HBS Announces “Next Steps” for Round 1 Applicants

Recently, Harvard Business School (HBS) addressed Round 1 applicants on its admissions blog. Specifically, the school discussed what was to come for the applicants who submitted their applications by the September 6 deadline.

According to the blog post, interview invitations will go out on October 2 and October 5. The school explained that releasing this information in two batches will “spread out the traffic on the interview sign-up pages.”

On October 2, applicants may receive either an interview invitation or nothing at all. On October 5, though, remaining applicants will receive one of these notifications: 1) an interview invitation, 2) a “release,” or 3) “further consideration.” HBS explained the outcome of each notification, saying, “By ‘releasing’ those of you who we cannot move forward in the process, rather than waiting until December to let you know—we hope to give you time to explore other potential options. For group 3), we would like to ‘further consider’ your applications in Round 2, and more details will be shared directly about next steps.”

Interviews will take place over the course of about one month, from mid-October to mid-November, either on campus or in several major cities around the world. But fear not if you cannot meet in person; HBS stressed that the location of your interview will not affect the outcome of your application decision and that Skype can be used as an alternative for those who cannot travel.

To conclude the brief and informative post, HBS promised to be back in touch in about two weeks. Click here to read the entire blog post.

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