Harvard | Mr. Hedge Fund
GMAT 740, GPA 3.8
Stanford GSB | Mr. Deferred MBA
GMAT 760, GPA 3.82
Stanford GSB | Mr. Robotics
GMAT 730, GPA 2.9
Stanford GSB | Ms. Artistic Engineer
GMAT 730, GPA 9.49/10
Yale | Mr. Army Pilot
GMAT 650, GPA 2.90
Kellogg | Mr. Double Whammy
GMAT 730, GPA 7.1/10
INSEAD | Mr. Tesla Manager
GMAT 720, GPA 3.7
Darden | Mr. Tech To MBB
GMAT 710, GPA 2.4
INSEAD | Ms. Investment Officer
GMAT Not taken, GPA 16/20 (French scale)
Cornell Johnson | Mr. SAP SD Analyst
GMAT 660, GPA 3.60
McCombs School of Business | Mr. Startup Of You
GMAT 770, GPA 2.4
Kellogg | Mr. Hopeful Admit
GMAT Waived, GPA 4.0
UCLA Anderson | Mr. International PM
GMAT 730, GPA 2.3
Harvard | Mr. Policy Development
GMAT 740, GPA Top 30%
Ross | Mr. Brazilian Sales Guy
GRE 326, GPA 77/100 (USA Avg. 3.0)
INSEAD | Mr. INSEAD Hopeful
GMAT -, GPA 2.9
Berkeley Haas | Ms. Against All Odds
GMAT 720, GPA 2.9
Wharton | Ms. Finance For Good
GMAT 730, GPA 3.7
Stanford GSB | Mr. Future VC
GMAT 750, GPA 3.6
Wharton | Mr. Investment Associate
GMAT 700, GPA 3.67
Kellogg | Ms. Public School Teacher
GRE 325, GPA 3.93
Stanford GSB | Ms. Education Reform
GRE 331 (Practice), GPA 2.92
INSEAD | Mr. Future In FANG
GMAT 650, GPA 3.5
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Army Officer
GRE 325, GPA 3.9
Harvard | Mr. Italian In Tokyo
GMAT (710-740), GPA 4.0
Kellogg | Mr. IDF Commander
GRE Waved, GPA 3.0
Berkeley Haas | Mx. CPG Marketer
GMAT 750, GPA 3.95

What To Do If You’ve Been Invited To Interview At HBS

HBS invites about 1 in 5 applicants to interview and, typically, just over half of those interviewed are admitted. So, if you get an invitation, you’re in very good shape — but not completely home-free yet.

Veritas Prep’s No. 1 piece of advice if you’ve been invited to interview at HBS is be prepared. That’s pretty obvious, so let’s talk about how to prepare.

For any interview, you should know going in what you want to cover in the interview. What are the important things you want to convey? Are you going to expound on the passions that drive your life, the incredible achievements in your professional career and/or the countless extracurricular activities you’ve been involved in?

For an HBS interview, you should know that you will be interviewing with a member of the admissions board. The person interviewing you will have read your entire application before meeting with you (unlike some other schools, where the interview is “blind” and the interviewer only has your resume). Because the interviewer will already be familiar with your application, he or she will dive into topics that the admissions board wants to explore more deeply. Be prepared to answer questions about potential weaknesses they see in your candidacy or experiences you didn’t have an opportunity to discuss thoroughly in your application. These interviews can go in almost any direction, but you should prepare a number of personal and professional stories that exemplify topics of leadership, decision-making, overcoming challenging situations, working on teams, dealing with difficult personalities, and other topics. If applicable, use the Situation-Action-Results (SAR) method to organize your answer. Present the situation (S), discuss what actions (A) you took to achieve the result, and then summarize the results (R), or the impact, of those actions. Also be advised that your interviewer may throw you a question “out of left field”, like what books are you currently reading, to see your response.

Interviews can be nerve-wracking, but it helps to remember that the interviewer is never going to try to trick you or pummel you with tough questions. They are genuinely trying to learn more about you and how you might fit into the program and community.

For more HBS interview advice check out Veritas Prep’s Essential Guide to Top Business Schools. You’ll also find advice on the post-interview reflection. Spoiler alert: do not write it beforehand.


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Need help preparing for your interview? Sign up for a mock interview session with one of Veritas Prep’s MBA admissions experts. Also, join Veritas Prep for a free webinar on February 7th at 5 PM Eastern on the Veritas Prep YouTube channel. They’ll offer interview tips and answer your questions. Sign up at https://www.veritasprep.com/business-school/free-online-mba-admissions-workshop/. As always, be sure to find Veritas Prep on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.

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