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Re: Calling All Duke Fall 2010 Applicants! (MERGED) [#permalink] New post 17 Sep 2009, 04:39
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When I interviewed at Duke last year, there was a mix of people wearing business casual and suits to the interviews. Generally the people wearing business casual were wearing a blazer or sport jacket. I wore a suit - primarily because I didn't read the instructions well enough to notice the business casual dress code - and got in so I wouldn't worry about it affecting your interviewer's perception of you.

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Re: Calling All Duke Fall 2010 Applicants! (MERGED) [#permalink] New post 20 Sep 2009, 18:36
I'm interviewing this Tuesday September 22nd for Duke. I'm trying to get the app in for EA. I practiced the list of 50 interview questions today during the 5 hour car ride up to Charlottesville for Virginia's open house tomorrow and I still feel woefully unprepared. Arrgghh.
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Re: Calling All Duke Fall 2010 Applicants! (MERGED) [#permalink] New post 22 Sep 2009, 17:37
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I'm interviewing this Tuesday September 22nd for Duke. I'm trying to get the app in for EA. I practiced the list of 50 interview questions today during the 5 hour car ride up to Charlottesville for Virginia's open house tomorrow and I still feel woefully unprepared. Arrgghh.


Let us know how it went! I'm sure you did great even if you were "unprepared." Personally, going into interviews extremely prepared makes your answers seem canned and diminishes the effectiveness of your answers in displaying who you truly are, which I feel is the most imporant aspect of an interview. The interview is less an informaiton gathering session (they have the resume, essays, application, etc. for that) and more of an attempt to sit down and say "Do I like this guy/girl? Would I want to study with them or have them represent my university?"
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Re: Calling All Duke Fall 2010 Applicants! (MERGED) [#permalink] New post 22 Sep 2009, 18:36
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Let us know how it went! I'm sure you did great even if you were "unprepared." Personally, going into interviews extremely prepared makes your answers seem canned and diminishes the effectiveness of your answers in displaying who you truly are, which I feel is the most imporant aspect of an interview. The interview is less an informaiton gathering session (they have the resume, essays, application, etc. for that) and more of an attempt to sit down and say "Do I like this guy/girl? Would I want to study with them or have them represent my university?"



The whole day was awesome today. I loved it there at Duke. It felt like a great fit for me.

I think that the interview went well too. I guess I was more prepared than I thought I was and the class visit and tour helped too. It also really helped that in between the tour, class, and interview they had first year students rotating through the lounge area to answer your questions. Everyone was really cool there. There were tons of impressive people but everyone was so approachable.
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Re: Calling All Duke Fall 2010 Applicants! (MERGED) [#permalink] New post 22 Sep 2009, 18:39
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Let us know how it went! I'm sure you did great even if you were "unprepared." Personally, going into interviews extremely prepared makes your answers seem canned and diminishes the effectiveness of your answers in displaying who you truly are, which I feel is the most imporant aspect of an interview. The interview is less an informaiton gathering session (they have the resume, essays, application, etc. for that) and more of an attempt to sit down and say "Do I like this guy/girl? Would I want to study with them or have them represent my university?"



The whole day was awesome today. I loved it there at Duke. It felt like a great fit for me.

I think that the interview went well too. I guess I was more prepared than I thought I was and the class visit and tour helped too. It also really helped that in between the tour, class, and interview they had first year students rotating through the lounge area to answer your questions. Everyone was really cool there. There were tons of impressive people but everyone was so approachable.


Congrats! Must be a huge weight off of your shoulders! Glad you liked Duke, its a beautiful campus. Did you get a chance to check out the main part of campus as well, or just the business school location?
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Re: Calling All Duke Fall 2010 Applicants! (MERGED) [#permalink] New post 22 Sep 2009, 18:49
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When I interviewed at Duke last year, there was a mix of people wearing business casual and suits to the interviews. Generally the people wearing business casual were wearing a blazer or sport jacket. I wore a suit - primarily because I didn't read the instructions well enough to notice the business casual dress code - and got in so I wouldn't worry about it affecting your interviewer's perception of you.


I wore business casual with a blazer today and that seemed pretty appropriate.
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Re: Calling All Duke Fall 2010 Applicants! (MERGED) [#permalink] New post 22 Sep 2009, 18:54
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Congrats! Must be a huge weight off of your shoulders! Glad you liked Duke, its a beautiful campus. Did you get a chance to check out the main part of campus as well, or just the business school location?


Thanks, now I just need to wrap up my essays and everything before Oct 6th. Yeah the campus is beautiful. I didn't get to check it out too much today since it was dumping rain, but I've walked the whole campus before. The Fuqua facilities were really nice.
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Re: Calling All Duke Fall 2010 Applicants! (MERGED) [#permalink] New post 22 Sep 2009, 19:04
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Jerz wrote:
When I interviewed at Duke last year, there was a mix of people wearing business casual and suits to the interviews. Generally the people wearing business casual were wearing a blazer or sport jacket. I wore a suit - primarily because I didn't read the instructions well enough to notice the business casual dress code - and got in so I wouldn't worry about it affecting your interviewer's perception of you.


I wore business casual with a blazer today and that seemed pretty appropriate.


How did you make the blazer/suit decision? What did you see from other applicants that were there interviewing? It seems weird for me to wear a blazer to an interview, but if everyone's doing it...
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Re: Calling All Duke Fall 2010 Applicants! (MERGED) [#permalink] New post 24 Sep 2009, 13:59
I was there on Monday. I just wore slacks and a polo ( I didn't interview).

It seemed like most internationals wore a suit and most domestic looking people wore business casual clothing.
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Re: Calling All Duke Fall 2010 Applicants! (MERGED) [#permalink] New post 24 Sep 2009, 16:22
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Jerz wrote:
When I interviewed at Duke last year, there was a mix of people wearing business casual and suits to the interviews. Generally the people wearing business casual were wearing a blazer or sport jacket. I wore a suit - primarily because I didn't read the instructions well enough to notice the business casual dress code - and got in so I wouldn't worry about it affecting your interviewer's perception of you.


I wore business casual with a blazer today and that seemed pretty appropriate.


How did you make the blazer/suit decision? What did you see from other applicants that were there interviewing? It seems weird for me to wear a blazer to an interview, but if everyone's doing it...



I agree that it sounds weird to wear a blazer and no tie to an interview, but I actually emailed the admissions office and asked them if a suit and tie would be preferable to a blazer or sports coat with no tie and they replied saying that they would go with the blazer or sports coat instead of the suit and tie if they were me. So I bought a new blazer on the drive up and that ended up being pretty good I think. There were a lot of people wearing suits though (mostly domestic applicants from NYC with a finance background on the day I was there). My interviewer wore business casual too. It seems that a suit would have been acceptable as well though. In class people were wearing all sorts of different things. Some people looked like they had just come from the gym and others looked like they had an interview after class. It just depended on what people were planning on doing after class I think.
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Re: Calling All Duke Fall 2010 Applicants! (MERGED) [#permalink] New post 01 Oct 2009, 16:39
its a long shot,,...no really a long, long shot, but applying to Duke R2, lets see what happens, have yet to retake the GMAT again (4X) and hopefully I will do good in the classes Im taking this semester so I can show that I can make good grades. But, I do wish the best for everyone else.
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Re: Calling All Duke Fall 2010 Applicants! (MERGED) [#permalink] New post 04 Oct 2009, 21:27
Last night I got an email stating that if you visit Duke on campus they will offer a discount on the application fee. They said that the online discount won't be available until next week or something, but that if you email them 72 hours in advance of sending in your application for EA they can email you instructions on getting the discount. Problem is there wasn't quite 72 hours left before EA was due when the email was sent. Oh well, maybe I'll get lucky, but if not I'm still doing EA as long as I wrap up everything in my application. I'm also still waiting for a recommendation to get finished.
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Re: Calling All Duke Fall 2010 Applicants! (MERGED) [#permalink] New post 05 Oct 2009, 04:29
I got the same email too, but mine arrived Saturday around noon. Good deal for those applying later. I already lucked out and got a fee waiver for the whole application though. I'm sure they'll be able to accomodate you, JohnnyJim.

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Re: Calling All Duke Fall 2010 Applicants! (MERGED) [#permalink] New post 05 Oct 2009, 11:36
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I got the same email too, but mine arrived Saturday around noon. Good deal for those applying later. I already lucked out and got a fee waiver for the whole application though. I'm sure they'll be able to accomodate you, JohnnyJim.



They were really quick and getting back to me so it looks like I'll get my partial waiver :-D. Everyone at Duke has been extremely responsive throughout this process. I even talked to the financial aid office and they were super helpful.
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Re: Calling All Duke Fall 2010 Applicants! (MERGED) [#permalink] New post 05 Oct 2009, 12:37
Can anybody speculate as to why Duke's offering this discount ? Has this been the case all the years. If not then does this signal a decline in applications ? Am just wondering. I got the same email as well.

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Re: Calling All Duke Fall 2010 Applicants! (MERGED) [#permalink] New post 05 Oct 2009, 13:06
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Can anybody speculate as to why Duke's offering this discount ? Has this been the case all the years. If not then does this signal a decline in applications ? Am just wondering. I got the same email as well.



I think in the email they just said that they know time and money is short right now for most people so they are offering a discount, but I'm wondering the same thing you are.
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Re: Calling All Duke Fall 2010 Applicants! (MERGED) [#permalink] New post 05 Oct 2009, 17:57
I actually didn't get the e-mail even though I have a visit scheduled.

Duke really wants people to come visit. I'm guessing maybe they saw less people coming to campus to interview than they'd hoped. It's not like it would increase their yield to offer a break on app fees.

It seems like they do offer quite a few waivers. When I was at Weekend for Women last year, they offered [full] waivers to everyone who attended and it seems like there are a lot of waivers listed in their application.

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Re: Calling All Duke Fall 2010 Applicants! (MERGED) [#permalink] New post 05 Oct 2009, 18:41
I think it has to do some thing with increasing the applicant pool + improving the yield rate.

One could argue, that they are doing a favor by giving the prospectives a discount considering the current market situation...but hey... they are also equally affected.

All in all, nice gesture.

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Can anybody speculate as to why Duke's offering this discount ? Has this been the case all the years. If not then does this signal a decline in applications ? Am just wondering. I got the same email as well.

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Re: Calling All Duke Fall 2010 Applicants! (MERGED) [#permalink] New post 06 Oct 2009, 15:22
Well, I didn't quite feel comfortable with my application today so I passed up EA. Looks like I'll be doing R1 instead.
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Re: Calling All Duke Fall 2010 Applicants! (MERGED) [#permalink] New post 06 Oct 2009, 19:03
I'm back in Durham!

I know I don't know this incoming class as well as the last few, but I am so excited to be here i just had to post!

I'll be on campus all day tomorrow doing some recruiting and then doing some alumni volunteer work for the General Mgmt Club. Good times :)
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