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Harvard Business School Admissions Director Shares Plan for Round 1 Interviews

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In case you missed it, Harvard Business School (HBS) Managing Director of MBA Admissions and Financial Aid Dee Leopold let Round 1 applicants know what to expect in terms of interview invitations via a post earlier this week on her Director’s Blog. Invites will go out in batches on three days: October 6th, 8th and 14th.

“The day one which you receive an interview invitation does not signal ANYTHING about your candidacy,” Leopold stressed in her post. “We spread out the invitations over three days in order to avoid congestion in the online sign-up stage.”

Applicants who receive these invitations will also get detailed instructions about the sign-up procedures. Candidates who will not be invited to interview will be “notified of their release” on October 14th, Leopold added. October 14th will also be the day on which all 2+2 candidates will learn their fate—either receiving interview invitations or being released from consideration.

Round 1 InterviewLeopold also shared that Round 1 interviews will be conducted between October 26th and November 20th, though not all dates will be available in all locations. As for those locations, they include on campus in Boston, as well as New York City, Palo Alto, London, Paris, Shanghai, Tokyo, Dubai, Mumbai, Sao Paulo and Santiago. Leopold noted that candidates unable to travel for interviews may be accommodated via Skype.

“We love having interviewees visit campus and we will have a full day of get-to-know HBS activities, but the location of your interview plays no part in the selection process,” she stressed.

We actually heard from Leopold herself here at Clear Admit the same day of her blog post, perhaps as she came up for air during a break from reading applications. While she said she didn’t have much of note she was ready to share about the responses her team has been getting to the new “Introduce yourself…” essay prompt HBS incorporated this year, she did offer this: “As we hoped, candidates are approaching this in many different ways.”

You can always find updates about each school’s current state—such as the information shared about the HBS interview schedule—on Clear Admit’s school profile pages. Check out the “Status” box on the left-hand side of the individual school’s page.

We’ll also soon be debuting a new weekly feature here at Clear Admit that aggregates notable updates and information shared by admissions directors’ themselves or by the admissions teams on each of the schools’ MBA admissions blogs. Watch this space for this new resource, just one of the many ways we help you keep your finger on the pulse throughout the MBA admissions season.