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New post 03 Mar 2009, 20:00
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Good luck guys! I hope you get the much coveted invites this week.


I don't think it's going to happen for R2 anymore. It's only 3 days until SS. Unless the invites are gonna be for off campus interview, it's too short of notice to arrange flight and housing for the interview. I'm pretty heart broken. Haas is my top choice and getting denied of interview is humbling.

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New post 03 Mar 2009, 20:33
ok, so based on what I know, interviews are still going out for R2. But I'm guessing for SS it's too late (unless the people are local, so you never know). After SS, historically there have been interview invites going out for alum or on-campus (if you live near Berkeley) interviews. Yeah, I know this isn't the good news you want to hear, but I guess it's some hope, right?

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hey guys,

So a new blog has been launched at Haas. Check it out and feel free to leave comments for topics that the ambassadors can write about. :)

http://haasstudentambassadors.blogspot.com/
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New post 06 Mar 2009, 00:21
On the even of Super Saturday, here's what I have. Speak up if you're coming to SS on Saturday.

R2 - 12/9/2008 - 14 applicants, 4 SS interviews
Hardestadt - Invited for SS interview!
Llest - Invited for SS interview!
hmmnyc - Invited for SS interview!
BigBad - Invited for SS interview!
YihWei - Submitted 12/9
liubhs02 - 11/30
sng - 12/9
rjacobs - 12/7
kruton - 12/9
vijapp - 12/7
smokedpotatoes - 12/7
RJ - 12/8
energystar - 12/9
bennymoto - ?
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Good luck on the interviews for all those SS invites. Let us know how it goes.

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Hi, do you know whether Berkeley admission officers call to the admitted students? if so, when do they start?

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chineseburned wrote:
Good luck guys! I hope you get the much coveted invites this week.


I don't think it's going to happen for R2 anymore. It's only 3 days until SS. Unless the invites are gonna be for off campus interview, it's too short of notice to arrange flight and housing for the interview. I'm pretty heart broken. Haas is my top choice and getting denied of interview is humbling.



So I guess I should assume that I've been dinged? I haven't heard a peep from Haas :cry:

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New post 09 Mar 2009, 12:25
calls went out a day or so before the deadline last year.

all hope is not lost yet. A couple of my classmates got interview invites after SS and got in. Also, you may get waitlisted and interview between now and R3 deadlines.

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So... How was it? Any great stories to share?

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well, I met Hardestadt and hmmnyc and they were both pretty cool guys. Would love to hear what they (and llest and BigBad) thought of the event. :)
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I attended the Super Saturday and was very impressed with the amount of attention we received. Everything, from the check-in and registration to student panels was superbly organized. It should be noted that almost every activity was student-run, so big kudos to all the current students who participated in the event and especially to GMATClub's own Kryzak. He was instrumental in organizing the Super Saturday and was as helpful in the field as he was on this forum. :good

The sunny Saturday started with a swift registration during which each of the 88 applicants received a sticker badge with his or her name on it, a printed agenda and a candidate roster which listed current employers and undergrad institutions, and included the names of interviewers and cohorts we were assigned to (more about it later). I won't disclose personal information, suffice is to say that I was impressed by the quality of the candidate pool. It was somewhat skewed towards consulting (Deloitte had a strong presence) and tech with an occasional banker or a FMCG specialist in the mix.

We had about 15 minutes to talk to each other and then Peter Johnson (Director of Admissions) and Stephanie Fujii (Associate Director) took the floor to welcome us to the Super Saturday. In his brief speech Peter Johnson clarified the agenda for the day, introduced the students who were organizing the event and congratulated us for successfully passing the first stage of the selection process. He shared some interesting statistics, and even though I didn’t write them down (doh), I can give you a ballpark figure. Apparently this year is extremely competitive and as of now Haas has more than 3800 applications. Considering that there is one more round to go the total number for the year may exceed 4200. Unless I am mistaken he mentioned that in the R2 the adcom extended interview invitations to app. 18% of the applicants.

The introduction was followed by lunch with current students, which presented one of the many opportunities to ask questions about the program. I won’t go into much detail, but let me just say that many students underscored the collaborative and non-competitive nature of the program, praised the opportunities for demonstrating initiative (most of the activities are student-led) and the strength of the alumni network. In their view the biggest challenge apart from the intensity of the core curriculum was the need to carefully prioritize activities, since with so many things happening it is very easy to stretch oneself too thin. In this regard living close to campus, especially in the first year, is particularly important or else you risk to miss all the fun events. I was told that getting popular courses was relatively easy (with a few rare exceptions).

After the lunch each cohort followed its own schedule. Students at Haas are placed into one of the four cohorts (Oski, Blue, Axe and Gold - think Hogwarts houses), and by dividing the applicants into four groups the organizers gave us a taste of a friendly rivalry which is a part of the Haas experience. I was fortunate to be part of the Oski cohort (Go bears!) which was first to be interviewed thus becoming anxiety-free for the rest of the day. The interview lasted one hour and was very informal and conversational. My interviewer asked me to walk him thru my resume, sometimes requesting additional information. He also enquired about my experience as a team-member (both positive and negative) and asked a few questions about my interests. I got the impression that cultural fit was very important, which is probably not surprising considering the size of the school. I had about fifteen minutes for my own questions. My overall impression was very positive (I certainly hope that the interviewer felt likewise. :roll:

The interview was followed by a career panel, a school tour (the facilities are modern and quite impressive) and a student panel. The members of the career panel admitted that recruiting was difficult in the current environment but reassured everyone that Haas education and brand would help us weather the storm. I took it cum grano salis – it would be naïve to expect anything less optimistic from a Super Saturday. ;)

Overall, my impression was overwhelmingly positive. Every single student I talked to seemed to genuinely love his or her experience and was a true champion for the school (especially Kryzak, but you already know it 8-) ). Of course there is a possibility that all the disgruntled students were under lock and key for the weekend, but I think that’s highly unlikely :) I am sure that MBA Haas is a great investment and look forward to hearing from the adcom. Feel free to ask additional questions.

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Does Haas start calling R3 applicants to interview

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I attended the Super Saturday and was very impressed with the amount of attention we received. Everything, from the check-in and registration to student panels was superbly organized. It should be noted that almost every activity was student-run, so big kudos to all the current students who participated in the event and especially to GMATClub's own Kryzak. He was instrumental in organizing the Super Saturday and was as helpful in the field as he was on this forum. :good

The sunny Saturday started with a swift registration during which each of the 88 applicants received a sticker badge with his or her name on it, a printed agenda and a candidate roster which listed current employers and undergrad institutions, and included the names of interviewers and cohorts we were assigned to (more about it later). I won't disclose personal information, suffice is to say that I was impressed by the quality of the candidate pool. It was somewhat skewed towards consulting (Deloitte had a strong presence) and tech with an occasional banker or a FMCG specialist in the mix.

We had about 15 minutes to talk to each other and then Peter Johnson (Director of Admissions) and Stephanie Fujii (Associate Director) took the floor to welcome us to the Super Saturday. In his brief speech Peter Johnson clarified the agenda for the day, introduced the students who were organizing the event and congratulated us for successfully passing the first stage of the selection process. He shared some interesting statistics, and even though I didn’t write them down (doh), I can give you a ballpark figure. Apparently this year is extremely competitive and as of now Haas has more than 3800 applications. Considering that there is one more round to go the total number for the year may exceed 4200. Unless I am mistaken he mentioned that in the R2 the adcom extended interview invitations to app. 18% of the applicants.

The introduction was followed by lunch with current students, which presented one of the many opportunities to ask questions about the program. I won’t go into much detail, but let me just say that many students underscored the collaborative and non-competitive nature of the program, praised the opportunities for demonstrating initiative (most of the activities are student-led) and the strength of the alumni network. In their view the biggest challenge apart from the intensity of the core curriculum was the need to carefully prioritize activities, since with so many things happening it is very easy to stretch oneself too thin. In this regard living close to campus, especially in the first year, is particularly important or else you risk to miss all the fun events. I was told that getting popular courses was relatively easy (with a few rare exceptions).

After the lunch each cohort followed its own schedule. Students at Haas are placed into one of the four cohorts (Oski, Blue, Axe and Gold - think Hogwarts houses), and by dividing the applicants into four groups the organizers gave us a taste of a friendly rivalry which is a part of the Haas experience. I was fortunate to be part of the Oski cohort (Go bears!) which was first to be interviewed thus becoming anxiety-free for the rest of the day. The interview lasted one hour and was very informal and conversational. My interviewer asked me to walk him thru my resume, sometimes requesting additional information. He also enquired about my experience as a team-member (both positive and negative) and asked a few questions about my interests. I got the impression that cultural fit was very important, which is probably not surprising considering the size of the school. I had about fifteen minutes for my own questions. My overall impression was very positive (I certainly hope that the interviewer felt likewise. :roll:

The interview was followed by a career panel, a school tour (the facilities are modern and quite impressive) and a student panel. The members of the career panel admitted that recruiting was difficult in the current environment but reassured everyone that Haas education and brand would help us weather the storm. I took it cum grano salis – it would be naïve to expect anything less optimistic from a Super Saturday. ;)

Overall, my impression was overwhelmingly positive. Every single student I talked to seemed to genuinely love his or her experience and was a true champion for the school (especially Kryzak, but you already know it 8-) ). Of course there is a possibility that all the disgruntled students were under lock and key for the weekend, but I think that’s highly unlikely :) I am sure that MBA Haas is a great investment and look forward to hearing from the adcom. Feel free to ask additional questions.


Yep, Haas put on a good show. Although it was a long day (~6 hours), enthusiastic Haas representatives, including admissions, student ambassadors, 1st years, 2nd years and even alumni, kept our blood flowing throughout. It would be a bummer to not get accepted after attending the event...

I'll add to some of the points that Hardestadt mentioned -

Fellow applicants - interesting bunch. easily the most diverse group that I have encountered at a school visit. for the most part, people seemed down to earth and were able to engage in friendly conversation.

Haas applications - I believe that Peter Johnson stated that in addition to the 88 Super Saturday attendees, approximately 120 others have been extended interviews for Rnd 2 thus far

Interview - mine was a standard, by-the-book MBA admissions interview. more rapid fire questioning than casual conversation. I plan to switch careers and received questions about my intended industry. overall, harmless...i think.

Anyway, good luck to everyone applying.

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well, I met Hardestadt and hmmnyc and they were both pretty cool guys. Would love to hear what they (and llest and BigBad) thought of the event. :)


I did an Off-Campus interview with an Alumni as I am from europe. I hope I will be admitted!! Right now Berkeley is my first option.

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Hey guys,

Thanks for the kind words and the SS report! We always want to know what the applicants think of the event so we can continually improve. :)

As for there being mostly consultants and tech, it's probably because all the financial people were in the first Super Saturday (at least it felt like everyone I spoke to were from NYC doing finance :P).

Last year had 3900 or so applications, so only 100 more to go to beat that (and R4 should beat that). Congrats on getting an interview in these very tough times!

Hardestadt is probably correct that one should take the optimism with a grain of salt, not just at Haas, but at any school right now. BUT, that is generally our feeling at the moment. A cautious optimism. Many off-campus recruiting companies come around late March/April time frame, and in the past, more than 50% of the jobs were found that way. Also, the Haas alums have been very helpful in these times, sending us job links and other tips. Hopefully that will help all of us find a job, haha!

puipui, R3 interview invites will come through email, and it should start any time now (if not already).

Good luck everyone and I'm praying that all 4 of you interviewed get in (and others get on the waitlist!)

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To Hardestadt and hmmnyc:

Thanks for the detailed run-down of the events! Great to hear that Haas really delivers on its community- and student-focused brand... Would you say that Haas was trying to impress the candidates as much as they were trying to impress Haas? Did any clubs catch your eye that you wouldn't have expected before SS?




And to all the other R3 applicants:

Good luck! :wink:

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Starting a R3 applicant list, usually this is very small.

Haas R3 Applicants:

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kryzak.. and other friends..

can you tell us a bit more about the R2 waitlist process.. usually, how many were waitlisted during previous years.. and do the R2 waitlisted folks get interviewed before R3 or do they still have some hope after that..

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R3 applicant here. Submitted 01/29

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I applied R3 too. Though, this wait for an interview is proving tough :-)

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