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Last Updated Feb 16, 2011 by

Wiki Wednesdays: Submit an MBA Interview Report from NYU / Stern, LBS, Oxford / Said, or Stanford and Win a $10 Amazon Gift Card!

Welcome again to Wiki Wednesdays, Clear Admit’s weekly summary of interview reports recently added to the Clear Admit Wiki!  Round 2 interviews are in full swing at many MBA programs now, so we’ve received quite a few new additions for schools such as Dartmouth / Tuck, Chicago / Booth, and Northwestern / Kellogg.  Earlier this week, a candidate for Stanford GSB sent us this account of a Round 2 interview with an alum: “I interviewed today with an alum in New York City. We met at her office and the interview lasted about 45 minutes. The interviewer was very friendly,... Read more »

Last Updated Feb 16, 2011 by

Dartmouth / Tuck MBA Admissions Interview Questions 2011

Welcome to another edition of interview questions posted to the Clear Admit Wiki, a resource for MBA applicants to discuss their thoughts on the admissions process. This candidate to Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business interviewed via Skype with a current student: “Warm conversation Questions: Tell me about yourself in campus and in your work. Why MBA and your long-run goal. Why Tuck Give me an example to deal with the difficulties or another difficult teammate. How to be involved in Tuck. Weakness. Then my questions: What kind of uniqueness of leadership Tuck brings to its MBA candidates? Learn something about... Read more »

Last Updated Feb 15, 2011 by

Cambridge’s Judge Business School Taps INSEAD Professor as New Dean

The University of Cambridge’s Judge Business School has named Christopher Loch as its next director (dean), the Financial Times reported yesterday. Loch comes to Judge from INSEAD, where he is a management professor specializing in product innovation. He will assume the director’s role at Judge on September 1st. Loch called his move from INSEAD to Judge “a gigantic opportunity” that will allow him to work with other departments within the larger university, the FT reports. Loch succeeds Arnoud De Meyer, who left Judge more than a year ago after just four years in his post and became president of Singapore... Read more »

Last Updated Feb 15, 2011 by

Trivia Tuesday: The Academic Commitment at UVA’s Darden School

It’s time again for another edition of Trivia Tuesday, our weekly consideration of the policies and practices that differentiate the student experience at the leading business schools. This week we turn our attention to the unusual class meeting structure in place at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. Darden has a reputation for being a demanding academic program, though the school has chosen to schedule its courses creatively to help students get – and give – as much as possible in the academic arena. Darden’s class schedule during the week is markedly different from those of its peer... Read more »

Last Updated Feb 14, 2011 by

[email protected] and Wipro Launch Global Innovation Tournament

In an effort to draw creative solutions in the areas of sustainability and customer-centric innovation, the online journal of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School has partnered with India-based IT solutions provider Wipro Technologies to conduct a global innovation tournament in 2011. The deadline for entries for this event is March 7th. The [email protected] Innovation Tournament, now in its second year, is designed to solicit creative and practical ideas that will have a measurable impact on business and society. The idea for the tournament grew from a book by Wharton professors Christian Terwiesch and Karl Ulrich entitled Innovation Tournaments: Creating and... Read more »

Last Updated Feb 14, 2011 by

Admissions Tip: Waitlist Correspondence

In addition to actively evaluating the applications of Round Two applicants at this time of year, many top programs revisit their Round One waitlists and consider the strength of those individuals with respect to the new information about the pool. While schools vary in their receptivity to correspondence from applicants, those programs that do welcome additional materials offer a great chance for waitlisted candidates to reaffirm their interest in the school and keep themselves fresh in the mind of the adcom. With the notification dates for a number of second round schools coming up in a manner of weeks, we... Read more »

Last Updated Feb 12, 2011 by

GMAT Tips: Strategic Guessing on the GMAT

Today’s GMAT tip comes from Kaplan. In this article, Kaplan GMAT instructor Bret Ruber provides advice on how to guess strategically on quantitative problems: Almost every GMAT quantitative problem can be solved in more than one way.  Some of the various approaches to GMAT math questions include picking numbers, backsolving and doing the straightforward algebra.  But you will encounter some GMAT problems that you are unable to solve.  Because the GMAT is a computer adaptive test, this does not necessarily mean you are doing poorly.  It just means that you will be faced with a problem on which you will... Read more »

Last Updated Feb 11, 2011 by

MBA Alumni Report Rising Salaries, Recovering Employment Rates

MBA compensation packages have surpassed pre-recession levels and employment rates are almost back to where they were before the economic downturn, according to research conducted by the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC), which owns the GMAT exam. The results of the 2010 GMAC Alumni Perspectives Survey, which drew responses from 3,490 business school graduates who earned their degrees between 2000 and 2010, reveal a median base salary of more than $94,500, up from the $89,000 recorded in 2007. Of respondents to the most recent survey, 93 percent were employed, up from 90 percent in GMAC’s 2009 alumni survey and just... Read more »

Last Updated Feb 11, 2011 by

Fridays From the Frontline

Hello and welcome to Fridays From the Frontline, Clear Admit’s regular round up of the experiences of MBA applicants and current students. This week found many an applicant receiving interview invites while current students were dealing with exams and recruiting. The Log finally took the TOEFL and eagerly awaited his scores, which should arrive in about two weeks. Random Wok utilized his OCD tendencies to create a interview preparation checklist. Nick received an email expressing interest in his candidacy based on his nationality, and drafted a letter back explaining the stumbling blocks he would face in pursuing the opportunity. JM... Read more »

Last Updated Feb 10, 2011 by

Twitter Thursdays: News from MBA Programs

Welcome to another take of Twitter Thursdays, in which we set a spotlight on some of the top tweets from various MBA programs!  Additionally, we’ve created a list of MBA programs to ease your daily access to breaking news from the top MBA programs, as reported by admissions committee members themselves.  Follow Clear Admit for MBA updates, special prizes, admissions tips and breaking news. The Dean of UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, Jim Dean, met with deans from business schools in Korea, Switzerland and Lebanon to discuss related professional challenges. To dig deeper into women’s leadership, The Dean of UCLA Anderson, Judy... Read more »

Last Updated Feb 10, 2011 by

Harvard Business School Announces Changes to 2+2 Program

In a recent post to her Director’s Blog, Harvard Business School (HBS) Admissions Director Dee Leopold shared the details of some changes the school is implementing in its 2+2 Program, a deferred admissions program for promising college students. Specifically, the program will now include ALL college senior applicants to HBS, meaning that no college seniors without full-time work experience will be admitted to HBS directly. All college applicants will be considered “deferred admission,” that is, a place in the HBS class after two years of work experience. According to Leopold, there are no hidden messages about HBS strategy in this... Read more »

Last Updated Feb 10, 2011 by

Campus Chronicles: The Monroe Street Journal

This week in Campus Chronicles, we’re heading over to Ann Arbor, Michigan to see what The Monroe Street Journal can tell us about recent events at the Ross School of Business: On February 3rd and 4th, the Michigan Real Estate Club (MREC) attended to the 6th Annual MREC Chicago Forum.The forum’s mission is to allow current graduate students interested in pursuing careers in real estate meet with alumni professionals, and this year was no exception. Ross students were thrilled to engage in a Q&A session with UM’s own Sam Zell, Chairman of Equity Group Investments, LLC.The MREC also visited other... Read more »

Last Updated Feb 9, 2011 by

GMAT Tip: GMATPrep Q&A – Correct Verb Tense on Sentence Correction

Today’s GMAT Tip comes from our friends at Knewton.  In this post, they share advice on how to pick up on errors in verb tense.  Read on to see what they have to say! In preparation for the sentence correction portion of the GMAT, let’s go over a great question asked by one our students, Mike, about an especially deceptive GMATPrep® SC problem. Mike’s question is about the proper use of the past perfect tense, which you’ll recall is used to indicate that one past event occurred before another past event. Try the question, then read on to see where... Read more »

Last Updated Feb 9, 2011 by

Wiki Wednesdays: Submit an MBA Interview Report from Stanford, UNC / Kenan-Flagler, or UVA / Darden and Win a $10 Amazon Gift Card!

Welcome back to Wiki Wednesdays, where we present accounts of MBA interviews that have recently been posted to the Clear Admit Wiki.  We’ve received many new reports lately, including interviews at Dartmouth / Tuck, Cornell / Johnson, Michigan / Ross, and Berkeley/ Haas.  Today we’re featuring a report of an interview that a Round 2 candidate for Yale School of Management recently had via Skype with a member of the adcom: “I recently completed my Yale interview with an AdCom. It was my first interview, so I was a bit nervous about it. I used this website to prepare and... Read more »

Last Updated Feb 9, 2011 by

An Optimistic Outlook Can Have a Positive Impact on the MBA Job Search, Study Finds

View the glass as half full and you’ll get a job out of business school more quickly and with less effort, according to recent research out of Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. And once in the working world, an optimistic outlook promises to get you promoted faster in the first two years on the job than your pessimistic peers. Fuqua researchers Ron Kaniel and David T. Robinson, in collaboration with Cade Massey of the Yale School of Management (SOM), surveyed 232 MBA students between 2005 and 2007 about their dispositional optimism – that is, a general belief that good... Read more »

Last Updated Feb 9, 2011 by

Dartmouth / Tuck MBA Admissions Interview Questions 2011

Check out another addition to the Clear Admit Wiki, a free resource for MBA applicants to share their experiences about the admissions process. This post spotlights the interview report as shared by a Round 2 Tuck candidate, who spoke with a current student. “I interviewed in January 2011 at Tuck after applying in the second round. I had a second-year Tuck student as my interviewer, and the interview lasted about 45 minutes. The interview was friendly in tone, although the substance of the interview was more demanding than my research had indicated. That is, the interview was not solely a... Read more »

Last Updated Feb 8, 2011 by

Harvard Business School Round 2 Interview Invitation Update

Harvard Business School Round 2 applicants who didn’t receive an invitation to interview yesterday can breathe easy – for the time being. According to a post by HBS Admissions Director Dee Leopold, while the school didn’t send any invitations out yesterday, there are still a significant number to come. “Our plan is to send out some on Tuesday afternoon and more throughout the next week, up to February 16th,” she wrote. Reiterating assurances she shared in an earlier post about Round 2 interview invitations, Leopold stressed that there are no hidden signals in the timing of when individual invitations go... Read more »

Last Updated Feb 8, 2011 by

Trivia Tuesday: School-Wide Socializing

Welcome to another edition of Trivia Tuesday, our ongoing series exploring the programs, resources and opportunities available at the leading business schools. Although most of our columns have focused on the academic options schools offer, this week we turn our attention to students’ opportunities for socializing with classmates. Since creating a strong network of friends and future colleagues is one of the lasting benefits of business school, prospective students may want to examine the ways in which schools help classmates get to know each other and build relationships. One popular method schools use to bring students together is program-wide happy... Read more »

Last Updated Feb 8, 2011 by

Dartmouth / Tuck MBA Admissions Interview Questions 2011

Check out the latest addition to the Clear Admit Wiki, a free resource for MBA applicants to share their experiences about the admissions process. This post spotlights the interview report as shared by a Tuck candidate, who spoke with a current student. “Self initiated interview with second year student. Very conversational. Walk me through your resume. Why MBA, Why Tuck? Tell me about a time you worked on a team. Tell me when you have worked on a diverse team/environment. What is your leadership style? What do you do outside of work/how would you bring that to Tuck? Is there... Read more »

Last Updated Feb 7, 2011 by

European Business Schools Are Drawing More Students from Home and Abroad, GMAC Reports

The number of GMAT score reports sent by prospective applicants to European business schools is up 90 percent since 2006, reflecting increased interest by students from around the globe as well as from Europe itself, the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC), owner of the GMAT, announced last week. “We’re seeing clear signs that more and more people view Europe as an excellent place to study business,” Julia Tyler, GMAC’s London-based executive vice president of member services and school marketing, said in a statement. “Europe is home to an expanding base of high-quality management education programs—and the world is taking notice.”... Read more »

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