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I think I blew my MIT Sloan interview!!! Please advise!

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I think I blew my MIT Sloan interview!!! Please advise! [#permalink] New post 04 Mar 2014, 19:58
Hi,

I'm kindly requesting your assessment. I think I blew my MIT interview.

1. First of all, the ultimate NO-NO happened...I was late. The interview location is an hour away from my house. I left my house over 2 hours early and about an hour into my journey, an accident occurred right in front of me at the exit and I was stuck. I panicked and I called the Sloan office and told them of my ordeal and said I'd be 5 minutes late because of what happened. The person I spoke to was very reassuring and tried to calm me down but I was freaked out. I got to the location about 5 mins late. When I went inside, I waited for about 2mins or so before the interviewer came out. The interviewer didn't say anything to me and was pleasant so I didn't bring up my lateness. I don't know if the interviewer was aware or was late or had come out before. I have no idea!!! Should I have said something?

2. I was enthusiastic (I believe) and I got some positive feedback. I was told I was driven and inspiring. I don't know if that means anything. I tried to answer the questions as best as I can but there were times when I caught myself rambling and immediately curbed that. The interviewer wrote lots of notes (not sure if that's good or bad). I was asked about 4-5 questions (from what I can remember).

I've been reflecting on the interview and the more I reflect, the more I feel like I could have phrased my answers better and I feel like I could have done better.

Do you think I blew my interview? Please advise. This is the only school left standing for me.

Thanks.
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Re: I think I blew my MIT Sloan interview!!! Please advise! [#permalink] New post 05 Mar 2014, 17:12
Hi Smock

I'm not sure if you wanted an expert or current student to respond. But I feel your pain so I just wanted to chime in. I actually interviewed on this past Tuesday for Sloan, so I can definitely relate to the nerves and stress of it all.

I'm sorry you had bad luck with the traffic and all! I'm sure it has definitely happened before. At this point, spilt milk right? Maybe you could have brought up the huge accident as small talk, but then again maybe the interviewer didn't notice? My interview started about 5 minutes behind schedule.

It's great that they complemented you and were positive during the interview. For me, I walked out feeling confident about the majority of my answers. And felt great that I had finished my last interview and I had done all that I could do to give myself good chances at a couple schools. I'm trying not to stress about it (as much as possible). Of course, the more I think about it I wish I could've pointed out xyz and emphasized abc. But in the end, it is what it is. I hope I communicated with Sloan my passion for their program and the excitement I have to contribute.

Good luck to us both. Hope your stress has already subsided, if not hope I was able to help..
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Re: I think I blew my MIT Sloan interview!!! Please advise! [#permalink] New post 06 Mar 2014, 03:03
a.) I think you did the right thing by not bringing up your lateness. Might have made the situation awkward and as you said, chances are that the interviewer didn't even notice.

b.) I interviewed at a lot of schools and after each interview, I had a similar feeling that you're talking about. Just remember this - this is not a rehearsed setting and there is only so much you could do. I could always think of something witty/funny/cool etc. that I could have replied to X or Y question. Doesn't matter!
If you walked away from the interview thinking that you did not leave too much on the table and showed your interest in Sloan, be at peace with yourself.

Also, interview, like essays, gmat etc., is just one piece of the application. Good luck with the result!
Re: I think I blew my MIT Sloan interview!!! Please advise!   [#permalink] 06 Mar 2014, 03:03
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