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Hi everyone, an idea came up during one of our evening chats - Interview practice in groups of 5 or so via a Skype conference call. Depending on the number of participants, we can split everyone in small groups that can call into practice sessions - everyone can get interviewed and be an interviewer for everyone else. Participation from school alumnae would also be appreciated. Feel free to comment on this thread, and if you think this concept holds water, lets try it out.
HERE IS OUR SETUP: I set up 5 Skype gmatclub accounts with the brilliant ingenious names of:
gmatclub1 gmatclub2 gmatclub3 gmatclub4 gmatclub5
password for any of them is gmat700 (the borderline). The e-mail these go to is email@example.com.
If there are two users only, you can do video chat. If there are more than two users - you can only do voice conferencing. People can schedule groups of 2, 3 or more and distribute who is who and how they want to do their group chats. Make sure to schedule your chats in the forum so others know if the accounts are in use and can plan accordingly. Also make sure you have Skype installed.
How do you set up a group? 1. Invite others from the forum who are interviewing (preferably people from very different backgrounds interviewing for same school, but variations can't hurt). 2. Set up a time for your interview. Groups of 3-4 work best - for each person designate 30 minutes of time. If you have 4 people, your interview should take 2-2.5 hours. 3. At the interview, you decide on an approach. An approach that has worked before - each one gets 20 minutes to be asked questions from the rest, and 10 minutes to hear their feedback at the end of the mock interview. Once Participant 1 is finished, he becomes an interviewer and Participant 2, goes through the same. Nobody leaves until everyone has gotten an interview and their feedback. 4. You can exchange resumes or skip them -decide as a group.
This would be great! It may be beneficial to set up a circuit for round one applicants starting now and then another circuit for round two applicants starting in January (that way we'll be done with applications and will know exactly what our story is). _________________
If people are shy about their identities on Skype, we may even try and set up 5 GMATclub skype accounts and give access to the groups before their meetings. Strangers may definitely shy away, and that is perfectly fine - the goal of this is to allow GMATclubbers to practice with other people they respect and can learn from. If we shape the groups in an organized manner you would be able to log in at a given time and expect 4 other participants who know about you just as much as a alumnae at a blind interview. No resumes necessary (unless the group agrees to do that) and no real names have to be used. Maybe the standard first question to a mock interviewee could be "tell me more about yourself" etc. This can be shaped in many different ways. _________________
I'd argue resumes are essential. I'd also recommend that faux-interviewers talk about 'their time at school' so there's a give and take as in a real interview- give apps feedback on talking too much/little! That said, 57%(or somethin near that) of communication is body language, so it still won't be an ideal setting. Anyhoo, I'm down.
I think resumes are important too, to formulate questions as representative as possible of the real interview. I would just suggest people change their name and personal info, as well as company/client names. If you worked at Bain, make up a name of a company with a note next to it (M/B/B) so people know what type of atmosphere you're coming from. Same for blue chip F500, make up a name and qualify it with something like F100 CPG or F50 Energy _________________
I'm interested, but central europe time zone. And free time is not a commodity I'm overly endowed with. But still would like to participate - maybe at the weekend if US folks are around in the mornings... _________________
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I set up 3 Skype gmatclub accounts with the brilliant ingenious names of:
gmatclub1 gmatclub2 and gmatclub3
password for any of them is gmat700 (the borderline). The e-mail these go to is firstname.lastname@example.org so any of the admins can set it up if they need to, and change passwords if needed. Also we can create more accounts if necessary.
If there are two users only, you can do video chat. If there are more than two users - you can only do voice conferencing. People can schedule groups of 2, 3 or more and distribute who is who and how they want to do their group chats. Make sure to schedule your chats in the forum so others know if the accounts are in use and can plan accordingly. Also make sure you have Skype installed. _________________