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# Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants

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19 Oct 2012, 06:57
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sid05 wrote:
There were about 700 slots total. Virtually all full.

Posted from my mobile device

Bummer..it appears the distribution is approximately the same as last year. Odds are not looking good for next week. Good luck to everyone!

Not necessarily. This is the first year the essays are so small - maybe they`re going to interview more people to make up for the essays? Always a possibility given the new philosophy of focusing more on the interview.

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19 Oct 2012, 07:14
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Not necessarily. This is the first year the essays are so small - maybe they`re going to interview more people to make up for the essays? Always a possibility given the new philosophy of focusing more on the interview.

for what it's worth, the info session I attended, the adcoms said they are interviewing the same number of people as previous years. Given that HBS interviews are all with admissions officers, they have limited capacity to interview more candidates.

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19 Oct 2012, 08:26
Hey I'm an MBA/MPA-ID dual degree candidate and didn't hear anything. I'm not optimistic though...

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19 Oct 2012, 08:41
Top10MBACandidate wrote:
sid05 wrote:
There were about 700 slots total. Virtually all full.

Bummer..it appears the distribution is approximately the same as last year. Odds are not looking good for next week. Good luck to everyone!

If there were 700 sent out the first day, how many do you think are left for this round?
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19 Oct 2012, 09:02
Last year, the pattern of interview invitation volume in Round 1 was:
Week 1 (first wave of invitations): 750 invitations sent
Week 2 (second wave): 80 invitations sent
Week 3 (third/final wave): 25 invitations sent

So if there were 700 slots filled, so 700 invites sent, i'm guessing around 150 invites left. In addition to that some of us will be waitlisted.

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19 Oct 2012, 09:10
Puyallup wrote:
Top10MBACandidate wrote:
sid05 wrote:
There were about 700 slots total. Virtually all full.

Bummer..it appears the distribution is approximately the same as last year. Odds are not looking good for next week. Good luck to everyone!

If there were 700 sent out the first day, how many do you think are left for this round?

well if you assume they interview 1700 ppl roughly for 1000 acceptances. then maybe a profile like R1: 800, R2: 800, R3 100?

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19 Oct 2012, 09:19
In a webinar I attended a month or two ago, they said they interview about 1,800. I think 850 is a little more accurate for number of R1 interviews. Also, last year was about 850 in R1 so I think that is a fairly good number..

Of course, all of this is based on assumptions and estimates - so potato potato.

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20 Oct 2012, 21:04
Top10MBACandidate wrote:
... so potato potato.

This saying just makes so much less sense when written down...

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20 Oct 2012, 21:43
dval44 wrote:
Top10MBACandidate wrote:
... so potato potato.

This saying just makes so much less sense when written down...

Ha! Very true.

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21 Oct 2012, 18:24
So how are people preparing for the interview? I know that there are many guides out there, but I guess one has to nail the specific questions on one's application assuming the Ad com knows the application inside out. Any tips? Current students?

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22 Oct 2012, 00:36
Good luck folks. I was in your boat last year...and I will stick around for any advice. Classes have not started yet but I post august PM me and I can give you details on the pre-mba matriculation stuff and then about the core classes and the student experience.
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22 Oct 2012, 08:31
New Blog Post:

"22 Oct 2012
Round 1 - What Can Happen at Noon (Boston time) on October 24

Invitation to interview
Release
I know this isn’t what you’re hoping for, but we do believe that finding out now is better than waiting.
Invitation to join the waitlist
We anticipate that approximately 100 Round 1 applicants will be asked to join the waitlist on October 24. This is essentially a "further consider" category and it means we'd like to re-review your candidacy after we see Round 2 applications. A meaningful number of this group will be invited to interview on the Round 2 timetable. If we do not invite interview you to interview, you will be notified of your release in mid-February. We know that a good number of you may get good news from other schools in December - at any point along the way we understand that you may choose to remove your name from our waitlist.
Last year, we interviewed 48 Round 1 candidates who were placed on this early waitlist before interview and admitted 24 of them."

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22 Oct 2012, 08:48
How Not To Blow Your HBS Interview, my article in Poets and Quants
http://poetsandquants.com/2012/10/17/how-not-to-blow-your-harvard-interview-2/
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22 Oct 2012, 08:53
if you are interested in interview prep see email above this.
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22 Oct 2012, 08:55
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23 Oct 2012, 09:06
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Twenty twenty twenty-four hours to goooo..I wanna be sedated..

Me too. That's going to be a fun morning tomorrow.

I fear it's going to be a significantly less fun afternoon...

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23 Oct 2012, 09:08
How many offers are made on avg per round. I haven't applied yet seems I may have made my task more difficult by not applying for R1

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23 Oct 2012, 09:12
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How many offers are made on avg per round. I haven't applied yet seems I may have made my task more difficult by not applying for R1

Round 2 is the bigger round, and your odds don't change a whole lot between R1 and R2 for HBS. Don't worry, you're good. IF anyone finds out why they got dinged, you may also have an advantage because you will be able to improve your application based on their lessons learned.

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23 Oct 2012, 09:17
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gmat3000 wrote:
How many offers are made on avg per round. I haven't applied yet seems I may have made my task more difficult by not applying for R1

Round 2 is the bigger round, and your odds don't change a whole lot between R1 and R2 for HBS. Don't worry, you're good. IF anyone finds out why they got dinged, you may also have an advantage because you will be able to improve your application based on their lessons learned.

Thanks, sounds positive. Have to make sure I score a good GMAT and put in a strong application

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23 Oct 2012, 21:50
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