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Re: LBS 2013 - Calling all MBA Applicants [#permalink] New post 17 Dec 2012, 07:47
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Now that I know my decision, I'll report on the interview I had for my LBS Round 1 application.

My interview seems to have been different than every other LBS interview report I read. Going in, I was very prepared to speak about my background, my leadership experiences and why I wanted to go to LBS, but he threw me off with questions to test my business knowledge and knowledge about the world. He asked me two questions about me: why MBA/why LBS and what type of int'l work experience I have. After that, my interviewer asked me a bunch of other questions, including:

What is the current price of oil?
What was the DOW at today?
Where do you get your news? What do you think of the future of the publishing industry?
Do you think the price of gold will go up?
What do you think the future of Syria will look like?
What is the fiscal cliff?
What happened in China last week?
Who's the prime minister of Britain?

This went on for about 45 minutes. Then he also gave me a consulting case study:

How many quarters would it take to fill up our room and would that be taller than the future World Trade Center if you stacked them all up?

My presentation, I think went ok. It was about whether companies need to have integrity with their consumers.

I felt flustered and don't think I really talked about myself that much. He did say at certain points that he just wanted to see how I think and it was ok that I didn't know answers to some of his questions, so that comforted me a little.

But I'm guessing my performance in the interview played a large part in my ding notice today.

I'm really bummed about the ding. It will take me a while to get over this.



Ward - I'm so sorry to hear this. There's no other response that I can think of other than: that totally sucks!

I'm not sure what I would do in your case, but I wonder if calling the admissions office and approach the discussion more about what you could have done differently (ie: feedback). If they mention the interview as the dagger in your application, you could then bring up this experience to them (politely). If they have other elements (work experience, recommendations, GMAT), then you can potentially rest a bit easier knowing that it wasn't this one horrible interview. Although, the outcome still sucks.

It's a fine line - I'd think long and hard about if I wanted to do that or not - but since LBS really prides themselves on training their alumni interviewers, it's just shocking that your experience was completely different from everyone else's.

Best of luck to you at other schools. I'm sure you'll be fantastic wherever you go, but I know that doesn't take the sting out of the LBS ding.
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Re: LBS 2013 - Calling all MBA Applicants [#permalink] New post 17 Dec 2012, 08:50
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Ward2012 wrote:
Now that I know my decision, I'll report on the interview I had for my LBS Round 1 application.

My interview seems to have been different than every other LBS interview report I read. Going in, I was very prepared to speak about my background, my leadership experiences and why I wanted to go to LBS, but he threw me off with questions to test my business knowledge and knowledge about the world. He asked me two questions about me: why MBA/why LBS and what type of int'l work experience I have. After that, my interviewer asked me a bunch of other questions, including:

What is the current price of oil?
What was the DOW at today?
Where do you get your news? What do you think of the future of the publishing industry?
Do you think the price of gold will go up?
What do you think the future of Syria will look like?
What is the fiscal cliff?
What happened in China last week?
Who's the prime minister of Britain?

This went on for about 45 minutes. Then he also gave me a consulting case study:

How many quarters would it take to fill up our room and would that be taller than the future World Trade Center if you stacked them all up?

My presentation, I think went ok. It was about whether companies need to have integrity with their consumers.

I felt flustered and don't think I really talked about myself that much. He did say at certain points that he just wanted to see how I think and it was ok that I didn't know answers to some of his questions, so that comforted me a little.

But I'm guessing my performance in the interview played a large part in my ding notice today.

I'm really bummed about the ding. It will take me a while to get over this.



Ward - I'm so sorry to hear this. There's no other response that I can think of other than: that totally sucks!

I'm not sure what I would do in your case, but I wonder if calling the admissions office and approach the discussion more about what you could have done differently (ie: feedback). If they mention the interview as the dagger in your application, you could then bring up this experience to them (politely). If they have other elements (work experience, recommendations, GMAT), then you can potentially rest a bit easier knowing that it wasn't this one horrible interview. Although, the outcome still sucks.

It's a fine line - I'd think long and hard about if I wanted to do that or not - but since LBS really prides themselves on training their alumni interviewers, it's just shocking that your experience was completely different from everyone else's.

Best of luck to you at other schools. I'm sure you'll be fantastic wherever you go, but I know that doesn't take the sting out of the LBS ding.


I had a similarly poor interview experience with an alum. The interview lasted less than an hour and the interviewer could not contain his disinterest in my answers nor his discontent with the role he landed post-LBS. I'm very disappointed but it was a learning experience, to say the least.
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Re: LBS 2013 - Calling all MBA Applicants [#permalink] New post 18 Dec 2012, 07:08
Any news on the package ?
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Re: LBS 2013 - Calling all MBA Applicants [#permalink] New post 18 Dec 2012, 09:08
Anyone here having the internal debate between LBS vs. US schools?
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Re: LBS 2013 - Calling all MBA Applicants [#permalink] New post 18 Dec 2012, 09:52
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Anyone here having the internal debate between LBS vs. US schools?


I have an LBS vs. Insead internal debat :)
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Re: LBS 2013 - Calling all MBA Applicants [#permalink] New post 18 Dec 2012, 11:25
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Anyone here having the internal debate between LBS vs. US schools?


have been going back and forth on this one since i got the acceptance email. having a hard time imagining myself turning down 2 years in london, but definitely have a few doubts.
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Re: LBS 2013 - Calling all MBA Applicants [#permalink] New post 19 Dec 2012, 10:20
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nutsngum wrote:
Anyone here having the internal debate between LBS vs. US schools?


have been going back and forth on this one since i got the acceptance email. having a hard time imagining myself turning down 2 years in london, but definitely have a few doubts.


Where are you accepted in the US?

I have my doubts too...
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Re: LBS 2013 - Calling all MBA Applicants [#permalink] New post 20 Dec 2012, 13:38
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el184 wrote:
nutsngum wrote:
Anyone here having the internal debate between LBS vs. US schools?


have been going back and forth on this one since i got the acceptance email. having a hard time imagining myself turning down 2 years in london, but definitely have a few doubts.


Where are you accepted in the US?

I have my doubts too...


Was accepted at Ross today, also going to go for Kellogg, Tuck and Fuqua.
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Re: LBS 2013 - Calling all MBA Applicants [#permalink] New post 20 Dec 2012, 16:26
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Re: LBS 2013 - Calling all MBA Applicants [#permalink] New post 21 Dec 2012, 03:17
Well in my case, I was admitted at Booth and LBS. It is a tough decision to make. Both of them are great schools.

My post career objectives are to work in London / Europe / Middle East so I tend to think that LBS is the better choice. But Booth has a such strong momentum in its history and the better brand internationally (?).

What do you think guys?
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Re: LBS 2013 - Calling all MBA Applicants [#permalink] New post 21 Dec 2012, 06:00
Great discussion - love the comments.

I feel that at any of the top MBA schools, US and abroad, you'll get a solid education and great job coming out of it as long as you put the effort in. That being said, a big part of the MBA will be the experience we all get. Living in London and having the opportunity to travel Europe will be hard to pass up - I feel like I'm going to get a lot out of the experience outside of the MBA experience as well living in London.

Too many factors to consider! Granted, we should be all happy we're in the position to have to make such a difficult decision.
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Re: LBS 2013 - Calling all MBA Applicants [#permalink] New post 21 Dec 2012, 06:26
I think it might be hard to say Booth has a better brand internationally. Certainly domestically, but in Europe or the Middle East? I am not so sure.
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Re: LBS 2013 - Calling all MBA Applicants [#permalink] New post 24 Dec 2012, 19:37
I have two questions -

1) Do international candidates face issues in getting loans?
2) How easy is to get a UK (OR EU) work permit post MBA?

Thanks in advance for your help.
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Re: LBS 2013 - Calling all MBA Applicants [#permalink] New post 27 Dec 2012, 08:55
What are people's opinions on LBS vs Ross / Kellogg for jobs in Industry in the Operations Management / Production Strategy fields (without considering location) ?

I know LBS is more finance oriented and am concerned about learning opportunities in these fields in LBS.. Ross and Kellogg have course content more geared towards these fields...

but then LBS is arguably of a higher reputation than the US schools I have mentioned above (atleast outside the US)...School rep vs course content ???? Dilemma...
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Re: LBS 2013 - Calling all MBA Applicants [#permalink] New post 27 Dec 2012, 15:42
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Now that I know my decision, I'll report on the interview I had for my LBS Round 1 application.

My interview seems to have been different than every other LBS interview report I read. Going in, I was very prepared to speak about my background, my leadership experiences and why I wanted to go to LBS, but he threw me off with questions to test my business knowledge and knowledge about the world. He asked me two questions about me: why MBA/why LBS and what type of int'l work experience I have. After that, my interviewer asked me a bunch of other questions, including:

What is the current price of oil?
What was the DOW at today?
Where do you get your news? What do you think of the future of the publishing industry?
Do you think the price of gold will go up? Why?
What do you think the future of Syria will look like?
What is the fiscal cliff?
What happened in China last week?
Who's the prime minister of Britain?

This went on for about 45 minutes. Then he also gave me a consulting case study:

How many quarters would it take to fill up our room and would that be taller than the future World Trade Center if you stacked them all up?

My presentation, I think went ok. It was about whether companies need to have integrity with their consumers.

I felt flustered and don't think I really talked about myself that much. He did say at certain points that he just wanted to see how I think and it was ok that I didn't know answers to some of his questions, so that comforted me a little.

But I'm guessing my performance in the interview played a large part in my ding notice today.

I'm really bummed about the ding. It will take me a while to get over this.


Sorry to hear about your experience. Just out of curiosity.. where did you interview?
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Re: LBS 2013 - Calling all MBA Applicants [#permalink] New post 01 Jan 2013, 00:26
Hope that all the applicants have wonderful time with family!
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Re: LBS 2013 - Calling all MBA Applicants [#permalink] New post 01 Jan 2013, 16:12
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Sorry to hear about your experience. Just out of curiosity.. where did you interview?


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Re: LBS 2013 - Calling all MBA Applicants [#permalink] New post 02 Jan 2013, 03:20
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Well in my case, I was admitted at Booth and LBS. It is a tough decision to make. Both of them are great schools.

My post career objectives are to work in London / Europe / Middle East so I tend to think that LBS is the better choice. But Booth has a such strong momentum in its history and the better brand internationally (?).

What do you think guys?


Shooot! Congrats!

That is a tough choice though.
I don't think there's any clear answer, nor that anyone can predict which direction your life would go if you went to one and not the other. But it's probably wise to think that wherever you go, you'll be most likely there for the next 4-5 years at least!!! So think about that
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Re: LBS 2013 - Calling all MBA Applicants [#permalink] New post 02 Jan 2013, 03:22
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What are people's opinions on LBS vs Ross / Kellogg for jobs in Industry in the Operations Management / Production Strategy fields (without considering location) ?

I know LBS is more finance oriented and am concerned about learning opportunities in these fields in LBS.. Ross and Kellogg have course content more geared towards these fields...

but then LBS is arguably of a higher reputation than the US schools I have mentioned above (at least outside the US)...School rep vs course content ???? Dilemma...


In most cases (including yours) I'd go with school rep over course content. I find that the only time course contact/location/networking is more important than rep is in highly specialized industries. so like, if you were in Media/Film UCLA and USC might be better than Tuck/Kellogg even though they are outranked...
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Re: LBS 2013 - Calling all MBA Applicants [#permalink] New post 03 Jan 2013, 12:11
Just made the R2 deadline. Question for the rest of you. The essays mention that you can upload a separate sheet explaining any gaps in employment. I didn't see any prompt for it before submitting. Is there anyway I can send them a brief para explaining the gap without harming my app, or too late?
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