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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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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 05 Mar 2013, 15:17
Are any of the R1 admitted students done with your kroll verification ?
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 05 Mar 2013, 15:18
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Are any of the R1 admitted students done with your kroll verification ?


Kroll? Is this for just verifying education and employment or something more? I wonder how detailed they are...
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 05 Mar 2013, 16:41
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Are any of the R1 admitted students done with your kroll verification ?


Yes, and Harvard/Sloan/Wharton use Re Vera, not Kroll. It's for verifying employment history, education and rec letters as far as I know.
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 07 Mar 2013, 10:51
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Are any of the R1 admitted students done with your kroll verification ?


Yes, and Harvard/Sloan/Wharton use Re Vera, not Kroll. It's for verifying employment history, education and rec letters as far as I know.



I received an email from reporter for a prominent national publication this morning who would like to speak with HBS and Wharton applicants about their application experience this year at these two programs. in the reporter's words:

"I’m just curious to get a student voice saying whether they think the Wharton and HBS changes offered them a good outlet to show their genuine selves, and whether they felt their fellow applicants were prepared or over-prepared and scripted.

"Ideally, I’d talk to someone in the next day or two. "

This could be a great way to make a connection with a reporter with whom you would like to have a connection.

You do not have to have been accepted; you do have to have reached the interview phase at either one or both schools and be willing to be quoted by name.

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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 07 Mar 2013, 11:43
Yes - you have to log in. Luck for me, the Stanford reject came about 10 min before Harvard. I used that as the practice to see what to expect. When the HBS email came in, I was so nervous that I blanked on my password and entered the wrong one. Haha - a feeling a DEFINITELY do not miss :)

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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 07 Mar 2013, 11:46
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goodtogreat wrote:
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.



I heard back on my aid package! It was very fast and I even had some questions / additional information to include. Still fast and very easy. Now to finding a loan...


Without going into specifics (unless you'd like to!), was your aid package more grants/fellowships versus loans? I'd be curious to learn how a typical aid package is composed.

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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 08 Mar 2013, 09:38
433349100 wrote:

Without going into specifics (unless you'd like to!), was your aid package more grants/fellowships versus loans? I'd be curious to learn how a typical aid package is composed.

Thanks.

Hi,

Like esdykes, I received a response very quickly. The financial package typically consists of 3 numbers:

1. Student's contribution
2. Need-based scholarship
3. Loan

1 + 2 + 3 = the total student budget for 2013/2014, which mainly depends on family situation and pre-MBA activities, and the repartition can vary a lot depending on each student's financial situation.

Good luck with your application! :wink:

Edit: it might look different for sponsored students, maybe someone can chime in on this.
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 08 Mar 2013, 11:18
How is the student contribution determined, are you expected to put in your entire savings?
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 09 Mar 2013, 16:51
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Interviewed today in Shanghai. The adcom member did an excellent job making me feel very comfortable, and the 30min (actually ended up being 40!) absolutely flew by. Almost the entire conversation was centered around my job, but there was a question along the lines of "Is there anything we haven't discussed yet that you'd like to bring up?" where I was able to mention my Why MBA / Why Harvard, (which I thought was also pretty brief on my application too). Finishing up my Post-Interview Reflection, and then the waiting game continues!


Awesome! And good luck! The wait is much shorter for you :)
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 11 Mar 2013, 03:16
I had my interview in London last week - very much enjoyed the process. There were two interviewers who made me feel comfortable from the very first moment. As many already posted it is hard, to impossible prepare the answers.

The conversation was retrospective, the interviewers seemed to be little interested in my goals for and after the MBA. There were several deeper questions about the experiences I mentioned in the application form, but for the rest they were building up the questions on my answers. I think it was particularly important for them to clearly understand what I had to say e.g. they would ask clarifying questions like the following: in a particular experience you described, why in your opinion the person handled in this way, how would you act if you were in that situation yourself, what did you learn out of it?

All in all I have the feeling that in the interview I was given a chance to present myself at my best, in some way it might also be a strategy to ensure comparability of the candidates.

As many others I am joining the second round of the wait game now!
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 11 Mar 2013, 07:29
esdykes wrote:
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How is the student contribution determined, are you expected to put in your entire savings?


It is not that I do not want to answer, but I think this is highly dependent on your personal situation. Once admitted, there is a lot of information on how they calculate your contribution + HBS aid + loan.

I will be honest and say that I wasn't expecting very much (I've had a decent to good salary and saved a good amount over the years) but I did receive HBS funding. So, while I need a loan and my contribution is higher than I would have hoped, I feel like the HBS aid is free money that I wasn't expecting. So - in the end - very happy.


Thanks this actually makes a lot of sense, hope I'm lucky enough to actually go through this process!!! :-D
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 11 Mar 2013, 07:53
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bluegmat700 wrote:
How is the student contribution determined, are you expected to put in your entire savings?


This video is a pretty good overview:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZtWfedlDM4


Thanks for the video link! :-D
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