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Re: Wharton 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 20 Feb 2013, 07:04
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Does anyone wants to participate in a mock Team Based Discussion?
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Re: Wharton 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 20 Feb 2013, 09:59
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My feelings on the group interview. It was a very relaxing and smooth discussion. I guess every one wants to show the nice side...so no need to over-prepare and it will go very well. Good luck!
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Re: Wharton 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 21 Feb 2013, 10:29
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Allowed...but it'll look pretty weird.
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Re: Wharton 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 22 Feb 2013, 11:12
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Dinged, damn ou WHarton!!! It stings more then I thought. So what's the choice of drinks for my fellow Dingenions. Mine is vey bitter black coffee.
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Re: Wharton 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 22 Feb 2013, 11:23
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Ding!

But I must say that 'Ding' sounds better than 'Regret' and 'Reject'...
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Re: Wharton 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 22 Feb 2013, 11:37
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Re: Wharton 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 22 Feb 2013, 12:41
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Dinged.

This is bullshit. I visited 3+ times. I have a interview at NYU, Columbia, and Yale and I'm not even invited to interview at Wharton? Wow.

No need to be upset. I realized this entire process has a huge "luck" component. For example, the school I thought I'd FOR SURE get in was CBS. I visited the school, connected with a bunch of students, wrote great essays, etc. PLUS, a very close and personal family friend is a very large donor to Columbia -- he really pushed me to got to the school and even put in a phone call to the Dean's office about me. Result: I did not even get an interview. I was floored.

Also, I think that Wharton is slightly more competitive than the schools you mentioned and seems like you were just below their GMAT/GPA averages. Best of luck with the other apps.
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Dinged...can't say I'm surprised, but I was optimistic given the results of my other applications so far. I'm curious whether others also had less luck with Wharton. My results are below.

Haas - Admitted
Booth - Invited to interview; final decision pending
Kellogg - Interviewed (although Kellogg interviews everyone); final decision pending

At least my decision to head to the west coast became a little easier. Best of luck to those interviewing.


Hi Guys!

While I had gotten an invite to interview with Wharton, I feel slightly bad to see the school reject so many good profiles! I think a lot of the time it must get down to the gut feel of the evaluators, and the number of people with similar profiles who have already been admitted in R1.

I think Haas is a great school - strong network in the Tech industry and a very strong faculty profile. Kellogg and Booth are also great schools - arguably the best schools for marketing/general management and finance respectively. See what school matches your career goals the most - you will most likely have a problem of choice :) Best of luck!
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Does anyone happen to know when the Wharton R2 Admit weekend is? Not expecting anything...just curious.


Looks like it's April 12-14: all-mba-admit-weekends-145577.html#p1167484
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Re: Wharton 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 24 Feb 2013, 19:08
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I had couple of quick questions:

- At the group discussion, do people divulge which company they work for?
- Does the one-on-one interviewer read your application beforehand? or is it a blind interview?

Thanks.

My entire group came in at least 20 minutes before the TBD. Gave us a chance to talk and mingle, including where we currently work. Regarding the 1-on-1, the interviewer only had a copy of my resume at hand. Not sure if my application was read beforehand but I doubt it -- would be way too many to keep track of for the interviewer.
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mth1214 wrote:
Dinged...can't say I'm surprised, but I was optimistic given the results of my other applications so far. I'm curious whether others also had less luck with Wharton. My results are below.

Haas - Admitted
Booth - Invited to interview; final decision pending
Kellogg - Interviewed (although Kellogg interviews everyone); final decision pending

At least my decision to head to the west coast became a little easier. Best of luck to those interviewing.


Hi Guys!

While I had gotten an invite to interview with Wharton, I feel slightly bad to see the school reject so many good profiles! I think a lot of the time it must get down to the gut feel of the evaluators, and the number of people with similar profiles who have already been admitted in R1.

I think Haas is a great school - strong network in the Tech industry and a very strong faculty profile. Kellogg and Booth are also great schools - arguably the best schools for marketing/general management and finance respectively. See what school matches your career goals the most - you will most likely have a problem of choice :) Best of luck!


Congrats to you and all others invited to interview at Wharton. I thought you might be interested in some tips for the Team Based Discussion at Wharton:

Tips for Tackling Team Interviews.
Handling Wharton’s Team-Based Discussion.

We've organized mock Wharton interview for both the individual and team based interview. I have sat in on a couple of them and was struck by how poorly many applicants handled the one-minute intro. Realize that you are given 60 seconds and the facilitators will stop you after 60 seconds. Prepare a statement for each of the three prompts that you can roll out for each of the three prompts and make sure you can deliver it smoothly in under one minute.

For other tips, please see the articles above.

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Does anyone know whether they let you bring your research note into the discussion room? Since you have done research on each topic they have given... Wanted to know if they want you to remember it in your head or u can bring that note..


Nickey,

Our clients have said you can bring in notes and that you can even take notes as others speak, but don't bring notes that resemble War and Peace . When in the interview, focus on the others' comments, not your notes. You can jot down an idea here and there, but don't let your notes be a distraction to you or others. Remember: it's supposed to be a discussion, not a speech or a test of dictation.

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xmatrix wrote:
Would anyone like to share the group interview process?
1 minute brief introduction (total 6 minutes);
Around 20-minute free discussion;
Around 20-minute conclusion;
Totally 45 minutes?


~1 minute per person.
29 minutes of discussion.

then it's over. 35 minutes all in
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Also, is the 60 sec intro timed? Is it allowed to go over slightly?


Our clients have told us it's timed and has a hard stop at 1 minute.
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Also, is the 60 sec intro timed? Is it allowed to go over slightly?


Our clients have told us it's timed and has a hard stop at 1 minute.


It is not timed. Interviewers do not give any guidance!
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My experience was the same - not times. Very little guidance/commentary.

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Also, is the 60 sec intro timed? Is it allowed to go over slightly?


Our clients have told us it's timed and has a hard stop at 1 minute.


It is not timed. Interviewers do not give any guidance!


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No the 1 min is for your pitch/answer to the question.

I would NOT bring notes/iPad/etc. You're in a small room and supposed to work together, don't deviate from that and refer to your iPad or take notes during the session. After the first person goes, you should all just build off of each other so I would emphasize NOT over-preparing. Come in with a few 'highlights' of how you want to answer the question.


Oh wow 1-min pitch for your idea?! Glad I asked, would have been caught off-guard completely otherwise. As for the iPad, it really just sets me at ease knowing that I have something to refer to if I have a brain freeze, don't really plan to use it otherwise. Hmm I suppose people bring folios with them since we are asked to provide a copy of resume at 1-1? So it won't look terribly out-of-place if I happen to have a black gadget + folio with me?

I agree with scleraxis -- I researched the prompt for about 2 hours (vs the 1 hour suggestion) and in the end I felt I had overprepped. After that initial 1 minute intro, pretty much 95% of what you have prepped is thrown out the window. I also showed up with nothing in my hands except for my resume, no pen/folio/paper/etc, and felt like I had done fine.

BUT, do whatever makes you comfortable. So if you want to bring your iPad, then go ahead, if only for the purpose of calming your nerves.
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No the 1 min is for your pitch/answer to the question.

I would NOT bring notes/iPad/etc. You're in a small room and supposed to work together, don't deviate from that and refer to your iPad or take notes during the session. After the first person goes, you should all just build off of each other so I would emphasize NOT over-preparing. Come in with a few 'highlights' of how you want to answer the question.


Oh wow 1-min pitch for your idea?! Glad I asked, would have been caught off-guard completely otherwise. As for the iPad, it really just sets me at ease knowing that I have something to refer to if I have a brain freeze, don't really plan to use it otherwise. Hmm I suppose people bring folios with them since we are asked to provide a copy of resume at 1-1? So it won't look terribly out-of-place if I happen to have a black gadget + folio with me?


On second thoughts, I was only worried about brain freezes if I had to talk non-stop for a longer time and give elaborate details about my idea. Since it's only gonna be 1-min I guess it will be more of an organic discussion, bouncing and critiquing ideas off one another. I'll should do away with the notes and iPad then! Thanks :wink:


Obviously everyone has different styles and prepares differently. My personal suggestions:

1) Do prepare a one-minute idea for each of the 3 prompts. Keep in mind the donor's criteria. Use a stop watch.
2). Bring paper and pen/iPad if you feel you want to take notes. I think your one-minute pitches should be in your head.
3) I completely agree that it is vital you are 100% present during the discussion. It is organic. Any note-taking should be minimal and probably relate to responding to a particular idea/individual. But only have the pad -- paper or i -- present if you will be comfortable with it.
4) The amount of prep will be different for different people and it's better to be over-prepared than under-prepared.
5) We too are offering mock interviews for Wharton's group and individual discussions. And yes there is a fee.

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Had the interview on-campus in Philadelphia last week.

For the most part, I share the same sentiment as many here. The team portion felt very manufactured and less than organic.i assume that working in teams at wharton or any school for that matter is not that contrived.

i came out feeling the group took a really safe, unimaginative route.but of course, it's not where, but how you get there for this exercise

during my 1on1 my interviewer asked me what i thought of the TBD and after that it was pretty much open forum. she was finance-focused (go figure) so we couldn't talk about anything i was interested in. did not feel rushed, as some have felt. she said to ask away for as long as i needed, but i wouldn't go more than 25 min absolute tops, especially if someone behind you is waiting his/her turn

i'm curious to see what the formats were for the round 3 test last year and how they will evolve the format going forward
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Do you think it is still necessary to write a thank-you note after TBD? For me it seems a bit odd to thank a person who most of the time sits in the corner of the room and does nothing in terms of interaction with the group...

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I would absolutely write a thank you note to, at least, the student who conducted your 1-1. I asked my interviewer for his card after our interview and in my thank you note asked for contact information of the other fellow who sat in on our TBD portion, but haven't yet heard back (not terribly surprised given their schedules and the # of students they interview). In my opinion, it doesn't matter if they just sat there and listened, they facilitated the interview and the thank you note demonstrates a cordial interest in the program and your enthusiasm to have met the admissions fellows.
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