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UPenn / Wharton Interview Report: Round 2 / Second-year Student / On-campus

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

Did the team based discussion on 2/23 on campus.

There were about 20 people interviewing in my time slot that day. We all chatted prior to the interview but didn’t know who would be in which group. 35-minute team based discussion started with 1 min for everyone in the group to go around and say their idea. My group had 6 people in it – 3 women, 3 men. Everyone had their pitch memorized, with some much more detailed/specific than others. My idea happened to include a few themes from two ideas that were said before me, so I mentioned that when I gave my pitch, and the group decided to go with my idea. I tried to drive the conversation as best I could from there. Everyone was very cordial and the toughest part was to work in all the ideas that people were putting out there. It was difficult to take notes during the discussion, but one person volunteered to get everyone’s ideas down, which was very helpful. Halfway through the discussion he recapped what our conference looked like and what gaps we still needed to fill in. Overall we struggled a bit with time management but were able to give a coherent albeit rushed conference presentation. It was a much more pleasant experience than I expected – my advice is to come up with a topic and format quickly because a lot of time will be spent hearing everyone’s ideas out and figuring out how to best incorporate them so that everyone has a piece of the conference.

The one on one afterwards was very relaxed. A second-year student who was observing our team just asked me what I thought of the TBD, why MBA now, why Wharton, and I had a chance to ask him questions. Just waiting to hear back now.

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