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Re: The London Business School 2009 thread [#permalink] New post 22 Nov 2008, 07:49
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Ashish, I would not be surprised if the adcom suggests you to retake the gmat as you certainly know that your applicant pool is very competitive. I'm not quite sure about your work experience progression but it is also below average in length compared to the LBS average so the track record must be outstanding to compensate for a weak gmat.

In general, this year will be a tough year to get into top b-schools given the market downturn as I suspect the number and quality of applicants to be relatively high. Thus, I really suggest you take the gmat to bolster your application.
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Re: The London Business School 2009 thread [#permalink] New post 23 Nov 2008, 04:02
Hi Paul,

Thanks for the suggestion. I will try to take GMAT again if I will get the time. But one thing which I found was, Lbs do not pay much attention to GMAT score as compared to work experience. I agree that my work experience needs to be excellent to mitigate for my low gmat score.

I forgot to mention that currently, we have also started a new venture which is doing pretty good at the moment. So that will also help me in explaining my case to the Adcoms.

I think lower gmat scores can be covered if one has strong work experience.I have strong work experience and also, I had worked as head of Community services for Rotaract.

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Re: The London Business School 2009 thread [#permalink] New post 23 Nov 2008, 07:29
Agree with you that lbs may not pay that much attention to gmat scores vs work exp but nonetheless, considering the 690 average, you are probably at the lower end of the applicant pool and certainly more than 2 st. dev. away from your own applicant pool. Actually, my flatmate, and classmate, had a 640 gmat and he got in but he got much international experience working across 3 continents to compensate for his lower score.
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Re: The London Business School 2009 thread [#permalink] New post 24 Nov 2008, 06:18
Hey Paul,

Thanks for sharing the information. I also have experience of working in 3 continents :), but when considered time wise, not much. I agree that I am almost 2 st dev away from avg score and that really makes my chances less but I am confident that my work ex can compensate for the low gmat score.

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Inviting LBS Round 2 applicants !!!!! [#permalink] New post 24 Nov 2008, 09:55
[edited by Buff: Hi sset009, i'd think we should stick with one thread to collate statistics over the whole year, welcome to the LBS thread!]

Hi guys,

jsut a forum for all R2 applicants.
post questions, and hoping that we can get advice from alumni and R1 candidates.

cheers

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merged post to keep everything LBS admissions related in one thread
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Re: The London Business School 2009 thread [#permalink] New post 24 Nov 2008, 17:02
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Are any other Americans ecstatic about the exchange rate? $1.4778 USD to 1 GBP. Unheard of. When I was in London a few years ago it was hovering between $1.8 - $1.9. I may actually have to apply to LBS now :)

The fees and tuition for the full 2 years are $67,239. This is a bargain compared to the American schools! It's even cheaper than UCLA's in-state rate.

Does anyone else foresee a huge spike in Round 2 applications due to this?


Funny you mention this, some Americans here in the program are either really pissed or happy. The pissed ones are those who paid the full year tuition in September when the exchange rate was really shitty ($1.8 per pound). The happy ones are those who decided to pay in two installments at later dates for an additional £250, which will now save them thousands.

Not sure how this will impact R2 apps. R1 apps were up only 10%, which isn't too bad, though most apps are received in R2 (even R3 has more apps than R1). On the other hand, I wouldn't just apply to LBS b/c of the weak pound. Who knows how the exchange rate will look like in Sept 09...
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Re: The London Business School 2009 thread [#permalink] New post 27 Nov 2008, 16:49
I know that interviewers get to review your application before the interview? Do they get to see your recommendations too?
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Re: The London Business School 2009 thread [#permalink] New post 29 Nov 2008, 18:06
Hope all of you in the U.S. had a great Thanksgiving. I have been working on my LBS essays in between family time and bits of turkey. I am planning on applying to LBS R2, and I wondering if anyone has any guidance on 2 questions I have.

1. Where are people talking about their extracurriculars? I noticed there isn't a separate section for this in the application like there is on other business school applications. All I can see is the little section asking for a quick overview of things you enjoy doing outside of work. I mentioned a couple things in my "teamwork" essay--would you say this is the best opportunity to mention extra-curriculars outside of the small section? I thought about putting something in the "clubs" essay, but this doesn't seem appropriate. Thoughts?

2. Anyone know about what percent of applicants are invited to interview and chances of acceptance once you have been interviewed?

Any guidance thoughts would be appreciated! Also, if someone could add my name to the list at the beginning, Thanks!
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Re: The London Business School 2009 thread [#permalink] New post 29 Nov 2008, 22:56
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I know that interviewers get to review your application before the interview? Do they get to see your recommendations too?


I read somewhere (I think Clear Admit) that LBS gives recommenders your entire application, but not your transcripts or recommendations. It makes sense since I think there are strict confidentiality guidelines around those two documents (since they involve third-parties), and alumni are not technically part of the adcom.

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Re: The London Business School 2009 thread [#permalink] New post 29 Nov 2008, 23:01
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Hope all of you in the U.S. had a great Thanksgiving. I have been working on my LBS essays in between family time and bits of turkey. I am planning on applying to LBS R2, and I wondering if anyone has any guidance on 2 questions I have.

1. Where are people talking about their extracurriculars? I noticed there isn't a separate section for this in the application like there is on other business school applications. All I can see is the little section asking for a quick overview of things you enjoy doing outside of work. I mentioned a couple things in my "teamwork" essay--would you say this is the best opportunity to mention extra-curriculars outside of the small section? I thought about putting something in the "clubs" essay, but this doesn't seem appropriate. Thoughts?

2. Anyone know about what percent of applicants are invited to interview and chances of acceptance once you have been interviewed?

Any guidance thoughts would be appreciated! Also, if someone could add my name to the list at the beginning, Thanks!


Hi rosav -- don't know the stats for your second question, but for the first question -- I added detail on my extracurriculars to the essay on student involvement. I basically described my past and present activities and used my motivations for those activities to extrapolate and show the adcom where (and in what capacities) I would be involved in at LBS. I did not mention extracurriculars in my teamwork essay since I chose to write about my professional aspects. So depending on what activities you are involved in and what you chose to write about in the teamwork essay (personal vs professional), I think you could write about them in either essay.
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Re: The London Business School 2009 thread [#permalink] New post 30 Nov 2008, 05:06
My interviewer had my whole app + resume (he asked me to walk through it). However I dont think he had the recommendations. So, there is anecdotal evidence to suggest this to be the case.

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I know that interviewers get to review your application before the interview? Do they get to see your recommendations too?


I read somewhere (I think Clear Admit) that LBS gives recommenders your entire application, but not your transcripts or recommendations. It makes sense since I think there are strict confidentiality guidelines around those two documents (since they involve third-parties), and alumni are not technically part of the adcom.
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Re: The London Business School 2009 thread [#permalink] New post 01 Dec 2008, 08:01
Hi to all,

A newbie to this forum....I'm planning to apply for round 2 which will be a huge challenge as I'm retaking gmat on 11 dec and am meant to be on two weeks vacation in nz from 19 dec- jan 4...however I've started working on essays and am also looking into my references so the ball has started rolling....feel a bit stressed as I read the stories of people with great profiles getting a ding!

Good luck to all and more soon,
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Re: The London Business School 2009 thread [#permalink] New post 01 Dec 2008, 13:01
Welcome to the LBS thread Olivia. Indeed juggling gmat and essays will be tough and stressful and I admire people who can pull it off successfully.

Best of luck

ps. Enjoy New Zealand and give us a shout if you're ever in Sydney.
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Re: The London Business School 2009 thread [#permalink] New post 02 Dec 2008, 17:24
any idea how lbs informs applicants of decisions? will we all just get an email one way or another on dec 18th? thx...
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Re: The London Business School 2009 thread [#permalink] New post 02 Dec 2008, 19:19
That's exactly right. Its all via an email. All on the same day.

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any idea how lbs informs applicants of decisions? will we all just get an email one way or another on dec 18th? thx...
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Re: The London Business School 2009 thread [#permalink] New post 03 Dec 2008, 11:57
One more day until interviews are due, I think. Hope everyone did well!

Had mine earlier this week with a local alumnus (enterpreneur). Went alright, though many of the questions were different than what I expected (less behavioral-type questions related to leadership/teamwork -- more about my work and the details of my responsibilities). I think I did better on the case though -- even though I went over the time limit. :lol:

Now the waiting game begins!
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Re: The London Business School 2009 thread [#permalink] New post 04 Dec 2008, 20:33
Good evening everyone. Its nice to be back on here after a short hiatus :). I needed a break away from all this MBA madness after writing my GMAT in late September.

Im now into full on school research mode so that Im well prepared to apply in 2009 for 2010 entry. Might as well get started early, right ?

Bsd_lover, congrats on your admit. LBS is definitely at the top of my list; are you able to share any advice/insight for future applicants ? Did you ever visit the campus ?
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Re: The London Business School 2009 thread [#permalink] New post 05 Dec 2008, 08:18
Thanks pmenon - to answer your question - no, I didnt visit the campus at all. I feel that one of the strengths of LBS is the international and diverse community - but that also means that LBS probably have to ignore the expectations of a campus visit to accommodate for people who live outside England.

However if you are in London (or close by in Europe), go check it out. Then tell me what it is like ;)
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Re: The London Business School 2009 thread [#permalink] New post 05 Dec 2008, 08:47
Thanks, bsd. Im in Canada, and am planning to visit early next year while school is still in session. Im aiming to apply for Round 1, so I might even push out that trip until September 2009. Since London is my favorite city in the world, I can use this as an excuse to get out there .... but you'll already be there by then ! :)

Any essay tips ? Does LBS use the same essay questions from year-to-year ?
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