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Debrief posted on  Dec 30 2020 [#permalink] Booth, Booth Evening MBA
Off Campus with Alumni Interviewed on: Dec 14 2020 Final Decision: Interviewed

"I had 2 interviews previously with other programs and I was interviewed by adcom member. This is the first time when I was interviewed by an Alumni, which is really the easiest among all. When interviewed by adcom member, the questions are very standard. Questions asked would be what people typically see online, e.g. Why MBA, why our program, walk me through your resume, what are you strengths and weaknesses, some scenario questions etc. When interviewed by alumni, she only asked me 2 standard questions. 1. Walk me through your resume, 2. Why our program. And after that it was all about me asking her questions of any type. We talked about school life, sports, holidays etc. However, we should not take this for granted because the purpose of interview is to "get to know you more". In other word, it means that if this candidate is sit right next to you in the classroom, would you like to talk to him or have him as your classmate? If the answer is yes, then good for you, you will get a recommendation from the interviewer. If the interviewer doesn't feel comfortable speaking with you, then good luck. Overall, please be respectful in the conversation, listen and speak appropriately, be yourself and take it easy. I think I did well in the interview and hopefully the rest of my application are strong enough to land me with an admission offer."

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Skype Interviewed on: Dec 10 2020 Final Decision: Admitted

"My interview happened 10 days ago. It was a conversation with some interview questions. Why MBA, what value I will bring, if my management is supportive of my plan to study, conflict I managed in a matrix organisation. Waiting to hear from the school"

vsvkvsvk from India GMAT 680;
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Skype Interviewed on: Dec 09 2020 Final Decision: Admitted

"I had my interview a few hours ago. It was with the admissions director for the London campus. It was mostly about my work experience and what I want to do with the MBA"

Wakanda92 from South Africa GMAT 730;
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Skype Interviewed on: Nov 18 2020 Final Decision: Matriculating

"I applied early round and am heading there next fall so I'll share my experience a bit: Upper 30s female in marketing. Fair EA (thankfully stronger quant score) I bought the GMAC bundle and took online. Applied right before deadline, invitation to interview following day. Interviewed with an alum for about 45 minutes. I think they have much more flexibility with interviews and just have to hit on certain questions. We obviously talked about Why MBA/Why Now/Why Booth, some leadership talk, a little on my background, etc. Good luck!"

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Debrief posted on  Jun 28 2020 [#permalink] Booth, Booth Weekend MBA
Skype Interviewed on: Jun 17 2020 Final Decision: Admitted

"Interviewed with a Booth alum over the phone. They tried to match me with someone who works in a similar industry. We spoke for about 50 minutes and I felt like it went well overall! See below for questions: 1. Walk me through your resume 2. Why MBA now, why Booth, why Weekend MBA? 3. Tell me about your short-term and long-term career goals. 3. What is a strength you're hoping to expand upon at Booth? A weakness you're hoping to improve? 4. Tell me about a time you didn't see eye to eye with a colleague; how did you resolve it? 5. Tell me about a time you had a miscommunication with someone; how did you resolve it? (This was tricky because it was a similar question to the last one) 6. Describe your leadership style. 7. What does leadership mean to you?"

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Debrief posted on  Jun 09 2020 [#permalink] Booth, Full Time MBA
Skype Interviewed on: May 01 2020 Final Decision: Admitted

"Interviewed with a 2nd year student over Skype. They had previous access to my resume. 1. Tell me about yourself. 2. Why do you want an MBA, and why do you want it now? 3. What field do you plan to transition to after graduation? 4. Tell me about a time you had a challenge at work and succeeded despite it. 5. Tell me about a time you had a challenge at work and failed (and what you learned). 6. Why do you want to attend Booth specifically? 7. Tell me about your leadership style. Overall, a pretty casual interview."

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Debrief posted on  Mar 12 2020 [#permalink] Booth, Full Time MBA
Off Campus with Alumni Interviewed on: Feb 09 2020 Final Decision: Denied with Interview

""I had the interview with a local alumnus in Istanbul. As she was also working at a pharma company, she could resonate with the examples I gave. I wouldn't say that it was very laid back as she asked much more questions than I expected and probed me to elaborate on my past experience by giving specific examples, how I approached them and what I learned from them. -Walk me through your resume. -What did you learn from your volunteering experience? -(Regarding my internship at Strategic Planning at Coca Cola) What were the insights you gathered through a specific project? -How did pursuing a career in marketing help you with your people skills? Give me an example where you convinced someone in a challenging situation. -How did you handle a challenging situation at work? (After I mentioned I worked without any line managers for more than 6 months) -Give me an example where you worked in a team with different point of views. -What are your strenghts & development areas according to your managers? -Elaborate on your development area. -Post MBA goals & target companies -Why Booth? -My view on Chicago Approach and how it will be different from education at college. -Which courses you want to take? -Which clubs you want to join? -How will you contribute to Booth? -What do you think will be the most challenging part of your time at Booth? It lasted 45 minutes. It was more challenging than my interviews with Kellogg, Ross and UCLA because she asked many follow up questions in a fast pace manner. Still, it was a positive experience."

dcifter from Turkey GMAT 720; WE: 44 months; Consumer Products
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Debrief posted on  Nov 17 2019 [#permalink] Booth, Full Time MBA
On Campus Interviewed on: Nov 15 2019 Final Decision: Denied with Interview

"Interviewed with a second year on campus for Round 1. We started off with quick introductions and then we jumped into the following questions (no specific order, just what I remember). 1. Walk me through your resume/background. 2. What professional improvement do you want to get out of an MBA? 3. Why MBA? 4. Why Booth? 5. Follow up questions challenging my intended post-MBA career path. 6. Tell me about a challenging situation at work and what you did to resolve it. 7. Tell me about when you have had a disagreement with someone at work and what the outcome was. 8. Follow up questions on the stories I told. 9. Hobbies/interests outside of work? 10. Anything I didn't ask about but you feel is important? 11. Any questions for me? Overall the interview went well in my eyes. It was very conversational and the questions flowed from one to another. If you have the chance I would highly recommend visiting and taking a class to better understand how data driven Booth is. I was lucky enough to go to a class that is directly applicable to my current job and I was surprised at how little I used data in comparison to some of the approaches given in class. Fingers crossed for any news!"

mdbates93 from United States GMAT 740; WE: 65 months; Manufacturing
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Debrief posted on  Nov 18 2019 [#permalink] Booth, Full Time MBA
Off Campus with Alumni Interviewed on: Nov 09 2019 Final Decision: Denied with Interview

"The interview was conversational and casual. The interviewer was really nice and showed genuine interest in learning about me. Overall positive experience as a candidate. Questions he asked (wasn't in order) Why I took the jobs I have Why MBA Why Booth Do I visit my friends who went to Booth? What classes I visited during my campus visit? He asked if I knew anything about the clubs at Booth Gender dynamic where I work Any questions for me? I asked him about the network at SEA, and he said that the network is small, but the connect is super deep. He was in one of the chat social group who is active every day. Something I really look for Overall, the interview lasted for 50 minutes. I'm sure it wasn't bad, but I can't say I aced it. I'm sure I could do better if I slept well the night before. I ended up speaking kinda fast (he said it's ok since he can keep up)"

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Debrief posted on  Nov 13 2019 [#permalink] Booth, Full Time MBA
Off Campus with Alumni Interviewed on: Nov 05 2019 Final Decision: Denied with Interview

"My interview was with a '07 graduate in his office in Mumbai, India. He started the interview off with a disclaimer that the interview is just another component and that it doesn't hold that much weight and is more like a sanity check. In fact, he said that it shouldn't be called an interview because it makes candidates nervous and it should be treated more like a conversation. Though this put me at ease, I had a peculiar interview experience. The interview focused a lot on the "why" of everything and also looked like he was in a hurry to finish the interview. Here are the questions I was asked: 1)Resume walkthrough: He dug very very very deep into my family background, childhood influences, motivations to choose a social impact path. He also focused a lot on decisions behind key points in my career 2)Short term and long term objectives: He asked clarifying questions wherever I rambled and was unclear in my communication. 3)Why MBA: Since he was from a finance background and lacked social impact knowledge, it was tough to convince him about why I really need an MBA (should've prepared better!) 4) Top 3 schools and Why Booth: Here is where I fumbled because of the way he asked the question. Instead of "which other schools did you apply to?", he asked, "what are you top 3 schools?". That threw me off a little, and I said Yale, Booth, and Fuqua (shouldn't have put Yale first and put two lower-ranked schools alongside Booth!). He was not very sure if Booth fared as well in social impact as Yale and Fuqua. At this point, I pivoted to Why Booth and talked about how Booth's data-driven approach and flexible curriculum and its experiential learning opportunities makes it unique and why I fit in with the program. He was mildly surprised at the level of research I did. 5)Anything else I would want him to know: I just reviewed the highlights of my career and said that I couldn't think of anything else to talk about. 6)Any questions for him: I asked about the one most important learning he had at Booth that he uses to date and what motivates him to volunteer for interviewing candidates. Surprisingly enough he did not ask any leadership questions at all. The interview ended there and we chatted about our hobbies (reading, restaurant hopping, gaming)as he waited for me to finish my tea. I think the overall experience was neutral to mildly positive. I think I would have performed better if I had a good night's sleep and just relaxed. Conversational interviews can be difficult not to ramble in if you don't structure your thoughts thoroughly well before the interview, so I learned that I should structure my answers really well to be more confident about myself. Hope this information helps. Good luck to everyone interviewing!"

sls92 from India GMAT 740; WE: 53 months; Computer Software
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Debrief posted on  Dec 20 2019 [#permalink] Booth, Full Time MBA
Skype Interviewed on: Nov 01 2019 Final Decision: Matriculating

"Interviewed by a 2nd year. While I would not say the interview was conversational (that is more dependent on your interviewers style IMO then how good you are) we got to cover why I wanted to go and why I would be a good fit at Booth. I think the school tries to match students with interviewers based on work experience. My interviewer worked our our competitor Pre-MBA and was very aware of what my role entailed. I also would say that you don't have to worry about being 'perfect' to get in but you should try and connect with the interviewer. - Tell me about yourself. - After tell me about yourself, he asked a few followups to clarify things I said and make sure he was writing my story down right in the evaluation. - What accomplishment are you most proud of? - Use 3 words to describe yourself. - Why Booth, of course. - Why did you change jobs in the middle of application season (obviously I changed jobs), will you still come to Booth if we admit you? - What is something that isn't on your resume? - If you could tell adcomms one thing, what would it be? - What clubs do you want to join at Booth? - Do you have any questions for me? (left a little more than 5 mins for this) - Give me an example where things were difficult but you did the right thing."

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Debrief posted on  Nov 12 2019 [#permalink] Booth, Full Time MBA
Off Campus with Alumni Interviewed on: Oct 29 2019 Final Decision: Denied with Interview

"Hey everyone, here's how my interview for Booth's Full Time MBA went. First of all, I interviewed locally in Mexico with an alumn who graduated only two years ago so there was not much of a gap in age and I believe locals are excited to see more people from their city/country aspire such programs and moreso at their school. The interview was as conversational as it was structured, but he did inquire into my answers. Interview time around 50 mins, this is how it went down: 1) Resume walkthrough; he asked specifics on why I took certain jobs and my impact in different roles. 2) Short and long term objectives. 3) Why MBA and why now? (I felt the why now kind of redundant after my short term goals) 4) Why Booth? 5) Behavioral Qs ("tell me about a time..." or "what would you do...", including topics like leadership, multicultural teams, when things didn't go as expected) 6) Any questions for him? Anyways this is what I recall the most, I felt it went well and actually enjoyed the interview. I wish everyone interviewing best of luck, be calm enough to structure what you want to convey on each question and more importantly be yourself."

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Debrief posted on  Oct 18 2019 [#permalink] Booth, Booth Evening MBA
On Campus Interviewed on: Oct 11 2019 Final Decision: Matriculating

"Experience: Don't get hyper reading the debrief below. The overall interview was very conversational and I didn't even realize when 50 mins past by. Just make sure to know your story well (resume specifically) and you should sail through easily. Booth Interview by a current Student ⁃ Tell me something which is not there on the resume ⁃ Walk me through your professional experience ⁃ Why do you want to do an MBA now and why not two-three years down the line ⁃ ST and LT goal ⁃ Questions on leading a team -> how do you manage leading a big team of {#} people -> how do you make the offshore employees keep motivated considering the cultural and time difference ⁃ Ever had a difference of opinion with the team members and how did you handle it ? ⁃ Favorite means of communication at work ⁃ How will you contribute to the class ⁃ One of the volunteering efforts I had mentioned in my resume was something atypical. She had put a star mark on it and asked me to detail that. This opened up as a good story conversation ⁃ How do I plan to commute to Chicago and if my family is okay with doing this (getting away every weekend) ⁃ Weaknesses that I want to cover while at Booth ⁃ Open questions for her (I had only prepared one question and other one I made up while waiting for the interview) Takeaway - should have prepared a little more questions for her ⁃ In the last I asked about a famous Professor Raghu Rajan and that I’m looking forward for his class as he had been the Governor Of Reserve Bank of India. The interviewer liked this info and added this to her sheet that I wanted to attend this particular class. I think it was a good stint and kind of covered my lack of questions for her. The interviewer was making notes for every answer I was giving. I couldn’t read the gibberish but I guess it was the key points like my ST goals, volunteering efforts, Professors I’m interested in etc."

ambera33 from United States GMAT 680; WE: 117 months; Computer Software
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Debrief posted on  Mar 01 2019 [#permalink] Booth, Full Time MBA
On Campus Interviewed on: Feb 18 2019 Final Decision: Admitted

"Booth is in Hyde Park, which, for those (like me) who are not familiar with Chicago, is not very close to much else in Chicago. The first thing I would note is to give yourself plenty of time to get there! I was staying in Hyde Park, so I was close, but the weather was pretty bad the weekend I went (my flight to Chicago was delayed by 2.5 hours!) so this is something to just keep in mind for logistics. Booth gives you the option to do a whole day of programming, but if you visited campus previously, it will be the same programming (tour, going to class, info session). I did an official visit when I visited Booth a few months ago, so I opted to only go to campus for my interview. You will likely hang around a little bit in the admissions room, where you'll get to know some current students and other interviewees. I really enjoyed this part, actually! It helps put you in a relaxed state of mind. My interview was with a current second-year student. She had a list of questions she was asking and they were all pretty typical questions. - Why MBA? Why now? - What are your post MBA plans? - How did you become interested in XYZ? - Tell me about a professional success - Tell me about a professional failure - What do you like to do outside of work? - Why Booth? My interview was 45 minutes long and there were a few minutes at the end to ask questions. Overall, not a stressful experience - this interview is really about getting to know you and about fit - no tricky questions here!"

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Debrief posted on  Feb 15 2019 [#permalink] Booth, Full Time MBA
Off Campus with Alumni Interviewed on: Feb 14 2019 Final Decision: Waitlisted with Interview

"As others have stated, generally a very casual interview. My interviewer was fairly happy to speak so it really was conversational and we'd typically have few minutes of related conversation after each question and we barely got through any of the more standard interview questions. Main ones I remember being asked below. The others were just follow-ons from these. - Walk me through your resume - Why MBA - Why now - How do you handle unfamiliar situations / tell me about a time you dealt with an unfamiliar situation (the context being that I'm looking to career switch) - Questions for the interviewer Notably he did not ask why Booth (this was slightly annoying as it made me wish I'd weaved some of this into my earlier responses) / how do you think you'll contribute to Booth etc. And there was only the one behavioral type question. But yea overall fairly chill interview. He was really happy to chat. It lasted an hour and I feel like if I kept asking questions he would have been happy to continue."

rNadOm from United Kingdom GMAT 740; WE: 60 months; Law
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Debrief posted on  Feb 10 2019 [#permalink] Booth, Full Time MBA
Off Campus with Alumni Interviewed on: Feb 08 2019 Final Decision: Admitted

"Very casual and fun interview with an alum! My interviewer told me to wear whatever I was comfortable in so I dressed business casual, they were dressed more informally. Questions along the lines of: - Tell me your story - Why pursue an MBA now? - ST/LT goals -- really dug in here - Why Booth? - How do you think you'd fit into Booth's culture? - What would you contribute to Booth? - Tell me about a time you demonstrated leadership - Tell me about a time you dealt with a high-stress situation - Questions for interviewer Overall, I really enjoyed the interview! It definitely felt like they were gauging fit and motivations. Excited for the final decision!"

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Debrief posted on  Feb 05 2019 [#permalink] Booth, Booth Evening MBA
On Campus Interviewed on: Jan 27 2019 Final Decision: Matriculating

"My interview was during the polar vortex (-20F) on campus in Chicago, so that created an interesting dynamic and conversation starter! I was interviewed by a 2nd year female student. The entire interview was about 30 minutes. It was incredibly casual, and as soon as we started she emphasized that she would prefer to keep it as casual as possible so the questions were a bit more natural and flowed well with our dialogue. They weren't direct questions since they were leading off from my answers, so I'll try my best to summarize the questions she was asking. Tell me about yourself (I used this to not talk about my resume and more about myself personally). Walk me through your resume (Next four questions were lumped into one answer for me since it was more conversational but I could tell this was what she was interested in). Why MBA now? Why Booth? Short-term/Long-term goals with MBA. What role do you play in a group setting/group project? How would your friends describe you in one word? What do you like to do in your free time? Any questions for her? During our banter, I asked several questions naturally between these "questions" and provided information in that direction as well. Such as, what classes I would like to take. I asked her what her favorite classes were while we were on the "Why Booth?" part. She was part of clubs that I was interested in so we chatted about that heavily. I asked how much interaction she had with FT and weekend/weekday students, etc. I definitely recommend emphasizing why you want Booth specifically and knowing what makes them stand apart from the others, and coming prepared with questions that show a specific genuine interest deeper than just information you can find online about the program. Find a club or professor/class that interests you! Also knowing what you can contribute and provide to their program as well. I specifically spoke with several Booth alumni to find the answers to these questions, and to create a better picture of what student life would truly be like if I were to attend. Overall, I was genuinely interested since this was my number one choice and she was very easy to speak to, so the conversation flowed very well and it was highly enjoyable. My favorite interview from the schools I interviewed at! Good luck, everyone!"

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Debrief posted on  Dec 05 2018 [#permalink] Booth
Off Campus with current Student Interviewed on: Nov 18 2018 Final Decision: Waitlisted with Interview

"interviewed with 2nd year on Monday, went really well I'd say. Nothing surprising. Resume walk through Post-MBA Goals Why MBA, why now. Why Booth? What is special about Booth's culture? Tell me about a failure. Tell me about a time you influenced someone. 3 strengths, 1 weakness 3 things a friend would say about you."

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Debrief posted on  Nov 11 2018 [#permalink] Booth
On Campus Interviewed on: Nov 10 2018 Final Decision: Interviewed

"We started from personal questions (what are you doing outside of work) and went to why mba, why now, why booth, weakness, strength, whom you admire and why, and behavioral ( could not sell your idea or convince someone). Was no question WMTYR, so I tried to insert my story into one of the answers. he was super nice and I felt we connected well on a personal level, we talked in details about every question - he asked a lot of follow-ups. I asked him about his experience of experiential learning and how he stays connected after graduation (he is alum). In the end I added how I will contribute to Booth."

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Debrief posted on  Nov 08 2018 [#permalink] Booth
On Campus Interviewed on: Nov 06 2018 Final Decision: Admitted

"I had my interview on-campus with a second year student. He arrived promptly and we interviewed in a small room in the admissions office. After a brief introduction he asked me to introduce myself, then we spent ~30 minutes on various questions, followed by five minutes of questions for him. The questions were fairly standard, and included: What other activity (other than what I covered in my intro) would you want to highlight? What are your long term career goals? Why Booth? Why an MBA? Why now? Tell me about a time when you failed to meet a personal or professional goal What classes are you particularly looking forward to? What specifically do you hope to gain in terms of leadership? What do you hope to gain from the Booth MBA? Describe your ideal MBA environment? Anything else you wished we’d covered? Overall, he was very friendly and put me at ease. It was a very conversational interview and he even chimed in from time to time to affirm / comment on my responses. Was very focused on Booth and what I hope to gain and less on my career goals."

tigers15 from United States GMAT 770; WE: 49 months; Consulting
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Debrief posted on  Nov 12 2018 [#permalink] Booth
Off Campus with Alumni Interviewed on: Nov 03 2018 Final Decision: Waitlisted with Interview

"Off-campus interview with an Alumni. Met in a small-cafe in the morning. Started out fairly conversational, first he told me a little bit about his experience, how he got into Booth etc. Afterwards we started with resume: Tell me about yourself? Resume walk through Why MBA? Why Booth? What is your goals? What is your biggest achievement? What is your biggest non-work achievement? What do you like to do outside work? Hobbies? Went into specifics about each job, asked detailed questions about the bullet points I had listed on the resume. Questions about the time I failed, or things did not go as planned. Spend the last 10 minutes with my questions. He was very friendly, submitted the report the same day."

Mzhavik from Georgia GMAT 710; WE: 45 months; Consulting
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Debrief posted on  Feb 01 2018 [#permalink] Booth
On Campus Interviewed on: Jun 17 2017 Final Decision: Interviewed

"Part Time MBA Interview. I met with a current student at the Gleacher Center. Make sure you bring a copy of your resume. All interviews for the evening/weekend program are conducted blind so you don't know who you are interviewing with and they don't know anything about you besides the 3 minutes scanning your resume. On the interview day, I showed up roughly 15 minutes early for my interview. One of the assistance directors of admissions welcomed me when I walked in and briefly went over what to expect for the interview. About 5 minutes before my scheduled interview, my interviewer came in. They were provided a copy of my resume. 5 minutes later, the assistant director that welcomed me walked me back to the room where I would interview. Questions were mostly behavioral. What are your plans? Why an MBA? Why a Booth MBA? At Booth, you sometimes work in groups -- tell me a time when you worked with a difficult person and how did you deal with it? Tell me about a time you miscommunicated something, how it impacted work and how you fixed it to ensure it wouldn't happen again. That was around 30 minutes. After the interviewer spent 10 minutes answering some of the questions I had. After, the assistant director of admissions that welcomed me asked me how I thought it went, told me I would hear back in 2-3 weeks and to let me know if I needed a decision earlier as he walked me out. Overall, it was a pleasant experience that felt more conversational than a traditional "work" interview."

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Debrief posted on  Dec 04 2018 [#permalink] Booth
On Campus Interviewed on: Nov 14 2016 Final Decision: Denied with Interview

"Interviewed on campus today. My interviewer was an extremely nice second year student. She made me feel very comfortable and it was overall an enjoyable experience. She introduced herself and then went through the following questions with a little bit of chit-chat in between questions: 1) Tell me about yourself 2) Why MBA? 3) Why Booth? 4) Short and long term goals 5) Define your leadership style 6) Tell me about a time when you failed 7) How did you transition from that failure to your next endeavour 8) Tell me about a time you worked for or with someone that you didn't like That is pretty much all I remember."

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Debrief posted on  Dec 04 2018 [#permalink] Booth
Off Campus with Alumni Interviewed on: Nov 09 2016 Final Decision: Admitted

"I interviewed with an alum last week... He ended up having some things come up at work, so when I met him his mind was still focused on work. As a result, he wasn't prepared with all of the standard questions (the suggested questions list someone mentioned before that Booth provides the interviewers) and only asked me a couple of those "tell me about a time when.." questions. Instead, it was very conversational and we talked about my experience and why an MBA/Booth. He flat out told me that the main purpose of the interview was to assess fit and if an MBA made sense based on my career goals. Overall, it was a very casual experience and I think it went very well. Fingers crossed for December 8th!"

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Debrief posted on  Dec 04 2018 [#permalink] Booth
Skype Interviewed on: Nov 09 2016 Final Decision: Waitlisted with Interview

"The interview itself was very conversational, competency questions and understanding my strengths. Really just wanted to know how I would fit into Booth, - why MBA, - why now, - why Booth, - why USA. After every question we conversed about it casually. Hope this helps!"

KronicXD from United Kingdom GMAT 710;
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