For those of you on pins and needles since submitting your application to Harvard Business School a few weeks ago, Chad Losee, director of MBA admissions and financial aid, has some good news regarding interview notifications: it won’t be long now. The official HBS Round 1 update will happen at noon EST on October 6, 2020.
When you log into your application status page, you will see one of these three possibilities:
- invited to interview
- further consideration/AKA waitlisted
- early release
While placement on the waitlist can be frustrating or even feel like a disappointment, Losee says ” further consideration” is a positive status update. The waitlist is where promising candidates end up when there has been an array of outstanding applicants in a particular round.
“This is a small group of strong applicants that we ask to wait with us until Round 2, at which point we will review your application again,” Losee explains. So yes, this is good news, because it means you’re still in the running.
For applicants who receive an “early release” notice in this HBS Round 1 update, the blow certainly stings. But, it truly is better to know now. That way, you can refocus your energies on your other target schools and perhaps the next round deadlines.
Finally, Losee reminds applicants that HBS will conduct all interviews virtually this year, adding, “You can expect the same fun, engaging conversation with a member of the Admissions Board.”
Next steps for successful HBS applicants
Last season, Losee revealed that HBS interviews about 1 in 5 applicants and admits just over half of those candidates. If you can successfully pass the hurdle that is the Harvard Business School interview, your chances of admission skyrocket.
Good luck to all R1 applicants awaiting notification!