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Interview Best Practices and Debriefs: [#permalink] New post 02 Oct 2007, 13:25
Since we have condensed threads for pretty much all aspects of the application alread and this part is just around the bend...I think its time to open up this subject. I know there are already some discussions on this and also several websites with some databases of questions but this could be helpful.

Please post any interesting questions or stories from your interviews...and current students any helpful advice you can provide would be greatly appreciated.

EDIT: Find rhyme's interview guide here: http://www.gmatclub.com/forum/t55030
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 [#permalink] New post 02 Oct 2007, 13:44
My Tuck interview went well but I was thrown when they asked me about high school. I mean that was almost 10 years ago! I HATED high school... so it made for a fun opprotunity about teenage awkwardness in a small town.
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 [#permalink] New post 02 Oct 2007, 14:00
Wow, high school thats suprising...did you interview on campus?
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 [#permalink] New post 02 Oct 2007, 14:03
Yup, on campus. I can't tell you how much I hated high school. It was hard to be the happy, excited confident applicant when you bring up high school.. Yukky!
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 [#permalink] New post 02 Oct 2007, 14:54
Not sure if you all have seen this. It contains a wealth of information on the interviews.

http://www.accepted.com/mba/interviews/ ... earch.aspx
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 [#permalink] New post 02 Oct 2007, 18:37
stickying this topic, thanks river! :)
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 [#permalink] New post 02 Oct 2007, 19:12
do you guys think, we should start preparing for interviews now?

I submitted apps for 3 schools for R1. 2 more to go in R2.

Can we manage both apps and interview preparation?(and of course work in office :P )
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 [#permalink] New post 02 Oct 2007, 20:35
aurobindo wrote:
Can we manage both apps and interview preparation?


Probably not. Unless you are likely to be invited to interview while still working on apps., I would stick to apps. until submitted, then prepare for interviews.

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 [#permalink] New post 02 Oct 2007, 20:45
lepium wrote:
aurobindo wrote:
Can we manage both apps and interview preparation?


Probably not. Unless you are likely to be invited to interview while still working on apps., I would stick to apps. until submitted, then prepare for interviews.

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Thanks Lepium.
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 [#permalink] New post 02 Oct 2007, 20:49
Aren't interviews for R1 schools generally in Nov/Dec timeframe, when people are working on R2 apps?

Just curious.
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 [#permalink] New post 02 Oct 2007, 21:41
aurobindo wrote:
Can we manage both apps and interview preparation?(and of course work in office :P )


Work - What's that?!? Oh...are you referring to that 'thing' we do in between the essay writing sessions and GMATclub browsing sessions?? I call that 'a break' ;-)
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 [#permalink] New post 02 Oct 2007, 22:45
kryzak wrote:
Aren't interviews for R1 schools generally in Nov/Dec timeframe, when people are working on R2 apps?

Just curious.


But by that time we are more or less done with our R2 apps (going at this pace). No?
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Oct 2007, 04:30
I personally do not plan on writing a single word for my R2 apps until I get back from my vacation in early December, right smack during interview time (I hope!). But then again, the essays should be much easier after working on 3 sets (15 essays) for R1.
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Oct 2007, 07:52
what is the purpose of the interview? Is it a screening process or is it meant to confirm the candidates almost finalized or is it just another way to acquire more information on the applicant?
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Oct 2007, 09:07
aurobindo wrote:
what is the purpose of the interview? Is it a screening process or is it meant to confirm the candidates almost finalized or is it just another way to acquire more information on the applicant?


Depends on the school. Kellogg interviews *nearly* all its applicants. So here it is more of a information collection resource. HBS on the other hand interviews roughly 30 - 40% percent of it's applicants. So here it seems more of a screening mechanism.
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Oct 2007, 09:10
KingKREEP wrote:
HBS on the other hand interviews roughly 30 - 40% percent of it's applicants. So here it seems more of a screening mechanism.


Where did you find this stat?
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Oct 2007, 09:53
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KingKREEP wrote:
HBS on the other hand interviews roughly 30 - 40% percent of it's applicants. So here it seems more of a screening mechanism.


Where did you find this stat?


I read this in some article/blog. Unofficial information, but from what I hear (from students and alumni) it's pretty accurate.

Disclaimer: What I hear (from students ....)
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Oct 2007, 13:10
KingKREEP wrote:
Depends on the school. Kellogg interviews *nearly* all its applicants. So here it is more of a information collection resource. HBS on the other hand interviews roughly 30 - 40% percent of it's applicants. So here it seems more of a screening mechanism.


I agree that K interviews almost everyone. H interviews around 20-ish% since most people invited to interview are later admitted (speculation is about 50 - 70%) and based on a 14% admit rate, etc.

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 [#permalink] New post 03 Oct 2007, 13:18
lepium wrote:
KingKREEP wrote:
Depends on the school. Kellogg interviews *nearly* all its applicants. So here it is more of a information collection resource. HBS on the other hand interviews roughly 30 - 40% percent of it's applicants. So here it seems more of a screening mechanism.


I agree that K interviews almost everyone. H interviews around 20-ish% since most people invited to interview are later admitted (speculation is about 50 - 70%) and based on a 14% admit rate, etc.

L.


Lepium, do you know the application volume spread between R1, R2 and R3. Thanks!
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Oct 2007, 20:06
If you get a Stanford interview, then you have a 50% chance of getting in after the interview. That's what I've read on blogs and stuff.
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