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Berkeley / Haas Interview Report: Round 2 / Alumnus / Off-campus

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The following Berkeley / Haas interview report was submitted to Clear Admit by a Round 2 applicant. Good luck to them!

I interviewed with a recent Haas alum in London at her office. We were in a conference room setting, which felt quite formal (similar to a job interview). But the alum was very friendly and down to earth. She said she had only seen my CV and not the rest of my application, so she assured me it’s fine to repeat things from my essays. She also checked my ID.

We started off with the usual “walk me through your résumé” where she dug deeper into why I made certain choices and why I decided to change careers. She also asked what challenges I faced in my various roles and my leadership style. Then we moved onto career goals, and why Haas would help me achieve them. I made sure to weave in clubs/organizations that I wanted to be a part of, alumni I had spoken with, and my interactions with current students during my campus visit. I was also asked what contributions I would make to the class. I felt pretty comfortable by this point, and we started talking about Haas’ reputation in Europe, global alumni networks, and spent ~15 mins with me asking her questions about her experience as a Haas student.

The whole interview lasted roughly an hour, and it was the most comprehensive business school interview I had experienced. I got the sense that she really wanted to understand my motivations and aspirations, and of course, my cultural fit with Haas. She was also a great ambassador for the school, giving me honest insights into what she enjoyed about her time there. I also appreciated getting a response from her to my thank you email (which seems uncommon). Very positive experience overall.

Result: Waiting for the decision to be released on March 24 and hoping for the best.

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