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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) EWMBA 2014 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 06 Dec 2013, 19:50
hey casach, the interview was exactly 30 mins and yes, it was a blind interview. Good luck to you on your GMAT!
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) EWMBA 2014 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 06 Dec 2013, 20:02
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hey casach, the interview was exactly 30 mins and yes, it was a blind interview. Good luck to you on your GMAT!



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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) EWMBA 2014 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 09 Dec 2013, 14:21
haha reading these interview posts, i feel like I'm thrown back into time. Feeling the same nervousness and uneasiness as I felt last year.

Just a note, I believe they waitlist a lot of 1st round applicants, so don't get too discouraged if this happens to you. I think that they do this in order to compare the first rounders with the 2nd round applicants.

Also feel free to ask me any EWMBA related questions. Classes information, orientation, etc. I would be happy to answer them.
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) EWMBA 2014 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 10 Dec 2013, 16:07
hello everyone, just an update from my interview. Being a reapplicant my interview was slightly different as Adcom was interested in how my application had improved since last year and also if I had taken their feedback into account. Other than that I got usual questions:

- Walk me through your resume. There was some back and forth based on my answers.
- Talk about improvements made to your application.
- What feedback was given and how did you incorporate those in your reapp.
- How would you add value to the class if recommended for an admit.

Overall, it was a very casual and relaxed interview. Now the wait begins, again ...
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) EWMBA 2014 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 10 Dec 2013, 20:27
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hello everyone, just an update from my interview. Being a reapplicant my interview was slightly different as Adcom was interested in how my application had improved since last year and also if I had taken their feedback into account. Other than that I got usual questions:

- Walk me through your resume. There was some back and forth based on my answers.
- Talk about improvements made to your application.
- What feedback was given and how did you incorporate those in your reapp.
- How would you add value to the class if recommended for an admit.

Overall, it was a very casual and relaxed interview. Now the wait begins, again ...


Thanks 2timesACharm, bit, and maalage for sharing your interview experiences. Having mine tomorrow morning, will update my experience on the thread! Fingers x'ed, back to prepping now.
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) EWMBA 2014 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 11 Dec 2013, 10:26
Hi, everyone. Congratulations to those of you who have been invited to interview. I submitted my application on the last day of R1 (Nov. 20th), but my file is still under review and I haven't received an invite for an interview (and I am nervous because a bunch of you apparently had near-instantaneous responses!). I did get excited when I received the "next steps" email from admissions, but it wasn't anything... teases.

One interesting thing is that my application status still says that they are missing a transcript, but I received an email from admissions that my application was complete and under review? Nothing has changed on that status page since I submitted though.

As my name implies, I've got all my eggs in one basket here... I hope I get an invite soon!
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) EWMBA 2014 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 11 Dec 2013, 10:31
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One interesting thing is that my application status still says that they are missing a transcript, but I received an email from admissions that my application was complete and under review? Nothing has changed on that status page since I submitted though.


Call admissions and ask. They can answer that for you pretty quickly.
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) EWMBA 2014 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 11 Dec 2013, 10:35
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One interesting thing is that my application status still says that they are missing a transcript, but I received an email from admissions that my application was complete and under review? Nothing has changed on that status page since I submitted though.


Call admissions and ask. They can answer that for you pretty quickly.


I want to, but the first bullet of the "next steps" email emphasized not to call them. I guess it can take up to 6 weeks from the deadline for these status pages to settle out... but that's already going to be January. I'm just getting antsy I guess, ha.
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) EWMBA 2014 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 11 Dec 2013, 10:38
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I want to, but the first bullet of the "next steps" email emphasized not to call them. I guess it can take up to 6 weeks from the deadline for these status pages to settle out... but that's already going to be January. I'm just getting antsy I guess, ha.


Have you sent your transcripts in to them already? It can take a while for them to go through the mail and update your application.
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) EWMBA 2014 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 11 Dec 2013, 11:06
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Have you sent your transcripts in to them already? It can take a while for them to go through the mail and update your application.


Yeah, the last transcript that they are waiting for was sent the week of the deadline, so I think that might explain the delay. I've seen in other posts that the official transcripts don't necessarily hold things up anyway? They do have a copy of an unofficial one in my application.
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) EWMBA 2014 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 11 Dec 2013, 11:19
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Yeah, the last transcript that they are waiting for was sent the week of the deadline, so I think that might explain the delay. I've seen in other posts that the official transcripts don't necessarily hold things up anyway? They do have a copy of an unofficial one in my application.


Then you should be perfectly fine. As long as they have the unofficial one, they have enough to go through your profile and make a decision. They just need the official one to verify that it matches up with the unofficial one.
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) EWMBA 2014 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 11 Dec 2013, 11:41
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Yeah, the last transcript that they are waiting for was sent the week of the deadline, so I think that might explain the delay. I've seen in other posts that the official transcripts don't necessarily hold things up anyway? They do have a copy of an unofficial one in my application.


Then you should be perfectly fine. As long as they have the unofficial one, they have enough to go through your profile and make a decision. They just need the official one to verify that it matches up with the unofficial one.


HaasPlease,

I got the same update too, mine is in incomplete reviewable stage with missing official documents - But the adcom mentioned that at this point I don't need to send any official documents, however I need to submit, if I am offered a spot.

So I guess you are fine as long as you have submitted the unofficial one.

I haven't received an invite yet - I am not expecting one either! since I have all the ducks in a row, except the mother duck! (GMAT) :lol:
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) EWMBA 2014 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 11 Dec 2013, 12:48
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2timesACharm wrote:
hello everyone, just an update from my interview. Being a reapplicant my interview was slightly different as Adcom was interested in how my application had improved since last year and also if I had taken their feedback into account. Other than that I got usual questions:

- Walk me through your resume. There was some back and forth based on my answers.
- Talk about improvements made to your application.
- What feedback was given and how did you incorporate those in your reapp.
- How would you add value to the class if recommended for an admit.

Overall, it was a very casual and relaxed interview. Now the wait begins, again ...


Thanks 2timesACharm, bit, and maalage for sharing your interview experiences. Having mine tomorrow morning, will update my experience on the thread! Fingers x'ed, back to prepping now.


Hi guys, back from the interview. Glad I asked for a day off from work, so I have sometime to relax today. Generally, I think my performance was decent, could have done better to stress a few points I would want to bring up/emphasize on (think we all go through this over-thinking or over analytical process after interviews... but oh well it's all done now). As other guys mentioned, the atmosphere is quite casual, interviewer is super nice and polite (but that also makes it hard to analyze how you performed from his/her reactions)

Questions I got asked:
- Resume walk-through (interviewer asked me for more details/clarifications on certain job experiences).
(Then the standard questions)
- Leadership experience
- ST/LT Goals (interviewer asked me for more details and some discussions on the motivations behind my career goals)
- How can you contribute to the class?
- How does your manager comment on you? Any specific areas you should improve on based on his/her suggestions?
- How do your friend consider you?
- What do you do for fun?

Good luck everyone, I'm joining to squat in the waiting crew in the following 1-2 months!
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) EWMBA 2014 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 11 Dec 2013, 14:29
Thanks for the input, packet and casach.

I also really appreciate everyone's post-interview updates (though I have to fight back the envy of your interview invites, haha).

What did everyone put for cohort choice? Evening/weekend/both? I put "evening only".
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) EWMBA 2014 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 13 Dec 2013, 08:12
@deeeeeweeee - Welcome to the wait club :)
@HaasPlease - I gave preference to evening.
Would be go to know everyone else's choice. Good way to kill time. :lol:

@atHaas - Which cohort are you in - Evening or Weekend. Can you shed light on advantage or disadvantage of one over other, if any? :thanks
:btw Was the forum activity similar last time around during first round. See very few folks here.
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@deeeeeweeee - Welcome to the wait club :)
@HaasPlease - I gave preference to evening.
Would be go to know everyone else's choice. Good way to kill time. :lol:

@atHaas - Which cohort are you in - Evening or Weekend. Can you shed light on advantage or disadvantage of one over other, if any? :thanks
:btw Was the forum activity similar last time around during first round. See very few folks here.


Can't speak for atHaas, but I'm in one of the weekend cohorts. When it comes to core classes, it doesn't really matter which one you're in. The weekend cohorts have fewer classes because they're in class for longer amounts of time per week, but that also means 2 four hour classes per weekend (9-6 with a 1 hour lunch).

Once you get out of the core classes, I'd much rather take classes during the week. You have 3x the number of electives available during the week compared to the weekend, which makes a huge difference.

As for the second question, yes it was much like this last year. R1 is a relatively small round and the first posts from last year are at the end of November. R2 is where the bulk of the applications are submitted. This is why Haas traditionally waitlists most of R1.
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) EWMBA 2014 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 13 Dec 2013, 15:49
Question for people that have already finished interviews or current students at Haas:

Did you guys send a thank you email to your interviewer? If so, how did you get the interviewer's email address?
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) EWMBA 2014 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 13 Dec 2013, 16:06
saintforlife wrote:
Question for people that have already finished interviews or current students at Haas:

Did you guys send a thank you email to your interviewer? If so, how did you get the interviewer's email address?


I ended up doing my interview via skype last year and never sent a thank you email.

I actually only ended up meeting (in person) the person that interviewed me about 3 weeks ago. She actually sought me out at a potential students mixer and said hi. It's a pretty small school and I really like that even admissions remembers who we are.
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) EWMBA 2014 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 13 Dec 2013, 16:22
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saintforlife wrote:
Question for people that have already finished interviews or current students at Haas:

Did you guys send a thank you email to your interviewer? If so, how did you get the interviewer's email address?


I ended up doing my interview via skype last year and never sent a thank you email.

I actually only ended up meeting (in person) the person that interviewed me about 3 weeks ago. She actually sought me out at a potential students mixer and said hi. It's a pretty small school and I really like that even admissions remembers who we are.

Thanks for the quick reply. So I am assuming it is not a negative not to send a thank you email (like you would normally do for a job interview)?

Also I didn't see a Haas faculty or staff directory that is accessible to the public. However when I did a google search for the person, I found their email address. So even if I sent the thank you email, they will probably know I searched for their online or something, which I probably don't want to do. It may hurt more than it helps.
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) EWMBA 2014 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 13 Dec 2013, 16:24
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packet82 wrote:
Thanks for the quick reply. So I am assuming it is not a negative not to send a thank you email (like you would normally do for a job interview)?

Also I didn't see a Haas faculty or staff directory that is accessible to the public. However when I did a google search for the person, I found their email address. So even if I sent the thank you email, they will probably know I searched for their online or something, which I probably don't want to do. It may hurt more than it helps.


Glad to. It's an excuse to avoid studying for my accounting final tomorrow :-D

I doubt it really matters either way if you send a thank you note. It certainly didn't hurt me to not send one since they admitted me in R1.
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