Handling Wharton’s Team-Based Discussion
If you’re applying to Wharton this year, then you are likely aware of the school’s new addition to the application process: the team-based discussion. Personally, I consider this new evaluation method an excellent idea, as much of business-school life consists of team-based discussion; it was certainly a big part of my life at Sloan.
Wharton says in its letter to applicants, “If you are invited to interview, you will participate in a team-based discussion with 5-6 other applicants during your scheduled session. The team-based discussion will allow you the opportunity to interact with your fellow applicants through discourse, which will highlight how you approach and analyze specific situations.”
Wharton’s letter goes on to provide two examples of the type of prompts that may be used during a session, saying, “Your discussion will have a prompt and a purpose and you will work towards a tangible outcome with your group.” The example prompts are:
Because group evaluation is quite new to the admissions process, with no feedback from prior years to serve as guidance, interviewees are no doubt nervous about it. So, how should you handle yourself during this discussion in a way that appeals to Wharton? Here’s some advice.
By R. Todd King, an MIT MBA, who has worked with MBA applicants since 2001. Todd can help you make the most of your strengths and mitigate your weaknesses.
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