So, I interviewed with Chicago GSB in San Diego last week. I felt I communicated well and expressed good interest and knowledge about the program, however I did not feel a strong repore with my interviewer. I feel okay about it. 4 out of 5.
I also flew out to attend a GSB Live event on October 27th. At lunch I was able to ask a few breif questions from Rose Martinelli and I sent her a thank you email letting her know who I was both after the event and after my interview.
Now that everything is complete I want to do anything else I can to increase my chances, because Chicago is definitely my #1 school.
Option 1: Let a current student I am familiar with know how great my interest is and see if he can put in a good word for me.
Option 2: Tell admissions that I will be in the area next week and ask if I can meet with someone in the admissions office. I would then have to fly out there and come up with more questions to ask.
Option 3: Wait it out.
What should I do? Are there any other options available? Would option 2 annoy them or would it show greater interest?
Option 1: A very good idea, and I've heard it can make a huge difference. Do it. I wish I could. BUT.... This MUST APPEAR UNSOLICITED to the adcom. If the student walks in and says 'yea, he asked me to stop by'.... He needs to stop by and on his own accord, "I just heard that so and so..." and recommend.
Option 2: Absolutely not. They have already extended an interview, and your asking for their time will just come off as insecure, arrogant, or worse, inconsiderate of all the work they still have to do. Absolutely do not do this.
Option 3: This is what I'm currently doing.
Full disclosure, I'm an R1, so you and I are in direct competition. That said, I'm giving you what I honestly think is good advice.