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Re: Sloan 2012 - Calling MBA All Applicants [#permalink] New post 21 Nov 2011, 10:29
So what is the general feel about Sloan dates around the forum?

The decisions come in Feb, has any GMAT clubber applied Sloan R1 and R1 in other schools (Dec notification)?

Sloan's notification date makes it difficult to line it up against other schools.. thoughts?
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Re: Sloan 2012 - Calling MBA All Applicants [#permalink] New post 24 Nov 2011, 08:23
Hi... I'm looking for some advice on the topic: "Please describe a time when you had to make a decision without having all the information you needed." What kind of situations are a fair game here? Any advice or feedback would be helpful. Thanks!
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Re: Sloan 2012 - Calling MBA All Applicants [#permalink] New post 24 Nov 2011, 16:43
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Hi... I'm looking for some advice on the topic: "Please describe a time when you had to make a decision without having all the information you needed." What kind of situations are a fair game here? Any advice or feedback would be helpful. Thanks!


I am toying with couple of ideas

1. The Obvious one. Describing a work place situation. As an engineer many times I had to finalize designs without finishing all the testing because of the approaching deadlines. That would work but I think that one will be a cliche'. If you had a plan B if something failed then you can mention that and whether you had to use it or not.

2. In my second year college some friends a I took a spontaneous hiking trip without thinking too much about weather. When we were at the base camp we were not sure about weather on the mountains be I convinced everyone to march forward and in a day we were trapped in to really bad rains and winds.

For the second idea you can also turn it in to a lesson. I should not have endangered other peoples' lives with that rash decision. Also if you helped your friends to keep their calm, that will show your team building ability or leadership ability.

Just my thoughts. I hope that helps.
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Re: Sloan 2012 - Calling MBA All Applicants [#permalink] New post 24 Nov 2011, 18:10
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Hi... I'm looking for some advice on the topic: "Please describe a time when you had to make a decision without having all the information you needed." What kind of situations are a fair game here? Any advice or feedback would be helpful. Thanks!


I think you can write about any decision in which there were lot of known unknowns and unknown unknow. I wrote about something which is partially professional and partially personal.
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Re: Sloan 2012 - Calling MBA All Applicants [#permalink] New post 24 Nov 2011, 22:46
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ksk80 wrote:
Hi... I'm looking for some advice on the topic: "Please describe a time when you had to make a decision without having all the information you needed." What kind of situations are a fair game here? Any advice or feedback would be helpful. Thanks!


I am toying with couple of ideas

1. The Obvious one. Describing a work place situation. As an engineer many times I had to finalize designs without finishing all the testing because of the approaching deadlines. That would work but I think that one will be a cliche'. If you had a plan B if something failed then you can mention that and whether you had to use it or not.

2. In my second year college some friends a I took a spontaneous hiking trip without thinking too much about weather. When we were at the base camp we were not sure about weather on the mountains be I convinced everyone to march forward and in a day we were trapped in to really bad rains and winds.

For the second idea you can also turn it in to a lesson. I should not have endangered other peoples' lives with that rash decision. Also if you helped your friends to keep their calm, that will show your team building ability or leadership ability.

Just my thoughts. I hope that helps.


OMG I wrote the same story as your idea 2. Now I really hope there has not been a third person with same essay 3.
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Re: Sloan 2012 - Calling MBA All Applicants [#permalink] New post 25 Nov 2011, 03:02
Thanks for the advice.. very helpful!
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Re: Sloan 2012 - Calling MBA All Applicants [#permalink] New post 25 Nov 2011, 10:40
Anxious to know when the first batch of interview invites will come out for R1 applicants...
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Re: Sloan 2012 - Calling MBA All Applicants [#permalink] New post 25 Nov 2011, 16:40
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ksk80 wrote:
Hi... I'm looking for some advice on the topic: "Please describe a time when you had to make a decision without having all the information you needed." What kind of situations are a fair game here? Any advice or feedback would be helpful. Thanks!


I am toying with couple of ideas

1. The Obvious one. Describing a work place situation. As an engineer many times I had to finalize designs without finishing all the testing because of the approaching deadlines. That would work but I think that one will be a cliche'. If you had a plan B if something failed then you can mention that and whether you had to use it or not.

2. In my second year college some friends a I took a spontaneous hiking trip without thinking too much about weather. When we were at the base camp we were not sure about weather on the mountains be I convinced everyone to march forward and in a day we were trapped in to really bad rains and winds.

For the second idea you can also turn it in to a lesson. I should not have endangered other peoples' lives with that rash decision. Also if you helped your friends to keep their calm, that will show your team building ability or leadership ability.

Just my thoughts. I hope that helps.


OMG I wrote the same story as your idea 2. Now I really hope there has not been a third person with same essay 3.


Haha True that. I am just starting the application .. after my GMAT on 28th Nov. So I know my story will evolve over the time. :)
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Re: Sloan 2012 - Calling MBA All Applicants [#permalink] New post 27 Nov 2011, 19:38
R2 isn't considered death round, it's considered similar to R1 with ~50% of the class coming from both rounds. At least that's what I remember from an info session...
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Re: Sloan 2012 - Calling MBA All Applicants [#permalink] New post 28 Nov 2011, 06:28
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R2 isn't considered death round, it's considered similar to R1 with ~50% of the class coming from both rounds. At least that's what I remember from an info session...


Am I reading it wrong?
If "~50% of the class coming from both rounds", does it mean the rest of 50% is coming from R3?
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Re: Sloan 2012 - Calling MBA All Applicants [#permalink] New post 28 Nov 2011, 06:42
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Am I reading it wrong?
If "~50% of the class coming from both rounds", does it mean the rest of 50% is coming from R3?


Sloan has only 2 rounds, no R3 for Sloan. 50% admits from R1, 50% from R2.
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Re: Sloan 2012 - Calling MBA All Applicants [#permalink] New post 28 Nov 2011, 08:35
Happy Monday everyone. Hopefully the interview invites will start rolling out later this week.
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Re: Sloan 2012 - Calling MBA All Applicants [#permalink] New post 28 Nov 2011, 14:58
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Happy Monday everyone. Hopefully the interview invites will start rolling out later this week.


Yes, waiting for the Sloan results. Did anyone got any mails from Sloan so far ?
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Re: Sloan 2012 - Calling MBA All Applicants [#permalink] New post 29 Nov 2011, 01:00
Hey guys this is my first post for Sloan. I am from Europe and I was not considering a US MBA due to length and cost, but I have MIT in my heart and the more I researched Sloan the more I started liking the idea and now I think it is my #1 choice as there is good financial aid as well. So, I want to do whatever I can to get in. To this end, I am seriously considering retaking the GMAT before the R2 deadline to raise my 700 GMAT to around 730-750 which I am confident I can do. I think it can make a difference, what do you think?

Regarding interviews, when do these take place? Is it like around 5 weeks from the application deadline? Do you have the interviews with alumni like most MBAs or from staff and faculty only?

Good luck to everyone waiting for the R1 interview results!
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Re: Sloan 2012 - Calling MBA All Applicants [#permalink] New post 29 Nov 2011, 03:59
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Regarding interviews, when do these take place? Is it like around 5 weeks from the application deadline? Do you have the interviews with alumni like most MBAs or from staff and faculty only?

Good luck to everyone waiting for the R1 interview results!


Hey, gr8tWo, regarding Sloan as dream school here as well.

As far as I know, all the interviews are conducted by staff from admission office only. They say it will ensure the interviewers are really familiar with your material.

It's five weeks from R1 now, but not hearing any interviews yet...
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Re: Sloan 2012 - Calling MBA All Applicants [#permalink] New post 29 Nov 2011, 21:42
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ksk80 wrote:
Hi... I'm looking for some advice on the topic: "Please describe a time when you had to make a decision without having all the information you needed." What kind of situations are a fair game here? Any advice or feedback would be helpful. Thanks!


I am toying with couple of ideas

1. The Obvious one. Describing a work place situation. As an engineer many times I had to finalize designs without finishing all the testing because of the approaching deadlines. That would work but I think that one will be a cliche'. If you had a plan B if something failed then you can mention that and whether you had to use it or not.

2. In my second year college some friends a I took a spontaneous hiking trip without thinking too much about weather. When we were at the base camp we were not sure about weather on the mountains be I convinced everyone to march forward and in a day we were trapped in to really bad rains and winds.

For the second idea you can also turn it in to a lesson. I should not have endangered other peoples' lives with that rash decision. Also if you helped your friends to keep their calm, that will show your team building ability or leadership ability.

Just my thoughts. I hope that helps.


You are thinking in the right direction but I believe it has to be more carefully thought.

For example->>I should not have endangered other peoples' lives with that rash decision
The "rash decision" might be taken in a negative way.

I would(did) tell about a situation in which there is no way you can predict what's gonna happen. Explain what are possible outcomes and then explain what you did why.

In my case I took a business example from work and told why there wasn't a bullet proof answer/solution for that situation. Then showed two possible paths that could have been taken.
Then finally what I did, which was a a mid-way solution for both the paths and why.

The example one would become too geeky once you start putting in some details. If the problem is more soft skills related, it would be easier for adcom to relate.

I submitted a geeky essay last year. I applied again in R1. Hopefully some good news this time.
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Re: Sloan 2012 - Calling MBA All Applicants [#permalink] New post 02 Dec 2011, 09:01
So I just logged into the application portal for the first time, and am surprised by how skimpy the app seems to be.
Is there no space for extracurricular activities? Describing work responsibilities (other than the 1-pager resume)? Only 250 words for optional essay?

Am I missing something?
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Re: Sloan 2012 - Calling MBA All Applicants [#permalink] New post 02 Dec 2011, 10:51
scielle wrote:
So I just logged into the application portal for the first time, and am surprised by how skimpy the app seems to be.
Is there no space for extracurricular activities? Describing work responsibilities (other than the 1-pager resume)? Only 250 words for optional essay?

Am I missing something?


You're missing the fact that MIT is down to earth and doesn't want to be fed bullshit.
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Re: Sloan 2012 - Calling MBA All Applicants [#permalink] New post 02 Dec 2011, 11:12
scielle wrote:
So I just logged into the application portal for the first time, and am surprised by how skimpy the app seems to be.
Is there no space for extracurricular activities? Describing work responsibilities (other than the 1-pager resume)? Only 250 words for optional essay?

Am I missing something?


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Re: Sloan 2012 - Calling MBA All Applicants [#permalink] New post 02 Dec 2011, 21:06
The invites should start coming any day now....eagerly awaiting :-)
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