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egy wrote:
i had a very similar experience... except no questions about "why mba" or "why hbs".


wow, interesting. you must have done a really good job explaining these in your essays then!

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I had pretty much no Why MBA or Why HBS questions as well. I was most surprised that I got virtually no questions about what I do, strengths/weaknesses, accomplishments/failures. My questions were mostly general things about my industry, hobbies and my thoughts on organizations/inspirations. Some fairly abstract stuff. I took the "anything else you'd like to cover" opportunity to discuss more specific job-related things that I didn't go into detail on in my essays.
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One of the adcoms said that they don't ask "Why HBS?" in their application for a reason. They are confident with their yield % and their competitive advantage. She implied that with limited space/time adcoms will oftentimes focus on other areas since yield is less of a problem at HBS.

(This was also a bit awkward since adcoms from other schools were also present).

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I had pretty much no Why MBA or Why HBS questions as well. I was most surprised that I got virtually no questions about what I do, strengths/weaknesses, accomplishments/failures. My questions were mostly general things about my industry, hobbies and my thoughts on organizations/inspirations. Some fairly abstract stuff. I took the "anything else you'd like to cover" opportunity to discuss more specific job-related things that I didn't go into detail on in my essays.


Interesting. for all this talk about HBS interviews counting more than other schools, it seems like everyone's experiences has been uneventful / anti-climactic. I really wonder how adcom makes decisions after interviewing...

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I'll tell you how: I saw two people who when greeted by their friendly interviewers and asked how they were doing simply responded "good". No, "thank you", "and you?", that's it. Just silence. Silence!

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I had pretty much no Why MBA or Why HBS questions as well. I was most surprised that I got virtually no questions about what I do, strengths/weaknesses, accomplishments/failures. My questions were mostly general things about my industry, hobbies and my thoughts on organizations/inspirations. Some fairly abstract stuff. I took the "anything else you'd like to cover" opportunity to discuss more specific job-related things that I didn't go into detail on in my essays.


Interesting. for all this talk about HBS interviews counting more than other schools, it seems like everyone's experiences has been uneventful / anti-climactic. I really wonder how adcom makes decisions after interviewing...

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I'll tell you how: I saw two people who when greeted by their friendly interviewers and asked how they were doing simply responded "good". No, "thank you", "and you?", that's it. Just silence. Silence!


:facepalm:

So either they were rude or lying about their answer (real answer being "scared shitless!").
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I'll tell you how: I saw two people who when greeted by their friendly interviewers and asked how they were doing simply responded "good". No, "thank you", "and you?", that's it. Just silence. Silence!


:facepalm:

So either they were rude or lying about their answer (real answer being "scared shitless!").


Yea that and they have poor English skills... unless they actually are "doing good (deeds)".

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yah.. people were sooooo stressed in the waiting room. it was rather funny. there was a guy pacing around mumbling to himself... there were a few people playing with their cell phones... one guy looked like he had drugged himself. Another kept going to the bathroom.

i was by no means not nervous... but jeez. I actually enjoyed the interview. my person was very friendly and i really enjoyed talking to her.



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rca215 wrote:
egy wrote:
I'll tell you how: I saw two people who when greeted by their friendly interviewers and asked how they were doing simply responded "good". No, "thank you", "and you?", that's it. Just silence. Silence!


:facepalm:

So either they were rude or lying about their answer (real answer being "scared shitless!").


Yea that and they have poor English skills... unless they actually are "doing good (deeds)".

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yah.. people were sooooo stressed in the waiting room. it was rather funny. there was a guy pacing around mumbling to himself... there were a few people playing with their cell phones... one guy looked like he had drugged himself. Another kept going to the bathroom.

i was by no means not nervous... but jeez. I actually enjoyed the interview. my person was very friendly and i really enjoyed talking to her.


I agree 100%. While I'm not joyous about my interview, I actually quite liked it. The admissions group there is super friendly and easy-going.
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i agree with egy and rca215. the adcom at harvard are super nice and friendly!
i had my interview yesterday--while the adcom members are very nice, it is nearly impossible to read them at all during the interview! i was hoping and praying for some signals of approval or disapproval but nothing at all. that was expected, but still can be frustrating if you are interviewing! no trick questions--my interviewer asked me a lot about career development and my plan post MBA which i thought was interesting..

btw, question for ppl who had their interviews on campus already--
did you guys write a thankyou email to your interviewers? if so, how did you guys go about it?
i'm wondering if 1) it is customary to send a thank you note to an adcom member 2) while i got the full name of my interviewer, i actually did not ger her email address. all i have is "admissionsboard@hbs.edu", which i'm guessing is everyone on the admissions board...

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if you're typing a thank-you email how do you address your interviewer (if her name was say Mary Smith, do you say "Mary" or Ms. or "Mrs. Smith"?)

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i would start with "dear mary" not "ms. smith"
i think that sounds more personable since you've met the interviewer in person but thats just my two cents...

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It depends upon how they introduced themselves during the interview. If she says, Hi I'm Mary, then you can say Dear Mary. However, if she says, Hi, I'm Mary Smith, then I would use Mrs. Smith.

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If they said "call me Mary" during the interview, go with Mary. If they just introduced themselves with their full name, I would say "Ms. Smith" (not Mrs. unless you know she is married... for a fact). For all my interviews they all stated "call me [insert first name], so my decisions were easy.

So thats my take.....

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Recent article on HBS debate regarding future of MBA program.

Do you guys believe current HBS MBA program needs to be updated?

http://hbswk.hbs.edu/item/6053.html
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did people bring copies of the resumes for HBS interviews? or literally just walk in empty handed?

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did people bring copies of the resumes for HBS interviews? or literally just walk in empty handed?


I brought a resume but my interviewer had one already.
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Quick question - As you prepare for your HBS interview, are you guys brushing up on current events? Or do you think that's beyond the scope of an HBS interview?

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NOT beyond the scope. but as long as you're a thinking/breathing person, it shouldn't be too hard to talk about all the crazy things going on in the world.

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ditto. Best to look prepared though. Personally, I would feel weird walking into an interview empty handed.

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did people bring copies of the resumes for HBS interviews? or literally just walk in empty handed?


I brought a resume but my interviewer had one already.

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