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Calling all Harvard Applicants: (2016 Intake) Class of 2018!!

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New post 06 Oct 2015, 15:43
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Got my invite at 12:09. I have a pretty normal background. Public school undergraduate, master in accounting and have been working in public accounting for four years (currently in my fifth year). Decent GPA and GMAT. No fancy extracurriculars but the activities reflect a consistent interest and passion. I wrote my essay as if I was talking to the class. Very conversational. Did not really talk about why HBS but I did briefly mention the case method (without using the exact words) and how I would be able to contribute.

Good luck everybody!


750 GMAT classified as decent would explain why I am on the outside looking in.

Congrats btw!
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New post 06 Oct 2015, 15:45
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chipmonster wrote:
Got my invite at 12:09. I have a pretty normal background. Public school undergraduate, master in accounting and have been working in public accounting for four years (currently in my fifth year). Decent GPA and GMAT. No fancy extracurriculars but the activities reflect a consistent interest and passion. I wrote my essay as if I was talking to the class. Very conversational. Did not really talk about why HBS but I did briefly mention the case method (without using the exact words) and how I would be able to contribute.

Good luck everybody!


750 GMAT classified as decent would explain why I am on the outside looking in.


Sorry - I did not mean to sound arrogant. 750 is a solid score but considering my non MBB/PE/IB background, I needed that score to paint a picture that I am well rounded. Plus, I'm in a demographic group where everybody gets 750+ haha.
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New post 06 Oct 2015, 16:31
chipmonster wrote:
TheLostOne wrote:
chipmonster wrote:
Got my invite at 12:09. I have a pretty normal background. Public school undergraduate, master in accounting and have been working in public accounting for four years (currently in my fifth year). Decent GPA and GMAT. No fancy extracurriculars but the activities reflect a consistent interest and passion. I wrote my essay as if I was talking to the class. Very conversational. Did not really talk about why HBS but I did briefly mention the case method (without using the exact words) and how I would be able to contribute.

Good luck everybody!


750 GMAT classified as decent would explain why I am on the outside looking in.


Sorry - I did not mean to sound arrogant. 750 is a solid score but considering my non MBB/PE/IB background, I needed that score to paint a picture that I am well rounded. Plus, I'm in a demographic group where everybody gets 750+ haha.



You're ok, young gunner. Just giving you some ****.

I also ninja-edited a congrats in there to let you know I am not bitter :-D

Just some of us have scores that start with 6, and it is a persistent reminder that it probably isn't up to snuff.
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New post 06 Oct 2015, 16:54
MBB, STEM, grad degree, no invite. It does seem like people from my firm have already received invites.
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New post 06 Oct 2015, 19:37
White European
Worked in Africa for 1yr and Bhutan for 1yr in social venture
750 GMAT
Average GPA from a 2nd tier school in Germany

--> No invitation, not much hope left.
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Age 31, Turkish, 720 GMAT, GPA 3.86, Business Major, 7 yrs WS at matriculation, Program Manager at the largest life insurance company of the country, CFA Charterholder. No invite here.
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Was too busy at work to realize I didn't get an invite until just now. I applied R2 last year and got an interview before ultimately being dinged, so here's to hoping on the 8th or 14th.

same here
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New post 07 Oct 2015, 03:53
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Hoopaloops wrote:
Was too busy at work to realize I didn't get an invite until just now. I applied R2 last year and got an interview before ultimately being dinged, so here's to hoping on the 8th or 14th.

same here


nothing on my end either. hoping for the 8th. 104,820 seconds to go. what really confuses me from a rational stand-point is that 'apparently' their interview sign-on website cannot handle more than 600 or so invites on day 1 (yesterday), yet a marginal increase by 350 extra invites would have all of a sudden brought the entire system to a MELT DOWN???? Surely if the existing application system can handle MASS overload on R1 submission deadline day (up to 3000 applications!!!), the sign-on system ought to as well. Besides, it is HARVARD we are talking about here...they should have THEE cutting edge systems. Can't rationalize this. Illogical. Excuses.
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New post 07 Oct 2015, 04:09
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I would do some outrageous things to get an interview invite.


Amen


Amex x 2 and Amen! :p
Jd, just by coincidence, was going through the PY thread to get insights and spotted you there, are you finding commonalities from PY application/results process to this year? Good luck, really hope you get it!!!!!!!!!
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New post 07 Oct 2015, 04:09
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dias86 wrote:
Hoopaloops wrote:
Was too busy at work to realize I didn't get an invite until just now. I applied R2 last year and got an interview before ultimately being dinged, so here's to hoping on the 8th or 14th.

same here


nothing on my end either. hoping for the 8th. 104,820 seconds to go. what really confuses me from a rational stand-point is that 'apparently' their interview sign-on website cannot handle more than 600 or so invites on day 1 (yesterday), yet a marginal increase by 350 extra invites would have all of a sudden brought the entire system to a MELT DOWN???? Surely if the existing application system can handle MASS overload on R1 submission deadline day (up to 3000 applications!!!), the sign-on system ought to as well. Besides, it is HARVARD we are talking about here...they should have THEE cutting edge systems. Can't rationalize this. Illogical. Excuses.


Could it be about giving priority to certain people in certain regions? Just guestimating here..
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New post 07 Oct 2015, 04:15
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Amex x 2 and Amen! :p
Jd, just by coincidence, was going through the PY thread to get insights and spotted you there, are you finding commonalities from PY application/results process to this year? Good luck, really hope you get it!!!!!!!!!


PY? I'm not familiar with that.

Either way, I appreciate the luck; I'll certainly need it... I have a baaaaad feeling, unfortunately :(

Good luck to you, as well!!!
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Could it be about giving priority to certain people in certain regions? Just guestimating here..


They always say "there is no rhyme or reason, don't speculate as to when you will get an invitation..."

That being said, I always speculate and inviting by region could be an explanation. I hope.
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nothing on my end either. hoping for the 8th. 104,820 seconds to go. what really confuses me from a rational stand-point is that 'apparently' their interview sign-on website cannot handle more than 600 or so invites on day 1 (yesterday), yet a marginal increase by 350 extra invites would have all of a sudden brought the entire system to a MELT DOWN???? Surely if the existing application system can handle MASS overload on R1 submission deadline day (up to 3000 applications!!!), the sign-on system ought to as well. Besides, it is HARVARD we are talking about here...they should have THEE cutting edge systems. Can't rationalize this. Illogical. Excuses.[/quote]

Could it be about giving priority to certain people in certain regions? Just guestimating here..[/quote]

well yes, my point is that there is a preferential treatment... as to what it is, i dont really care. my point is that it cannot just be 'server load' issues.
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Amex x 2 and Amen! :p
Jd, just by coincidence, was going through the PY thread to get insights and spotted you there, are you finding commonalities from PY application/results process to this year? Good luck, really hope you get it!!!!!!!!!


PY? I'm not familiar with that.

Either way, I appreciate the luck; I'll certainly need it... I have a baaaaad feeling, unfortunately :(

Good luck to you, as well!!!


py = prior year...
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Totally agree

Originally posted by wxagr on 07 Oct 2015, 05:28.
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illuminator wrote:
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Amex x 2 and Amen! :p
Jd, just by coincidence, was going through the PY thread to get insights and spotted you there, are you finding commonalities from PY application/results process to this year? Good luck, really hope you get it!!!!!!!!!


PY? I'm not familiar with that.

Either way, I appreciate the luck; I'll certainly need it... I have a baaaaad feeling, unfortunately :(

Good luck to you, as well!!!


py = prior year...


Oh, gotcha!

Well, I was only able to apply to one school last year (Stanford), so I don't have much to compare to. I received an invitation to interview, but I wasn't selected for admission, unfortunately. That's the only "result" I have. Wish I could be more helpful.

Side note: As for why only Stanford in particular... it had more to do with circumstance than anything else, which made it the only school I could apply to at the time (reeeaaally long story). This year, I'm able to apply to a bunch of different schools, so hopefully one gives me a chance :)

Let me know if you any questions in particular. Feel free to send me a PM if you don't feel comfortable talking about it on here.
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illuminator wrote:
jdharris wrote:
illuminator wrote:
Amex x 2 and Amen! :p
Jd, just by coincidence, was going through the PY thread to get insights and spotted you there, are you finding commonalities from PY application/results process to this year? Good luck, really hope you get it!!!!!!!!!


PY? I'm not familiar with that.

Either way, I appreciate the luck; I'll certainly need it... I have a baaaaad feeling, unfortunately :(

Good luck to you, as well!!!


py = prior year...


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New post 07 Oct 2015, 06:57
I actually think HBS was sincere about server capacity constraints.

Looking at last year's thread several people had trouble logging into the the interview system - it seems it was indeed overloaded.

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New post 07 Oct 2015, 08:20
I think it may be better if rejections were sent out along with invites on 6th, so people who are already rejected don't have false hopes and people who are still waiting know they have the same chance for invites on the 8th.
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I think it may be better if rejections were sent out along with invites on 6th, so people who are already rejected don't have false hopes and people who are still waiting know they have the same chance for invites on the 8th.


yeah precisely. whats the point. really, in 2 days they will suddenly cast judgement on 2100 or so 'rejections' as firm rejections? And if that's the case that in 2 days they can deduce rejections (between the 6th and 8th), then why not actually bring out rejection decisions 2 days after applications for R1 close? So clearly that is not possible, hence it is logical that they already know who the rejections are. Clearly they rejected a large population already. waste of my hope and time.

Originally posted by illuminator on 07 Oct 2015, 08:38.
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