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Michigan / Ross MBA Interview Report: Round 3 / Second-year Student / On-Campus

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The following Michigan / Ross MBA interview report was submitted to Clear Admit by a Round 3 applicant. Good luck to them!

I attended the Round 3 Interview Day at Ross. There is only one on-campus interview day for Round 3, and there were about 45 people there. A week before the interview, Ross will invite you to a GroupMe Group to get in touch with other interviewees. We used the group to plan out rideshares from the airport and also schedule a dinner for the night before the interview. This was really awesome, and just emphasizes Ross’s collaborative culture.
Warning to all applicants. Ann Arbor is flooded with undergraduates and is a complete collegetown. It’s very similar to Ithaca, New York. The undergraduate population is huge and can be overwhelming and Ann Arbor is not at all an urban environment.

The day started off with the interviews. We were separated into two timeslots, one that interviewed at 9 and the other at 930. I interviewed in the first slot, while the second group had time to mingle with the other interviewees/ current students. The interview was with a current second-year student. He had absolutely nothing in common with me career-wise and the interview was blind. He took notes on his computer the entire time, which was distracting as I couldn’t make eye contact. There were definitely a few curve ball questions.

Questions were:

Why MBA?
Why Ross?
What was your motivation for pursuing each of your jobs/roles?
What do you do in your current role?
What are your most proud of career-wise?
Describe yourself in a newspaper headline. (curveball)
Describe a time when you had a conflict with someone at work.
Any questions? (I had a ton)

After both groups interviewed, we were led to a pizza restaurant for the group interview session. The groups were of 6 people, and there were two second-year students moderating. I thought the group interview was excellent, and also highlighted Ross’s collaborative community and unique approach.

First part was an individual exercise/ice breaker warm-up. Everyone choose two words from a bag – one word was a business type and the other was an object. Using those two words, everyone had to come up with a short story. Some of the stories people chose were personal experiences, others were completely made up. My words both sucked, so I just made up a completely ridiculous story.

For the actual group exercise, we all pooled our ‘object’ words and one of the moderators chose one of the ‘business types’. We need had to use our object words to come up with a business problem and solution for the business type and presented it to the two second year students. It was a lot of fun! Then we had ate pizza.

The rest of the day was student panels, tour of Ross building (beautiful, but filled with undergrads), and ended with a mock class taught by a professor who was voted one of the best 40 under 40 business school professors.

Fun and activity filled day!

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