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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 12 Feb 2013, 11:36
When answering "Why now" question can you guys talk about the personal reasons such as wanting to finish MBA before we start having kids? or don't want to be 30+ years old when starting a demanding job such as consulting/banking. Not sure, if its a good enough reason for doing the MBA now, as opposed to next year.
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 12 Feb 2013, 11:41
this is kind of a silly question but...

I don't follow college basketball at all. What are the chances that I would get asked a question (casually) about whether I follow Duke basketball or what I thought of last week's game during my interview? I really don't want to come across as being not interested in this huge part of Duke's culture (because I would like to be if I am a student there), but at the same time I don't want to feign enthusiasm for something I know very little about. How much do you think students/alumni/adcom care about this aspect of a candidate's interests in evaluating whether or not he/she is a good fit?

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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 12 Feb 2013, 11:43
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this is kind of a silly question but...

I don't follow college basketball at all. What are the chances that I would get asked a question (casually) about whether I follow Duke basketball or what I thought of last week's game during my interview? I really don't want to come across as being not interested in this huge part of Duke's culture (because I would like to be if I am a student there), but at the same time I don't want to feign enthusiasm for something I know very little about. How much do you think students/alumni/adcom care about this aspect of a candidate's interests?


You won't get asked about it...and IMO, if you use it as a reason for "why duke" it's a pretty weak answer. Just know that it is a part of student life, but how involved students are in it varies.

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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 12 Feb 2013, 11:49
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this is kind of a silly question but...

I don't follow college basketball at all. What are the chances that I would get asked a question (casually) about whether I follow Duke basketball or what I thought of last week's game during my interview? I really don't want to come across as being not interested in this huge part of Duke's culture (because I would like to be if I am a student there), but at the same time I don't want to feign enthusiasm for something I know very little about. How much do you think students/alumni/adcom care about this aspect of a candidate's interests in evaluating whether or not he/she is a good fit?


I haven't read any interview report so far in which the interviewee was asked a sports related question. I think if someone does bring up the sports topic, it would defininetly be the applicant himself. I wouldn't worry too much about it.
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 12 Feb 2013, 12:17
thanks aerien and hailmary620 for easing my irrational qualms :-D
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 12 Feb 2013, 12:18
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generalsouth wrote:
this is kind of a silly question but...

I don't follow college basketball at all. What are the chances that I would get asked a question (casually) about whether I follow Duke basketball or what I thought of last week's game during my interview? I really don't want to come across as being not interested in this huge part of Duke's culture (because I would like to be if I am a student there), but at the same time I don't want to feign enthusiasm for something I know very little about. How much do you think students/alumni/adcom care about this aspect of a candidate's interests in evaluating whether or not he/she is a good fit?


I haven't read any interview report so far in which the interviewee was asked a sports related question. I think if someone does bring up the sports topic, it would defininetly be the applicant himself. I wouldn't worry too much about it.



On a side note, great answer for what scares you most about being a Duke student... "Although I'm excited about the enthusiastic sports culture at Duke, I know absolutely nothing about college basketball. I'm somewhat worried I'd have a bit of a learning curve getting up to speed for the daily sports small talk."


That is brilliant!
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 12 Feb 2013, 12:28
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generalsouth wrote:
this is kind of a silly question but...

I don't follow college basketball at all. What are the chances that I would get asked a question (casually) about whether I follow Duke basketball or what I thought of last week's game during my interview? I really don't want to come across as being not interested in this huge part of Duke's culture (because I would like to be if I am a student there), but at the same time I don't want to feign enthusiasm for something I know very little about. How much do you think students/alumni/adcom care about this aspect of a candidate's interests in evaluating whether or not he/she is a good fit?


I haven't read any interview report so far in which the interviewee was asked a sports related question. I think if someone does bring up the sports topic, it would defininetly be the applicant himself. I wouldn't worry too much about it.



On a side note, great answer for what scares you most about being a Duke student... "Although I'm excited about the enthusiastic sports culture at Duke, I know absolutely nothing about college basketball. I'm somewhat worried I'd have a bit of a learning curve getting up to speed for the daily sports small talk."


you're good!!
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 12 Feb 2013, 12:33
What do you guys think of using excessive amount of humor during b-school interviews? All my life I have used humor quite extensively during job interviews and that never hurted me. I feel like since b-schools interviews are more casual than job interviews, being funny won't hurt.

During my Tuck interview, my interviewer laughed at pretty much each of my responses (even when I wasn't trying to be funny). He did make a positive comment on my personality, but not sure if its a good thing or not.
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 12 Feb 2013, 12:49
Stupid question, but why cant I export the table from the first page to excel? Doesnt open properly, and wont give me an option to separate by comma delimiters.
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 12 Feb 2013, 13:01
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What do you guys think of using excessive amount of humor during b-school interviews? All my life I have used humor quite extensively during job interviews and that never hurted me. I feel like since b-schools interviews are more casual than job interviews, being funny won't hurt.

During my Tuck interview, my interviewer laughed at pretty much each of my responses (even when I wasn't trying to be funny). He did make a positive comment on my personality, but not sure if its a good thing or not.


Fit is such a big factor at bschools that I would just advise you to be yourself. If you are funny and you repress it, it can't help but come out. Likewise, if someone is less social, that vibe leaks out of the seams as well.
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 12 Feb 2013, 13:02
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What do you guys think of using excessive amount of humor during b-school interviews? All my life I have used humor quite extensively during job interviews and that never hurted me. I feel like since b-schools interviews are more casual than job interviews, being funny won't hurt.

During my Tuck interview, my interviewer laughed at pretty much each of my responses (even when I wasn't trying to be funny). He did make a positive comment on my personality, but not sure if its a good thing or not.


Be yourself, if its genuine humor, and doesn't come off as trying to be funny, go for it. The interviewer will be a second year, they want to recommend people they would have been happy to see in their own classes and groups. Personally, I honestly do not know how to interact with people without lacing it with some light, or dry humor... That's just who I am. Duke, more then anywhere else, is about fit. Let your personality shine through.
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 12 Feb 2013, 13:03
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What do you guys think of using excessive amount of humor during b-school interviews? All my life I have used humor quite extensively during job interviews and that never hurted me. I feel like since b-schools interviews are more casual than job interviews, being funny won't hurt.

During my Tuck interview, my interviewer laughed at pretty much each of my responses (even when I wasn't trying to be funny). He did make a positive comment on my personality, but not sure if its a good thing or not.


I think it's important to let your personality shine through, and if humor is a big part of that, then by all means use it. But still keep in mind that the main goal is to provide clear and compelling answers to the questions you are given, and if excessive humor gets in the way of that, then I would tone it down and only inject humor in a few appropriate places. IMO, humor by itself won't hurt you, but it could hurt you if it convolutes your answer or detracts from the main points you want to make.
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 12 Feb 2013, 13:14
When I signed for an interview slot, I remember seeing an evening event on February 16.
I cannot find it now. Did you dream it?
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 13 Feb 2013, 10:01
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What do you guys think of using excessive amount of humor during b-school interviews? All my life I have used humor quite extensively during job interviews and that never hurted me. I feel like since b-schools interviews are more casual than job interviews, being funny won't hurt.

During my Tuck interview, my interviewer laughed at pretty much each of my responses (even when I wasn't trying to be funny). He did make a positive comment on my personality, but not sure if its a good thing or not.

As long as you get your points across (i.e. selling yourself, why school, career progression), it is fine. I actively tried to incorporate some in to my walk-thru for job interviews. And I’m sure your humor is work appropriate.

At the end of the day, you want to be at a place that accepts you for you. If you are the goofy type, and the school (in general) isn’t, it may make a miserable experience.
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 13 Feb 2013, 10:40
I'm interviewing on the 15th and doing some events on the 16th as well. My fiancee and I will just have to celebrate Valentine's Day the night of the 16th; I will be traveling on the 14th.

I'm local to the area, so I'm happy to give tips about dining, bars, etc.
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 13 Feb 2013, 10:44
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What do you guys think of using excessive amount of humor during b-school interviews? All my life I have used humor quite extensively during job interviews and that never hurted me. I feel like since b-schools interviews are more casual than job interviews, being funny won't hurt.

During my Tuck interview, my interviewer laughed at pretty much each of my responses (even when I wasn't trying to be funny). He did make a positive comment on my personality, but not sure if its a good thing or not.

As long as you get your points across (i.e. selling yourself, why school, career progression), it is fine. I actively tried to incorporate some in to my walk-thru for job interviews. And I’m sure your humor is work appropriate.

At the end of the day, you want to be at a place that accepts you for you. If you are the goofy type, and the school (in general) isn’t, it may make a miserable experience.


Always a pleasure to get a feedback from an alum. Yes, my humor is definitely work appropriate. I won't classify myself as goofy as I have a very dry sense of humor and I never laugh at my jokes. Let's hope that the interviewer doesn't think that I am weird.
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 13 Feb 2013, 11:03
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I'm interviewing on the 15th and doing some events on the 16th as well. My fiancee and I will just have to celebrate Valentine's Day the night of the 16th; I will be traveling on the 14th.

I'm local to the area, so I'm happy to give tips about dining, bars, etc.


My advice, tell the fiance to come along if the partners club is hosting an event. They're great, and really sold my wife on the experience.
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 13 Feb 2013, 12:55
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What do you guys think of using excessive amount of humor during b-school interviews? All my life I have used humor quite extensively during job interviews and that never hurted me. I feel like since b-schools interviews are more casual than job interviews, being funny won't hurt.

During my Tuck interview, my interviewer laughed at pretty much each of my responses (even when I wasn't trying to be funny). He did make a positive comment on my personality, but not sure if its a good thing or not.

As long as you get your points across (i.e. selling yourself, why school, career progression), it is fine. I actively tried to incorporate some in to my walk-thru for job interviews. And I’m sure your humor is work appropriate.

At the end of the day, you want to be at a place that accepts you for you. If you are the goofy type, and the school (in general) isn’t, it may make a miserable experience.


Always a pleasure to get a feedback from an alum. Yes, my humor is definitely work appropriate. I won't classify myself as goofy as I have a very dry sense of humor and I never laugh at my jokes. Let's hope that the interviewer doesn't think that I am weird.



I'm hoping they will see weird as a good fit! I'm weird and enjoy being around other weird people. I'm definitely not the typical b-school applicant.
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 14 Feb 2013, 10:38
Is there anyone who interviewed during the open session and applied in R2?
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 14 Feb 2013, 11:15
I interviewed during the Duke MBA Weekend for Women. Does that count?

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