28 Jul 2020

Virtual Interviews in the 2020-2021 Application Year

I have said it before—the interview is a highlight of the application process for us. After getting to know you first through your written application, we finally get to have a conversation and learn more about you. Invariably the 30 minutes fly by.

Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the decision to conduct all of our interviews virtually during the 2020-2021 application year.  We feel this approach best meets potential health and safety concerns while enabling us to get to know you and make admissions decisions.

Rest assured, the interviews will still play the same role in our admissions process. All interviews will continue to be conducted by our Interview Board—a small group of about 25 individuals, who are trained and conduct many interviews per year. For each interview, we prepare as we would for a case discussion—having thoroughly read your application and ready for an interesting and dynamic conversation with you. That will not change in our virtual interview format. 

For many years, we have conducted virtual interviews for candidates who could not travel to one of our hub cities, and this summer we conducted all of our 2+2 interviews virtually. We are confident the interview experience in this upcoming year will be a great one.

We will also be developing ways for you to engage with the HBS community virtually as you go through the admissions process. Best of luck to those of you preparing to submit an application before our Round 1 deadline on September 8, 2020.  We look forward to getting to know you through your application!