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.”

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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.”

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