In this, our third installment of our interview series, which we first launched two years ago and are reproducing for this season, we’ll take a closer look at one of the more recent interview permutations—the group interview or team-based discussion. You can view the first two parts of this interview series here: open interviews versus…
With Harvard Business School (HBS) issuing its Round 1 interview invitations last week, the MBA admissions world is buzzing about one thing: INTERVIEWS. HBS, of course, is not alone. At Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business, which features applicant-initiated interviews, hopeful candidates have been traipsing back and forth to Hanover already for several weeks. With so…
Whether you’re flying to campus now for an applicant-initiated interview, or practicing til perfection while anticipating an invitation, don’t wait to download the Clear Admit Interview Guides to ace your MBA admissions interview. The Clear Admit Interview Guides include first-hand interview accounts submitted by real applicants over the years through our Interview Archive. In addition to lists of…
Many of you are in the throes of preparing for Wharton’s team-based discussion (TBD), so we combed Clear Admit’s Interview Archive and compiled the following pieces of advice from applicants who have gone through it. Please, as you experience the Wharton TBD yourself, feel free to add you own insights by submitting an interview report.…
We know from MBA LiveWire that some of you have already received invitations to interview at Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB). A hearty congratulations for a significant achievement. Stanford revealed this past fall that it will interview roughly 1,000 applicants this year. Considering that the school last year had 8,116 people throw their hat…
Interview season for Round 2 candidates will soon be in full swing. Many leading MBA programs are beginning to role out their interview invites, while some programs allow all candidates to interview. In the following four part MBA interview series we take a deep dive into all the different types of interviews you may face…
For this week’s admissions tip, we wanted to highlight our MBA Interview Archive, a resource for those who are preparing for their MBA interviews. For the unfamiliar, Clear Admit’s MBA Interview Archive is a repository of first-hand accounts shared directly by MBA applicants after they have interviewed with one or more of their target top-tier business schools.…
The MBA interview—the nail-biting, stomach-churning, sleep-robbing, suit-demanding component of the MBA application process that ties some applicants up in knots—is upon us. But there’s no reason to fret: not with Clear Admit’s in-depth Interview Guide Series as part of your arsenal. Providing expert advice and insider tips on what to expect and how to prepare,…
The following Columbia MBA interview questions report was submitted to Clear Admit by an Early Decision applicant. I was invited to interview with a CBS alumni in my city. After a few email exchanges, we picked a date and place. We met at a coffee shop after work. The alumni dressed in casual clothes and I went with…
Every Wednesday, we share a round-up of the latest news from admissions blogs at the top business schools. The past couple of weeks on MBA LiveWire and MBA DecisionWire revealed admissions decisions, interview notifications, and enrollment decisions, in addition to a focus on R3 applications. As such, we’re featuring a couple MBA admissions tips and…
Are you ready for your MBA interview? Test your knowledge of the interview process at the leading business schools by taking our short quiz! We promise you’ll learn a thing or two along the way. Plus, there’s a special offer for anyone who completes the quiz… [qzzr quiz=”109287″ width=”100%” height=”auto” redirect=”true” offset=”0″]
With MBA interview invitations from a number of programs already on their way out to Round Two applicants, and more anticipated in the days ahead (Harvard Business School will release its first batch of interview invites on Wednesday, January 27), we wanted to offer some advice on this element of the admissions process. The following…
Interview season for Round 2 candidates will soon be in full swing. In fact, some candidates have already interviewed with schools that offer ‘open’ interviews, such as Dartmouth / Tuck and Northwestern / Kellogg. Soon enough, schools that interview via invitation only (like Harvard Business School, U. Chicago Booth, UPenn / Wharton, and more) will…
Interviews, interviews, interviews…it’s all anyone seems to be talking about these days, and with good reason. Harvard Business School, Wharton, MIT Sloan and INSEAD are just a few of the schools that are busy interviewing Round 1 applicants as we speak. Instead of making yourself crazy with worry, why not buckle down and perfect your…
Clear Admit’s LiveWire blew up last week as Round 1 applicants to Wharton shared whether or not they’d received a coveted invitation to interview. Yesterday, Wharton Admissions Director Frank DeVecchis chimed in with his own advice for participants. “Relax and be yourself!” he tweeted. Easy for him to say. Imagining that some of you are…
Wharton interview invitations are rolling out as we speak—we’ve already received more than three dozen reports via the Clear Admit LiveWire. It’s too early for analysis, but let’s just say that there are quite a few 700+ GMAT scorers reporting rejection. Here’s what we know from past admissions cycles at Wharton. Historically, Wharton has typically…
We’ve tackled open versus invitation-only, blind versus non-blind and the newer team-based discussion interview. What’s left? In this, our final post in our MBA admissions interview series, we’re going to take a closer look at a few of the anomalies in the interview arena—special approaches thus far embraced by just one or two schools. Of…
Every Wednesday, we share a round-up of the latest news from admissions blogs at the top business schools. In this week’s edition of MBA Admissions Mashup, we take a look at some breaking news from HBS, the value of a vast alumni network, careers and internships, work-life balance, on-campus conferences as well as some last…
We promised you more installments in our MBA admissions interview series, and with Clear Admit’s LiveWire telling us that interview invitations continue to roll out in droves, it’s definitely time! In this, our third installment, we’ll take a closer look at one of the more recent interview permutations—the group interview or team-based discussion. What Is…
This is the second in a three-part series on the MBA admissions interview. In case you missed it, view Part I here. Okay—now that you’re clear on open interviews and interviews by invitation, let’s get into some of the finer points. What’s this about blind versus non-blind interviews, you ask? Some schools believe strongly in…
Are you ready for your MBA interview? Test your knowledge of the interview process at the leading business schools by taking our short quiz! We promise you’ll learn a thing or two along the way. Plus, there’s a surprise bonus for anyone who completes the quiz… [qzzr quiz=”109287″ width=”100%” height=”auto” redirect=”true” offset=”0″]
With Harvard Business School (HBS) slated to issue its first batch of invitations today, the MBA admissions world is buzzing about one thing: INTERVIEWS. HBS, of course, is not alone. At Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business, which features applicant-initiated interviews, hopeful candidates have been traipsing back and forth to Hanover already for several weeks. And…
With MBA interview invitations from a number of programs already on their way out to Round One applicants, we wanted to offer some more advice on this element of the admissions process. Last week we posted some very basic etiquette information that will help candidates ensure that everything is in order on the big day. Today, we turn our…
Tomorrow’s the day. If you applied to the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School as part of Round 2, you will very likely be checking your email repeatedly in hopes that an invitation to interview lands in your inbox. Good luck! Wharton uses the Team-Based Discussion (TBD) format for interviews, as it has for the past…
Over the last months, we’ve focused on helping applicants prepare to answer the various questions they’ll be posed during their interviews, but there is one in particular to which we have not paid much attention. Today, we wanted to offer a few tips in navigating the nearly inevitable interview finisher: “Do you have any questions…
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Huge fan of the podcast – I listen every day during my commute! Thank you for all the valuable insights you share. I'd love to get your thoughts on my profile:
First-generation college student, underrepresented minority (URM).
Almost failed out of high school (2.54 GPA) due to a combination of apathy towards education and not realizing what opportunities were available to me if I actually put in a modicum of effort towards my studies.
Associate Degree in Engineering (Community College, 3.61 GPA)
B.S. in Chemical Engineering (Public State School, 3.64 GPA)
M.S. in Computer Science (MCIT Online, University of Pennsylvania)
Just recently accepted. Started in January
5 years as a Naval Officer, Currently a Nuclear Power School Instructor.
Lead a team of instructors (20 direct reports) that is responsible for training the next generation nuclear reactor operators and outputs 900 sailors annually.
Extracurriculars & Volunteering:
Engineering Student Government Senator- impacted 2000+ students through legislation.
Vice President, ChemE club
Big Brothers Big Sisters mentor (1.5 years).
Consultant for a non-profit supporting first-time entrepreneurs.
Short-term: Pivot into the tech industry, ideally gaining experience in product development at a big tech company.
Long-term: Contribute to the edtech space, leveraging AR/VR to transform education.
GRE score: 320 (163Q/157V) after my second attempt. I'm not the greatest at standardized exams and feel like I'm approaching diminishing returns. Going to retake in a few months. Currently working through a GRE course to hopefully make some incremental gains. Open to feedback on the reasonableness of target schools with my current profile.
Additionally, I'm curious how schools would view my application considering I'm already pursuing a master's degree. I've heard that some schools may take this as a signal that I will not be fully committed to their program? My intent is to pivot into tech, and I wanted to complement the MBA with a technical foundation.
Degree in Education and have worked as a teacher in various school settings over the past 5 years in Chicago, Hawaii and Dubai.
I'm thrilled to share a bit about my journey thus far. My professional trajectory has been centered around education, where I've infused sustainability into the heart of my teaching philosophy. From developing innovative curriculum modules to orchestrating immersive field trips, I've strived to cultivate authentic learning experiences that foster environmental awareness among students. I have also wrote and published a children's book on climate change.
In college I volunteered with Alternative Spring Breaks where I was a board member for 3 years and also participated in a cross country cycling trip from NYC to San Francisco as part of a cancer fundraiser with my university.
Beyond the classroom, I've ventured into entrepreneurship and have started two businesses: a Hawaiian shirt company with a women's social enterprise in India and a lemonade business operating at large scale events in the midwest one summer.
Looking ahead, I'm eager to explore opportunities within climate consulting or as a product manager at a climate tech firm.