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Re: Darden (Virginia) 2013 - Calling All Applicants! [#permalink] New post 20 Mar 2013, 02:35
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Admitted! Finally, second year applying to programs - was starting to look like it wasn't going to happen this year either.
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Re: Darden (Virginia) 2013 - Calling All Applicants! [#permalink] New post 18 Dec 2012, 06:52
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Okay so which jerk in the Admissions Office thought today would be a good day to send out an email about global opportunities at Darden? Did they not know I would have a heart attack when I saw a Darden email in my inbox?!
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Re: Darden (Virginia) 2013 - Calling All Applicants! [#permalink] New post 18 Dec 2012, 08:41
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Just got the call!! In latin america!

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Re: Darden (Virginia) 2013 - Calling All Applicants! [#permalink] New post 18 Dec 2012, 19:50
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IN!!! I was getting my hair done at salon when I got call.
OMG I was in tears!! Haha
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Re: Darden (Virginia) 2013 - Calling All Applicants! [#permalink] New post 19 Mar 2013, 12:47
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For the east coasters losing hope....hang in there. I just got a call at 4:45 EST. I'm located in NYC.
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Re: Darden (Virginia) 2013 - Calling All Applicants! [#permalink] New post 20 Mar 2013, 02:55
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Waitlisted here. Ill be removing my name even though I love the program. I love Fuqua as well and there are others who could use that spot more than me.

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Re: Darden (Virginia) 2013 - Calling All Applicants! [#permalink] New post 18 Dec 2012, 10:48
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Got the call! In at Darden! Wow, this is an awesome day!
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Re: Darden (Virginia) 2013 - Calling All Applicants! [#permalink] New post 18 Dec 2012, 08:27
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Admitted as well! :-D :-D :-D :-D I got the call about an hour ago on my way home from work.

This was exactly what I wanted for christmas.
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Re: Darden (Virginia) 2013 - Calling All Applicants! [#permalink] New post 18 Dec 2012, 10:04
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Got the call 30 min ago. Good luck everyone

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Re: Darden (Virginia) 2013 - Calling All Applicants! [#permalink] New post 18 Dec 2012, 11:17
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JUST GOT A CALL I'M IN!!!!
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Re: Darden (Virginia) 2013 - Calling All Applicants! [#permalink] New post 12 Feb 2013, 07:34
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I'm sure you guys all already know this, but in case someone doesn't, the format of the Darden interview varies slightly from some of the others (Kellogg, Tuck, etc). Though you will have to cover the usual suspects, what you have done and why, why an MBA, why Darden, why now (though I actually didn't have to cover the last one, but more on that in a minute) the first question is 'So tell me about yourself' and you are expected to talk for 20 minutes or so.

My interviewer (I was there on Friday) told me up front that he wanted me to start with high school unless I had something in childhood I wanted to cover, and to focus on why I made the big decisions I made and what activities I did. He told me, too, that some people come in and talk for only 3 minutes and that that's bad. Moral of the story is, be prepared to cover your life from high school to now with minimal to no prompting for about 20 minutes. They will occasionally break in with a clarifying question. In my interview we never even got to why Darden. I managed to hit a few things about Darden that I wanted to get involved in while we were having a discussion at the end of the interview, but only because they came up in conversation. I think I covered why now and why an MBA in my life story pretty effectively, but I was never asked those things.

Hopefully this helps. Good luck everybody!
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My interview was earlier this week. I met with a member of the admissions team. She spent about 5 minutes reviewing the evaluation process with me, then asked: "tell me your life story". I spent about 30 minutes going through my story, then we spent another 20-25 in conversation about Darden, my goals, and personal interests. So about 1 hour for the interview in total. There were about 25-30 other applicants visiting that day, and about 20 interviewing.

Some pointers I thought of after I finished, hopefully these can help those of you who are still preparing:

-Know your story well! My interviewer didn't ask many questions when I was delivering my story, but when she did I was able to alter my story around her question. She would ask something like: do you see yourself doing X at Darden? And I would answer with: let me tell you a story about this time in my life when I did something similar.
-Show, don't tell! The best stories allow the listener to vividly imagine. You can bullet point your life for your interviewer. Then later, she will go back and read exactly what you said on your resume. You can be interesting without having ever saved children from a fire or climbed the world's 5 tallest peaks, though if you have done those things, you might want to find a way to work them in ;)
-You won't have time for everything. I thought I would have plenty of time, and I didn't. I had to catch myself from rambling a couple of times. Practice and time yourself out, then assume that you'll take 25% more time to go through the same story in your interview. Also, you will likely stumble if you focus on memorizing particular words. Memorize the concepts and the order in which you will present them.
-Have a theme! I know it sounds cheesy, but it will help them remember you more if "you're the guy who is really caring and runs marathons to raise money for cancer research" or if you're the "woman who consistently challenged herself and ended up discovering how much she loves the healthcare industry, despite having been an accounting major." Think of 3 or 4 good stories that relate to your theme across your adult life and use them to pull the whole story together.
-Have fun. You get to talk about yourself; you don't have to spend an hour doing a DCF or frantically jotting down notes for a case study. No 5 forces, no Strunk & White. It's just you, chatting with someone who is interested in you. Tell some jokes and smile: they're happy you're there, too!
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Re: Darden (Virginia) 2013 - Calling All Applicants! [#permalink] New post 19 Mar 2013, 21:22
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Admitted! International applicant in APAC. Received two emails at midnight EDT- One with a link to the congratulatory video, and the other one with a note to log in to check a status update.

Didn't see any mention of scholarship in the admit letter.

Question for those who got admitted in Rd 1 and 2 with scholarship: Was the scholarship mentioned in your admit letter?

Those who are waitlisted: Hang in there guys. Keep adcom updated on any career progression (eg additional responsibilities) and reiterate that Darden is your number one choice if accepted (if it is).
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From recent Q&A on admissions blog...

Question: Can recommenders submit recommendations after the deadline?

Answer: Yes; however, you still need to get your application and application fee paid before the deadline to be considered. We just won’t read your application until all recommendations have been received, so make sure you get your recommendation in as soon as you can. If time comes for decisions to be released and we still have not received your recommendation, we will move your application to the next round.
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got the call in India an hour ago. ecstatic about my first admit :) keep up the hopes guys!

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In!!! Call came ~10 min ago. NJ/NYC area.

Also - it showed up as "Unknown" on my phone, not the 434 area code.
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I just got in!!! Woohoo!!! In the south.
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Bennybob wrote:
Can anybody that's already interviewed provide some insight on the line of questioning to expect? is it still the general "tell me your story" approach this year?



I interviewed this past week. Yes - it's the same. Totally blind interview - no resume, no application.
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Re: Darden (Virginia) 2013 - Calling All Applicants! [#permalink] New post 03 Dec 2012, 15:07
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Bennybob wrote:
Can anybody that's already interviewed provide some insight on the line of questioning to expect? is it still the general "tell me your story" approach this year?


I interviewed on Monday at the Grounds. My interview was with an admissions committee member, though it looked like a lot of other people had student interviewers. I am wondering if there is any methodology behind who they place you with for your interview, but I assume not since they are conducted blind (though if anyone has any other idea about this, I'd be interested to know!)

I had already had two interviews (Fuqua and Tuck) at this point, but I was so nervous for my Darden interview because of the one-question format! I saw the potential for an awkward, run-on monologue, especially since I tend to be pretty chatty.

It was indeed the "tell me about yourself" question*, but it went a lot better, and felt far more conversational, than I had initially expected. As always you need to know the basics: why an MBA, why now, why Darden, career goals, etc. The key differentiator is that Darden wants to know more about your background. I read "The Darden MBA Admissions Interview Guide" by Adam Markus and found it to be really helpful for prepping (BTG wouldn't let me insert the link but it's a blogspot post). I basically used the format he laid out: introduced a few main themes from my application, connected them to a couple of annecdotes about my background, and then went into the standard MBA interview spiel about how those themes related to my career goals and school selection.

The biggest mistake I could forsee someone making in this interview (and as someone who tends towards TMI, it was something I had to remind myself while prepping) is that they'd basically tell their interviewer their life story and then not have enough time to get to the meat of the question. This is a lot easier to avoid when you're thrown specific, pointed questions. Because of that, I spent more time prepping for my Darden interview than the others. In the end, though, I thought I did a pretty good job staying on track and found the interview to be a pretty comfortable experience.

Happy to answer more questions if folks have 'em.

*but there were follow up questions later on--she asked about my interests out of work, what I would contribute to my learning team, and a few others I don't remember--anyone else get these?


I'm a reapplicant and have had the dubious honor of interviewing twice with Darden, so I thought I would throw out my two cents.

1. The interview is totally blind. Your interviewer will not have your resume, you will provide all of this information in your response to the one "tell-me-about-yourself" question.

2. The one question interview thing is a misnomer. What it means is that your interviewer will only one preset question. There will be many questions, but they will generally be in response to things you have said. These may be particular to your background, e.g. "What was it like to relocate to Sri Lanka?" or "Why did you choose college X?" or they more basic generalized interview questions, "How do you work in groups?" or "How will you contribute to our community?" or even the dreaded "Tell me about a time where you had to..." However, I think that you will find the questions to be more tailored to you, your background, and why you want to go to Darden than questions you may have faced during other interviews. I definitely never felt during either of my interviews that the purpose of any particular question was to stump me.

3. That said, there are two basic ways your interview can go, I had one of each. During my interview this year, I was basically given about 15-20 minutes to talk about myself, largely uninterrupted, then my interviewer asked another 10-15 minutes of follow up questions, and then my interviewer (and an admissions officer who was sitting in on the interview) answered my questions for about 10-15 minutes. (Your Darden interview will last 30-45 minutes) The upside to this route is that you are able to organize your thoughts the way you want and present them that way. The drawback is that it can be kind of unnerving to talk for that long without a response.

The other route is that your interviewer may interrupt your spiel early and often. This is definitely a possibility, it happened to me last year. If you are not prepared for this it can throw you off your game (I had maybe over-rehearsed my pitch and got lost when it changed directions). During this option you may be going back and forth between your presentation of your candidacy and answering specific questions about your background.

It is a good idea to consider both ways that this can go as you prepare.

4. Make sure you have some good questions. Darden interviewers really like to talk about Darden and their experiences there. They will appreciate your questions and you will gain perspective that will hopefully be valuable when we all get in everywhere we applied and have to choose which school to go to :wink:
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