Harvard’s Round One Dings Due Oct. 12

Harvard Business school Dean’s residence - Ethan Baron photo

Harvard Business school Dean’s residence – Ethan Baron photo

Harvard Business School told applicants today (Sept. 26) that it will be be making its first cut on round one candidates by Oct. 12.

The school announced that it will begin sending out interview invites over three days, starting Oct. 4, then on Oct. 6, and finally Oct. 12. Interviews by the school’s admissions staffers would then occur between Oct. 23 and Nov. 18.

Chad Losee, managing director of MBA admissions and financial aid at Harvard Business School

Chad Losee, managing director of MBA admissions and financial aid at Harvard Business School

Bottom line: Those who aren’t going to make it this time will know by the final date of Oct. 12. “By ‘releasing’ those of you who will not move forward with our process on October 12 ­rather than waiting until December to let you know ­we hope to give you time to explore other potential options,” explains Chad Losee, managing director of admissiona and financial aid. “We spread out interview invitations to avoid congestion on the interview sign-up pages.”


Some round one candidates, he added in a blog post, will receive a ‘further consider’ decision which will push those applicants into round two.

In addition to on-campus interviews, HBS said it also would conduct interviews in Shanghai, Tokyo, Dubai, Mumbai, São Paulo, New York City, Palo Alto, London, and Paris. “Where you interview does not affect your likelihood to be accepted (all interviews globally are conducted only by members of the Admissions Board), but if you come to Boston to interview, you’ll also have the chance to sit in on a class and interact with current students and faculty,” wrote Losee. “Candidates who are not able to travel may be accommodated via Skype.”


  • JenDoe

    I wonder if there will be any numbers on how many are getting invites in 1st vs 2nd vs 3rd wave. I imagine wave 1 will be bigger as in previous years.

  • hbsguru

    Yeah, Skype is pain and iffy all around, so if at all possible, I would try to get to a Hub city.
    Skype may also interfere w. your performance since the sound quality is so-so and you may have to speak louder than normal and that can result in you getting light-headed after 10 mins, etc. because you are speaking more loudly than normal.
    All that said, once you get over the connection problems, your interviewer goes into interview mode, and is a professional, and you get judged by normal things like quality of answer, etc, so in most cases your truth comes out in the wash.
    But why take chances, you are less likely to have glitches and will be more relaxed in Hub city, where you can get there early, schmooze with other kids, and find your center real fast.
    Skype just adds some wild cards in a situation where small things sometimes make a big diff.
    How likely is that, not very, but why chance it. HBS inter. is real important.
    If you are stuck w. Skype for various reasons, make sure you practice speaking on Skype for 30-40 minutes, and get used to it. HBS interview ain’t yammering w. your Sig Other, either, where you take breaks for self-pleasuring and water and pee-wees — so be on your game in practice sessions.

  • HBShopeful

    Sandy & John, do you think interviewing via Skype puts applicants at a disadvantage at HBS. (Even international applicants not living in hub cities?) I note they say “unable to travel”, which suggests maybe they want applicants to make the effort to fly in if necessary? What do you think?