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Re: Oxford (Said) 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 24 May 2012, 01:28
@budablast CONGRATS!! This definitely boosted my confidence (reasonable level lol) for tomorrow!
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Re: Oxford (Said) 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 24 May 2012, 08:54
Hi,

I've just finished my interview today. The interviewer is from Ads com. She's very nice and gentle. But we really got the skype screwed up. Can only got the voice (high quality though) but no image at all.

Ads com seem to ask standard questions:
why mba, why applied so late ? what other schools you are applying ?
What is your current job ? post mba plan ?
Tell me more about your plan (in my case is open my own business) ? how can you raise fund ? WHy do you think it's difficult to raise fund from the investor ?
what is the conflict you encounter in the job ? What did you do ?

The interview went on quite exciting, but I think I has failed since I spoke too fast as when I got too excited I can speak really fast if can not see the other face to guess whether they can follow the topic or not ?

In the end, I ask her whether she could catch more than 60% of what I spoke or not. She's quite truthful and told me: more than that but it took her a lot of effort to follow my whole story.

So I guess I hardly pass this interview. Good luck to all you guys. and be careful with the Skype, it really unexpected !
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Re: Oxford (Said) 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 24 May 2012, 09:23
coolwolf15 wrote:
Hi,

I've just finished my interview today. The interviewer is from Ads com. She's very nice and gentle. But we really got the skype screwed up. Can only got the voice (high quality though) but no image at all.

Ads com seem to ask standard questions:
why mba, why applied so late ? what other schools you are applying ?
What is your current job ? post mba plan ?
Tell me more about your plan (in my case is open my own business) ? how can you raise fund ? WHy do you think it's difficult to raise fund from the investor ?
what is the conflict you encounter in the job ? What did you do ?

The interview went on quite exciting, but I think I has failed since I spoke too fast as when I got too excited I can speak really fast if can not see the other face to guess whether they can follow the topic or not ?

In the end, I ask her whether she could catch more than 60% of what I spoke or not. She's quite truthful and told me: more than that but it took her a lot of effort to follow my whole story.

So I guess I hardly pass this interview. Good luck to all you guys. and be careful with the Skype, it really unexpected !


Really sorry to hear that man. The people over at Skype should be put in a sack and beaten.
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Re: Oxford (Said) 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 24 May 2012, 11:24
@buda - i would have told you to relax, but that would have made the situation worse. i am glad that you were happy with your responses.
@coolwolf - don't freak out. human beings have a tendency to under (and over) access their own performance. As long as you conveyed everything you had hoped to convey, it went well.

adcom deals with all kinds of people from all over the world. they are quite experienced and adept at listening to stories and finding their key takeaways.

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Re: Oxford (Said) 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 24 May 2012, 15:37
@coolwolf Dont worry, if you have conveyed your message, the job is mostly done. The adcom will surely understand the nervousness, the tension and a bad skype connection as they would have seen plenty of such cases before. Lets all hope we will all be classmates this year :) Cheers
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Re: Oxford (Said) 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 24 May 2012, 16:00
Yes I agree. It is important that, for each question, you make a good point. Go in, make your point, come out Having structure helps a lot too. But you should totally trust that the interviewers will be sensitive to all the technical issues and not blame them on you. My guy was very focused on picking out the points I was making. So, yes, they are very well trained.

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Re: Oxford (Said) 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 25 May 2012, 10:27
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Interview done!

Wow! I had such a good time! Yay!

So, I got this sector consultant. Very sweet, friendly old man. The first five minutes, Skype was an absolutely disaster. Absolute fu##%$ing disaster. But I got him to dial into an alternative number and we got rolling!

He wanted to know about my goals, why MBA, why Said, what I can contribute, challenging experience, strengths, etc etc. Then he also asked me what would you do if you had half a day to go anywhere in the world. Then he asked how will I pick you in a crowd. He also asked if i have questions for him and if there is anything i would like him to know.

I loved the answers I gave him! Like Shamanth said, when the adrenalin kicks in, no answer is too tough!


hey I think we got the same interviewer as the questions were very similar. Insurance sector consultant? nice one...all the best!! S x
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Re: Oxford (Said) 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 25 May 2012, 10:30
I had my interview today at Oxford. It was a pretty good experience. It was with the director of MBA. He was very pleasant and made me feel at complete ease. All my questions were based on my current job and what I plan to do in future and how the MBA would help in achieving that. I guess I handled it OK. Fingers crossed for 8th June now :roll: . So, guys who are interviewing next monday, be sure on what your story is, how the MBA makes a sound business sense for you, and what you plan to do after the MBA. Apart from these questions, he was keen to know more about my work experience and asked some very specific questions on my domain. So all the best to guys interviewing on monday if any.

Met up with mosquad and several other people who had come for the interview. I guess there might have been 20-30 people today too at Oxford.

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Re: Oxford (Said) 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 25 May 2012, 21:26
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@buda - i would have told you to relax, but that would have made the situation worse. i am glad that you were happy with your responses.
@coolwolf - don't freak out. human beings have a tendency to under (and over) access their own performance. As long as you conveyed everything you had hoped to convey, it went well.

adcom deals with all kinds of people from all over the world. they are quite experienced and adept at listening to stories and finding their key takeaways.

Have fun over the weekend. We will bite nails together starting next week.



Hi Sanjuro9 and Buda,

Thanks alot, it's very encouraging. Anyways, I can do nothing now just until 8th-June then :).

Now, let's go on the journey with other application then. Still 2 more to catch up.
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Re: Oxford (Said) 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 26 May 2012, 10:13
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sanjuro9 wrote:
@buda - i would have told you to relax, but that would have made the situation worse. i am glad that you were happy with your responses.
@coolwolf - don't freak out. human beings have a tendency to under (and over) access their own performance. As long as you conveyed everything you had hoped to convey, it went well.

adcom deals with all kinds of people from all over the world. they are quite experienced and adept at listening to stories and finding their key takeaways.

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Hi Sanjuro9 and Buda,

Thanks alot, it's very encouraging. Anyways, I can do nothing now just until 8th-June then :).

Now, let's go on the journey with other application then. Still 2 more to catch up.


Where else have you applied? What about others? Maybe I made a mistake not applying to INSEAD...
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Re: Oxford (Said) 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 26 May 2012, 12:10
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sanjuro9 wrote:
@buda - i would have told you to relax, but that would have made the situation worse. i am glad that you were happy with your responses.
@coolwolf - don't freak out. human beings have a tendency to under (and over) access their own performance. As long as you conveyed everything you had hoped to convey, it went well.

adcom deals with all kinds of people from all over the world. they are quite experienced and adept at listening to stories and finding their key takeaways.

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Hi Sanjuro9 and Buda,

Thanks alot, it's very encouraging. Anyways, I can do nothing now just until 8th-June then :).

Now, let's go on the journey with other application then. Still 2 more to catch up.


Where else have you applied? What about others? Maybe I made a mistake not applying to INSEAD...


Going to apply for INSEAD, HEC Paris. (anyways, I think it still be in time to apply for INSEAD 2nd round for Jan intake). However, INSEAD drag the review period very long. Thus, you should wait for your Oxford result first, as If you pass, there no way they will wait for you 2-3 months for the result of INSEAD).
Why you not apply for Cambridge this round Buda. Is it too late, isn't it?
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Re: Oxford (Said) 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 26 May 2012, 12:13
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Going to apply for INSEAD, HEC Paris. (anyways, I think it still be in time to apply for INSEAD 2nd round for Jan intake). However, INSEAD drag the review period very long. Thus, you should wait for your Oxford result first, as If you pass, there no way they will wait for you 2-3 months for the result of INSEAD).
Why you not apply for Cambridge this round Buda. Is it too late, isn't it?


Hey Cambridge dinged me without an interview! Haha! I had written some really nice essays though! And you're right, the Oxford results will be out in the next 2 weeks and no way will they let me wait for INSEAD.

Hey, everybody, did anyone apply for the Great Britain Jubilee Scholarships? I did, and the results will come out on the 15th, a week after Oxford results.
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Re: Oxford (Said) 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 28 May 2012, 00:24
Hey guys,

Had my interview on Friday (May 25th). It was with a Retail professor.
Overall, I think it went well. He basically asked me:
1. What led me to my choice of doing accounting?
2. As I closed this answer, he asked me about the issues currently faced by the profession.
3. What led to my interest in social entrepreneurship?

These were basically the main questions; half an hour passes by pretty fast!

@AnilIndia, it was nice meeting you. Good luck and let's stay in touch.

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Re: Oxford (Said) 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 28 May 2012, 09:12
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Hey guys,

Had my interview on Friday (May 25th). It was with a Retail professor.
Overall, I think it went well. He basically asked me:
1. What led me to my choice of doing accounting?
2. As I closed this answer, he asked me about the issues currently faced by the profession.
3. What led to my interest in social entrepreneurship?

These were basically the main questions; half an hour passes by pretty fast!

@AnilIndia, it was nice meeting you. Good luck and let's stay in touch.

Cheers


Prof JR? How long was your interview?

Did you find out anything new from your interaction with the Prof, students, staff or general observation of the campus that you hadn't discovered during your earlier research?
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Re: Oxford (Said) 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 28 May 2012, 09:19
@sanjuro9 yep JR, a very kind man.
It lasted for half an hour as expected.
I didn't really find out anything new or special other than the stuff I learnt on the bus tour around Oxford! They were giving free tickets to those who wanted to visit the city on the red bus! It was nice!
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Re: Oxford (Said) 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 29 May 2012, 02:39
10 days to go!

Somehow, the wait isn't as painful as it was for the call for interview!
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Re: Oxford (Said) 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 04 Jun 2012, 02:07
Hey, where is everyone! How are you spending your time waiting for Friday?
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Re: Oxford (Said) 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 04 Jun 2012, 02:53
This week is going to be really painful.. Just keeping my fingers crossed
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Re: Oxford (Said) 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 06 Jun 2012, 07:37
I hear you guys. Well, its only matter of 48 hours now.

The weight of the wait has somewhat been alleviated by good news from IE. I have been offered a place in the class of Nov 2012. :)
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Re: Oxford (Said) 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 06 Jun 2012, 07:40
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I hear you guys. Well, its only matter of 48 hours now.

The weight of the wait has somewhat been alleviated by good news from IE. I have been offered a place in the class of Nov 2012. :)



congrats to you! well done. It must feel great to receive an offer at the end of an arduous process. Well as for me the wait is somewhat nerve wrecking!
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