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Harvard (HBS) Calling all applicants - Class of 2016

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New post 17 Mar 2014, 07:58
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The only information we have re. FC candidates is from (1) Dee's blog post in the fall, where she said that interviewed FCs would have the same 50-60% odds of admission, and (2) from a year or two ago, when 48 FC'd candidates were invited for interview and 24 got in (again, per Dee's blog).

In other words, I think we're more or less in the same boat.
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So, as we wait out the last 10 days until Round 2 decision are released, I have a question for those of you who interviewed in Rd. 2...

Let's say that 50% of those who interviewed in Round 2 will be offer a spot in the class. I know the past percentages have been around 55%, but my guess is that the number of applications HBS received this year increased at least 5-8% due to the shorter application (one essay). Thus, perhaps HBS interviewed 5-8% more candidates while keeping the class size flat.

Much like others on this board, I had the pleasure of meeting many other eloquent, humble applicants on the day of my interview. My guess is that there were 60-70 of us interviewing on campus that day (as an aside, 6-7 of them had undergrad degrees from Duke...and only two knew each other). Beyond just a couple of people who gave off an abrasive air, all were genuine and interesting. I have no idea how HBS is able to divide the group in half each year unless prior experience has told the admissions committee that, every year without fail, the interview process will make this job easier.

There are a lot of theories out there about how many "seats" are available in the class (and thus each cohort) for each "type" of applicant ("US born male, non-minority, bulge bracket bank" - insert any "traditional" career track profile). I'm not sure how much I believe that this quota system exists or, at the very least, that it is very rigid. Upon being offered an interview, each candidate can be assured that HBS believes he or she could be a good fit for one of these slots or seats.

Ultimately, the interview has to be a successful tool for accomplishing the difficult task of thinning the herd. With that said, does anyone on here feel that their interview went really poorly? I mean start to finish, C+ poor; not, "I walked out feeling pretty confident and then began to pick apart my answers and progressively feel worse about my responses."

For some reason, its hard for me to believe that even 20% of interviewers have the type of poor interview performance that allows the admissions committee to outright push them into the NO pile. I don't envy the task of HBS, that's for sure.
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New post 17 Mar 2014, 14:12
Agreed with ecoates: I would be very interested to hear if there are actually candidates who feel as though they "blew" their interview. What confuses me is that resources online make it seem as if the interview is mostly a check the box - you do not need to "wow" the interviewer, just not blow it. If that is the case, there must be some candidates who do, in fact, have a pretty bad 30 minutes. Perhaps part of the disconnect comes from a self-selection bias in that the people who talk about their interview openly are likely the ones who felt they did better...
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I wouldn't say I blew my interview - I can't think of anything I said, content-wise, that would really screw me over - but I also don't feel like I came out of the interview confident. Basically, I went in super-nervous, and I left super-nervous. And my biggest concern is that my nervousness translated into a "stiff" articulation of what I was trying to say, and that's what screwed me over.

In other words, I left the interview with a vague, rough feeling of total dread, but I couldn't really tell you a good reason for feeling that way. The whole thing was a blur.
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That's funny, I think I was there for "Duke Day" too. I met at least 4 people from the school. I also really liked everyone I met at interviews, and wish we could all be classmates.

I could have done better in my interview, primarily in one area: interviewer pointed out a weakness on my app and I tried to explain it away/minimize it a bit too much. I think in a job interview you want to do that - not make excuses, of course, but certainly try to emphasize the positive and move on quickly to a different topic. But I think in this context, it may have made me come across as unaware of my flaws or overly confident. Should have taken the opportunity to "talk about a time I failed" or "greatest weaknesses." Hopefully it wasn't a dealbreaker, but you never know.

I made this account just to commiserate and second-guess myself unproductively for a week, so think this post is a good start :)

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New post 18 Mar 2014, 14:03
I agree that there was no one that I met on interview day that gave off an impression of arrogance, inability to articulate clearly and concisely, or any other notable interview kiss of death that is talked about on poets & quants and other sites. Everyone seemed genuinely nice, interesting and like people that HBS would be lucky to have. I have no idea how they could possibly whittle it down from there and trying to come up with a process/selection criteria makes my head hurt. Needless to say, the next week is going to go by very slowly.

P.S. I was there for Duke Day as well lol
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P.S. I was there for Duke Day as well lol


We either all interviewed on the same day, or "Duke Day" is every day.
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P.S. I was there for Duke Day as well lol


We either all interviewed on the same day, or "Duke Day" is every day.


I interviewed Friday Feb 21 if that helps

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cc711 wrote:

P.S. I was there for Duke Day as well lol


We either all interviewed on the same day, or "Duke Day" is every day.


I interviewed Friday Feb 21 if that helps

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As did I.
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cc711 wrote:

P.S. I was there for Duke Day as well lol


We either all interviewed on the same day, or "Duke Day" is every day.


I interviewed Friday Feb 21 if that helps

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I was there on a different day and there was a huge group of individuals from Duke as well. (like 4 at my table in the check in room).
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I was there on a different day and there was a huge group of individuals from Duke as well. (like 4 at my table in the check in room).



which day were you there?
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one week!!!! our wait is almost over =)
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New post 20 Mar 2014, 14:53
Its always nice to have such wonderful discussion forums where you can share your thoughts and have informational posts.
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am I the only one going crazy? I've this voice in my head telling me that I can't wait anymore haha It's been painful so far :(
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I think we're probably all going crazy. The sad part is that it will only get worse as we get closer and closer to d-day.

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New post 20 Mar 2014, 23:22
waiting is so so so upsetting...
I had the interview on 2.19, so it is already been more than one month.
But what else can we do ? : (
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huxren wrote:
waiting is so so so upsetting...
I had the interview on 2.19, so it is already been more than one month.
But what else can we do ? : (


haha mine was Valentine's Day weekend. The wait has been driving me crazy.
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huxren wrote:
waiting is so so so upsetting...
I had the interview on 2.19, so it is already been more than one month.
But what else can we do ? : (


haha mine was Valentine's Day weekend. The wait has been driving me crazy.


A lot of you have a fantastic backup school through a R1 admit (well planned I must say!)
Imagine how crazy the wait is for an applicant who only went for R2 and applied super selectively. I don't even know if I'm still going to be at work next year or attending B-school. Just the thought of going through the entire app process again next year is killing!

Oh well. Hopefully whatever happens, will be for the best.
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Same boat - only applied to a couple schools and think I will only go to hbs. No idea where I will be working or what city I will be living in and have multiple options and contingencies

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