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Re: McDonough 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 22 Jan 2012, 14:52
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Minor bump (and first post...)!

Applied for R2 and my interview is this afternoon! Butterflies are having a party in my stomach. Has anyone in R2 already had their interview? How'd it go for you?


Tell us about your interview! :)


My interview lasted exactly 30 minutes (as I'm sure other people have already mentioned in previous app rounds) in the MBA Full-Time office on campus. It was easy enough to find other people's posts on what the interview questions would be, so I wasn't really surprised by any of the questions my interviewer (an adcom member) asked. These are the questions she asked me (in no particular order):

-Why an MBA? Why now?
-Have you considered pursuing a policy degree? (due to my nonprofit leanings and interests, but I've applied for dual degree)
-How did you become interested in (area of interest)?
-How have you stayed involved in (area of interest)?
-Tell me about a time you faced a difficult interpersonal conflict.
-Can you remember a time that you had to apply a specific skill to work that you hadn't used in a while? How did you do it?
-Tell me about a time that you had to give someone unfortunate or difficult news.
-Do you have any questions for me?

My interviewer was incredibly nice and friendly, which put me at ease, but was pretty hard to read. At the end of the interview, she went on to describe what happens next:

-Interviewer does a write up of the interview summarizing important points
-Write up goes to application file and app is fully reviewed by a member of adcom
-Adcom convenes to "debate" on merits of each application and the member that read your file and your interviewer have opportunities to defend your app

Overall, was a pretty painless process. Now it's time to play the waiting game for the next 2 months!
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A few posters had sent me PMs and I figured it was more beneficial and time efficient for me to attempt to answer some questions and provide some additional color on this thread.....

I helped to work Welcome Weekend so we may have met and/or many of your questions and concerns may have been addressed, but I'll try to highlight some of my additional thoughts as they pertain to your questions.

Housing:
- Most students do live with roommates simply out of financial efficiency and the social benefits. Many of my friends found their roommates from the class's facebook group, formal and informal Gtown happy hours organized prior to the fall, and simply by emailing members of our class. I found my two roommates at a Happy Hour organized by Georgetown last Summer in NY.
- Living in the DC area is infinitely better and more convenient than the more rural settings of many other schools that I once considered (Duke, ND, etc). I severely underestimated this.
- With regards to where to live...I currently reside in Rosslyn but will most likely look to move to Dupont or Georgetown. You do get more value in Rosslyn, and the commute is very easy (10 mins), but there is almost a social stigma associated with living in Arlington, especially as a single guy.

General thoughts re: McDonough

Accepting my offer to attend and subsequently matriculate to Georgetown's MBA program has been perhaps the most rewarding decision of my life. From a career, financial, social, and intellectual perspective the experience has been nothing short of incredible. I would venture to guess that most of my classmates would reiterate this sentiment. In order to give you the best and most brief assessment of my MSB experience I will discuss the three main pillars of the MBA process; career, academics, network (social)

Career:

To qualify my statements, I have been fortunate enough to secure a summer internship at a NYC bank this summer, thus I am naturally going to be more upbeat than an individual that has yet to find employment. Each year Georgetown seems to become further entrenched within the key firms that traditionally place our students. I would attribute this development to the business school being relatively new in comparison to its peers and the aggressive efforts of our alumni in furthering the MSB brand within their organizations. JPM, Citi, BAML, Deloitte, Booz, etc. BB banks and large consulting firms. BCG hired a few McDonough grads in recent years and now are coming to campus to bring on multiple people each year. In addition, new firms are emerging each year and are enhancing their presence on campus. Bain, McKinsey, Goldman, etc have now begun to recruit on campus. In short, the Georgetown brand will open up most every door for you, yet at the end of the day you must capitalize upon these chance and grab success for yourself. I will add that the Georgetown student body is a VERY collaborative environment within this context, and this is not an aspect to overlook. Our students genuinely band together and assist each other throughout the interview process, rather than throw sharp elbows and/or compete intensely with each other. This certainly made the banking "hell week" of interviewing much more tolerable.

Academics:

Academics are what you make them out to be. As a student, you are encouraged to broaden your horizons and you are brought out of your comfort zone in order to stimulate your intellect. That being said, you can make the curriculum as easy or as challenging as you would like it to be. At first the workload is self-described as "drinking from a firehouse" but you soon will learn how to manage the workload and your time in order to efficiently maximize your experience. The academics also begin to become more career/elective specific as you progress through the first six months in order to prepare students best for their internship search. Beyond the first two mods (semester for next year's class) the workload is as smooth or as difficult as each student tailors their schedule to be. Some students will concentrate on courses directly pertaining to their career, striving to attain top marks, while other students might choose classes outside of their normal concentration and simply enjoy the indoctrination into the subject matter rather than seeking a top grade. That being said, there is a staggering number of available courses, even across Gtown's other colleges, which will appeal to almost everyone.

It's also worth mentioning that the curriculum will be overhauled next year for what, in nearly everyone's opinion, is for the better. This is one of the more visible initiatives of our new dean, Dean Thomas, as he attempts to bring the program in line with what he feels should be our natural peers (NYU, Duke, UVA, etc). Gone will be the mod system and in will be a semester system which should prepare 1st year students even more appropriately for their internship search (ex. more accounting).

Networking:

By far the most underrated aspect of the MBA experience, I cannot begin to articulate how important and how enjoyable the Georgetown network is, both internally and externally. Externally, alumni both undergrad and graduate alike are always very receptive and actively involved with our program and our classmates. Internally, we have an awesome time. My classmates are all very talented but are also very fun. As a graduate of a state-school undergrad institution, I can honestly say that I may have more fun and more social activity than I did when I was in college. Perhaps it has something to do with having worked in the "real world" and realizing that this is my last opportunity to be a (more-or-less) care-free student before matriculating back to the workforce but the Gtown MBA experience lends itself to a lot of social activities that bond our class together. This has been incredibly important to me not only for these two years but also for my professional future in which I look forward to calling on my classmates if potential business opportunities present themselves. Rather than being just another number or having just a passing knowledge of my classmates, I feel as if I have had a personal relationship with most all of my classmates. I find that this makes our network that much stronger and more valuable.

I'll leave just a few random passing notes:
- There are no Friday classes
- Kegs and wine are provided every Thursday night in the building
- The Hariri building is among the best in the nation. Very important as you will spend a significant amount of time at the school and the facilities make for a much higher quality of life
- If you are looking to get into banking be prepared to be travelling to NYC every weekend for "informational interviews"...being in DC makes this much more convenient than other locations (take the boltbus, megabus, train, etc)
- There will be more clubs that you will want to join than you can handle. Join a professional club (finance, consulting, Investment Fund) and perhaps two social clubs (Wine, Gourmet, Golf, Sports) and you will be set
- Meet the 2nd Years early in the year
- Take advantage anytime free food is made available

Ranking:

When I was applying to schools (eight of them) I was obsessively concerned with the rankings of various schools. For a $150,000 investment I wanted as close to a guarantee as possible that I'd maximize my ROI. Yet Georgetown was not the highest ranked school that I was accepted to and I am quite convinced that I made the correct choice. Having nearly completed my 1st year and having proceed through the internship process, I know that I would not have had any additional opportunities made available to me had I instead attended a higher-ranked program outside of the top 10. Even within that context, the other Summer Associates in most of my classmates' programs matriculate from NYU, Penn, Harvard, UNC, Duke, UCLA, Columbia, etc. Once you are in an MBA program and the bullets begin to fly with regards to interviews, no one will even think about your school's ranking. I hadn't even thought about our ranking until it was brought up during Welcome Weekend and I laughed at how much emphasis I remembered putting into them at that point last year. That being said, we all have a great deal of school pride and a bit of competitiveness, and I know for a fact that it is our school's overt objective to move into the Top 15 (the problem is, who moves out?).
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Hello All!

I went to Experience Georgetown last Monday 9/19 and had a great time.

I got there about an hour before my scheduled time and sent it just wandering around campus and checking out the scenery. It was really nice, although there was a lot of construction going on, especially near the business school. Speaking of which, the Hariri building looks awesome and you could tell how new it is. I havent spent any time in my adult life in DC, but I have friends who either have lived or live there now who absolutely love it. It seems like a pretty cool town though the potential cost of living for what you get in DC does worry me a bit.

As for the experience itself once I got to the office I spoke with the receptionist for a bit and spoke with others who were showing up for EG also. We sat there for a while and at about 1040 my guide showed up and escorted us to class. Me and two other guys sat in on Professor Blemaster's Mergers and Acquisitions class. He started discussing private equity and even touched on the RJR Nabisco LBO from back in the 80s, which is something I'm currently reading about in "Barbarians at The Gate", so I found that particularly interesting. He's a very engaging professor and I had a great time visiting his class.

After class we went back to the admissions office and went on a tour of the building with 1 of 2 MBA2s. It didnt take very long considering its one building but it was interesting to see its set up. We then returned to the admin office for an info session headed by our two 2nd-year tour guides. The session itself was pretty standard as far as going through the admission process, but afterwards them answering our questions and describing their experiences was great. Shortly after they left and a group of about 8 current students, both 1st and 2nd years came in and introduced themselves and gave a little background info. They then each described their respective experiences and insight to McDonough which was great as well. I then spoke to a couple of them indivually afterward and everyone was extremely helpful and gave some great info and advice. All the students there are really enthusiastic about the school and it shows, and with the small class size everyone knows each other and theres a great sense of community there. All in all it was a great trip and Gtown definitely jumped a few spots on my board and I think I'd have a great time if I went there.

I also met Kelly Wilson at an admissions event this past Thursday at an MBA Fair here in Atlanta, and she couldn't have been any friendlier. I told her about my visit earlier in the week and the interaction I've had with other members of admin. We chatted for about 5 minutes and she seemed really impressed by how much I knew about the program and how enthusiastic I was about it. She gave me her card afterwards to reach out to her and made sure she remembered my name before I left.

Thus far in my research and experience I'm really impressed with Georgetown and look forward to getting my Rd1 app in in the next few weeks.

I know some others went to Experience Georgetown, namely Joel and gablaze. I'd love to here some of your thoughts/impressions on Gtown at this point.
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Interview invite received today as well.

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Re: McDonough 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 26 Jan 2012, 13:40
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Judging by the profiles, I'm assuming applicants with high GMAT scores are receiving early interview calls, makes sense!


I received an early invite with a 680. I am not sure how GMAT plays a roll in the invites.

I would like to add location as a possible explanation. When you schedule for an interview, there is a list of different locations where you can meet the school representative for your interview. Since your profile says you are from Pakistan, there is a possibility they just might have nobody yet from your area to meet you. That's one thing to consider.
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Did anyone attend welcome weekend? Any details would be awesome...


I went...the weekend was very well thought out and organized. Students, profs, and adcom went out of their way to connect with the admitted students. The objective was to make us feel welcome, so mission accomplished.

My main takeaways
- MSB is an incredibly supportive environment. You could tell the current students generally liked being there but also liked each other. There is a general feeling in the program that the rankings don't reflect the quality of the school or the students. However, they do appreciate and benefit from the overall Georgettown brand, even internationally.
- On campus recruiting is picking up. BCG is on campus as of this year. ~40 interviews at MBB this year vs. 7 last year. Regardless of your career choice that's a great sign. That being said, I spoke to some finance students that head up to NYC a couple times a month on the weekend for networking events. 4 hour bus ride $40 RT (actually pretty doable, and better access than I realized).
- There is great excitement among both students and faculty for the new curriculum. It was the first time I saw the details of how it was going to work. They are integrating then core classes into 5 or 6 12 week classes, electives are now 6 weeks. The global consulting project will now play a more prominent role in that it will culminate with a global business conference where they will invite local leaders to take part.
- Keg in the MBA lounge every Thursday

Hariri building is amazing. Georgetown campus is pretty nice, the on campus cemeteries are pretty weird though.

It also seemed like most of fellow admits were already strongly leaning towards attending or were committed. Could just be the sample of people I spoke to. Overall a very positive experience, although I suppose I imagine all admit weekends are very well received.
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I am an international applicant.
International Applicants, Did you guys sent all of your official transcripts to Georgetown? Can I send a xerox copy of my final transcript to georgetown, Is the university stamp necessary ?

Hi BlueRobin,
I havent sent the official transcript to MSB yet, but I have applied in the R1. I was not able to submit the transcripts before the deadline, so I asked the adcom whether I should wait till R2 or they will let me fill the application in R1 and give an extension for transcripts. Adcom staff was really very suppotive and understanding and allowed me to go for R1. Here is what they said:
"To ensure that your application will be considered in the first round, mail or scan and email a copy of your transcript and degree certificate/diploma to GeorgetownMBA@georgetown.edu .
Your application status will remain "incomplete" until all official copies of the required documents are received, but so long as we have unofficial copies your admissions decisions will not be effected. You will however receive emails reminding you that your application is "incomplete", so please request to have official copies sent to our office at your soonest convenience. "

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Had my interview this past Tuesday (11/1) in Atlanta. It went really well I think, it was very laid back and conversational, and she seemed interested in hearing about my work experience, my potential career change, and my interaction with Georgetown. There were a few questions that I wasn't expecting, but I think I answered them well.

If anyone would like to know more details or anything else, feel free to PM me and I'll be happy to share.
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Indian Applicants,

I was asked to send a pdf copy of my university (OU) grading. To the best of my knowledge, my university does not offer any comparative system.

What did other Indian applicants do, were you asked to submit a copy of the grading system of your university?

Also, is it sufficient if I used the services of WES iGPA or other such firms, which translate international grades to USA equivanlent, and submit that report to Georgetown?


Well, my university (MIT, Manipal) has a grading system similar to the IITs. 10 point CGPA system. In case you don't have a grading system, I think sharing your % should do ( X out of Y). Can you ask your college academic section to issue a letter explaining the evaluation system?
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I called McDonough yesterday and they were sure they will release the admit decisions only on dec15. So I guess we gotta wait till then.
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I was away from my phone and I got a vm about 30 mins ago. I'm in.


...and congrats to everyone else who received a call. Still a lot of time left in the day.
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I got my invite as well! :)
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i received an interview invite as well!

i've never been to the campus, so i'm looking forward to seeing if it's the right fit!
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For those who received interview invites: Did your status change from "Submitted" to something else? Or is the status still as "Submitted"?


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Good afternoon fellow applicants, this morning I had my Rd 2 interview on-campus with an Assistant Director of Admissions. The questions were pretty straightforward and I had a good idea of what to expect after reading through these forums and the clearadmit wiki. However, there were a bit more "behavioral" style questions than I anticipated (i.e. "tell me about a time when..."). The interview was scheduled for 30 min, but we went for almost 45 min, mostly due to additional questions I had about the program. My interviewer had not read my file, so she was seeing my resume for the first time during the interview. The questions (as i remember) went as follows:

1) Tell me about your "journey" - how have you ended up here applying for McDonough? (essentially the "walk me through your resume" question)
2) What are your immediate post-MBA goals?
3) Why do you need an MBA to reach your goals?
4) Tell me more about what you do in your current job
5) Tell me about how you have motivated others / led a team
6) Tell me about a time you navigated a difficult interpersonal situation
7) What kind of international experiences have you had?
8) Questions for me?

Like I said, more behavioral / past experiences questions than I anticipated, but I think that is partially because I breezed through the why mba / why now part pretty quickly. Overall the experience was very relaxed, the interviewer was friendly and I felt pretty comfortable the whole time.
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Judging by the profiles, I'm assuming applicants with high GMAT scores are receiving early interview calls, makes sense!


i don't think so... i have a 640 (not exactly high) and i received an invite (round 2) two weeks ago. i don't think there's any rhyme or reason to who gets an invite when...
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Received interview email :-D, applied R2; thought I'd be relieved but - for the first time in the application process - feeling nervous...


Congrats...and don't feel nervous...my G-Town interview wasn't stressful at all. They actually did a great job of selling me on the program and I came away from it feeling pretty good.

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