As of 2019's Round 1 for the MBA Class of 2022, HBS has gone to a single interview invitation release day - so some of the information in this post from the 'snarchive is no longer relevant. You may still want to read it to gain insights though!
Wow! The first month of 2020 is over! The new decade is off and running! Can you believe that just four weeks ago you were pulling your hair out in your own personal version of essay h3ll?
Many of you have thrown your hat into the ring for HBS and the Admissions Director of Harvard Business School has already mapped out what is gunna happen this week with Round 2 interview invites and we capture plenty o’ details in the interviewing section of our Harvard MBA info page but let’s offer up the Cliff’s Notes for all of you here. You’re invited to spend time looking at the details over there, including the always-fascinating data on how many folks get in post-interview.
The unfortunate reality is that most of you will not get an interview invitation today.
If we’ve told you privately that we’re feeling optimistic of the possibility of your chances at Harvard, then that statement does not change today. But we didn’t get to say that to that many Round 2 BSers this year.
But we have other news too!
Many of you WILL get interview invites at other Round 2 schools you have tried for.
This will typically come AFTER you go through a massive emotional upheaval this week over Harvard.
It’s an unfortunate artifact of the Harvard process that their invites come before most other schools.
If Round 2 was your first apps, then this may hit you particularly hard. If you already tried at other places in Round 1 (especially if you made it in at one or more of those, and your Rd 2 HBS app was an attempt to trade up) then it’s not likely to be quite so debilitating. You’ve been round this roller coaster before. You know how it works.
But yeah. The rejection from any school stings, and it can especially sting if you’re a well-qualified candidate who deserves to make it in somewhere good, and you’ve not yet experienced the crushing blow of an app that’s rejected.
So. Today is simply to help you try to manage expectations.
We’ve written about all of this before, and these posts from the ‘snarchives may be worth spending time on today — though note, in the past Harvard had multiple interview-invite days in a series each round, so many of the posts from the ‘snarchive talk about that pattern that used to be in effect, and now it’s just the solo learn-your-fate day that comes all at once for everyone:
How Harvard’s interview invitations work (2017 Rd 1 edition but largely the same as today)
- The major problem with the way Harvard Business School manages admissions.
- HBS Mid-Cycle Decisions and the Moods of a BSer
And optimistically we’ll also post this. ‘Cuz you know just in case. 🙂
Oh yeah also: If you’re in the Further Consideration bucket from Round 1, you’re gunna get movement on that app this week! Fingers crossed all of you FC’ed folks get the invite!!!
And, if you land the golden ticket, we’ve got a perfect tool to help you get ready! Custom interview questions developed just for you and your personal interview prep process! Our interviewing guide might also come in handy.
If you get the invite, we do hope you’ll share the news! Please update your School Targets in My SnarkCenter to let us know.