As part of the HBS MBA Admission Interview process, you will have to fill up a post-interview reflection in the ‘Application Status’ page, within 24 hours of the interview. We hope you have crushed the interview (if you are planning to attend the interview, Download F1GMAT's MBA Admission Interview Guide - strategies on how to influence the interviewer and guide the questions to your advantage), but here are five points worth considering for your post-interview reflection:
1) Don’t Seek Assistance from Reviewers
The major difference in the post-interview reflection is the format. In essays, you write the first draft, modify it with a few anecdotes from your life, and then finally seek assistance from friends/family or expert reviewers to polish the essays further, and make it ready for publishing. If you are planning to write the essay without any outside help, Download F1GMAT's Winning MBA Essay Guide or HBS MBA Essay Guide for writing and editing tips. The review creases out any flaws in the sentence structure, fixes grammatical errors, and addresses the question but in the post-interview reflection, seeking assistance from expert reviewers might not be a good idea. In fact, any hint that you had pre-meditated the response before the interview will hinder your chances.
2) Wait for 6 hours
We have written product reviews, when we were upset or when we were overjoyed about the purchase, but if you had an average experience, you most likely wouldn’t give feedback. If you go back and read the reviews, you know what I am saying. The reviews are exaggeration in most cases. The product wasn’t superlative or the poor experience catastrophic. When you are pumped about any experience - poor or great, Adrenaline rushes and impairs your recollection. Your situational awareness is below optimum. At that moment, whatever you write might not be a true reflection of the interview experience, and the Interviewer might wonder about the experience that you have narrated. The natural tendency is to write about the experience on reaching your hotel or home, immediately after the interview. Wait for 6 hours. You won’t forget the interaction in 6 hours. Let the whole experience sink-in, and the adrenaline rush die down.
3) No Word Limit But there is…
The Admission team expects an email like format for your post-interview reflection. What should be the length of your email? Ideally, one page – 500 words. Anything more than that is a desperate sales pitch. You have already sold your candidacy to the admission team including the interviewer. This is your chance to sell your candidacy further without showing that you are desperate. Stay with 500-word limit or 1-page.
Focus on the interaction:
a) How did you feel interacting with the interviewer?
b) What did you learn from the interviewer? (about HBS MBA program)
c) Why you feel that you would be a good fit (after learning a new fact about HBS MBA program from the interviewer)? It should be something that was not covered in the essay or the interview.
4) Be Positive
After giving an engaging talk to a crowd of over 2000 tech entrepreneurs, a legendary CEO shared how disappointing he felt about the talk. According to the CEO, the talk was not up to the mark, but when the publisher who covered the event asked for feedback later in the evening, over 90% of the audience felt that the talk was groundbreaking and engaging. Your high standards might have got you till this stage, but no one wants to suffer negativity. Assume that the experience was good, and focus on the positive. A negative narrative can hinder your chances despite creating a great impression during the interview.
5) Read Again
Even though the Admission team has shared that they would forgive a few grammatical and spelling errors, you don’t want to give the impression that you are unprofessional. Proof read your post-interview reflection with your favorite editing software. Pool the proofreading process with at least three readers. Include your friends and family for the exercise.
Don’t invite feedback about the content, just the grammatical errors and spelling mistakes. If you want us to edit your reflection without interfering with the narrative, subscribe to our Editing service.
The Guide offers detailed examples and strategies to answer about yourself, career summary, innovation, frequent job switch, managing change, handling conflict, the greatest accomplishment, low grades, difficult boss, backup plan, industry, role and gives you tips on managing first impression, improve likeability and lists the questions that you should ask the MBA Admission interviewer.
1) Booth School of Business
2) Columbia Business School
3) Ivey Business School
4) Johnson Graduate School of Management
6) Kellogg School of Management
7) Stanford Graduate School of Business
8) London Business School
9) Harvard Business School
10) MIT Sloan School of Management
11) Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania