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# Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants

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03 Feb 2013, 14:49
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I did 60+ mock interviews for HBS round 1 this year, and know the players, the hubs, and new and old questions.
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Sandy,

As predicted in your email below, I have been admitted to HBS!!

Thank you very much for your help. The advice you provided definitely gave me the edge I needed to be more confident and sharp during the interview.

[the two emails below are typical post-interview back-and-forth between me and the above candiddate]

From: Sanford Kreisberg [ mailto:hbsguru@gmail.com]

Subject: Re: HBS Interview Debrief
haha, sounds real good, dude, you cert passed the interview and may have added some cred to your story.
Sounds good in the most impt ways--sure, you can always replay the thing 20 times, and come up w. better answers but that is not what it is about--it is about not screwing up and you did not.
this was good.
sk

At 09:45 PM 11/19/2009, you wrote:
I think I did well. I didn't stumble on anything and got my main points across. She was able to ask me all the questions she had prepared without rushing, which is always a good thing.
The one positive feedback I got was in relation to the last question (the one we prepared).
INT: "Is there anything else you wish I would've asked?".
ME: "I'm sure you see a lot of candidates from developing countries who say they're going to go back to change things there and never actually do. You might want me to tell you why you should believe me."
INT: "That's a very good question to which I'd love to know the answer."
ME: I said something along the lines of what we had prepared, i,e. I was not just born in _____, it's also my one and only citizenship, all my family still lives there, I go back as often as I can (once a year), and I am already involved in several social enterprise projects there.

I'm now in over-analysis mode, i.e. replaying all my answers in my mind and thinking about what I should / shouldn't have said....

After I was invited for an Interview I decided to use Sandy's interview prep. Overall it was great in helping me prepare. It helped me focus on the right things and helped me figure out the best way to express the message I was trying to convey. Sandy was key in my acceptance to HBS!

Sandy,
Mark one up for the mysterious black box of HBS admissions - I got in!
Thank you for your help with interview prep. Your feedback and prep strategies were incredible and it was great chatting with you as well.
Your forum and blog helped me through 8 long dark months of waitlist and re-app process. Please keep up the amazing work. Best of luck to you!

If you are interviewing with HBS, you should definitely consider getting Sandy to coach you.

Here are the reasons.

1. He knows the questions asked in the past few years - he will share those with you so you can prepare better by yourself.
2. He knows the 'model' answers, and how to best present them - he will share those answers and coach you to present them well
3. After the interview, he will give you a candid assessment of how he thinks it went - his feedback will be useful for the next time (although hopefully you get in and do not need to reapply)

I felt that I received the best interview preparation from Sandy, and I highly recommend him.

HBS class of 2012"

Hello hbsguru
Can you tell us what your success rate is for the candidates you have prepped for interviews ? Is it significantly greater than 50% ?
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03 Feb 2013, 16:22
Guys, when signing up for the interview, there was a link/tickbox to the side which said "HBS interview policy"... did it work for anyone? Is it a bad idea to communicate kindly to Ad Com that the link doesnt work?? (or will it be frowned upon as arrogance?)
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03 Feb 2013, 17:04
FrozenTongue wrote:
Guys, when signing up for the interview, there was a link/tickbox to the side which said "HBS interview policy"... did it work for anyone? Is it a bad idea to communicate kindly to Ad Com that the link doesnt work?? (or will it be frowned upon as arrogance?)

Try using a different browser (IE preferably).
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04 Feb 2013, 00:59
pike wrote:
downtoearth wrote:
FrozenTongue wrote:
Guys, when signing up for the interview, there was a link/tickbox to the side which said "HBS interview policy"... did it work for anyone? Is it a bad idea to communicate kindly to Ad Com that the link doesnt work?? (or will it be frowned upon as arrogance?)

comments like these from people interviewed/admitted to HBS make me wonder what kind of "leaders" HBS interviews/admits ... i was under the impression that leaders were people who trust themselves enough to start guerilla warfare, new markets and shit (gandhi, che, branson, mandela, bill gates, castro) ... not people who can't even decide ... on their own ... if they should e-mail some admission officer sitting in Cambridge ...

downtoearth wrote:
Hi all, I submitted my HBS application 3 minutes late, will I still be considered for the 2nd round?

Enough said.

so? i was asking a question on the forum coz i didn't want to write a formal letter to the adcoms about it ... which is different from asking people on the forum if you should email the adcoms (about a very simple matter) ... in the first place ... sorry that someone got flamed in my comment - doing so was not the point i was trying to make ...
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04 Feb 2013, 10:52
I know that people have been saying location and invitation distribution are not related. However the interview dates for international off-campus are so much later...Perhaps it is related in some ways? Otherwise it would seem unfair for people who have interviews on 10th feb period than those on 8th march... It's almost a month difference.
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06 Feb 2013, 01:00
At least I will get some clarity regarding one of the programs today. Good luck guys!
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06 Feb 2013, 01:26
It would be great if HBS reverses the ratio of invites in R2 waves as compared to R1
Atleast we will have a higher probability of getting an invite tomorrow.
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06 Feb 2013, 01:32
skbhagra wrote:
It would be great if HBS reverses the ratio of invites in R2 as compared to R1
Atleast we will have a greater probability of an invite tomorrow.

I bet it will be even greater. Traditionally HBS interviews about 20% of candidates, so the R1's 15% seem to be little below average.
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06 Feb 2013, 01:41
Tomorrow (Thursday) is the decision day, right? Not today.
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06 Feb 2013, 01:44
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Tomorrow (Thursday) is the decision day, right? Not today.

Today Wednesday 6 of feb is the fate day, we all will find out at noon Boston time
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06 Feb 2013, 01:52
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FifthEmu wrote:
Tomorrow (Thursday) is the decision day, right? Not today.

Today Wednesday 6 of feb is the fate day, we all will find out at noon Boston time

Haha I didn't realize that they moved it by a day... and now I am regretting that I checked this forum, otherwise I would have had a very relaxed day...
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06 Feb 2013, 02:46
Mahmoud80 wrote:
FifthEmu wrote:
Tomorrow (Thursday) is the decision day, right? Not today.

Today Wednesday 6 of feb is the fate day, we all will find out at noon Boston time

I thought it was 7th Feb. Did they advance it?

Are you guys sure? On BTG, people are saying that 6th is for 2+2 applicants.
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06 Feb 2013, 03:12
pike wrote:

Latest post says the 6th (moved from the 7th) for both

Posted from my mobile device

Gracias!
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06 Feb 2013, 03:48
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I bet it will be even greater. Traditionally HBS interviews about 20% of candidates, so the R1's 15% seem to be little below average.

I hope HBS proves you right today.
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06 Feb 2013, 05:01
So will we hear today about invites and dings only or waitlists as well?
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06 Feb 2013, 05:09
finmaster wrote:
So will we hear today about invites and dings only or waitlists as well?

Is there a 4th option?
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06 Feb 2013, 05:12
AlanSmithee wrote:
finmaster wrote:
So will we hear today about invites and dings only or waitlists as well?

Is there a 4th option?

I thought may be they would not wait-list anyone without an interview.
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06 Feb 2013, 05:29
Are we really sure it is today?
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06 Feb 2013, 05:44
meren wrote:
Are we really sure it is today?

Please check the link mentioned a few posts earlier. You too will be 100% sure.
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06 Feb 2013, 06:24
skbhagra wrote:
meren wrote:
Are we really sure it is today?

Please check the link mentioned a few posts earlier. You too will be 100% sure.

Thanks, I think it's the nerves
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