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Last Updated Apr 2, 2021 by

Fridays from the Frontline: My Experience with Meet LBS

In this week’s Fridays from the Frontline, London Business School MBA student, Jai Pareek, shares how the program has enabled connections even before matriculation. Read on for his story about the school’s new social platform, Meet LBS. My Experience with Meet LBS By Jai Pareek, LBS MBA ’23 The MBA, many of you would agree, represents a transformational journey that bridges the gulf between you and your aspirations, a journey that is marked by the deep social connections fostered along the way. While applying to LBS, I knew that my MBA was going to be a globally diverse and highly... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 1, 2021 by

Stanford GSB to Eliminate Admissions Essays, Require Video Instead

Palo Alto, CA – Citing a need for the MBA admissions world to modernize its selection process, the Stanford Graduate School of Business has unveiled a substantial change for the 2021-22 admissions cycle. The school will no longer require admissions essays, including its famed ‘What matters most?’ essay. Instead, MBA applicants will need to create a TikTok video. This new component asks applicants to, “Make a first impression on your future classmates by creating a 15-second video on the TikTok platform, preferably set to music.”  Kirsten Moss, the school’s Assistant Dean of MBA Admissions and Financial Aid, offered the following... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 1, 2021 by

Kellogg School Offers Rejected Applicants Kinder, Gentler Rejection

Evanston, IL – It’s no small secret that applying to leading MBA programs is a stressful process. While some programs take a ‘rip the band-aid off’ approach by delivering admissions decisions en masse, others slowly trickle out interview invitations or calls of congratulations, as applicants painfully sit by and wait. Looking to ease the stress and lessen the sting of rejection, the Kellogg School of Management has taken a rather unorthodox approach to delivering admissions decisions. First, the school has promised a participation trophy for each applicant, to be home-delivered by a veritable army of Kellogg alumni. Moreover, the school... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 1, 2021 by

ETS to Rebrand the GRE Test for Business School Applicants; Introduces ‘GreMAT’

Lawrenceville, NJ – Citing an increasing need to serve the growing population of MBA applicants, the Educational Testing Service (ETS) announced a business school-specific rebranding of their Graduate Record Examination (GRE), currently in use for virtually all disciplines of graduate education. ETS Director of Testing Products, Elaine Bennis, offered the following remarks: “While the market for business school has been experiencing significant growth, we were finding that some MBA applicants are reluctant to take the GRE, and we knew the branding needed a bit of a rethink. That’s why we are thrilled to introduce The Graduate Record Examination Management Aptitude... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 1, 2021 by

The “Association for Student Services, Employment & Success” Targets Clear Admit’s LiveWire

Washington, D.C. – Citing a multi-year study, a leading body of employers and career counselors has filed suit against Clear Admit, arguing that the firm’s LiveWire tool saps productivity amongst recent college graduates working in the professional world. The organization’s director, Martin McFly, stated: “Look, we get it. Young people love all kinds of newfangled social networks and tools, but this MBA LiveWire nonsense goes too far. Many of our members, from McKinsey to Microsoft, have reported that their staff members applying to business school are simply glued to clearadmit.com during work hours.”  Clear Admit’s co-founder, Graham Richmond, offered a... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 1, 2021 by

UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business to Offer Innovative New MBA Concentration

Berkeley, CA – One of the nation’s leading business schools, famous for its emphasis on innovation, social impact, and strategy, is innovating again. The Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley has introduced a new concentration focusing on the cannabis sector. Courses within the concentration will cover the historical, cultural, economic, political, legal, chemical, medicinal, and spiritual dimensions of cannabis as well as the cultivation of marijuana and hemp and the commercial development of the cannabis industry. Haas Professors Robert Weir and Gerald Garcia, who jointly head up the new concentration, issued the following statement: “It’s time that the management... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 1, 2021 by

MBA Student Interview by Juno: Varun From MIT Sloan

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 following interview was conducted with Varun from MIT Sloan.    Getting into MIT Varun was accepted into his one-year MBA program at MIT Sloan in late 2019, just months before COVID-19 shut down campuses around the world. While he was given the option of deferring acceptance, he was already mentally prepared to begin the program and decided to move forward. The Sloan program is designed for professionals who have worked for... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 31, 2021 by

Yale SOM Interview Questions & Report: Round 2 / Second-Year Student / Zoom

The interview was with a second-year student via Zoom. The interview atmosphere was fairly relaxed and conversational. The interviewer stated that he read my resume prior to the interview and had a set list of questions he had to ask. List of interview questions: 1. Please give me a 60 second introduction about yourself. 2. Tell me how you can contribute to diversity at SOM. 3. How else can you contribute to Yale? 4. Is there anything else you would like me to know? 5. What questions do you have for me? The interview itself was quite conversational. The thing... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 26, 2021 by

Stanford GSB Interview Questions & Report: Round 2 / Alum / Skype

1. Tell me about yourself. 2. What are you most proud of? (Some specific follow ups here) 3. Tell me a time you received an insight and how it changed the way you and the team progressed. 4. What is a time you had to convince someone in a group? (Digging in with follow-up questions around the events) 5. When have you failed? 6. When did you change the culture of a team? 7. Tell me about a time you have persuaded someone to give you resources (beyond the norm). 8. Why MBA? 9. Why GSB? 10. Questions for me?

Last Updated Mar 23, 2021 by

Stanford GSB Interview Questions & Report: Round 1 / Alumnus / Zoom

It was a blind interview with an alumnus – they only had access to my resume. The interview was centered around my own experiences (including challenges and failures) and reflections, instead of my accomplishments. Interviewer was very sharp, frequently challenged my views and fact-checked my statements; he had rich industry experiences. Questions: Introduce yourself. Why GSB? What is your long-term goal in life? Why? What is your personal motivation for doing this? Tell me an experience about going beyond your current role. What was the biggest challenge? Which approaches did you try? How did you influence others? When did you... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 22, 2021 by

MBA Student Interview by Juno: Sebastian Carreno from MIT Sloan

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 following interview was conducted with Sebastian Carreno from MIT Sloan.  Choosing MIT Sloan After gaining some on-the-job experience in his hometown of Caracas, Venezuela, Sebastian Carreno came to the United States to get his MBA. Completing a degree in a different country comes with its own challenges, but adding the stress and uncertainty of COVID-19 added a whole new layer of unpredictability. Despite the pandemic and all its limitations, he... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 21, 2021 by

MIT Sloan Interview Questions & Report: Round 2 / AdCom / Zoom

Interview Questions (that I can remember) in roughly the order I received them: Any updates to your application? Tell me more about your data visualization and why it’s important to you. Tell me about how your organization has done in the past 12 months. Follow-up: How did you motivate your team (in this situation)? What was your greatest accomplishment in the past 12 months? Tell me about a time when you challenged or pushed back against someone. Follow-up: How did you convince that organization (in this situation)? Tell me about a time when you had a difficult time working with... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 21, 2021 by

Cornell Johnson Interview Questions & Report: Round 2 / Second-Year Student / Skype

You leave your Skype on and wait until they call you at the appointed time. Questions that were asked: Tell me about yourself. Why MBA now? Why Cornell Johnson? What’s your back-up recruitment strategy? Name a time you showed leadership.

Last Updated Mar 20, 2021 by

MIT Sloan Interview Questions & Report: Round 2 / Adcom / Zoom

My interview was with an adcom, and the interview lasted exactly 30-minutes. We spent around five minutes talking about my data visualization. We then moved to four behavioral questions. 1) Why an MBA? Why Sloan? 2) What do you currently do at your company? 3) How has your background helped you solve client problems? 4) Tell me about a time you motivated someone to go beyond their believed capacity. Adcom then allowed me to ask questions and the adcom then asked me if there was anything else the admissions committee should know about me. Overall, my interview was very conversational,... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 18, 2021 by

Vote on the Championship Match: Post-MBA Employer Bracket

We’ve seeded this bracket with 32 companies based on popularity with our registered users. The rest is up to you. Welcome to Clear Admit’s March Madness Post-MBA Employer Bracket Challenge!Which firm will prevail?!We have two ways you can participate this month:Vote for your favorites: Where would you rather work? The winners of each match-up will be determined by your votes, so be sure to show up for your dream post-MBA employers each round.Predict the winner: The deadline to enter has passed, but you can follow along on our contest page as the results of each round come in. Bragging rights – and a $200... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 18, 2021 by

Bracket Contest Entry – March Madness: Employer Edition

Can you guess where our community members want to work after b-school?We’ve created a 32-firm bracket of popular post-MBA employers, putting them head-to-head until one victor emerges – based on our community members’ votes. And to make things even more interesting, we’re running a contest to see if anyone can predict how it will all turn out.** The deadline to enter this contest has passed, but you can still follow along using the Predictions Ranking tab below. Who will win our March Madness Employer Bracket Prediction contest? Only time – and your votes – can tell.  Contest RulesTo participate in our bracket prediction challenge,... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 15, 2021 by

Cornell Johnson Interview Questions & Report: Round 2 / Second-Year Student / Skype

The interview was very friendly and conversational. Fairly conventional and nothing particularly surprising, though it was highly tailored to my resume and background. There was definitely a strong focus on why Cornell specifically and it seemed like the interviewer was trying to assess my interest in the school. I definitely got the sense that Johnson has a strong and tight-knit culture from how the interviewer interacted with me and talked about his experience. Questions: 1. Walk me through your resume. 2. Why are you getting an MBA? 3. Why Cornell Johnson? 4. Have you spoken with any students in brand... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 15, 2021 by

Episode 152: Wire Taps—UNC Kenan-Flagler or Indiana Kelley for Consulting?

We have another episode of WireTaps for you!  As the floodgates begin to open on R2 admissions decisions, Graham and Alex touch on some key admissions tips around navigating the waitlist (should a CBS waitlist-er retake the GRE?), the importance of logical, feasible career plans (does a Canadian applicant need to focus her goals to be more consistent with her experience to date?), and the inherent challenges in choosing a program when juggling geographic and career preferences (should an admitted student pick UNC or Kelley for strategy consulting in Chicago?). Our hosts also unveil an upcoming Clubhouse event, news of... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 14, 2021 by

MIT Sloan Interview Questions & Report: Round 2 / Adcom / Zoom

Interview questions: 1. Anything else new that’s happened in your personal or professional life since your application? 2. Why did you leave your previous job? Isn’t that a pretty solid job? 3. What attracted you to where you are now? Was it a good decision? 4. Tell me about time you led a team to accomplish a goal. 5. Why MBA? 6. Why Sloan? 7. Tell me about a time you had to push back (not the same as in your application / essay). 8. Where does Sloan rank in the programs you applied to? 9. Tell me about a... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 12, 2021 by

MBA Student Interview by Juno: Abby from Michigan Ross

The MBA Student Interviews 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.  About Abby After growing up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Abby found herself interning at the Senate and House of Representatives for a period of time while in college. While this was a dream come true, it also left her wondering what was next. Fortunately, she attended a State Department information session and discovered the Critical Language Scholarship Program and in no time, she was studying in India. Abby was... Read more »

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