How to get into Harvard Law School, according to the chief admissions officer, students, and admissions consultants
Kristi Jacobson, the chief admissions officer at Harvard Law School, Jeff Thomas, Kaplan Test Prep's executive director of admissions programs, and Anna Ivey, a professional admissions consultant, spoke with Business Insider about how to prepare and optimize your application to Harvard Law School. When you send in your application matters, so applying strategically is smart. HLS takes the GRE — but the LSAT is still a better bet. Fancy titles don't make for better letters of recommendation — and less is more when it comes to personal essays and addendums. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.
Cameron Clark started training for a future legal career when he was still a teenager. In high school in Houston, he sharpened his rhetorical and critical-thinking skills on the debate team. In college at The University of Texas at Austin, he cultivated relationships with professors, interned, and kept his nose in the books and his GPA high. That diligence ultimately earned him acceptance-letter gold: entry to Harvard Law School. Even in light of all his hard work, admission into the highly selective program was still an impressive feat. Clark graduated in 2018, the year that, according to data from the American Bar Association, the number of lawyers in the United States reached a 21st-century high. Only a small fraction are HLS grads: In 2018, the school — currently third in the rankings, behind just Stanford and Yale — received 7,419 applications and offered admission to just 12% of applicants. Kristi Jacobson, chief admissions officer at HLS, shared that there are currently a lean 561 students enrolled in the 1L class of 2022.
But while Clark's story sounds like an archetypal path to the Ivy Leagues, it's also far from the only way to get there. Per law school admissions coaching consultant Anna Ivey, a former dean of the University of Chicago Law School herself, "HLS admissions officers are very conscientious about recruiting minorities of various kinds: They want a diversity of colleges people and geographic areas," including veterans and older applicants. Which is all to say: There is no standard profile for an HLS student. And though the bar is incontrovertibly high, with the right preparation and knowledge, it could be more reachable than you imagine. Read on for expert insight about how to approach the LSAT, optimize your application materials, and avoid errors admissions officers see year after year. Be strategic about when you submit your application Some students, like Clark, begin laying the groundwork years before ever actually applying. Others decide they want to go to law school during college after working for a few years, or later in life. But when it comes to the application cycle for next year's enrollment: "All things being equal, earlier is better," explained Jacobson, HLS' chief admissions officer.
Historically, the school has admitted students on a rolling basis. But in 2019, it made the shift to rounds of admission, posting the three dates applicants would be admitted on the detailed and informative Harvard Law School admissions blog: December 16, February 10, and March 16. The switch was designed to stagger the volume of submissions as well as give anxiety-ridden applicants more concrete insight into the process. The idea is that if you're cutting it close to one date, it's unlikely your materials will be reviewed during that round and thus it's more sensible to aim for the next window instead of rushing. That being said: Don't dawdle, urged Ivey. "With law school admissions, there [are] all kinds of stuff that happens after you submit," she explained. Interviews, always conducted via video, must be scheduled and completed for those moving onto the next round. Take the LSAT even though you can use the GRE Historically, the LSAT has been the go-to exam for would-be law students. But in recent years, a number of schools across the country — HLS among them — have allowed students to submit GRE scores instead. Still, most of the time, it's wise for students to stick with the LSAT, explained Jeff Thomas, Kaplan Test Prep's executive director of admissions programs.
The reason being that if you're applying to schools that don't take the GRE, you're going to have to take the LSAT anyway. And if you take the LSAT, the ABA rules require that schools evaluate you using those scores. "The bottom line is: Unless the only schools you apply to take the GRE, don't bother to take it," said Thomas. Plus, there's a silver lining to all the LSAT work you'll put in. The test is designed to mimic the skills one uses in law school, so consider it pre-training for your future scholastic pursuits. Focus your study routine on areas of high impact People often ask Thomas if it's true that the LSAT is such a heavily weighted factor. "The answer, quite frankly, is yes," he said. The range for the LSAT score is 120 to 180, with 151 as the median 50th percentile score; spots at elite schools typically go to the top 1% to 2%, or those with a 170 or above. You have to be in the ballpark to be competitive — nor can you write or interview your way around poor scores. The good news is that practice makes … well, perhaps not perfect, but high potential for improvement. "I equate it to learning how to play a sport or a musical instrument: Just because you don't have the skills today doesn't mean you can't develop them tomorrow," said Thomas. The test is given nine times every year. Thomas encourages applicants to pick their date for a time when they can spend three months beforehand treating it as a top priority.
While it's tempting to immediately sign up for a prep course, consider testing your skills solo, offered Mikaela Gilbert-Lurie, HLS class of 2021. "Before you sink a ton of money into a class or a tutor — or even the books, which are $50 each — think about where you are. Not everyone needs to learn in a classroom setting," she said. In her case, practice tests revealed that logic games were her weak point, so she doubled down on studying for that section. Clark added another element to his studying. "You have to take [practice exams] in as arduous of conditions as you can," he said. Prepare for the nerves you'll feel on the day and try to mimic those during practice exams, he advised. In his case, that meant taking practice tests in distracting circumstances, including chilly temperatures and a noisy Starbucks. It paid off: The day Clark sat for the LSAT, the room was freezing and the room was a chorus of sniffles, but he had no trouble staying focused. Pick recommenders who can champion your accomplishments When it comes to asking people to write a letter on your behalf, you might assume that impressive titles are a priority. Not so, said Jacobson. "It's about substance over signature," she explained, adding that someone who has more to say about you is a better choice than someone who you encountered only briefly. "The letters are really important and they're much more meaningful if we have a strong sense of who you are from someone who knows you well," she added.
When reaching out to these people, it can be helpful to share samples of your work or jog their memories with anecdotes about your background together. Just make sure you're giving them adequate lead time — Jacobson recommends three months at least. "I can't tell you the number of times I've read a letter of recommendation where the recommender says something like, 'I didn't have enough time to prepare this because so-and-so asked me only two weeks ago,'" she shared. Keep your personal statement brief — and personal In total, there are four essential components of the HLS application: the academic record starting with college, LSAT (or GRE) scores, the interview, and the personal statement. HLS doesn't require that the personal statement be about why you want to go to Harvard or even why you want to go to law school, necessarily. "The emphasis on the personal statement is 'personal,'" said Ivey. "You're not writing it as if it were a term paper or a dissertation: The actual topic is you." The two-paged, double-spaced essay shouldn't be a rehash of your resume either, added Jacobson. Rather, it should complement everything else you've submitted without marching the reader through information they've already encountered. She also recommended having someone who doesn't know you well read it over and summarize it back to you: If their description doesn't capture what you're trying to convey, it's time to revise. Clark surmounted this challenge by leaning on the tools of narrative journalism. His personal statement opened with a description of a Black Lives Matter die-in protest he attended during undergrad that happened to occur during a major civil rights anniversary. Building on that structure, he was able to delve into his passions and goals and touch on Harvard's legacy of educating civil rights leaders throughout history. Clark also submitted an optional statement, something that applicants should only do if they really feel there is something that hasn't been covered in other areas of their application, according to every expert Business Insider spoke with. This one-paged, double spaced supplement has an analog in the "diversity statements" applicants write for other law schools. "You can take it in lots of directions. One of my favorites from last year was someone who wrote about being a unicyclist," said Jacobson. In Clark's case, he wrote about what people who are not white, male, or of means bring to the HLS community-at-large: "A lot of the time, you come into a space like that if you're black, queer, low-income, or an immigrant, and your experiences are the topics being debated," he said. "You need me to do the unpaid labor of teaching your students about black culture and queer culture and these issues." But it's also worth remembering that just because you can submit more information doesn't mean you must — or should. Ivey argued that something that seems so important that it seems to merit an addendum may be better incorporated into your personal statement. "Even if a school invites you to submit something, if it's not required, you should really have a good reason for sending it," said Ivey. Overdoing it can look self-important, and admissions staffers are already neck-deep in paperwork. Do your research before going into the interview Clark recalled his interview as being really "anticlimactic" — a straightforward video session where people are asked to speak in depth about why they want to go to law school. When counseling current applicants, he reminded them to keep their online presence updated — particularly LinkedIn — and read up on the person who will be interviewing them. "Basically, remember that people are researching you," he added. Ivey recommended being prepared to talk about why you want to pursue a law degree and what you hope to accomplish. "A lot of people apply to law school as a path of least resistance, and admissions officers are looking to weed out people who are there for prestige or rankings," she said. "The interview is less about a right or wrong answer and more about: Can you have a conversation? Can you sound like a thoughtful person?" Last but not least, Jacobson added that applicants should consider anything they included in their materials fair game, and to refamiliarize themselves with what they wrote. Once, a few years ago, an applicant listed "baking bread" as one of their personal interests — when Jacobson asked them about it, they blanked. If it's in your file, she said, "You need to be prepared to talk about it."SEE ALSO: Here's exactly what it takes to get accepted into Harvard Business School, according to 5 grads and the managing director of admissions READ MORE: BUSINESS SCHOOL LIBRARY: Everything you need to know about applying to business school and financing your degree Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: What it takes to be a PGA Tour caddie
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Summary List Placement You're ready to level up in your career, and you've decided that pursuing...Summary List Placement You're ready to level up in your career, and you've decided that pursuing an MBA is the best way to do it. Not only can MBA programs provide you with a comprehensive education, but they can also help you increase your professional network, shed light on new career paths, and — depending on what you do with your degree afterward — your earning potential, too. But we can't ignore the fact that the price of most MBA programs is very steep. In fact, the average price of full-time tuition is $50,000. Per year. That's a large investment. There's some good news, though. Each year, the US government dedicates around $120 billion for federal student aid, and graduate students can apply for some of it. All you need to do is fill out a FAFSA form. Here's what you need to know about this process. What is FAFSA? FAFSA (which stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is a questionnaire you need to complete if you want schools to consider you for financial aid. It's approximately 100 questions long, with question topics ranging from your educational history to your income to any investments you might have. It's a lot of information, but every single answer is factored into your Expected Family Contribution (EFC), which schools use to determine if you need aid and, if so, how much. Can MBA students get federal funding? It's never a guarantee for anyone, but graduate students can definitely apply for federal student aid. If you applied for FAFSA for your undergraduate education, the process for grad students is almost exactly the same. There are just three differences you should know about. First, you won't be eligible for all the types of aid that undergraduates are. MBA students can get two types of loans: the Federal Stafford Loan and the Federal Grad PLUS. As these are loans, you must pay back the full amount you borrowed plus any interest that accrues over time. Second, whereas the loans for undergraduate students are subsidized (meaning the government pays the interest on them until graduation), graduate student loans are completely unsubsidized. That means that interest starts building up from the very day the money is distributed to you or the school you're enrolled in. The third main difference is that, while undergraduate students are usually filing as a dependant of their parents or guardians, the vast majority of grad students must file independently. "Students seeking financial aid for their MBA are automatically declared an independent," said Betterment Certified Financial Planner Nick Holeman. "This typically makes the application process much easier as applicants don't have to report their family's income and only [have to report] their own personal tax return." This will directly impact your EFC — instead of factoring in your parents' or guardians' income, the school only considers yours (and your spouse's, if applicable). How much money can you get from FAFSA? The maximum amount of funding a graduate student can receive from the Stafford Loan is $20,500 each school year. With the Grad PLUS loan, you can borrow the total amount the program will cost you, though if you receive financial aid from any other sources, they'll subtract that from your maximum allowance. There's no concrete answer to how much you, specifically, will be awarded (and there's no guarantee that you'll be awarded any at all). The final number is largely dependent on the program you want to join and your EFC. When you fill out your FAFSA form, you'll indicate between one and 10 schools you want the form sent to. Each institution will use that to figure out how much aid they should award you. To do this, they take the total price of attendance and subtract your EFC. Sometimes, they include cost of living in the attendance cost, too. How do you qualify for financial aid? Before you fill out your form, confirm that you are, in fact, eligible to apply. That means you must be a US citizen or an eligible non-citizen, have a high school diploma or GED, and have a social security number. You also need to prove that you're already accepted into or enrolled in a degree program and that you have some level of financial need. (There are a few other requirements you should check out, too.) If you're not sure if you have a true financial need, you should still apply — there's no max income cutoff, and you can't be 100% certain what your EFC will be. It could very well be below what the total costs of the program will be. How do you apply for FAFSA? Here's the good news: This is a fairly straightforward process. It just requires filling out a form, and the easiest way to go about it is to fill it out online. There's also a paper version of the FAFSA form, but know that this can slow down the process. Before you start, gather all the relevant information so you don't have to dig for it when the question pops up. This includes (but is not limited to): All records of money earned (for example, tax forms, W-2s, W-9s) Bank and brokerage statements Details of any investments you may have List of schools you want to send FAFSA to While the process is pretty clear-cut, it can be tedious, as it requires a lot of little details. One good thing about filing independently is that you can completely skip Section 4, which is the parent and guardian information section. That's about 40 questions you get to pass right on by! When are the deadlines for FAFSA? The FAFSA application opens on October 1 every year (so for the 2020-2021 school year, it opened October 1, 2019). Every state has different deadlines. Connecticut's is February 15, for example, and New York's is June 30. Deadlines are based on your state of legal residence — not the state in which the schools you listed are located. Find the FAFSA deadlines here. Though you can apply until the last day, Holeman advised submitting your application as soon as possible. "Some schools and states grant financial aid on a first-come-first serve basis," he said. "So waiting until the last second may cause you to miss out." What happens after you apply? Once you hit submit, your form is sent to the financial aid offices of the schools you listed. Some universities may require you to fill out additional forms, so make sure you check into that. Between three days and three weeks after submitted, the US Department of Education will send you a student aid report (SAR) summarizing your answers and letting you know what your EFC is. Based on all of this information, they'll decide how much financial aid you'll get and will send you an award letting. If you accept the financial aid package, your loan money is distributed to that school's financial aid office. They'll use it to pay off the expenses you owe them first. You'll receive any remaining funds that you can use toward additional educational expenses. What happens if you don't receive any aid? If you don't receive any financial aid and are concerned about how you'll pay for your MBA, Holeman suggested the following options: Consider private loans: MBA students can get credit-based private student loans. Compare the top options and decide which works best for you. Look into tax advantages: Specifically, check out the Lifetime Learning Credit and consider a 529 savings plan. Apply for scholarships, fellowships, and assistantship positions: This is money you don't have to pay back, and I can vouch for the fact that this is a great option. An assistantship paid for my second year of grad school and gave me a monthly stipend. 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Summary List Placement There are many components to a job interview. The coronavirus pandemic has permanently...Summary List Placement There are many components to a job interview. The coronavirus pandemic has permanently changed how some companies are interviewing for jobs. Now, instead of showing up to the office, you have to interact with the hiring manager through a computer screen. And even though you're connecting virtually, there's still a lot to remember. First there's the obvious stuff: Have you done your research on the company? Are you polite to the interviewer and eager to join the staff? But there's also the less obvious stuff: Are you smiling too much? Do you seem engaged? Here is a list of seemingly trivial details that can affect your chances of landing the gig — and only some are within your control. 1. The time of your interview Tuesday at 10:30 am is the best time for you to schedule an interview, Glassdoor reported. Although their recommendations aren't (yet) backed by science, they follow common sense. People are shown to be most productive on Tuesdays and won't feel rushed by the time they meet you. It's also late enough in the day that your interviewer has had time to check their email, have a cup of coffee, and get ready. You also don't want to be someone's last meeting of the workday, according to a study in Psychology Today. There's a good chance the interviewer's attention might not solely be on you. They could be thinking about priorities that they have after work, such as dinner plans or kids' homework. Avoid interviewing pre- or post-lunch because your time with the interviewer could be cut short or you could be left waiting for a while. 2. The weather on the day of your interview University of Toronto researchers Donald Redelmeier and Simon D. Baxter found that medical school applicants fared worse if they interviewed on a rainy day compared to sunny-day interviewees. They said: "Overall, those interviewed on rainy days received about a 1% lower score than those interviewed on sunny days. This pattern was consistent for both senior interviewers and junior interviewers. We next used logistic regression to analyze subsequent admission decisions. The difference in scores was equivalent to about a 10% lower total mark on the Medical College Admission Test." The data included nearly 3,000 applicants over a six-year period. 3. How early you arrive You may think it'll look good if you arrive early — but if you're excessively early, you could be hurting your chances. "Of course arriving a few minutes early is a good idea, and is certainly better than arriving late — but don't show up a half hour before your interview," said Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert and the author of "Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant: How to Manage Childish Boss Behavior and Thrive in Your Job." "It can make you appear too anxious or put pressure on the interviewer. If you have extra time, gather your thoughts in your car or take a brief walk to get your energy up." For virtual interviews, just make sure you arrive on time. 4. Whether your rival also interviews on the same day Yes, it may be difficult to know when your rival (presuming you have one) is interviewing. But if you happen to know, schedule your interview on a different day. Research suggests that whether or not you're considered qualified for a position depends on who else is applying for the job. "People are averse to judging too many applicants high or low on a single day, which creates a bias against people who happen to show up on days with especially strong applicants," according to a study in the journal Psychological Science, which focuses on business school applicants only. However, this comparison only lasts for one day, which means that you are only compared to people who are interviewing on the same day as you — not the day before or after. 5. What you do while waiting in the lobby (or during the interview) "Drinking coffee, eating, or talking on your cell is not the first impression you want to make with the hiring manager — or the receptionist," Taylor said. "You don't know exactly when the interviewer will show up, so be at the ready." She suggests keeping one hand free so that you can quickly shake hands without awkwardly placing all your personal items on a chair or on the floor. "You want to appear organized and attentive." "Also, as you wait, either make conversation with the receptionist (if he or she is available to talk), review notes from your notebook, or review any company materials for guests. Maintain a pleasant smile and upbeat demeanor." The same advice applies for virtual interviews. Try to avoid chugging your coffee or snacking during a call unless it is absolutely necessary. 6. Behaving like a jerk Always treat others the way you want to be treated. Rachel Bitte, the former chief people officer at the recruiting-software company Jobvite and a former recruiter for Apple and Intuit, said she always pays attention to how a candidate treats others, for example, waitstaff. Bitte described an incident from her tenure as an HR professional at Intuit. After a stellar phone interview with one candidate, she arranged to meet the person for a second-round interview over breakfast. But the candidate's rude behavior at the restaurant was an immediate red flag. 7. Whether you're a little narcissistic A study in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology suggests that narcissists score much higher than others in job interviews, and it's because they're comfortable with self-promoting. Since narcissists typically think they're fantastic, the interviewer may think so, too. 8. The color of your clothing According to 2,099 hiring managers and human resource professionals who participated in a CareerBuilder survey, blue and black are the best colors to wear to a job interview. Orange is the worst. Conservative colors such as black, blue, gray, and brown seem to be the safest bet when you're meeting someone for the first time in a professional setting. Colors that signal creativity, like orange, may be too loud for an interview. Red is perceived as the most powerful color, but consider whether you want to outshine your interviewer. This, of course, depends on what role you're interviewing for and the culture of the company. Unlike most men, women tend to wear more colorful clothing, making our judgments both of color and interview candidates gender-biased. 9. Whether you glance at your watch or cell phone As benign as this might seem, people notice when you're peeking at your watch or phone, and you certainly don't want to convey that you're not engaged in the conversation, Taylor said. "Even having your cell phone in plain sight is disrespectful," she said. "You're not going to text or take calls, so turn it off and put it away. Make sure your hiring manager has your undivided attention." 10. Tailoring your answers based on the interviewer's age Different generations are most impressed by different values. By being aware of your interviewer's age, you can tailor your answers to what you think they're looking for, advise John B. Molidor, Ph.D., and Barbara Parus, the authors of "Crazy Good Interviewing." "With a little practice, you can home in on the values that each generation holds most dear. You can shape your answer using the language of their values," they write. According to the authors, these tactics don't always work, as every interviewer can have a different set of values, so it's important to come prepared for the position you're interviewing for, regardless of the interviewer. 11. The way you make eye contact in a panel interview Keep everyone's attention in a panel interview by making eye contact with different people at specific times during your response, Molidor and Parus said. "In a panel interview, always begin your response by making eye contact with the person who asked you the question. Then make random and soft eye contact with each of the other interviewers. As you finish up your response, return your eye contact to the person who asked you the question. Do not mow down the interviewers by going down the line making eye contact after the other. Soft random eye contact does the trick." 12. Your posture "When you're in the interview, your default should be sitting straight and keeping a pleasant smile on your face," Taylor said. Avoid slumping in your chair and remember to lean forward, showing interest in the interviewer. "Even if you feel the discussion is going south, maintain your poise, posture and inflection. That can sometimes help you turn things around." 13. What you do with your hands Molidor and Parus write: 1. Showing your palms indicates sincerity. 2. Holding your palms downward is a sign of dominance. Do not shake hands with your palms down. 3. Pressing the fingertips of your hands together to form a church steeple is a display of confidence. 4. Concealing your hands, as in putting them in your pockets, is a sign that you have something to hide. 5. Finger tapping is a sign of impatience. 6. Folding your arms across your chest is a very defensive position, indicating disappointment or disagreement. 7. Overusing hand gestures to the point of distraction. However, the science of body language can be rather subjective. The interviewer may not notice these small signs, even subconsciously, especially if they're focused on the words you're saying rather than your gestures. 14. The questions you ask Maybe you're capable of answering every question sent your way with flying colors. You also need to leave on a good note by asking smart, thoughtful questions at the end of the interview. Below are two questions from Vicky Oliver's book "301 Smart Answers to Tough Interview Questions": What are some of the problems your company faces right now? And what is your department doing to solve them? What type of employee tends to succeed here? What qualities are the most important for doing well and advancing at the firm? 15. Where you live, grew up, or went to school If you spent your childhood in LA and your interviewer did, too, you may have a better chance of landing the job. It's clearly unfair (and out of your control), but your interviewer may not even be consciously aware that she's biased toward Californians. It's called the similarity-attraction hypothesis: People simply gravitate toward those who are similar to them in some capacity. There are a few potential explanations for this phenomenon. One is that people with a decent level of self-esteem are satisfied with their personalities, so when they see their qualities reflected in someone else, they like that person, too. Another idea is that humans have evolved to like people who look and act the way they do. At one point in human history, the safest bet was to only trust people in your small social group. 16. How competent you seem Coming across as super-competent can in some cases hurt your success in an interview, because your interviewer might worry that you'll outperform them. And that's especially true in organizations with highly competitive cultures. However, some interviewers are gender-biased. In a study of applicants for science-related jobs, interviewers were more likely to hire a male candidate to perform a mathematical task, even if the female candidate was proven to perform equally well. Of course, you should still put your best foot forward in any job interview. If the company doesn't hire you because they feel threatened or they're biased, you might not want to work there anyway. 17. The sound of your voice In the future, some companies may begin analyzing candidates' voices to determine if they'd be good fits, according to an NPR report. Essentially, an algorithm would determine whether your voice is engaging, calming, or trustworthy — which could be especially important in industries like hospitality and retail. Humans would have the final say on hiring. 18. Whether you're smiling It's common sense that flashing a smile makes you look friendlier and more approachable. But research suggests that, for certain professions, smiling too much can undermine your success in a job interview. In one study, published in the Journal of Social Psychology, researchers asked college students to role-play job interviews. They found that students who played candidates for the position of newspaper reporter, manager, and research assistant were less likely to get the hypothetical job when they smiled — especially during the middle of the interviews. 19. Your body language Experts say that when people like each other they mirror each other's body posture and movements. In a way, it looks like like the two people are "dancing." If you don't mirror your interviewer's body language, it might seem like you're not interested in what they're saying or even that you're lying. Obviously, you don't need to go to extremes here — like scratching your nose every time your interviewer does. But if they're leaning forward in their chair or sitting with their legs crossed, you can subtly mimic these behaviors. 20. How sweaty you are Offering a clammy palm to shake the hiring manager's hand is the greatest fear of many a job candidate. And for good reason: sweating suggests you're nervous and can undermine the image of cool confidence you're trying to project. One public relations recruiter tells US News that she recommends asking for a cold cup of water while you're waiting for your interview. That way, you'll lower your body temperature and stop some of the sweating. On the other hand, you can just accept that sweating and nervousness are normal in a stressful situation and hope your interviewer feels the same way. 21. When you send your thank-you note We all know how important it is to follow up after a job interview with a thank-you note — but not everyone realizes that when they send it can be just as important. If you wait too long, the hiring manager may forget about you or assume you're not interested in the job. It may also make you seem like a slacker. "The best timeframe to send a thank you email is within 24 hours after your interview," Whitney Purcell, formerly the associate director of Career Development at Susquehanna University, told Business Insider. "It should be sent during business hours – no 3 am emails that make your schedule seem a little out of whack with the company's traditional hours." For more on how to craft the perfect thank-you note, check out this handy guide. Jacquelyn Smith, Ivan de Luce, and Vivian Giang contributed to a previous version of this article.SEE ALSO: POWER BROKERS OF TECH: HR chiefs reveal how to get hired at Microsoft, Facebook, Netflix, and other top companies Join the conversation about this story »
Admissions tests for many graduate schools have gone online. But not the MCAT, the exam for...Admissions tests for many graduate schools have gone online. But not the MCAT, the exam for aspiring doctors. It must still be taken in person, pandemic or not.