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Stanford GSB Interview Timeline

Here’s a heads-up for applicants regarding a recent update on the interview process at Stanford Graduate School of Business. According to the MBA Admission Blog, the school has decided to compress the interview timeline. This …

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Here’s a heads-up for applicants regarding a recent update on the interview process at Stanford Graduate School of Business. According to the MBA Admission Blog, the school has decided to compress the interview timeline.

This means interview invitations for Round 1 applicants will only go out from October 28-Novembr 26, 2013, instead of over the entire round. Final notification is still December 11th, but you’ll know on November 26th whether you’re still being considered for admission.

“Some of you have told us that if the answer is a definite ‘no,’ you’d rather know earlier to give you more time to work on Round 2 applications for other schools,” writes Victoria Hendel De La O in Stanford MBA admissions. “Our hope is that this compressed timeline helps ease your anxiety as you navigate the application process.”

Because this condensed interview process is still a pilot, interview dates for Rounds 2 and 3 have not yet been set.

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R1 Update From Harvard Business School

In her latest update to the Harvard Business School MBA admissions blog, Director Dee Leopold explained what happens today for Round 1 applicants waiting anxiously for news of their status. To recap, potential candidates can …

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In her latest update to the Harvard Business School MBA admissions blog, Director Dee Leopold explained what happens today for Round 1 applicants waiting anxiously for news of their status. To recap, potential candidates can expect to receive either an invitation to interview,  placement on the waitlist, or be released.

For those who received an email notification today with interview details, congratulations! However, if you were not successful in your R1 application to Harvard, you should know that while the blow certainly stings, it truly is better to know now so that you may refocus your energies on your other target schools and perhaps the next round deadlines.

While placement on the waitlist can be frustrating, or even feel like a disappointment, we think applicants should really pay close attention to how Leopold explains the process, and the odds. The waitlist is where promising candidates end up when there has been an array of outstanding applicants in a particular round, and yes, this is good news, because it means you’re still in the running!

At Harvard Business School, placement on the waitlist means the admissions committee wants to re-review your candidacy after they see Round 2  applications. In the best case, you would be invited to interview on the R2 timetable; otherwise, the school will inform you of your release in mid-February.

“We anticipate that approximately 100 Round 1 applicants will be asked to join the waitlist on October 24,” Leopold says, later explaining that, “Last year, we interviewed 48 Round 1 candidates who were placed on this early waitlist before interview and admitted 24 of them.”

Those odds may be longer than you’d like, but for a top-notch MBA program, many applicants are happy to take their chances.

For more on this topic, read our post from the spring with advice for accepted, waitlisted and denied MBA applicants.

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At Harvard Business School, It’s D-Day for R2 Applicants

Those who have barely breathed since hitting the submit button January 10th for Harvard Business School will finally experience some great relief today, in one form or another. According to Admissions Director Deirdre Leopold‘s  recent …

Those who have barely breathed since hitting the submit button January 10th for Harvard Business School will finally experience some great relief today, in one form or another.

According to Admissions Director Deirdre Leopold‘s  recent post, R2 admit emails and waitlist invitations go out at noon EST. Anyone sitting by the phone take note: HBS doesn’t notify admits through that now somewhat antiquated medium, though they do extend congratulatory calls after the fact.

Leopold also notes that HBS doesn’t make financial aids awards at the time of admission, “So don’t feel slighted that you don’t see any $$ mentioned.” However, there is a significant amount of need-based funding available to both U.S. and international candidates, whether they applied in Round 1 or Round 3.

Perhaps in a move toward further transparency in the admissions process, the director will  personally offer feedback to candidates who were denied admission after reaching the interview stage. Typically it’s not a case of anything being “wrong” she says, “But simply the challenge of comprising a class rich in diversity of backgrounds and perspectives.” Details about phone hours will be in the decision letter, she adds.

While landing on the waitlist may not be the ideal scenario, waitlist invitations will also go out today and Leopold stresses that HBS will likely offer 25-50 spots to waitlisted applicants between May and early June. Offers were already made to about 50 similarly situated individuals earlier this month, which is an excellent sign that it’s not all doom and gloom if that’s where you happen to land.

If you applied to Harvard Business School in Round 2, please leave us a comment below. We’d leave to hear which way the winds have blown in your particular case.

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Wharton School Update on R1 Interviews

In an update posted yesterday to the admissions blog at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, admissions director Ankur Kumar provided round one candidates with some insight into the next steps of the application process. …

In an update posted yesterday to the admissions blog at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, admissions director Ankur Kumar provided round one candidates with some insight into the next steps of the application process.

Kumar says invitations to interview will start going out Thursday, October 27, and will continue until Friday, November 11. Applicants will receive an email with information regarding their status with Wharton, she says. Those invited to interview will receive instructions on how to set up their interview. No invitation to interview means your process with Wharton is closed for this application cycle, the director explains.

“Please don’t stress if you don’t receive your invite until the last day; it indicates nothing about your candidacy.” 

The Wharton School will host interviews on campus from November 2–December 2, 2011. International applicants should note that the school will also host interviews in hub locations around the world between November 7-30, 2011.

While on-campus interviews provide a unique opportunity to experience the school and its culture first-hand, Kumar assures that both on-campus and hub location interviews are conducted and considered equally. However, space is limited in international locations so be sure to schedule as soon as possible.

The director points candidates to this link with interview tips specific to Wharton. For applicants preparing for the R2 deadline on January 4, 2012, check out our essay tips here.

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B-school Buzz: A Few Stops Along the Road

As we all know, the journey toward an MBA degree is long and rarely straightforward. In this week’s roundup, our B-school Buzz bloggers discuss a few of the various stops along the road that they’ve encountered recently.


As we all know, the journey toward an MBA degree is long and rarely straightforward. In this week’s roundup, our B-school Buzz bloggers discuss a few of the various stops along the road that they’ve encountered recently.

Selecting Schools - My Unfathomable MBA Odyssey is busy finalizing the list of schools to which he plans to apply. This week he shares some insights into the parameters he is using to make his final selections, such as brand recognition, how well the program will help him meet his short- and long-term career goals and “love,” which he says, “There are no reasons to explain about Love Schools, I am just in love with them, I just want to be there.”

Interviewing - The last time we checked in with Ellipsing My Way… To Business School, he was preparing for his Cornell Johnson School of Business interview. This week, we learned that his hard work paid off. He writes, “So you know how sometimes you just feel when something goes well?  That’s the case with my Cornell interview…. I was cool, calm and collected and was at ease the whole time.” Well done!

Facing Rejection - From a high point in the journey, we go to a low. Mako at Random Wok writes with candor about receiving his rejection from Harvard Business School, reminding readers that it always stings to discover that the hours spent writing essays and gathering recommendations ”“ not  to mention writing checks for expensive application fees ”“ have not led to the big payoff. Yet Mako is handling the moment with grace and shifting his focus to his other upcoming interviews.

Rejecting the MBA - Every so often, the tables are turned and a prospective b-school student rejects the MBA instead. This week, Mukaam outlines her decision to join Teach for India and turn down a spot at the University of Rochester’s Simon Graduate School of Business. Among her reasons: Teach for India will allow her to impact the lives of children immediately and take a step toward  her ultimate career goal of working in the non-profit sector in India ”“ without the student loans.

Working as an MBA - Finally, Felish… da dish reminds us that even when you join an MBA program, the path is still complicated as a student. This week she writes about her experience of adding a part-time job to her already packed schedule. She only took on outside work during her second year of b-school, for the very good reason that as an overwhelmed first year student, “I made a choice between having pocket money and saving my sanity. Sanity won out.”

Want to see your blog on B-School Buzz?  Email me at buzz@StacyBlackman.com.

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MBA Admissions Updates from Yale SOM

The Yale School of Management provided a brief MBA admissions update yesterday for those hoping for further insight into the next steps in the admissions process. The admissions committee has begun to review applications and …

The Yale School of Management provided a brief MBA admissions update yesterday for those hoping for further insight into the next steps in the admissions process. The admissions committee has begun to review applications and already issued the first wave of interview invites earlier this week.

Adcom reminds any nail-biting applicants that some invitations may go out later in the round, which is merely a consequence of when the application is reviewed and has no bearing on your status in the process or the final outcome of your application.  The waiting game has begun!

One thing you can do, suggests the admissions committee, is double-check your online status page to make sure Yale SOM isn’t still waiting for any of your supplemental materials. The ball doesn’t get rolling until your application file is complete, so confirm that they have everything they need to move the process forward.

As a reminder, interviews have a 30-minute time frame and are usually conducted by trained second-year students. A half an hour goes by in a flash, so prepare well and maintain your focus on your resume, essays, leadership experiences and career direction. Tell your unique and personal story, not what you think the interviewer wants to hear, Yale SOM recommends.

Lastly, for those of you who have yet to submit applications, the campus visit program has begun for 2011. Campus visits are a valuable opportunity for you to get a first-hand view of Yale SOM, sit in on a class, take a tour of campus, lunch with current students, and participate in an information session conducted by one of the admission committee members.

Still need more information about Yale School of Management? Check out Stacy Blackman’s section on Yale SOM Advice for application tips, updates and further insight.


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