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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.


I'm torn on this. I love the transparency, but I recognize that HBS's transparency (and early timetable) actually raise the hype up to 11. The result is a process that feels great for those who receive good news and like a kick in the pants for those who don't.

From a pure marketing/strategy perspective, it's genius. EVERYBODY knows HBS's big dates. P&Q and all the admissions consulting blogs write articles and tweet about the process. So if you've applied, there's this gigantic build up to high noon on Day 1 of invites. And because they're the first out of the gate, the invite is a double whammy: there's the initial thrill of "Holy crap, I actually got invited to interview by a school!" plus the feeling of "Holy crap! The GREAT WHITE WHALE of b-schools just invited me to interview!" I like all four of the schools I applied to a lot and would be thrilled to attend any of them--but because HBS was the first school to respond to me at all, that invite really got my heart racing. (There's no doubt in my mind that this process helps contribute to HBS's astronomical yield.)

Of course, the flipside is brutal. Because of the hype, the letdown is going to feel bigger for anyone who doesn't get a good news email. Worse, because they're first out of the gate, no applicant is going to be able say "well, at least I have an invitation from ____________." The week you don't get an HBS invite, there's nothing (yet) to hang your hat on, so you just feel crappy.

I know that no one who hasn't received an invite wants to hear a pep talk from someone who did, but I wouldn't sweat it. Whether you like the process or hate it, most people who apply are going to end up having a really crappy week in early-mid October. (Believe me when I say that I was fully expecting to spend last week moping around, feeling anxious as hell, and whining about the $250 I wasted on the app.) Hopefully all of you stuck in that boat won't have to wait long before hearing good news from another school.

Good luck!

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Any speculation as to why we've had such a lower % of people on here get interviews? It could be that people just aren't updating their statuses, of course, but otherwise it's incredibly low--much lower than past years. I would assume that with 500 people we would get pretty close to the overall averages but 5% getting interviews is not very many at all...

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Any speculation as to why we've had such a lower % of people on here get interviews? It could be that people just aren't updating their statuses, of course, but otherwise it's incredibly low--much lower than past years. I would assume that with 500 people we would get pretty close to the overall averages but 5% getting interviews is not very many at all...



It does seem odd. A lot of people who received invites must not be updating. What's the rough percentage that get invites 20%?

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Anybody from a manufacturing background who got an invite in the first two waves?

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Any speculation as to why we've had such a lower % of people on here get interviews? It could be that people just aren't updating their statuses, of course, but otherwise it's incredibly low--much lower than past years. I would assume that with 500 people we would get pretty close to the overall averages but 5% getting interviews is not very many at all...


I will second that emotion. Something does seem strangely amiss.
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This forum is a ghost town today compared to the 6th. C'mon guys! Might as well put a smile on while you walk to the guillotine!
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Best of luck everyone!

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Good luck everyone. I am just glad, I'd know which way to go for sure today.

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Good luck everyone. I am just glad, I'd know which way to go for sure today.

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There was some speculation on one of the admissions consultant websites (there are so many they start to blend together) that there's a significant uptick in applicants this year. If that's the case that might explain the lower % of invites on this website.


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Rejected. GMAT 770, international, 3 years in Venture Capital as an Analyst and then as Associate.

Sadly suprised not to get even an interview, but quite relieved at least to finally learn the decision. Moving on to my other target schools.

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