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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 17 Oct 2012, 07:35
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 17 Oct 2012, 11:38
Same here. I only received an email the day after I submitted my application. I had an interview, but there is no mention of it.
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 17 Oct 2012, 19:15
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Hey everyone! Just joined the GMATclub and now I'm wondering why on earth I wasn't registered earlier!!!! I interviewed at Fuqua during the open interview period back on September 20th, and I thought I'd share some of the questions that I got in the interview in case anybody else is waiting for an interview or has one scheduled in the near future!

1. Tell me about yourself.
2. Why pursue an MBA now?
3. Why Fuqua?
4. Tell me about a time you had a conflict with your manager and how you resolved it?
5. What would your friends say are your greatest strengths? Name 3?
6. What is your greatest weakness?
7. A few questions specifically related to my resume....was interested in my study abroad experience and also my dancing experience (I do hip hop & bhangra fusion)

Overall the interview was very relaxed and as others have noted, it was a 2nd year MBA interviewing me, which is unique to Fuqua's process. They involve their students in the decision making and really care about you fitting in with everybody at the school. I think the interview went well, as it was my first b-school interview! I prepared like crazy, did tons of mock interviews, and I studied over 100 different questions that students have received in past Fuqua interviews!


A lot of you are asking about the 25 random things. While I did my interview, I also did a class visit, tour, and discussion with adcom, where they elaborated a little bit more on the 25 random things. If you're going to repeat stuff from your resume, which naturally will happen, you will need to think of specific examples from that experience. For example, I put down on my resume the university that i studied abroad at (National University of Singapore), but from that, I was able to talk about an experience that I had in Bali, Indonesia, which occurred DURING my time in Singapore (I traveled all over SE Asia while studying abroad). You can go as far back as elementary school. Maybe you won your school's spelling bee in the 5th grade? Maybe you started a lemonade stand in your neighborhood and made it a legit business at age 10?

One sentence or a paragraph, as long as it gives more insight into who you are. I worked extensively on this essay already, and I don't have a single thing from work on here because I tried to let them know exactly who I am outside of work and how these experiences shaped who I am today. Look back at old school projects that you did too. Did you play on the varsity basketball/tennis/football/soccer/cricket/etc team in high school? Did you play on any specific team growing up? If so, did you ever hit a game winning shot or sink game winning free throws? Did you kick the winning field goal for your football team? Did you score the winning goal in PK's in soccer? Did you get severely injured in any of these games? Talk about these experiences and what you LEARNED from it and how you GREW as a person FROM that experience.


Ok I'm rambling now, but I think you guys get how to do this essay even without my pointers! Good luck to everyone!!!
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 18 Oct 2012, 05:19
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 18 Oct 2012, 07:34
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I will openly say, some of the FuquaVision stuff is... meh. This was VERY nicely done. I hope to be part of that club next year.
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 18 Oct 2012, 14:06
question...
Total number of months of full-time, post-graduate management experience including anticipated months of management experience to enrollment date of 08/01/2013 (Do not include internships).

Do you think this would include project management, or simply the amount of time you have had people directly reporting to you?
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 18 Oct 2012, 15:48
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question...
Total number of months of full-time, post-graduate management experience including anticipated months of management experience to enrollment date of 08/01/2013 (Do not include internships).

Do you think this would include project management, or simply the amount of time you have had people directly reporting to you?

Personally? I think it means only directly managing people, not projects.
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 18 Oct 2012, 16:03
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question...
Total number of months of full-time, post-graduate management experience including anticipated months of management experience to enrollment date of 08/01/2013 (Do not include internships).

Do you think this would include project management, or simply the amount of time you have had people directly reporting to you?

Personally? I think it means only directly managing people, not projects.


Fair enough, I'd rather play it safe anyway
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 18 Oct 2012, 17:59
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Total number of months of full-time, post-graduate management experience including anticipated months of management experience to enrollment date of 08/01/2013 (Do not include internships).

Do you think this would include project management, or simply the amount of time you have had people directly reporting to you?

Personally? I think it means only directly managing people, not projects.


Fair enough, I'd rather play it safe anyway


I treated it as including project management experience..
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 18 Oct 2012, 18:08
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Personally? I think it means only directly managing people, not projects.


Fair enough, I'd rather play it safe anyway


I treated it as including project management experience..



hmmm... Maybe this merits an email to adcom?
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 18 Oct 2012, 18:30
Use your best judgment and gut instinct. Plus you can search for this topic -- it has been discussed ad nauseam on the GMAT forums. People have interpreted this question both ways as people have suggested you do.

End of the day -- an MBA degree is something that is going to help you make better and more informed business decisions...It's also about your instincts and ability to understand ambiguous / complex information and make the best possible judgements.

You can't go wrong either way (although management experience is not just down to managing people but managing projects, budgets etc)..Think about it this way -- if you started a one-man firm -- would that not be management experience even though you did not have any direct reports?

Bschools don't expect a lot of people to have significant management experience in terms of direct reports. If you see further down the Fuqua application -- they specifically ask you how many people you managed directly (not indirect). So they do get that piece of information.

If you are someone who has managed a lot of people..then you can use this to highlight that aspect and reference that fact later in your application. But like most people, if you have few / no direct reports -- then you highlight project management etc.

There is nothing wrong with asking asking the ad com..but I would slightly caution against that because this is something that is not very ambiguous. My feeling (and I might be wrong and other people might totally disagree with me) is that every little bit counts in a highly competitive process -- even the type of questions you ask and how you ask them.









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hmmm... Maybe this merits an email to adcom?
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 18 Oct 2012, 18:40
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Use your best judgment and gut instinct. Plus you can search for this topic -- it has been discussed ad nauseam on the GMAT forums. People have interpreted this question both ways as people have suggested you do.

End of the day -- an MBA degree is something that is going to help you make better and more informed business decisions...It's also about your instincts and ability to understand ambiguous / complex information and make the best possible judgements.

You can't go wrong either way (although management experience is not just down to managing people but managing projects, budgets etc)..Think about it this way -- if you started a one-man firm -- would that not be management experience even though you did not have any direct reports?

Bschools don't expect a lot of people to have significant management experience in terms of direct reports. If you see further down the Fuqua application -- they specifically ask you how many people you managed directly (not indirect). So they do get that piece of information.

If you are someone who has managed a lot of people..then you can use this to highlight that aspect and reference that fact later in your application. But like most people, if you have few / no direct reports -- then you highlight project management etc.

There is nothing wrong with asking asking the ad com..but I would slightly caution against that because this is something that is not very ambiguous. My feeling (and I might be wrong and other people might totally disagree with me) is that every little bit counts in a highly competitive process -- even the type of questions you ask and how you ask them.









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hmmm... Maybe this merits an email to adcom?

I see where you are coming from, but personally, I don't agree. If you stretch the word "management" far enough, you can apply it to "managing" your daily workflow, too. To each his own, though. :)
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 18 Oct 2012, 18:45
Fair enough...

I found this post from some MBA consultant...you might find her more credible.

http://www.beatthegmat.com/what-is-mana ... 17434.html

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Use your best judgment and gut instinct. Plus you can search for this topic -- it has been discussed ad nauseam on the GMAT forums. People have interpreted this question both ways as people have suggested you do.

End of the day -- an MBA degree is something that is going to help you make better and more informed business decisions...It's also about your instincts and ability to understand ambiguous / complex information and make the best possible judgements.

You can't go wrong either way (although management experience is not just down to managing people but managing projects, budgets etc)..Think about it this way -- if you started a one-man firm -- would that not be management experience even though you did not have any direct reports?

Bschools don't expect a lot of people to have significant management experience in terms of direct reports. If you see further down the Fuqua application -- they specifically ask you how many people you managed directly (not indirect). So they do get that piece of information.

If you are someone who has managed a lot of people..then you can use this to highlight that aspect and reference that fact later in your application. But like most people, if you have few / no direct reports -- then you highlight project management etc.

There is nothing wrong with asking asking the ad com..but I would slightly caution against that because this is something that is not very ambiguous. My feeling (and I might be wrong and other people might totally disagree with me) is that every little bit counts in a highly competitive process -- even the type of questions you ask and how you ask them.









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hmmm... Maybe this merits an email to adcom?

I see where you are coming from, but personally, I don't agree. If you stretch the word "management" far enough, you can apply it to "managing" your daily workflow, too. To each his own, though. :)
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 18 Oct 2012, 18:53
Even though I already had extensive project management experience back when I was applying, I still answered this question with a zero (0) since I never had any direct reports. At the end of the day, answering this question incorrectly will not make or break your application. And so, my recommendation is for you guys not to lose sleep on this.
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 18 Oct 2012, 19:19
Apologies if this was discussed before, but what are most people's word counts for the Why Duke essay?

2 pages and 1.5 spacing could equate to a pretty large spread of word counts (with varying margin sizes and font sizes)

I'm still fine-tuning mine but my first page has 620 words.
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 18 Oct 2012, 21:05
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Apologies if this was discussed before, but what are most people's word counts for the Why Duke essay?

2 pages and 1.5 spacing could equate to a pretty large spread of word counts (with varying margin sizes and font sizes)

I'm still fine-tuning mine but my first page has 620 words.


The word count for my essay was around 720. I personally believe that unless you really have a very compelling reason, it is not advisable to go overboard (you need to define that!) You will be writing the same thing that thousand others are writing.

Just write those points that you feel will really complement your background, goals and aspirations. You do not need to cover every possible point and cram every possible word in the 2-page essay. Ad-coms are really busy and a larger essay with not much meaning will dilute your overall application.

Having said that, I know people who have written over 1000 words, have got interview calls and also have successfully matriculated.

Use atleast 11 pt spacing (ideally 12)......it really makes easier for the reader.

Ultimately, use your own judgement. If you feel it is coming out brilliantly with even 500 words (or 1000), than just go for it.
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 19 Oct 2012, 04:54
I think max would be 1000, but I was shooting for 750, I'm editing still, and around 800, but some of it is a bit "fluffy"
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 19 Oct 2012, 07:50
I was recently interviewed over skype, but the status of my app still shows Invited. Is this true for others as well? I did not even receive a confirmation mail.
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 19 Oct 2012, 11:38
OjilEye wrote:
Apologies if this was discussed before, but what are most people's word counts for the Why Duke essay?

2 pages and 1.5 spacing could equate to a pretty large spread of word counts (with varying margin sizes and font sizes)

I'm still fine-tuning mine but my first page has 620 words.


I think mine had around 1,200 words. This was after over 10 revisions, in which I cut off all the excess fat. Clearly, I had A LOT to say. :lol:
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Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 19 Oct 2012, 11:50
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Apologies if this was discussed before, but what are most people's word counts for the Why Duke essay?

2 pages and 1.5 spacing could equate to a pretty large spread of word counts (with varying margin sizes and font sizes)

I'm still fine-tuning mine but my first page has 620 words.


I think mine had around 1,200 words. This was after over 10 revisions, in which I cut off all the excess fat. Clearly, I had A LOT to say. :lol:


There is soo much to say about fuqua, hell I could wrtie 1000 words on Dan Ariely alone... And with your background in sports, and plans post mba, I'm sure you did a bit of gushing over Coach K. I think the thing that hurt me a bit in mine, is although I have done countless hours of reading, and watching videos, and talking to alumns/adcom... I haven't taken a trip to Durham. I'm sure that would have pushed me over 1K
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