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Test Offered Online In Wake of COVID-19 Test Center Closings As of March 23rd, the GRE exam will be available to take from the comfort of your home. In light of public health concerns, ETS has made the exam available online in some markets. Those markets are as follows: United States Canada Colombia France Germany Italy Spain Hong Kong (China) Macau (China) There are other requirements as well, including specific hardware and environment thresholds (so you’ll want to check your computer system against ETS’s requirements, and make sure that you have an appropriate room in which to take the test).... Read more »
With the COVID-19 impacting interviews across schools, I wasn’t sure if Wharton was going to cancel the on-campus interviews, especially after hearing that the Tokyo sessions were cancelled, but I was able to get to campus and participate in the other events as well. Scheduling I scheduled for the 3:30 pm time slot so I could participate in the events (a mock lecture with lunch and a campus tour) beforehand and have some time before the TBD to do last-minute prep. Pre-Interview Events I enjoyed the mock lecture and the campus tour, but there were many people, so I couldn’t... Read more »
I had my interview on campus with a current student on Feb 14, 2020. It was one of the “Discover McCombs” day and there were about 50 prospective students. I arrived 15 minutes before my interview at the admissions office. My interviewer arrived with only my resume, and after exchanging greetings, I was escorted to a “group study” room down the hall. He gave me some background about himself and explained straight away that it was a blind interview, that he had a set list of questions, and that he’d be making notes throughout the interview. Here are most of... Read more »
Interviewer had a sheet of paper with questions and was filling them out as I went along. Second-year student had my resume, but interview was blind other than that. Overall, I didn’t really connect with my interviewer, but he was very nice and didn’t make me repeat answers to questions I had already answered just for the formality of it. The questions were relatively generic, but definitely make sure you have questions ready for your interviewer because that was 10-15 minutes of time at the end. Most of the questions were generic (Why McCombs, why an MBA now, how many... Read more »
I interviewed on a Friday, which was a little bit odd considering there are no classes on Fridays. This meant that there was less activity and buzz within the school, but overall I still had a really positive experience. My interview was a blind interview with an adcom member. It lasted about 45 minutes and was very conversational. My interviewer was super nice and chatty, which broke the ice immediately. First, she asked me to walk her through my resume. She stopped to ask a few follow-up questions throughout. We then moved onto talk about “why MBA, why now, why... Read more »
I had an on-campus interview with a first-year student. The interview was held in the MBA admissions office, which was a small suite of offices in the impressive McDonough building. The check-in process was quick and easy, and everyone was incredibly kind and helpful. The interview lasted a little over 30 minutes and was very conversational. It was a blind interview, so we started with the basic “why MBA,” “why Georgetown,” and future career goals questions, which took about half of the interview time. There were a handful of behavioral questions like “name a time you worked with a team... Read more »
The interview went just as what the reports on Clear Admit said. It was very conversational and had a lot of questions about the working experience, career choice and recruitment strategy. And it was not a blind interview. Ice breaker, about pack six (essay). Working experience, the reason of career switch. About project experience on my CV and any particular challenges. How many subordinates do you have? Describe your typical day at work. Why PE/VC? Target company? Recruitment strategy, backup plan? How to get an internship in the dream industry? Geographic preference after graduation? What do you do in your... Read more »
List of interview questions Tell me about yourself. Why MBA and why now? Why Georgetown? Tell me about a time you dealt with a difficult person. Tell me about a time you faced an issue at work. What are your thoughts on diversity? Any questions for me? I haven’t received my admission decision yet, they said they’ll give it out on the 19th. The interview went very well. The interviewer put me at ease and even discussed the interesting things the international alums are doing. There were no surprises. It was pretty straightforward, but I was also a little sleepy... Read more »
The U.S. News & World Report Best Business Schools rankings are out and there are a few surprises, especially within the top 10. For those of you who have yet to see our announcement of the ranking, the top 25 schools in this year’s edition (with last year’s rankings included for reference) are as follows: School 2021 Rank 2020 Rank Stanford University 1 (tie) 2 University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) 1 (tie) 1 Northwestern University (Kellogg) 3 (tie) 6 University of Chicago (Booth) 3 (tie) 3 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan) 5 3 Harvard University 6 3 University of California–Berkeley (Haas) 7... Read more »
Started a couple minutes late, but relatively informal in the adcom member’s office. The interviewer had not read my essays. I mostly ran through my background, talked about what led me to an MBA and why Kenan-Flagler. I was positioning myself for tech and got some follow-up questions on why I couldn’t get where I wanted to without additional schooling (I currently am an analyst at a start-up), so I’m glad I had prepped with some very specific reasons. Honestly it wasn’t my best interview ever, but I did receive an offer.
Everyone knows Wharton uses the “Team-Based Discussion” (TBD) format for their interviews, so if you are invited to interview you will be given a prompt with some deliverables that you *should* prepare some thoughts/answers to before arriving. No need to do extensive research, but be able to justify your ideas. At least this year they permit you to bring in notes, which again takes some pressure off. They are less concerned about what you say versus how you say it while interacting with the other members of your interview group. I scheduled my interview first thing in the morning (1.5... Read more »
The interview was very straight forward. We walked to a room in Rowling Hall and my interviewer had a sheet with questions. We first went through my resume before I got asked a series of standard questions – nothing out of the ordinary. I then had an opportunity to ask questions of my own, which turned into a very productive and insightful conversation. Overall, the interview started off a little stiff, but loosened up as it progressed.
Interviewed with senior adcom member at UVA Darden in late February. The interview lasted for a duration of 30 minutes. Questions asked were: Walk me through your resume, Why MBA and Why Darden? I was allowed to speak for 10-15 minutes with minimal intervention from the interviewer who was mostly taking notes. Tell me about a time you worked in a diverse setting at work. Tell me any feedback you have received at work and how have you acted upon them. Any questions for me?
Interviewed with alum in India in early Feb, 2019. It was a blind interview where the alum only had access to my resume. The total duration of the interview was 45 minutes. Questions were mostly centered around behavioural types, my career goals and fit with Team Fuqua. Walk me through your resume. Why MBA and why now? Why Fuqua? How are you evaluated in your organisation? What is your most important accomplishment at work? Describe a time when you worked well in a team setting? What were the key takeaways? What were the key takeaways from your discussions with Fuqua... Read more »
The interview was blind and the interviewer had me walk him through my resume. Questions included: Why MBA? Why now? Why Tuck? What are your biggest strengths and weaknesses? What is your greatest professional achievement? Tell me about a time when you had to help someone achieve something. I told him my thoughts about the motto of the school and that seemed to surprise him as he had not even considered it. The interview process was fairly generic till I asked the interviewer personal questions about his experience, at which point he became really interested.
The interview was very open. The interviewer started with “Tell me about yourself.” I quickly brought up my upbringing, college experience, etc., but focused most of the answer on my resume. The interviewer periodically asked me questions, but nothing related to behavioral questions. He genuinely wanted to get to know me better. I went through it all in about 20 mins and then after he said, “what else?”, which threw me off guard. I started talking about my hobbies and things I did outside of work. The interviewer wasn’t taking any notes, so it was really about if I was... Read more »
It was a very conversational interview. Since Sloan does non-blind behavioral interviews with admissions committee members, they are already familiar with your application and ask more targeted questions that allow you to frame your answers in ways that make sense to your story. Questions asked: Tell me about your background and how you ended up where you are today. Tell me about a challenge you faced in your current role. Tell me about a positive impact you had on a team / organization. Tell me about a time you had to convince someone of your idea. Why MBA / why... Read more »
Questions: 1. Are there any new updates to your application you’d like to inform the committee about? 2. Tell me about a time you dealt with conflict. The rest was specific to my resume, and industry.
I did my interview on-campus on a Saturday. They had the option to sign up for various sessions before and/or after your interview. Since my interview was at 10AM, I signed up for a career management session, led the by the director, that began at 9AM, and then a tour of the building with lunch post-interview. The career management session was helpful, as it provided detailed/helpful information about what Fuqua students do post-graduation. The tour was short, but nice to see the school nonetheless. The interview itself lasted about 45 minutes. We sat in small room, and a second-year student... Read more »
The Duke Fuqua School of Business admissions team recently hosted a chat on Clear Admit about all things Round 3. Read on for admissions advice, tips and more from Allison Jamison, the assistant dean of admissions; Meghan Pollard, Sr. associate director of admissions; Morgan Griffin, assistant director of admissions; and Jessica Brown, associate director of admissions. The chat transcript has been edited for clarity and content. What are the chances for an international applicant in Round 3? We admit international students in every round including Round 3. We look forward to receiving your application! As with every round, we admit... Read more »