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Re: Calling all Stanford Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 07 Dec 2008, 15:31
I am!!!

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Would rather not comment on work experience until after decisions go out, one way or another. but it's basically limited in number of years, though excellent in scale, scope and impact.


k i'm gonna take a stab in the dark here...brian boitano??
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Re: Calling all Stanford Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 08 Dec 2008, 18:47
mbagal pretty much answered it, though I would be very careful about sneaking in another "essay" using the additional information section. I think that area is reserved for special circumstances or a short paragraph explaining some grades, gap in employment, or things like that. It's not the same as Berkeley or UCLA's optional essay where you can write an essay about an aspect of your candidacy that you haven't talked about.

In short, I would not write about a different aspect of myself with the optional section, and would use it judiciously. terry12 should chime in on this if he gets a chance.
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Re: Calling all Stanford Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 08 Dec 2008, 22:21
Hi Can someone please post the recommender questions stanford asks?
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Re: Calling all Stanford Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 08 Dec 2008, 22:40
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Here you go:

1. Please describe your relationship to the candidate, and describe the circumstances under which you have known her or him.

2. How is the candidate’s impact on your organization different from that of other well-qualified individuals in similar roles?

3. What do you like most about the candidate?

4. Please describe the most constructive feedback you have given the candidate. Please also detail the circumstances that caused you to give the feedback.

5. Is there anything else (positive or negative) about the candidate that we should know?
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Re: Calling all Stanford Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 09 Dec 2008, 00:48
Just found this webpage. I had my Stanford interview last Sunday, actually i didn't feel good about it. The guy was a bit arrogant(of course he has grounds to be so), which made me feel stress and speak fast.
Don't know how much weight does interview play in my package evaluation, anyone has any idea?
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Re: Calling all Stanford Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 09 Dec 2008, 08:12
Thanks Foodstamp...+1 for you :)

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Here you go:

1. Please describe your relationship to the candidate, and describe the circumstances under which you have known her or him.

2. How is the candidate’s impact on your organization different from that of other well-qualified individuals in similar roles?

3. What do you like most about the candidate?

4. Please describe the most constructive feedback you have given the candidate. Please also detail the circumstances that caused you to give the feedback.

5. Is there anything else (positive or negative) about the candidate that we should know?
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Re: Calling all Stanford Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 09 Dec 2008, 08:46
Looks like we have very few invites so far!
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The guy was a bit arrogant(of course he has grounds to be so), which made me feel stress and speak fast.

I don't think anyone has the right to be arrogant just because s/he is in certain position. S/He should be thankful of the opportunities s/he had been given to achieve that position, no one does it alone. If my interviewer (if I get an interview) were like that, that would be -1 for Stanford.
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Re: Calling all Stanford Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 09 Dec 2008, 15:19
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romneychen wrote:
The guy was a bit arrogant(of course he has grounds to be so), which made me feel stress and speak fast.

I don't think anyone has the right to be arrogant just because s/he is in certain position. S/He should be thankful of the opportunities s/he had been given to achieve that position, no one does it alone. If my interviewer (if I get an interview) were like that, that would be -1 for Stanford.


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Re: Calling all Stanford Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 09 Dec 2008, 19:05
still waiting for an interview..who knows..
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Re: Calling all Stanford Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 10 Dec 2008, 03:57
For those putting in a R2 app.. looks like a lot of us R1 applicants made these mistakes.


Avoiding 10 common mistakes on your application

With the Round 2 application deadline just a little over a month away (7 January 2009) I wanted to draw your attention to the Top Ten most frequent (and avoidable) mistakes we find on your applications:

--Enter your name correctly. In the application, you enter your family name (also called last name) before your first name (also called given name). Yes, smart people make this mistake.

--Provide a specific reason for leaving any of your previous jobs--as opposed to a reason for accepting your next job. In the application verification process over the summer, this is the cause of many issues.

--Submit your application only after your recommenders have submitted your Letters of Reference. Stanford's instructions may differ from some other schools in this regard, but your application processing works best when you follow our advice. Trust us on this.

--If your university provided A/B/C/D grades, calculate your grade point average on a four-point scale (A=4, A-=3.7, B+=3.3, B=3, C=2, D=1, etc.). Do this even if your university did not calculate the grade point average. This is the easiest math problem that you're likely to see in an MBA program.

--If there is any period of four-plus months when you were neither in school nor working, tell us what you were doing during that time.

--For Essay C (Options 1-4) discuss experiences that have occurred in the last three years. Work, community, or college experiences are terrific, as long as they took place within the last three years. Be sure to tell us the "how" and "why," not just the "what."

--If you can't get a recommendation from your current supervisor, provide a brief explanation (one or two sentences) in the Additional Information section of the Online Application.

--For your Letter of Reference from a peer please make sure the person you pick is indeed a peer (an equal). Though few people like hierarchy, our supervisors are not our peers. Even if your supervisor is your friend, he/she by definition is not your peer. While many peers also are friends, remember that not all friends are good choices for recommendations.

--Check your transcript after you scan/upload it. As a general rule, if you can't read it, we can't read it.

--When calculating your months of work experience, only include post-college work and provide the months (not the years) through September of the year in which you plan to enroll (not as of the date you're applying).

As always, if you have any questions please contact us.

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Re: Calling all Stanford Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 10 Dec 2008, 04:25
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For those putting in a R2 app.. looks like a lot of us R1 applicants made these mistakes....


Sigh - I didn't make any of those mistakes, but still no interview invite... :cry:
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Re: Calling all Stanford Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 10 Dec 2008, 06:32
you are not the only one :(
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Re: Calling all Stanford Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 10 Dec 2008, 07:39
ha actually I did make one of those mistakes... I submitted my app before my last recommender who submitted her rec the day after the deadline. bah!
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Re: Calling all Stanford Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 10 Dec 2008, 07:42
CompanyMan wrote:
--If your university provided A/B/C/D grades, calculate your grade point average on a four-point scale (A=4, A-=3.7, B+=3.3, B=3, C=2, D=1, etc.). Do this even if your university did not calculate the grade point average. This is the easiest math problem that you're likely to see in an MBA program.



I'm not sure I understand this one right. My university calculated my GPA for me, and their way of doing things was A+/A/A- = 4, B+/B/B- = 3. They did not use 3.7 or 3.3. Can I provide the GPA that they calculated, or do I have to recalculate my GPA based on this scale that Stanford provided?
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Re: Calling all Stanford Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 10 Dec 2008, 08:03
I'm pretty sure they ask for your GPA for each school year. So you'd have to use their GPA rule instead of the one applied by your school/university.
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Re: Calling all Stanford Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 10 Dec 2008, 08:04
Sweet. All those A-'s are going to sink me :)
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Re: Calling all Stanford Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 10 Dec 2008, 11:16
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Re: Calling all Stanford Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 10 Dec 2008, 11:35
agold wrote:
CompanyMan wrote:
--If your university provided A/B/C/D grades, calculate your grade point average on a four-point scale (A=4, A-=3.7, B+=3.3, B=3, C=2, D=1, etc.). Do this even if your university did not calculate the grade point average. This is the easiest math problem that you're likely to see in an MBA program.



I'm not sure I understand this one right. My university calculated my GPA for me, and their way of doing things was A+/A/A- = 4, B+/B/B- = 3. They did not use 3.7 or 3.3. Can I provide the GPA that they calculated, or do I have to recalculate my GPA based on this scale that Stanford provided?


Does your university report + and - on official transcripts? My university tracks + and - only in internal records and drops these on official transcripts. If yours does this as well, then I would calculate GPA based on the grades as they are shown on your official transcript (which is what Stanford will use) rather than internal records. Not sure if this helps your calculated GPA, but it could.
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Re: Calling all Stanford Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 10 Dec 2008, 18:15
agold wrote:
CompanyMan wrote:
--If your university provided A/B/C/D grades, calculate your grade point average on a four-point scale (A=4, A-=3.7, B+=3.3, B=3, C=2, D=1, etc.). Do this even if your university did not calculate the grade point average. This is the easiest math problem that you're likely to see in an MBA program.



I'm not sure I understand this one right. My university calculated my GPA for me, and their way of doing things was A+/A/A- = 4, B+/B/B- = 3. They did not use 3.7 or 3.3. Can I provide the GPA that they calculated, or do I have to recalculate my GPA based on this scale that Stanford provided?

My undergrad factored pluses and minuses in calculating GPA, so I don't have a definitive answer for you agold. You might want to just call the adcom and ask, they're pretty helpful.
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