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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 26 Nov 2012, 22:35
My interview questions were 50% resume and 50% out of the box follow ups... I am a big fan of the interview reflection essay. After the interview, I felt bad about mentioning lots of things I couldn't fit in my resume that might seem out of place. In the additional essay, I had space to elaborate and include it in my overall story. I felt a lot better after writing the essay....
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 27 Nov 2012, 18:03
Did everyone get an email from Dee after the interview? If yes, how many days after the interview did you receive the email? I interviewed last week, but still haven't got it.
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 27 Nov 2012, 18:15
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Did everyone get an email from Dee after the interview? If yes, how many days after the interview did you receive the email? I interviewed last week, but still haven't got it.


I didn't receive anything after the interview other than the 'What's Next' email sent out last week.
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 27 Nov 2012, 18:18
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Did everyone get an email from Dee after the interview? If yes, how many days after the interview did you receive the email? I interviewed last week, but still haven't got it.


I didn't receive anything after the interview other than the 'What's Next' email sent out last week.


I haven't received the "What's next" email either...
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 27 Nov 2012, 18:57
what day did you interview? i got the email on nov 20
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 27 Nov 2012, 19:25
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what day did you interview? i got the email on nov 20


I interviewed on Nov. 23rd.
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 27 Nov 2012, 19:43
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what day did you interview? i got the email on nov 20


I interviewed on Nov. 23rd.


Yup, the Whats next email was sent on 11/20. Weird though, as the email language made it seem as if all interviews had been completed..
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 27 Nov 2012, 20:12
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what day did you interview? i got the email on nov 20


I interviewed on Nov. 23rd.


Yup, the Whats next email was sent on 11/20. Weird though, as the email language made it seem as if all interviews had been completed..


Wonder if they will send another round of emails to people interviewed after Nov. 20th. Can someone please share the email content? Thanks.
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 28 Nov 2012, 06:30
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Wonder if they will send another round of emails to people interviewed after Nov. 20th. Can someone please share the email content? Thanks.


Brief summary of the email:
Here's what we can expect on noon Boston time on 12-12-12.
1) No phone calls on the decision date from HBS. You will get an email saying that a decision has been made and will direct you to the website where you will check the status.

2) Decision will be one of the following:
a) Maybe: there's a waitlist coordinator who will answer questions you have, etc
b) Sorry, but no: it's not you, it's HBS. Making a class is hard & it's not about rank-ordering applicants. Dee will have open hours to give feedback.
c) Yes: yay! Students and Interviewers will contact you after the decision date.
---> Admit Welcome is 17-18 January (save the date!)
---> You'll get access to prematriculation website immediately

To the others who received the email - Did I leave out anything important?
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 28 Nov 2012, 07:45
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looks about right. the "no" sounds like a high school break up :P
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 28 Nov 2012, 09:15
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looks about right. the "no" sounds like a high school break up :P



Haha - agreed! I purposely opened the email so I could be sure to get the flavor of her language. That is almost word for word how she puts her "sorry, no" category.

Ugh - COME ON 12-Dec. I wish I had a time machine.
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 28 Nov 2012, 09:45
Given paucity of discussion topics - did anybody else have two interviewers? What did you think of the dynamic and any potential impact on feedback?

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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 28 Nov 2012, 10:07
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yes, I had a silent observer. From what I could tell, all the interviews on campus at that time had two people in the room.

I have decided that this must be the real test: can your hold your sanity through the time between interview and decision? I have been replaying the interview over and over in my mind, beating myself up over things I should have said and questions I could have answered better. Example: until last weekend, I had completely forgetten about all the great lessons learned from my side-startup that I meant to bring up - I could have brought them up as a response to the question "what is something you are surprised we didn't ask?" or in my reflection essay, but they completely escaped me!

Seriously, this is torture. The 12th can not come fast enough
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 28 Nov 2012, 10:24
My observer contributed to the conversation a couple times. Was he/she totally silent for the rest of you?
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 28 Nov 2012, 10:32
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My observer contributed to the conversation a couple times. Was he/she totally silent for the rest of you?


Mostly silent - contributed once unsolicited, then was the one to answer when I had the chance to ask them a question. I asked if there has been a noticiable culture change given the greater STEM emphasis over the last few years and the interviewer had her answer it.

It caught me off guard at first having a second person in the room, but both her and the main interviewer made a lot of eye contact between their furious note taking so it wasn't too bad once the questions started.
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 28 Nov 2012, 11:36
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yes, I had a silent observer. From what I could tell, all the interviews on campus at that time had two people in the room.

I have decided that this must be the real test: can your hold your sanity through the time between interview and decision? I have been replaying the interview over and over in my mind, beating myself up over things I should have said and questions I could have answered better. Example: until last weekend, I had completely forgetten about all the great lessons learned from my side-startup that I meant to bring up - I could have brought them up as a response to the question "what is something you are surprised we didn't ask?" or in my reflection essay, but they completely escaped me!

Seriously, this is torture. The 12th can not come fast enough


I think we could be the same person. I didn't have a side start up, but have thought of SEVERAL items I wish I had mentioned either in the interview or in the reflection. It makes the waiting even worse.
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 28 Nov 2012, 13:09
no observer for me. only one person to witness my incompetence :). maybe that's a plus!

the worst about waiting is that i don't have the motivation to really do much with my round 2 apps...i should probably start cranking
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 28 Nov 2012, 13:17
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no observer for me. only one person to witness my incompetence :). maybe that's a plus!

the worst about waiting is that i don't have the motivation to really do much with my round 2 apps...i should probably start cranking


Yeah, I feel you on R2. I need to pull together my MIT app since I wont have much time between the 12th and 27th, but I am honestly just exhausted...and I am not looking forward to having to repeat the whole process all over again...
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 28 Nov 2012, 13:57
These comments make me feel a lot better. I too have been replaying the interview over in my head over the past few weeks and kicking myself for not mentioning certain things in my answers. I actually told the interviewer I thought they were going to ask me about a time I disappointed or let someone down, and then of course they asked about it. So now my constant worry is that between the essay and interview I've given them too many negative stories about myself.

Had an observor as well. Wasn't expecting it, and it threw me off a little bit because they never made it clear if I was suppose to be addressing just the interviewer or both of them.

14 more days. Ugh.
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 28 Nov 2012, 14:30
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These comments make me feel a lot better. I too have been replaying the interview over in my head over the past few weeks and kicking myself for not mentioning certain things in my answers. I actually told the interviewer I thought they were going to ask me about a time I disappointed or let someone down, and then of course they asked about it. So now my constant worry is that between the essay and interview I've given them too many negative stories about myself.

Had an observor as well. Wasn't expecting it, and it threw me off a little bit because they never made it clear if I was suppose to be addressing just the interviewer or both of them.

14 more days. Ugh.


Wow it feels like all of us here are on the same wavelength... pretty similar experience with 2 interviewers; and have been replaying the interview every minute of the day :)

Hold on tight guys!
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