Wednesday, March 12, 2014

HBS and GSB Interviews

I am now officially done with b-school interviews! While I am in no way complaining about having the opportunity to interview with some amazing programs, I am extremely ready for this part of the process to be over. I had my GSB interview this week, and my HBS interview last month. Everything else happened back in Round 1, which seriously feels like an eternity ago.

HBS
I expected this one to be a rapid-fire style of crazy questioning. However, it ended up being very relaxed, friendly, and enjoyable. My interviewer smiled and laughed, and was totally unlike the expressionless interrogators that are described online for past HBS interviews. While I have a few things that I wish I had said differently, overall I left feeling pretty confident. Who knows how it will work out in the end, but I think I was able to convey an accurate sense of my personality, motivations, and goals.

Stanford
I am less sure about this one. My interviewer was much more serious and asked a few unexpected questions, although he was still a very nice person to chat with. Interviews are only one part of the decision-making process, but I don't think I presented my best self here. In retrospect, there are quite a few things that I wish I would have had time to say. It's weird, this was my longest interview (about an hour), yet I feel like I had less time to truly show who I am.

I now have exactly two more weeks to hope and stress, and then it will all be over... sort of. I will finally know where I'm going to be for the next two years, and I can begin the next round of stressing -- including finding housing, deciding when to leave my job, and of course worrying about financing this huge endeavor. 

6 comments:

  1. Hi! Congrats on the interviews. Is the Tuck deposit refundable?

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    1. The Tuck deposit is not refundable, but its fortunately not due until late April. By that time, I will know whether I've been accepted to HBS and Stanford, and can make a decision knowing all of my options.

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  2. Congrats on all your acceptances and interviews! What school are you leaning towards if you get in to both GSB and HBS?

    Cheers and good luck!

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    1. Making it to the interview stage feels amazing, but I still have a ~50% chance of being rejected from each school. In my head, I know what I would probably do, but I don't want to get my heart set on a school where it's still likely that I'll be rejected. So for now, I'm keeping my focus on Tuck, and hoping for 2 great surprises on March 26th.

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    2. I like it! Waiting on HBS but also trying not to think about it too much. Just a few more painfully long days.

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    3. Omg, the days are passing by soo slowly! Good luck to you for HBS -- maybe we'll end up being classmates!

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