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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 24 Feb 2013, 21:46
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Who will be the interviewer in Shanghai this year?


Would love to get more info on Shanghai too... will be interviewing there in 2 weeks.

Also, thanks to all for taking the time to post their questions post-interview, it's definitely helping with my prep!
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 25 Feb 2013, 10:41
For people, who have interviewed already - which of the organized events did you like / find helpful? I am a little tight on time and trying to decide which ones to make it to. There is the coffee chat with students, lunch with faculty, the career development session, the 'what's next' session with Dee and a student reception. Thoughts?


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Interviewed Yesterday on campus.

I'm pleased overall, I think it went well. I came up before the crazy blizzard because I didn't want to have to postpone. Selected the first interview slot for R2's and I'm glad because now it's over! I stayed with a friend in Soldier Field Park apartments. So even though the conference I planned to attend was cancelled due to the weather I still got a very real experience being couped up on campus the whole weekend. There were so many house parties that I was able to interact with students on a normal level and just get to know who they were as individuals. Geesh, everyone is so intelligent and doing amazing things already.....Good luck to everyone else in R2 or waitlisted!


@RDeezy - I also interviewed on Monday. We probably passed each other at some point during the day!

Much like what RDeezy said, the day was great. Participated in a class visit, campus tour, had lunch, faculty and student Q&As, career development session, a session with Dee and chair of the MBA program (RC year), and finally a reception with current students. The faculty, students, and facilities are incredible! Was pleasantly surprised how hands-on (and so nice!) Dee was from the start of the day to the end. Also, the admissions staff was fantastic; everyone was incredibly warm and helpful. In fact, during the class visit, the professor made it a point to introduce us to her students; who then clapped and wished us good luck for the interview (even provided some advice) -- all before the first cold call! Couldn't have been a warmer welcome.

Tip: Try to schedule your interview later in the day. For me, it was a great opportunity to first get to know the campus and program a bit (useful for the interview later), also it helped me calm my nerves -- a little.

The Interview: a group of us was led upstairs in Spangler and we checked-in with two admissions staffers who recorded our names and told us who would interview us, and then we waited. I suppose I could have Googled this person during the wait, but was too nervous. I was interviewed by an admissions officer and one person who observed silently. While I walked into the room on the verge of being physically sick (due to anxiety), the interviewer couldn't have been more pleasant. This definitely helped me to calm down and focus on listening, answering, and smiling. The interview was very conversational and the questions flowed naturally (no jumping around like others have experienced). They seemed more interested in the progression of my career (with some questions about what I did in some of these positions). Absolutely no behavioral questions, none on strengths/weaknesses, teamwork, challenges, etc. Only one question that I prepared for (where do I see myself next and how does an MBA fit into it?) came up.

Biggest surprise: how FAST the 30 minutes flew by. Honestly, it felt like only 15 mins. There must have been a wall clock behind me because I didn't see them check their watches.

How I Prepared: I bought the latest HARBUS interview guide and did a mock interview (after which I felt terrible -- it was meant to be hard, though), and looked up all the interview feedback experiences/questions from HBS that I could find online. None of this prep, in hindsight, was useful (though I suppose in a way they helped me to get into the proper mindset). I could have just read my resume once, and would have done pretty much the same.

Tip: Remember to smile, more than once!

After I walked out back to the waiting room, I was given a business card for each the interviewer and the observer (not a real business card because this one just had their name and a generic email address). Tip: if you want to email your interviewer directly, the standard format is first initial then full last name "at" hbs.edu. They also gave us a nice HBS totebag! :-D Also, took out my iPhone and started a mind dump of everything I could remember from the interview (to reference later for the reflection).

Post-Interview Reflection: Like RDeezy, I kept it right to a page. Nothing special here. Just reflected on the time with my interviewers, thanked HBS for the opportunity, addressed a point brought up during the interview, and addressed one that did not come up.

Now it's the wait that is making me anxious!

Good luck everyone!

PM me if you have any questions.
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 25 Feb 2013, 10:43
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For people, who have interviewed already - which of the organized events did you like / find helpful? I am a little tight on time and trying to decide which ones to make it to. There is the coffee chat with students, lunch with faculty, the career development session, the 'what's next' session with Dee and a student reception. Thoughts?



Make sure you do a class visit
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 25 Feb 2013, 10:55
Yes - Definitely doing that. Anything else that stood out?
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 25 Feb 2013, 13:39
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Yes - Definitely doing that. Anything else that stood out?


I did mine in the afternoon. I would recommend really trying to utilizing your time. For example my interview was at 3:30 and I showed up way too early at like 930. The class visit was useful and the student lunch session was fun (you won't really get much out of this beyond further networking with other applicants and students and a free lunch - of course). The campus tour is fun (one item worth mentioning is they also offer tours on iPods which they pass out if you can't make it for the student led one).

The other events are a little bit of time fillers not great but not a total waste of time either.

I think overall the class visit is really worth it (unfortunately you can't control which class you go to so that is a bit of a crap shoot). I personally think the afternoon is the best time to interview since you can stack your day with HBS events and still leave an hour or so to prerp / try and calm your nerves.

Hope that helps - good luck!
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 27 Feb 2013, 05:23
There was a lunch with faculty when I attended on Monday, that was definitely worth my while, plus it helped me alleviate my stress and relax before my interview.
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 28 Feb 2013, 05:12
The highlight for me was the class visit. Great welcome by the prof and from the class, and an awesome case study discussion following it.

I really liked all of the sessions, though could have done without the career development session (just felt a little too premature given that only statistically half of those in the audience would be accepted or "released"), but otherwise a nice session led by a talented career office director.

The Q&A with two faculty during lunch was nice. Great to ask questions and hear candid answers from two charismatic profs.

The Q&A with two current students later (or before, I can't recall at this point) was also nice for their candidness.

At least one admissions person attends each of these sessions as a host, but they continually emphasize during the day that anything other than the interview is "non-evaluative". For the most part, I believed this to be true. Though if an interviewee said or did something really off, one can be sure someone from the admissions office will remember. Other than that, with the number of interviewees (I estimate there were just under 40 that day) and the different sessions, it'd be hard for anyone to remember.

Also, I liked the tour which was mostly done through the tunnels since it was raining outside that day. Though it wasn't included that day, I kind of wished we could have seen a typical dorm room. Other than that, the tour was nice.

Any questions, let me know.
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 02 Mar 2013, 12:33
so the decision is march 27th?! i wish it was a week or two longer, i just love the long drawn out wait of one of the most important decisions for all mankind
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 03 Mar 2013, 17:32
Hey guys - curious whether all admits in R1 were announced on the same day or were they staggered? I probably should stop thinking about all this till March 27th
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Hey guys - curious whether all admits in R1 were announced on the same day or were they staggered? I probably should stop thinking about all this till March 27th



All notifications go out on the same day at the same time. So, I suggest blocking your work calendar now for 27-Mar from 11:30 onward. I was a MESS starting around 11:30 and tried everything to keep from focusing on my computer. The email came at 12:00 on the dot and I was so excited that I was literally all over the place (that, and I opened a bottle of champagne). I am very happy that I was able to work from home and that I did not have any meetings for the rest of the afternoon.
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 03 Mar 2013, 19:36
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Hey guys - curious whether all admits in R1 were announced on the same day or were they staggered? I probably should stop thinking about all this till March 27th



All notifications go out on the same day at the same time. So, I suggest blocking your work calendar now for 27-Mar from 11:30 onward. I was a MESS starting around 11:30 and tried everything to keep from focusing on my computer. The email came at 12:00 on the dot and I was so excited that I was literally all over the place (that, and I opened a bottle of champagne). I am very happy that I was able to work from home and that I did not have any meetings for the rest of the afternoon.



So did the email state you were accepted or did you have to log onto the HBS website to find out the decision?



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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 03 Mar 2013, 22:36
Interviewed last week in Paris, off-campus.

We'll see the result, not very proud of myself, but at least it's done.

I had only one interviewer - she was taking notes while I was speaking. I really enjoyed the interview, focused and tailored specifically for you, no one else. She had notes from a preparation, and followed them. Asked me very particular questions about why my current job, current company, the leader I admire, what am I learning from it in terms of effective leadership, and what I was bringing to the table that others hadn't before. Enjoyed the question "recommend me something".

I was a bit frustrated after the interview, because I had failed one question and I had other things to add, so the post-reflection interview is great to take those things out of your chest. Thanked them, wrote a one pager.
Anyway, wanted to share, since I read many threads on this forum.

Good luck to everyone else !
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 04 Mar 2013, 01:05
Does anyone know what are the stats for R3 applicants? Is Harvard R3 friendly school? I am considering applying in the next couple of weeks
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 04 Mar 2013, 07:10
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Hey guys - curious whether all admits in R1 were announced on the same day or were they staggered? I probably should stop thinking about all this till March 27th



All notifications go out on the same day at the same time. So, I suggest blocking your work calendar now for 27-Mar from 11:30 onward. I was a MESS starting around 11:30 and tried everything to keep from focusing on my computer. The email came at 12:00 on the dot and I was so excited that I was literally all over the place (that, and I opened a bottle of champagne). I am very happy that I was able to work from home and that I did not have any meetings for the rest of the afternoon.



So did the email state you were accepted or did you have to log onto the HBS website to find out the decision?



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You'll get an email telling you that your status has been updated and that you need to log into your application to see it.
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 04 Mar 2013, 14:45
Does having/ not having an observer during your interview have anything to do with your admissions chances?
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 04 Mar 2013, 14:46
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Does having/ not having an observer during your interview have anything to do with your admissions chances?


I doubt it.
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 04 Mar 2013, 14:52
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Does having/ not having an observer during your interview have anything to do with your admissions chances?


Highly unlikely. It's likely a matter of scheduling and logistics than anything else.
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 04 Mar 2013, 14:55
For anybody that has gotten accepted, how soon does HBS provide a financial aid package regarding need-based fellowships/grants?
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 04 Mar 2013, 15:03
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For anybody that has gotten accepted, how soon does HBS provide a financial aid package regarding need-based fellowships/grants?


They opened the application at the beginning of Feb and decisions take 3-5 weeks after application - meaning I don't know if anyone from R1 has heard back yet.
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Thanks! Can't wait until the 27th, I just keep over analyzing the most minute details.

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