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Re: Desautels (McGill U) 2013 - Calling All MBA Applicants [#permalink] New post 21 Mar 2013, 21:31
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I just completed my interview with Jonathan, was asked typical questions such as Why Mcgill, Why Montreal, Career walk through, how are you as a person (outside your professional life), etc.

Mcgill is my first choice school, hope to get a positive reply in next 2 to 3 weeks.

Does anyone know if Mcgill has a loan program for international students (without cosigner or with international bank guarantee)


aa2012,

Congratulations on finishing that interview! What was the turnaround time for the interview? In other words, when did you apply? Not really sure about the loan programs for international students. I believe it is only for students who are Canadian nationals or at least permanent residents.

Can you tell us more about your profile? How many years of work experience? International experience? GPA? etc.

I am an Indian resident with almost 5 years experience in tourism sector; I am currently working as manager
I have 67% marks in my post graduate education.
I completed my application on 16th February and got the interview invite on 13th march


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Thanks for sharing your profile, it looks interesting! Good luck!
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Re: Desautels (McGill U) 2013 - Calling All MBA Applicants [#permalink] New post 21 Mar 2013, 22:44
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Sally,

I'm always glad to help :)

1) I interviewed with Antoinette Molino and from what I remember, there were quite a lot of questions fired at me. Most of the questions asked were quite general though. The interview was very conversational and never did I feel like it was an interrogation. I hope I answered your question as I'm not sure what exactly you meant by cross-questioning.

2) I think that that the interview really focuses on your future. They want to make sure that you have a clear plan post-MBA and that you're not going to business school just to reflect what you want to do later on. They want to understand how the MBA fits into your plans and how you're going to use your business education to achieve your goals. They want to understand as well why Desautels is a good fit for you. They also focus on your leadership and teamwork abilities, make sure you have a few examples of that in mind. They also want to know more about you on a personal level: hobbies, your charcter etc...

3) Antoinette seemed to have read my CV and essays before the interview. We even talked briefly about one of my essays as it came up during our conversation.

One piece of advice: Highlight your international experience if you have any and/or your experience working with foreign people.


Great reply temuod! Some very useful tips in there.

About international experience. I think that they want students with international experience but its won't be a deal breaker or maker. Why do you think its important for them?


I don't think it's a deal breaker as well. But if you don't have international experience, then you might to emphasize that you want to increase your international outlook through the McGill MBA. I think international experience is important for them because it brings a lot of different perspectives to the class especially given the fact that McGill focuses on International Business.
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Re: Desautels (McGill U) 2013 - Calling All MBA Applicants [#permalink] New post 26 Mar 2013, 20:38
how long does it usually take for a decision on application? if I submitted my online application on March 10 and had Minerva account documents complete on March 14 - when can I start getting nervous? :)
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how long does it usually take for a decision on application? if I submitted my online application on March 10 and had Minerva account documents complete on March 14 - when can I start getting nervous? :)


You submitted your application really close to the deadline so I would say maybe 3-4 weeks to get an interview. It usually takes about 2 weeks after the interview to receive a final decision.
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Re: Desautels (McGill U) 2013 - Calling All MBA Applicants [#permalink] New post 27 Mar 2013, 04:38
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You submitted your application really close to the deadline so I would say maybe 3-4 weeks to get an interview. It usually takes about 2 weeks after the interview to receive a final decision.


so if everything goes smooth - i need to be ready for an invitation to interview some time mid-April, right?
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Re: Desautels (McGill U) 2013 - Calling All MBA Applicants [#permalink] New post 27 Mar 2013, 04:58
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You submitted your application really close to the deadline so I would say maybe 3-4 weeks to get an interview. It usually takes about 2 weeks after the interview to receive a final decision.


so if everything goes smooth - i need to be ready for an invitation to interview some time mid-April, right?


Yeah that's a good estimate
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Re: Desautels (McGill U) 2013 - Calling All MBA Applicants [#permalink] New post 28 Mar 2013, 08:33
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You submitted your application really close to the deadline so I would say maybe 3-4 weeks to get an interview. It usually takes about 2 weeks after the interview to receive a final decision.


so if everything goes smooth - i need to be ready for an invitation to interview some time mid-April, right?


Yeah that's a good estimate


For me, it took almost 4 weeks for the interview invite and 5 weeks for the interview itself; Jonathan told me that it will take another 3 weeks for the final decision...
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Re: Desautels (McGill U) 2013 - Calling All MBA Applicants [#permalink] New post 30 Mar 2013, 09:35
I just knew today that one of the Postgraduate transcripts may take till the beginning of May to reach me . This makes me very nervous only two days before the GMAT .Does anybody know if I can send the complete file then update it with an extra transcript ? my nerves are really freaking for the idea of losing this year's opportunity for a few days-delay after all this effort :(
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I just knew today that one of the Postgraduate transcripts may take till the beginning of May to reach me . This makes me very nervous only two days before the GMAT .Does anybody know if I can send the complete file then update it with an extra transcript ? my nerves are really freaking for the idea of losing this year's opportunity for a few days-delay after all this effort :(


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Desautels does not require the transcripts until you have been offered a letter of acceptance, no, I think they do not require the transcripts until you have paid the deposit fee. So, as long as you have a copy of the student's transcript you will be fine. Just scan your transcripts and complete the online application.
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Re: Desautels (McGill U) 2013 - Calling All MBA Applicants [#permalink] New post 01 Apr 2013, 20:43
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For me, it took almost 4 weeks for the interview invite and 5 weeks for the interview itself; Jonathan told me that it will take another 3 weeks for the final decision...


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Re: Desautels (McGill U) 2013 - Calling All MBA Applicants [#permalink] New post 02 Apr 2013, 03:58
Dear Sally I really appreciate your kind care .Unfortunately this diploma does not offer a student transcript they only offer a certificate of completion ,and this is what making me highly stressed.In fact I am thinking of asking Jonathan but also afraid that this might give a negative impression
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I just knew today that one of the Postgraduate transcripts may take till the beginning of May to reach me . This makes me very nervous only two days before the GMAT .Does anybody know if I can send the complete file then update it with an extra transcript ? my nerves are really freaking for the idea of losing this year's opportunity for a few days-delay after all this effort :(


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Desautels does not require the transcripts until you have been offered a letter of acceptance, no, I think they do not require the transcripts until you have paid the deposit fee. So, as long as you have a copy of the student's transcript you will be fine. Just scan your transcripts and complete the online application.


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Dear Sally I really appreciate your kind care .Unfortunately this diploma does not offer a student transcript they only offer a certificate of completion ,and this is what making me highly stressed.In fact I am thinking of asking Jonathan but also afraid that this might give a negative impression
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I just knew today that one of the Postgraduate transcripts may take till the beginning of May to reach me . This makes me very nervous only two days before the GMAT .Does anybody know if I can send the complete file then update it with an extra transcript ? my nerves are really freaking for the idea of losing this year's opportunity for a few days-delay after all this effort :(


Nona,

Desautels does not require the transcripts until you have been offered a letter of acceptance, no, I think they do not require the transcripts until you have paid the deposit fee. So, as long as you have a copy of the student's transcript you will be fine. Just scan your transcripts and complete the online application.


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Nona,

I don't think that it will give a negative impression. If there were another choice then you could have taken that but I don't suppose there is one, right?
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Dear Sally I really appreciate your kind care .Unfortunately this diploma does not offer a student transcript they only offer a certificate of completion ,and this is what making me highly stressed.In fact I am thinking of asking Jonathan but also afraid that this might give a negative impression.


Schools understand that students come from countries with vastly different education systems to the Canadian/Quebecois. Wherever you are from, chances are that they will have had a student from there before. I would suggest you explain to Jonathan the situation, show him the document you have now, and also explain when/where you will have a more official document. It will NOT give the wrong impression.
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Re: Desautels (McGill U) 2013 - Calling All MBA Applicants [#permalink] New post 03 Apr 2013, 10:07
Retook the GMAT for the second time today . I was scoring in my mocks the range of 600-650 , but was shocked today with a 550 !!!!!! Jonathan had encouraged me to apply after my first attempt (540) but told me I needed a minimum score of 600. Meanwhile , he told me that as a PR of Canada I have till the end of May to submit my official score. Thus , I will book a third appointment after one month from now , but to catch the application deadline (May 1st) is it possible to apply indicating my prospective booked date instead of my current score ? I intend to work on the test and the application simultaneously .

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Dear Sally I really appreciate your kind care .Unfortunately this diploma does not offer a student transcript they only offer a certificate of completion ,and this is what making me highly stressed.In fact I am thinking of asking Jonathan but also afraid that this might give a negative impression.


Schools understand that students come from countries with vastly different education systems to the Canadian/Quebecois. Wherever you are from, chances are that they will have had a student from there before. I would suggest you explain to Jonathan the situation, show him the document you have now, and also explain when/where you will have a more official document. It will NOT give the wrong impression.


Dears Sally and Ducksworth , my sincere thanks for your valuable help :)
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Re: Desautels (McGill U) 2013 - Calling All MBA Applicants [#permalink] New post 03 Apr 2013, 13:46
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For me, it took almost 4 weeks for the interview invite and 5 weeks for the interview itself; Jonathan told me that it will take another 3 weeks for the final decision...


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Retook the GMAT for the second time today . I was scoring in my mocks the range of 600-650 , but was shocked today with a 550 !!!!!! Jonathan had encouraged me to apply after my first attempt (540) but told me I needed a minimum score of 600. Meanwhile , he told me that as a PR of Canada I have till the end of May to submit my official score. Thus , I will book a third appointment after one month from now , but to catch the application deadline (May 1st) is it possible to apply indicating my prospective booked date instead of my current score ? I intend to work on the test and the application simultaneously .

Thanks in advance . :)


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Re: Desautels (McGill U) 2013 - Calling All MBA Applicants [#permalink] New post 05 Apr 2013, 01:46
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Retook the GMAT for the second time today . I was scoring in my mocks the range of 600-650 , but was shocked today with a 550 !!!!!! Jonathan had encouraged me to apply after my first attempt (540) but told me I needed a minimum score of 600. Meanwhile , he told me that as a PR of Canada I have till the end of May to submit my official score. Thus , I will book a third appointment after one month from now , but to catch the application deadline (May 1st) is it possible to apply indicating my prospective booked date instead of my current score ? I intend to work on the test and the application simultaneously .

Thanks in advance . :)


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You might want to ask Jonathan about that
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Re: Desautels (McGill U) 2013 - Calling All MBA Applicants [#permalink] New post 06 Apr 2013, 07:17
How does Desautels work for english speakers? Montreal the city you can easily get by only speaking english, but to work you pretty much need French to converse at work and with the ridiculous language laws and the PQ it only seems like it will get worse.

The job placements seem to be primarily in Quebec. Are there some industries where you can get by with only English or are most of these McGill students bilingual?
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Re: Desautels (McGill U) 2013 - Calling All MBA Applicants [#permalink] New post 06 Apr 2013, 07:58
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How does Desautels work for english speakers? Montreal the city you can easily get by only speaking english, but to work you pretty much need French to converse at work and with the ridiculous language laws and the PQ it only seems like it will get worse.

The job placements seem to be primarily in Quebec. Are there some industries where you can get by with only English or are most of these McGill students bilingual?

There seems to be a common misconception about quebec and its language policies. A lot of people graduate from mcgill and work in quebec without knowing a word of french. I'm a mcgill alumni and many of my classmates landed jobs in quebec despite unfamiliarity with The language. However, i'd like to add that speaking french is a big plus if you plan on remaining in quebec.

It makes sense that most of the job placements are in quebec for mcgill just like most of the job placements for berkeley are in california. The advantage of the mcgill brand is that it enables you to find a job anywhere in the world if you do not want to stay in quebec.
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