The following UPenn / Wharton interview report was submitted to Clear Admit by a Round 2 applicant. Good luck to them!
I interviewed in the San Francisco office so we were evaluated by an EMBA ad-com. There really wasn’t much a nervous energy since three of us out of the five candidates in the room had met beforehand and practiced a mock session. The ad-com wasn’t especially strict and no timer was provided so we kept track using a clock on the wall.
We gave our one-minute introductions (none of us elected to talk about our background/undergrad school) on the topic and then someone had the bright idea to use the whiteboard located in the room. He started taking notes on our ideas and we had someone else keep time. We then started discussing our ideas and split it up as 5 to 6 minutes to introduce our ideas, 10 minutes to evaluate our idea based on our own chosen specific criteria, 10 – 15 minutes to discuss the idea and 5 minutes to present it to the adcom.
This was followed by a 1:1 by the adcom in the order we were sitting around the table (so no particular order, just random) where she just asked us 1) Why Wharton 2) What clubs would you join and 3) Any questions for me. She didn’t ask us to evaluate ourselves during the TBD and said that we all did really well and finished 40 seconds before her own timer.
Overall it was a pretty easy-going, fun experience. I sat very close to her and noticed that she was writing in 1s and 0s next to specific criteria so we were definitely being judged but can’t comment on the actual criteria.
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