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Re: Oxford (Said) 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 18 May 2012, 14:17
Hi.. I am new in here. First Post. Applied to Said and Judge in the last rounds. Dinged in Judge. Invited for interview in Said. Interview on 25th at Oxford itself. Fingers crossed :)
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Re: Oxford (Said) 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 19 May 2012, 05:00
Hi All

I am a new member here..I too got an interview invite and have my Skype interview on May 24...

Lets hope that we all are classmates very soon. :)
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Re: Oxford (Said) 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 21 May 2012, 04:20
I interviews start today. All the best folks..
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Re: Oxford (Said) 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 21 May 2012, 04:45
Good luck anilIndia!! All the best!
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Re: Oxford (Said) 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 21 May 2012, 04:47
Good luck everyone!
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Re: Oxford (Said) 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 21 May 2012, 22:18
Iceman1312 wrote:
Hi All,

got done with interview last night... surprisingly the interview slot was only for 30mins.. not sure if that is standard for Said Interviews or whether the interviewer was in a hurry.... the questions were pretty much standard (why MBA, why Now, Why Said, what you bring to the class etc etc).... the interviewer was quite pleasant to interact with and was very understanding considering the video on skype didnt work through most part of the interview....

i guess now the wait begins...

anyone else to share their interview experience ?


Hey, thanks for the helpful feedback. I am curious - what was the very first question you were asked?
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Re: Oxford (Said) 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 22 May 2012, 01:43
shamanth25 wrote:
Hi All,

I am really unwell...so apologies before hand if I my feedback is a little long winded.

Had my interview day at Oxford yesterday. Thankfully I was in a slightly better state as over the weekend I was down with the worst cold virus and given the strain of travel etc etc, today I am bed bound feeling super horrible. But here is my debrief curled up on my sofa....

Arrived early for my 10.50 interview , met other candidates, quite a good turnout, must have been around 30+ of us.

Some of them had interviews with sector consultants, other with head of career services or director of the program, I am not sure if anyone had an interview with the adcom team. Although the adcom team were there to greet us at the beginning, and usher us to our interview room.

I had mine with a sector consultant from the insurance industry. Lovely elderly man.

After brief introductions he dived in with a big smile...."so tell me why are you here"...I cant remember exactly what I said but I believe I clarified the question, and gave a response. I must add my interviewer is very open ended he doesnt add much.

I had some pretty off the wall questions such as "if you are put in front of a wall what would you do", if you could go back in time,any place where would it be and why" , what are your core values... , "tell me a time when you had to challenge the norm and take an independent decision"

I also had some pretty standard ones "what will you contribute to the mba community", what will you do post mba...

At the end he asked me if I wanted to add anything to essay 2....and finally is there anything else I want to highlight not already mentioned.

I think overall it went well, of course I will always feel I could have said this better or that better post interview....but will just have to wait and see.

At the end of the day, the questions you get very much depends on the interviewer. Some of them got pretty standard Q's , refer to clearadmit.

Good luck and all the best.

Shamanth


WOW! o_O

You were ill on top of that... I hope you'll be feeling better soon.

Cheers and thanks for sharing!
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Re: Oxford (Said) 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 22 May 2012, 01:58
Anybody going to Oxford on Friday? if so, we could meet up
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Re: Oxford (Said) 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 22 May 2012, 02:07
@shamanth25

Dude, some of these are really tough!
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Re: Oxford (Said) 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 22 May 2012, 02:42
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@shamanth25

Dude, some of these are really tough!



I think when the adrenalin kicks in, you will find an answer to every question. So stay calm just make sure you have in mind the message you want to convey.

And share your true self....most of my answers were personal...except for the leadership example, I gave a professional one.
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Re: Oxford (Said) 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 22 May 2012, 03:51
Iceman had a very different interview on Skype! Need to be prepared for anything and everything, I guess
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Re: Oxford (Said) 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 22 May 2012, 06:12
@mosquad, I am interviewing on Friday at Oxford. PM me and we can meet up
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Re: Oxford (Said) 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 22 May 2012, 10:17
shamanth25 wrote:
Hi All,

I am really unwell...so apologies before hand if I my feedback is a little long winded.

Had my interview day at Oxford yesterday. Thankfully I was in a slightly better state as over the weekend I was down with the worst cold virus and given the strain of travel etc etc, today I am bed bound feeling super horrible. But here is my debrief curled up on my sofa....

Arrived early for my 10.50 interview , met other candidates, quite a good turnout, must have been around 30+ of us.

Some of them had interviews with sector consultants, other with head of career services or director of the program, I am not sure if anyone had an interview with the adcom team. Although the adcom team were there to greet us at the beginning, and usher us to our interview room.

I had mine with a sector consultant from the insurance industry. Lovely elderly man.

After brief introductions he dived in with a big smile...."so tell me why are you here"...I cant remember exactly what I said but I believe I clarified the question, and gave a response. I must add my interviewer is very open ended he doesnt add much.

I had some pretty off the wall questions such as "if you are put in front of a wall what would you do", if you could go back in time,any place where would it be and why" , what are your core values... , "tell me a time when you had to challenge the norm and take an independent decision"

I also had some pretty standard ones "what will you contribute to the mba community", what will you do post mba...

At the end he asked me if I wanted to add anything to essay 2....and finally is there anything else I want to highlight not already mentioned.

I think overall it went well, of course I will always feel I could have said this better or that better post interview....but will just have to wait and see.

At the end of the day, the questions you get very much depends on the interviewer. Some of them got pretty standard Q's , refer to clearadmit.

Good luck and all the best.

Shamanth



The questions seem pretty interesting.Thanks for the brief.

All the best everyone!
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Re: Oxford (Said) 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 23 May 2012, 07:39
shamanth25 wrote:
Hi All,

...... must have been around 30+ of us.

...
Shamanth



wow, 30+ on a single day? I wonder how many applied to Round 3.

There are two Oxford days, so say 70 interview in Oxford day.
There were three NYC interview days, 10 per day, so another 30.
three full days of skype interviews, say another 50.
So 150, about 75-100 will get offers?
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Re: Oxford (Said) 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 23 May 2012, 07:42
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shamanth25 wrote:
Hi All,

...... must have been around 30+ of us.

...
Shamanth



wow, 30+ on a single day? I wonder how many applied to Round 3.

There are two Oxford days, so say 70 interview in Oxford day.
There were three NYC interview days, 10 per day, so another 30.
three full days of skype interviews, say another 50.
So 150, about 75-100 will get offers?


Pretty scary indeed... it's either the acceptance rate in R3 is much lower than R1&2 or we're over-estimating the candidates.
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Re: Oxford (Said) 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 23 May 2012, 08:34
My interview's tomorrow afternoon. Worried most of all about Skype. If the audio's not clear that ll totally kill my flow

Anybody experience problems with skype?

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Re: Oxford (Said) 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 23 May 2012, 08:42
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shamanth25 wrote:
Hi All,

...... must have been around 30+ of us.

...
Shamanth



wow, 30+ on a single day? I wonder how many applied to Round 3.

There are two Oxford days, so say 70 interview in Oxford day.
There were three NYC interview days, 10 per day, so another 30.
three full days of skype interviews, say another 50.
So 150, about 75-100 will get offers?


Don't know about Oxford but Cambridge said it had 50 seats left in Its last round.
Total: Cam 150, Ox 250

Assuming both have the same proportion of intake in all rounds then Oxford will probably have 80-85 seats to fill in its last round.

By your calculation Sanjuro Ox is interviewing 100-120. So selection rate is 60-70%. (Which incidentally is the exact percentage I read elsewhere)

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Re: Oxford (Said) 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 23 May 2012, 09:04
I read it somewhere that their overall acceptance rate is 25-30%.
- Interview shortlist: 50-60%
- Final shortlist: ~50%

I think its reasonable to assume that Oxford is interviewing 120-150 candidates in round 3
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Re: Oxford (Said) 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 23 May 2012, 23:38
Interviewing in an hour. Worried like hell. Damn. I totally didn't think I would be so nervous.
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Re: Oxford (Said) 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 24 May 2012, 00:22
@budablasta All the best and am sure you will do well :)
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