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Re: Harvard (HBS) Calling all applicants - Class of 2016 [#permalink] New post 29 Oct 2013, 19:54
i have been interviewed and now spend most of my waking hours dissecting every single statement i made and how it could have been perceived as arrogant/ignorant/idiotic/random/OTT.
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Re: Harvard (HBS) Calling all applicants - Class of 2016 [#permalink] New post 30 Oct 2013, 09:27
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i have been interviewed and now spend most of my waking hours dissecting every single statement i made and how it could have been perceived as arrogant/ignorant/idiotic/random/OTT.


Haha, yeah quite a few friends of mine have said the same thing. What was your experience like? Any oddball questions or things that threw you off?
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Re: Harvard (HBS) Calling all applicants - Class of 2016 [#permalink] New post 31 Oct 2013, 01:56
Anyone in Dubai for interviews this weekend? My friend and I will be there for interviews-- wondering if anyone wants to meet up for a meal (and potentially be touristy together :P).
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Re: Harvard (HBS) Calling all applicants - Class of 2016 [#permalink] New post 31 Oct 2013, 04:06
Did my interview in Mumbai. The interviewer was Sarah Lucas. The questions were entirely off the resume. Made me narrate my experiences in my startup, consulting firm, VC firm and in my extra-curricular activities. Was very conversational and chilled out. Think I did well but tough to gauge in these interviews which are hard to do badly.
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Re: Harvard (HBS) Calling all applicants - Class of 2016 [#permalink] New post 31 Oct 2013, 05:05
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i have been interviewed and now spend most of my waking hours dissecting every single statement i made and how it could have been perceived as arrogant/ignorant/idiotic/random/OTT.


Haha, yeah quite a few friends of mine have said the same thing. What was your experience like? Any oddball questions or things that threw you off?



similar to bingo13 above - almost completely off the resume! my interviewer did try to question me about my 'motivations' etc. near the end, but it wasn't intense, more conversational.
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i have been interviewed and now spend most of my waking hours dissecting every single statement i made and how it could have been perceived as arrogant/ignorant/idiotic/random/OTT.


Haha, yeah quite a few friends of mine have said the same thing. What was your experience like? Any oddball questions or things that threw you off?



similar to bingo13 above - almost completely off the resume! my interviewer did try to question me about my 'motivations' etc. near the end, but it wasn't intense, more conversational.


same here. My interview was very conversational, and mostly came from the resume. The questions i got asked were:

- Talk me through your experiences at university
- experience at work
- asked a few questions regarding my work stories, to understand them better
- what would happen if you don't go to an mba/where would your current career path take you?
- what type of companies would you want to work for after your mba
- do you plan on returning to your home country?
- at the end, she asked me if there was anything else i wanted to add

Good luck to those who are preparing for interviews!
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Re: Harvard (HBS) Calling all applicants - Class of 2016 [#permalink] New post 07 Nov 2013, 09:41
Did anyone send thank you notes to their interviewers? I found one email address, but not the second interviewers.

The pamphlet the handed me afterwards said that thank you notes are (truly) not necessary, but I don't want to be rude if everyone else sends thank you notes/emails.

What's the consensus here? Follow the directions to a T or send a brief thank-you note? If you sent a note, did you send it (via email) to the generic HBS admissions box or the interviewer's personal HBS email? Did you send a card via mail instead?
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Re: Harvard (HBS) Calling all applicants - Class of 2016 [#permalink] New post 07 Nov 2013, 10:13
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Did anyone send thank you notes to their interviewers? I found one email address, but not the second interviewers.

The pamphlet the handed me afterwards said that thank you notes are (truly) not necessary, but I don't want to be rude if everyone else sends thank you notes/emails.

What's the consensus here? Follow the directions to a T or send a brief thank-you note? If you sent a note, did you send it (via email) to the generic HBS admissions box or the interviewer's personal HBS email? Did you send a card via mail instead?


I didn't send a thank-you note. From my limited interactions with HBS, I feel like they mean what they say. If they say thank-you notes are "truly" not necessary, then it probably means they don't want 1000 emails clogging up various adcom members' inboxes. Esp now that they give us the flexibility to write a post-interview reflection, I think anything that I would've wanted to say in an thank-you note could be captured in that format.
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Re: Harvard (HBS) Calling all applicants - Class of 2016 [#permalink] New post 09 Nov 2013, 14:26
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Did anyone send thank you notes to their interviewers? I found one email address, but not the second interviewers.

The pamphlet the handed me afterwards said that thank you notes are (truly) not necessary, but I don't want to be rude if everyone else sends thank you notes/emails.

What's the consensus here? Follow the directions to a T or send a brief thank-you note? If you sent a note, did you send it (via email) to the generic HBS admissions box or the interviewer's personal HBS email? Did you send a card via mail instead?


I didn't send a thank-you note. From my limited interactions with HBS, I feel like they mean what they say. If they say thank-you notes are "truly" not necessary, then it probably means they don't want 1000 emails clogging up various adcom members' inboxes. Esp now that they give us the flexibility to write a post-interview reflection, I think anything that I would've wanted to say in an thank-you note could be captured in that format.


I second this.
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Re: Harvard (HBS) Calling all applicants - Class of 2016 [#permalink] New post 12 Nov 2013, 14:00
FROM HBS Admissions Blog: Class Visits
I wish we had classes every day of the year – and evenings too – because there is a great demand from visitors who want to see the case method in action. That makes us happy. But, back to reality:

We still have some class visit slots available for anyone who wants to visit in October (through the 23rd). My hope is that these will be for folks thinking about Round 2 applications.

Round 1 applicants who are invited to interview will have many options for setting up a class visit and information will be included in interview invitations – there is no need for these applicants to register for a class visit before then. So I’m asking Round 1 applicants to please wait.

For Round 2 applicants, there are going to be 9 days of class visits available starting November 12th through December 5th, these slots will be available for registration on our website later this week. Our students will be in final exams, Winter Break, and FIELD throughout December and January. We will continue to offer staff led tours and information sessions through December and January (other than during the two week “Winter Break” when the school is closed). I know it’s not ideal to make a big trip here and not be able to see a class, but it’s still a great way to get a sense of the campus and hear about the admissions process.

Class visits will resume in early February for the Spring Semester and will be available for registration in early January. Similar to Round 1, our Round 2 interviewing applicants will have many opportunities to visit a class while on campus for their interview in February.

And, yes, as you anticipated, this gives me yet another chance to plug the video, which shows real footage inside a first-year classroom plus faculty and student perspectives.

Back to Round 1 applications!
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Re: Harvard (HBS) Calling all applicants - Class of 2016 [#permalink] New post 12 Nov 2013, 14:00
FROM HBS Admissions Blog: Round One Interview Invitations
If it's helpful, our plan is to send out some interview invitations at NOON today, Boston time. Via email. Nothing until noon.

And we'll send more on October 16.
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Re: Harvard (HBS) Calling all applicants - Class of 2016 [#permalink] New post 12 Nov 2013, 14:00
FROM HBS Admissions Blog: Another Round 1 Update
At noon Boston time we'll be sending out some more interview invitations via email. Detailed instructions for sign-ups will be included.

There will also be some Further Consideration decisions. This means that we are unable to invite you to interview now, but wish to keep your application under consideration. In Round 2, we'll be either inviting you to interview - and you'll move along on the Round 2 timetable - or releasing you. I know this prolongs the wait for a decision. There will be information in the Further Consideration decision letter about a contact person here in Dillon to answer questions and keep you informed. Of course, you may decline to stay in the process and withdraw your application at any time.

We'll also be sending Deny decisions to the candidates who are not going to move forward in the process. This is our attempt to give you clarity and closure in time to make other plans.

As I always say, I hope this is helpful.
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Re: Harvard (HBS) Calling all applicants - Class of 2016 [#permalink] New post 12 Nov 2013, 14:00
FROM HBS Admissions Blog: What's the Difference Between "Waitlist" and "Further Consideration?"
I think there's some confusion out there about these categories so here's an attempt at getting inside our glossary of terms:

    • Further Consideration (FC): We've reviewed your written application and have decided to neither move you forward to interview nor deny at this time. One reason is that we have a finite number of interview spots we can offer and still keep to our promised December 11 notification date. The other is that we can't see Round 2 applications before we need to make final Round 1 decisions - December 11 is the Round 1 notification date and the Round 2 application deadline is January 6. So we'd like to hold on to you and further consider your application in Round 2. We anticipate being able to interview a meaningful number of those FCs in February/March. Once in the interview group, these candidates have the same chances of being admitted as any other interviewee - somewhere between 50% and 60%.
    • Waitlist: No one is on the waitlist at this moment. After all interviews in Round 1 are completed, on December 11 candidates (all of whom have been interviewed) will receive one of the following three decisions: “Yes, No or Waitlist. Waitlisters will receive periodic updates and be able to contact a designated Dillon staff member. We know it's not what you planned for, but the waitlist is an active category and every year we admit in the range of 50-75 waitlisters into the class.


So...the lingo we use is FC and Waitlist. We don't use the term Deferred - adding another term would just confuse us!

It is highly unlikely that a candidate would be FC’d in Round 1, interviewed in Round 2, and then placed on the Waitlist in Round 2. Sort of an Endless Application Season. Yikes.
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Re: Harvard (HBS) Calling all applicants - Class of 2016 [#permalink] New post 13 Nov 2013, 17:43
For those who has submitted your applications to HBS, may I ask what you wrote about in your essays?
I am having hard time figuring out what to write...Thanks!
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Re: Harvard (HBS) Calling all applicants - Class of 2016 [#permalink] New post 13 Nov 2013, 22:02
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For those who has submitted your applications to HBS, may I ask what you wrote about in your essays?
I am having hard time figuring out what to write...Thanks!


I really think that everyone's essay should be different, there's no one 'thing' that people should write about. I'd suggesting thinking about who you are as a person, focusing on what made you that way, and then writing about some aspect of that. I wrote about several specific experiences that helped shape me into the person I am today.
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Re: Harvard (HBS) Calling all applicants - Class of 2016 [#permalink] New post 14 Nov 2013, 05:43
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For those who has submitted your applications to HBS, may I ask what you wrote about in your essays?
I am having hard time figuring out what to write...Thanks!


I really think that everyone's essay should be different, there's no one 'thing' that people should write about. I'd suggesting thinking about who you are as a person, focusing on what made you that way, and then writing about some aspect of that. I wrote about several specific experiences that helped shape me into the person I am today.


Thanks for this Boulderbiker. If I may ask, how many words did you write in your essay altogether?

It will be well appreciated if anyone who was invited for interview by Harvard can chip in a word or two into this.
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I wrote a long Essay, it was 1700 words and was invited. I also wrote about what was important to me, how i got there and where I wanted to go....
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Re: Harvard (HBS) Calling all applicants - Class of 2016 [#permalink] New post 14 Nov 2013, 05:58
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I wrote a long Essay, it was 1700 words and was invited. I also wrote about what was important to me, how i got there and where I wanted to go....


Thank you so much for your response. I finished my first draft yesterday and I hit 1,230 words. I freaked out because I set a target of 700 - 800 words. I guess I was not as shallow as I thought.

Did you talk about why Harvard?
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Re: Harvard (HBS) Calling all applicants - Class of 2016 [#permalink] New post 14 Nov 2013, 06:07
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I wrote a long Essay, it was 1700 words and was invited. I also wrote about what was important to me, how i got there and where I wanted to go....


Thank you so much for your response. I finished my first draft yesterday and I hit 1,230 words. I freaked out because I set a target of 700 - 800 words. I guess I was not as shallow as I thought.

Did you talk about why Harvard?


Yes i basically took a few normal essay topics and put it together.. What makes you tick, why an mba and why now, why Harvard, what I will contribute....

I was nervous about the length but obviously it seemed fine. I'm also no rockstar candidate.. I am from Africa, no major extra curriculars, average marks, average GMAT of 730 and normal job progression. I needed the Essay to stand out....
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Re: Harvard (HBS) Calling all applicants - Class of 2016 [#permalink] New post 14 Nov 2013, 06:08
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For those who has submitted your applications to HBS, may I ask what you wrote about in your essays?
I am having hard time figuring out what to write...Thanks!


I really think that everyone's essay should be different, there's no one 'thing' that people should write about. I'd suggesting thinking about who you are as a person, focusing on what made you that way, and then writing about some aspect of that. I wrote about several specific experiences that helped shape me into the person I am today.


Thanks for this Boulderbiker. If I may ask, how many words did you write in your essay altogether?

It will be well appreciated if anyone who was invited for interview by Harvard can chip in a word or two into this.



I wrote less than 800 words and got an invite. I basically took all of the best parts from essays of other schools. I therefore recommend to save the HBS essay for last.
Interview in one week, wish me luck :-D
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