Tag Archives: Harvard Business School

HBS Round Two Decisions

By Vincent Ho-Tin-Noe (last updated: March 21, 2017)

On Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017, Harvard Business School will be sending round-two notifications to applicants who went through the interview process this winter.

50% to 60% of interviewed applicants should receive an offer from HBS.

The Baker Library

The Baker Library

Harvard Business School’s admissions rate has been pretty steady in recent years, and when emails go out at noon, Boston time, on Wednesday, more than half of second-round interviewees should receive a positive answer. These lucky applicants will have more than 5 months to get ready for their HBS journey, and their main challenges going forward will be to stay focused at work, and plan their attendance at the Admitted Student Weekend in Boston.
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HBS Round One Decisions

By Vincent Ho-Tin-Noe (last updated: December 10, 2016)

On Wednesday, December 14, 2016, Harvard Business School will be sending round-one notifications to applicants who went through the interview process this fall.

50% to 60% of interviewed applicants should receive an offer from HBS.

HBS Classroom

HBS Classroom

Harvard Business School’s admissions rate has been pretty steady in recent years, and we do not expect major changes at this stage following the appointment of Chad Losee as HBS Admissions Director. When emails go out at noon, Boston time, on Wednesday, more than half of first-round interviewees should receive a positive answer. These lucky applicants will have more than eight months to get ready for their HBS journey, and their main challenges going forward will be to stay focused at work, and plan their attendance at the Admitted Student Weekend in Boston.
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HBS Student Stories

By Vincent Ho-Tin-Noe (last updated: March 24, 2015)

As Harvard Business School is about to release a new batch of admissions offers, we thought that prospective applicants would enjoy watching this video. It was released by Harvard in Q4 2013 on youtube, but it still provides a pretty accurate of what HBS is about. Kyle and I even recognized some of our classmates… Please do not hesitate to share your thoughts with us after watching it; we would love to hear from you ! Good luck to everyone expecting an email from the school this round.

 

How long should your HBS essay be?

By Kyle Watkins (last updated: September 5, 2014)

The HBS round-one application deadline is less than a week away, leaving a lot of candidates scrambling to make the finishing touches on their essays. Inevitably, applicants also seem to be left wondering whether their HBS essay is the “right length” or what the “ideal word count” is for their essay. Without a suggested word limit from HBS to guide you, it’s a reasonable question to ask.

Ultimately, you have to let the content dictate how long your essay will be, but over the past year we’ve been able to collect enough data at MBA Admissions Advisors to make some reasonable guesses as to how long successful HBS essays typically are. The below histogram represents just that — an educated guess based on a limited sample — and while I cannot guarantee it is perfectly accurate, I hope it serves as a rough guide and useful datapoint as you consider the length of your essay.

But it’s worth stressing again that content is king and should ultimately dictate your essay’s length. If you’re looking for advice on the content of your HBS essay, you can check out our detailed post here or reach out to us through our free consultation service; we’re happy to chat about your essay ideas, essay length, or your profile more generally.

The above represents our best guess — based on a reasonable but limited sample — of how long successful HBS essays are typically.

 

HBS Essay Tips (Class of 2017)

By Kyle Watkins (last updated: September 5, 2014)

Harvard Business School Essay Tips for the 2014-2015 Admissions Cycle

Harvard Business School made headlines last year when it said that writing an essay would be optional for applicants. Only 10 of the 9,543 candidates that applied actually took the liberty of skipping the essay, and only one of those 10 was accepted (which is actually in line with HBS’s overall 12% admit rate).

Candidates who are vying to be a member of HBS’s Class of 2017 will face the same question in this year’s application:

“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?”

So, with just over two months to go until the Round One deadline for HBS, let’s consider some of the most common strategies that didn’t work for applicants last year and consider the best way for this year’s applicants to approach this unapologetically open-ended essay prompt.

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HBS Round 3 Interviews

By Vincent Ho-Tin-Noe (last updated: April 16, 2014)

Harvard Business Schools will send out interview invitations to third round applicants on April 17, 2014 at precisely noon Eastern Time. Admissions results will be released in barely one month, so candidates should expect to be interviewing very soon. As a former round 3 applicant, I remember how exciting it was to go from submitting my application to receiving my offer in just 5 weeks.

If you receive an interview invitation at HBS, your odds of getting in are pretty high; the admissions ratio after the HBS interview is close to 60%. This is quite a good ratio, and a common saying is that at this point of the admissions process, your HBS offer is yours to lose.

Preparation is therefore essential, and we highly recommend that you have a look at the list of resources we have put together to prepare for the HBS interview.

Should you need help to prepare for your interview, please do not hesitate to let us know.
We offer interview preparation packages for HBS that have helped many successful candidates in the past.

In the words of one of our Round 2 admits: “I wanted to follow up with good news: I got into HBS! The interview itself was, as everyone says, totally impossible to predict (…), but the practice of being nervous and answering impossible-to-predict questions with you guys was invaluable and let me push past my (high) stress level.”