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Re: Harvard (HBS) Calling all applicants - Class of 2016 [#permalink] New post 28 Feb 2014, 17:18
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any idea if this email will say "Congratulations" for ppl that got in vs. "HBS Decision Available Online" for those who didn't.... i guess it doesn't really matter, but trying to stay distracted here.


As far as I know the emails will be identical for admits, dings, WLs, and FCs--it will just tell you to log into your account to view your updated status.



Is it reasonable to expect a call from admissions personnel if you are admitted? Or does that happen to only a minority of successful applicants?


Admits will generally get calls from someone in the admissions dept within a week of notification, and they'll also get matched up with students and/or alums who give them a quick call to say congrats and answer any questions.
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Re: Harvard (HBS) Calling all applicants - Class of 2016 [#permalink] New post 02 Mar 2014, 10:26
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Is it reasonable to expect a call from admissions personnel if you are admitted? Or does that happen to only a minority of successful applicants?


Admits will generally get calls from someone in the admissions dept within a week of notification, and they'll also get matched up with students and/or alums who give them a quick call to say congrats and answer any questions.


so would you say day-of, or day-after is unlikely, or the calls are skewed towards D-day?
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Re: Harvard (HBS) Calling all applicants - Class of 2016 [#permalink] New post 02 Mar 2014, 16:59
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Is it reasonable to expect a call from admissions personnel if you are admitted? Or does that happen to only a minority of successful applicants?


Admits will generally get calls from someone in the admissions dept within a week of notification, and they'll also get matched up with students and/or alums who give them a quick call to say congrats and answer any questions.


so would you say day-of, or day-after is unlikely, or the calls are skewed towards D-day?


Your best bet is to look back at the thread from round 1. I believe decisions are posted online first (on d-day), and then admitted students may receive congratulatory calls later.
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Re: Harvard (HBS) Calling all applicants - Class of 2016 [#permalink] New post 03 Mar 2014, 07:06
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Is it reasonable to expect a call from admissions personnel if you are admitted? Or does that happen to only a minority of successful applicants?


Admits will generally get calls from someone in the admissions dept within a week of notification, and they'll also get matched up with students and/or alums who give them a quick call to say congrats and answer any questions.


so would you say day-of, or day-after is unlikely, or the calls are skewed towards D-day?


No calls on the day-of - decisions will simply be posted on the online portal. Can't remember if this was mentioned on Dee's blog or somewhere on the website; they also mentioned this during one of the panels during interview day.
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Re: Harvard (HBS) Calling all applicants - Class of 2016 [#permalink] New post 03 Mar 2014, 09:04
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I can honestly say the best piece of advice I have received about the interview is to write yourself a note before heading in. More specifically a note stating "I did not do as badly on my HBS interview as I believe I did". Because trust me...2-4 hrs after you're done.. you'll believe you bombed harder than anyone ever has.


Immediately after my interview, I thought I did really great. It was after about the first 24-48 hours that I started over-analyzing every response I gave and thinking of what I could/should have done better. Welp, it's February 26, exactly one month until decisions are released. Let's all hope for the best!


This was me exactly!! Right after leaving the room I was extremely happy, feeling as if I did pretty well and relieved to be finished. Within two days I had picked apart every answer and felt I did not do as well. I will probably spend the next 23 days thinking about the things I should have said...
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Re: Harvard (HBS) Calling all applicants - Class of 2016 [#permalink] New post 04 Mar 2014, 11:55
Any insight into how much the interview counts?

Curious to hear if anyone had a very good, or very bad experience.
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Any insight into how much the interview counts?

Curious to hear if anyone had a very good, or very bad experience.


Hard to say what weight the interview is given, but it's definitely an important data point for them to make a final decision. Below is a response from Dee in a P&Q interview a few years ago:

"A superb, off-the-charts person in an interview may not get admitted because at the end of the day the interview isn’t meant to be the lightening round where how you perform in 30 minutes determines your fate. It’s not, 'you’re in or you’re out.' You might say this person is a star in the interview but we have a lot of people with similar backgrounds who did well and we just can’t take them all. So the shaping of the class can become more of a driving factor than the evaluation."

This was echoed during my interview by the interviewer. Hope it helps.
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I'm inclined to agree with what Sandy K. (aka HBSGuru) has to say about interviews...basically, that a bad interview hurts you MUCH more than a great interview can help you. A "bad" HBS interview would usually fit into one of a few categories:

-Your English isn't very strong, causing the interviewer to question whether you'd be able to follow (and contribute to) a fast-paced case discussion.
-You can't answer questions and make your points concisely, leading the interviewer to envision you wasting way too much airtime in a case discussion without saying anything that advances the discussion.
-You come off as an arrogant jerk who the interviewer thinks would have a negative impact on your future section's experience, or who would reflect poorly on HBS once you get out into the real world.
-You can't explain your career goals well, or you can't answer "Why HBS?" with something more substantive than "Because Forbes/BW/Bloomberg says it's the #1 MBA program."
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Re: Harvard (HBS) Calling all applicants - Class of 2016 [#permalink] New post 09 Mar 2014, 23:16
Now that interviews are over, what are you guys doing to bridge this painful wait? what are the next steps for those lucky ones who will be admitted on the 26th? And when is R2 admitted students weekend?
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Re: Harvard (HBS) Calling all applicants - Class of 2016 [#permalink] New post 11 Mar 2014, 13:16
What time on the 26th does the decision come out?

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Re: Harvard (HBS) Calling all applicants - Class of 2016 [#permalink] New post 11 Mar 2014, 13:51
r1 decisions were released at noon eastern. would imagine the same thing for r2.

since my interview, i feel time has nearly come to a halt...aghh.
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Re: Harvard (HBS) Calling all applicants - Class of 2016 [#permalink] New post 12 Mar 2014, 04:10
This has got to be the longest wait ever. Having the most unproductive days at work (and feeling extremely ashamed about it!).
Like a lot of you, I keep refreshing this thread and reading through interview experiences on various blogs. Wish I could go into hibernation and wake up straight on D-Day. I realise all we can do is keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best.

On a related note (considering how my mind keeps drifting), I am trying to figure out how has the HBS adcom managed to interview 800 applicants based on the timeslots/locations provided in the initial interview mail. Assuming 1 candidate per slot, for every slot, across every location, I got to 350 interviews. Throw in another 50-100 via Skype that is still shy of the 800 number.
Wondering if my hypothesis of 1 candidate per slot is flawed - do on campus interviews/US based interviews not follow this rule? (I know all of this doesn't matter, but trying to keep myself distracted and entertained in the process :)
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Re: Harvard (HBS) Calling all applicants - Class of 2016 [#permalink] New post 12 Mar 2014, 04:26
Yes hard to concentrate at work! I keep replaying my interview over and over again in my head and wishing I said things a certain way and handled the "curve ball" questions better- I had quite a few! Trying to figure out what a good vs bad answer is as well as good vs bad interview...

I saw commentary on another post that a good interview still may not get you in based on the building and diversity of the class. If you have a bad interview can you still get in then? If you have a lot to bring to the table and just had a bad 30 min?
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Re: Harvard (HBS) Calling all applicants - Class of 2016 [#permalink] New post 12 Mar 2014, 06:08
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On a related note (considering how my mind keeps drifting), I am trying to figure out how has the HBS adcom managed to interview 800 applicants based on the timeslots/locations provided in the initial interview mail. Assuming 1 candidate per slot, for every slot, across every location, I got to 350 interviews. Throw in another 50-100 via Skype that is still shy of the 800 number.
Wondering if my hypothesis of 1 candidate per slot is flawed - do on campus interviews/US based interviews not follow this rule? (I know all of this doesn't matter, but trying to keep myself distracted and entertained in the process :)


I interviewed on campus and about 8 other people interviewed during the same time slot as me. We each went into a bunch of different rooms.
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Re: Harvard (HBS) Calling all applicants - Class of 2016 [#permalink] New post 12 Mar 2014, 06:09
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On a related note (considering how my mind keeps drifting), I am trying to figure out how has the HBS adcom managed to interview 800 applicants based on the timeslots/locations provided in the initial interview mail. Assuming 1 candidate per slot, for every slot, across every location, I got to 350 interviews. Throw in another 50-100 via Skype that is still shy of the 800 number.
Wondering if my hypothesis of 1 candidate per slot is flawed - do on campus interviews/US based interviews not follow this rule? (I know all of this doesn't matter, but trying to keep myself distracted and entertained in the process :)


I interviewed on campus and about 8 other people interviewed during the same time slot as me. We each went into a bunch of different rooms.


Same here. There was about 50 people interviewing on my interview day.
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Yes hard to concentrate at work! I keep replaying my interview over and over again in my head and wishing I said things a certain way and handled the "curve ball" questions better- I had quite a few! Trying to figure out what a good vs bad answer is as well as good vs bad interview...

I saw commentary on another post that a good interview still may not get you in based on the building and diversity of the class. If you have a bad interview can you still get in then? If you have a lot to bring to the table and just had a bad 30 min?


I think you could. Though generally, most "bad" interviews went well, we just have weeks to over analyze them before we find out. Dee Leopold mentioned during my day's "what's next" session that from this point forward their goal was to build a diverse class. I am sure that factors into who gets an interview invitation as well. From there, they probably figure out what type of demographics they want for the class, break it down into sections, and start placing applicants into slots. If you have a background they can't replicate with another applicant, they may put a lot more wight on your reflection piece to determine admittance.
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Re: Harvard (HBS) Calling all applicants - Class of 2016 [#permalink] New post 12 Mar 2014, 07:03
Got it- so what you are saying makes me think there are actually more interviews ranked "good" vs "bad" and then it comes down to what is unique about you relative to others within your industry.

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Re: Harvard (HBS) Calling all applicants - Class of 2016 [#permalink] New post 12 Mar 2014, 07:16
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Got it- so what you are saying makes me think there are actually more interviews ranked "good" vs "bad" and then it comes down to what is unique about you relative to others within your industry.


I would say less "good" vs. "bad" and more who are you and what can you bring to your section. So if you have a room of 90 people what is this person going to say that is different from the other people there. I think if you are coming from a traditional industry (banking, consulting, etc) - the interview is partly to gauge your perspective on the world. If you are coming from a non-traditional industry, the interview is to see if you would be a good fit in an MBA environment. Beyond just totally sitting there with nothing to say, I think it is really hard to completely tank your chances. Also, if you did totally tank it, you have the written response to reaffirm yourself.

Obviously though, only those in Dillon House really know anything... we are just speculating. I interviewed in mid February, so the wait has been excruciatingly long. I have spent a lot of time just reflecting on the process and discerning how they go from 10,000 applications to 1,100 acceptance letters.
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Re: Harvard (HBS) Calling all applicants - Class of 2016 [#permalink] New post 12 Mar 2014, 10:01
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I interviewed in mid February, so the wait has been excruciatingly long. I have spent a lot of time just reflecting on the process and discerning how they go from 10,000 applications to 1,100 acceptance letters.


I know exactly what you mean. I interviewed on campus, and I thought that pretty much everyone I met all day was incredibly talented (and did not seem like the type to get rejected due to bad English, extreme introversion, lack of ability to articulate, etc.). I have no idea how they take a pool that strong and then cut off 50% of it.
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