Invited to Interview at Harvard Business School? Here Are Some Helpful Resources

On October 5, Harvard Business School (HBS) sent out its final batch of interview invitations for Round 1 applicants. If you are among the candidates who received an invitation, congratulations! Now it is time to get ready for this crucial step in your application process. Check out these important resources created specifically for HBS interview candidates.


During our HBS Mock Interview and Post-Interview Reflection Support sessions, you will speak with an experienced mbaMission consultant who will have read your entire HBS application. You will then be able to plan and practice your answers to typical questions posed by HBS interviewers to previous applicants. Through Q&A, feedback, and thorough response planning, we will help you improve the content of your answers, your time management skills, and your overall presentation.

HBS asks all interviewed applicants to write a post-interview essay and submit it within 24 hours of their interview. This essay has no word limit, and HBS suggests that candidates think of it as an email they would write to a friend or colleague, rather than as a formal essay.

As part of our targeted HBS interview package, an mbaMission consultant will help you strategize your approach to this special essay. Your consultant will also review a draft of the essay and provide feedback intended to assist you in making it stronger and more effective. Please note that because the HBS Admissions Office explicitly states that applicants are not to write anything in advance or receive outside help with this essay, your mbaMission consultant will not edit your writing but will instead offer detailed strategic direction via comments only. Given the 24-hour deadline, we will suspend our contracted two-business-day turnaround for this essay. You and your consultant will determine a schedule that accommodates both your needs and the school’s deadline.

Mock interviews are conducted via phone or Skype for $750. In-person mock interviews may be available for a $100 surcharge. To purchase your HBS mock interview preparation session, click here!


HBS interview candidates are also invited to enroll in our free, live online Interview Workshop on October 11. During the presentation, we will offer advice on best practices to help you prepare for and succeed in your business school interviews. mbaMission Senior Consultant Rachel Beck will explore the different types of interviews, what each admissions committee is looking for, and tips for time management. To enroll for free, click here.


Many MBA candidates find admissions interviews stressful and intimidating, but mastering this important element of the application process is definitely possible—the key is informed preparation. Download your complimentary copy of the Harvard Business School Interview Primer today.

In creating our primers, we have drawn on countless communications with MBA students, alumni, admissions officers, and applicants, in addition to our vast library of interview reports submitted by current and past clients. Our HBS Interview Primer provides:

  • Insight into what the school is evaluating and hoping to gain from the interview
  • An explanation of the school’s approach to interviewing (self-scheduled or invite only, blind versus comprehensive, etc.)
  • Past applicants’ firsthand accounts of their interview experiences and multiple sample interview question sequences
  • Tips on preparing for and responding to questions that most typically vex applicants
  • Help in formulating compelling questions of your own

Good luck to all!

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