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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!"

bee2021 from United States WE: 64 months;
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Debrief posted on  Feb 05 2019 [#permalink] Booth, Booth Evening/Weekend 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."

bgbeidas from Lebanon GMAT 760;
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Debrief posted on  Dec 04 2018 [#permalink] Booth
Skype Interviewed on: Nov 09 2016 Final Decision: Interviewed

"My interviewer admitted she had only interviewed 1 other candidate in the last 20 years. A lot of her questions, id say about 80% were behavioral. She was going through a list provided by Booth, which contained about 50-60 questions, and was picking the ones she seemed to like. Despite that, I felt like the interview went quite well and she was really attentive and interested in what I was saying. Can't really remember specific questions, many were about challenges, failures, leadership, teamwork, strengths & weaknesses."

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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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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 05 2018 [#permalink] Booth
Off Campus with Alumni Interviewed on: Mar 08 2016 Final Decision: Matriculating

"I interviewed with an Alumni off campus. We met up at his office at noon. Overall, the interview experience was a very good one. He was very friendly and well prepared with questions. The interview included the typical MBA interview questions (Why an MBA, Why Booth, Career Plans, etc.) plus some specific "fit" questions (Hardest decision, biggest failure, etc.) However, I felt like the whole interview was aimed to test fit with the program and what the candidate can bring to the table. Make sure you have some very specific questions that show your interest in the school and the research that you have done. Overall, if you are very interested in Booth, know how to convey your past experiences, and are a reasonably personable guy/girl you should be just fine. Nothing in this interview is meant to be technical, it is a matter of fit mostly."

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Debrief posted on  Dec 05 2018 [#permalink] Booth
On Campus Interviewed on: Feb 09 2016 Final Decision: Matriculating

"Just had my interview yesterday on campus. It was amazing, and the questions were somewhat similar to what was mentioned above. I attended Booth Live and that was an incredible event. Based off the mock Entreprenuerial Selling class, I can tell that I would enjoy my academic experience at Booth, if I am admitted. This was my first time visiting Chicago and I must say that downtown Chicago is amazing. I went to the soundbar and had a great time turning up to Fetty Wap. I can't wait to see what happens within the next couple of weeks. Good luck everyone!"

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Debrief posted on  Jan 30 2018 [#permalink] Booth
On Campus Interviewed on: Feb 08 2016 Final Decision: Admitted

"I recently interviewed on campus with a second-year student and the questions were very similar to what have been posted before - so thanks to those that shared with us your interview experiences! Below were some of the questions I got - - walk me through your resume - leadership example - a time you worked with someone with different working styles than yours - a time you failed - a time you worked under uncertainty and ambiguity - a time when you had to say no - what I can bring to the Booth MBA - anything else I would like to add My interviewer was extremely nice and I so appreciated that they responded to my answers so it was a very interactive and conversational experience. Good luck to all!"

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Debrief posted on  Jan 30 2018 [#permalink] Booth
Off Campus with Alumni Interviewed on: Feb 08 2016 Final Decision: Waitlisted with Interview

"I had my interview couple of days ago off-campus. My interviewer was super nice, friendly, positive and I would say even supportive. The main questions asked were: 1. Why MBA? 2. Why Booth? 3. How did you decide to apply for MBA? 4. What drives you? 5. Short-term goal? Which companies? 6. To which schools did you apply besides Booth? Why have you chosen these particular schools? 7. What do you expect from MBA? After every question there were several additional questions, digging into details. We ended up talking for 2 hours: the official part of the interview lasted about 80 minutes and after that we talked for 40 minutes about life in Chicago and post MBA opportunities. Overall I would say it was a very pleasant, nice and friendly talk."

zhumalieva from Kyrgyzstan GMAT 730; Other
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Debrief posted on  Jan 31 2018 [#permalink] Booth
Off Campus with Alumni Interviewed on: Feb 08 2016 Final Decision: Interviewed

"I had a really good experience from the Booth interview. I was nervous going in but got comfortable as the interview started because the alumni I was talking to was very friendly. I was skeptical about the difference in my background and that of the interviewer ( I come from engineering background and my interviewer was from investment management background). The best advice I had recieved from my friends (from investment/finance industry) was to be well prepared to face questions about my industry. The reason - the investment professionals generally have to understand investment opportunities in various industries in their jobs so they might ask me lots about mine. And how right they were --- a good 10-15 mins of my interview was about what my industry was going through and why. And I was prepared well for this bit. And then there were standard questions which I had prepared well (already mentioned in this forum). But I was honest and the preparation that I did enabled me to come up with spontaneous answers as well. The biggest focus of the interview was understanding how well I will fit in the Booth culture and I tried my best to argue for my fit. Although I think I could have done better. I shared a story about Booth's origins which I really liked, to argue my case. (Interviewer's face lit up as I did so, because I think he had heard it before) All in all, the interview ended with a detailed discussion on the questions I had asked my interviewer and we discussed my hobbies too in the end with jokes about sports rivalries. I am clear that interview is just another inputs probably inline with the recommendations as they provide a third person perspective. But last few days for me have been spent analysing what things could get me dinged at this stage. My interview was quite long timewise with nearly 13 different questions (Standard Qs + others). Fingers crossed ! Hope my experience helps everyone here!"

Delyoshi from India GMAT 760;
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Debrief posted on  Jan 30 2018 [#permalink] Booth
Off Campus with Alumni Interviewed on: Nov 17 2015 Final Decision: Matriculating

"I had my interview off-campus at a coffee shop. My interviewer (alumnus) was very nice and asked lots of questions. Our conversation seemed to generally revolve around understanding my fit at Chicago Booth. Some of the questions asked: Tell me about yourself. Why MBA? Why now? Why Chicago Booth? What concentrations/classes are you interested in taking? What professors are you interested in? What are your thoughts on leadership and management? How do you differentiate the two? Many follow-up questions and tangents within those questions as the interviewer seem truly interested in the conversation. After the interview, I am even more interested in Chicago Booth. Hopefully all goes well! Good luck to everyone else with interviews!"

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Debrief posted on  Dec 05 2018 [#permalink] Booth
On Campus Interviewed on: Nov 18 2014 Final Decision: Denied with Interview

"Had my interview today on campus. Overall it was very conversational and pleasant. 1. Tell me about yourself 1a. This essentially was my resume walk-through. My interviewer had a lot of followup questions that came out of this one, especially around a small business I started and a genre of fiction I listed in my personal interests 2. Why MBA 3. Why Now 4. Why Booth 4a. Every person I talked to said this was the most important question. My friend who is a 1st year, as well as four people I met during my class visit all told me to sell this point, and two actually asked me to walk them through my planned answer and gave me some feedback which was really helpful. My interviewer asked me this then followed up with a tangent question so I ended up asking if we could get back to this point b/c I felt like I hand't gotten enough of an opportunity to talk about what excited me at Booth. 5. What has your performance feedback told you to improve on in your job? 6. ST and LT career goals 7. My questions Hope that anyone who has yet to interview finds this helpful."

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Debrief posted on  Dec 05 2018 [#permalink] Booth
Skype Interviewed on: Nov 11 2014 Final Decision: Denied with Interview

"Interviewed on Saturday. Everyone was very nice and chatty. All the applicants were even very supportive of one another; overall great experience. I got really nervous in my interview and I'm hoping I didn't blow it - one of those cases where you're worried you rambled, or said something silly, or something, but can't pinpoint any specific thing. So I guess that might just be nerves. Questions I had: Tell me your story. Why an MBA? Tell me a time about when you worked through something difficult on a team. Tell me about a team you worked on that had conflict or was difficult to work with. Tell me about a team you worked on that was a great team to work with. Tell me about a time when you showed leadership. How will you contribute? Any questions for me? Also, an important thing to note, they didn't even ask the "Why Booth" question. I spoke with someone who interviewed right before me who said they didn't ask him that, so he made sure to fit it into the "Why MBA" question. Maybe it's because we addressed that question already, but I would recommend fitting it in so that you're not left trying to sell yourself over it at the end."

Devon from United States GMAT 750;
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Debrief posted on  Dec 04 2018 [#permalink] Booth
Off Campus with Alumni Interviewed on: Nov 10 2014 Final Decision: Matriculating

"I just had my off-campus interview, very kind alumna Why MBA? Why now? Why Booth? What characteristics a leader should have and if I think I have some of these A time when I had to motivate someone, how did that person react and how did I react after that A question about one of my ECs that she found interesting How did I prioritize when I have to do or choose among many things (then we talked about the many things we can choose at Booth) How I see myself in 5 years What I do in my free time Questions for her I think it was ok (not bad, not amazing)..... now just wait 38 days :("

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Debrief posted on  Dec 05 2018 [#permalink] Booth
Off Campus with Alumni Interviewed on: Nov 10 2014 Final Decision: Waitlisted with Interview

"Had my interview last Thursday with an alumna here in Sao Paulo. The interview last ~ 45 minutes and the questions were pretty standard: Walk me through your resumé Why MBA Why Booth How will I contribute to the community/learning teams ST goals and my plan B Strengths and weaknesses Tell me about your hobbies Any questions? Cheers"

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Debrief posted on  Dec 05 2018 [#permalink] Booth
Skype Interviewed on: Nov 10 2014 Final Decision: Invited to Interview

"Had my interview last Friday, my interviewer was really friendly. Questions Tell me about your personal interests Tell me about what you do at work How do you persuade people at work How do yo negotiate with other senior guys in these deals? What are some of your techniques? Tell me about a time when you worked in a team when people didn't get along? Why Booth? Any questions for me Hope it helps,"

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Debrief posted on  Dec 05 2018 [#permalink] Booth
Skype Interviewed on: Nov 03 2014 Final Decision: Admitted

"I had my interview last Friday (Oct 31st). It was off campus. Questions he asked me were: - Resume specific (like why did I pick my undergrad school, my career path, what my work function is, etc) a huge chunk of time was spent here. - What do I find challenging about my job? OK this kind of stumped me for a while since he said he wasn't 'convinced' that the answer I gave was challenging enough. We also spent a bit of time discussing this - What are my STGs and LTGs? - Why MBA? Why now? - Why Booth? - What classes do I plan to take? - What is my greatest professional failure? - Any questions for him? The interview took an hour more or less. But I honestly found it tough because I had a hard time connecting with him. I talked a lot about social impact, because that's really my story, but he didn't seem to be interested in that. He also kept grilling me on all my answers (he kept pushing back on my answers and asking 'why' more times than I can count). So different from the interview I had with Kellogg. I handled it the best way I could though. I only hope he had a good impression of me. :| Oh! And the interview was supposed to be at 5, but he pushed it back to 5:45, but then he couldn't get out of a meeting so he had me go back to his office at 9 pm (!)"

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