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Re: The London Business School 2010 thread [#permalink] New post 29 Mar 2010, 21:04
I'd like to ask admits who were waitlisted (bsd_lover /any others) - did any of you specifically send any letters or documents to LBS to strengthen your case/update your profile? LBS seems to maintain that we need not send anything in unless asked to.

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Waitlisted, for the 14 May revision.

Congrats to all the quantjock and the other admits. There seem to be quite a few of us on the waitlist. From bsd_lover's experience, this could turn out to be a long wait. And LBS is pretty much the only school I have.

Any waitlister strategies? :|


thanks 4test1!

in addition to bsd_lover's references on waitlist advice, i just wanted to add rhymes post the other day to those of us who were WLd at Booth. obviously ignore the Chicago parts, but i still think its solid general advice.

calling-fall-2010-chicago-booth-applicants-78611-2260.html#p704322

congrats, courage and condolences...
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Re: The London Business School 2010 thread [#permalink] New post 30 Mar 2010, 01:22
Hi 1st year MBA at London Business School here.

I think that people are always under the misconception that LBS is very strong in Asia. That is simply not true. We have some alumni in bulge bracket banks and investment management out there, but we're nowhere near any of the top US schools.

Recruiting for Asia banking positions is possible, but I wouldn't say it's any easier here than it would be at any of the US schools. I would definitely not say that everyone who was going for it got it. Based on my conversations with classmates, we placed about 10 into top bulge brackets in HK and Tokyo across IBD and S&T. Not sure if consulting has been weak across all business schools for internships this year, but last I heard we only had 1 guy make it into M/B/B for Asia this year!

My stats are not meant to be all knowing, just trying to provide some data points based on what I've been hearing on campus.
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Re: The London Business School 2010 thread [#permalink] New post 30 Mar 2010, 04:04
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Hmmm ... so until now there are 21 admitted folks from gmatclub and 18 wait-listed. :-) not bad! any news from the R1 waitlisted, any admits, any dings?


Negative on status-change here. you should double what you have counted. It seems there are waitlisters on other forums that don't have accounts here. I personally counted 5 unique IDs for R2 alone.

Also I am back on gmatclub after months away getting fat through both new year and chinese new year. it seems 20 lbs later, the news hasn't changed. Shout out to BSD_Lover, thanks for meeting me on campus once again.

FYI, I am R1 watilister. And the next review date is April 15th. I swear I will wait it out till the bitter end!

Further, I am noticing that the admits for R2 seemed to be applicants with more experience. I feel MBA2012 is a very "mature" academic year >.< Wine anyone?
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Re: The London Business School 2010 thread [#permalink] New post 30 Mar 2010, 08:34
Have any of the round 2 admits recieved their portal log-in information?

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Re: The London Business School 2010 thread [#permalink] New post 30 Mar 2010, 08:54
Does anyone have any thoughts on R3 applications to the MiF programme such as the number of applications and admission rates?
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Re: The London Business School 2010 thread [#permalink] New post 30 Mar 2010, 22:55
Could you please add me to the roll call for R3.

I am anxiously waiting to hear whether I got an interivew - April 9th it is! Anyone else apply for R3? Do all interview invites get sent out on the 9th?

My stats:

F/710/5 years WE corp communications/pr/NYU undergrad

Thanks!
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Re: The London Business School 2010 thread [#permalink] New post 31 Mar 2010, 02:46
Hi everybody,

Many thanks to all of you who contribute to this thread, esp. bsd_lover and DoctorManhattan.

Unfortunately I got a ding, along with a side note that the Adcom actively encourage me to apply in the next year(s), with the number of candidates explicitly advised to reapply said to be very low (this is not the exact quote, but something along these lines). Perhaps someone with similar experience could shed light on the way these reapps are handled, and whether the number of such cases is indeed low.
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Re: The London Business School 2010 thread [#permalink] New post 31 Mar 2010, 07:15
Thanks Biden, Doc Ock, Dr M, BSD et al,

Am now in Kathmandu, about to disappear for the next two months. Short msg, because the power has tripped twice already in midst of composing this.

Really appreciate the high resolution analysis and personal experiences from all.

After the various comments and own personal decision inclination, am leaning towards LBS. Hope to catch up with all of you this Fall!

Thanks again!




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Once again, congratulations on your offer!

I sympathise, quite sincerely, with all those whose candidacies were rejected or assigned to the Wait-list. I’m especially surprised (and say so very honestly) that so many strong applicants were turned down; not only were there several strong profiles, but these profiles also appeared to demonstrate that critical “fit” with the unique London Business School culture. I wish everyone all the best in their future endeavours.

And now, on to keeping my promise to outline my rationale for picking London Business School over The Wharton School. In truth, jasonjason, you appear to know what factors are important in making this decision that you alone can make; additionally, bsd_lover has chimed in with a few reasons that coincide with mine. Here is why I made my choice:

• Technically, I did not choose London Business School over Wharton. I was accepted to three programmes, and by a process of elimination, picked the one I believed to have the best “fit” in terms of campus experience, and post-MBA goals. The decision was never a pure “Wharton vs. London Business School” tussle, if that distinction matters.
• I visited two campuses of the three programmes to which I was admitted (I did not visit London Business School), and it was immediately clear to me, and this is my personal opinion, that I would not enjoy my time at Wharton:

o I perceived the student body to be somewhat homogenous and parochial, and could not garner the same enthusiasm I did (and still do) for London Business School. I do not describing Wharton in a negative tone (it’s a fantastic programme, after all), but I just didn’t enjoy the “vibe” of the student body I met with. Conversely, my interaction with current students and alumni at London Business School has been such that I eagerly sought the opportunity to be a part of that community. The community is extremely heterogeneous (a factor of considerable importance to me), the people seemed a lot nicer, and the alumni in my home city have not only been extremely accessible, but their career progress since leaving London Business School is comparable to those of their peers in top U.S. MBA programmes.
o I absolutely dreaded the thought of being confined to Philadelphia for two years, and location played a significant role in my decision-making process. In that regard, London was the clear choice. It was important for me to attend a programme in an “Alpha” city, and this played handsomely into London’s favour.

• I disagree that there is a “…trade-off is in terms of reputation and brand…” as one compares Wharton to London. Among the top Finance and Consulting firms around the world, the London Business School brand is well-known and highly regarded. I am too ill-informed about the Wharton brand (not having conducted the extensive research into it as I did for London) to make a definitive statement, but I’m quite sure it is strong (likely even stronger!) than London’s; after all, it’s a much older programme with ivy status, and its historically larger classes means it obviously has a larger alumni network. However, you will recall that I was not weighing London Business School directly against Wharton on a relative basis, but holistically assessing the merits of each school. That London Business School is well-recognised in the industries and companies I intend to target proved sufficient for me. My colleagues at work have reacted very positively to my admission, and there has never a “question mark” in the assessments of my peers and superiors as to why I’d made my choice. That said, it is my experience that some of the smaller companies in Industry (non-Finance & non-Consulting roles) in certain regions are not familiar with the London Business School brand.

This is a summary, of how I made my decision.

I did some research into recruiting for offices outside London (both for Finance and Consulting) and discovered exactly what bsd_lover mentioned in his response. Consulting recruiting is very
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global, and one’s home-base (the location of one’s MBA programme) plays a small role in one’s final office assignment. In other words, as long as slots are available in one’s office(s) of choice, one stands an equal chance as someone from Wharton, or IESE, or CEIBS (as long as the Consulting company recruits there). For Finance, one must run after the offices/regions in which one is interested. Two treks, as far as I know, are run by the student body for those with a Finance focus; one to the United States, the other to Asia.

The only advice I can render is that you make your decision based on careful research, and not the impressions of those with opinions based not in fact, but assumption.

For your three follow-up questions:

1) Recruiting representation at London Business School, to the extent that I can comment from my research, is excellent. I will try to attach the latest Employment Report, and perhaps you can review if for the success of the last class for which information is available, and for a list of the companies that recruit on campus.

2) I cannot comment on Europe, I’m afraid. I’m not sufficiently informed, but perhaps the Employment Report (should I succeed in attaching it to my response) will answer that question to some extent.

3) I have found (and this is the limited experience of one who has never set foot on the London Business School campus, and cannot even be considered a student of the programme) that the alumni network is present in all major regions around the world. You must note; however, that the network, while present, might be perceptibly smaller in cities outside Europe and top U.S. programmes likely dominate. The reason for this is clear: many top U.S. programmes have a longer existence, and typically admit larger classes. For instance, of the following top U.S. programmes; Wharton, Harvard, Kellogg, Booth, and Columbia, I believe Booth and Kellogg have the smallest class sizes of ~ 550-600; Harvard and Wharton easily have students in excess of 850. This compares to London’s class size of ~400 which, prior to 2009, was typically maintained within the 300-320 target. In terms of its strength, I have found the alumni in my home-city to be well-placed, very accessible, and impressively successful.





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1. All top recruiters recruit regularly from LBS. A full list can be found on LBS website somewhere.

2. I would say Shanghai Hong Kong Singapore are probably doing the best. London has seen a decent recovery and on campus recruitment for internships was very strong. However, I don't know much about the scene in the US.

3. LBS alums know that attending LBS is a different experience of moving to a new environment(at least for 90% of the students). By and large I have found them to be incredibly helpful and supportive. Some very busy and senior people take time out for you. But like alums everywhere, they will open doors, the rest is up to you.

jasonjason wrote:
Thanks a lot, BSD and Dr M. I agree with the points you guys made.

Three questions -

1. From your perspective, how is recruiting representation at LBS?

2. From your perspective, how is Europe doing, vis-a-vis US? E.g. If I wanted to be in London vs. NY vs. Shanghai or Tokyo for example.

3. Both of you are not alumnus yet, but how would you rate the strength of the alumni network (though the fact that you are both contributing so much speaks volumes in favour of the LBS crowd, thanks again).

Will be out of email contact for 2 months starting tomorrow, so it has been a crazy rush trying to decide and work out long-term plans and ask for deferment on matriculation decisions.
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Re: The London Business School 2010 thread [#permalink] New post 31 Mar 2010, 11:42
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Could you please add me to the roll call for R3.

I am anxiously waiting to hear whether I got an interivew - April 9th it is! Anyone else apply for R3? Do all interview invites get sent out on the 9th?

My stats:

F/710/5 years WE corp communications/pr/NYU undergrad

Thanks!


Wow, that's very strong profile. I am in PR/Marketing too, but not as strong as you... Looks like I won't even have an interview invitation... :shock:
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Re: The London Business School 2010 thread [#permalink] New post 02 Apr 2010, 02:06
Hi,

I have few questions about the application form to fill in :

1/ How long do you answer specific questions such as “about your current and past employments” ? or the “about you” questions ? is there any words limit again ?

2/ I feel like some of the answers are redundant with my essays or my cv (especially the employment section). Any advice ?

Please let me know if these questions have already been asked and answered in previous posts.

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Re: The London Business School 2010 thread [#permalink] New post 02 Apr 2010, 04:12
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Hi,

I have few questions about the application form to fill in :

1/ How long do you answer specific questions such as “about your current and past employments” ? or the “about you” questions ? is there any words limit again ?

2/ I feel like some of the answers are redundant with my essays or my cv (especially the employment section). Any advice ?

Please let me know if these questions have already been asked and answered in previous posts.

Thanks

Hi arnaudl, in the section about responsibilities and day-to-day role, I wrote about 320 words in total (or ~2000 characters with spaces). This consisted of bullet points under the headings of 'Responsibilities', 'Reporting Structure' and 'Major Clients'. My notes in this area were fairly general. In contrast, my CV focused less on generalities more on specific achievements and metrics. The essays then elaborated on a couple of the responsibilities I listed in the employment section. There will be overlap between the different application components, but I'd still make sure that the employment section gives a complete, albeit high-level list of everything you get up to in your job.
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Re: The London Business School 2010 thread [#permalink] New post 02 Apr 2010, 09:17
another r3 candidate...

come on apr 9!!!

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Re: The London Business School 2010 thread [#permalink] New post 05 Apr 2010, 03:37
MBALBSplease wrote:
another r3 candidate...

come on apr 9!!!

my stats:
28/f/latam/690gmat/ 5.5we in banking


wow, there are quite a few latam applicants here !
count me in for R3 too!
28/f/indian/640(!)/7 WE in automotive/3 years in Germany and Detroit/currently working in Germany....
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Re: The London Business School 2010 thread [#permalink] New post 05 Apr 2010, 11:04
Submitted my application hour ago.. Deadline is tomorrow, but one of my referees has not submited yet.

Does someone know if he may submit after deadline?

Thanks in advance :)
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Re: The London Business School 2010 thread [#permalink] New post 05 Apr 2010, 11:25
WVB25 wrote:
Submitted my application hour ago.. Deadline is tomorrow, but one of my referees has not submited yet.

Does someone know if he may submit after deadline?

Thanks in advance :)



Nope, he has to submit within the deadline from my understanding. Stay on it, you don't want to miss the round because of that!
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Re: The London Business School 2010 thread [#permalink] New post 07 Apr 2010, 00:17
All documents are submitted and I can sleep in peace now :)))))) :)
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Re: The London Business School 2010 thread [#permalink] New post 07 Apr 2010, 00:36
WVB25 wrote:
Submitted my application hour ago.. Deadline is tomorrow, but one of my referees has not submited yet.

Does someone know if he may submit after deadline?

Thanks in advance :)


R4 dead line is the 21st of April, isn't it ?
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Re: The London Business School 2010 thread [#permalink] New post 07 Apr 2010, 02:23
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WVB25 wrote:
Submitted my application hour ago.. Deadline is tomorrow, but one of my referees has not submited yet.

Does someone know if he may submit after deadline?

Thanks in advance :)


R4 dead line is the 21st of April, isn't it ?


actually, no.. The deadline for r4 was 06 April 2010. Where did u get this information from?
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Re: The London Business School 2010 thread [#permalink] New post 07 Apr 2010, 02:35
has anyone heard anything yet from LBS? ( R3 applicants )
Do they send out mails on the 9th april only ? or a day or 2 before?
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Re: The London Business School 2010 thread [#permalink] New post 07 Apr 2010, 04:00
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has anyone heard anything yet from LBS? ( R3 applicants )
Do they send out mails on the 9th april only ? or a day or 2 before?


For round 1 and 2 they sent decisions for interviews as well as final decisions on the actual date stipulated on the website. In fact they sent them out relatively late in the day. So I would assume rounds 3 and 4 are the same.
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