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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 09 Nov 2012, 06:24
Just finished my interview and it went well! I am in finance and had some calls made to admissions in advance so it was much more of a formality I think. I also prepared a lot (hired several consultants and got pretty much all the questions before) Fingers crossed!
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 09 Nov 2012, 09:30
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Just finished my interview and it went well! I am in finance and had some calls made to admissions in advance so it was much more of a formality I think. I also prepared a lot (hired several consultants and got pretty much all the questions before) Fingers crossed!


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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 09 Nov 2012, 10:17
congrats on a good interview. when you say it was just a formality what do you mean? do u think that connections and calls help that much? how do y'all know when to make calls or risk annoying the adcom?
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 10 Nov 2012, 16:29
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congrats on a good interview. when you say it was just a formality what do you mean? do u think that connections and calls help that much? how do y'all know when to make calls or risk annoying the adcom?


I would highly recommend not making calls or having any made on your behalf.
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 12 Nov 2012, 03:08
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congrats on a good interview. when you say it was just a formality what do you mean? do u think that connections and calls help that much? how do y'all know when to make calls or risk annoying the adcom?


I would highly recommend not making calls or having any made on your behalf.


Yep ditto. Although maybe a very short email showing support could sometimes be good (and maybe not so much for Harvard, other schools might like that more)
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 12 Nov 2012, 09:49
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congrats on a good interview. when you say it was just a formality what do you mean? do u think that connections and calls help that much? how do y'all know when to make calls or risk annoying the adcom?


I would highly recommend not making calls or having any made on your behalf.


Yep ditto. Although maybe a very short email showing support could sometimes be good (and maybe not so much for Harvard, other schools might like that more)


HBS does accept letters of support, but I was told that it should be faxed, mailed, or dropped off with admissions in person. It needs to also clearly state in the title something to the effect of "Letter of support for <your full name>" to ensure it makes it in with your file.
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 13 Nov 2012, 08:21
Most of the interviews are probably done by now. Anyone aware of how the Adcom filters after this phase? How do they weed out the 40% of the people from the interviewee group that eventually don't make it? Has to be more than just the interview performance.
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 13 Nov 2012, 08:54
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Most of the interviews are probably done by now. Anyone aware of how the Adcom filters after this phase? How do they weed out the 40% of the people from the interviewee group that eventually don't make it? Has to be more than just the interview performance.


More about creating a class identity than anything else. I'm sure some people didn't perform well during the interview and will get cut, the rest will just be about them liking your profile in terms of what it contributes to the class. Just need a little luck at this point.
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 13 Nov 2012, 09:00
Would love to hear from current students about the financial aid process at HBS. I know they say about 50% of people receive on avg 29,000/yr, but it is hard to estimate where one falls on that scale. Was your experience that this was spread across most candidates or that a select few got a huge portion of aid?

My wife was not working the past couple years while getting her MHSA. I have been working a roughly avg engineering salary out of school and will have worked just shy of ~3 years. We saved somewhere in the range of 20% of my salary during that time period (would have been higher if not for a wedding!) She is graduating with her own debt, as well. Does it make sense to move some of that cash savings towards paying down her loan before applying for aid at HBS to lower our current assets? Or will it be viewed the same in terms of net assets from the financial aid people?

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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 13 Nov 2012, 16:38
From my understanding and Dee Leopold's debrief at the end of the day, the interview write-up is added to your file. The adcoms then decide based on your overall profile. They made a recommendation and it goes to Dee Leopold who has the final say. I wonder if the interview has more weight? Any ideas?
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 14 Nov 2012, 12:42
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Most of the interviews are probably done by now. Anyone aware of how the Adcom filters after this phase? How do they weed out the 40% of the people from the interviewee group that eventually don't make it? Has to be more than just the interview performance.


Dee literally said that we are all pink folders (apparently round 1 = pink folder) and we spend many hours in her bedroom in various piles and groupings until she comes to a final decision. For some reason, this image really makes me laugh! Please let my pink folder end up in the "right" pile!! :)
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 14 Nov 2012, 14:13
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congrats on a good interview. when you say it was just a formality what do you mean? do u think that connections and calls help that much? how do y'all know when to make calls or risk annoying the adcom?


I had pretty senior people do it, and they told me the interview would be a formality and they would get me in. so lucked out in the process it seems. thanks for support.
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 14 Nov 2012, 14:42
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congrats on a good interview. when you say it was just a formality what do you mean? do u think that connections and calls help that much? how do y'all know when to make calls or risk annoying the adcom?


I had pretty senior people do it, and they told me the interview would be a formality and they would get me in. so lucked out in the process it seems. thanks for support.


Awesome, congrats then! Our chances just went down ever so slightly! :P
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 14 Nov 2012, 16:00
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congrats on a good interview. when you say it was just a formality what do you mean? do u think that connections and calls help that much? how do y'all know when to make calls or risk annoying the adcom?


I had pretty senior people do it, and they told me the interview would be a formality and they would get me in. so lucked out in the process it seems. thanks for support.


:shock: Are you related to someone famous, or have some other connection?
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 16 Nov 2012, 10:08
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Just wondering, any HBS 2+2 candidates here?


I am applying in R2 for 2+2-not done my gmat as yet getting the essays together-is it a good time to apply-looks like it's a bleak year for B schools-or am i wrong?
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 16 Nov 2012, 10:11
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Just wondering, any HBS 2+2 candidates here?


I am applying in R2 for 2+2-not done my gmat as yet getting the essays together-is it a good time to apply-looks like it's a bleak year for B schools-or am i wrong?



BTW is there any round that's more advantageous to apply in? or is everyone gonna have the same chances?
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 17 Nov 2012, 11:10
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How Not To Blow Your HBS Interveiw, worthwhile article in Poets and Quants
http://poetsandquants.com/2012/10/17/ho ... terview-2/



How does one interpret anything from the interview? At least in my experience (on campus), it was relatively straightforward (no curveballs), and the interviewers were SUPER nice. Seems like she was able to get through all the questions and asked me in the end whether I had any expected questions.


As noted in article above the interview mostly DINGS people, HBS uses it to filter out people who 1. cannot speak English, 2. who would not be a productive member of case method discussion, a more subjective category, which usually means that you gave canned or insincere answers in the interview. When Dee gives feedback to dinged candidates, it is almost always the INTERVIEW that she mentions. Her typical remarks are, We did not feel you were in the moment, answers seemed scripted, etc. or words to that effect. If you think you did well in the interview, you probably did, unless you were self-delusional, most people know when they screw up the HBS interview (but not all). They take 6 out of 10 peeps interview (1000 out of 1800).
About 2 out of 10 screw up the interview in some way, the rest become real tuff judgment calls bases on class mix, country and gender mix, how you do vs. your cohort (consultants), need for science and manufacturing types vs. finance types, etc. With rare cases of admits with pull, etc. (rec later by powerful donor, alum, hiring partner) legacy (does not count much by itself) etc. Often real, real subjective brew Ms Leopold has to manage, and you would not want to press her on last admit fr. each category vs. first ding fr. same category, what are the diffs?? Nor could you expllain that either in any compelling case if you were she.
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 19 Nov 2012, 09:05
Dear Harvard Business School,

Once you've rejected me, it kind of adds insult to injury when I'm still on your Google AdWords remarketing campaign.

Getting sick of seeing HBS ads everywhere I go on the web!

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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 20 Nov 2012, 07:45
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Ugh - this is such a horrible time... the agonizing wait. I interviewed almost a month ago and it's so easy to replay that interview over and over again wishing I used a stronger example here or there. Alas, no going back. Only keeping my fingers crossed for a positive decision in December.

Sandy - your response above is helpful to put that into perspective. The interview is less about getting yourself in, it's more about not getting cut.


This wait is slowly killing me. The next three weeks are going to pass by so slowly. How are you all dealing with the anxiety?
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 20 Nov 2012, 09:54
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esdykes wrote:
Ugh - this is such a horrible time... the agonizing wait. I interviewed almost a month ago and it's so easy to replay that interview over and over again wishing I used a stronger example here or there. Alas, no going back. Only keeping my fingers crossed for a positive decision in December.

Sandy - your response above is helpful to put that into perspective. The interview is less about getting yourself in, it's more about not getting cut.


This wait is slowly killing me. The next three weeks are going to pass by so slowly. How are you all dealing with the anxiety?


Totally agreed - it is actually very painful. Feel like we should just sleep for the next 3 weeks and wake up on 12/12... :)
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