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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 04 Dec 2012, 09:04
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esdykes wrote:
I was trying to describe how painful the wait is to some friends that are not applying to B-Schools. I ended up telling them that it's like training for the Olympics. You've just competed in the gold medal round and now, you have to wait 1 month to see the judges scores.


I feel it is more like the dentist telling me "You need to have a root canal in a few weeks, but there is a chance I will not have anesthetics available when you come in." (following that analogy, I'm just ready for this toothache to be gone)
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 05 Dec 2012, 10:06
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If accepted I am going to skip work and go day time drinking, movie, a nice dinner and then night time drinking

If rejected just day time drinking haha
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 07 Dec 2012, 07:39
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I'm going to try my best to be calm and relaxed all weekend - decorate for Christmas, bake, wrap presents... basically, anything other than obsess over Wednesday.

I fear for Monday & Tuesday... 48 hours will never pass so slowly.
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 10 Dec 2012, 05:32
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Couldn't sleep last night...expecting tonight and tomorrow night to be even less restful. Thinking of coming up with an HBS rain dance in hopes that the admissions gods might look favorably upon me.
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 12 Dec 2012, 07:54
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This is sooo painful. I keep checking and re-checking my application status online and, obviously, nothing has changed. I'm going crazy!
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 12 Dec 2012, 09:04
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DreamerfromPQ wrote:
Accepted! Praise Allah


Got Admitted! Just got the update! God bless!
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INNNNNNNNNNN!
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 12 Dec 2012, 09:47
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I got in!!!!
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 12 Dec 2012, 09:47
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In and could not be more excited!! See you all soon!!!
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 12 Dec 2012, 09:58
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In, just unbeliveable...
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 12 Dec 2012, 20:51
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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!!

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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 15 Dec 2012, 08:51
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I too got a call from Dee and then 2 hours later a call from my interviewer.

Also - I'm an Engineer and Analytics was recommended. I have zero finance or accounting background but I guess I do a lot of excel magic? Anyway - I enrolled to take it. I figure 1) I can meet people not in my section, 2) maybe relieve some inevitable first day nerves and 3) not feel immediately behind.

My friend took it last and said it was a lot of work but she would do it again for the reasons I listed above.

Still super excited!! I wonder when this wears off...


I got a call from my interviewer on Thursday, but not one from Dee. He was trying to explain how he is there to help as I make my decision. I found this funny, since I only applied to HBS and there isn't much of a decision to make...lol

I'll see you in the analytics class!
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 05 Jan 2013, 11:17
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Hi guys,

I only did my GMAT a week ago and haven't received my AWA and integrated reasoning scores yet.
As an international student, i'm pretty desperate to make sure my submission is in R2.

When i was keying in my unofficial scores on the HBS MBA website, they kept prompting me for numerical values (i couldn't put NA) for the AWA and integrated reasoning category.
How can i still submit in R2 without having these scores?

With the deadline so close, does anybody have any advice?


Might be worth an email/call to admissions with the deadline being so close. You might also try using a different browser to input this section of your app.


I just saw a new FAQ post from Dee on the HBS website. She said to use 0.0 if you do not have the official scores yet.

Good luck!
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Good luck to all of the R2 applicants!! I don't envy you right now - the coming wait is HORRIBLE as you can tell from the previous posts. :)
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 08 Jan 2013, 19:15
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by the way congratulations to everyone who was admitted in R1. Good job all! It's nice to see that you guys are still on the forum even after you are admitted.
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How NOT To Blow Your Harvard Interview



Below are excerpts from my famous article in Poets and Quants about the HBS interview and How Not To Blow it.

for the full interview, see here
http://poetsandquants.com/2010/11/04/how-not-to-blow-your-harvard-interview/

Sandy, what’s the most common misperception about these interviews?

Some think this is like an audition for a symphony orchestra where the conductor is choosing one violinist out of ten and you have to be .001 better than nine other people. It’s not that. It’s more like an audition for a marching band. You just have to be able to bang a drum in terms of talent and not appear to be arrogant, inward, unsure of yourself, or confused.

At Harvard, that means if they interview ten people, they will reject one with marginal English right out of the box. If you can’t speak English, you’re done. You won’t be able to survive. Then, of the remaining nine English speakers, one to two people might have a meltdown of some kind. They have a bad hair day or a bad tongue day. So the way that smart people blow the Harvard interview is to have a bad half hour.

And what does a bad half hour look like?

The most common way that smart people blow a Harvard interview is to get lost. Talking too much. Digressing. Getting lost in the weeds. That is the most common mistake. It outweighs every other mistake. You’re asked a simple question like, ‘Why did you go to Cornell for your undergraduate degree?’ And you begin with a history of Cornell and tell the admissions person all about your family. You’re eight minutes into it and you haven’t yet answered the question. It is one of those moments where you hear yourself speaking and you cannot believe you are saying this. You just generally come off as inarticulate and struggling.
In terms of intellectual preparation, you just have to make sure you don’t get lost. Go through your resume and for every job and transition in your life be prepared to crisply explain why you did it, and your stories and explain why you did it, what it was like, what you learned, and how you would do it differently. Be able to talk about every job in 40 seconds. Don’t feel the need for completeness. If they are interested, they will ask a follow-up question.

So Harvard and other schools are looking for succinct and clear answers, not meandering detours for answers. Makes sense to me.

The answers need to be specific, crisp, and articulate. They want to see you draw a straight line from one end of the canvas to another. The way you mess up a question is to draw an squiggly line across the canvas. You need pop-up answers. Why I took this job? What my best accomplishment on this job was? What the culture of the firm, was and why I took my next job and how I would improve the job looking backwards. The correct answer to the Cornell question is, ‘I lived in New York and wanted to get away from home yet not leave the East Coast. I was interested in liberal arts and not certain at the time what my major goals were. My high school guidance counselor and friends who went there suggested I look at Cornell. On my campus visit, I was excited by the enthusiasm of the students, and I immediately felt that it was a place where I could feel at home. Looking through the course catalog, I got really excited.’ The quickest way to get rejected is to answer with a ‘duh’ because you’re surprised at how simple the question is. A lot of people are thrown by this question. Kids who went to Harvard College are asked why they chose Harvard and often have to watch themselves from saying, ‘duh!’

There’s got to be more to it than that. I imagine that Harvard and other schools are looking for certain answers.

Aside from getting lost, the second way smart people flunk an interview is by being a super jerk. Super jerks come in all types: there is the Bain/McKinsey super jerk, the Goldman super jerk, and the Teach for America and World Bank super jerk, and most recently, the Google super jerk. Almost any Bain Capital or TPG guy dinged by HBS has flunked the interview on the jerk meter.

Non-HBS types come in all varieties. About 20% of the Harvard admissions committee members dislike investment bankers and private equity people. They are just looking for you to say something that is not politically correct. If you tell Harvard you are interested in opportunistic investments in distressed debts because you can make a killing, or even any nice version of that, you have just committed suicide. Instead, they want to hear you say you are interested in investing in companies that can really make a difference. ‘My greatest transaction was in supporting an orphan drug company that created a drug to help people with a rare type of diabetes.’ Or that you found a creative way to help finance a social enterprise in rural India to provide clean drinking water to people.’

It’s hard to believe they’ll fall for that, but I get the double bottom line emphasis, given all the accusations about greed. How should an applicant dress for the interview?

There are two mistakes you can make here. One of them is making a statement with what you wear. If you are a banker, don’t show up looking like Michael Douglas in Wall Street. You shouldn’t be on campus wearing a white collar on a blue shirt or a pair of gold cufflinks. Definitely no suspenders. You are not getting credit for suspenders when you are 24-years-old. The shoes should not scream ‘these are $1,000 shoes!’ The other mistake is more rare. Some techies often show up from work wearing chinos. You don’t need to wear a suit; you can wear a blazer, but dress in a way that shows you are taking this event seriously. For women, you should be a cross between Hilary Clinton and Carly Fiorina. Don’t make a statement in terms of accessories. Go light on the bling.

How does an applicant prep for one of these interviews?

You should know what the standard questions are. About 90% of the questions are, ‘Take me through every line of your resume.’ They say, ‘Why did you go there?’ They are obsessed with transitions. ‘What did you accomplish? How did you accomplish it? How would you do it differently?’

You also should be prepared to discuss how the economic downturn has affected you and your industry.

And then, there are frequent flyer questions like, ‘What did you think of the application? Have you attended an HBS class?’ That is an important question. Your answer should be truthful. If you haven’t, you should say so but add that you have seen a video of a class on the Harvard website. And then you should be able to do a song and dance on what you thought of a class. The big mistake is to say, ‘I went to UVA (University of Virginia) and I’ve had case study classes so it’s not going to be a problem for me. Harvard is looking for case method virgins. They want you not to have been to the big city. They want you to say, ‘Golly, holy smokes, the class was a mind blow. I was really impressed with the energy and with how the case study helped students bring to bear their different experiences and backgrounds in the class discussion.’ The wise guy UVA answer by inference says, ‘I have done this before and it won’t be a problem for me and I can give a better answer than the guy next to me when the time comes.’ That answer becomes the first drop of poison in the cup. If you keep answering that way, you are toast. Goodbye.

Another mistake people make is they think they have to deliver their whole package. They already have your package. Some people come out and say, ‘We never talked about my plans for health care reform.’ They don’t care. A large part of a Harvard interview, like 40%, can be your college experiences and internships and some jive about clubs you will join at HBS.

What’s your best advice on the famous closing question of many interviews, “Do you have any questions for me?”

The way you can kill yourself at the end is when you’re asked do you have a question for me? Basically, the interview is over, your grade has already been faxed in. They are just trying to get you out the door. But you can screw this up at the last minute. You can pick an argument. You can say, ‘Do you really think you can teach finance through the case method?’ That is an awful question to ask because you are calling their baby ugly. They believe you can learn anything through the case method. So you don’t want to get into a debate over it. A better answer is real light. If you’re from another part of the country, you might say, ‘I’ve never experienced a New England winter. Have you got any tips?’ One of the best questions would be, ‘How hard would it be for me to organize a forum around one of my passionate interests?’ They’d love that one. If the chemistry was right between you and the interviewer, you might even ask if they could recommend an Indian restaurant in Harvard Square.

You’re obviously doing a good number of mock interviews right now. What most bothers you about the whole process?

What upsets me is people who are good people but who have a bad hair day. The call I fear is from the person crying on Amtrak. They had their interview at HBS. They are on their way home on the train to New York, and they call in tears because they think they have blown their interview. If you think you’ve blown your interview at Harvard, you probably have blown it. Those are real sad calls, especially if you like the person, and they rehearse how they lost a step, then another and then tripped. If you could have prevented the first lost step, they would be in at Harvard. That happens, man, trust me. That happens. Years of work and hours of preparation and poof, it’s gone, because they could not explain why they went to Cornell for college in 30 concise seconds.

For more admissions advice from Sandy Kreisberg, also see “The World, According to Sandy"
http://poetsandquants.com/2010/09/23/the-mba-admissions-world-according-to-sandy/
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Just under an hour to go until wave 1 of invites go out... Best of luck everyone and I can't wait to see many of you on campus!

If you're fortunate enough to get an invite, please consider purchasing the Unofficial HBS Interview Guide! http://www.hbsinterview.com

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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 30 Jan 2013, 09:21
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dpulavarthi wrote:
aniabra: Congrats!! If you dont mind, could you please share your profile.


I am a 27 year old female. Originally from Poland came to the U.S on an athletic scholarship. 3.8 undergrad in Finance and Management from University of Utah. Division 1 athlete. 4 years in a small start up biotech as a business analyst. I was so down on myself and felt stupid for even applying after reading the gmatclub thread...

Good luck to everyone. I know it can sound tacky but stay positive everyone and dont give up!
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I will forgive hbs if I get an invite from Stanford:)
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