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# Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants

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04 Sep 2012, 18:43
Expert's post
jumsumtak wrote:
1.) are 'spaces' also counted as characters in the 250 character essays?

Yes, spaces and punctuation all count towards the 250 character limits.

jumsumtak wrote:
2.) What page margins are to be used for the 2nd and 3rd essays. Depending on the margins and the font the word limit can vary on a large scale. I read font should be no smaller than 10-point. Any insights on the margins?

Generally 1 inch margins are standard, or whatever the default on Word is. Font-wise keep it between 10 and 12 points.
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05 Sep 2012, 02:47
mba2014hopeful wrote:
jumsumtak wrote:
1.) are 'spaces' also counted as characters in the 250 character essays?

Yes, spaces and punctuation all count towards the 250 character limits.

jumsumtak wrote:
2.) What page margins are to be used for the 2nd and 3rd essays. Depending on the margins and the font the word limit can vary on a large scale. I read font should be no smaller than 10-point. Any insights on the margins?

Generally 1 inch margins are standard, or whatever the default on Word is. Font-wise keep it between 10 and 12 points.

Right. Thanks.
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07 Sep 2012, 10:20
Just saw this video:
http://www.fuqua.duke.edu/student_resou ... echnology/

Can that thing (or a smaller version) be used for interviews? Either admissions or recruiting? Or is it for the EMBAs to have class?
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07 Sep 2012, 23:54
anybody going for campus visit upcoming week? I will arrive in Durham, NC over the weekend and interview/visit on monday. I would love it if any student/applicant would like to hang out on Sunday.

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08 Sep 2012, 00:44
HI Guys,

Really excited to apply to Fuqua this year. Fuqua is my number 1 and only choice . I am going to apply there whole heatedly in R1 (finished my GMAT recently). I am hoping to get a lot of tips on applying and also to contribute to the forum.
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08 Sep 2012, 22:07
jumsumtak wrote:
are there any word limit to the questions for the recommenders?

Yes there is a 2000 character word limit to the questions, which is still quite generous.
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09 Sep 2012, 20:56
Any reapplicants?

I applied in 3rd round earlier this year and got denied. Will reapply in the first round this year.
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10 Sep 2012, 15:39
travisz wrote:
Any reapplicants?

I applied in 3rd round earlier this year and got denied. Will reapply in the first round this year.

Also reapplying. Rd3 applicant, interviewed and denied
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11 Sep 2012, 08:46
Hi all,
I have more than 5 yrs of WE and it seems somewhat stagnant and not that impressive in terms of $$, promotion, # of ppl mananged, etc. Should I use Optional essay for this matter? Thanks. VP Joined: 23 Mar 2011 Posts: 1111 Concentration: Healthcare, Strategy Schools: Duke '16 (M) Followers: 77 Kudos [?]: 478 [0], given: 461 Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] ### Show Tags 11 Sep 2012, 12:08 stihum wrote: Hi all, I have more than 5 yrs of WE and it seems somewhat stagnant and not that impressive in terms of$$, promotion, # of ppl mananged, etc.
Should I use Optional essay for this matter?
Thanks.

You might explain why you did not get promotion(s) if you have a valid reason .. some of the reasons could be:
in your industry/role typical promotion cycle is longer
your org. went through a lot of structural changes etc. etc.

Just be sure not to bring something to highlight which is NOT a weakness. That will put you in a negative light. Obviously its a very subjective call, what is weakness and what is not and you are its best judge.

for #ppl managed its not only people in your direct supervision for work; it might be for any extra curricular or a non-work related team as well.. just try to highlight n the leadership experiences wherever you can
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11 Sep 2012, 20:02
abou wrote:
travisz wrote:
Any reapplicants?

I applied in 3rd round earlier this year and got denied. Will reapply in the first round this year.

Also reapplying. Rd3 applicant, interviewed and denied

Did you figure out the online application for reapplicant? Do you create another account or log in with old credentials.
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11 Sep 2012, 22:13
New one.. I think I read that on the login page itself..

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11 Sep 2012, 22:20
Can someone help with the first recommendation question.:

Please describe the peer group to which you are comparing the applicant.

What exactly does the recommender needs to answer here?

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12 Sep 2012, 03:59
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jumsumtak wrote:
Can someone help with the first recommendation question.:

Please describe the peer group to which you are comparing the applicant.

What exactly does the recommender needs to answer here?

Posted from my mobile device

Your recommender should talk about who they're comparing you to. For example, if you work in investment banking, you typically come in with a group of other analysts who are all about the same in age/ experience level/ etc (e.g. an analyst class); if you did Teach for America, you could be compared to the other TFA teachers at the school where you taught. The tricky part to this is if you worked at a small company or even on a 1-on-1 basis somewhere where there's no direct person to compare you to. In that case you might be compared to other people who applied for the position or other people at the company, regardless of title or seniority. Your recommender should use his or her best judgment in deciding what to write -- imo, if your recommender is having difficulty with this question, they might not be the best person to write this letter for you.

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12 Sep 2012, 06:37
Hi,

I am applying to Fuqua EA. Have all the other essays written, but struggling badly with 25 random points. I have about 15 which cover interests, peronality characters, defining / life time events, passion, favorite book / movie. I have about 5 that to me (or the way i have written them) seem trivial - small events in my life of little significance but somehow memorable / oddities / favorite painting / photo. I am struggling to come up with the last 5 random points, because after thinking so much, these have stopped being random and are increasingly becoming "fabricated" where I am trying to show myself in a positve light. Also not sure how I make the seemingly trivial ones more relevant within the word limit. I have spoken to friends and family to fish out points. I have read my FB timeline to discover things, but now I am reaching my wit's end. Any suggestions? I am worried that I will write something and at the interview (if i am so lucky) they can pick those points and want me to elaborate, but will very quickly realise that they are not of significance.
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12 Sep 2012, 07:53
Hello, I am applying in Early round for MBA at Duke. I have 4 yrs of full time work ex in marketing. i am presently working as full time volunteer (not employed) in an ngo. so in my resume and application should i mention volunteer work, under community involvement or work exp? also, I have done my undergraduation in english from delhi. do i need to give a toefl score?
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12 Sep 2012, 08:50
mba2014hopeful wrote:
jumsumtak wrote:
Can someone help with the first recommendation question.:

Please describe the peer group to which you are comparing the applicant.

What exactly does the recommender needs to answer here?

Posted from my mobile device

Your recommender should talk about who they're comparing you to. For example, if you work in investment banking, you typically come in with a group of other analysts who are all about the same in age/ experience level/ etc (e.g. an analyst class); if you did Teach for America, you could be compared to the other TFA teachers at the school where you taught. The tricky part to this is if you worked at a small company or even on a 1-on-1 basis somewhere where there's no direct person to compare you to. In that case you might be compared to other people who applied for the position or other people at the company, regardless of title or seniority. Your recommender should use his or her best judgment in deciding what to write -- imo, if your recommender is having difficulty with this question, they might not be the best person to write this letter for you.

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thanks for this... he just wanted a clarification.. this helps
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12 Sep 2012, 08:53
Winds81 wrote:
Hi,

I am applying to Fuqua EA. Have all the other essays written, but struggling badly with 25 random points. I have about 15 which cover interests, peronality characters, defining / life time events, passion, favorite book / movie. I have about 5 that to me (or the way i have written them) seem trivial - small events in my life of little significance but somehow memorable / oddities / favorite painting / photo. I am struggling to come up with the last 5 random points, because after thinking so much, these have stopped being random and are increasingly becoming "fabricated" where I am trying to show myself in a positve light. Also not sure how I make the seemingly trivial ones more relevant within the word limit. I have spoken to friends and family to fish out points. I have read my FB timeline to discover things, but now I am reaching my wit's end. Any suggestions? I am worried that I will write something and at the interview (if i am so lucky) they can pick those points and want me to elaborate, but will very quickly realise that they are not of significance.

same here.. but isn't the interview blind? (the interviewer does not get to see the whole app but just the resume)

none the less we need to dig deep and come up with something relevant.. i think giving it 4-5 days might help.. EA deadline is 19th Sept. so keep jotting whatever small things you can remember instead of freezing the essay..
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12 Sep 2012, 13:17
travisz wrote:
abou wrote:
travisz wrote:
Any reapplicants?

I applied in 3rd round earlier this year and got denied. Will reapply in the first round this year.

Also reapplying. Rd3 applicant, interviewed and denied

Did you figure out the online application for reapplicant? Do you create another account or log in with old credentials.

Create a new account. You will be prompted that an account with those credentials already exists but still go ahead and create. use a different password though.
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12 Sep 2012, 19:45
what does "native of North Carolina" mean?

If I was not born here but have been living in NC in last 5 years. Am I a native of NC?
Re: Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants   [#permalink] 12 Sep 2012, 19:45

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