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Re: Calling All 2011 Booth Applicants!! [#permalink] New post 20 Nov 2010, 01:26
guys, has your interview status in the online interview changed to "completed"? mine is still "in progress", when I did the interview 2 weeks ago. A friend of mine is completed.
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Re: Calling All 2011 Booth Applicants!! [#permalink] New post 20 Nov 2010, 03:31
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Dudes and chicks (which are my new appellations now that my colleagues have noticed that I use these terms as basic gender nouns, rather than favorable nouns),

I just had a very pleasant Chicago interview. It lasted the exact same amount of time as my my other M7 interview (90 min) but was a MUCH more enjoyable experience. He was a recent graduate, extremely friendly, bright and analytical, and he had obviously read my resumé with some care, because he asked laser-focused questions on specific things I'd done. I greatly appreciated this because it gave me a chance to give a lot more detail about what I do (and I genuinely think my business experiences will be something valuable to the community).

He was professional in terms of not giving too much away, but the little that he did was encouraging, or was guiding me towards a better place in the conversation.

He did not follow a script: we had a very natural conversation with no sort of stilted, jarring "well, let's begin the interview, Chicago asks me to do this and that". We went straight to it - rather than do the whole "I must verify who you are and bla bla", he started by telling me when he'd moved to this city, discussing where in town we live, where we work, how long I've been here, etc. The whole thing flowed quite naturally although he'd stop to re-examine my CV and say, tell me about this. He knew well what he needed to do, and he's committed to Booth, and when that happens, folks don't need to follow scripts. His questions were good - he was so much more prepared than my other M7 interviewer, and asked much more intelligent questions. He wanted the real story behind what I did, so dudes and chicks, be clear on what you've done.

Rather than questions, we covered topics. There is a big component in understanding who you are, what you do, why you're doing it, and then how that ties in to the MBA, and how all of it ties into your short term and long term goals. I should note, as others have, that the importance of the goals thingamajig cannot be overstated: while it is unrealistically for folks in their mid-20s to have a clearcut view of what life will be like at 45, "a sense of direction" is important, as he put it. So it took a second take, but I was able to explain clearly what kind of career I'm pursuing. Surprisingly, he did not ask why Chicago, although my reasons for pursuing an MBA are so closely aligned to Chicago's strengths that maybe he felt he already knew the answer.

What made me feel best about the entire interview was that we reached a level of trust with one another. He noticed I have some languages on my CV, and he's perfectly fluent in my worst language, and out of the blue, he asked me to speak in that language. Fortunately I had just been speaking that language last night, so it was fresh in my mind, and I was able to pounce on it. I think he was happy with the result, and I told him that I try to be very honest about my abilities, and I don't want to play up my skills, which is why I identified that language as my worst one (listed as "beginner" on my resumé) - and he said "well, you can clearly handle a conversation in it." A charitable description but it's always awesome to meet someone who wants to see the good in others. Be prepared to be tested on your claims!

So dudes and chicks, I think that goes a long way, because when you're talking about your top accomplishments and he's asking you about behavioral questions, you'll feel much better if know you that you've established trustworthiness and conveyed truthfulness (and I told him the entire truth and nothing but the truth to the best of my abilities - hell, I even told him about a time I damaged company equipment!).

He himself does a very cool job and he is obviously extremely well prepared. I left feeling fantastic about meeting him and hoping to keep in touch. We had some laughs and we share some interests/activities, so it felt great. I left my other M7 interview thinking "sheesh, I really hope this guy isn't the norm over there" but today, I really thought: WOW, CHICAGO BOOTH.

Dudes and chicks, I'M SO PSYCHED ABOUT BOOTH!
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Re: Calling All 2011 Booth Applicants!! [#permalink] New post 20 Nov 2010, 08:47
rid82 wrote:
guys, has your interview status in the online interview changed to "completed"? mine is still "in progress", when I did the interview 2 weeks ago. A friend of mine is completed.

Mine took 1-2 weeks to change to completed.
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Re: Calling All 2011 Booth Applicants!! [#permalink] New post 20 Nov 2010, 12:46
I interviewed earlier this week and it still reads invite to interview. Av when did your status change?
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Re: Calling All 2011 Booth Applicants!! [#permalink] New post 20 Nov 2010, 12:55
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I interviewed earlier this week and it still reads invite to interview. Av when did your status change?

Invite to Interview status won't change until Dec 15th, which is the final decision date.
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Re: Calling All 2011 Booth Applicants!! [#permalink] New post 20 Nov 2010, 21:09
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Completed my interview on campus today. I interviewed with a second year, though there were also alumni doing interviews on campus.

Very pleasant, conversational, he had clearly reviewed my resume ahead of time. We started off with "why are you excited to come to booth?" then walked through my resume. I took a long time working through this, I have an unusual background so I had to elaborate on almost everything. I think this was good because all his follow up questions related to details I had mentioned during the resume review.

He asked a "why now" specific to my situation. Then asked three to four questions about my back story and skills (stuff not on my resume), "can you give an example of a time you used x skill?" I wouldn't worry about getting these if you have a fairly common field of work. Then asked how I would describe myself as a leader. I asked a couple questions and it was done. A little over 30 minutes total.

I feel good about the experience. I can think of a couple things I could have said better, but that's always how it is. Good luck to everyone still waiting to interview (and all of us in the final stretch! :) )

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Re: Calling All 2011 Booth Applicants!! [#permalink] New post 21 Nov 2010, 08:57
screwed up big time ... very simple but i did my best to screw it up..
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Re: Calling All 2011 Booth Applicants!! [#permalink] New post 21 Nov 2010, 09:54
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screwed up big time ... very simple but i did my best to screw it up..


Sorry to hear that ... but you never know ... hang in there.
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Re: Calling All 2011 Booth Applicants!! [#permalink] New post 21 Nov 2010, 10:03
A very large % of people who posted here about their interviews seem to be pretty happy about their interview experiences (sorry kt780 for this badly timed post of mine). And I read either here or somewhere else that about 50% get an admit after they have been interviewed.

So does that mean that interview experience does not really translate to an admit/no-admit decision? Since a total of 4 people have gone through our file up until this point, what/who else decides our fate?
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Re: Calling All 2011 Booth Applicants!! [#permalink] New post 21 Nov 2010, 15:34
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Completed my interview on campus today. I interviewed with a second year, though there were also alumni doing interviews on campus.

Very pleasant, conversational, he had clearly reviewed my resume ahead of time. We started off with "why are you excited to come to booth?" then walked through my resume. I took a long time working through this, I have an unusual background so I had to elaborate on almost everything. I think this was good because all his follow up questions related to details I had mentioned during the resume review.

He asked a "why now" specific to my situation. Then asked three to four questions about my back story and skills (stuff not on my resume), "can you give an example of a time you used x skill?" I wouldn't worry about getting these if you have a fairly common field of work. Then asked how I would describe myself as a leader. I asked a couple questions and it was done. A little over 30 minutes total.

I feel good about the experience. I can think of a couple things I could have said better, but that's always how it is. Good luck to everyone still waiting to interview (and all of us in the final stretch! :) )

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Did anyone receive a reply to the thank-you note ? My interviewer replied with a "best of luck in your business school application process" . Does it mean I am dinged ? The last bschool where I interviewed , the interviewer wished me luck at the end of the interview. That school dinged me.
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Re: Calling All 2011 Booth Applicants!! [#permalink] New post 21 Nov 2010, 15:39
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Did anyone receive a reply to the thank-you note ? My interviewer replied with a "best of luck in your business school application process" . Does it mean I am dinged ? The last bschool where I interviewed , the interviewer wished me luck at the end of the interview. That school dinged me.
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haha I had the exact same experience. I hope not!
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Re: Calling All 2011 Booth Applicants!! [#permalink] New post 21 Nov 2010, 16:38
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Completed my interview on campus today. I interviewed with a second year, though there were also alumni doing interviews on campus.

Very pleasant, conversational, he had clearly reviewed my resume ahead of time. We started off with "why are you excited to come to booth?" then walked through my resume. I took a long time working through this, I have an unusual background so I had to elaborate on almost everything. I think this was good because all his follow up questions related to details I had mentioned during the resume review.

He asked a "why now" specific to my situation. Then asked three to four questions about my back story and skills (stuff not on my resume), "can you give an example of a time you used x skill?" I wouldn't worry about getting these if you have a fairly common field of work. Then asked how I would describe myself as a leader. I asked a couple questions and it was done. A little over 30 minutes total.

I feel good about the experience. I can think of a couple things I could have said better, but that's always how it is. Good luck to everyone still waiting to interview (and all of us in the final stretch! :) )

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Did anyone receive a reply to the thank-you note ? My interviewer replied with a "best of luck in your business school application process" . Does it mean I am dinged ? The last bschool where I interviewed , the interviewer wished me luck at the end of the interview. That school dinged me.
Any thoughts ??


You always say "good luck" to someone at the end of an interview, whether you want to accept him or her to a job or not. It doesn't mean anything, on my opinion.
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Re: Calling All 2011 Booth Applicants!! [#permalink] New post 21 Nov 2010, 17:16
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Did anyone receive a reply to the thank-you note ? My interviewer replied with a "best of luck in your business school application process" . Does it mean I am dinged ? The last bschool where I interviewed , the interviewer wished me luck at the end of the interview. That school dinged me.



I didn't send a thank you note. My interviewer didn't give me a card or contact info. I kind of got the feeling that they didn't want you contacting them to try and influence the interview report.

But with an alumni interviewer that may be appropriate.

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Did anyone receive a reply to the thank-you note ? My interviewer replied with a "best of luck in your business school application process" . Does it mean I am dinged ? The last bschool where I interviewed , the interviewer wished me luck at the end of the interview. That school dinged me.
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The interviewer doesn't make the final decision. He/she sends the report to AdCom within 2 days and then AdCom reviews the report again and makes the final decision. I guess not only based on the interview report, but on the entire application.

Hence, at the time of answering your thank you note, the interviewer doesn't know whether you will be admitted or not.

You are over-thinking.
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Re: Calling All 2011 Booth Applicants!! [#permalink] New post 21 Nov 2010, 18:46
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anytimeuneed wrote:
Did anyone receive a reply to the thank-you note ? My interviewer replied with a "best of luck in your business school application process" . Does it mean I am dinged ? The last bschool where I interviewed , the interviewer wished me luck at the end of the interview. That school dinged me.
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The interviewer doesn't make the final decision. He/she sends the report to AdCom within 2 days and then AdCom reviews the report again and makes the final decision. I guess not only based on the interview report, but on the entire application.

Hence, at the time of answering your thank you note, the interviewer doesn't know whether you will be admitted or not.

You are over-thinking.


thank you , rid .. that helps.
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Re: Calling All 2011 Booth Applicants!! [#permalink] New post 22 Nov 2010, 07:13
I had my interview on-campus with an alum on Saturday. It was a very relaxed and conversational interview. We went through the usual "walk me through your resume", "why an MBA?", and "Why Booth" kind of questions. We also discussed at length my work profile because of how uncommon it is. Finally, I asked him about his experiences at Booth. I thought I did well, but I guess we'll find out soon enough.

Which leads me to ask, do we know if they are going to be calling admitted applicant before the 15th or will all decisions be sent out only on the 15th?
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Re: Calling All 2011 Booth Applicants!! [#permalink] New post 22 Nov 2010, 07:16
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I had my interview on-campus with an alum on Saturday. It was a very relaxed and conversational interview. We went through the usual "walk me through your resume", "why an MBA?", and "Why Booth" kind of questions. We also discussed at length my work profile because of how uncommon it is. Finally, I asked him about his experiences at Booth. I thought I did well, but I guess we'll find out soon enough.

Which leads me to ask, do we know if they are going to be calling admitted applicant before the 15th or will all decisions be sent out only on the 15th?


They usually call most of the admitted applicants a day early.
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Re: Calling All 2011 Booth Applicants!! [#permalink] New post 22 Nov 2010, 09:13
Just finished my interview on-campus on Saturday, it was a great experience. I loved the school, and I feel like the interview went really well (2nd year student, 45 minutes great rapport).

It's going to be a really long next 3 weeks!
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Just got a call from the Admissions Director at Booth.
I have been accepted into the Evening MBA program for summer 2011.
I was surprised to get an admission decision in less thank a week.
Wow I am excited, Booth was the only school I applied to and was accepted.

Feel free to PM me with any questions you might have.

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Re: Calling All 2011 Booth Applicants!! [#permalink] New post 22 Nov 2010, 21:30
Congratulations Atish!

atish wrote:
Just got a call from the Admissions Director at Booth.
I have been accepted into the Evening MBA program for summer 2011.
I was surprised to get an admission decision in less thank a week.
Wow I am excited, Booth was the only school I applied to and was accepted.

Feel free to PM me with any questions you might have.

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