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Re: Calling all Darden Fall 2010 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 13 Dec 2009, 06:50
@Nirija - I am a US Permanent resident with an Indian Citizenship. I have not received an invite yet.
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Re: Calling all Darden Fall 2010 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 13 Dec 2009, 12:27
I am R1 applicant by the way. No interview yet.

Pls add me to the roll call.
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Re: Calling all Darden Fall 2010 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 13 Dec 2009, 19:13
Hey all, Darden finally broke the silence. I am an international applicant and I received my interview invite on Dec 12th. :) But the mail has no special instructions for international interviews. So I have mailed the Darden adcom seeking info. I will update about their reply. Any other international applicants got the update ?
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Re: Calling all Darden Fall 2010 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 13 Dec 2009, 21:12
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Hey all, Darden finally broke the silence. I am an international applicant and I received my interview invite on Dec 12th. :) But the mail has no special instructions for international interviews. So I have mailed the Darden adcom seeking info. I will update about their reply. Any other international applicants got the update ?


Congrats! :-D

Nope, I did not get an invite last week... :cry: I hope they send out more invites this week...
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Re: Calling all Darden Fall 2010 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 14 Dec 2009, 10:16
When should we domestic applicants give-up hope for an interview? If we don't hear anything before the admissions office closes for the holidays are we done?

I know the Darden website says invites can be extended until Jan. 28th...but I am getting more nervous by the day...
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Re: Calling all Darden Fall 2010 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 14 Dec 2009, 13:28
All we have to go on is Sara Nehar's word that invites will be sent out until January 28th and thus I would tell you not to give up now or even after the holidays as its counter too all information thats been officially released. No point in getting down unless you actually get word of something. Good luck Crashing.
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Re: Calling all Darden Fall 2010 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 14 Dec 2009, 22:29
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When should we domestic applicants give-up hope for an interview? If we don't hear anything before the admissions office closes for the holidays are we done?

I know the Darden website says invites can be extended until Jan. 28th...but I am getting more nervous by the day...


Latest update from Sara Neher about international invites on her video blog in which she says process is alive till January end.
http://blogs.darden.virginia.edu/admissions/2009/12/14/international-applicant-interviews-and-the-week-on-wall-street-job-trek/
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Re: Calling all Darden Fall 2010 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 15 Dec 2009, 05:30
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Had my interview with a member of the AdCom this morning. All interviews are 100% blind, she knew nothing about me or my application. It started with her asking questions about my childhood, where I was from, what my family was like, etc. We progressed through undergrad and my career, but rather than focusing on "resume-type" accomplishments, we talked more about WHY I made certain decisions, and what matters to me.

We eventually got to "why MBA", but I was never directly asked "why Darden". I tried to weave a few pieces of "why Darden" into our conversation. Before I knew it 45 mins was up, she gave me the opportunity to ask questions....so we talked about job prospects for a bit. After an hour we were still chatting, but she had to cut it off.

Overall I think (hope) it went well, but with interviews like this its always hard to tell. I forgot to mention a few things that I'd hoped to work in. Oh well.

My advice to those still yet to interview:
- create a mini-list of items you for sure want to cover (interesting anecdotes), its easy to get caught up in the conversation, then before you know it you missed your chance to talk about that interesting undergrad EC (since you're already talking about your job)
- be ready to NOT talk about accomplishments, she almost seemed disinterested when I did. I guess it makes sense, there is no point to just regurgitate your resume during the interview - they already have it on file. Talk about something ELSE, something interesting/dynamic
- do your homework and be able to convey sincere interest in the program (I honestly think this is a big part of the interview...they try to gauge this)

She said her comments would be added to my overall application file, then it would undergo a final review and a decision would be made.





Thanks Dr. +1 Kudos

I had my interview yesterday and this advice is pretty much spot on. I didn't really mention any resume worthy accomplishments and she didn't seem like she was looking for them. I was able to mention one as we were walking out the door but it just naturally came from the conversation.

A few notes to add:

1) I think the interviews around now will be more adcom heavy, while later ones may be more likely to be with a student. Rough guess is that 60% of people had theirs with an adcom (I did)

2) I was asked to make sure we were on track timing wise. The clock was behind her so it wasn't too hard but just something to note. I didn't get a "five minutes left" bell or anything like that

3) A kid I spoke to during the day told me about his interview and it seemed that he got the standard leadership/team/weakness/etc questions. I do not think this is likely but I would have been quasi screwed if I had been asked those questions. My advice is just to review those type of questions on the off chance that you get them.

4) Dr's point about creating the list of things you want to touch on is key. You will most likely miss something if you don't

5) I found that coming up with a few central themes really helped tie in the "why" in a lot of my decisions.
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Re: Calling all Darden Fall 2010 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 15 Dec 2009, 06:32
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All we have to go on is Sara Nehar's word that invites will be sent out until January 28th and thus I would tell you not to give up now or even after the holidays as its counter too all information thats been officially released. No point in getting down unless you actually get word of something. Good luck Crashing.


word, i trust her
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Re: Calling all Darden Fall 2010 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 15 Dec 2009, 08:28
Got an invitation at around 11 am EST today. International applicant - Chile.
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Re: Calling all Darden Fall 2010 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 15 Dec 2009, 10:15
Hi All,
I hold Indian citizenship but currently in US. I had received my call on dec 3rd and interviewed on Darden grounds yesterday. I met few applicants who were also international students. . Calls will slow down during the holiday season. So you can expect calls even in the mid of January
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Re: Calling all Darden Fall 2010 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 15 Dec 2009, 10:34
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Hope your interview went well. Do you mind sharing your profile with us?
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Re: Calling all Darden Fall 2010 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 15 Dec 2009, 14:14
Thanks for the debriefs dr2005 and duckpond.

I remember reading in the thread of last year, that when visiting on campus you will attend classes, you will be "cold called". I believe they were asked to share an embarrassing moment with the class.

Did you guys experience something similar this year?
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Re: Calling all Darden Fall 2010 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 15 Dec 2009, 14:25
During my class visit the Prof put me on the spot with "2 truths and a lie". If you arent familiar with the game you come up with 3 interesting "facts" about yourself, 2 are real and 1 is made up. The class then had to vote which one was fake. Overall very laid back and certainly nothing to stress about.
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Re: Calling all Darden Fall 2010 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 15 Dec 2009, 14:27
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Thanks for the debriefs dr2005 and duckpond.

I remember reading in the thread of last year, that when visiting on campus you will attend classes, you will be "cold called". I believe they were asked to share an embarrassing moment with the class.

Did you guys experience something similar this year?


Class was/is out of session so I didn't attend a class. I didn't hear anyone mention prospectives being cold called. The professor I had lunch with was a complete ball buster. Could see him doing something like that.
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Re: Calling all Darden Fall 2010 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 15 Dec 2009, 14:53
Whew! I just received an international invite to interview with Darden. :-D
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Re: Calling all Darden Fall 2010 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 15 Dec 2009, 15:25
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Whew! I just received an international invite to interview with Darden. :-D


congrats, I guess Darden is finally rolling out the international invites this week.
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Re: Calling all Darden Fall 2010 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 18 Dec 2009, 04:17
Thanks Duckpond and Dr2005! It's appreciated
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Re: Calling all Darden Fall 2010 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 18 Dec 2009, 04:30
just saw the post with the invite for the chilean candidate.

i hear many schools are moving hard to recruit from frontier countries such as chile, ghana etc. that's pretty awesome frankly. kudos darden !
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Re: Calling all Darden Fall 2010 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 18 Dec 2009, 07:55
for those domestice applications that have not received interviews, are you all starting to get worried?
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