In this week’s Fridays from the Frontline, Lilian Izuorah, Duke Fuqua Daytime MBA ’21, sheds light on the community she found before and during business school. Being a Woman at Fuqua by Lilian Izuorah, Daytime MBA Class of 2021 One of my favorite stories is Jamaica Kincaid’s “Girl,” for reasons probably different from what the author had intended. I had lived and worked in spaces where sentences too often began with, “Women should do this,” or “A woman cannot.” That story is a reminder to brace myself when someone starts a sentence with, “Women should…” Getting an MBA was an... Read more »
The interview was taken by the Adcom member responsible for Diversity Recruitment. The interview was very conversational and lasted about 30 mins after which 15 mins were given for me to ask him any questions. Below are the questions I was asked: 1. Tell me about your life story right from your childhood through to your current job. 2. Why do you want to do an MBA? 3. Why Darden is the best fit for you? 4. What will you contribute to the Darden Class? 5. Tell me about an experience where you had to work with a diverse set... Read more »
My interview was taken by an Adcom member who was quite aged. The conversation was friendly, totally stress-free. I had to repeat a few of my answers because she wasn’t able to hear me properly. The interview spanned for around 50 mins. She aimed to keep it short as she had several other interviews to be done that same day. Below are the questions I was asked: 1. Walk me through your resume. – Several follow-ups on my experience to get a feel of what exactly my responsibilities are and on the choices I had made regarding my career. 2.... Read more »
The interview was completely conversational and conducted by a second-year student of the Program. It lasted exactly 30 minutes, where the first 22 minutes were answers on my part, and in the last part, I had the opportunity to ask my questions. Initially, the questions were basic and then a bit more specific: 1) Tell me about yourself. 2) Why an MBA? 3) Short and long-term goals? 4) Why McDonough? 5) Thoughts on diversity. 6) What am I proud of? 7) Example of leadership in my career. The interview was quite relaxed and from the first moment, the interviewer made... Read more »
The interview was conversational. The interviewer kept the mood lighthearted, yet the questions were quite insightful. I had a long interview, lasted an hour and a quarter, but I didn’t seem to notice the time when I was interviewing. Questions- Tell me about yourself. Why MBA? Which schools have you applied to, where does Fuqua stand on the list? Some of my entrepreneurial ideas. Example of a leadership experience, what did I learn from it? One weakness? Who is my role model? How have I emulated those qualities in my career? Example of a time the team came together really... Read more »
The interview was application-based, very conversational, and lasted for about 1.5 hours. It was conducted virtually via Zoom by an alumnus based in my country. The experience was enjoyable as the conversation felt natural and amicable. They emphasised that the interview is merely a part of the process and not a decisive factor in the final decision. They told me of past examples when applicants they enjoyed interviewing weren’t accepted, while applicants they thought were “mediocre at best” were admitted. They believe the interviews aren’t playing a unique role compared to other elements of the application. The interviewer was intelligent,... Read more »
Interviewer began by saying this was just an opportunity to learn more about me, and that it was resume-based. These were the questions I was asked (not in the correct order and I may be missing a few). How did you hear about USC Marshall? What are a few traits you admire in a leader? Follow up, is there anyone that comes to mind in your life that emulates these traits? What skills are you most proud of? What is your 10-year plan? How do you go about setting and achieving goals? How will Marshall help you reach your goals?... Read more »
My interview was mostly school-specific, with some behavioral questions. I think it was supposed to be resume-based, but he didn’t ask much about it. It was extremely conversational and there was good rapport. Lasted for an hour, but we were done with questions for me after 35. The questions (may not be exact, but the gist should be there) included: (Notably, did not ask me to walk him through my resume, which threw me off big time since I had to work it in a bit as I talked about why an MBA/why Haas?) Why an MBA? Why Haas? Elaborate... Read more »
Georgetown / Round 2 / Feb 17 Via Zoom with Second Year Student (Only had resume) Questions 1. Tell me about yourself/walk me through your resume. 2. Why MBA? 3. Why Georgetown? 4. Leadership experience with diversity? 5. What current events are following? 6. Where does Georgetown rank for you? Notes: Very straightforward (no surprises) and relaxed. Not many follow on questions. Lasted about 30 minutes.
Three Chicago Booth MBA students share insights into b-school life and what it’s like to be student group co-chairs in this week’s Fridays from the Frontline. Getting Involved at Booth – What it Means to Lead and to Serve By Kailin Fu, Chicago Booth MBA ’21 When talking with prospective students, I am often asked about leadership opportunities at Booth and time management. When I share information about demonstrating leadership as a co-chair, there are even more questions about the value of that role and balancing that with classes and recruiting. That’s why I decided to talk with three Boothies... Read more »
Resume-based interview with first-year student. Interview was very conversational with the following questions: Why Georgetown McDonough? Why MBA? Short term and long term goals? Talk about your leadership style. Still awaiting admissions decision, which will be released in mid-March. Interview was conversational with a handful of prepared questions and the interviewer was able to share about the program and the clubs/organizations offered on campus. Was surprised by how many “Centers” on policy and business offered by McDonough as a partnership between students/faculty and business leaders. Notably the Center for Financial Markets and Policy has still been very active hosting panels... Read more »
Got an invite on 25th Feb. Scheduled it for 23rd. I was interviewed by a 2nd year. The interview was formal but relaxed. The questions asked are very general with no curveballs. The interviewer was very engaging in the conversation. Lasted 45 mins. Questions in order (mostly): 1. Take me through your professional journey. What did you learn at each stage? 2. Tell me about a time you had to come up with an innovative solution. 3. What are your short-term and long-term goals? 4. What are the top 3 companies you would like to work for in the short... Read more »
Is a Deferred Enrollment MBA Program for you? Full-time MBA programs traditionally require several years of full-time work experience. But deferred enrollment MBA programs allow candidates to apply – and secure a seat in a future class – during their senior years of college. What makes someone a good fit for this kind of program? And what are schools looking for in applicants? Hear directly from five leading programs on these important topics! In this 45-minute panel event, we spoke with representatives from five leading MBA programs to learn about their deferred enrollment opportunities. Specifically, we covered: Program structures and... Read more »
Interview was with a first year student. Overall it was conversation-like. Blind interview with resume only. Questions were: 1. Tell me about yourself. 2. Tell me about a time you worked in teams. 3. Tell me about a time you led change in an organization. 4. Why McDonough? 5. What is your greatest weakness? 6. Short term and long term goals? 7. What are your core values? 8. What schools am I applying to? 9. If accepted, are there any challenges to saying yes to Georgetown? 10. Questions for interviewer Interview was about 25 minutes and went by very quick.
Interview was very conversational and lasted 30-minutes on the dot: 5 minutes for intros, 25 minutes for behavioral interview questions, and 5 minutes for me to ask questions. I was asked the following questions: -Walk through resume. -Why MBA? Why now? -Why McDonough? -Can you provide an example of a time you had a conflict with a manager? How did you go about addressing the conflict? -Can you provide an example of a time when you worked in a cross-cultural environment? What were some challenges you faced? What did you learn? -Can you provide an example of a time when... Read more »
Very friendly and conversational interview experience. Walk me through your resume. Describe a situation where you came up with a unique solution. What has been the biggest challenge so far? What did you learn as a professional especially from the impact of the Covid-19? What are your short- and long-term goals? Why MBA and why now? What makes you want to stay in the tech? Do you have any specific company you want to work at? Should those not work out, what is your backup plan? (Plan B) Why McCombs? What do you plan to bring to the McCombs environment... Read more »
My interview was a resume based interview with an alumnus, with a few behavioral questions. It was very conversational and lasted for an hour. The questions included: Tell me about yourself ST and LT Goals Why MBA? Why Haas? Why now? Tell me about a time you fostered DEI. Tell me about a time you managed conflict among a diverse team. What is the biggest risk you have taken? It was a standard interview and what surprised me was that there were a lot of follow-up questions, but I feel it went alright. Definitely my top choice and hope to... Read more »
As expected, Carlson Interview was relaxed and conversational. The admissions team member had my resume on the side to refer to. She was very kind and humble and asked me few Basic questions such as – walk me through your resume? Why MBA, why now? There were few behavioral questions like tell me a time when you took a risk, etc. She also confirmed that this year is exceptionally competitive, so brace-up!
In this edition of Fridays from the Frontline, Harvard Business School MBA student, Rashveena Rajaram, discusses moving career treks and conferences online amidst the pandemic. HBS Virtual Treks, How Student Clubs Are Adapting to the New Normal By Rashveena Rajaram, HBS MBA ’22 Career treks and conferences organized by student clubs remain fundamental elements of the MBA experience at HBS. Like other events, though, clubs had to move these signature treks online. The VCPE Venture Capital Trek was one of these events. The high caliber of past events and students’ expectations that the trek would be a major opportunity in... Read more »
Interviewed in the Round 1 cycle via zoom by a second-year student. Overall, the interview was fairly laid back because of the student’s personality, but it was very structured. He read from a list of questions that seemed to have been prepared in advance by the admissions office, and took time to type answers to many of my questions. Most questions were basic, including the following: – Tell me about yourself. – Why an MBA? – Why now? – Why McCombs? – What are your short and long term goals? – Tell us about a time in which you worked... Read more »