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I interviewed on campus with a member of the admissions team. Flew in the day before so spent time around campus before the interview. I highly, highly, highly recommend getting to campus for your interview or before to get a feel – and this is especially true for Stern, which has a different vibe being in a big city. Interview was very conversational. You can tell they are truly trying to validate fit with the school more than anything else. A question that caught me off guard was: 1) What will your recruitment strategy be for internships? Other than that,... Read more »
As the coronavirus / COVID-19 sweeps the globe, MBA applicants are asking some probing questions. We have already touched on how the virus has impacted testing, recruiting, and fairs, and we have also offered up tips to ace a video interview for applicants who are dealing with cancellations of face-to-face meetings, but today we are turning our attention to the Clear Admit community on LiveWire. In a recent post, one applicant speculated that COVID-19 may impact acceptance rates for specific countries… While we are not so sure the virus will impact the decisions that admissions officers give out, a very... Read more »
The interview was very scripted. The interviewer refused to shake hands due to germs (corona-virus is currently going around for those who read this in the future). She had a checklist of questions and took notes of some of what I said. She did not record my entire answers, presumably only what she felt was necessary to write up her report. Despite the scripted format, she was very friendly and the interview was somewhat conversational. She had not seen my application, and questions were all relatively straightforward: work experience, behavioral questions, why McCombs, goals, etc. As a re-applicant, I noticed... Read more »
Had two alumni interviews in Toronto. One was at the alumni’s office, the other at a hotel lobby nearby the others office. Both interviews were laid back and conversational. Both began with tell me about your career path so far, your reasons for doing an MBA, and your intended career trajectory. Both also asked ‘why INSEAD over another school?’ While both these lines of questioning were expected, I was surprised there weren’t any technical or situational questions. This led me to believe that INSEAD would rather qualitatively get to know their candidates in the interview process and have already vetted... Read more »
Was given a case study 48 hours prior to my scheduled interview. (Typical Product Management Problem Solving) During the first ~10 minutes of the interview, I was asked to walk through my case study and explain my reasoning/line of thought and defend some of my points. During the 2nd half of the interview, was asked: -What I intended to do post-mba -Why Cornell Tech -What my management style was -What questions I had for the interviewer Atmosphere: -Friendly -Light-hearted
I applied through the Consortium to Cornell Johnson. Standard behavioral interview. Prompts include: Walk me through your resume. Tell me about your leadership style. Why Johnson? How will you contribute to our community? The interviewer will have a list of questions about potential weaknesses in your application, and ask you about them. It was pretty laid back, but professional.
I have two interviewers that were scheduled on 2 separate days of a week. They were both very friendly. The first one is in the industry (consulting). that I would like to get into, the second one works in an industry that is completely different (retail). Some basic questions were asked: my background, my MBA goals, what do I do outside of work, … Both interviews were relaxing. I also had a chance to ask questions about their MBA experience, and what advice they would give to me to achieve my goals.
Was one of the hardest interviews of my life. Maybe 25 questions in 30 minutes, but very non-chalant so I felt somewhat off-guard throughout. Asked me about everything that essentially wasn’t explored in my application, which I didn’t like given I didn’t dive into it my application for a reason (other parts were just uninteresting or not passionate for me). Picked up on 1-4 words I included in my long-term career goals and really drilled down (maybe unfairly given they were mere examples, but also I provided those…). Kept looking down at watch. Left feeling pretty good, but ultimately not... Read more »
Took place in a hotel lobby off-campus. Very pleasant interview – alum graduated from Booth a few years ago and it was very much like a conversation. It was clear that the alum wanted to know me better – I had sent a resume and he’d clearly read through it beforehand and knew about my previous work history. I brought extra copies but he didn’t need a copy, and he jotted down quick notes as I answered questions throughout the interview. Questions he asked included: Why MBA? Why Booth? How will you contribute to Booth’s community? Who’s your personal hero?... Read more »
I don’t think I’m adding much new information here with this report, as my interview was very similar to all the other reports here. I called the interviewer the day I got the invite and we set up a time that worked with his schedule in the 7-10 day window requested by the GSB. We used a walk-up conference room off the lobby of his office for our scheduled 1-hour meeting. We began by exchanging pleasantries and chatted for a bit before he explained the usual (behavioral interview, he’d be writing notes, don’t be bothered by it, time for questions... Read more »
I interviewed on campus with a 2nd-year student. The interviews take place in two sessions in the morning – a blue round, and a maize round. I was in the first round, so I interviewed around 8:40am. My interview was very conversational. We chatted for about 5-10 minutes before even getting into the classic “Tell me about yourself.” It was in a small conference room and the interviewer typed notes as I talked and made eye contact occasionally and asked follow-ups. Questions asked: Tell me about yourself. Why MBA / Why Now / Goals? Why Ross? Time you had a... Read more »
The interview was relaxed and conversational. It was a blind interview, as the interviewer only had access to my resume. The questions followed a pattern that seems consistent with other reports. The interview began with the interviewer detailing some of his background – he had a CS degree, worked in tech consulting and was attending Anderson to move to Tech PM role. He asked the following questions: 1. Tell me about yourself. 2. Why an MBA? 3. Why now? 4. Why Anderson? 5. What do you want to do after the MBA? 6. What other paths have you considered if... Read more »
My interview was with Heather Holland, a member of the Admissions Committee. She started the interview by introducing herself and gave a brief overview of what a blind interview is. She was nice and friendly right off the bat. Questions I was asked: 1. Walk me through your resume. 2. Why do you want an MBA and why now? 3. What are some of the things you considered when selecting a school for your MBA? 4. How will you contribute to the Emory community if you are admitted? 5. How will you contribute to the Emory community as an Alumni?... Read more »
The conventional wisdom is that by March, most of the available seats in the incoming MBA class have been filled by R1 and R2 applicants, so it’s best to wait for the following fall to apply. Is applying in Round 3 worthwhile? Don’t despair! Our friends at Duke Fuqua are hosting a free chat on Clear Admit about this very topic – and you might be surprised by what they have to say. They’ll be covering: Dispelling myths about applying in Round 3 What the AdCom is really looking for in your application Common Round 3 mistakes you can avoid... Read more »
Very chill interview, with the student asking me to walk through my resume and tell all of my “why stories” (i.e. why an MBA, why UCLA, why now, why your current career, etc.). We spent about 20-25 minutes on me and spent the last portion of the interview asking him questions about the program. The Skype session was very easy to set up and the process was very professional.
The interview was very conversational. I really felt like the interviewer was genuinely interested in learning about my experience and asked many clarifying questions. The questions below are just what I could remember: He spent a few moments introducing his career and experience at Booth. Questions: How did you get to where you are today? What are your three strengths and three areas of improvement? Detailed / specifics about my resume (team management & collaboration/diversity) What is your 5-yr 10-yr plan and how does Booth fit into that? Asked more details about my desired academic path at Booth Why an... Read more »
Very friendly! Are there any updates on your candidacy since you submitted your application? What do you do in your current role? Why are you pursuing an MBA? Tell me about a time when you were successful in helping a co-worker. Tell me about a time when you were unsuccessful. Tell me about a time where you did not have the information/tools you needed to complete a task. Tell me about a time you worked with people from different cultures. Why Tepper? What do you do in your free time? Any questions for me?
Very conversational and relaxed. 40 mins for interview questions and 5-10 mins for my questions. Walk me through your resume. Why MBA / Anderson? Questions about my short- and long-term goals Questions about my community involvement Tell me about a time you worked on a diverse team. What is your biggest strength & weakness? Clear Admit Resources Preparing for your UCLA / Anderson MBA admissions interview? Check out Clear Admit’s other resources: Clear Admit UCLA / Anderson Interview Guide: Strategic tips for approaching Anderson’s interview questions, and more. Interview Archive: More firsthand accounts from UCLA Anderson MBA applicants themselves Understanding the... Read more »
Applicant-initiated interview on-campus. It was a pretty good interview; most of the questions were in line with my expectations. They really do turn it into a full day at Tuck, which I thought made a lot of sense (they are clearly aware that they’re at a relative disadvantage due to location, and know they really need people to fall in love with the culture / vibe of the school). I personally really enjoyed the day and true to form, everyone was incredibly nice and helpful. Walk me through your resume. Why an MBA / why Tuck? Tell me about a... Read more »
This was during their “Super Saturday” interview day, so there were about 100 other students on campus that had interviews. During this day there was also scheduled programming like lunch, panels, and hearing from faculty. A very structured day and I left feeling great about the school. Questions: Walk me through your resume. What are your goals? My interviewer also asked me to elaborate on my long-term goal. What was my vision and what soft-skills will I need to make it a reality. This one caught me off guard! Why Anderson? What are your strengths and weaknesses? Tell me about a... Read more »