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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 25 Jan 2013, 01:25
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Does anyone know of an instance when a candidate has been laid off due to company downsizing during the application process and was still admitted? As in, the person lost his/her job after the application has been submitted but before interviews? How should one manage such scenario? I expect that you would have to disclose this information during the interview but does the adcom expect you to have another job/opportunity lined up? It's also a sticky situation to be looking for a permanent position now when you're expecting to relocate in the summer to enroll in school. What's the ideal scenario in this case in the eyes of the adcom, if there even is one?


Definitely try to get something lined up. AdComs will probably think that if you were really good at your job, you should be able to get at least one other option.

If you actually get a job/offer you can still decide to take it or not (just tell them you'll let them know by whenever the admission decisions are released).

If you're 100% sure that you'll have something at the end of the summer (ie. you already are admitted to a school) you could also consider volunteering for a non-profit organization. But of course this would depend on you (do you like it) and your story (would it add value to your application).
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 25 Jan 2013, 01:58
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Time is moving so slow, I have normal stats, nothing special but I was told I have a very unique story and background and I have good chances at HBS. Now I have noticed two spelling mistakes on my application, Am I out? how serious do they take these typos??


Honestly, your 650 is really low for Harvard/Stanford. That should be your bigger concern.



I am actually very worried, Although I consulted with many experts and I was told it worths a shot consedering the rest of my profile, But I am still so scared of a ding, hopefully I will hear some good news on the 30th , that would ease the stress,
Also any one have information on how many applicants applied this round two ?
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 25 Jan 2013, 09:05
MBANut wrote:
Does anyone know of an instance when a candidate has
been laid off due to company downsizing during
the application process and was still admitted? As in, the person lost his/her
job after the application
has been submitted but before interviews?
How should one manage such scenario? I expect that you would have
to disclose this information during the interview but does the adcom expect you to
have another job/opportunity lined up? It's also a sticky situation to be looking for a permanent position now
when you're expecting to relocate in the summer to enroll in school.
What's the ideal scenario in this case in the eyes of the adcom, if there even is one?


The below is an excerpt from an AMAZING story in Poets and Quants which deals with exactly this issue,
a fly-on-wall account of the adcom at Rotman dealing with a very qualified candidate who was unemployed,
as you can see, the adcoms questions track most of the comments on this thread, and the bottom line seems to be,
it depends on candidate, prior job, and what your plans are

the entire story is a must read, it explains in detail how Rotman evaluates students by
interview, essays, etc. and how the adcom makes up their mind.
http://poetsandquants.com/2013/01/25/how-a-top-business-school-sifts-through-a-pile-of-mba-applicants/

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
“I have Robert. He is 30 years old with six years of work experience.
He has a degree in economics from the London School of Economics.
He is a U.K. citizen. I interviewed him the other day on Skype, and I gave
him a 20 (the highest possible score) on the interview.”

“Oh, you had another great one!” affirms Cruz.

“Yes. I really liked him,” answers Paterson.

“Have you had other 20s?” wonders da Silva.

“Yes. I have had other 20s but he would be the best. He has a 780 GMAT.
He is 83% on his quant and 81% for integrative reasoning. His references are highly positive.
He is highly collaborative, extremely motivated, operates great with initiative,
he’s a valuable team player, a good listener and extremely personable. The only thing is he is currently unemployed.

The red flag is hoisted and the room, completely silent as Paterson described the candidate’s profile,
immediately comes alive. The questions from around the table are fired out like bullets from an assault weapon.

“For how long?” asks da Silva.

“Since June.”

“And why?” wonders da Silva. “What’s he doing?”

Several others chime in with similar questions.

“He left his job in asset trading because the firm in Switzerland was taken over and his job was deemed redundant.
He did have a job offer but turned it down because he realized he is not going to stay there.
He wants to pursue his MBA, and he hopes to do that in Toronto.
He just got married a couple of months ago and he and his wife do hope to make Toronto home.”

“Therefore Rotman,” smiles da Silva.

“So that’s Robert,” says Paterson. “I would like to see him get a scholarship. I know he’s not working right now but…”

Da Silva cuts in. “What did he say he was going to do between now and the start of the program?”

“He’s taking French courses right now and he’s speaking with the company that
offered him a job about doing some temporary consulting work,” replies Paterson.

“That’s good,” says Cruz.

“We had a similar candidate earlier in the year who you guys probably remember,” says da Silva.
“And one of the big decisions was let’s get Leigh’s perspective. She then said that she wants to see how this person would package the story for employers. Does he have presence?”

“He totally has presence,” Paterson offers. “He’s lovely.”


for the rest of the story, see

http://poetsandquants.com/2013/01/25/ho ... pplicants/
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 25 Jan 2013, 12:48
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machichi wrote:
Mahmoud80 wrote:
Time is moving so slow, I have normal stats, nothing special but I was told I have a very unique story and background and I have good chances at HBS. Now I have noticed two spelling mistakes on my application, Am I out? how serious do they take these typos??


Honestly, your 650 is really low for Harvard/Stanford. That should be your bigger concern.



I am actually very worried, Although I consulted with many experts and I was told it worths a shot consedering the rest of my profile, But I am still so scared of a ding, hopefully I will hear some good news on the 30th , that would ease the stress,
Also any one have information on how many applicants applied this round two ?



Historically, round 2 has the most applicants.
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 27 Jan 2013, 00:28
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 27 Jan 2013, 13:08
Just watched Rudy - I empathize with him.
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 29 Jan 2013, 07:47
Is it true that ~80% of R2 Invites go out tomorrow?
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 29 Jan 2013, 07:50
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Is it true that ~80% of R2 Invites go out tomorrow?


Apparantly last year they sent 750 invites on the first date and 100 on the second date, I can not recall where I read that, but in general most invitation go out on the first date.
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 29 Jan 2013, 07:52
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Is it true that ~80% of R2 Invites go out tomorrow?



According to the blog by Dee Leopold (http://www.hbs.edu/mba/admissions/Pages ... ector.aspx):

OK, here's the plan for Round 2 interviews:

We will send out interview invitations on two dates: Wednesday, January 30 and Thursday, February 7.

Interview locations for Round 2 are: On-campus in Boston, London, Paris, Shanghai, Mumbai, Dubai, Sao Paulo, Palo Alto and New York City.

Detailed instructions for the sign-up process will be included in the interview invitation.

Interviews will be conducted between February 11 and March 8.

On February 7, all candidates not being invited to interview will be notified of their release.


So, there are two release dates for the invitations. In addition, looking back at previous years, the trend seems to be about 80% of the invites are sent out on the first day. Assuming that trend continues, I would assume that the answer to your question is: yes.
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 29 Jan 2013, 08:11
Thks guys..

Goog luck y'all!
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 29 Jan 2013, 10:52
How NOT To Mess Up Your HBS Interview

HBS sends round two invites out tomorrow
[url]
http://poetsandquants.com/2013/01/29/ho ... interview/[/url]
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 29 Jan 2013, 12:24
Should we expect mails raining in on 12:01pm Local Boston time?
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 29 Jan 2013, 12:28
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Thinking of you guys... only part of a day left. Fingers crossed!



I think I may be afraid of my inbox tomorrow.
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 29 Jan 2013, 12:31
What time will the email be send out? so anxious
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 29 Jan 2013, 12:39
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What time will the email be send out? so anxious


Noon Boston Local time..
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 29 Jan 2013, 12:45
Hi experts/admission consultants/applicants,

I need your advice regarding an important issue.I converted my GPA through (WES)World Education Services (3.54/4.00).My GPA on a 10.0 scale is 6.68 but since the grading system at my institute(comparable to IIT's - top10)is tough I don't know what the Adcoms will make of my 6.68 GPA.Also,not many people from my college apply to B-schools so I have no idea how adcoms will normalize my scores. I even submitted an alternative transcript from mbamath.com scoring 100/100 marks in 24 quizzes.My GMAT score is Q51,V41.

I didn't know that most of the schools were AccessWES clients,which means that they can see my verified transcripts and converted GPA online only without me having to send any transcripts from WES. I mailed to schools regarding this.

Columbia replied to the mail and added my GPA on a 4.0 scale.
Stanford replied to the mail stating that they won't make any addition to the application.(Frankly,this is not an addition,just my GPA on another scale to help the adcoms normalize my scores)
Wharton replied to the mail stating that they will ask the operations team to look at my WES 4.0 GPA but I don't have nay follow-up whether they have taken my 4.0 GPA into account.
My application data in 2 data forms was not updated in HBS Application form.I sent a mail to HBS on 7th itself(R2 deadline) but didn't get any reply.I again sent a mail on 24th regarding the data in application form and 4.0 GPA issue but have not received any reply. Should I go ahead and phone the admissions office about the issue?They are issuing invites tomorrow so I thought they might be busy and will reply to my mail later.(but 22 days and no reply)

MIT Sloan also didn't replied to the mail.Should I wait for some days before reminding on mail again or should I phone the admissions office rightaway?

My question is :-Is it okay if I call up HBS,Wharton and MIT Sloan's office or is there any different strategy for the 3 schools. I thought it was polite to just write a mail and wait for their response but geting no response at all takes me to the nail-bitting mode :(

I greatly appreciate your help and time in advance.Solving this issue might help calm my nerves.Really stressed for the past week.
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 29 Jan 2013, 13:43
Dee just posted!

" In Round 1, we sent about 800 invitations in Wave 1 and about 100 in Wave 2."

am a bit confused. Is she talking about 2+2 or MBA. Could you someone give their take on it for me please?

Thank you and GOOD LUCK to us!

So basically if you see an email from HBS MBA admission flash on your phone in a meeting, try to hide that smile! It has to be an invite :)
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 29 Jan 2013, 13:46
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Dee just posted!

" In Round 1, we sent about 800 invitations in Wave 1 and about 100 in Wave 2."

am a bit confused. Is she talking about 2+2 or MBA. Could you someone give their take on it for me please?

Thank you and GOOD LUCK to us!


Pretty sure both - several people I had conversations with on interview day were 2+2 (which made me feel only slightly less conscious of my age - lol)
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 29 Jan 2013, 13:48
So basically tomorrow if you see an email from HBS MBA admissions flash on your phone in a meeting, try to hide that smile! It has to be an invite :)
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 29 Jan 2013, 13:52
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Hi experts/admission consultants/applicants,

I need your advice regarding an important issue.I converted my GPA through (WES)World Education Services (3.54/4.00).My GPA on a 10.0 scale is 6.68 but since the grading system at my institute(comparable to IIT's - top10)is tough I don't know what the Adcoms will make of my 6.68 GPA.Also,not many people from my college apply to B-schools so I have no idea how adcoms will normalize my scores. I even submitted an alternative transcript from mbamath.com scoring 100/100 marks in 24 quizzes.My GMAT score is Q51,V41.

I didn't know that most of the schools were AccessWES clients,which means that they can see my verified transcripts and converted GPA online only without me having to send any transcripts from WES. I mailed to schools regarding this.

Columbia replied to the mail and added my GPA on a 4.0 scale.
Stanford replied to the mail stating that they won't make any addition to the application.(Frankly,this is not an addition,just my GPA on another scale to help the adcoms normalize my scores)
Wharton replied to the mail stating that they will ask the operations team to look at my WES 4.0 GPA but I don't have nay follow-up whether they have taken my 4.0 GPA into account.
My application data in 2 data forms was not updated in HBS Application form.I sent a mail to HBS on 7th itself(R2 deadline) but didn't get any reply.I again sent a mail on 24th regarding the data in application form and 4.0 GPA issue but have not received any reply. Should I go ahead and phone the admissions office about the issue?They are issuing invites tomorrow so I thought they might be busy and will reply to my mail later.(but 22 days and no reply)

MIT Sloan also didn't replied to the mail.Should I wait for some days before reminding on mail again or should I phone the admissions office rightaway?

My question is :-Is it okay if I call up HBS,Wharton and MIT Sloan's office or is there any different strategy for the 3 schools. I thought it was polite to just write a mail and wait for their response but geting no response at all takes me to the nail-bitting mode :(

I greatly appreciate your help and time in advance.Solving this issue might help calm my nerves.Really stressed for the past week.


From what I understand, HBS Adcoms are very good at extrapolating the true value of your undergraduate GPA without a conversion. Even on the application it says:

"If your institution does not use a 4.00 Grade Point Average (GPA) scale, please do not convert your grades to a 4.00 GPA scale. Use the scoring system relevant to your degree."

HBS seems to have a firm grasp on the variety of different schools and their associated grading systems. After all, they do get over 9000 applications a year.

Have you had a chance to read through the list of undergraduate institutions represented at HBS?

http://www.hbs.edu/mba/admissions/admis ... tions.aspx


Thanks for the reply "Electrichazard".My undergraduate institution is not represented in the class of 2014.
From what I know,only 1 person from my institute went to HBS and he was in the class of 2013.

I know that they have a good idea about the GPA conversion.But since I got a conversion done from WES(HBS requires WES verified transcripts upon admission)which HBS trusts,I thought it might be a good idea to let HBS know about my GPA.

A 6.68/10 can mean a very low GPA which means I am out of the race.
On the other hand,a 3.54/4 GPA puts me back in the race.

I just don't want that I got dinged from my dream schools because HBS thought 6.68 to be 2.9 instead of a 3.54.

Thanks in advance for help.

(I guess if I don't get invited tomorrow,I will talk to them on 31st.Is that a good idea? I don't want to seem rude or someone who doesn't understand instructions)
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