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Re: The London Business School 2010 thread [#permalink] New post 13 Oct 2009, 08:38
Thanks, i guess then i makes no difference whether you apply on the date the round opens or in the last hour before it closes. There is no 'benefit' in applying early within a round only in applying in an early round.

Interesting ... thanks for the insight. I had always thought they would operate a batch system based on when people applied.

Also could you assume that no news is good news if you have not heard anything to date? If the application was not up to standard given it has been almost 4 weeks since submission would a rejection not already have been sent ?
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Re: The London Business School 2010 thread [#permalink] New post 15 Oct 2009, 18:48
Hello!

I'm a newbie to this thread, but I just read through the ENTIRE LBS 2009 thread today and am very inspired to join this community. Bsd_lover, it's such an encouragement to read your whole story as I begin the b-school application process. I submitted in R1 last week and am just keeping all fingers, toes, and limbs crossed. Prashok, hello from CA! I am from Norcal =). I hope to someday join you all in London!

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Re: The London Business School 2010 thread [#permalink] New post 15 Oct 2009, 19:40
[quote="bsd_lover"]@humblewinner - My interviewer had my full file (Resume, essays etc.). He was an alum. LBS pays close attention to your background and matches interviewers to your background (if available in your location). Interviews can vary depending on person to person. I have heard reports of stern by-the-book interviews. My own interview was actually very informal. So, prepare for the worst.

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Re: The London Business School 2010 thread [#permalink] New post 15 Oct 2009, 23:25
Welcome to the community McNerdy. My story is better documented in the 2008 thread. The application process is a true roller coaster. I just hope that you all get that quick admit and can then relax and plan your move in London in good time.
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Re: The London Business School 2010 thread [#permalink] New post 18 Oct 2009, 11:14
hey bsd,

update your experience ...lot of time has pass since your last info. on school ....
few questions also
1) do lbs conduct any pre mba-international program( around 3weeks--) and analytics(2 weeks) like it happens in hbs ?

2) is it true that if you mail any professor they try to give any student immediate respones?

3) tell us more about simulation test conducted in lbs ...you mention about somethng related to sharemarket simulation (if i am not wrong) last month ...does more simulation test were conducted ?
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Re: The London Business School 2010 thread [#permalink] New post 18 Oct 2009, 11:51
1. There is no pre-program in terms of study. Lots of pre-program drinking during the flathunters though. Our core courses (UGM, GLAM and Statistics) can be considered somewhat pre program like and the real core (Economics, finance, strategy etc.) begins a month later.

2. That is true if and only if your e-mail is well constructed (preferably grammatically correct) and asks some specific and meaningful questions. General enquiries should be sent ONLY to the MBA programme office. I cannot emphasise this enough. You dont want to harm your admission chances by sending out irrelevant e-mails to professors, who are incredibly busy people.

3. There was another simulation in which our study group took over an engineering company and tried to improve its fortunes by managing the various aspects of the firm (e.g. marketing/strategy, R&D, operations, finance etc.) It was incredibly time pressured and we had to make all our decisions about a quarter within 30 mts. Then we would have to read reports and results of our decisions and move on to the next quarter. We were competing directly with other teams (other study groups). So basically if we gained market share, another team lost market share. If we dropped prices, another team found itself overpriced. If we improved our technology, another team fell behind in that aspect. It was incredibly dynamic and fun exercise and it ran for nearly a whole day. There was a twist in the end - but I wont talk about it, because MBA2012 folks here might be doing the same simulation next year.


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hey bsd,

update your experience ...lot of time has pass since your last info. on school ....
few questions also
1) do lbs conduct any pre mba-international program( around 3weeks--) and analytics(2 weeks) like it happens in hbs ?

2) is it true that if you mail any professor they try to give any student immediate respones?

3) tell us more about simulation test conducted in lbs ...you mention about somethng related to sharemarket simulation (if i am not wrong) last month ...does more simulation test were conducted ?
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Re: The London Business School 2010 thread [#permalink] New post 18 Oct 2009, 12:11
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1. There is no pre-program in terms of study. Lots of pre-program drinking during the flathunters though. Our core courses (UGM, GLAM and Statistics) can be considered somewhat pre program like and the real core (Economics, finance, strategy etc.) begins a month later.

2. That is true if and only if your e-mail is well constructed (preferably grammatically correct) and asks some specific and meaningful questions. General enquiries should be sent ONLY to the MBA programme office. I cannot emphasise this enough. You dont want to harm your admission chances by sending out irrelevant e-mails to professors, who are incredibly busy people.

3. There was another simulation in which our study group took over an engineering company and tried to improve its fortunes by managing the various aspects of the firm (e.g. marketing/strategy, R&D, operations, finance etc.) It was incredibly time pressured and we had to make all our decisions about a quarter within 30 mts. Then we would have to read reports and results of our decisions and move on to the next quarter. We were competing directly with other teams (other study groups). So basically if we gained market share, another team lost market share. If we dropped prices, another team found itself overpriced. If we improved our technology, another team fell behind in that aspect. It was incredibly dynamic and fun exercise and it ran for nearly a whole day. There was a twist in the end - but I wont talk about it, because MBA2012 folks here might be doing the same simulation next year.



oh you got me wrong regarding professor question ...my question was regarding current student and faculty relation ...not email by prospective student ....and plz pm me regarding twist thng
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Re: The London Business School 2010 thread [#permalink] New post 18 Oct 2009, 12:16
and yes how many core topics or subject you need to take each term ? bcoz i was looking at core list in lbs site and i saw nearly 16 subjects ...so that number worries me ...thts all
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Re: The London Business School 2010 thread [#permalink] New post 18 Oct 2009, 13:54
The first month we had 4 cores. Right now we have 5 cores. So that makes it 9 cores for this term with 2 more to come. Dont be intimidated by the numbers; this term, with 11 cores is supposed to be the heaviest (hence why I am not able to be as active on the forums as I'd like). In fact some of the cores (such as GLAM) just have 3 lectures so they whizz by. The next term is supposed to be a lot easier to help us with our job hunt.

The professors are great with current students. They respond and write emails even on weekends. They manage this while teaching 5 streams (400 students) simultaneously. Our ethics teacher taught us while she was 6 months pregnant. These committed teachers are world class - all of them have Phds from and have taught at other top schools.

I wont discuss the twist - who knows you might be studying at LBS next year ;)

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and yes how many core topics or subject you need to take each term ? bcoz i was looking at core list in lbs site and i saw nearly 16 subjects ...so that number worries me ...thts all
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Re: The London Business School 2010 thread [#permalink] New post 19 Oct 2009, 01:30
hey bsd,

how are rooms are given to students in lbs ? is it lottery system ? are you living in campus or out side campus ?
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Re: The London Business School 2010 thread [#permalink] New post 19 Oct 2009, 03:21
You have you manage your own accommodation. Most students live close to campus in privately rented accommodation.

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how are rooms are given to students in lbs ? is it lottery system ? are you living in campus or out side campus ?
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Re: The London Business School 2010 thread [#permalink] New post 19 Oct 2009, 04:20
thanks again
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Re: The London Business School 2010 thread [#permalink] New post 22 Oct 2009, 13:14
Cool LBS video made by some MiM students. Great shots of campus, taunton centre/ library and london. Enjoy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NjiynzIh7Ps
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Re: The London Business School 2010 thread [#permalink] New post 22 Oct 2009, 13:30
Did LBS Adcom screw up anyone else's recos too?
On the 11th I and my recommender got an email from LBS thanking him for his reco. Even on my application page it said both recos were submitted.
Yesterday, I got an email with subject "LBS application warning", which said that the same recommender had not submitted his form yet.
I called and they said they don't have his reco on file, and it was pro'lly by mistake that they sent me out that "Thank you for your recommendation" email.
What a damn pain...now my recommender is travelling and I have to send an SOS out to him to redo this. Doesn't really help, adding to the pressure already !!!
Everyone just check your app status page and make sure it says submitted , for both recommenders.
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Re: The London Business School 2010 thread [#permalink] New post 22 Oct 2009, 16:53
Thanks for the heads up, wg. Mine says submitted for both recommenders, but I guess you were in the same boat. However, I haven't seen any warning emails such as the one you got, touch wood.
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Re: The London Business School 2010 thread [#permalink] New post 31 Oct 2009, 02:32
Hello,
I am seriously considering applying to LBS for R2 and I would have a couple questions to submit to you guys.
First, do you know how the number of years of work experience is computed ? I ask because I did multiple full time internships in the past (3months, 3months, 12months, 7months) and I was wondering whether this will be taken into account or not.
Second, as a rule of thumb, what do you guys think of applying to one single school and let the Adcom know about it ? Would it be seen as an unwise/stupid move or a token of determination (provided one has solid reasons to focus on one unique school) ?
Thanks for your feedback.
In case you didn't know, there are a couple cool videos of LBS on youtube (called MBA TV).
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Re: The London Business School 2010 thread [#permalink] New post 31 Oct 2009, 04:15
Hi bouh22 generally internships are not counted towards work experience. A 12 month internship however, is quite rare. So I am not sure about how the school would view this. Perhaps email the program office about this. LBS ad-coms like students who show a good 'fit' to the school. You might mention that LBS is the only school you are applying to, however, you should not assume that that will be your single biggest differentiator. You will still need to show that you have done your research about your school. Hope this helps.

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Hello,
I am seriously considering applying to LBS for R2 and I would have a couple questions to submit to you guys.
First, do you know how the number of years of work experience is computed ? I ask because I did multiple full time internships in the past (3months, 3months, 12months, 7months) and I was wondering whether this will be taken into account or not.
Second, as a rule of thumb, what do you guys think of applying to one single school and let the Adcom know about it ? Would it be seen as an unwise/stupid move or a token of determination (provided one has solid reasons to focus on one unique school) ?
Thanks for your feedback.
In case you didn't know, there are a couple cool videos of LBS on youtube (called MBA TV).
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Re: The London Business School 2010 thread [#permalink] New post 31 Oct 2009, 04:46
Thanks for sharing your thoughts !
I have these internships (total about 2 years WE) and by Sep10 I would have 4 years full time employment as well. Considering average WE at LBS seems to be 5.5 years, I am wondering whether to apply for the next intake or wait an additional year on the MBA sideline so to speak.
Do you think having an additional year of WE would make a big difference or at this point I am better off applying now and see what happens.
Thks again.
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Re: The London Business School 2010 thread [#permalink] New post 31 Oct 2009, 09:24
You may try, but here, the average age and work experiences here are definitely on the "high" side. In some cases I have known people to be asked to work for another year and then reapply. I suppose it is all to do with the other applicants and whether they see you as a good fit in the class mix.

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Thanks for sharing your thoughts !
I have these internships (total about 2 years WE) and by Sep10 I would have 4 years full time employment as well. Considering average WE at LBS seems to be 5.5 years, I am wondering whether to apply for the next intake or wait an additional year on the MBA sideline so to speak.
Do you think having an additional year of WE would make a big difference or at this point I am better off applying now and see what happens.
Thks again.
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Re: The London Business School 2010 thread [#permalink] New post 31 Oct 2009, 11:19
Thanks, that's what I thought. I might have to sit on the bench a little longer... but for now, happy halloween guys :D
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