Interview invites are starting to pour out and driving a lot of questions. The HBS three-wave process finally concluded and left a few people happy, a few people (deferred) confused, and a lot of people sad, given the sheer numbers at play. Less heralded, but still incredibly newsworthy, is the fact that Booth is already sending out interview invites as well. Given the school's meteoric and ongoing rise up all the rankings and its ability to elbow into the "best of the best" conversation, it's crucial to give the Booth questions that come up just as much airtime as mighty HBS. And today's question - and the most common question related to Booth interviews - is:
Should I interview with a second year student on campus or with an alumni member off campus?
This Wednesday (October 12) is one of those days on the calendar that tend to stop everyone in their tracks and dominate the headlines. Nevermind that the Duke Fuqua or Dartmouth Tuck deadlines are right around the corner - no, it's all about the final HBS Round 1 notification deadline. Interview or ding? Rather, interview or ding or deferral, as that appears to be a popular option this year as well. Let's make sense of things and offer some advice on how to respond from here. We'll group it result-by-result.
"Pay no attention to the man (or woman) behind the curtain!” That seems to be the philosophy of most admissions offices. But for many applicants, transparency is an important part of the admissions process. If its not, it should be.