best. Hope is something you can hold on to pretty tightly :).

R1 applicants - would be really glad if you can post your profile, country and interview questions along with what you loved about the interviewer(culture or something). Might be of a great help to us all.

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I'm a US applicant working in the financial services industry. GMAT was 750+ with a 3.5+ gpa from a top US public school.

The interview questions were posted earlier in this thread by someone else. They are quite generic in my opinion (why a MBA? Why Haas?) and I believe that the interview is more a fit test than anything. My interviewer was from Europe and was very laid back. He had participated in a startup competition at Haas so it was interesting to talk to him about that since I have entrepreneurial interests. We had a very good dialogue and I came away feeling that we had connected well. Note that they end the interview at 45 minutes sharp on campus.
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 13 Jan 2013, 03:07
Hi Everybody,

This is my first post on gmatclub!

I am a R2 international applicant. I know that interview invites for R2 have started coming in, any international applicant who got an invite yet?
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 14 Jan 2013, 18:39
Hi All,

Can anyone offer any insight on the evaluation process for Super Saturday? Are the various panel sessions and group activities really just for the applicants' benefit or are you evaluated throughout the day based on your engagement, questions you ask, etc?

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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 15 Jan 2013, 07:01
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Hi All,

Can anyone offer any insight on the evaluation process for Super Saturday? Are the various panel sessions and group activities really just for the applicants' benefit or are you evaluated throughout the day based on your engagement, questions you ask, etc?

Thanks.


From what I understand it is very much like a campus visit with some added activities but the only evaluation you will go though would be the interview. Of course unless you do something really outrageous, and ad-com will take a note of it. So prepare well for the interview and enjor rest of your day. It is a beautiful campus and awesome people.

You might have already seen it but here is a good blog post to give you an idea about the Super Saturday.
http://berkeleymbastudents.wordpress.co ... the-table/
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 15 Jan 2013, 12:27
Has any R2 applicant who received the confirmation email around Dec 20th have been invited to interview? Please let us know!! Thanks.
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 15 Jan 2013, 13:15
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Has any R2 applicant who received the confirmation email around Dec 20th have been invited to interview? Please let us know!! Thanks.


I would also be interested in knowing that... The waiting time is starting to feel long...
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