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Something is wrong with the tracker. I'm pretty sure this is me and I was denied.

Invited to interview, 59 minutes ago, from United States, GMAT:760 (Q47 V47), GPA: 3.66, Industry: Military & Defense, WE 140, heard via: email


Sorry about the ding. Your profile seems strong.

Thank you for the tip about the tracker - I will look into whether it is broken or it decided to be merciful today.

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Sandy over at HBS Guru/Poets&Quants gave his thoughts on my profile. My career outside of the military has been accounting and compliance, jobs that aren't 'HBS feeder jobs' which sank my app. Didn't help that I will be 33 at matriculation. Goes to show you that sometimes you get dinged for things you cannot control (age, career to date), even if the things you can control (GMAT, GPA, essay) are in good shape.

I almost think I would have been better off omitting that I have private sector experience. A straight military applicant is preferable to a Reservist with active duty time but also many years of private sector experience.

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Did anyone just not receive anything?? No email for me


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Sandy over at HBS Guru/Poets&Quants gave his thoughts on my profile. My career outside of the military has been accounting and compliance, jobs that aren't 'HBS feeder jobs' which sank my app. Didn't help that I will be 33 at matriculation. Goes to show you that sometimes you get dinged for things you cannot control (age, career to date), even if the things you can control (GMAT, GPA, essay) are in good shape.

I almost think I would have been better off omitting that I have private sector experience. A straight military applicant is preferable to a Reservist with active duty time but also many years of private sector experience.


As much as it sucks I think the 11 years WE was the deciding factor. It totally depends on the year and what element you bring to the class composition. Individuals on the far end of either side of the WE spectrum seem to be more polarizing


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Sandy over at HBS Guru/Poets&Quants gave his thoughts on my profile. My career outside of the military has been accounting and compliance, jobs that aren't 'HBS feeder jobs' which sank my app. Didn't help that I will be 33 at matriculation. Goes to show you that sometimes you get dinged for things you cannot control (age, career to date), even if the things you can control (GMAT, GPA, essay) are in good shape.

I almost think I would have been better off omitting that I have private sector experience. A straight military applicant is preferable to a Reservist with active duty time but also many years of private sector experience.


I got dinged without interview. 770 (50/44), 3.8GPA undergrad with 6 years as a military officer.

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This wouldn't have hurt so much if with the denial, they had returned our 250 bucks and the time spent on the application. :(

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Sandy over at HBS Guru/Poets&Quants gave his thoughts on my profile. My career outside of the military has been accounting and compliance, jobs that aren't 'HBS feeder jobs' which sank my app. Didn't help that I will be 33 at matriculation. Goes to show you that sometimes you get dinged for things you cannot control (age, career to date), even if the things you can control (GMAT, GPA, essay) are in good shape.

I almost think I would have been better off omitting that I have private sector experience. A straight military applicant is preferable to a Reservist with active duty time but also many years of private sector experience.


As much as it sucks I think the 11 years WE was the deciding factor. It totally depends on the year and what element you bring to the class composition. Individuals on the far end of either side of the WE spectrum seem to be more polarizing


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Can that be right? How can more work experience possibly be a negative? Something is off in business school admissions.

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I got dinged without interview. 770 (50/44), 3.8GPA undergrad with 6 years as a military officer.


Doesn't make any sense, brother. We're not the target demographic.

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Filthydelphia wrote:
Sandy over at HBS Guru/Poets&Quants gave his thoughts on my profile. My career outside of the military has been accounting and compliance, jobs that aren't 'HBS feeder jobs' which sank my app. Didn't help that I will be 33 at matriculation. Goes to show you that sometimes you get dinged for things you cannot control (age, career to date), even if the things you can control (GMAT, GPA, essay) are in good shape.

I almost think I would have been better off omitting that I have private sector experience. A straight military applicant is preferable to a Reservist with active duty time but also many years of private sector experience.


As much as it sucks I think the 11 years WE was the deciding factor. It totally depends on the year and what element you bring to the class composition. Individuals on the far end of either side of the WE spectrum seem to be more polarizing


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Can that be right? How can more work experience possibly be a negative? Something is off in business school admissions.


Candidates with more than 10 years of experience can successfully apply to BSchool, including HBS. I had 9 years of experience when I applied, and I wasn't the most experienced student in our class. I remember that one of the students was a 40+ (50+?) university professor (Mathematics), looking to switch field. HBS and other top programs do admit very experienced applicants every year (albeit a small number). However, it is absolutely key to convey why you feel that applying at this point of your career still makes sense, and to clearly articulate your post MBA goals and show that you know precisely how to get there). It's likely quite important as well to convince them that you will fit in the BSchool environment. Finally, for applicants from underrepresented industries, a strong track record of professional success, and robust LORs can make a big difference.

A lot of great candidates with fantastic stats receive dings every year, often without interview, and it's hard to single out the precise reason in most cases.

There are many other great programs, and an HBS ding is in no way an indication of your potential (or lack thereof) to get into a leading MBA. All the best !
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Sandy over at HBS Guru/Poets&Quants gave his thoughts on my profile. My career outside of the military has been accounting and compliance, jobs that aren't 'HBS feeder jobs' which sank my app. Didn't help that I will be 33 at matriculation. Goes to show you that sometimes you get dinged for things you cannot control (age, career to date), even if the things you can control (GMAT, GPA, essay) are in good shape.

I almost think I would have been better off omitting that I have private sector experience. A straight military applicant is preferable to a Reservist with active duty time but also many years of private sector experience.


I got dinged without interview. 770 (50/44), 3.8GPA undergrad with 6 years as a military officer.


When we run Ding Reports for candidates like this at Ivy Admissions Group, almost always the failure is that you packed your application full of accomplishments but didn't identify a clear narrative as to what inspired you, what your mission in life is, what impact you hope to achieve, and how HBS will take you there. HBS wants "leaders who make a difference in the world", not just those who are accomplished. In that way, the admissions process is way more about trying to "win their vote" than "selling them your brand."
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In today's weekly MBA chat, admission expert from the Veritas Prep shared few tips on HBS interviews with us. I am quoting her reply below

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We actually have a whole page of HBS interview advice: https://www.veritasprep.com/mba-essenti ... interview/

Let me put some of the highlights here. Be prepared to talk about any potential weaknesses in your candidacy or experiences you didn’t have an opportunity to discuss thoroughly in other parts of your application.

Prepare a number of personal and professional stories that exemplify topics of leadership, decision-making, overcoming challenging situations, working on teams. But also be prepared to face unexpected questions. Remember, the goal is to show the admissions officer that you’ll be an interesting, intelligent, and enjoyable classmate at HBS.


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In today's weekly MBA chat, admission expert from the Veritas Prep shared few tips on HBS interviews with us. I am quoting her reply below

VertiasPrepCecil wrote:
We actually have a whole page of HBS interview advice: https://www.veritasprep.com/mba-essenti ... interview/

Let me put some of the highlights here. Be prepared to talk about any potential weaknesses in your candidacy or experiences you didn’t have an opportunity to discuss thoroughly in other parts of your application.

Prepare a number of personal and professional stories that exemplify topics of leadership, decision-making, overcoming challenging situations, working on teams. But also be prepared to face unexpected questions. Remember, the goal is to show the admissions officer that you’ll be an interesting, intelligent, and enjoyable classmate at HBS.


Hope that helps!


thx--it is so hard to remember "act normal" while preparing so reminders like this r very helpful.

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Question: Any guidance/tips specific to HBS interviews? What HBS tries to evaluate in their interviews?

Maria: This is a great question -- I actually have about a 45-minute video in the ApplicantLab platform that is SOLELY devoted to the HBS interview tips. But, in a nutshell, I believe the interviewer is trying to gauge 3 key things: 1) B.S. factor: was the candidate exaggerating their importance in the essays, did they try to overstate their role [a common trap that is considered a "dingable" offense] 2) Can this person contribute in the case discussion environment? It’s one where you need to be CONCISE yet CLEAR since the other 89 people probably do not know what you know -- can you convey information in the way they are looking for? Do you deal well with disagreement? and 3) Similar to point #1, how well do you REALLY know your current AND future intended industry? Were you b.s.ing your career vision just to say something that you think "sounded" good? Are you intellectually curious enough to be thinking like a leader -- e.g. a common question is: "If you were the CEO of your company [OR ONE OF ITS COMPETITORS] tomorrow, what is the first change you would make?"

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Reminder for those applying for the Joint MBA Degree Program with Harvard Kennedy School -- the deadline is December 4th!

If you are admitted to HBS in Round 1, HBS will let you sit on your acceptance offer until you head back from HKS later in the spring. For those applying Round 2, you'll hear back from both programs at about the same time.

We put together this handy article all about the various programs at the Harvard Kennedy School, including an overview of the degrees offered and the application requirements. Hope you find it helpful!
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