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On-Campus vs Alumni Interview ? [#permalink] New post 06 Nov 2005, 11:21
Hjort,

Need ur advise on on-campus vs Alumni interview. Does on-campus give a slight edge to admission chances compared to alumni ones? I know all schools claim that it doesn't.

On-campus is taken by a student. Don't u think student
interviewers are hard/strict on the interviewees and
go by the book compared to alumnus making the alumnus
interview easier to crack ?

Also I live in the Northeast area, so will the schools in this region hold it against me if I opt for alumni interview for these schools. But these schools are not in driving distance from my place and I wud have to take a flight for on-campus.


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 [#permalink] New post 06 Nov 2005, 11:34
I just want to say that this depends on the interviewer. Some of my colleagues at LBS said their alumnus interview was really tough(1h30 of drilling questions) while others say it was very casual and laid back. This is more subjective to the alumnus you will deal with although both will have a guideline to follow.
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Nov 2005, 15:18
Most schools have a boilerplate statement to the effect that the status of the interviewers (staff/students/alumni) has no effect on the weighting of interview in the decision process. Nonetheless, given the choice, I would prefer a admissions staff interview over a student interview or an alumnus/a interview.

In your case, of course, the staff interview is not an option. One advantage of the on-campus interview is that participating in an on-campus interview makes it obvious that you are interested enough in the school to see it in person. When I do mock interviews one of my favorite questions is to ask students whether they have toured the campus and ask follow-up questions why they have failed to do so if they live in the region.
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Nov 2005, 17:18
Hjort, Is there a reason u say u wud prefer admission officer to any other? So if I am reading it right, u recommend to go for a on-campus interview instead of alumni? Correct?
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Nov 2005, 18:07
I'd go for on campus any time, unless its too far to travel. This is because alumni can be hot or miss. There's always that 10% chance that you get a person who is having a bad day or is just a jerk in general. I have had friends who have had bad experiencies with alumni interviewers. With on campus, you are assured of getting a consistent person.
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Nov 2005, 21:08
I'd like the idea of thre alumni interview..but I had never experienced any MBA interview so I might change my mind soon :lol:
Actually visit the campus is better, you may have the opportunity to meet other students or to discover something you didn't know about that school before... :lol:
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 [#permalink] New post 07 Nov 2005, 00:33
Agree with the fact that on campus interview is better for that you can visit the school. Also agree that you could indeed end up on an alumnus that is just way off and it could give you a hard time.
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 [#permalink] New post 07 Nov 2005, 02:37
Yes, I would choose the on campus interview.
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