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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 10 Dec 2012, 11:17
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i think the more logical assumption is that decisions have been made and now its just processing...?
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 12 Dec 2012, 04:25
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We have gone silent. Nerves of the day. Just under 4.5 hours guys. We made it to D-Day!

Best of luck!
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 12 Dec 2012, 09:35
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IN! Really pumped and looking forward to seeing many of you in Boston next year. Congrats to everyone else who got in!
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 12 Dec 2012, 15:32
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Congrats everyone and welcome to HBS! I remember what I did last year after having finding out about my acceptance. I left work and went to MacDonalds!
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 30 Jan 2013, 19:13
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1 - Congrats to everyone who received an interview invite today!!! I was tied up all day in meetings, otherwise I would have been in the chat with you.

2 - I saw a few questions related to waitlist, etc that weren't answered (at least that I saw), so I'll answer them here.

--> Only interview invites were sent out today. No rejections. No wait lists.
--> Next week, one of the following will happen:
Interview invitation (Possible, but low probability given R1 #s quoted earlier. Don't lose hope!!! Hunter was invited to interview from R1 in the 2nd week!)
Wait list invitation for R2 candidates
Ding for R1 waitlisted kids + R2 applicants

3 - I posted awhile back about resources I used for interview prep and some other R1 admits have done the same. I can promise you that I agree 100% with everything that we have written. USE THE RESOURCES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


naraenks7 wrote:
Hi,

Does anyone when the waitlist goes out for round 2? I'm not talking about round 1 waitlisters getting interviewed in round 2. Just wanted to understand when the list for round 2 goes out.
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 06 Feb 2013, 09:17
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I'm definitely writing this application fee off as a "charitable donation" on my 2012 taxes :wink:
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 14 Feb 2013, 09:46
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RDeezy wrote:
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 26 Mar 2013, 14:39
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Tonight's gonna be like trying to fall asleep on Christmas Eve, except there's a decent chance Santa will fill my stocking with coal. :-/
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In! Yahoo!!!!!

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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 27 Mar 2013, 09:36
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I'm in!!!!! yeah!!!! so happy!!!!!!! :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D
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In. Waitlisted without interview R1. interviewed R2. Now I have a VERY hard decision to make (HBS or Wharton). As the great Kembrel Jones says "champagne problems"
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It is times like these when I turn to advice of one of the greatest moral philosophers of our time: Carrie Bradshaw. In her words "As we drive along this road called life, occasionally a gal will find herself a little lost. And when that happens, I guess she has to let go of the coulda, shoulda, woulda, buckle up and just keep going.”
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Well... so this is it everyone. The last night before the start of a brand new era (I'm probably being way too overdramatic but pls humor me).

I'm already preparing myself for the worst and decided to do some research on famous HBS rejects... get this - warren buffett was rejected from hbs, as was dean nohria! So, if rejected, I'm in great company!

Good night and good luck everyone... i truly wish you all the best and hope i'll run into all of you as classmates in allston next year. Godspeed to you all.

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Just hung up with Dee. Anyone else get a call?
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I'm in! Still in shock but I'm looking forward to this next big adventure!
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Just got off the road from a very long day, so I wasn't able to post this earlier: I'm IN!!!

btw, worst meeting ever - sitting with my boss and a potential strategic partner today and the meeting ran well past noon...had to hide my anxiety, knowing the email was sitting there in my inbox.....
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Shawshank wrote:
Really surprised that there are so many sub-3.5 gpa folks who got into HBS, given that they are gpa heavy and have a median gpa of 3.7. Congrats to all!! You will easily have the best and most transformational 2 years of your lives. (For single guys, HBS will be like shooting fish in a barrel)


Really Brady? Give it up. I know multiple dudes at HBS and this is just false.
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Admitted!! (I know this is late but was too busy/excited yesterday to post!)

Very excited and looking forward to meeting everyone @ Admit Weekend!!
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 06 Jan 2013, 18:11
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elgreco1 wrote:
When I try to submit the HBS application, I receive the error that I have not listed my AWA scores.
The AWA scores have not arrived yet, so there’s no score to insert. However, HBS does not allow me to submit the application unless I insert a score. That’s weird since they also say that you can also submit unofficial scores only (which do not include an AWA score). Any idea how to tackle this? I tried inserting a non-number but it doesn’t work, they require numbers.

I would really appreciate a quick reply as I need to submit the application by tomorrow.


I would suggest reading 5 posts above.
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Thinking of you guys... only part of a day left. Fingers crossed!
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