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Congrats to those who got an invite today! For those who are still waiting, you really should not lose hope. I had clients who got invited on Tuesday as well as today and I will have at least one invited on the last day. This happens every year, so don't lose hope yet! Hang in there....
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... and I will have at least one invited on the last day...

How would you know this?

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If you're invited to interview, you're invited to interview. It does not matter if you were invited on Day 1, 2, or 3. Barring empirical evidence indicating otherwise from prior cycles (which I have not seen), I'm not sure why you all are so into beating yourselves up. There aren't many invites left, but...so long as you get one, you're still in the game.

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New post 08 Oct 2015, 18:08
No invite. Here is my profile.
Latin America, top 10% of my engineering class in a top 3 university (don't know what that would mean in GPA), GMAT 740, CFA, mid size partner in an independent investment management company, head of my investment division.

Everybody is rationalizing about the invitation process, so here is mine.
They definitively have a reason for releasing invites in 3 different dates.
I think they first chose the 600 people they were sure they wanted to interview. Also, they probably discarded a number of candidates (say 2.700) that they were sure they did not want to interview.
The adcom probably use the additional time to debate and chose among the “maybe” candidates.
Who knows, maybe it is just like they said. Maybe they have already chosen and it is a random release process.

Anyway, if you ever had a shot than you still have a chance. Good luck to all!

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Congrats to those who got an invite today! For those who are still waiting, you really should not lose hope. I had clients who got invited on Tuesday as well as today and I will have at least one invited on the last day. This happens every year, so don't lose hope yet! Hang in there....


This does not happen every year as they do not release invite decisions on three separate days every year.

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Is there anyone planning to interview in Tokyo?

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Congrats everyone who got interview invitation from HBS. As per forum stats, 16 users have been invited so far. Those getting their decisions, please update your application status to have more clearer stats.


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I see a lot of speculation about interview waves....saw this in the comments on P&Q by Sandy Kreisberg and couldn't help but see some merit in his theory:

haha, one thing you can say FOR HBS, is when it comes to admit people, it is BANG, it all happens at noon on Day X.
Also Stanford just dribbles out its interview invites, without much public notice about when it starts or ends. You often find out when guy at next cubbie gets an invite.
Columbia and other rolling admit places do that with admits.

As to HBS and interview invites. I think it is like those "double tap" bombing raids you read about, the first tap is not the bomb, just a warning to get out of the building. Except in this case, the first tap, the first wave, is not the bomb, e.g. you are still alive--and you are now warned: IF ANY BIG SHOT IS GOING TO MAKE A CALL FOR YOU, HE HAS ABOUT A WEEK.
OK, that does not mean the kids who get invites on Days 2 and 3, all have people making calls, but it does allow the adcom a grace time to correct any overlooks, of any kind, and to micro fine-tune the selection process.
Also, i think 3rd wave of Round 1 invites is almost all 2+2, if you don't get an invite by Thursday, man, time to start worrying for real, or getting Mr Big to call Her Maj.


I am a reapplicant and haven't received an invite. Oddly enough I feel ready to move one knowing that I gave it my best shot this year.

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I can't say 100% but the comment was based on experience in previous years when things tend to be spread out. Good luck!
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I can't say 100% but the comment was based on experience in previous years when things tend to be spread out. The numbers are a lot smaller though by the end. Good luck!
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I am writing myself off. Good luck everyone.

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Hi, been lurking on this thread for months- I am a r1 applicant and, like many who have posted, have not received an interview invite. However, let's not count ourselves out just yet!! There's still a possibility for "further consideration," and my googling tells me that fc people have gotten interview invites in r2 and then eventually get in!

I am quite disappointed in not receiving an invite on the 6th - 27/F/760/3.4 Construction manager who can code (I want to go to HBS to figure out how to combine the two), but everything happens for a reason! I still have hope for us. :)

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Hi, been lurking on this thread for months- I am a r1 applicant and, like many who have posted, have not received an interview invite. However, let's not count ourselves out just yet!! There's still a possibility for "further consideration," and my googling tells me that fc people have gotten interview invites in r2 and then eventually get in!

I am quite disappointed in not receiving an invite on the 6th - 27/F/760/3.4 Construction manager who can code (I want to go to HBS to figure out how to combine the two), but everything happens for a reason! I still have hope for us. :)


Well, you sound like a super cool person so I'm sure you'll do well wherever! Sounds like you're keeping everything in perspective, and this goes to all of my fellow rejectees :D

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Hi, been lurking on this thread for months- I am a r1 applicant and, like many who have posted, have not received an interview invite. However, let's not count ourselves out just yet!! There's still a possibility for "further consideration," and my googling tells me that fc people have gotten interview invites in r2 and then eventually get in!

I am quite disappointed in not receiving an invite on the 6th - 27/F/760/3.4 Construction manager who can code (I want to go to HBS to figure out how to combine the two), but everything happens for a reason! I still have hope for us. :)


Female construction manager who codes sounds exceptionally interesting. Good luck!

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I also did not get an invite, which felt quite devastating last week, but now with a fresh new week ahead of me, I feel kind great again! There are so many worse things than not getting an interview invite, so I have to put things into perspective. I still have life, people I care about, and a great job in an exciting industry. There are still 2 schools out there for which I'm waiting to hear back ... and my year-end reviews are coming up at work, which really motivates me to work hard here and aim for a big promotion. I'm going to go ahead and change my status to a "Ding" -- I accept it and am happy to have moved on :)

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munkee2018: That's a great outlook. You still never know for the Oct 14 release invitations...

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Going to be brutally honest here and say that I do not like HBS' system for extending invites and, ultimately, issuing rejections. I find their purported need for this -- internal deadlines for review and all -- to be highly unconvincing, and this seems like a way to extend the inevitable for most non-invitees while they give themselves a slight bit more time to parse over the fine details on a handful of applicants.

For me, it's not particularly off-putting personally, because I've just written the possibility of HBS off entirely after not getting an invitation on the 8th, but I cannot help but feel bad seeing all of these people holding out hope (which will be false hope for 98% of these people). Seems to me the far more humane thing for HBS to do -- given that they know full well the amount of work and emotional investment that are put into these applications -- would be to send it all out at once and get it over with. Why make someone die the same death three times over? Again, just feel bad for some of these people, and it all seems unnecessary.

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Going to be brutally honest here and say that I do not like HBS' system for extending invites and, ultimately, issuing rejections. I find their purported need for this -- internal deadlines for review and all -- to be highly unconvincing, and this seems like a way to extend the inevitable for most non-invitees while they give themselves a slight bit more time to parse over the fine details on a handful of applicants.

For me, it's not particularly off-putting personally, because I've just written the possibility of HBS off entirely after not getting an invitation on the 8th, but I cannot help but feel bad seeing all of these people holding out hope (which will be false hope for 98% of these people). Seems to me the far more humane thing for HBS to do -- given that they know full well the amount of work and emotional investment that are put into these applications -- would be to send it all out at once and get it over with. Why make someone die the same death three times over? Again, just feel bad for some of these people, and it all seems unnecessary.


Eh, I actually think they have the best system by a country mile. I like the transparency and strict deadlines. Sure beats, "Eh, we will probably send some invites mid or late October. How many? Who knows. Good luck" that nearly every other school subscribes to.

Oh, and I got rejected by HBS too.

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Going to be brutally honest here and say that I do not like HBS' system for extending invites and, ultimately, issuing rejections. I find their purported need for this -- internal deadlines for review and all -- to be highly unconvincing, and this seems like a way to extend the inevitable for most non-invitees while they give themselves a slight bit more time to parse over the fine details on a handful of applicants.

For me, it's not particularly off-putting personally, because I've just written the possibility of HBS off entirely after not getting an invitation on the 8th, but I cannot help but feel bad seeing all of these people holding out hope (which will be false hope for 98% of these people). Seems to me the far more humane thing for HBS to do -- given that they know full well the amount of work and emotional investment that are put into these applications -- would be to send it all out at once and get it over with. Why make someone die the same death three times over? Again, just feel bad for some of these people, and it all seems unnecessary.


Eh, I actually think they have the best system by a country mile. I like the transparency and strict deadlines. Sure beats, "Eh, we will probably send some invites mid or late October. How many? Who knows. Good luck" that nearly every other school subscribes to.

Oh, and I got rejected by HBS too.


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I was lucky enough to get an invite on the 8th. I see both sides to the argument. I like how HBS tells you ahead of time that there are three dates they will issue interview invites. I don't get why they have the three dates...

I don't really buy that there is no difference between the rounds. People speculate that getting an invite on day 2 or 3 means your application was reviewed for fine details. I like to think that they bucket applicants by area and then review specific profile types at different times. But that is pure speculation.

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