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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 19 Jan 2013, 09:03
I have been watching the message board for a while and thought that I would chime in.

I am a California based applicant, applied in Round 2, Submitted Nov 28.
Got invited to interview on Jan 11 at the Super Saturday event.
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 19 Jan 2013, 13:20
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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.

Happy new year to all of you!


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.


Congrats dilbert99, hope to see you there in a few months.
I'm from Israel, male, 31, 670, 3.0 GPA, vast work experience, CPA in big4 accounting firm, and plenty of volunteer work which really impressed them as per the acceptance call from the admissions.
I agree with what dilbert99 wrote above. The interview itself was very easygoing in a coffee-shop for about 45 minutes.
It started by him telling me a bit about himself and then asked me the normal questions:
Tell me about yourself
Why MBA?
Why now?
Why Haas?
Career goals?
What would your friends say your character flaws are? (wasn't prepared for this one)
He then gave me a chance to ask him some questions which I had prepared in advance, both the usual (why MBA, why Haas...) and specific questions about his profession (googled him before) and that's it.

hope this helps, good luck



Congrats on the acceptance! You have the exact type of profile that Haas likes. From my understanding, Haas doesn't care as much about gpa/gmat as say wharton, mit, columbia. I'm really surprised though that you got wait listed at INSEAD, given that they have around a 30% acceptance rate while Haas' is only 13-14% and has probably a stronger applicant pool. I guess it just shows how random mba admissions is.
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 19 Jan 2013, 14:14
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Haas doesn't care as much about gpa/gmat as say wharton, mit, columbia.


Haas doesn't care about GMAT or GPA? They have the 3rd highest average GPA and are among the top 10 for GMAT of any school. With such a small class size they have to be even more sensitive about anything off the average.
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 19 Jan 2013, 17:01
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I am a R2 applicant residing in bay area. I just noticed the 'Status description' for my application status has changed today. My application status had changed to "application under review" on the 20th of December and status description read something like " Your application is ready for review......" ( I precisely remember the 'ready for review')

Today status description reads:
"Your application for admission to the Berkeley Full-time MBA Program is under review by the Admissions Committee. You will be contacted at the decision deadline to see your final admissions decision"
The status however still remains "application under review".

I am concerned about the second sentence. Does this somehow mean I am not chosen for interview?? Do all of you have a similar status description.

Also, if this is the status description prior to getting an invite, does anybody know what the average time is prior to getting invite?


I had that too and got waitlisted...
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 20 Jan 2013, 05:54
Hi all,

I confused by the wording in my Haas application status report.

This is what is in my login page.

Application Status: Application Under Review

Status Description
Your application is ready for review, but we may need additional materials before a final decision can be made. Please read the note below, which indicates what is missing from your application. Please feel free to call or e-mail us if you have any questions regarding these documents.

Additional Notes:
We will require an official transcript from **** University if you are invited to interview.


Are they waiting for my official transcript? But they clearly state that I should send it only if I got the invitation. Anyone else has this situation?

PS. I submitted on 11/29 and got only e-mail saying that they will contact me within 4-6 weeks if my application is incomplete. I did not receive any e-mail saying that my file is complete or incomplete.

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Hi all,

I confused by the wording in my Haas application status report.

This is what is in my login page.

Application Status: Application Under Review

Status Description
Your application is ready for review, but we may need additional materials before a final decision can be made. Please read the note below, which indicates what is missing from your application. Please feel free to call or e-mail us if you have any questions regarding these documents.

Additional Notes:
We will require an official transcript from **** University if you are invited to interview.


Are they waiting for my official transcript? But they clearly state that I should send it only if I got the invitation. Anyone else has this situation?

PS. I submitted on 12/29 and got only e-mail saying that they will contact me within 4-6 weeks if my application is incomplete. I did not receive any e-mail saying that my file is complete or incomplete.


You are fine. So if you get invited for an interview ask the ad-com whether you should bring your transcript to the interviewer or send it to the school. Right now you don't need do anything unless you got an interview invitation.
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 20 Jan 2013, 10:01
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Hi all,

I confused by the wording in my Haas application status report.

This is what is in my login page.

Application Status: Application Under Review

Status Description
Your application is ready for review, but we may need additional materials before a final decision can be made. Please read the note below, which indicates what is missing from your application. Please feel free to call or e-mail us if you have any questions regarding these documents.

Additional Notes:
We will require an official transcript from **** University if you are invited to interview.


Are they waiting for my official transcript? But they clearly state that I should send it only if I got the invitation. Anyone else has this situation?

PS. I submitted on 12/29 and got only e-mail saying that they will contact me within 4-6 weeks if my application is incomplete. I did not receive any e-mail saying that my file is complete or incomplete.


You are fine. So if you get invited for an interview ask the ad-com whether you should bring your transcript to the interviewer or send it to the school. Right now you don't need do anything unless you got an interview invitation.


Just saw my mistake on submission date. I submitted on 11/29, is it still fine with this note? Do you get the same status and note?
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Hi all,

I confused by the wording in my Haas application status report.

This is what is in my login page.

Application Status: Application Under Review

Status Description
Your application is ready for review, but we may need additional materials before a final decision can be made. Please read the note below, which indicates what is missing from your application. Please feel free to call or e-mail us if you have any questions regarding these documents.

Additional Notes:
We will require an official transcript from **** University if you are invited to interview.


Are they waiting for my official transcript? But they clearly state that I should send it only if I got the invitation. Anyone else has this situation?

PS. I submitted on 12/29 and got only e-mail saying that they will contact me within 4-6 weeks if my application is incomplete. I did not receive any e-mail saying that my file is complete or incomplete.


You are fine. So if you get invited for an interview ask the ad-com whether you should bring your transcript to the interviewer or send it to the school. Right now you don't need do anything unless you got an interview invitation.


Just saw my mistake on submission date. I submitted on 11/29, is it still fine with this note? Do you get the same status and note?



yes, you are fine. I have the same status and mine requires my degree certificate too. But don't worry about it. If it helps just call/email the ad-com and ask them. Haas is very timely in replying to emails.
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 20 Jan 2013, 10:46
Don't worry about this unless you are invited for an interview. When you are invited, Haas sends you an email telling you to have your previous institutions send official transcripts to their office.
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 20 Jan 2013, 13:24
Question for experts out there. Should I update the ad-com about the following situation or not?
I submitted my FT MBA application for Haas R2. A week ago I received "Going Above and Beyond Award" at work. It was the resut of my last 4 months of hard-work. I had been going out of my way to help other team-mate to keep his/her project on time and to find solutions with my technical, project management and cultural understanding. I worked 4 to 5 hrs/ week extra on top of my own project work. My name was nominated by someone in my team. 4 people receive this award annually out of 800 ppl on my company campus. This award doesn't come with any financial prize. It is more of an acknowledgement of hard-work and excellent teamwork.

I am taking a guess here for the reason why I won this award because nomination is anonymous and award is for people who go beyond their defined roles for the growth of the company.
This award doesn't come with any financial prize. It is more of an acknowledgement of hard-work and excellent teamwork.

So should I mention it to ad-com or it is not significant enough? If you suggest that I should update the ad-com about it, then what is the best way to do so. An email or a statement with my managers endorsement?
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 20 Jan 2013, 15:37
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Question for experts out there. Should I update the ad-com about the following situation or not?


I'm no expert, but I wouldn't. It would make a great waitlist or interview update though.
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 20 Jan 2013, 15:45
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Question for experts out there. Should I update the ad-com about the following situation or not?


I'm no expert, but I wouldn't. It would make a great waitlist or interview update though.


Thanks Machichi, :-D

How's your final decision round going? Are you close to making a call yet?
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 21 Jan 2013, 08:38
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Question for experts out there. Should I update the ad-com about the following situation or not?
I submitted my FT MBA application for Haas R2. A week ago I received "Going Above and Beyond Award" at work.
So should I mention it to ad-com or it is not significant enough? If you suggest that I should update the ad-com about it, then what is the best way to do so. An email or a statement with my managers endorsement?


I'd save it as additional ammunition for a WL. Definitely slip it into your interview though.
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 21 Jan 2013, 08:44
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Question for experts out there. Should I update the ad-com about the following situation or not?
I submitted my FT MBA application for Haas R2. A week ago I received "Going Above and Beyond Award" at work.
So should I mention it to ad-com or it is not significant enough? If you suggest that I should update the ad-com about it, then what is the best way to do so. An email or a statement with my managers endorsement?


I'd save it as additional ammunition for a WL. Definitely slip it into your interview though.


Thanks stayfrosty. That's the plan. I might send a note to Kellogg though since I already interviewed there.
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 21 Jan 2013, 09:18
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I am a R2 applicant residing in bay area. I just noticed the 'Status description' for my application status has changed today. My application status had changed to "application under review" on the 20th of December and status description read something like " Your application is ready for review......" ( I precisely remember the 'ready for review')

Today status description reads:
"Your application for admission to the Berkeley Full-time MBA Program is under review by the Admissions Committee. You will be contacted at the decision deadline to see your final admissions decision"
The status however still remains "application under review".

I am concerned about the second sentence. Does this somehow mean I am not chosen for interview?? Do all of you have a similar status description.

Also, if this is the status description prior to getting an invite, does anybody know what the average time is prior to getting invite?


mine says the same now also :( keep us posted if you get an interview!
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 22 Jan 2013, 06:49
Any more R2 updates? My app is still "Application Status: (Application Under Review)"
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 22 Jan 2013, 07:14
This wait is killing me. I have the dreaded "Application Under Review" designation.
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 22 Jan 2013, 08:50
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This wait is killing me. I have the dreaded "Application Under Review" designation.


Ditto...I have to believe they'll be sending out a slew of invites in the next two weeks for non-Super Saturday interviews.
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 22 Jan 2013, 08:56
You guys are over-thinking all this
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