We know you’re impatient. It seems like ages ago since you submitted those Round 2 apps.
Shakespeare said: “Expectation is the root of all heartache.”
Some schools are issuing interview invites… But not fast enough! you think.
You’re getting antsy. You start wondering, Shouldn’t I hear back by now?
Earth to Brave Supplicant:
The only school where you have a right to be wondering that is MIT Sloan. And that is only if you applied in their Round 1.
MIT moves dinosaur-slow. They take their sweet time in processing apps — their first round decisions aren’t going to be released until this coming Monday. For applications that were submitted in late October. They must be veritably INUNDATED with annoying requests from Brave Supplicants who are more like Pushy Supplicants who are demanding to know when they will hear back.
If you applied to any other school — and most specifically, if you applied to any other school only like three weeks ago — this post is to tell you to GET A LIFE.
This phenomenon has been inreasing each year. It didn’t used to be this bad. With the influx of more and more Brave Supplicants posting and posturing on all those MBA forums and websites and with everyone doing their self-centered blogging about applying to bschool, it is become all too pervasive. And it is annoying.
People. The process of evaluating your candidacy for admission to your Esteemed Business School takes time.
Even more important: You do not have a right to dictate the process.
Do you *really* think it helps your chances to be bugging the admissions office about when you’ll hear back from them?
Do you really think it helps them to get through the piles of applications any faster when all of you are constantly badgering them?
ALL the schools list the dates on their websites for when decisions will be released. All of them do this. They TELL you when to expect an answer. Many of them tell you when to expect to know about the interview invitation. They are communicating to you what to expect. So then, what’s your problem?! Why are you so friggin’ impatient? You do realize, don’t you, that IF you’re admitted, that you won’t be STARTING school till more than six months from today?? Why do you need to know RIGHT NOW whether you’re in or not? What is the effing crisis?
Why can’t you go get a hobby or something?
We’ve been wanting to write this rant for awhile. You people are truly ridiculous sometimes. When we saw Dee Leopold’s very politely phrased post this week, we figured we’d translate. She was being nice about it, but reading between the lines, she was basically saying, “Back off, people!”
If you keep pressuring these adcoms, they’re just gonna change the process so it’s easier for THEM.
Many of these schools have already been bending over backwards to try and be more transparent, to communicate more, to be more accommodating. They all know how stressful this process is. You are not, as a group, demonstrating very high EQ when you keep up this chorus of drama.
HBS is not the only one to make such a point. Read this from the UC-Berkeley admissions team — especially that last bullet. It basically tells everyone to chill.
Do you realize that several years ago — like only 10 or so — applications were submitted on paper. Through the MAIL. Yes we know, it’s hard to relate to this concept. Believe it or not, that’s how you got your decisions back, too. Basically what happened was, you typed up your essays and printed them out, and sent everything in, and then you FORGOT ABOUT IT. You lived your life. And a couple months later, a letter appeared in your mailbox one day, telling you your fate. OK, we’re oversimplifying here – there was still the interview process etc – but the point is, NOBODY EVER THOUGHT TO HOUND THE ADMISSIONS OFFICE!! Maybe all those BSers from a bygone day were just naive. Maybe they just TRUSTED more. Whatever. Everyone knew that these things take time, and everyone let time happen, and then they discovered the results.
Check out this post from Derrick Bolton, Admissions Director at Stanford GSB. Note what he said:
Interviews for Round 1 applicants start as soon as possible after the application deadline– typically early November–and last through mid January.
Now before you freak out — that post was written in 2008. For those of you who didn’t do so well on the GMAT, that was only four years ago! Already they’ve made such big changes in their processes that anyone who applied in Round 1 received their decision in December!!! In other words, they have condensed their processes down from an interview cycle of three months, to about six weeks. And the GSB likely was receiving less apps four years ago than today.
Here’s the deal people: The best schools get oodles of applications. (Yes that’s a technical term.) They have already squeezed their review processes down to a skeleton of what they used to be.
If they squeeze them further, that means they will be spending LESS TIME PER APP than they already do.
If you believe that a school like HBS is carefully reading every single word of every single essay and recommendation — when they get around 8,000 apps per year (which translates to 56,000 essays and letters of recs — not counting the rest of the application paraphenalia) — you’re living in fantasy land. They do not read everything carefully. They skim. They know what they’re looking for, and if your app isn’t screaming that out at them in the most obvious way, there is a real chance that they’ll just skip you and move on. And now you’re asking them to do everything even more quickly? Sheesh, do you really want a chance at this or not?
EssaySnark is just sick and tired of hearing all the whining. This process takes time. Who are YOU to insist that you should get an answer back more quickly than what the school says they can accommodate? Don’t you realize that you’re asking for something that cannot help you??? Shortened admissions cycles cannot be good for ANYONE. You pressuring the schools does what, exactly, for your chance of admission? Don’t you get it that you are not in control of this situation?
We actually wish that more schools would have the cojones that Sloan does.
These Bratty Supplicants are getting on our nerves. Thank gawd that EssaySnark is not running that show at any of these schools or we’d be telling all of you to take a hike.