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 [#permalink] New post 01 Nov 2007, 09:53
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Nov 2007, 16:43
PaulK wrote:
Dosa- submitted
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nervousgmat -submitted 11/1 and interviewed 10/2
PaulK - submitted and flying out to interview 11/9


Just to add PaulK, I interviewed 10/6...when are you visiting vanderbilt? Are you still applying there?
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Nov 2007, 18:35
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Just to add PaulK, I interviewed 10/6...when are you visiting vanderbilt? Are you still applying there?


I interviewed at Owen when I visited back in August (it was 100 + humidity...we don't have humidity in Oregon).

Next week I'm flying cross country to visit UNC and Duke. I was signed up to attend a speaker (not sure who) at Fuqua on Saturday, November 10, unfortunately they moved the speaker back a couple hours and I have to catch my plane...
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Man, how many posts before I am no longer an "intern"...I keep waiting...I've had enough internships, I'm ready to be a manager! :lol:
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Nov 2007, 20:36
nervousgmat wrote:
Dosa- submitted
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Dosa,

Your interview will likely depend on the style of the interviewer. It can be very formal (in my case) or very conversational (aaudetat's case). Either way, be prepared for a few behavioral-type questions. mba2010 has most of them covered in her doc.

Good luck!


TEAM WORK TEAM WORK TEAM WORK! GO TEAM GO! LOVE the TEAM FUQUA. Really, be ready for that one.
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Nov 2007, 13:40
Just finished interviewing at Fuqua- really really like the school. It was amazing- right from a bunch of first years spending a whole Saturday answering questions to the flexibility in accommodating the prospectives wishes to sit in a class (could atleast sit in on a Weekend MBA program class). Oh well- the interview itself went ok I think- my first one of the bunch (I hope). I do wish I could have visited earlier- would have made my app stand out a little more. I highly recommend R2 applicants to visit Durham BEFORE your app, you do get a lot of info about the school.

I guess 6 weeks to hear the decision....:)
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Nov 2007, 15:24
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Just finished interviewing at Fuqua- really really like the school. It was amazing- right from a bunch of first years spending a whole Saturday answering questions to the flexibility in accommodating the prospectives wishes to sit in a class (could atleast sit in on a Weekend MBA program class). Oh well- the interview itself went ok I think- my first one of the bunch (I hope). I do wish I could have visited earlier- would have made my app stand out a little more. I highly recommend R2 applicants to visit Durham BEFORE your app, you do get a lot of info about the school.

I guess 6 weeks to hear the decision....:)


I second the recommendation...you have a real since of what the school is about after the visit.
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Nov 2007, 16:18
I'm going to Duke next weekend for their Diversity Workshop, however I'm applying for fall 2009 admissions, not 2008. They asked whether or not I wanted to interview, I said yes...but now I'm not sure. Is it crazy to interview this early? I'm just cutting it in terms of my work experience...I feel like it may be better to hold off until later on, what do you guys think?
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I'm going to Duke next weekend for their Diversity Workshop, however I'm applying for fall 2009 admissions, not 2008. They asked whether or not I wanted to interview, I said yes...but now I'm not sure. Is it crazy to interview this early? I'm just cutting it in terms of my work experience...I feel like it may be better to hold off until later on, what do you guys think?


I'm no expert, but I'd say wait to interview. At this stage, if you are going to visit, you could ask for an "Informational Interview." As I understand it, the interviews are part of the actual application process.
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VictoryMBA wrote:
I'm going to Duke next weekend for their Diversity Workshop, however I'm applying for fall 2009 admissions, not 2008. They asked whether or not I wanted to interview, I said yes...but now I'm not sure. Is it crazy to interview this early? I'm just cutting it in terms of my work experience...I feel like it may be better to hold off until later on, what do you guys think?


Give admissions a call and ask them if the interview would be considered part of your applications package. If you feel like you're ready to give solid answers to the various questions (don't worry about the quantity of work experience - think quality and goals), then go for it. If you're in a more exploratory stage and might end up changing your ideas by the time you apply, then you don't want that "old" info in your official folder. I think asking for an informational interview is a safe idea.

I'm glad you're coming for the weekend - I think you'll find it super-informative and a great way to launch your mba search.
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 [#permalink] New post 07 Nov 2007, 10:29
I know why I want to go to business school, and that is not going to change. It has more to do with the fact that I just don't know how prepared I feel to give answers to questions that may have an effect on my admission chances. Maybe I should just sit down and give a lot more thought to some of those common interview questions to help ease my anxiety.
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Visit... [#permalink] New post 08 Nov 2007, 17:31
Hey all. I'm in Durham tonight and visiting Duke in the morning. If anyone has questions about the interview/visit experience, lemme know. Most people here seem to know what they're doing much moreso than me, so I won't be offended if no one has questions, just wanted to let everyone know.
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Re: Visit... [#permalink] New post 08 Nov 2007, 17:37
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Hey all. I'm in Durham tonight and visiting Duke in the morning. If anyone has questions about the interview/visit experience, lemme know. Most people here seem to know what they're doing much moreso than me, so I won't be offended if no one has questions, just wanted to let everyone know.


are you going to a class? I've got strategy at 8am, so sign up for that! He's a great teacher. Funny, totally interesting. I'm also the class host tomorrow, so you can come back and claim the club distinction of having AAu haul you to class. It's a much-coveted experience.
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Re: Visit... [#permalink] New post 08 Nov 2007, 17:55
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are you going to a class? I've got strategy at 8am, so sign up for that! He's a great teacher. Funny, totally interesting. I'm also the class host tomorrow, so you can come back and claim the club distinction of having AAu haul you to class. It's a much-coveted experience.


Ha, tempting...but (1) I'm still on West Coast time, so class at 8 = class at 5 for me...and (2) I get to interview at 8:30...so a 5:30 interview my time...I think I'd rather have the class...
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Re: Visit... [#permalink] New post 08 Nov 2007, 18:14
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aaudetat wrote:
are you going to a class? I've got strategy at 8am, so sign up for that! He's a great teacher. Funny, totally interesting. I'm also the class host tomorrow, so you can come back and claim the club distinction of having AAu haul you to class. It's a much-coveted experience.


Ha, tempting...but (1) I'm still on West Coast time, so class at 8 = class at 5 for me...and (2) I get to interview at 8:30...so a 5:30 interview my time...I think I'd rather have the class...


all right, you win. but if you're around in the afternoon, i am working the admissions registration desk from 1 to 3, so stop by and say hi.
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I am tempted to go for a R2 application to Duke...some companies I would like to work recruit there, they have a great job market for my wife, and the cost of living is not crazy like some other spots. Anyone from up north have opinions on the southern culture down there, I have heard some negative stuff from a few people I know who went to admitted student weekends the last couple years. Its hard to judge though without seeing it since I wont be able to visit before applying.

AAU, coming from NY how do you enjoy it? (besides being hit by cars that is)
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People ask me how I like the south. I have really one response: I'm in school. I am not in the south. All of us at b-school (especially the ones in smaller locales where the students are more cohesive) will probably agree: your community is your fellow students. I have more Indians in my section than southerners - or something like that.

In addition, the Triangle is pretty mixed. Lots of folks from all over around here.

Finally, what southern stuff there is, I dig it. People are friendly, which makes me think of my midwestern roots. The food is fun. The weather is fabulous.

Cost of living rocks. Our mortgage payment...well, you all would be ill if I told you.

If I were gay or a hard-core city girl, it might be different. There are good restaurants and fun bars and a worthwhile music/arts scene, but it's smaller than NYC - obviously. On the other hand, I'm too damned busy to enjoy off-broadway and too broke for fancy eats. So I'm content. But I am a woman of simple needs. I think Ithaca is paradise.

Does that help?

But really, apply. You might dig it. And the partners here are pretty active, visible and cool. So that's good for the wifey.
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Thanks for your inputs Aau. Thats sort of the same response I got from a whole bunch of people when I was down there last weekend. The students seem to live in a few specific communities (apartments - Station Nine, the lofts etc). The one thing that sort of made me wonder is the fact that if you need to go to a bar, it has to be in Chapel Hill (atleast the person I spoke to mentioned it). Also my wife is in IT and apparently the job scene for her field is pretty good.

The one downside (of sorts) is the Grade disclosure policy. I was not really pleased with that but Aau- could you throw some light on that? How does it impact interactions amongst the students etc?
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Being in the middle of my visit day right now, I've already heard a number of comments of how Duke is "the place where students not from North Carolina come to go to school." Students stay here, love the school, but it's not the typical Southern culture, it's a mix.
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Re: Duke [#permalink] New post 09 Nov 2007, 10:38
PaulK wrote:
Being in the middle of my visit day right now, I've already heard a number of comments of how Duke is "the place where students not from North Carolina come to go to school." Students stay here, love the school, but it's not the typical Southern culture, it's a mix.


Very true. At the Women's Weekend I met students from all over the country: east coast, west coast, mid-west, and internationals from India and Latin America.
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