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Jan 27, 2015

Harvard Business School to Send Out Round 2 Interview Invitations Beginning Tomorrow

interview9As applicants to Harvard Business School (HBS) are probably well aware, Admissions Director Dee Leopold and her team are scheduled to send out the first of its Round 2 interview invitations tomorrow, Wednesday, January 28th. What about the blizzard that’s blanketing the northeastern portion of the United States, you wonder? As of yesterday, Leopold expected that invites will still go out as planned, at noon Boston time. “If we need to delay, we will let you know via this blog, a general announcement on the admissions website and also with a voicemail recording on our general phone line,” she wrote in a post to her Director’s Blog, but as of this writing, no updates.

So, some details about HBS interview invites. They will go out in two waves, one tomorrow, and a second on February 4th. Historically, HBS has sent out the bulk of its invites in the first wave. Leopold offered that her best guess is that roughly 600 applicants will receive invitations tomorrow, with another 200 or so receiving invitations next week. “I’ve said this before, but please don’t speculate or develop theories or algorithms about first vs. second,” she urged. “It doesn’t work that way. And it has nothing to do with when you submitted, where you live, or the first letter of your last name.” Continue reading…

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Jan 20, 2015

Harvard MBA Admissions Interview Report: Round 1 / Adcom / On-campus / Admit

300px-Harvard_business_school_baker_library_2009aThe following Harvard MBA Admissions Interview summary was provided by a former applicant who was admitted to Harvard in Round One. 

I applied in round 1 and interviewed in November. I happy to report I was accepted in December! The interview process at HBS is extremely well organized. There are activities all day with various candidates interviewing at different times. I made my trip two days and would recommend others do the same. I had not formally toured the campus before being invited to interview, so I did a two day visit to get a better feeling for the school. I signed up for all of the activities on the first day and had my interview the second day in the morning. This provided me with many potential anecdotes that were fresh in my mind about the program that could be discussed in the interview.  Continue reading…

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Dec 29, 2014

Harvard MBA Admissions Interview Questions: Round 1 / Adcom / On Campus / Admit

300px-Harvard_business_school_baker_library_2009aThe following Harvard MBA Admissions Interview summary was provided by a recent applicant who was recently admitted to Harvard. 

I enjoyed being on campus and personally meeting HBS students. I was fortunate to attend a class and man was I excited! The interview itself wasn’t the typical rapid fire experience I read about in MBA blogosphere, but it was a no-joke ordeal. Particularly, I didn’t get much affirmation from the two interviewers I had. They do a pretty good job at maintaining a blank face throughout the interview.  Continue reading…

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Dec 24, 2014

Harvard Business School Names 16 New Entrepreneurs-in-Residence

HBSMBA students at Harvard Business School (HBS) now have access to a whole new pool of entrepreneurial talent through the school’s Entrepreneurs-in-Residence (EiR) program, the school announced earlier this month. HBS has named 16 entrepreneurs to take part in the program for 2014-15, 14 of whom are HBS graduates.

Sponsored by the school’s Arthur Rock Center for Entrepreneurship, the Entrepreneurs-in-Residence program is now in its ninth year. Participating entrepreneurs come to campus to advise MBA students who are interested in starting their own companies. They also work with HBS faculty on research and course development. Continue reading…

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Dec 12, 2014

Harvard MBA Admissions Interview Questions: Round 1 / AdCom / On Campus

300px-Harvard_business_school_baker_library_2009a1The following Harvard MBA Admissions Interview summary was provided by a recent applicant:

My interview was very pleasant. It was quite rapid, though, and the 30 minutes were over before I knew it. As others have stated, there was one main interviewer asking the questions and another who was taking notes. I purposefully engaged them both when answering, rather than ignoring the notetaker. The interview was very congenial, with a lot of non-verbal feedback (smiles and laughter) throughout. The questions I was asked are below:
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Dec 8, 2014

Harvard Business School Round 1 Decisions, Round 2 Deadline Shift

300px-Harvard_business_school_baker_library_2009aRound 1 applicants to Harvard Business School (HBS) can expect admissions decisions this week, and Round 2 applicants can take an extra day to make sure their applications are absolutely perfect before hitting submit, HBS Admissions Director Dee Leopold shared in a recent post to her Director’s Blog.

Just before Thanksgiving, Leopold wrote that her team would soon be entering “hibernation time here for making decisions and checking them twice. Or three times.” She added that they were on track to get Round 1 decisions out by Wednesday, December 10th, at 12 noon Boston time. Good luck to all of you anxiously awaiting word! Continue reading…

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Dec 3, 2014

Harvard Business School Study Attributes Leadership Gender Gap to Corporate Structures

300px-Harvard_business_school_baker_library_2009a2A recent study by two professors from Harvard Business School (HBS) and a third from Hunter College examined the career ambitions of 25,000 HBS alumni to help understand the gender gap that exists in senior management positions. They found that despite similar ambitions upon joining the workforce, male respondents were much more likely than their female counterpoints to feel like their goals were met. Contrary to conventional wisdom, the survey’s results showed that this disparity had more to do with corporate structures than with women “opting out” to have families.

The study, “Rethink What You ‘Know’ About High-Achieving Women,” was conducted by HBS Professor Robin J. Ely, Pamela Stone of Hunter College and HBS Gender Initiative Assistant Director Colleen C. Ammerman and published this month in Harvard Business Review. Instead of finding that women’s careers were sidetracked because they chose to prioritize family over work, the researchers discovered that the women who left their jobs after having children did so because “they find themselves in unfulfilling roles with dim prospects for advancement” or facing other career limitations. “It simply isn’t true that a large proportion of Harvard alumnae have ‘opted out’ to care for children,” they continued.   Continue reading…

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Dec 1, 2014

Harvard MBA Admissions Interview Questions: Round 1 / AdCom / Off Campus

300px-Aerial_of_the_Harvard_Business_School_campusThe following Harvard MBA Admissions Interview summary was provided by a recent applicant:

30-minute interview with two women, one interviewer (who had read my application) and one observer (who had just seen my resume). They were both very friendly and it felt more like a conversation than an interview.

1. Tell me about yourself.
2. Tell me about a leadership experience.
3. How did you find [previous job]?
4. Why did you choose to go to [current country of residence] and [current job]?
5. How did you make the transition?
6. It seems like you have moved around a lot across the world. How do you adjust to new cultures / countries?
7. Tell me about a challenge you have faced at work.
8. What are your short-term and long-term goals?
9. What professional criticism have you received that has really resonated with you?
10. Is there an industry you’re interested in outside of [past and current industries]?
11. Anything else you want to mention?

For more Harvard MBA admissions interview questions, check out the Harvard Interview Reports Archive.

 

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Nov 18, 2014

Harvard MBA Admissions Interview Questions: Round 1 / AdCom / On Campus

A recent applicant shared their Harvard MBA admissions interview questions with us:

The interview started with some break-the-ice conversation, and she asked for my impressions about a new part of the campus tour.

She mentioned that her colleague in the room had only seen my resume but nothing else and asked me to introduce myself.  We then progressed through a series of questions:

Why [Ivy League undergraduate institution] for undergrad?

Why did I pick my major?

What was it like getting interviewed for [your first employer]?  Give me an overview of the hiring process.

I saw a few lower grades on your transcript?  What context can you provide on that?  She expressed knowledge that she knew I was in a competitive major and that courses weren’t graded on a curve.

What would [your first employer] say about strengths/weaknesses?

Why did you transition to [your current employer]?

Why do you want to get an MBA?

When did you have trouble working in an interdisciplinary group?

What accomplishment are you most proud of?

Have I kept up with my singing and music [I had a lot of involvement in that in college]?

What would you like us to ask you?

For more reports with Harvard MBA admissions interview questions, see our Harvard Interview Reports Archive

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Nov 13, 2014

Harvard MBA Admissions Interview Questions: Round 1 / AdCom / On Campus

Happy businesspeople, or businesswoman and clientA recent applicant shared her Harvard MBA admissions interview questions with us: 

I interviewed with an associate director of admissions, plus an observer from the admissions team. The interview had a friendlier tone/vibe than i expected and conversational, BUT still no real indication of how you are doing/did

-Where do you want to start?  (they let me pick what I wanted to talk about)

-Ok you joined as the X# employee, what has changed since then?

-How was this role different from your first two?

-Why didn’t you like your previous industry?

-Long conversation about my industry. Lots of questions involved testing me on trends in the industry, what solutions I think exist to improve things, specific examples of companies in areas I mentioned, etc. Lots of probing. Felt like cross examination a bit to see if I was who I said I was.  Also asked specifically about a project/area I mentioned in the essay.  Wanted to know more specific details.

-What surprised you most about your industry?

-What comes easily to you? What comes harder?

-MBA is a major investment. What is it that would make it worth the time/money?

-What would be your dream job?

-And after MBA you would do X…? (X was what I’m currently doing now, which is NOT what I put on my application as post-MBA goals. So clearly they were checking to see if I could hold the story together.)

For more reports with Harvard MBA admissions interview questions, see our Harvard Interview Reports Archive

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Nov 12, 2014

HBS MBA Admissions Interview Report: Round 1 / Adcom / On Campus

Here is a recent HBS MBA admissions interview report: It was truly an enjoyable experience. From the time you check in until you leave, they work hard to help you relax and be comfortable. As far as the interview goes, they brought the group of us with interviews in our time slot up to a lounge area surrounded by small conference rooms. One-by-one, adcom members came out and called people into their room. In the room, my interviewer and observer introduced themselves. The interviewer explained that she is very familiar with my application and would be asking the questions. The observer would be quiet and taking notes. Then the interview started…

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