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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) EWMBA 2014 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 03 Dec 2013, 16:31
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Wish all good luck to those have received the interview. How many rounds do the adcom release the interview list? Anyone has the idea? say, i submitted the application this week (kind of last minute for R1). When do I expect the interview notice or status change?

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Based on previous year threads, I think there is no such thing called rounds for releasing the interview list. I have seen people getting interview invite in late Dec to early Jan. I guess it might be based on the GMAT & GPA.

But I have read it in admissions blog, which says, it depends on when your file gets picked up by adcom for review. Although I am not sure how adcom decides to pick one file over the other - most likely GMAT GPA combination :wink: I am sure its definitely not based on application submission date :wink:

@Packet & @atHaas

Am I correct?


They invite people to interview as they go through the applications. Your GPA and GMAT (from what I understand) only come in to the picture as a pre-screen. They're only weeding out the people that they don't think have any shot at getting in. So, when you get an invite really has nothing to do with your background.
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) EWMBA 2014 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 03 Dec 2013, 16:34
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:roll: :roll: :roll:

Sleep deprived because of GMAT :cry: and little bit because my application is not moving- Well... with my gmat score I shouldn't be worried about not getting an invite but still... human tendency you know.!

All right, back to GMAT flashcards, BTW Happy holidays guys!


Believe me, after you get in, you'll pine for the days of waiting around and wondering what's going on with your application. :-D

Core classes get to be a bit rough.
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) EWMBA 2014 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 03 Dec 2013, 16:49
> I guess maalage had his interview today. Lets wait for his/her update.
Mine is on Friday. I had got both the 12/3 and 12/6 options in my invite, opted for the latter.
Will surely post my experience once I am done with it.
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) EWMBA 2014 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 03 Dec 2013, 17:08
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> I guess maalage had his interview today. Lets wait for his/her update.
Mine is on Friday. I had got both the 12/3 and 12/6 options in my invite, opted for the latter.
Will surely post my experience once I am done with it.


Know your resume, what you want to get out of an MBA, why you want to go to Haas, and how the four principles apply to you. If you've got those down, you're good to go. They're not trying to trick you, they just want to get a sense of who you are.
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) EWMBA 2014 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 03 Dec 2013, 17:20
Hey, thanks packet! I guess apart of those queries, one question that the interviewer might ask me would be along the lines ... "We get tons of applications from engineers like you every-year, how are you different" ... Trying to come up with a good answer to this ... How would delving into personal traits/experiences as a response to this sound? I plan to reiterate one or more of the Haas principles in my response. If I just concentrate on the professional part, I believe I wouldn't have anything to say which stands out from the crowd ...
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) EWMBA 2014 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 03 Dec 2013, 17:22
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Hey, thanks packet! I guess apart of those queries, one question that the interviewer might ask me would be along the lines ... "We get tons of applications from engineers like you every-year, how are you different" ... Trying to come up with a good answer to this ... How would delving into personal traits/experiences as a response to this sound? I plan to reiterate one or more of the Haas principles in my response. If I just concentrate on the professional part, I believe I wouldn't have anything to say which stands out from the crowd ...


There's always one weird question you get. If you feel like going through last year's thread, there's a whole list of them. It's usually something targeted towards your specific profile. They asked me something along the lines of 'why have you switched jobs so frequently?'
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) EWMBA 2014 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 03 Dec 2013, 17:27
I see. I guess a challenging question or two always makes the interview interesting and tests how one can think on one's feet ... And after all, one can only prepare for only so many possible questions ... In any case, let's see :)
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) EWMBA 2014 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 03 Dec 2013, 17:45
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I see. I guess a challenging question or two always makes the interview interesting and tests how one can think on one's feet ... And after all, one can only prepare for only so many possible questions ... In any case, let's see :)


If you're an Indian Software Engineer, I can guarantee it's going to be "How are you different than all of the other Indian Software Engineers".

In any case, they're not out to get you. So relax and have a bit of fun. Admissions at Haas are really nice people.
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) EWMBA 2014 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 03 Dec 2013, 21:21
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hey all,

I wanted to offer my services. I'm a current EWMBA student at Haas. I remember being in your shoes during the application process, which was a bit daunting and confusing at some points =)

Please let me know if you have any questions.


What tips can you give to someone who has been invited to interview? Can you share your experience on the kind of questions that you were asked?
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) EWMBA 2014 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 04 Dec 2013, 10:44
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hey all,

I wanted to offer my services. I'm a current EWMBA student at Haas. I remember being in your shoes during the application process, which was a bit daunting and confusing at some points =)

Please let me know if you have any questions.


What tips can you give to someone who has been invited to interview? Can you share your experience on the kind of questions that you were asked?


The interview lasted about 45 mins IIRC. The interviewer was pleasant and the atmosphere was light.
I didn't get any negative type questions, such as "what are your weaknesses?" but that might be just me.
It's a typical interview. Walk me through your resume, Why do you want to get an MBA? What are your future goals? Talk about some some leadership experiences. Random fact about you and your interests.

One question I got caught up a bit was when the interviewer asked me to name a Haas principle and talk about an experience related to that. I used my essay answer, but I kind of wished that I used a different answer, or prepared a bit better.

Stay relaxed and open yourself up. Don't be stiff, talk passionately about your interests, and why you want to go to Haas and let the interviewer get that feeling that you're excited about it. Be personable.


This may be obvious, but dress professionally, i.e. wear a suit if you're a guy and something similar for the girls.
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) EWMBA 2014 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 04 Dec 2013, 21:27
Two IV Tips:

1. Get your butt to a class visit, or at the very least an info session where you seek out the students there for questions to ask some additional one-offs at the end.

In my interview last year, they asked if I had attended a class visit or talked to students and how that had shaped why I wanted to attend. I knew I fit with the 4 principles, and I had enjoyed hearing more about the program at the Women's Workshop (I believe it was replaced by the Diversity Workshop this fall), but I hadn't spent significant time talking to students or in a class visit. I did both a few weeks after my interview, and it really deepened my desire to attend the program, helped me better articulate why Haas and why EWMBA, and gave me a better sense of how the classes can directly impact your current work, that I just didn't have before attending the class, and finding time for coffee with a student I met in the class.

2. I highly recommend showing your personality in the interview. In my feedback session, they noted I had seemed too poised/serious in my interview, and while they had no doubt my answers to their questions were genuine, they didn't feel like they really got to know my personality. It's easy to get nervous, and when you're in a suit in front of a stranger, it's likely you'll err on the formal side, but try to have some fun with your responses and show your sense of humor, unique viewpoint, share bits about your life, etc. If you want to stand out, you'll have to get outside your comfort zone and show your full self, not just your qualifications.
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) EWMBA 2014 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 05 Dec 2013, 15:37
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Mine is on Friday. I had got both the 12/3 and 12/6 options in my invite, opted for the latter.
Will surely post my experience once I am done with it.


Maalage good luck for tomorrow. Keep us posted how it goes.
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) EWMBA 2014 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 05 Dec 2013, 15:44
Hey, sure casach! Will surely try to stay relaxed. Thanks for all the advice packet, appreciate it! And to you to atHaas and Bing!
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) EWMBA 2014 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 05 Dec 2013, 17:30
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Hey, sure casach! Will surely try to stay relaxed. Thanks for all the advice packet, appreciate it! And to you to atHaas and Bing!


Good luck Maalage!
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) EWMBA 2014 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 06 Dec 2013, 13:39
@atHaas @Bing85 @packet82 : Thanks for all the advice. Really helpful :)

For folks in same boat as me:
I had my interview and here is what you want to know -
If you are driving to Berkeley give yourself extra 30 mins. I did that and still just made it in time. Interview started right on time and was exactly 30 mins. It was conversational and casual with same questions as everyone told:
Walk me through your resume
Main Accomplishment at Work
Talk about one Haas Principle
What would you do if you were CEO of your company?
...
There was back and forth discussion on some of those questions with few unexpected ones. In hindsight, I think I could have done better on some of those but 30 mins passed by pretty quickly. At the end interviewer kept some time for my questions. At beginning I was little nervous and I would say wasn't at my best. If I was to do it again, I'd probably try and not stress out as much to get the best results.

Wish you all the best and hope to read about your experiences now that there is 2 months before we know whats next.

Goodluck!!
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) EWMBA 2014 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 06 Dec 2013, 15:03
Folks, Just came back. It was a pretty tough interview for me. I am hoping that the essays offset this not so great interview, time will tell ... Got stumped by the "What would you do if you were CEO of your company?" question. Others were fairly general. I will write in detail tonight after work. The interview was with an adcom lady.
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) EWMBA 2014 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 06 Dec 2013, 19:16
In addition to the above question, here are the other questions that I was asked:
* Can you walk me through your resume and explain me any career changes / promotions?
* What are your strengths / weaknesses?
* What are your short-term/long-term goals and how will an MBA from Haas help you achieve them?
* What do you do for fun?
* What is the greatest achievement in your career?
* Other than the Berkeley principle which you have touched upon in your application, can you give
me an example of an another one which you live by in your life?
* What do you like about your company(I have been in the same company for a few years now)?
* Questions for me?

So as you can clearly see, for someone who has done his/her homework, the questions would be
pretty easy.
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) EWMBA 2014 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 06 Dec 2013, 19:45
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In addition to the above question, here are the other questions that I was asked:
* Can you walk me through your resume and explain me any career changes / promotions?
* What are your strengths / weaknesses?
* What are your short-term/long-term goals and how will an MBA from Haas help you achieve them?
* What do you do for fun?
* What is the greatest achievement in your career?
* Other than the Berkeley principle which you have touched upon in your application, can you give
me an example of an another one which you live by in your life?
* What do you like about your company(I have been in the same company for a few years now)?
* Questions for me?

So as you can clearly see, for someone who has done his/her homework, the questions would be
pretty easy.


Thanks Maalage.

BTW was is it 30 mins? Was it really "blind" interview?

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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) EWMBA 2014 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 06 Dec 2013, 19:46
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Thanks Maalage.

BTW was is it exactly 30 mins? Was it really "blind" interview?

Hope they interview 100% of applicants :wink:


Yes, they're blind interviews. All they have is your resume to look at.
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) EWMBA 2014 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 06 Dec 2013, 19:48
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Yes, they're blind interviews. All they have is your resume to look at.[/quote]


hmmm.... I have just couple of more weeks to give my gmat. Hope I get good score and then I get the interview invite!!
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