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What to answer to "Don't give me Canned answers"?

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What to answer to "Don't give me Canned answers"? [#permalink] New post 29 Nov 2007, 10:34
If your interviewer says " Don't give me canned answers", how should we proceed?

Also, if your interviewer says, " I am not convinced with Why you want an MBA", what to say?

I am just confused on these situations.
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 [#permalink] New post 29 Nov 2007, 10:48
the first one.. you smile and say.. damm. there goes my chance to ace this interview with mischiveous eyes.. and then go on build your story.... i think if the interviewer is relaxed and you have created a rapport with humor.. your job is half done
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 [#permalink] New post 29 Nov 2007, 11:00
Honestly I never prepped really for interviews. I reread essays and thought about answers but I never sat down to do mock interviews with anyone. Probably not the best approach for most people but I was confident in my why an mba and why each school responses. Dont come across as a robot and dont give generic answers and you will be fine with the canned answer part. Chicago knows they have a reputation as being a tough quant school, have a flexible curriculum, and are considered a financial power house. Don't spot off about these and the fact that they have all these nobel prize winning professors. You want to dig deeper than that, talk about your personal interactions with the school. If you visited talk about your thoughts on the building, the students, class you sat in on...basically PERSONALIZE it.

As for them not being convinced why you want an MBA...thats bad since that is going to be one of the few things they care about. You can mess up a lot of things during your interview and be ok. However, they need to actually buy your reasoning for an MBA, remember you wrote whole essays on that for pretty much every school so you should really have a convincing tale.
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 [#permalink] New post 29 Nov 2007, 11:08
riverripper wrote:
Honestly I never prepped really for interviews. I reread essays and thought about answers but I never sat down to do mock interviews with anyone. Probably not the best approach for most people but I was confident in my why an mba and why each school responses. Dont come across as a robot and dont give generic answers and you will be fine with the canned answer part. Chicago knows they have a reputation as being a tough quant school, have a flexible curriculum, and are considered a financial power house. Don't spot off about these and the fact that they have all these nobel prize winning professors. You want to dig deeper than that, talk about your personal interactions with the school. If you visited talk about your thoughts on the building, the students, class you sat in on...basically PERSONALIZE it.

As for them not being convinced why you want an MBA...thats bad since that is going to be one of the few things they care about. You can mess up a lot of things during your interview and be ok. However, they need to actually buy your reasoning for an MBA, remember you wrote whole essays on that for pretty much every school so you should really have a convincing tale.


If ADCOM buys your "Why MBA" story and invites you for the interview but the alumni in the interview doesn't?
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Re: What to answer to "Don't give me Canned answers&quo [#permalink] New post 29 Nov 2007, 11:27
abhishek.sardana wrote:
If your interviewer says " Don't give me canned answers", how should we proceed?

Also, if your interviewer says, " I am not convinced with Why you want an MBA", what to say?

I am just confused on these situations.


Did this happen to you?
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Re: What to answer to "Don't give me Canned answers& [#permalink] New post 29 Nov 2007, 12:05
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abhishek.sardana wrote:
If your interviewer says " Don't give me canned answers", how should we proceed?

Also, if your interviewer says, " I am not convinced with Why you want an MBA", what to say?

I am just confused on these situations.


Did this happen to you?


Yes it did and I pretty much tried to give the same reasons as I quoted in the application.
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Re: What to answer to "Don't give me Canned answers& [#permalink] New post 29 Nov 2007, 13:27
abhishek.sardana wrote:

Yes it did and I pretty much tried to give the same reasons as I quoted in the application.



The interviewer's comment was really bad. Even if you didn't think up answers before the interview, this could've been the 5th b school interview you've been to and through experience, you might sound canned because this would be the 5th time you're answering "canned" questions.
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 [#permalink] New post 29 Nov 2007, 14:20
abhishek,
did you post the same thing on BW forum. If so I guess you had an interview with Cornell...
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 [#permalink] New post 29 Nov 2007, 14:24
great, now i need to prepare a canned response to this question
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 [#permalink] New post 29 Nov 2007, 16:44
LOL dabots..


dabots wrote:
great, now i need to prepare a canned response to this question
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Re: What to answer to "Don't give me Canned answers& [#permalink] New post 30 Nov 2007, 12:03
gmatclb wrote:
abhishek.sardana wrote:

Yes it did and I pretty much tried to give the same reasons as I quoted in the application.



The interviewer's comment was really bad. Even if you didn't think up answers before the interview, this could've been the 5th b school interview you've been to and through experience, you might sound canned because this would be the 5th time you're answering "canned" questions.


Correct, and sometimes the alum. interviewers are almost ashamed of asking such "canned" questions...my interviewer explicitly said that the school wants me to ask this question ....
Re: What to answer to "Don't give me Canned answers&   [#permalink] 30 Nov 2007, 12:03
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