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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) EWMBA 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 07 Dec 2012, 10:19
Pinch,

I don't think you can apply to more than one program at Berkeley (be it FT or Exec. or EWMBA) at the same time.
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) EWMBA 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 07 Dec 2012, 10:21
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Pinch,

I don't think you can apply to more than one program at Berkeley (be it FT or Exec. or EWMBA) at the same time.



thanks Kenny, are you a silicon valley software guy? just a guess =)
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) EWMBA 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 07 Dec 2012, 10:22
Someone asked about that at an information session I went to. You can only officially apply to one of the programs per year. They will advise you on which program is the best fit for you though.

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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) EWMBA 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 07 Dec 2012, 10:26
Yes. No points for guessing though. :) I am actually a hardware guy! However, whoever interviews may not know the difference I suppose. :)
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thanks Kenny, are you a silicon valley software guy? just a guess =)
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) EWMBA 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 07 Dec 2012, 11:29
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Yes. No points for guessing though. :) I am actually a hardware guy! However, whoever interviews may not know the difference I suppose. :)
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thanks Kenny, are you a silicon valley software guy? just a guess =)


Kenny

just curious, what kind of hardware do you deal with? I am in hardware too.
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) EWMBA 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 07 Dec 2012, 15:19
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I'm sure there are folks in my camp -- absolutely set on the EWMBA flavor -- and some who would be willing to go to either or maybe even favoring EMBA.

In any case, I'm a bit disappointed they didn't increase the seats for the EWMBA program. I went through the 2012 thread for EWMBA and it appears so many qualified folks (practically all from engineering) were waitlisted and then denied.


From what I understand, they can't increase the seats (at least for the weekend sections). Their south bay location is pretty much full. One of the reasons I like the school is that it isn't a huge program.
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) EWMBA 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 07 Dec 2012, 15:41
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pinchharmonic wrote:
I'm sure there are folks in my camp -- absolutely set on the EWMBA flavor -- and some who would be willing to go to either or maybe even favoring EMBA.

In any case, I'm a bit disappointed they didn't increase the seats for the EWMBA program. I went through the 2012 thread for EWMBA and it appears so many qualified folks (practically all from engineering) were waitlisted and then denied.


From what I understand, they can't increase the seats (at least for the weekend sections). Their south bay location is pretty much full. One of the reasons I like the school is that it isn't a huge program.


good point. when i was visiting the class in south bay there were so many people. If all goes well, I actually love the idea of the weekday cohort. The fact they actually have a bus that takes you to campus and back is really fantastic. no driving in traffic.
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) EWMBA 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 07 Dec 2012, 18:07
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pinchharmonic wrote:
I'm sure there are folks in my camp -- absolutely set on the EWMBA flavor -- and some who would be willing to go to either or maybe even favoring EMBA.

In any case, I'm a bit disappointed they didn't increase the seats for the EWMBA program. I went through the 2012 thread for EWMBA and it appears so many qualified folks (practically all from engineering) were waitlisted and then denied.


From what I understand, they can't increase the seats (at least for the weekend sections). Their south bay location is pretty much full. One of the reasons I like the school is that it isn't a huge program.


good point. when i was visiting the class in south bay there were so many people. If all goes well, I actually love the idea of the weekday cohort. The fact they actually have a bus that takes you to campus and back is really fantastic. no driving in traffic.


i would like to get with weekday cohort but i would likely have hard time catching the bus on time.
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) EWMBA 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 08 Dec 2012, 20:50
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i would like to get with weekday cohort but i would likely have hard time catching the bus on time.


In the class I visited, it seemed like most people drove in. The ones that worked on the peninsula said they left work around 4:30 to get to class on time.
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) EWMBA 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 11 Dec 2012, 00:41
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1ch1ban wrote:

i would like to get with weekday cohort but i would likely have hard time catching the bus on time.


In the class I visited, it seemed like most people drove in. The ones that worked on the peninsula said they left work around 4:30 to get to class on time.


I heard that many folks use the wifi on the bus to continue working during that rush hour commute, which may last anywhere from 1-1.5 hours. If like me you can easily VPN into work, you can effectively continue working until 5-5:30pm thereby not affecting your normal work hours.

Haas has a really well thought out plan for the weekday folks. The only tradeoff is the lack of time to network and hang out with other students after class, something the weekend folks do regularly (go to bars after for instance).
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) EWMBA 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 11 Dec 2012, 11:03
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I heard that many folks use the wifi on the bus to continue working during that rush hour commute, which may last anywhere from 1-1.5 hours. If like me you can easily VPN into work, you can effectively continue working until 5-5:30pm thereby not affecting your normal work hours.

Haas has a really well thought out plan for the weekday folks. The only tradeoff is the lack of time to network and hang out with other students after class, something the weekend folks do regularly (go to bars after for instance).


That's also the downside to commuting in via plane. It doesn't look like there's going to be a ton of free time for extracurriculars unless I fly in friday night instead of saturday morning.
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) EWMBA 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 11 Dec 2012, 12:06
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I heard that many folks use the wifi on the bus to continue working during that rush hour commute, which may last anywhere from 1-1.5 hours. If like me you can easily VPN into work, you can effectively continue working until 5-5:30pm thereby not affecting your normal work hours.

Haas has a really well thought out plan for the weekday folks. The only tradeoff is the lack of time to network and hang out with other students after class, something the weekend folks do regularly (go to bars after for instance).


That's also the downside to commuting in via plane. It doesn't look like there's going to be a ton of free time for extracurriculars unless I fly in friday night instead of saturday morning.


yea precisely. I have a strong interest in entrepreneurship and outside of class experiences, clubs and competitions for example, are tremendous at Haas.
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) EWMBA 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 11 Dec 2012, 18:14
Just had my interview in the afternoon. Like many previously suggested, it was a blind interview. The questions are all fairly standard questions like walk through resume, why mba, what can you bring to haas, etc. I am a software engineer in Bay Area with some entrepreneurial experience and I don't think that has impressed my interviewer enough. EWMBA will have 250 seats this year, and only a portion will be filled in round 1.

but now it is all done. all i do is just to wait.
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) EWMBA 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 11 Dec 2012, 18:19
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Just had my interview in the afternoon. Like many previously suggested, it was a blind interview. The questions are all fairly standard questions like walk through resume, why mba, what can you bring to haas, etc. I am a software engineer in Bay Area with some entrepreneurial experience and I don't think that has impressed my interviewer enough. EWMBA will have 250 seats this year, and only a portion will be filled in round 1.

but now it is all done. all i do is just to wait.


best of luck there. unless you mind mentioning, who interviewed you? Were you expecting him/her to be more impressed by your entrepreneurial background? or perhaps something you did at work?

I would imagine there's still something about a software engineer that can wow the interviewer. It'd be sad if they simply see another engineer and already typecast us.
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) EWMBA 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 11 Dec 2012, 18:34
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Just had my interview in the afternoon. Like many previously suggested, it was a blind interview. The questions are all fairly standard questions like walk through resume, why mba, what can you bring to haas, etc. I am a software engineer in Bay Area with some entrepreneurial experience and I don't think that has impressed my interviewer enough. EWMBA will have 250 seats this year, and only a portion will be filled in round 1.

but now it is all done. all i do is just to wait.


best of luck there. unless you mind mentioning, who interviewed you? Were you expecting him/her to be more impressed by your entrepreneurial background? or perhaps something you did at work?

I would imagine there's still something about a software engineer that can wow the interviewer. It'd be sad if they simply see another engineer and already typecast us.


Thank you. I won't to disclose interviewer's name. If I had seen her/him more excited, I would have thought that I could have better chance. In hindsight, I can recall a couple questions that I could have answered better. But again, now everything is done. Just wait.
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) EWMBA 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 11 Dec 2012, 20:08
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yanji84 wrote:
Just had my interview in the afternoon. Like many previously suggested, it was a blind interview. The questions are all fairly standard questions like walk through resume, why mba, what can you bring to haas, etc. I am a software engineer in Bay Area with some entrepreneurial experience and I don't think that has impressed my interviewer enough. EWMBA will have 250 seats this year, and only a portion will be filled in round 1.

but now it is all done. all i do is just to wait.


best of luck there. unless you mind mentioning, who interviewed you? Were you expecting him/her to be more impressed by your entrepreneurial background? or perhaps something you did at work?

I would imagine there's still something about a software engineer that can wow the interviewer. It'd be sad if they simply see another engineer and already typecast us.


Thank you. I won't to disclose interviewer's name. If I had seen her/him more excited, I would have thought that I could have better chance. In hindsight, I can recall a couple questions that I could have answered better. But again, now everything is done. Just wait.



Can you brief about what entrepreneurial experience you had that failed to impress the interviewer to large extent?
Thank you and best of luck.
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) EWMBA 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 13 Dec 2012, 13:43
Did anyone receive a call / email for interview yesterday / today ?
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) EWMBA 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 13 Dec 2012, 13:47
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Did anyone receive a call / email for interview yesterday / today ?


I received a reminder email about my interview tomorrow. That's about it.
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) EWMBA 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 13 Dec 2012, 14:52
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Did anyone receive a call / email for interview yesterday / today ?


I received a reminder email about my interview tomorrow. That's about it.



best of luck... mine is next tuesday. how's your preparation? the biggest advice i've been given is to relax. the best interviews spawn from this nice relaxed dynamic between interviewer and interviewee (easier said than done for me)

btw, 10 more seats! 240-250.
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Re: Haas (UC Berkeley) EWMBA 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 13 Dec 2012, 15:15
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best of luck... mine is next tuesday. how's your preparation? the biggest advice i've been given is to relax. the best interviews spawn from this nice relaxed dynamic between interviewer and interviewee (easier said than done for me)

btw, 10 more seats! 240-250.


Good to hear about the added seats. Any word if they're during the week or on the weekend?

For the interview, I'm treating it like any normal interview I have with clients. Stay relaxed and don't focus too much on the exact wording of your responses. The best thing you can do is just be yourself. It's a blind interview. So, they're not going to be grilling you on your application. Know your resume and you'll be fine.

Just remember they're not looking to deny you admission. It's just a verification process to make sure you're the same person that submitted the application.
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