Judgment Day Nears

So today was boss’ day. Who knew? I sure didn’t–at least not until I arrived at work this morning to the sight of a whole grain and berry mini cake from Whole Foods on my desk decorated “Happy Boss’ Day”.

I’d love to be able to tell you that I ate some and brought the rest home; but alas, I dusted the whole thing during the course of my very busy, emergency and meeting-filled day.

Oh well, I’m greedy like that; besides, I needed that glutinous release because I’m on edge.


Well, because the first flurry of Round 1 Judgement Days begin in just a few hours–the 4 schools that I’ve applied to thus far (Booth, Stanford, Wharton, HBS) will be sending out interview invites to the deserving few whom they have chosen.

Ad Nauseum

Sigh. This whole MBA admissions journey feels like stage fright that never ends at times. First you spend months on edge over the GMAT. Then you obsess over apps and essays for weeks or months following that. Then once the apps are in, you wait like a mummy to find out whether you’ll live to die again by being granted a buy for the next round of selection. It’s all a bit much; but its what I’ve signed up for, so I’m taking it chin up and trying not to flinch.

…Ok, I flinched. Sue me.

So here’s a general calendar of how the schools that I’ve applied to have announced that they will be granting or denying access to the next phase of this process, in chronological order:

HBS – Two shots at glory: Interview Invites will be sent out on 10/17 and 10/24 only. If I get one, then my interview prep starts pronto (as will be true with whichever invite I get first, provided I get any at all!); and if I don’t get one, I’m out.

Wharton – A window of anticipation: At any time between the dates of 10/23 and 11/9, I may be kissed by the interview fairy. If not? I get the trap door and a dungeon cell.

Chicago Booth – Trick or Treat? Interview Invites will be sent out on Halloween, 10/31. I’ll be in for another phase our out on that date.

Stanford – Indefinite Purgatory. The goat could chose to speak to me at any time between now and the December 12th decision date; and should she pass me over, I’ll know on December 13th.

Sloan App Due in 8 Days

One thing that has not really allowed me to become too emotionally drawn into the hunger pangs of the admissions waiting game is the fact that MIT Sloan’s due date is 3-4 weeks behind the others; thus, I’ve been pulling that app together while the other 4 groups of adcoms have been deciding whether they found me interesting enough to meet in person.

And BOY have I needed that quiet time for Sloan!

  • Matt

    Skeptical….exactly why I said what I did above. I believe this is bogus and wanted to show it when he couldn’t produce anything that was contained in the email. This is probably someone working at the service, but I doubt they got anyone an invite from HBS so they have to try shameless plugs like this instead.

  • Skeptical

    Trent might have well got the admit..but shamelessly plugging the consultancy service makes me question his claim in the first place. I might be wrong, but someone who just got a harvard invite would plug an essay service rather than wish others luck or talk a little bit about his own background?

  • I’ve heard that too.

  • Who knows; none of us should fret about it. None of us has any power over whether an invite has out name on it for any apps we’ve already submitted. Keep moving forward.

  • Congrats Trent.

  • Both the 17th and the 24th will be interview invites only. There will be no ding notices until sometime after those dates based on what HBS is saying on their blog.

  • Just invites. WL won’t go out until either the early release or final decision date.

  • Absolutely VBR; tell my fellow applicant I said hello. At the same time, I must applaud HBS’ adcom for being more transparent than most. They basically have taken what could easily be days or even months of anxiety while waiting for results within a given window and basically reduced that to two specific ~20 minute windows, one week a part. They even sent out a 48 hour reminder on their blog; and for that, I applaud them.

  • Thanks. That means a lot.

  • Brian

    Not sure how they would release based on time submitted due to the fact t hat they take all applications at once and distribute after the deadline. They have discussed that multiple times on their blog.

  • Matt

    Why don’t you put up a copy of what was in the email so the rest of us can see what it entails? I am really looking forward to seeing it!

  • GOTime

    Just want to second this. I’m rooting for your success because you’re the type of person I want to go to school with. Someone who’s mature, self-aware, personally driven and has a unique perspective. Those qualities are huge and not every MBA hopeful has them.

  • MBAMommy

    Anybody know if releases/waitlists went out yesterday or just invites?

  • Guest

    Does anyone know if any waitlists/releases went out yesterday? Or only inteview invites, with all dings held for the 24th?

  • Trent Steelman

    I got an HBS interview. By the way, these guys helped me out a TON with my essays and application: http://www.nxtlvlusa.com

  • Kip

    @b548442a973c8508615603d550030e38:disqus I know what you are talking about. I felt like that when I was waiting for my law school admits from the T14 schools. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to convert my WL at UVa. But those were some anxious times. But knowing what I know now, not getting into those top law schools was the best thing that could have happened to me. I gained perspective. Did not take success for granted. I learned to treat other people better and not be judgmental. It’s true – there is more to be learned from failure than success. Good luck to your girl.

  • Kip

    Think they sort based on industry / sector. I could be wrong.Good luck

  • Dreamer

    No worries man. I think the interview is based on time submitted. I know three people applying one got the interview but he submitted his application on Sept. 20th. The other two submitted on the 22nd and 24th. I submitted on the 24th as well. Maybe i am just saying that to give me hope but seems to be the only way that they will prioritize.

  • VBR

    A girl in my team applied to HBS and was so anxious all day. She went to Princeton and has the stats but did not get the interview. She was totally freaking out and was a complete emotional wreck. This process needs to be more transparent so people know what’s going on. But I like what you said. You’re right – life goes on.

  • Thanks Tzeen; though, my life’s trajectory is not singularly dependent on getting into HBS. If they want to meet me, I’ll get an invite; and if they don’t, no harm, no foul. There are others. And I’m applying to Kellogg 2nd round. I put them off because I knew less about them and wanted to give that program the respect it deserved to research them. Also, I am not merely going after the top programs in order. All of the schools on my list are tops for entrepreneurship based on actual empirical data. Notice that Columbia has never been mentioned, and their reputation is as good as if not better than some that I’m interested in. Point blank, the top schools have put the most money and resources into their entrepreneurial educations and faculty. At any rate, thanks again for the kind words. I will be fine either way. We all will.

  • Tzeentch99

    Dude, I’m sure you will!! Don’t worry so much. One question, why didn’t you apply to Kellogg? I see all the other top schools up there.

  • 🙂

  • MBADad

    Win one for the old guys!

  • Miami Phil

    Agree with you about the posts on gmatclub. I find the silliest ones to be the – Will I get in at H/S/W with ABC GMAT and XYZ GPA. It’s such a scam how these consultants shamelessly exploit this insecurity. How can anyone judge a candidate without getting their full story and the quality of their life experiences / motivations to pursue an MBA. And you are also absolutely right about the importance of communication and soft skills.

  • I also don’t believe my own press. I”m just as nervous as anyone else in this process. Still, thank you for the compliments.

  • Nope. Nada.

  • Thanks a ton for your vote of confidence Roger. No bubbly as of yet. Besides, an interview invite is not bubbly time, its red bull time. LOL.

  • Roger

    Is the bubbly still on the ice or are you in at HBS? With the quality of your writing, i would be surprised if you did no at least covert 3 of the 4 schools. A clean sweep might be well on the cards as well. You have the ingredients that make MBAs successful — excellent communication skills and humility. I’m not saying this to flatter you..but I have seen the quality of posts from people who want to get into HBS and other schools on gmatclub etc..and needless to say, a lot of them have very poor communication / life skills. They come across quite poorly.

  • Tzeentch99

    Did you get the big interview invite from HBS today?