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3 Months Until the HBS Round 1 Deadline: How to Prepare

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3 Months Until the HBS Round 1 Deadline: How to Prepare

As of this week, we are only three months away from the first of Harvard Business School’s two deadlines. The Round 1 deadline is on September 4, 2019. Unlike most other top U.S. MBA programs, Harvard only has two deadlines. There is no Round 3. Many candidates want to apply in Round 1, because for most candidates that may offer the best odds for success. At that time, the only seats that HBS has allocated are those belonging to successful 2+2 candidates (those who gained admission as college seniors and were to work for a couple of years before starting the program). Thus, most seats are still available. Also, because most seats are still available, candidates are likely to be impacted less in Round 1 by considerations such as how many other candidates have already applied from their company, industry, country or ethnic background.

So, what does the early HBS Round 1 deadline mean for you? If you are aiming for Round 1, you should map out a clear plan of action to ensure you stay on track with preparations. You should maximize your use of the time you have remaining before the Round 1 deadline by taking steps like these:

1. Strengthen your record. Identify any areas that you can still strengthen, set forth a plan, and implement it! For example, if you can benefit from having a stronger extracurricular credential, strive to address this. You can do many high-impact things before the deadline to bolster your candidacy.
2. Score excellently on the GMAT or GRE. Study for and score well on your GMAT or GRE. Ideally, give yourself the opportunity to take the exam a second time if you don’t achieve your ideal score the first time around.
3. Craft and re-draft your HBS essay. Think through what you would like to write in HBS’s open-ended essay prompt. Harvard’s essay prompt is very challenging. Candidates usually want to re-write their drafts many times before they feel they have a final draft that is ready to be submitted, so give yourself the time and space to craft and re-draft.
4. Get your recommendation writers moving. Approach your recommendation writers and give them plenty of time to put together outstanding recommendations that can help get you to a “yes.”
5. Work on the notoriously complex HBS application form. Harvard has one of the most complex application forms and you should give yourself ample time to think through the specifics they request, such as what your greatest achievement and greatest challenges have been at each job you have held. Don’t underestimate the time you need to prepare the application form! It is best to start your application early (you can begin to input information and save it, rather than submit it, and continue working on it progressively). In doing this, you will have an opportunity to explore the details HBS is requesting on the form. The form is extensive!

Just remember, at Harvard, the application can make all the difference. Sometimes a candidate is very qualified but did not convey their credentials persuasively in their essay or application form. Sometimes the recommendation writers did not focus on the ideal topics. Strategize well and put together an excellent application that can help advance you to the interview and, hopefully also, to admission.


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