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This area is a bit tricky and different level people will look at different things.

If you are with a lower level people, technical people, 'frog in the well', etc. they will expect so called hard data. These people can not see much beyond what is shown to them. And their arrogance make them believe that their version is the only truth!!

In an interviews, you have to very quickly identify which category the interviewer falls and you have to tune your frequency accordingly.

If you fail to identify that, then you are doomed. If the interviewer does not fall in any of the category (i.e. completely dumb!) then also you are gone!!


Pretty much summarizes my interview with an Alum recently. I am one of the more seasoned applicants with 5+ years of experience and extensive international background. I had looked up the his linked in profile, and he had cumulative work exp of about 9~10 years of work experience, so I kind of expected the interviewer to be more seasoned/mature.

The interviewer continued to refer to me as "you finance people" time and time again, although I reminded the interviewer that there are a variety of different types "finance" jobs, and honestly I would expect someone who has an MBA or has even worked in business to be able to differentiate. There was no Walk through of my Resume or any questions about my background or experiences.

Then asked why LBS and what challenges do I perceive - and so I was like well its a well rounded school, and you meet people from all over and I look forward to working in that scenario etc etc. to which she concluded LBS IS A FINANCE SCHOOL.

SINCE WHEN IS LBS A FINANCE SCHOOL!?!??! LSE sure.. LBS? LBS sends its people all over, which is why I liked it so much. Then the interviewer went on to say well 1/3rd of the class goes to finance... YES TRUE but the other 1/3rd goes to consulting, and 1/5th goes to FMCG, given that it is a school in the financial HUB of EU ofcourse it is finance heavy, but I wouldn't call it a Finance school like how NYU or Booth is a finance school.

The presentation question was really very general, if you are aware geneally of what happens, you will be able to comment. In this too she chose a topic related to his field. Clearly it was important for the person to feel like he is smarter than "us finance people" or something. I also answered the question directly, but as you can already guess by now, the person "DISAGREED".

The whole thing was awkward, with awkward pauses

I doubt I am going to hear back from LBS at this point. I am just surprised, because EVERYONE I have met so far, from AdCom, to Current Students to Alum, to recent admits, to other people who have been invited to interview, they have all been so smart, fun and simply amazing!!

Apologies for the rant. This is no way to discourage others from applying to this wonderful school.This whole process gave me no additional insight into the school, what a waste of $280 :(. I hope everyone else has better luck with this process.
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I just wanted to share my interview experience as well. It sounds like a lot of people have had negative or awkward experiences with their interviewers and for those who are still waiting to interview, I thought I would share a positive experience. I thought my interviewer was really well matched for me and my background, she was incredibly nice and the whole meeting was very fluid and conversational. She set up the structure in the beginning, 40min for her to ask me questions and discuss why I'm interested in LBS/MBA, then the presentation, and finally some time for me to ask questions about her experience. It lasted 1.5hours and she took copious notes, which makes sense, because I think they have to fill out an evaluation of some kind. It was definitely positive overall.

Just thought I would share something positive to maybe make people who haven't interviewed yet feel a little better... Good luck all!!!
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I wanted to share my very positive experiences too:

LBS was my best interview (out of 12: 3 not "blind", 9 "blind", including 8 30-minute long "informational" 1-2-1 interviews at MBA events). It lasted 1 hour and 45 minutes.

What I liked:
- very welcoming and positive atmosphere of the interview
- the interviewer knew my application very well and interviewed me as a person and not just like a 760-GMAT applicant
- case-study-art questions
- questions and tips around study group work
- tips how I can organize my studies and life during MBA (have a bit special situation, not a typical one for MBA)
- that he really took time for the interview
- information about student clubs (tailored to what I wrote in my essays)
- sincerity of the interviewer

And there was not a single point that I did not like. I can only wish that everybody gets such an interviewer!
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I had my interview yesterday in Mexico City. It started off with the interviewer not having printed my CV, and I mentioned the email said I did not need to bring one. His response was "who doesn't bring a CV for an interview? Everybody does". Then he took half an hour to go print it (this was at his office). I apologized and felt stupid, I had debated bringing it several times.

Any how, his second statement to me was this: "I don't like consulting" (I'm with McKinsey), and he went on to elaborate while checking his iPhone "All the McKinsey people in LBS were.. you know.. missing something..". I wasn't phased by this as I was expecting something similar, I agreed with him about some points but underlined how much one can learn in this role. Interview was about 1hr 20 minutes.

He stayed on my resume for a good 40 minutes, and asked me about my prior experiences to McKinsey a lot (very few have done that till now, and never to this extent). Really wanted to know why I made so many industry switches, what was I thinking, was it random etc. Then the usual:
- One interesting question: Do you want to make the Dean;s list? I told him "no", he looked surprised. I guess he was expecting a typical McKinsey Type A "I'm going to rule the world because the logic in my his justified and therefore you must follow it too" approach. I told him why, that I wanted to do well but I would like to participate in clubs, socialize, and enjoy my final degree in London. He reacted with a "I'm really happy to hear that, that makes total sense".
- The case study was at the end, and he picked a banking question for me (so I had little background, but it was related to the HSBC meltdown and ethical considerations), He said he would give me 5 minutes, but gave me about 2/3 minutes and requested I start off. I took a moralistic stand (fine/penalize banks to set a precedent to prevent other banks from illegal activities), and he was smirking 30 seconds into my answer but didn't say anything (he's a banker).
- What role will you play in the study group? He wasn't satisfied with my answer ,said that's what every body hopes to do (guide the discussion, mediate), and then gave me advice on how to deal with it when I'm there (good news?)
- Why LBS? Again, he asked me this twice. Didn;t like my first answer (even though I gave additional reasons not mentioned in my essays). He really wanted me to be blunt, I told him I had got INSEAD. He wanted to know why LBS over the others.

Then he switched to Spanish to test my Spanish briefly, and seemed pleased as he complimented my accent as being Mexican (I have a Mexican teacher here in Costa Rica).

He was giving me advice on what courses to take in LBS, I don't know if he was just messing with me! At the end, he curtly wished me good luck after the case study and saw me out. Who knows..
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I don't know, TON of pressure from family to not compromise INSEAD as payment deadline March 29th, and LBS decision is March 28th. I'm not one to get pressured though, so speaking to a lot of people and will decide by week-end in the eventuality LBS accepts me too.

To be honest though, I think I will take INSEAD either way, so far I love everything about the school.
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Hey Azn84, no worries! this is better than sitting around and doing nothing while waiting to hear back from schools :-)
Words I would remove from the letter: strong adjectives and other words ie acutely, underwhelming etc.

Sentences I would personally remove from the letter:
- "Having worked in a corporate role for six years" - they already know that and it comes off as a little "know it all-ish"
- The whole second paragraph, you start by telling them what their interview style is (which can be perceived as condescending) and then go into a she said-she said situation, where the alums word will usually prevail.

I would frame the response more along the lines of, "Whoa, what just happened, this doesn't seem normal from all the other responses I've seen/heard. Is it normal?"
They already know you're awesome, hence they invited you for an interview :-)
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The mail came around 20:15 Tokyo time.
It was indicated in the interview indication email back in Feb that all decisions for Japanese will be made in 22.
I think each region has each of its dates and if not notified, that region's decision will all come out on 28.

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I am trying to drown myself in conference calls, but can't stop checking my email. I'm pretty sure no matter how it goes, I will not want to be in this office after I find out!

Hahaha.. have you seen that powerball advertisement where the lady comes in with a marching band to tell she quits! Thats along the lines of what I envision
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IN! 12:10 PM (EST) OMG my first in!!!!
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I AM IN .. couldn't be happier to have the choice, although matriculating at GSB, but felt good to be given the nod from one of the top Business School globally

Wish London was a bit less snowy and less expensive ^_^
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In at LBS, I hadn't had time to update, but extremely happy about this.

Best luck to all.


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Just got the invite by mail!
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Guys! Are you really serious? What is so difficult comparing a top notch US incumbent school with classical MBA to a European one, even with good ranking. How can you take location into consideration, its not a real estate that you buy. Its just 2 years of your life, after which you move wherever you want. And this so called "international" feature is just a PR trick used by European schools to be competitive.


This is not the case. Location is very important, as is fit. Look at the make up of incoming classes at top schools, both European and US. Students at LBS and INSEAD are more internationally diverse - the stats don't lie.

Not arguing for or against either side of the pond here. It just irks me when I read comments like this that are untrue and, what's more, have the potential to influence this very important decision of admits...

Ramram, Tcsing et al, you got this far, have offers from great schools, I am sure whatever decision you make will be the right one! Best of luck..
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Guys! Are you really serious? What is so difficult comparing a top notch US incumbent school with classical MBA to a European one, even with good ranking. How can you take location into consideration, its not a real estate that you buy. Its just 2 years of your life, after which you move wherever you want. And this so called "international" feature is just a PR trick used by European schools to be competitive.


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Guys! Are you really serious? What is so difficult comparing a top notch US incumbent school with classical MBA to a European one, even with good ranking. How can you take location into consideration, its not a real estate that you buy. Its just 2 years of your life, after which you move wherever you want. And this so called "international" feature is just a PR trick used by European schools to be competitive.


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Isn't the participation unusually low on this thread?
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Yes..very surprising..considering 1 round is aldready over. Did anyone apply in Round 1?
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Hey correct me if I am wrong. LBS doesn't typically have online information sessions does it?
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