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Calling all Harvard (HBS) Applicants Class of 2020 (2018 intake)

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03 Jan, 2018
Private, GMAT: 700, Q50, V34; WE: 88 months; Turkey; via Email
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ChuckChunder GMAT: 710, Q47, V40; GPA: 3.33; WE: 42 months; United States, CA; via Email
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HBS DECISION TRACKER

Updates for the last hour:

  • Invited to interview, 12 minutes ago, from United States, GMAT:710 (Q47 V40), GPA: 3.33, Industry: Computer Software, WE 42, heard via: email
  • Denied, 19 minutes ago, from United States, GMAT:750 (Q48 V47), Industry: Manufacturing, WE 60, heard via: email
  • Denied, 21 minutes ago, from United States, GMAT:710 (Q47 V41), GPA: 3.06, Industry: Military & Defense, WE 125, heard via: email
  • Denied, 40 minutes ago, from United States, GMAT:730 (Q47 V44), Industry: Consulting, WE 45, heard via: email
  • Denied, 40 minutes ago, from United States, GMAT:720 (Q44 V46), GPA: 3.95, Industry: Other, WE 63, heard via: email
  • Denied, 47 minutes ago, from United States, GMAT:740 (Q48 V44), GPA: 3.5, Industry: Pharmaceuticals and Biotech, WE 90, heard via: email
  • Invited to interview, 51 minutes ago, from United States, GMAT:770 (Q49 V47), GPA: 3.3, Industry: Consulting, WE 84, heard via: email
  • Invited to interview, 53 minutes ago, heard via: email

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New post 30 Jan 2018, 10:48
Congrats to everyone who was invited to interview today! Here's a primer for how to kill it when it happens.

For everyone else -- Getting the ding can be a real bummer. You might think, was my application really not good enough to make it to the interview phase? What would have happened had the Adcom actually met me? What does this mean for my other applications? Does this mean that I don't have a chance if I reapply next year?

You shouldn't give in to such negative feelings. In reality, schools like HBS are super receptive to re-applicants; the key is that you need to dispassionately evaluate what exactly went wrong in your application and -- most importantly -- use that information to put forth an even more kick-ass application in the future! When when we run our Ding Reports for our clients, here are some of the most common areas of improvement that we find, that can help lead to an acceptance next year:

Unimportant narrative

- HBS wants students who are going to change the world, not just change their job. Ask yourself this: would the Adcom feel that they are making the world a better place when they admit me? If not, then you have failed in this dimension.

Not credible in mission

- Maybe you have a good mission in life; the challenge is why should I believe that you are the MBA who is going to accomplish it? As important as it is to pick a good mission, you also have to choose where to place the goal posts. A mission that is too broad or not aligned with your previous work experience may appear too unrealistic to be credible.

No cohesion in life story

- No one likes a flip-flopper. Sure your career can take twists and turns, but can you argue that everything is all a part of a singular overarching mission? We can, and you should.

Not aware of / not addressing weaknesses

- Everyone has weaknesses. Good leaders show self-awareness about their weaknesses and consciously work to improve them. If you don't, you might not fit in with the continuous self-improvement mindset of HBS.

Never answered "why HBS?"

- MBA applications should be like love letters - they need to be personalized. No other school should be able to read it and fall in love with you. HBS wants high commitment individuals that will thrive in its on-campus, case-discussion dominated environment. To get in, you really need to show the Adcom what you are going to do with that spot that you can't do at another business school.

The wrong recommenders

- Business schools prioritize work experience above all else, and the single biggest champion for your work experience is your recommender. The challenge is that if you pick someone who is too far in your past, or too senior to have directly observed your working behaviors, the vivid recommendation you need will come out blurry.

Aiming at the wrong tier of business school

- If your GPA and GMAT are not in the ballpark, you might not have a chance no matter how good of an application you have. Reach out to us here and we'll help you determine your odds and which schools you should be targeting.
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HBS DECISION TRACKER

Updates for the last hour:

  • Invited to interview, 6 minutes ago, from United States, GMAT:730 (Q45 V46), GPA: 3.54, Industry: Retail, WE 60, heard via: email
  • Denied, 35 minutes ago, from United States, GMAT:740 (Q49 V42), GPA: 3.9, heard via: email
  • Denied, 39 minutes ago, from United States, GMAT:750 (Q49 V42), Industry: Mutual Funds and Brokerage, WE 50, heard via: email

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HBS DECISION TRACKER

Updates for the last hour:

  • Invited to interview, 40 minutes ago, from United States, GMAT:730 (Q49 V41), GPA: 3.88, Industry: Computer Software, WE 54, heard via: email
  • Invited to interview, 49 minutes ago, from United States, GMAT:750 (Q51 V44), GPA: 3.62, Industry: Other, WE 36, heard via: email

UPDATE YOUR STATUS
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Private, GMAT: 640, Q43, V34; GPA: 2.4; WE: 80 months; United States; via Email
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HBS DECISION TRACKER

Updates for the last hour:

  • Denied, 5 minutes ago, from United States, GMAT:730 (Q48 V42), GPA: 3, Industry: Consulting, WE 77, heard via: email
  • Denied, 47 minutes ago, from United States, GMAT:640 (Q43 V34), GPA: 2.4, Industry: Investment Banking, WE 80, heard via: email

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25 Jan, 2018
SixForty GMAT: 710, Q47, V40; GPA: 3.6; WE: 75 months; United States, GA; via Email
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MikeyMike GMAT: 740, Q48, V42; GPA: 3.87; WE: 120 months; United States, NJ; via Email
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Azzzazel GMAT: 750, Q50, V41; GPA: 3.9; WE: 36 months; China; via Email
Good luck to all those invited!! Here goes my chance to Harvard for this lifetime.
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