26 Jan 2015

SNOW!!


Greetings from Boston. Definitely the topic of the day is SNOW and everyone here is busy making Plan A, Plan B, Plan C, etc. depending on the strength and length of the storm.

Yes, we know that we are scheduled to send out Round 2 interview invitations on Wednesday. We have every reason to believe that will happen on schedule. If we need to delay, we will let you know via this blog, a general announcement on the admissions website, and also with a voicemail recording on our general phone line.

Here is some GENERAL (non-storm related) information about Round 2 interview invitations:

  • Our planned timing is noon, Boston time on Wednesday.
  • Lots of detail in the invitation about scheduling, dates, etc.
  • The online interview scheduler goes live the day AFTER interview invitations go out (that gives you time to think about dates/times/locations).
  • Two waves of invitations: The first one is Wednesday, January 28; the other is Wednesday, February 4. On February 4, we will also send "release" notifications to all Round 2 candidates not being invited to interview.
  • How many in each wave? We really don't know yet and that's because we're not actually finished with reading the written applications. So best guess might be 600 in the first wave and 200 in the second. I've said this before, but please don't speculate or develop theories or algorithms about first vs. second. It doesn't work that way. And it has nothing to do with when you submitted, where you live, or the first letter of your last name.
  • ALL 2+2 INVITATIONS WILL BE SENT ON FEBRUARY 4!!! That means none on January 28.

Back to the snow. Still too early to tell, but the Admissions Office may need to be closed tomorrow, January 27 if the snow is severe and travel to and from work is prohibitive. We plan to manage the general email box - admissions@hbs.edu - remotely. And watch the admissions website and this page for updates.

Most important...if you're in the reach of this snowstorm, stay safe and warm and take care of those around you. And say thanks to all the workers out there who will be doing so much.

 
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.

Onward!

 
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.