I’ve been thinking about Harvard’s new interview reflections:
And just as you frequently do when you replay an interview in your mind after you walk out of the cubicle, I had a few more thoughts when I replayed the video:
- Several times I mention that you will need to choose from the notes that I recommend you jot down after the big event. How should you choose? Choose those elements that relate what you want HBS to truly know about you.
- I suggest that you try to close with a reference to some point in the interview that you feel you aced. I would like you to avoid having the reflections be solely about clarifications and I-forgot-to-mention. Keep it positive, but don’t shoe-horn in a topic that doesn’t fit be it from any of the three categories I outline in the video.
- While the email metaphor connotes dialogue and conversation, it does not imply or permit a lack of professionalism. We’re not talking text messages, IMs or tweets here. Keep it well-written, grammatical, and professional.
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By Linda Abraham, president and founder of Accepted.com and co-author of the new, definitive book on MBA admissions, MBA Admission for Smarties: The No-Nonsense Guide to Acceptance at Top Business Schools.