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Booth believes in a discipline-based approach, saying that managing a business requires understanding all of it's disciplines, such as marketing, economics, statistics, etc. Doesn't that go against the flexibility? I would expect this from a school with a core curriculum. There are some requirements at the beginning but I still don't understand how these two concepts fit together. Any ideas?


The concept of a discipline-based approach to the MBA means, I believe, that Booth focuses on the disciplines underlying business, (i.e. economics, accounting, marketing) rather than specific industries within the business realm (i.e. real estate, luxury goods, transportation, etc). For example, you will not find a "real estate major" at Booth, because the school believes that you can look at the skills needed for a post-MBA position in that industry and figure out which disciplines you need to draw upon, and therefore which courses in finance, marketing, etc. to take. The flexible curriculum allows you to do so freely, although Booth does have distribution requirements to ensure that each student is getting a well-rounded education.

Disclaimer: I am not a current student or in any way affiliated with the school- these are just my observations.
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I contacted an alum in another city for interview. The alum replied me saying he could do phone interview or if I prefer to meet in person, he's also fine. He also said unless I have other business in the city, a phone interview will be sufficient.

I wonder if you guys have ever heard of phone interview for Booth? Will it be treated differently from face-to-face interview when reviewed by adcom? Do you guys recommend a phone interview or face-to-face one? Thanks.

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I contacted an alum in another city for interview. The alum replied me saying he could do phone interview or if I prefer to meet in person, he's also fine. He also said unless I have other business in the city, a phone interview will be sufficient.

I wonder if you guys have ever heard of phone interview for Booth? Will it be treated differently from face-to-face interview when reviewed by adcom? Do you guys recommend a phone interview or face-to-face one? Thanks.


I would do a face-to-face if it's not a huge hassle for you. Otherwise, call the admissions office and do a phone interview with them, I think it would be easier. Alum interview are often unpredictable and a phone interview with them will be even more so. I am no expert, but this would be my advice.

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Always do face-to-face. Phone interviews are harder and make it much tougher to relate to the person on the other end.

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Thanks BruceLee and MBAgirl2010. I also prefer face-to-face interview. But the alum could only meet face-to-face on Nov 27/28. Will finishing the interview in such a late date create a negative impression to the adcom?


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Always do face-to-face. Phone interviews are harder and make it much tougher to relate to the person on the other end.

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I contacted an alum in another city for interview. The alum replied me saying he could do phone interview or if I prefer to meet in person, he's also fine. He also said unless I have other business in the city, a phone interview will be sufficient.

I wonder if you guys have ever heard of phone interview for Booth? Will it be treated differently from face-to-face interview when reviewed by adcom? Do you guys recommend a phone interview or face-to-face one? Thanks.


I would do a face-to-face if it's not a huge hassle for you. Otherwise, call the admissions office and do a phone interview with them, I think it would be easier. Alum interview are often unpredictable and a phone interview with them will be even more so. I am no expert, but this would be my advice.

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Thanks BruceLee and MBAgirl2010. I also prefer face-to-face interview. But the alum could only meet face-to-face on Nov 27/28. Will finishing the interview in such a late date create a negative impression to the adcom?


No, definitely not. You are overthinking this.

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I contacted an alum in another city for interview. The alum replied me saying he could do phone interview or if I prefer to meet in person, he's also fine. He also said unless I have other business in the city, a phone interview will be sufficient.

I wonder if you guys have ever heard of phone interview for Booth? Will it be treated differently from face-to-face interview when reviewed by adcom? Do you guys recommend a phone interview or face-to-face one? Thanks.


This is a lazy alum and they shouldn't have volunteered. I'd call the school and ask them for a new interviewer if they arent willing to do in person. Frankly, part of the interview includes how you handle and present yourself.

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Imagine most of you have seen but if there are any last minute people interested:

interview-crash-course-webinar-tues-nov-16-8pm-est-104569.html

I'll be covering general interview stuff as well as a specific Booth material.

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Booth believes in a discipline-based approach, saying that managing a business requires understanding all of it's disciplines, such as marketing, economics, statistics, etc. Doesn't that go against the flexibility? I would expect this from a school with a core curriculum. There are some requirements at the beginning but I still don't understand how these two concepts fit together. Any ideas?

This is a common misconception about the flexible curriculum. You can take the classes in any order than you wish and to a degree you can self select what level class you take (i.e., if you did a lot of accounting in undergrad, you can take financial statement analysis rather than the basic financial accounting class). However, you must take classes in all the core disciplines (technically I think it is 10 of the 11) to graduate from Booth.

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Hey all,

I just finished my off-campus alumni interview this evening. My interviewer was very pleasant and the interview, quite conversational. The interview lasted an hour and was at a Starbucks. I've paraphrased some of the questions as I don't remember them verbatim.

1. Tell me about yourself.
2. So why're you seeking an MBA now?
3. Why Booth?
4. Talk about your leadership experience. What/who has influenced your leadership style?
5. Give an example of a leadership-based conflict.
6. What role do you take on in a team? How have you handled a team-based conflict? (Follow-up questions specific to my story)
7. Booth has classes that present different settings: group-based, individual, project-based. Which ones do you have a preference for? Why?
8. Which extracurricular activities are you looking to engage in at Booth?
9. Why would you choose Booth over other schools you might be considering?
10. Any questions (for the interviewer)?

Good luck, everyone!

Also posted here (#69): http://clearadmit.com/wiki/index.php?ti ... oInterview

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all...need an opinion...

I took a continuing education course at Booth 3 years ago..Microeconomics...and scored a B+. The class was with the part-time/full-time students, through a graduate student at large program at the Uni of Chicago...

I am working on my R2 application, and I am wondering if I should include this grade or not... a B+ might not look too good...?

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Just had my interview on Sat. The interview, as so many have already said, was informal and conversational. It lasted exactly 30 min. The questions were standard.

Walk me through your resume (I think everyone gets that @ Booth)
Why MBA
Why now
Why Booth
What clubs do you plan to join
What classes do you want to take
Strengths/weaknesses

Good luck, everyone!

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anyone i/ving at Booth on 20th ?? and do they have booth live and lunch with students on every sat??

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anyone i/ving at Booth on 20th ?? and do they have booth live and lunch with students on every sat??


I'm interviewing on the 20th. I did get an email about having lunch with students around 12:30. Don't know about Booth live though...

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Had my alumni interview. Very pleasant and conversational. Did NOT follow the "resume walkthrough / why MBA / why now / why Booth" format I was expecting. Instead, was heavily behavioral based. 4-5 "Tell me about a time you..." questions. Not sure if my alum went rogue or whatever, but I think it underscores the importance of just knowing your story and being mentally prepared for anything.

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I had my interview last night with an alumn.

It was very difficult. Differently from my interviews at CBS and Tuck, the interviewer was doing everything by the book, with a poker face on all the time and gave me no feedback whatsoever.
Excluding the small talk and the session when he opened for my questions about Booth, it lasted about 30 minutes, which was kind of short for me to cause an impact.
He only asked the usual resume/why mba/why now/why booth and was trying to discover any lacks of coherence in my answers.
I am now expecting a ding... I just really wish that you guys have better luck being assigned to your interviewer.
If I knew it would be this hard I think I would have flown to interview on-campus.

I am open to questions.

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I had my interview last night with an alumn.

It was very difficult. Differently from my interviews at CBS and Tuck, the interviewer was doing everything by the book, with a poker face on all the time and gave me no feedback whatsoever.
Excluding the small talk and the session when he opened for my questions about Booth, it lasted about 30 minutes, which was kind of short for me to cause an impact.
He only asked the usual resume/why mba/why now/why booth and was trying to discover any lacks of coherence in my answers.
I am now expecting a ding... I just really wish that you guys have better luck being assigned to your interviewer.
If I knew it would be this hard I think I would have flown to interview on-campus.

I am open to questions.

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Madmax, I think Rhyme said it perfectly during the webinar that we tend to be our own worst critics. Your interviewer may have left with a positive review.
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