08 Jan 2015

Round 2 Interview Invitations and Dates

Happy to report that the Round 2 application deadline went smoothly and we are now in hibernation-mode and happily reading. (Yes, it's true - it's zero degrees here today - we love it and you will too!)

Here's the scoop on "what’s next":

Interview invitations: Will go out in two waves - January 28 and February 4. Please don't waste time speculating about how many in each wave. And please don't send us any additional materials or ask others to do so for you.

Interview dates: Interviews begin on February 12 and continue through early March. Detailed information will be included in the invitation email.

As always, hope this is helpful.

05 Jan 2015

Happy New Year and Last Minute-ish Info for Round 2 Applicants

Hope your holiday break was as restorative and festive as ours.

We're back. And we're ready for Round 2.

Please note that I know it’s not really the "last minute" - it's all relative. For some of you, it may seem like plenty of time 'til noon tomorrow - for others, maybe it does feel like the clock is ticking.

For ALL of you, here's a re-cap of what happens tomorrow:

  • Yes, the deadline is at 12:00 NOON, BOSTON TIME. We anticipate lots of traffic so don't panic if it takes a while to successfully "submit."
  • Yes, the deadline for recommenders is OFFICIALLY the same. The reality is that we'll keep the system open for a few days for recommendations to arrive. We will begin to review your application when there is ONE recommendation in the file.

We'll get out info on when interview invitations will be extended as soon as we can get a handle on the size of the Round 2 application pool - probably by Wednesday mid-day.

We do know the hub cities where we'll be conducting interviews - Shanghai, Tokyo, Dubai, Mumbai, London, Paris, Menlo Park, and New York City.

So...we're here if you need us via email, slatesupport@hbs.edu, or phone, 617-495-6128.


15 Dec 2014

Winter Holidays - Some Information for Round 2 Applicants

We're getting ready for a holiday break (yesssss!), but we know you'll be busy so...

Our office (and all of HBS) will be CLOSED from December 24 through January 4. We re-open at 9:00am EST on Monday, January 5, 2015.

But, before we go, we'll be busy this week making sure you're all set for Round 2.

  • Campus info sessions: 12/15 at 4:00pm EST; 12/19 and 12/22 at 2:00pm EST
  • Campus tours: 12/15 at 3:15pm EST; 12/19 and 12/22 at 1:15pm EST
  • Phone #: 617.495.6128
  • Webinar: Admissions Q&A (with me) on 12/17 at 12:00 noon EST

We will not have telephone support over the break. We'll be responding to technical application support questions at slatesupport@hbs.edu over the break, but response time may be longer than normal business hours.

And while we don't advise waiting until 11:00am (the eleventh hour!) on January 6 to hit the submit button, we don't operate on a first-in, first-reviewed basis so if you have questions, it's fine to wait until we're back on Monday, January 5.

We've had a great 2014 in Dillon House. We've had two new babies, said a tearful but happy farewell to two long-term staff who have sailed off to next adventures, launched one of our favorites to a new area of HBS, and welcomed four great new hires who already feel like family.

We're looking forward to 2015.

Sending you all our warmest wishes for a safe and happy season.

Peace on earth.

08 Dec 2014

Round 1 Notification Day News

This info is for Round One applicants who have interviewed and are waiting (patiently) for December 10. But hearing how things happen here might be interesting for those of you planning on Rounds 2 or 3.

All interviewed candidates will get news from us on Wednesday, December 10. Hopefully this will happen at noon, EST. If we anticipate any delays, we’ll get word out. At noon, you may log in to your application and you will find a status update.

One of three decisions will be there:

  • Sorry, but we’re unable to offer you a place
  • We’d like to put you on the waitlist
  • You’re in!

All admitted candidates will have immediate access to the Prematriculation website which has lots of detail about what’s ahead.

All waitlisted candidates will receive more information about timing, updates, etc.

Candidates who are denied post-interview will learn about opportunities for touchpoint calls.

That’s about it. All I can add is that we met great people in the interview process and are honored that they want to be at HBS.

Back to checking decisions, double-checking, triple-checking and so on.