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Re: Wharton 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 02 Mar 2013, 13:32
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Had my interview last week. It seems like your experience can really vary based on the student interviewer and to a less extent the candidates you are grouped with. In my case, the facilitators provided zero directions or limitations on our discussion. It was literally free-for-all from the start, with no interruption except for two announcements on how much time was left. We weren't even instructed to start by goin round the table to each give a spiel on our idea (though that was the logical place to start and so we did). But there was no time limit imposed and some candidates went on for maybe as long as 5 mins! Obviously your spiel can be quite different under such scenarios, where you may be expected to give more details and make appropriate references to other candidates ideas if they are similar/opposing etc. So be prepared to be flexible about your intro spiels!

Also at my group everyone brought in a portfolio with writing pad, ostensibly to take notes during the discussion, but I would say half the group had also prepared notes for their own talking points too - it's a small round table so you can easily see what's laid out in front of others'. So it certainly won't be awkward to bring a folio with notes in (maybe not an iPad), but know that you probably won't - and shouldn't - refer to them much as all the other GC-ers advised.
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Did not receive the followup. i think that may be a bad sign for me. :|

when did you guys interview?


Thursday, Feb 21st. So yes, it seems like there is a two week lag.


I interviewed on February 14th and got the email today.
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Does anyone know how the rest of the application is reviewed after the interview. Is the entire application re-reviewed or is it if you do well on the interview you are admitted/do poorly are dinged?


I believe that it is reviewed holistically along with the rest of your application. The way that I view the admission process, is that there is a qualification portion and a fit portion.

Anyone who is invited to an interview is qualified and should definitely feel good about the invite in itself. However, there are a LOT of people who are qualified to get into these great schools.

From there, it is a matter of fit. So then they re-evaluate your background and demographics to see how you would fit in constructing a diverse class and they also see what kind of team player and leader you are through the group discussion.

You may get dinged from Wharton after the interview, not because you did horrible in the interview, but perhaps you have an engineering background and they have chosen enough engineers at this point or the same case with military, finance people, etc...

With all of that said, definitely go in there and give that interview your best shot!!! Rather than telling them what kind of a team leader you have been, SHOW them the kind you are and you will be fine! :)


I don't think I have seen anyone with this much success on GC. Congrats on getting into all those schools. Have you decided where you are heading to?


Well thank you!! Yes the b-school gods were with me! haha. It was pretty tough to start out, the first two apps that I heard from were the dings at HBS and GSB, but then things picked up when I heard from Wharton and the rest came to follow.

For now, I am waiting to hear back from a few things:
Consortium Fellowships will be announced on March 15th, through which I ranked Tuck and Haas high on my list and have a shot at full-rides if I were to get the fellowship
Harvard Kennedy School admissions decision - applied for joint MPA program with Wharton or Tuck MBA
Booth and Kellogg decisions

So far, I am leaning towards going to Wharton and the 60K that they offered through a fellowship, but a full-ride from Tuck/Haas or Booth (if admitted) would be very tempting!

What is your target choice?
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Re: Wharton 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 08 Mar 2013, 18:42
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Excellent. I think you will get into Kennedy. If not this year, then you can always apply after first year of b-school. My top choice is Tuck, but I will be very happy to go to Fuqua also. Right now I am just praying for the Tuck admit on Friday. Depending upon the results, I might apply to few schools in Round 3. I have take GMAT few times, so that's probably a red flag in my app. Good luck with the consortium fellowship.
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Excellent. I think you will get into Kennedy. If not this year, then you can always apply after first year of b-school. My top choice is Tuck, but I will be very happy to go to Fuqua also. Right now I am just praying for the Tuck admit on Friday. Depending upon the results, I might apply to few schools in Round 3. I have take GMAT few times, so that's probably a red flag in my app. Good luck with the consortium fellowship.


That is true. Thanks for the bode of confidence. Tuck is definitely a great school, gotta love its culture and community. I enjoyed myself the times that I had visited.

It can't hurt to try for a few more during round 3. How many times did you take the GMAT? At the end of the day, the admissions teams will more so look at your top score opposed to the fact that you have taken it X # of times.

Thanks for the luck! I shall keep the GC community updated!
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Did anyone feel the 1:1 portion was a little rushed.


To be perfectly honest, I feel like the 1:1 portion is more for our benefit (making us feel like we had a fair shot, air our concerns, etc.) than it is for the school to get more information than what they've already collected from the TBD. Of course, if the two data points are wildly different that could make a difference. But most likely not.


i felt it was fairly rushed too. to be honest, it seemed like they'd already made up their minds and were just doing this as a formality. still can't figure out how they judged us based on the team discussion (because cmon everyone will be on their best behaviour!)


It was rushed and kept short, true. They probably did have their minds made up by the time the 1 on 1 interview is done, I agree.

If anything, I would say the TBD allows for more accurate judgement than a regular interview. In a regular interview, you can rehearse your answers and tell them what kind of leader you have been and about a time you were on a team, etc... but within the TBD it is all on the fly. They will see you in action and see how you work on a problem within a team of strangers in a high pressured situation that has limited time to act.

They can observe many things... did you try to hog the spotlight and talking time, did you shy away when there was conflict or not speak up to voice/defend your opinions, did you empower and motivate the others on the team, did you help provide a framework for the discussion and help drive consensus, did you persuade anyone on the team with effective communication and presentation, were you flexible and able to an idea being chosen that was not yours, did you focus on driving results or did you just bicker and waste time debating, etc...

I would say that this is a great way to interview, although it is non-traditional, it is probably going to be adopted by other schools in the future.
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In the last 5 hours I have visited this forum 10 times, as if visiting the forum would make me wiser :P :P

This waiting period is so screwed up!
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Same here .... I'm sure there are others too!
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In the last 5 hours I have visited this forum 10 times, as if visiting the forum would make me wiser :P :P
This waiting period is so screwed up!



Likewise.

I don't know if you guys have seen this show called 24. I can almost imagine that 24 hour clock ticking and the music playing in my head.
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I should watch a whole season of 24 today just to keep me distracted since I can't sleep anymore anyways.
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Just got a call!! From a first year student! IM IN

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Haven't heard anything yet but anxiously watching my phone...

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Any round 1ers have any info on how the scholarships work? Are you supposed to hear about the money in the acceptance call or is it a separate communication?



I asked a number of questions on my acceptance call. I was told it would be communicated separately in the next 2-4 wks but before the deposit deadline.
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I think it is over now, guys!

:( why they did not have updated the status yet?


No status update at my end too..
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I just got a follow-up e-mail from the AdCom who called me. Might mean that the other e-mails are going out soon. Purely speculation though...
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Suggestion from a friend: Why don't ADCOMS upload dings/waitlists the day before, then telephone admits on D-day? Is all this suspense necessary?
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Stats show only 6% got accepted for R2, there's gotta be a lot more coming


Let us even say that 10 people have not updated their status, then there should be still around 25 admits left! But I have given up the hope already!

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This is ridiculous..WHARTON - you might be one of the best but action like this will surely make you lose your respect..next year I am not gonna apply to Wharton..
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Anyone for healthcare management program hear anything yet?


nope, but i'm on the WL so it's almost certainly different.


same, HCM WL from rnd 1.


Somebody a few pages back said he/she got a call from HCM. I'm waiting for HCM as well

Also, the website clearly says all deadlines are 5pm EST, so I think there is still some time left until we see the admit pages updated with a decision.
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