Berkeley Haas | Mr. Hanging By A Thread
GMAT 710, GPA 3.8
Harvard | Mr. Nonprofit Social Entrepreneur
GMAT 740, GPA 3.7
MIT Sloan | Mr. Low GPA Over Achiever
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Stanford GSB | Mr. Minority Champ
GMAT 740, GPA 3.7
Chicago Booth | Ms. Start-Up Entrepreneur
GRE 318 current; 324 intended, GPA 3.4
Duke Fuqua | Ms. Health Care Executive
GMAT 690, GPA 3.3
Darden | Mr. Fintech Nerd
GMAT 740, GPA 7.7/10
Harvard | Mr. Professional Boy Scout
GMAT 660, GPA 3.83
Stanford GSB | Ms. East Africa Specialist
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Darden | Mr. Senior Energy Engineer
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IU Kelley | Mr. Construction Manager
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IU Kelley | Mr. Clinical Trial Ops
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IU Kelley | Ms. Biracial Single Mommy
, GPA 2.5/3.67 Grad
Rice Jones | Mr. Simple Manufacturer
GRE 320, GPA 3.95
NYU Stern | Mr. Low Gmat
GMAT 690, GPA 73.45 % (No GPA in undergrad)
Chicago Booth | Mr. Finance Musician
GRE 330, GPA 3.6
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Wake Up & Grind
GMAT 700, GPA 3.5
Harvard | Mr. Improve Healthcare
GMAT 730, GPA 2.8
N U Singapore | Ms. Biomanager
GMAT 520, GPA 2.8
Stanford GSB | Mr. Indian Telecom ENG
GRE 340, GPA 3.56
Harvard | Mr. 1st Gen Brazilian LGBT
GMAT 720, GPA 3.2
USC Marshall | Mr. Ambitious
GRE 323, GPA 3.01
Harvard | Mr. Merchant Of Debt
GMAT 760, GPA 3.5 / 4.0 in Master 1 / 4.0 in Master 2
Tuck | Ms. Nigerian Footwear
GRE None, GPA 4.5
Stanford GSB | Mr. Low GPA To Stanford
GMAT 770, GPA 2.7
Berkeley Haas | Mr. 360 Consultant
GMAT 720, GPA 3.4
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Low GPA High GRE
GRE 325, GPA 3.2

HBS Interview Invites Start Rolling Out

Harvard Business School's iconic Baker Library

Harvard Business School’s iconic Baker Library

Harvard Business School interview invites began rolling out today (Oct. 4) for round one applicants. It’s the first of three days in which candidates in the first application round will be notified of an interview. This is the first batch of invites sent by Chad Losee, new managing director of admissions and financial aid, who is on the road outside the country for HBS today.

The lucky applicants who passed the first admissions hurdle to gain an in-person interview with an HBS staffer got this letter today:

Warm greetings from Harvard Business School!

After careful consideration of your application materials, we would like to get to know you better. This is our invitation to interview.

Take a moment and exhale. Then keep reading.

Now, on to the details. Here’s what you need to know.

NEW PILOT PROGRAM MEANT TO INCREASE YIELD 

The email went on to explain that the business school’s online scheduling system will go live tomorrow, October 5, at noon EST. At that time, invited applicants will be able to register for a specific interview slot. All interview slots are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Also, in an apparent attempt to win over more applicants who may get an admit from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business or other rival schools, HBS told applicants invited to interview that it was conducting a new pilot program. “Admissions is running a pilot this fall to connect interviewees and alumni, and we invite you to participate so you can learn more about HBS from one of our recent graduates,” according to email invites. “Participating in this pilot is completely optional and will not impact your admissions decision; this is not part of the admissions evaluation process. To opt-in to this pilot, please click here. The deadline to opt-in is noon EDT on Thursday, October 13. We hope you will take advantage of this – our alums are eager to talk to you.”

Though Harvard boasts the highest yield–90% of admits enroll at the school –HBS apparently wants to make sure it loses fewer of its admits to its West Coast competitor which has been winning the dual-admit contest in recent years. Stanford’s latest yield number for this year’s admitted class is just two percentage points lower than Harvard’s at 88% (see Stanford Bumps Class GMATs Up Four Points).

ONE IN FOUR ROUND ONE APPLICANTS TYPICALLY GET INVITED TO INTERVIEW

In a typical year, nearly 4,000 candidates will apply to HBS in the first round, roughly 40% of the total applicant pool in the year. Roughly 1,000 of them will get an invite to an interview and then 50% to 60% will ultimately be admitted to Harvard’s MBA program. The bulk of the round one interview invites, as many as 75%, usually go out on the first day. The remaining 25% are sent on the following two days: Oct. 6, and finally Oct. 12. Applicants who fail to get an invite or get placed on the waitlist by Oct. 12 will be “released,” the official HBS lanugage for a rejection.

Interviews by the school’s admissions staffers would then occur between Oct. 23 and Nov. 18. n 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 Chad Losee, managing director of HBS admissions and financial aid in a blog post. “Candidates who are not able to travel may be accommodated via Skype.”

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About The Author

John A. Byrne is the founder and editor-in-chief of C-Change Media, publishers of Poets&Quants and four other higher education websites. He has authored or co-authored more than ten books, including two New York Times bestsellers. John is the former executive editor of Businessweek, editor-in-chief of Businessweek. com, editor-in-chief of Fast Company, and the creator of the first regularly published rankings of business schools. As the co-founder of CentreCourt MBA Festivals, he hopes to meet you at the next MBA event in-person or online.