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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 16 Jan 2013, 20:48
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Application question for those of you who already applied to Haas. In the employment section they say to NOT include unpaid work. Does this include stuff like startup/consulting projects where one is not getting paid? Or does this apply to volunteer stuff like community service work, etc.?

I've been doing advisory work with a startup that is completely unpaid (no equity or anything), and I listed that role in the community service/extracurricular activity section for all of the schools I applied to. I don't remember exactly how Haas broke up its app, but since I wasn't getting paid and it wasn't a structured "internship" I didn't feel comfortable listing it as "employment". I'd say definitely put it on your resume and definitely list it as an extracurricular, but leave it out of employment.


Thanks. I decided to put them on my resume. Don't think i'm going to put them in extracurriculars since my resume has the pertinent information and don't feel like double listing them.
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 17 Jan 2013, 11:38
Any news for R2 applicant yet?
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 17 Jan 2013, 15:44
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Any news for R2 applicant yet?


Nopes. Whats up with HAAS??? I've not heard a lot of people from R2 invited to interview. Have they already filled up their class in R1? Has any international applicant got an interview invite (whether currently in the US or elsewhere)?
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 17 Jan 2013, 16:23
Any California R2 applicants invited to interview? Or anyone with a 12/12 or later confirmation email?
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 17 Jan 2013, 17:29
the fact that this blog is quiet makes me feel a bit better! It just looks like there are a whole lot of us awaiting an interview invite! And not many getting contacted !
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 18 Jan 2013, 08:29
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the fact that this blog is quiet makes me feel a bit better! It just looks like there are a whole lot of us awaiting an interview invite! And not many getting contacted !


Definitely - still feels weird that it's been over 7 weeks and we haven't heard anything...
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 18 Jan 2013, 08:36
I just had a look at last year's thread and they had interview invites going out in February as well. Granted, last year's R2 decision date was about a week later, but it seems we still have about 2-3 weeks left.
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 18 Jan 2013, 10:54
HI,

As a Round 2 Applicant any idea of the approx wait time for an Interview call,
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 18 Jan 2013, 11:19
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As a Round 2 Applicant any idea of the approx wait time for an Interview call,

I applied Round 2 and just got an interview request email. Seems like these things are going out random and sporadic, so I wouldn't fret if you haven't heard anything yet.

The email told me to log onto the application website and choose between on-campus and off-campus interview. For off-campus, it asked me for a city to interview. (There were lots of choices.) After confirming my city, I received an email with the name of my interviewer and instructions to schedule date/time for the interview.

Hope this helps with planning. Best of luck!
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 18 Jan 2013, 17:59
R2 applicant reporting back! I'm based in the Bay Area, and just got an email to meet up with an interviewer.

Excited and nervous! EEEE!
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 18 Jan 2013, 18:42
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?
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 19 Jan 2013, 00:26
Just received my interview invite, haven't seen other R2 international invites yet so I thought it would be meaningful to the forum to post. I wouldn't panic if you're another international student and haven't been invited yet...I think I'm a bit of an "in between" case because I'm from California but on a temporary work assignment to Israel.

In any case...a bit more on my background:

Undergrad at Berkeley - 3.48
3 years Big 4 in audit
5.5 years in finance in renewable energy
1.5 years working in Israel
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Submitted my application on the due date...can't recall when mine went to "under review"
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 19 Jan 2013, 05:33
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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
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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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dilbert99 wrote:
asax wrote:
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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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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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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