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14 Jan 2012, 23:35
I have a few questions on the admission process for international applicants,could you please
shed some light if you know the answers:
1 . Usually when does invites come out for international applicants ?
2. When is the interview generally held for international applicants ?
3. Will it be an on-campus or a phone interview ?
4. How many international applicants are called for interviews ? (i know around 4-5 finally make it).

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15 Jan 2012, 01:02
Ashwinshankar many Thanks for asking these Qs. I am also in the same boat and am looking for the answers. Maybe fsaq can answer better, fsaq is a veteran

Thanks,

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15 Jan 2012, 11:17
Thanks fsaq ! this is good info .
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15 Jan 2012, 11:34
Thanks fsaq for the detailed info.. u prove me right, u really know a lot abt the LGO process (and that's why i called u a veteran, i hope u didn't mis-understand me)
ashwinshankar, my 2-bits: I visited LGO this year, and to my knowledge there is no Indian who wasn't residing in USA at the time of application and haven't had a USA degree. However, I met internationals (who were neither US resident nor worked in US, and didn't have US degrees) and if they could make it, there is chance that we can also make it.
So all the best! Don't know about the number of interview invites for the internationals
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17 Jan 2012, 07:55
For all those that got an interview. What questions are you preparing for?

I will start.

1) Why MIT/Why LGO, and why now?
3) Tell me about a time you succeeded, tell me about a time you failed.
4) How do you handle conflict resolution.
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17 Jan 2012, 11:29
For those LGO applicants who have not yet been contacted for an interview, is it time to abandon hope?
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17 Jan 2012, 11:40
An Update: an international (Mexican) on BTG has received an invite..
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17 Jan 2012, 13:27
Rajadi - What is the link to that Beat the Gmat forum? thanks!
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18 Jan 2012, 01:28
fsaq wrote:
Rajadi - What is the link to that Beat the Gmat forum? thanks!

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19 Jan 2012, 10:27
Yesterday night had a dream that Leah gave me an interview invite! Its getting on my nerves now.. hope LGO is listening
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19 Jan 2012, 10:36
lol. I hope we do get a call. I really think my app was good and I wouldnt change anything. This was my sincerest best effort. If this one doesnt get me in, then nothing can.

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28 Jan 2012, 10:17
As I understand, internationals can expect invites all the way up to end-Feb
Long wait... but Interviewfest is around the corner in the coming week, would be good to hear about it ...
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03 Feb 2012, 16:04
To the lucky people who interviewed today, how did it go? good luck to the ones going on Monday!
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06 Feb 2012, 12:33
Interviewfest went very well. The discussion panels were very informative and they overall did a great job getting students to interact with applicants. The interview was also very low threat. My interviewer at least made me quite comfortable and we were able to basically just have a conversation. Hopefully things went well.

Also, a lot of people seem to be interested in international invites - I saw 1x applicant from Spain, Mexico, Israel, China, and Columbia when I was there. I think there are some more, but cannot recall.
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07 Feb 2012, 08:47
dayABR11 wrote:
Interviewfest went very well. The discussion panels were very informative and they overall did a great job getting students to interact with applicants. The interview was also very low threat. My interviewer at least made me quite comfortable and we were able to basically just have a conversation. Hopefully things went well.

Also, a lot of people seem to be interested in international invites - I saw 1x applicant from Spain, Mexico, Israel, China, and Columbia when I was there. I think there are some more, but cannot recall.

Thanks dayABR11 for the information. All the best for admission. Can you say who were the interviewers, current students or faculty or Adcom? Did they ask some technial questions related to your field of engineering?
I think I know the Mexican, had met him at Ambassador Day. Did you attend it? Looks like a lot of internationals called for interviewfest, unlike what happened in the previous years. Don't know how to read it
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07 Feb 2012, 10:20
I heard that those who are not accepted by the LGO program will be considered for the R2 regular MBA. Does anyone know when these packages will be handed over by the LGO adcom to the MBA adcom? After LGO decision date? If this is the case, won't that be too late as the decision date of R2 MBA is Apr 2?
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07 Feb 2012, 11:01
For everyone wondering about international applicants,
I was pleasantly surprised to see how international the program is. From what I had read before, I thought LGO was only focused on American manufacturing. It seems that more and more of the internship opportunities with partner companies are becoming international (however no specific language requirements, just preferences) and even some of the partners are now foreign based companies. They mentioned that there are a few internships that accept only US citizens, but this is not a question of work visa. The internships that require US citizens were just for companies that are defense contractors working on military projects (Raytheon, for example). It sounds like being a corporate sponsored student was even more limiting than being international.

As for the applicants, I didn’t probe to ask what type of papers most people had, but I did meet several international applicants. Judging by accents alone it seemed that about 15% (maybe 20%) didn’t speak English as their first language, and this diversity seemed similar in the class of 2012 as well. All of the applicants were absolutely outstanding. I was very impressed with everyone’s experience, and mostly with how down to earth and amicable everyone was. Those two aspects made the program very appealing, but at the same time made it seem that my chances of getting in were slim. There wasn’t a single person I didn’t think could get in, and there was no one that I didn’t want to get in, it was a really strong group.

One other thing, I heard that next year fellowship money will be distributed according to engineering focus (not how it was previously distributed), the more students that are in the same track, the more who will share the funds. Each track will receive different amounts since some are much more popular, but being in a unique engineering track seems like it might have a slight advantage and a bit less competition, but that is something new that we will find out in the 2014 class.
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07 Feb 2012, 11:46
Thanks iamvolitant for the information. Its good to see a good brief of interviewfest. All the best for the admissions. Could share more info about the actual interview itself?
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07 Feb 2012, 12:22
Another year, another interview with the LGO program.

In 2010 I thought I nailed the interview only to get placed on the waitlist; I then didn't get into either LGO or Sloan. (No one got off the waitlist that year). Decided to revamp myself and worked harder.

Fast forward two years

Applied again and went through the entire process again. This time I had to interview with the Admissions Director! I BOMBED and won't be expecting a call. After I wrote the thank you note that took me 30 minutes to physically write (in cursive), I have resigned myself to move on from this program and school. It is time to turn the page and come up with a new plan as I can take it too personally.

For those interested I can write you personally about what questions were asked, and how she acted and probed further. After talking with other LGO's, I found that this was her style so I am not sure what will come of it. Good luck to all the other candidates.
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07 Feb 2012, 13:38
Everyone I talked to seemed to think their interview was very laid back and casual. I think most of the interviewers were adcom members and administrators from Sloan, and maybe a few who were specifically from LGO (as far as I could tell from what others told me).

As for my interview, it seemed a little different, so I wouldn’t go off of my experience.
I didn’t get a single behavioral question (like I was told to expect) so that kind of threw me off. It started with “tell me about yourself”. The interviewer had read my application in great detail and remembered many small things from my heap of essays, even when we were talking in the hallway and away from the computer/my resume. So that made me feel very comfortable.
My interviewer focused almost entirely on the engineering field I picked, asked what I liked about it, asked which partners I would like to intern with, asked a lot of my opinions about the industry, gave me an opinion about the industry with which I disagreed, then asked me to give the reasons why I disagreed. Asked for my greatest strength. Then asked for my greatest regret. (not expecting this question, weakness would have been easier to answer)
Overall very easy to talk to, and gave several “that’s good” or “I like that” comments to some ideas that I offered. Then asked for my questions but couldn’t answer anything specific to LGO, we talked a little longer about those. Then after about 30 minutes of interview I had no more questions and we were going to end when on the way out I mentioned something that caught the interviewers attention. We then sat back down and got into a deep conversation about it and talked another 20 minutes in a very friend-to-friend manner (interviewer was very interested but didn’t take a single note during these 20 minutes) we left the room together and spoke a little more in the hallway on our way out.

I don’t know what to expect after the interview. I re-evaluated at least 100x how I could have better explained everything, but that definitely isn’t helping. I do feel that I was at least memorable, for better or for worse. So we’ll see what happens.

Also, discussion about these GMAT club forums came up very often when speaking with current and prospective students. Everyone described it like a group of overly obsessive applicants who all stress about ridiculous stuff like what time zones invites go out in, which is semi accurate :D and it seemed like it’s a guilty indulgence or bad habit and we were all ashamed to admit we ever used it, so I weirdly feel almost embarrassed to come home and divulge to everyone.

But I think that if I were in someone else’s shoes and I missed the interviewfest I would really appreciate someone sharing their experiences. So although I feel a little embarrassed and I’ve thought about deleting my account, I thought It might be nice to share my experience with others, I hope they’re helpful to someone else.

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