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Re: Calling all Wharton 2011 Applicants [#permalink] New post 30 Nov 2010, 00:24
I have talked with several experienced alum interviewers, and all say that the new behavioral interview is a great tool as it brings a lot more structure to the interview. Nobody argues that it is a perfect screening tool, but all people I had conversations with agree that the new approach does not diminish the importance and role of personal interaction, and does not in any way disadvantage the candidates.

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Re: Calling all Wharton 2011 Applicants [#permalink] New post 30 Nov 2010, 07:30
Had my interview, on campus, with a second-year student. Questions were as expected: Conflict, team without an appointed leader, time I persuaded a team to accept my ideas.

Interestingly, my interviewer was quite conversational and was by no means a blank slate while I recounted my stories. I actually found the experience enjoyable. I wonder whether that reflects a response by Wharton adcom to some of the recent negative press or whether my interviewer was simply a maverick, but I'll probably never know.

He also asked me early in the interview whether I had heard about the new format. ("Nope, not me, don't know anything about it!")

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Re: Calling all Wharton 2011 Applicants [#permalink] New post 30 Nov 2010, 07:53
I just interviewed on Wharton campus yesterday. Same three questions as everyone says. I think it went well. The interviewer was a 2nd year student. I guess now i just join in on the waiting game... Dec 17... 2.5 weeks to go.
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Re: Calling all Wharton 2011 Applicants [#permalink] New post 30 Nov 2010, 08:21
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I just interviewed on Wharton campus yesterday. Same three questions as everyone says. I think it went well. The interviewer was a 2nd year student. I guess now i just join in on the waiting game... Dec 17... 2.5 weeks to go.


Did you guys get the usual questions too....Why MBA? Why now? Why Wharton? etc
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Re: Calling all Wharton 2011 Applicants [#permalink] New post 30 Nov 2010, 08:50
Did not get the traditional questions--behavioral only.
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Re: Calling all Wharton 2011 Applicants [#permalink] New post 30 Nov 2010, 08:53
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Did you guys get the usual questions too....Why MBA? Why now? Why Wharton? etc

Nope. Not much time for that... first you spend like 5 minutes of introducing... then 3 question (with her clarification questions) and answers in like 25 minutes is not a bunch of time... then a couple questions for her from me at the end. It lasted 40 minutes and it FLEW by.There honestly wasn't time for any more than the 3 questions.
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Re: Calling all Wharton 2011 Applicants [#permalink] New post 30 Nov 2010, 09:00
Thanks! I have my interview tomorrow on campus.
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Re: Calling all Wharton 2011 Applicants [#permalink] New post 30 Nov 2010, 10:19
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I have talked with several experienced alum interviewers, and all say that the new behavioral interview is a great tool as it brings a lot more structure to the interview. Nobody argues that it is a perfect screening tool, but all people I had conversations with agree that the new approach does not diminish the importance and role of personal interaction, and does not in any way disadvantage the candidates.
I agree that behavioral interviews are great tools to assess a candidate, but the concern is that there are only 6 questions and they have been leaked. How hard is it to come up with 6 stories and just blurt it out at an interview? I clearly puts candidates who interviewed early on at a severe disadvantage. It's like someone getting the question paper ahead of the exam - do you consider it to be ethical? - From my perspective, it is as easy as walking into the interview with 6 solid stories + having good communication skills to articulate them.

Since the whole interview is around just the 6 questions, I do think it is unfair. Moreover, by limiting the time, Wharton isn't allowing the interviewers to connect with the candidate or understand his/her personality/goals.

It's just my personal opinion. I will still accept if I get an admit :-D

I understand that people have mixed feelings regarding the new interview format. I have created a poll to understand what people think about the new Wharton interview format.

PLEASE CASTE YOUR VOTE AT -- > wharton-fall-2011-new-interview-format-105562.html

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Re: Calling all Wharton 2011 Applicants [#permalink] New post 30 Nov 2010, 10:53
Anyone have any ideas whether the decisions will be released early and how early? What has happened in the past?
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Re: Calling all Wharton 2011 Applicants [#permalink] New post 30 Nov 2010, 10:54
December 17th.
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Re: Calling all Wharton 2011 Applicants [#permalink] New post 30 Nov 2010, 10:59
From past experience they usually keep their timeline. There have been one or two exceptions and those meant a release a day early, but no earlier than that. I think the 17 will be it.

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Re: Calling all Wharton 2011 Applicants [#permalink] New post 30 Nov 2010, 11:07
that day will be either exciting or depressing for most of us.

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Re: Calling all Wharton 2011 Applicants [#permalink] New post 30 Nov 2010, 11:08
One of the best or worst days of our lives for most of us, I'd bet.
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Re: Calling all Wharton 2011 Applicants [#permalink] New post 30 Nov 2010, 14:07
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Just to "help" with the nerves....

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lol awesome. but that's counting down to midnight Dec 17... we need one for 5pm :x (add 17 more hours to the timer) 8-)

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Just to "help" with the nerves....

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lol awesome. but that's counting down to midnight Dec 17... we need one for 5pm :x (add 17 more hours to the timer) 8-)


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Re: Calling all Wharton 2011 Applicants [#permalink] New post 30 Nov 2010, 16:29
And I thought waiting for Nov 5th was hard...

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Re: Calling all Wharton 2011 Applicants [#permalink] New post 30 Nov 2010, 21:57
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I have talked with several experienced alum interviewers, and all say that the new behavioral interview is a great tool as it brings a lot more structure to the interview. Nobody argues that it is a perfect screening tool, but all people I had conversations with agree that the new approach does not diminish the importance and role of personal interaction, and does not in any way disadvantage the candidates.
I agree that behavioral interviews are great tools to assess a candidate, but the concern is that there are only 6 questions and they have been leaked. How hard is it to come up with 6 stories and just blurt it out at an interview? I clearly puts candidates who interviewed early on at a severe disadvantage. It's like someone getting the question paper ahead of the exam - do you consider it to be ethical? - From my perspective, it is as easy as walking into the interview with 6 solid stories + having good communication skills to articulate them.

Since the whole interview is around just the 6 questions, I do think it is unfair. Moreover, by limiting the time, Wharton isn't allowing the interviewers to connect with the candidate or understand his/her personality/goals.

It's just my personal opinion. I will still accept if I get an admit :-D

I understand that people have mixed feelings regarding the new interview format. I have created a poll to understand what people think about the new Wharton interview format.

PLEASE CASTE YOUR VOTE AT -- > wharton-fall-2011-new-interview-format-105562.html


Well, the assumption most people have for some reason is that the interview questions have to be unexpectedly and surprisingly fresh and tough for each candidate. This would have been the right approach if the goal was to observe how a person communicates in spontaneous, challenging situations.

If the goals of the interview are different (hint), then there is nothing wrong with using 6 questions over and over again. I guess, Wharton could have just announced the 6 questions ahead of time (or even now) to just finish this debate once and forever.

To me, the voting above makes no sense whatsoever because it only invites opinions on user experience from people, the vast majority of whom have not experienced anything else, but the new format. It is like asking drivers if they like turning the steering wheel to the left or to the right; whereas the discussion should really be about them pulling the wheel out or pushing it in vs. bending it up and down to move the vehicle in different directions.

Please, allow me to use some allegorical comparisons here. Think of the interview as a mathematical function f(x) that produces and array of data to be analyzed. Each candidate is an x, and so the result depends on the x itself. The old format was one type of function, and it produced a certain type of data that was analyzed using an old algorithm. The new format is a different type of function, and both the type of data it generates, and the analysis of such are very different from the old ways.

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Re: Calling all Wharton 2011 Applicants [#permalink] New post 01 Dec 2010, 06:17
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To me, the voting above makes no sense whatsoever because it only invites opinions on user experience from people, the vast majority of whom have not experienced anything else, but the new format. It is like asking drivers if they like turning the steering wheel to the left or to the right; whereas the discussion should really be about them pulling the wheel out or pushing it in vs. bending it up and down to move the vehicle in different directions.

Please, allow me to use some allegorical comparisons here. Think of the interview as a mathematical function f(x) that produces and array of data to be analyzed. Each candidate is an x, and so the result depends on the x itself. The old format was one type of function, and it produced a certain type of data that was analyzed using an old algorithm. The new format is a different type of function, and both the type of data it generates, and the analysis of such are very different from the old ways.


Definitely agree with your point...except of course that that's not an allegorical comparison....
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