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Interview conundrum - OVERSEAS [#permalink] New post 11 Jul 2013, 14:06
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I'm applying this fall to HBS, HKS, Tuck, Darden. I have a question about interviews. I am in the military and stationed in Germany so if I am offered an interview from HBS and Darden, should I do the skype session with a member of the ADCOM, or a in-person interview with an "ambassador" out here in Europe.

Skype - Pro: likely an actual member of the ADCOM. Someone who can fight for my candidacy in person. Con: it's not in person
"Ambassador" interview: Pro: Face to face contact (the only way I'd like to do it) Con: not the ADCOM

what do you think??

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Re: Interview conundrum - OVERSEAS [#permalink] New post 11 Jul 2013, 14:18
Duff wrote:
Forum,

I'm applying this fall to HBS, HKS, Tuck, Darden. I have a question about interviews. I am in the military and stationed in Germany so if I am offered an interview from HBS and Darden, should I do the skype session with a member of the ADCOM, or a in-person interview with an "ambassador" out here in Europe.

Skype - Pro: likely an actual member of the ADCOM. Someone who can fight for my candidacy in person. Con: it's not in person
"Ambassador" interview: Pro: Face to face contact (the only way I'd like to do it) Con: not the ADCOM

what do you think??

-Duff


I would always opt for an in-person interview, but I certainly see why you'd want to talk to the adcom. That said, I believe Harvard sends its adcom all over the world to conduct interviews and pays very specific people to conduct interviews in certain regions. This means you can assume that whoever is interviewing you from Harvard is someone that adcom trusts. For Darden - from what I've heard they can be a bit more persnickety about on campus interviews, so I'd say a skype interview may be better if they allow it. If you can make it happen, I would suggest going to Tuck this fall and self-initiating an interview as that shows real interest, which from what I've heard is super valued at Tuck.

Good luck. Hopefully you'll get invitations to interview everywhere. :)
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Re: Interview conundrum - OVERSEAS [#permalink] New post 22 Jul 2013, 23:27
Depends on your strengths. Some people - myself included - feel that interviews in person allow much more for their personalities to come through and for a bond to form.

That said, I have heard of some schools (Booth, for example) merely giving a list of questions for interviewers to ask and to just have a an informal chat and give thoughts. Each school's process is different. If you are in touch with alums in your area, ask them if they have ever interviewed candidates and their recommendations.

Good luck ;)
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