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USC MACC interview coming up--pretty scared [#permalink] New post 19 Feb 2008, 01:48
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The interview is my weakest area and I am scared. I'm making a dry run to USC in about 5 hours so that I'm familiar with the campus.

My stats:

3.638 cumulative gpa
3.905 major gpa (economics, ucsd); econ3 TA for 2 quarters.
700 gmat, 5 awa
i think my 2 recommendations are pretty good
interview: TO BE DETERMINED :!: dun dun dunnnnn

USC is the only school i've applied to. this is do or die basically. i'll let you guys know of my defeat/victory.
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Re: USC MACC interview coming up--pretty scared [#permalink] New post 19 Mar 2008, 07:45
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I would have to disagree with that. If the lady tells me not to consider retaking the GMAT, from my understanding this means that if I get a 700 it is not going to improve my application much. But I guess we can only wait and see.
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Re: USC MACC interview coming up--pretty scared [#permalink] New post 25 Dec 2008, 09:09
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It's important to research what kind of accounting firms recruit at your school.

The idea that - "Go to any school, just get your CPA and then work for an accounting firm" - is kinda flawed.

Sure, it helps if you already have a CPA. However, CPA certification is a long process.

If you have a job offer from an accounting firm, you can have resources available to you - such as free CPA prep materials and reimbursement related to CPA exam cost etc.
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Re: USC MACC interview coming up--pretty scared [#permalink] New post 09 Mar 2012, 11:54
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same here... i have a skype interview coming up within the next couple weeks with Shirley

any advice from people who have recently done interviews would be much appreciated

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Re: USC MACC interview coming up--pretty scared [#permalink] New post 23 Mar 2012, 08:19
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After the interview, she told me that she was going to speak w/ the other admissions people and let me know in about a week.

I just thanked her for taking the time & giving me the opportunity to do an interview

And about 30 mins afterward she sent me an email saying that she decided to accept me (which def made my day)
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Re: USC MACC interview coming up--pretty scared [#permalink] New post 19 Feb 2008, 22:26
good luck. If ur interviewing with Cathy, don't stress. She is really nice and works to make the interview as smooth and comfortable as possible
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Re: USC MACC interview coming up--pretty scared [#permalink] New post 21 Feb 2008, 22:47
well i got in (and will attend). 8-). thanks for the help jlister.
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Re: USC MACC interview coming up--pretty scared [#permalink] New post 23 Feb 2008, 19:41
Can someone give me some information about how the interview was conducted? I turned in my application about 3 days ago and expect to be called for an interview.

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Re: USC MACC interview coming up--pretty scared [#permalink] New post 25 Feb 2008, 01:46
^ I was in your situation not too long ago. Thinking back, I think I was only asked 2 core questions:

-Why accounting? <-- major topic of interview
-How do you think you'll do in our program?

Minor things that I remember:

-Why did you choose your email address and what is the meaning behind it? <--- 8-)
-How did you study for the GMAT?


The interview process at USC (in my opinion) is more of an assessment of the candidate's sanity--it's their way of making sure you are not a lunatic/psycho. I think it stops there. I don't think the interview process significantly influences the candidate's chances of getting in (unless, again, you are just obviously dumb or crazy). A grad student gave me a tour after the interview and he said that his interview last year lasted less than 5 mins on the phone, which supports my hypothesis in my opinion.

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Re: USC MACC interview coming up--pretty scared [#permalink] New post 06 Mar 2008, 11:26
Congrats on getting in Silver.

I'm actually in the same position you were in when you posted this thread haha. I have an interview with Cathy Cowan next week...hopefully it'll go just as smooth.

Btw, I was wondering if they admitted you into the program on the spot? How is it that you found out so quickly??
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Re: USC MACC interview coming up--pretty scared [#permalink] New post 08 Mar 2008, 00:32
I also applied for USC for Fall 2008 and am waiting for them to contact me.

Congrats on your acceptance Silver!

Could you guys tell me how long it took for them to contact you about setting up an interview after you submitted your application? Also, yes, please share your interview details (i.e. what you wore, how they notified you that you were accepted, etc).

For the people who were accepted or received an interview at USC, could you please tell me your stats so I know my chances? Thanks!!
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Re: USC MACC interview coming up--pretty scared [#permalink] New post 11 Mar 2008, 16:55
I applied to the program on Nov, 25 and was interviewed and accepted on Jan 31. My interview was over the phone and it was only about 15 minutes long. At the very end of the interview, Cathy asked me if i had any other questions and then told me i had been accepted. My stats are:
670 Gmat
3.12 GPA
Accepted in the Summer 08 program
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Re: USC MACC interview coming up--pretty scared [#permalink] New post 13 Mar 2008, 15:08
Hey guys,

I recently applied to USC and wanted to know what others think my chance sof getting in are. I got a 620 on the GMAT and have a 3.44 GPA. Let me know what you think.

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Re: USC MACC interview coming up--pretty scared [#permalink] New post 13 Mar 2008, 17:48
thanks jlister.

bparker, i think if your grades in your accounting classes are B's or better, you have a fairly decent chance of getting in.
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Re: USC MACC interview coming up--pretty scared [#permalink] New post 17 Mar 2008, 13:06
Does anyone know where to find the USC Macc program student profile w/ average gmat scores and gpa? I couldn't find it on their website. The only profile I found was for the Marshall MBA program. Thanks in advance!
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Re: USC MACC interview coming up--pretty scared [#permalink] New post 17 Mar 2008, 17:49
I don't think they actually have the information on their website. But when i met with Cathy, she gave me a print-out of the admission stats. I don't have the paper anymore but i believe that the average gmat was in the 650's and the GPA was around 3.4
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Re: USC MACC interview coming up--pretty scared [#permalink] New post 18 Mar 2008, 12:19
yeah the average GMAT is 656 and the average GPA is 3.46 for the 08 class.
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