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UPenn / Wharton Interview Questions & Report: Round 1 / Adcom / Off-Campus Hub

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The following UPenn / Wharton interview questions and report were submitted to Clear Admit by a Round 1 applicant. Good luck to them!

I was invited for a team-based discussion (TBD) at a local off-campus location at McKinsey office. I made sure to arrive 30 minutes early so that I could blend in and break the ice with my team. We had a nice chat for about 15 mins before we were approached by the adcom member who briefed us on the TBD format and what to expect. Soon after we were invited into a spacious conference room where we got seated as per our name-tags. After a brief chat we were each asked to introduce ourselves and what major we intended to pursue at Wharton. After the introduction, the adcom started the clock which was placed at the center of the round table. After a 1 minute pitch on the topic that each of us had prepared beforehand, we proceeded to arrive at the agenda and a mutually agreed topic. It was the usual TBD till the end which ended with us presenting our discussion summary to the adcom.

Right after the TBD, the adcom, having access to my resume only, proceeded with my 10 minute personal interview. It started with a usual question on what role did I apply during TBD and is it my usual role at work? Then she asked me about my career goals and why I wanted to pursue MBA at Wharton. Lastly, she asked me if I had any questions for her.

Overall, I had a very positive experience of both the TBD and the short interview. It was not surprising to me that everyone was trying to be nice and avoiding any interruptions or arguments, but atleast it helped us stay on course to complete the discussion and come up with an acceptable proposal. The questions in the interview were nothing one should not expect or be prepared for. The experience clearly showed how integral Wharton considers teamwork and collaboration dynamics to be.

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