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# Harvard (HBS) Calling all applicants - Class of 2016

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Re: Harvard (HBS) Calling all applicants - Class of 2016 [#permalink]
domotron wrote:
Also the deadline for R1 is 16th September

Nooo... a difference of 8 days from '12 deadline. In the wrong direction.

*opens calendar and starts to re-plan*
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Re: Harvard (HBS) Calling all applicants - Class of 2016 [#permalink]
Questions: I'm trying to decide which round to apply in? Historically is being accepted in round 1 easier than round 2?
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baseishome wrote:
Questions: I'm trying to decide which round to apply in? Historically is being accepted in round 1 easier than round 2?

The data from the 2013 thread suggests there is negligible difference between R1 and R2 with a slight edge to R1.
https://gmatclub.com/forum/harvard-2013-hbs-calling-all-applicants-134055.html

I think HBS is so competitive that you're better off applying when you feel absolutely ready rather than rushing an app in for R1.
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Re: Harvard (HBS) Calling all applicants - Class of 2016 [#permalink]
baseishome wrote:
Questions: I'm trying to decide which round to apply in? Historically is being accepted in round 1 easier than round 2?

Apply in round 1...its better..the class is not yet formed...n if u have gud credentials...then u might be atleast called for an interview...(and thats a big deal...a big battle won!)..
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Re: Harvard (HBS) Calling all applicants - Class of 2016 [#permalink]
Been lurking for 3 years, finally ready to put my hat in the ring for round 1 apps. Good luck everyone, will be keeping a close eye on this thread.
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aalba005 wrote:
Been lurking for 3 years, finally ready to put my hat in the ring for round 1 apps. Good luck everyone, will be keeping a close eye on this thread.

I wish u all the best! and hope to see u next year there...i am also here from last three years ...never applied but will apply this year R1..
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akhilright wrote:
aalba005 wrote:
Been lurking for 3 years, finally ready to put my hat in the ring for round 1 apps. Good luck everyone, will be keeping a close eye on this thread.

I wish u all the best! and hope to see u next year there...i am also here from last three years ...never applied but will apply this year R1..

Thanks! I visited in March and sat in on 3 classes and really feel that it would be a great fit. Good luck to you as well, the summer will be flying by!
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Re: Harvard (HBS) Calling all applicants - Class of 2016 [#permalink]
Is this thread also for 2+2 class of 2018?
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Re: Harvard (HBS) Calling all applicants - Class of 2016 [#permalink]
Ladies and gents, Dee has released the application for this year. Enormous change .. No compulsory essay!

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Here’s what you will notice:

· This is the only “essay” question:

“You’re applying to Harvard Business School. We can see your resume, school transcripts, extra-curricular activities, awards, post-MBA career goals, test scores and what your recommenders have to say about you. What else would you like us to know as we consider your candidacy?”

That’s it. No word limit. Use your own judgment as to how much to tell us. We have neither a “right answer” nor a “correct length” in mind. We will review all the elements of the written application to decide who moves forward to the interview stage of our process.
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Re: Harvard (HBS) Calling all applicants - Class of 2016 [#permalink]
domotron wrote:
Ladies and gents, Dee has released the application for this year. Enormous change .. No compulsory essay!

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Here’s what you will notice:

· This is the only “essay” question:

“You’re applying to Harvard Business School. We can see your resume, school transcripts, extra-curricular activities, awards, post-MBA career goals, test scores and what your recommenders have to say about you. What else would you like us to know as we consider your candidacy?”

That’s it. No word limit. Use your own judgment as to how much to tell us. We have neither a “right answer” nor a “correct length” in mind. We will review all the elements of the written application to decide who moves forward to the interview stage of our process.

Crazy... One essay, no word limit... It looks like HBS is really trying to do away with letting consultants play a part in the process. Good Luck everyone!

Edit:
Even more interesting
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Why the reduction in number of essays? Sorry to repeat myself but “it’s not an essay-writing contest”. There is always –and will always be - great variance in both subject matter and degree of polish in the essays of admitted candidates. Maybe there will be admits this year who say we don’t need to know anything else beyond the credentials they have already submitted – for them, the application may be “essay-less”. I also think that removing the word limit brings this process closer to the way things work in the Real World which is always our goal.

Hmmm... I wonder if there will be admits with apps that are "essay-less" Crazy...
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Re: Harvard (HBS) Calling all applicants - Class of 2016 [#permalink]
I actually like this a lot. I like the idea that it's my judgement call... at the same time, it's kinda scary especially with a no word limit.
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Re: Harvard (HBS) Calling all applicants - Class of 2016 [#permalink]
Did you guys see that recommenders are now required to answer two questions instead of four?

Recommendations must be completed online. The recommendation form includes the following questions, along with other types of questions.

How do the candidate's performance, potential, background, or personal qualities compare to those of other well-qualified individuals in similar roles? Please provide specific examples. (300 words)
Please describe the most important piece of constructive feedback you have given the applicant. Please detail the circumstances and the applicant's response. (250 words)
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Re: Harvard (HBS) Calling all applicants - Class of 2016 [#permalink]
That's interesting, what i am missing here is how does the adcom know the post-MBA career goals (esp for career switchers). Is it inferred? presuming the candidate does not mention it in this essay question. I did not find any other section in the application requirements that conveys / helps convey this explicitly.
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Re: Harvard (HBS) Calling all applicants - Class of 2016 [#permalink]
sh00nya wrote:
That's interesting, what i am missing here is how does the adcom know the post-MBA career goals (esp for career switchers). Is it inferred? presuming the candidate does not mention it in this essay question. I did not find any other section in the application requirements that conveys / helps convey this explicitly.

It sounds like it will be part of the online application form.
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Ladies and gents, Dee has released the application for this year. Enormous change .. No compulsory essay!

Quote:
Here’s what you will notice:

· This is the only “essay” question:

“You’re applying to Harvard Business School. We can see your resume, school transcripts, extra-curricular activities, awards, post-MBA career goals, test scores and what your recommenders have to say about you. What else would you like us to know as we consider your candidacy?”

That’s it. No word limit. Use your own judgment as to how much to tell us. We have neither a “right answer” nor a “correct length” in mind. We will review all the elements of the written application to decide who moves forward to the interview stage of our process.

That's why I love Harvard...A big challenge ahead guys lets face it.... Good luck to all R1 applicants !
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Re: Harvard (HBS) Calling all applicants - Class of 2016 [#permalink]
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Crazy change. It just screams 'we know who we want; don't waste your (and our) time'. Kind of sounds fair, to be honest.

prediction for next year: Submit your finger prints; we will figure out. Round 1 deadline to remain the same.
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sh00nya wrote:
That's interesting, what i am missing here is how does the adcom know the post-MBA career goals (esp for career switchers). Is it inferred? presuming the candidate does not mention it in this essay question. I did not find any other section in the application requirements that conveys / helps convey this explicitly.

For last year's application (for class of 2015) it was a VERY short question you fill out online (300 characters or something like that - essentially 2 sentences around "Why an MBA / Harvard").

From everything I've heard from Dee on this subject they really don't like the post-MBA career goal question. Their view is that it's such a hypothetical question it becomes useless. There's no way to know if you're being genuine or if you simply make up a really compelling story for your goals with no intention of actually doing that. They want to create a diverse and talented class that is prime to be successful - and for them the best predictor of future success is to look at why you've done the things you've done in your life.

Obviously it's up to you what to do with the essay but I would just warn to not make the emphasis of what you want to convey about future plans. If your future goals fit nicely with the story of who you are and where you're coming from it would probably fit quite organically. I didn't mention future goals in either of my essays last year and received an interview and only spent 2 minutes of the interview discussing future plans. Obviously they weren't interested in it for my application at least.
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