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Just had my Cornell Interview... [#permalink] New post 04 Dec 2006, 17:51
Well after my flight being cancelled, and arriving on campus almost 2 hours after I was originally scheduled to - I was ready for my interview.

I had to wait a while for the second year student to show up so I spent some time talking with Michael Corbett the Admissions Service Rep. and the Director of Admissions stopped by to chat briefly with me because we had been trading e-mails for several weeks.

Then the interview came - I felt like I connected with my interviewer and was prepared from the questions that were posted on GMAT Club. There were not too many surprises and I did feel relaxed for the most part. It was a laid back interview with formal elements.

There were a couple tough questions about my shortcommings (they want to know how I plan to overcome a weakness in quant) and they also had some comments about my essays. The interviewer gave me feedback on my resume and how to overcome some of my weaknesses. I did my best to give him answers that would set the ADCOM's minds at ease but I was a little taken back by the questions regarding my app. I figured that didnt happen in any of the past GMAT clubber interviews so this was new to me.

However overall I felt positive - a little nervous. I also saw the first review of my application that he was reading off of - apparently the reader rated me average on my entire application, GMAT scores, GPA, essays, etc. So I was left wondering how the hell did I get called in for an interview. It was a sobering experience and only time will tell how I did. 14 days to go, man this has been a rough quest for an MBA and I am sure it gets harder - but wow, this has been a challenge.
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 [#permalink] New post 04 Dec 2006, 19:48
I would take that as a good sign. The fact that they saw some weakness in your application but didnot grill you on them suggests they are interested in you.

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 [#permalink] New post 05 Dec 2006, 04:38
Oasis, Congrats for the interview.... Did you sister receive an interview invitation as well? The fact that your sister is applying there as well might be a ++ for you. Good Luck...
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Re: Just had my Cornell Interview... [#permalink] New post 05 Dec 2006, 07:33
OasisNYK wrote:
Well after my flight being cancelled, and arriving on campus almost 2 hours after I was originally scheduled to - I was ready for my interview.

I had to wait a while for the second year student to show up so I spent some time talking with Michael Corbett the Admissions Service Rep. and the Director of Admissions stopped by to chat briefly with me because we had been trading e-mails for several weeks.

Then the interview came - I felt like I connected with my interviewer and was prepared from the questions that were posted on GMAT Club. There were not too many surprises and I did feel relaxed for the most part. It was a laid back interview with formal elements.

There were a couple tough questions about my shortcommings (they want to know how I plan to overcome a weakness in quant) and they also had some comments about my essays. The interviewer gave me feedback on my resume and how to overcome some of my weaknesses. I did my best to give him answers that would set the ADCOM's minds at ease but I was a little taken back by the questions regarding my app. I figured that didnt happen in any of the past GMAT clubber interviews so this was new to me.

However overall I felt positive - a little nervous. I also saw the first review of my application that he was reading off of - apparently the reader rated me average on my entire application, GMAT scores, GPA, essays, etc. So I was left wondering how the hell did I get called in for an interview. It was a sobering experience and only time will tell how I did. 14 days to go, man this has been a rough quest for an MBA and I am sure it gets harder - but wow, this has been a challenge.


Oasis, I guess its a good sign that he drilled you on weaknesses during the interview.. You dont want him to think about your weaknesses later on.. You had a chance to speak about it which is a good sign..

can you share your profile with us? I vaguely remember you getting 640 on GMAT.. Did you give it again?

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 [#permalink] New post 05 Dec 2006, 17:08
I definitely think it was a good thing that I had the opportunity to address my weaknesses instead of keeping them guessing when its decision making time.

As far as my profile - you guys will laugh I am so far behind many of you.

2.55 GPA from BU in Economics with an Art History Minor.
640 GMAT, took it three times and my quant improved a lot and my verbal dropped tremendously - I am shocked actually.
4 years of work experience, some in corporate law, 3 years in real estate sales/management.
Recent promotion at work.
By all means I am quite average on paper - I am surprised they wanted to talk to me. But I do feel in person I have a very strong presence which the interviewer noted. He did give me some tips on how to make myself look better on paper which I appreciated.

We will see, I am the long shot basically but I think I will get in somewhere that I want to go - its a matter of selling myself and getting them to take a risk.
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 [#permalink] New post 05 Dec 2006, 17:43
OasisNYK wrote:
I definitely think it was a good thing that I had the opportunity to address my weaknesses instead of keeping them guessing when its decision making time.

As far as my profile - you guys will laugh I am so far behind many of you.

2.55 GPA from BU in Economics with an Art History Minor.
640 GMAT, took it three times and my quant improved a lot and my verbal dropped tremendously - I am shocked actually.
4 years of work experience, some in corporate law, 3 years in real estate sales/management.
Recent promotion at work.
By all means I am quite average on paper - I am surprised they wanted to talk to me. But I do feel in person I have a very strong presence which the interviewer noted. He did give me some tips on how to make myself look better on paper which I appreciated.

We will see, I am the long shot basically but I think I will get in somewhere that I want to go - its a matter of selling myself and getting them to take a risk.


Don't worry Oasis, keep digging at it. If it was easy it would be worthless. Good luck!
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