In this edition of Fridays from the Frontline, INSEAD MBA ’21J, Cecily Liu, sheds light on building and maintaining connections during a pandemic. Cementing Friendships During COVID Self-isolation By Cecily Liu, INSEAD MBA ’21J Self-isolation paints a scary picture during COVID times. For many, the thought of attending MBA classes via Zoom while being confined to a tiny room is a significant compromise to the campus experience, and potentially a nightmare. But having being thrown unexpectedly into this situation for two weeks, my perspective transformed. The care, support and friendships I experienced during this period taught me that we as... Read more »
The interview – application + two pre-interview essays-based – felt like a genuine free-flowing conversation rather than interviewing with a person who needs to go through a specific set of questions before the interview ends (the feeling one has when interviewing with students and alumni). It lasted for about 40 minutes and was extremely enjoyable. The interviewer seemed to have enjoyed it as well and was very amicable (contrary to what I’ve read online, the interview was far from being “too serious,” and the adcom tried to make me feel comfortable). Given the interview is application-based and personal, I think... Read more »
Whether in the hospital or at home, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced challenges that can only be resolved with innovation and determination. In this special feature, four Johnson Cornell Tech MBA alumni discuss how the companies they have launched introduce solutions to obstacles during the pandemic. Enroute Facilitates Patient Care Enroute Co-founders, Mike Kosnik, CEO, and Samson Schirmer, CPO Johnson Cornell Tech MBA alumni Mike Kosnik and Samson Schirmer created Enroute. As medical professionals around the world face the uncharted waters of a global health crisis, Enroute has found a way to make hospitals with simultaneously over-capacity and under-resourced hallways... Read more »
Had a fairly conversational interview with an alum that consisted of the standard questions (Tell me about yourself, why MBA, why LBS) as well as some questions about my resume and behavioral questions. My interviewer had already read through my application so there wasn’t a ton of probing questions on my motivations for b-school since it was already in the app. One unexpected question was what other schools I was applying to- makes sense since LBS is very concerned about yield, so this is important to have a good answer prepared about why you would prefer LBS vs. other schools.... Read more »
This was a very conversational interview! I had a great time talking to the interviewer about my background. The list of questions are the following: 1. Why MBA? Why now? Why Kenan-Flagler? 2. What are your short-term goals and long-term goals? 3. What are some activities / organizations you would like to be a part of? 4. Tell me about a time you worked with a team / leadership skills. Overall, the interview went well. I was given the last 10 minutes to ask questions about the program / school. Yesterday, I received an acceptance letter from UNC! Super excited!... Read more »
Interviewed with a second-year student working in an unrelated field to me. Very relaxed, resume-based interview. No surprises, they follow a script. Biggest professional achievement? ST/LT goals Why MBA? Why Yale? How will you contribute to diversity at Yale? Tell me about your quote? A time when you listened to someone and they changed your mind (using active listening). Overall advice is to keep your story straight and practice a lot. The 30 mins time constraint is strict. Have 2-3 max questions at them for the end. Good luck to whoever is reading this!
I was interviewed my an adcom member via Skype. The adcom member read my application completely including the essays. Below are the questions she asked: 1. Tell me about you experience in XXX Bank, your career progression and why you want to do an MBA? 2. What’s your career goal? 3. Why an MBA from US and why Kenan-Flagler? 4. What is the most challenging thing you have done at work, which you are proud of?
The interview was with an adcom and it was application based. She informed me at the start that she did have access to my entire application. It was a fairly standard interview, asking about my past experience. She asked why Kenan-Flagler specifically. She also asked about the diversity component in the application and how my current job works with diverse backgrounds. Not much surprised me throughout, there were no curveball questions.
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 »