30-minute blind interview with a first-year student. It was fairly casual and more like a conversation. The three questions were: 1. Tell me about yourself/Walk me through your resume. 2. What are you short-term and long-term goals? 3. Why Columbia/Why NYC?
Fridays from the Frontline: Making Kellogg History by Winning the Venture Capital Investment Competition
In this week’s Fridays from the Frontline, get a behind-the-scenes view of Northwestern Kellogg MBA students’ prep for the annual Venture Capital Investment Competition. Making Kellogg History by Winning the Venture Capital Investment Competition By Hayley Bohart (2Y 2022) “The best way to break into Venture Capital: do the job before you get the job.” This advice should sound familiar to anyone looking to land a role in VC after business school. I heard it myself when I started my Kellogg MBA journey this past fall, and I wondered how someone might crack this chicken-or-egg conundrum and gain VC experience... Read more »
Juno’s MBA Series aims to bring transparency to the MBA application process. In this series, we’ll interview MBA students about their paths and decision-making process. The subject of this piece has asked to remain anonymous, so we’ll refer to them as Jane. Before Kellogg Since her undergraduate days at The University of Texas at Austin, Jane has been focused on building a career in business. She majored in marketing and minored in finance before graduating in 2017 and entering the banking industry. Eventually, she transferred to the supply chain and operations side and took on a project management role.... Read more »
Two NYU Stern MBA students, Kidae Hong and Claire Park, share their entrepreneurial and tech experience in bringing a new sense of community to life during the COVID-19 pandemic. How Covid Led Us to Build an Online Networking Platform for MBAs By Kidae Hong and Claire Park, NYU Stern School of Business (MBA ’21) Stumbling on a Problem Kidae Hong and Claire Park, NYU Stern School of Business (MBA ’21) In December of 2019, fresh from completing our first semester in NYU Stern’s full-time MBA program, Kidae held his birthday party in our small studio apartment in Hell’s Kitchen. We... Read more »
It was a very conversational interview with the Adcom. Below are the questions that I was asked. Walk me through resume. Short-term career goals? Biggest professional accomplishment? Why MBA? Why Kellogg? Working with a diverse team? Challenges? Rewards? Strengths and weaknesses from teammates? Where something went wrong on your team. Strongest and weakest part of my candidacy. What do I do for fun? Anything we haven’t discussed that you want to talk about?
This person was an adcom member and 2nd-year student which touched on a bit of resume and applicated based questions. The questions I was asked were: Tell me about yourself. Why MBA? Why Kelley? What is your leadership style? Have you ever worked with someone difficult? Any questions for me? The interview was a great experience and had no major surprises. Kelley people are really nice and just wanted to get to know me better.
Interview was Zoom-based with an alum from GSB in business casual clothing. Interview was straightforward as any other GSB interview — the format was an hour long with 10 minutes remaining for any questions for the interviewer. The interview was mainly structured as me talking him through my resume and double-click questions throughout: + Talk me through your resume. + What was it like growing up in [Country]? + What was your most impactful moment as an Analyst at [Company]? + Why did you move from [Company] to [Company]? + Tell me about a time at [Company] where you felt... Read more »
You’ve got your grades and (maybe) your test scores. You’ve put in the time and effort at work, and have accomplishments and skills to show for it. You’re active and involved in your community, however you define it. You have the raw materials. So how do you put them together into a compelling MBA application? Join us for our Application Overview Event Series to get answers to just that question! We’re hosting two events next month – on May 5th & May 12th @ 12pm ET (both Wednesdays) – each with representatives from five leading business schools. We’ll start with 60-minute roundtable panel.... Read more »
Getting into an MBA program is a significant accomplishment. But for many, it’s the first step in a longer career journey. So what comes next? First-year MBA students are often surprised by how early the internship recruiting process begins, especially for highly coveted positions in areas like management consulting and finance. Students need to hit the ground running to make the most of on-campus opportunities and set themselves up for success in this competitive process. It’s never too soon to start planning for MBA recruiting activities. And with that in mind, we’re excited to be hosting an employer panel this... Read more »
This week in Fridays from the Frontline, current UCLA Anderson MBA student, Lorie Xi, shares her key lessons from the first year in business school. Student Perspectives: My Takeaways from the First Half of Business School By Lorie Xi, UCLA Anderson MBA ’22 This year is definitely special. Regarding what happened around the world, we started the school fully virtual. Even though I haven’t physically been at school, I think I have had a very fruitful six months. During winter break, I spent some time thinking of the most important things I have learned while at Anderson: 1. Networking and... Read more »
The 2020-2021 MBA admissions cycle is coming to a close. At this point, many of our community members are weighing their options for business school next fall semester. Meanwhile, others have made their school choice and are looking forward to matriculating in the coming months. How do prospective students decide where to enroll? We certainly have some idea – but we want to hear directly from you! Clear Admit is conducting an online survey to explore the factors that are most important to MBA admits as they’re evaluating admissions offers. This survey will take you 10 minutes to complete. If you’ve been accepted into to a... Read more »
Duke Fuqua Daytime MBA student, Nwaka Isamah, shares her transformative journey through business school, amid personal and global challenges in this week’s Fridays from the Frontline. How Learning to Lean on My Fuqua Community Made Me A Better Leader By Nwaka Isamah, Daytime MBA ’21 The most challenging aspect of my leadership experience was last summer when I felt like I could barely balance life personally and professionally. The first wave of COVID-19 hit, classes were now virtual, my internship had been shortened, and I was grappling with how to build an inclusive community through it all. What I did... Read more »
Round 3 Zoom interview with a first-year MBA student – I didn’t learn who the interviewer was until only a couple minutes before the interview. Application submitted 3/30, interview invitation received on 4/5, interviewed on 4/9 (still waiting to receive final admissions decision). Interview was pretty standard – I can’t remember every single question, but everything he asked was covered in other McCombs interview reports here on Clear Admit. I liked the interviewer and we had brief bits going off-script, but he was just reading through a list of questions and typing as I responded. The interview itself lasted 45... Read more »
My interview with UNC KF was with a member of the admissions committee. She mentioned that since she was part of the admissions committee she had read parts of my application (and then tailored some of her questions towards that). Questions included: Usual Tell me about yourself questions Why I want the MBA/Why the MBA now Why I want to go into my intended career path A question I wasn’t expecting was “What is one thing that people assume about you that ISN’T true?” Why is racial equity important and what does it mean to you? And then tying it... Read more »
I interviewed with one of the adcom officers of McCombs. Out of all my interviews, this one was the only one where I felt very uncomfortable and self-conscious. The moment the interviewer saw me, his demeanor completely changed. He did not seem interested in learning more about me and when I was asking questions about the school or program, he had a very lackluster response. For example, I asked what was the best part about the McCombs culture? His response was, “oh… the people. I really like the people who are in the school.” Normally, interviewers would answer in great... Read more »
In this week’s Fridays from the Frontline, we bring you a story of hope, perseverance and resilience from a current Harvard Business School student. Omar Aboulezz, HBS MBA ’21, shares his journey of applying to the program three times before finally finding success. The Art of Perseverance and Resilience – Reapplying to HBS By Omar Aboulezz, HBS MBA ’21 My name is Omar Aboulezz, and I’d like to share with you a bit about my journey to HBS and how I persevered through multiple setbacks. Nearly four years elapsed between starting my first HBS application and stepping foot on campus... Read more »
Hello! I was interviewed by 3 interviewers (1 alumnus (2006) and 2 alumnae (2014 and 2018)). The interview happened over Zoom and it was very conversational and stress-free. Questions: 1. Tell us about yourself. 2. Goals? What motivates them? 3. Are you sure ISB will help you achieve your goals? 4. Give an example of a post-MBA company you want to work in. Why do you want to work in this company? 5. What has motivated transitions in your career? 6. What are your 3 biggest achievements? 7. How did you convince your last employer to hire you despite having... Read more »
The interview was on Zoom. My interviewer was very friendly. He introduced himself and the process briefly, and then asked the standard why MBA / why now / why LBS questions. Then he asked the behavioral questions. Most of the questions were behavioral. I was expecting some questions regarding family, but surprisingly they never came. 1. When was a time you made an impact on your organization? 2. Tell me about a difficult teammate you had. 3. Tell me about a time you demonstrated leadership. The problem solving question was nothing to worry about. It was very casual and he... Read more »
The interview was for a prompt 30 minutes. – Interviewer asked me about supply chain disruptions due to COVID. How has the economy changed your work life and that of your company?(answered him in 2 ways : 1) how demand was in flux due to people losing jobs and having no income to spend on phones 2) how we were trying hard to make products in spite of these disruptions – by working with 3rd party people, govt officials, opening factories at reduced rate and making sure that safety of workers were our KPIs) – 2-3 questions related to work-related... Read more »
The MBA Series is brought to you by Juno, a collective bargaining group for student loans. In this series, we’ll interview MBA students about their paths and decision-making process. The subject of this piece has asked to remain anonymous, so we’ll refer to them as John. Before HBS Before Harvard Business School, John worked at a financial technology firm in New York. His plan had always been to attend business school, so he had been actively saving with that goal in mind. Fortunately, he was earning about $150,000 per year and was able to put about 40% of that in... Read more »