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Re: Calling all Wharton Fall 09 Applicants [#permalink] New post 11 Nov 2008, 09:32
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Re: Calling all Wharton Fall 09 Applicants [#permalink] New post 11 Nov 2008, 12:36
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Gil wrote:

Hey - can you please post a link?

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Re: Calling all Wharton Fall 09 Applicants [#permalink] New post 12 Nov 2008, 22:59
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Re: Calling all Wharton Fall 09 Applicants [#permalink] New post 13 Nov 2008, 11:13
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jjright wrote:
It varies, but from various sources, the % seems to average at 33


I have a friend who attended a Wharton session on Tuesday and the adcom mentioned that for R1 they would extend 1,000 interview invitation and would offer admission to 400 students. I was not there but that's what I was told.

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Re: Calling all Wharton Fall 09 Applicants [#permalink] New post 13 Nov 2008, 15:48
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Indeed, it seems to be almost flipping a coin to get an invite here. Gil, Leverandon & others, you guys have really strong, not-dime-a-dozen profiles and I am sure you will get in somewhere else good. Sadly the websense at my work decided to block chat starting this week so I am rendered mute except for the boards.
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Re: Calling all Wharton Fall 09 Applicants [#permalink] New post 15 Nov 2008, 11:21
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It depends on the interviewer. I have my interview tomorrow. A bit anxious about it.



Good luck! Let us know how it pans out.
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Re: Calling all Wharton Fall 09 Applicants [#permalink] New post 16 Nov 2008, 16:17
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I had my interview today.

It was friendly but detailed. Questions included:

i) Walk me through you resume
ii) Short-term and long-term goals?
iii) Why MBA? Why Wharton?
iv) What extracurricular activities will you participate in?
v) What do you think about outsourcing jobs to India? --- we were talking about globalization and international economy at that point.
vi) Do you enjoy working in teams?
vii) Have you been to Philly?
viii) What other schools are you applying to?

I guess besides the last question, I did very well in all parts. The interviewer said I will be a strong applicant.

My advice to everyone is to practice (i) your story / goals, (ii) why MBA, why Wharton, and (iii) how will you contribute/differentiate really well. These seem to be the most important questions. The other questions can vary from person to person.

Goodluck to all!
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Re: Calling all Wharton Fall 09 Applicants [#permalink] New post 20 Nov 2008, 07:51
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Can anyone please repost the recommmender questions for W?


1. How long have you known the applicant and describe your relationship to the applicant?
2. How would you rank this applicant compared to his/her peer group? Please describe the peer group to which you are comparing this applicant (for example,
employees with comparable work experience and level of responsibility).
3. How would you describe the applicant’s personal integrity?
4. What observations do you have concerning the applicant’s leadership abilities, team and/or group skills?
5. How would you describe the applicant’s sense of humor (seriously)?
6. What are the applicant’s most salient strengths?
7. What are the applicant’s weaknesses? What efforts has the applicant made to address these areas?
8. What do you see the candidate doing and achieving in 10 years?
9. Do you have any additional comments that you think will assist the Admissions Committee in making its decision? If yes, please elaborate.
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Re: Calling all Wharton Fall 09 Applicants [#permalink] New post 20 Nov 2008, 10:55
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Hey virflo,

As long as you were able to detail your leadership / teamwork skills with examples in your essays/application, I wouldn't worry about not touching everything in the interview. I'm really getting the idea from these Wharton interviews that they are mostly just to see how one is going to present him/her self when he/she walks into classes on the first day. What is the person's personality, sense of humor, professionalism etc. I don't think anyone can really judge how good of a student you'll be in a 25 minute interview. It sounds as if you hit it off with your interviewer, no awkward moments etc, so I'd be very content with how it went.

Still working on getting my closest alumnus to get his contact information in the system so he can interview me. But I feel, agree with me or not, that Wharton's 'take' on people is very, very largely gathered already from your application, and the interview is just their check to make sure you aren't a complete jerk and that you really did work on the projects/activities listed on your resume.
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Re: Calling all Wharton Fall 09 Applicants [#permalink] New post 23 Nov 2008, 07:02
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sset009 wrote:
guys, for these questions

Where in your background would we find evidence of your leadership capacity and/or potential? (500 words)
and
Is there anything about your background or experience that you feel you have not had the opportunity to share with the Admissions Committee in your application? If yes, please explain

do you suggest having one big story for each?
or should i split each into 2 x 250 essays i.e. give two examples of leadership capaciy?
and two distinct experiences?

thanx

S


For the leadership question, you can do either one story or multiple stories. For what it's worth, I did two stories with a theme of my leadership style threaded through the essay, and I got an interview. I know there have been others who did one big story and were accepted/given an interview.

I'm sure the same is true for the other essay. It's really about how you answer the question more than the number of stories. If you're going to do multiple stories, though, don't make 2 x 250 essays. Make sure you have some sort of high level thesis and the two stories support different aspects of your theme.
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Re: Calling all Wharton Fall 09 Applicants [#permalink] New post 23 Nov 2008, 16:27
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I am still convinced that it is not the questions that matter in the interview, but rather the answers. I also hear some people come in so rehearsed that it hurts (the applicant of course). Rather than concentrating on what questions might be asked, I would (and did) concentrate on particular aspects of my life that 1. explain my goals, 2. describe me as a leader 3. give insight into my social life 4. paint a picture of me as a person. I found it very helpful because whatever question came my way, I had plenty of examples to throw back at the interviewer. I think if your interview gets to the nitty-gritty details of your career, life, social involvement, it is a good indicator that you hit the target, and the interviewer is trying to zero in on their conclusions. Once a positive conclusion is about to be made, you would normally want to get more evidence to support your decision. Similarly, once a negative conclusion is being formed about a candidate, it is probably because the signal from the candidate was very strong, so naturally people tend to look for justifications as to either prove themselves wrong and to make sure they're not making a mistake. A mistake about being wrong is then being the opposite to wrong.

If you know enough about yourself, if you have a lot of examples that describe your skills, then you can either provide more evidence to strengthen the positive conclusions about your candidacy, or to dissipate whatever doubts the interviewer might have about you, i.e. do very good damage control. So knowing the questions in advance does not help much, and frankly what are the chances that your interview will be similar to others'.


Great piece of advice, I think that's probably the best tip I've seen for interviews. I have never rehearsed questions for interview (except the obvious walk me through your CV one) and it worked pretty well for me. Don't be a robot because it will show off and people will not be impressed. kudos.

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Hey folks,
I had my Wharton interviews yesterday on campus. Overall, I think both went well. In retrospect, my answer to a couple of the general questions could have been articulated better but I still got the message across successfully. :) I'm very relieved that they're done!

General interview:
- Walk me through your resume.
- Short/Long term goals
- Why MBA, why now
- What would you contribute in class?
- How do you fit with Wharton and how does Wharton fit with you?
- What are your hobbies? What do you do outside work?
- Talk to me about your travels? How did you end up in country x, where did you go?
- Tell me about a time when you had conflict on your team, how did you handle it?
Then we generally chatted about her experiences at Wharton, why she chose it and England. (yes the country)

HCM interview:
- Tell me about what you currently do?
- Talk to me about change management strategies, how has worked? what hasn't? (this is related to what I do)
- What have you seen as barriers to new technology adoption? (this is related to what I do)
- How do you work with clinicians? How did you learn their common workflows, standards? How do you adapt them as part of your client engagements? (this is related to what I do)
- What would you contribute in class? to the medical device industry? (related to my future goals)
And then we generally chatted about healthcare, the HCM program.

General Misc Observations:
- sat in on Prof Useem's Managing People at Work class- he's super nice, the class was entertaining, and the students in the class fairly welcoming
- heard from many students that space is an issue at Huntsman - since undergrads also use the same space, meeting rooms can be hard to get
- heard from lots of students that they are stressed about recruiting; not about the economy or anything, just that all of a sudden, they have a lot to do

All in all a good experience, I'm really glad I went for an on-campus interview. Helped get a better feel of the place :)

Hope this helps!
ac.

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Here you go:

1) How long you have known the applicant and describe your relationship to the applicant?

2) How would you rank this applicant relative to his/her peer group? Please describe the peer group to which you are comparing this applicant (e.g., employees with comparable work experience and level of responsibility).

3) How would you describe the applicant's personal integrity?

4) What observations do you have concerning the applicant's leadership abilities, team and/or group skills?

5) How would you describe the applicant's sense of humor (seriously)?

6) What are the applicant's most salient strengths?

7) What are the applicant's weaknesses? What efforts has the applicant made to address these areas?

8) What do you see this candidate doing and achieving in 10 years?

9) Do you have any additional comments that you think would assist the Admissions Committee in making its decision? If yes, please elaborate.
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Re: Calling all Wharton Fall 09 Applicants [#permalink] New post 12 Dec 2008, 11:07
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the "Your application decision is available online now" link has disappeared from my online app.

Did someone else observe the same?
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thanks for the write up Audio!
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Re: Calling all Wharton Fall 09 Applicants [#permalink] New post 15 Dec 2008, 19:07
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very helpful post Audio. +1.

People can always find flaws with the co-hort system, when I got my engineering masters I did it via a program where I took all my classes with the same 45 people, 42ish of who were totally cool and a couple who you'd just beg werent assigned to your team when we split into breakout groups. Unlike say undergrad or high school, it wasn't because they were 'slackers' but more because they were either cutthroats(the type you can just tell is out for him/herself and will gladly sabotage anyone else), or my way or the highway types. With the caliber of Wharton students I'm sure the same situation would apply.

Audio or Xerox, does yout typical Wharton class involve some kind of evaluation of your team mates when all is said and done, and if so, how important is it? I know in my past experience they always had us evaluate our team members at the end of a project, the evaluation often factoring into our grade (though unlike wharton our teams would often be rescrambled), which I think had certain effects (some positive, some negative) on group dynamics and so forth.


The second years that are your mentors run a 360° evaluation where everybody voices their opinion. Basically after the 1st quarter everybody evaluates everybody based on formal questions - it's done online then we talk about it. The preparation is pretty painful since you have to answer to very precise questions although you have only met your team mates 3 months before (like "How creative is Audio?"). There is a grade system for each question.

However, the discussion is very interesting. Everybody voices their opinion about all the team members, and that is where people speak up, which is interesting. I received some precious opinions from my team mates during that evaluation. We'll have another evaluation at the end of the year.
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Congrats Chifootball!!!!
Did your status change, by any chance?

This has been a rough week - I think my nerves are shot.
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That just made that missed call with the unknown number 'sweeeeeet'...... :lol:

Best of luck everyone
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