Dear [NAME OF INTERVIEWER] and [NAME OF 2ND INTERVIEWER],
Thank you so much for taking the time to talk with me today. The interview day really flew by fast! Between the interview, class visit, and campus tour, I walked away having a much more well-rounded view of the HBS experience.
When I got in last night, my friend (a current HBS RC) took me to her section’s pumpkin carving contest. Upon hearing that I was interviewing the next day, the entire room stopped what they were doing and cheered for me. It was a surreal experience getting to know some of the wonderful people in Section H. One of the students even invited me to observe their morning pre-class discussion! When I arrived at interview check-in after attending the morning discussion meeting, yet another pleasant surprise awaited me. The coordinator told me that I had been ‘requested’ to attend the Section H Finance class at 10:50 a.m.
During the day, I came across several interviewees that worked at venture capital firms. When I gave them my elevator pitch for [NAME OF COMPANY] (the address changing service that I’ve been working on), they expressed interest and wanted to learn more about the business model and potential market size. I had never approached a VC with ideas before and quickly realized the tremendous opportunities that exist for entrepreneurs at HBS. Being part of HBS’ diverse community will help me connect with peers and professionals who will help me develop skills key to realizing my long-term vision.
I was pleasantly surprised by the interview starting with a discussion of my patents (pending & granted) and how I came up with the designs. I had the opportunity to share my experiences working on the underlying technology for wireless docking and Wi-Fi roaming. In addition, we went over how I worked with [A LARGE MULTINATIONAL TECHNOLOGY COMPANY]’s legal counsel to brainstorm additional use cases for the patent. After that, we touched on my time as a Lead Engineering Learning Assistant and the [NAME OF COMPANY] design project that I put together. The project was highly received by the freshman class and is still part of the course curriculum (and I’m still on the cover of the department brochure!). Finally, we talked about my transitions between living in [EAST ASIAN COUNTRY] and [NORTH AMERICAN COUNTRY]; the challenges that I faced and how I overcame them.
During lunch, Mr. Losee was asked what his favorite HBS experience was and answered that it was the people that he got to meet and become great friends with during his time in business school. Even though I’ve only been on campus for the past two days, through my interactions with the admissions officers, the other interviewees, and the members of Section H, I’ve already experienced the incredible sense of community that is the hallmark of a HBS education. These are the kinds of people that I can truly see myself learning with during the next two years and ultimately remaining lifelong friends after graduation.
I applied to the MS/MBA program at HBS knowing that I want to take the next two years to begin my transformation into a technology leader that can engage effectively in business decisions. After touring the i-Lab and chatting with a current student who had started 2 businesses during his time at HBS, I remain strongly convinced that the new dual-degree program at HBS is the best opportunity for me to achieve my goal of bringing affordable, safe, and efficient transportation to the world.
Thank you again for taking the time to meet with me today. I hope that you were able to get to know me better through our discussions. I certainly experienced an impressive introduction to student life, academics, and career planning at HBS.
Thank you, [APPLICANT’S NAME]