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Interviewed Applicants: Mind sharing your interview debriefs with us here?


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 behavioural. 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. Cant really remember specific questions, many were about challenges, failures, leadership, teamwork, strengths & weaknesses.

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My interviewer did mention that they wouldn't be informed about my outcome in December.

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.

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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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Did any of you get invited to Diversity Day at Booth? I don't know if it would be worth (admissions wise) to make the trek all the way to Chicago (I've been to campus before). I don't know if it's an individualized invitation either...any insight?

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Did any of you get invited to Diversity Day at Booth? I don't know if it would be worth (admissions wise) to make the trek all the way to Chicago (I've been to campus before). I don't know if it's an individualized invitation either...any insight?


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Had my on-campus interview over the weekend. Thought it went pretty well. Definite emphasis on fit, as expected.

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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

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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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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.




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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 (!)


Alumni interviews are more varied than on campus ones that's for sure. But I've seen people say it went horribly and they got accepted and vice versa. So it's hard to read into it much. I'm also not convinced everyone is on the same playing field and that your interview will make or break you. I think they grade every aspect of your application and your interviewer gives you a score (from 1 to 6?). Then they combine that info with your application and pass it along to a new admissions person who's never read your profile and he decides "Admit, Reject, or Waitlist" and that gets pushed to the Direction who can agree or veto that decision.

Mine was supposed to be in 30 minutes but my interview asked to reschedule to tomorrow same time. Hoping for the best!



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Part of the MBA experience shared by students at Chicago Booth is getting involved in different groups that provide opportunities outside of the classroom. In addition to Booth Education Group

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In her first year, Emily Ruff, ’16, joined the Booth Education Group (BoothEd) to meet people who shared her passion for education. “One of my most valuable MBA experiences was when our group led the first Booth-Yale Education Business Plan Competition at the annual Educational Leadership Conference. We secured so many expert judges. It was really great exposure for our group, and the school. It gave us even more recognition in the education and social impact work that we do. From this experience, and the opportunities it brought for networking, I actually ended up with an internship.”









Energy Group

The aim of the Booth Energy Group is to prepare its members for careers in energy and energy-related industries, as well as provide network building opportunities for students with domestic and international companies. Erik Underwood, ’17, came to Booth with an energy background. “I was looking forward to the ability to understand other areas of the business market. And having worked in the energy sector, I was excited about helping other students learn more about it.” Sam Bordenave, ’16, wanted to work in the US energy sector and build his Booth network therein. “I took advantage of the opportunity to join the Clean Energy Trek to the Bay Area. We visited a number of firms that students, alumni, and Career Services have relationships with. That’s actually how I was introduced to my first contact at Tesla, where I interned, and ultimately got a full-time offer.”



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The Booth Technology Group is popular for its annual Tech Treks, which offer students the opportunity to visit companies and meet alumni. “The West Coast Trek was essential for recruiting. By visiting the different tech companies and speaking directly to industry leaders, you gain an understanding of how each company worked and how they were all different. Many students leverage the trip to narrow down the list of companies to pursue,” said Johnny Harris, ’16. “Putting aside the brand name of these companies, the culture is what’s really important. Only when visiting them can you really understand what company is the best fit for you,” said Alon Shiran, ’16. In addition to the treks, students also get hands-on career-related support here on campus. Nelson Yan, ’16, saw that firsthand, “The Booth Technology group gave me the chance to learn from second-years that have been in my shoes before – which was very valuable in recruiting.”

 

Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Group
The Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Group (EVC) seeks to foster career development opportunities via conferences, speakers, and various member resources. “One of the most important things I did as a first-year was become part of the EVC,” said Scott Stern, ’17. “They organize SeedCon, the annual conference dedicated entirely to early stage companies. They run treks to both San Francisco and New York for startups and venture capital.” Fellow EVC member Daniel Heck, ’17, agreed, “The group does a really good job of building a community among aspiring entrepreneurs and venture capitalists."



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Marketing Group

The Booth Marketing Group strives to educate students on both career opportunities and trends in marketing, while ultimately preparing them for recruiting. Jenny Farrall, ’16, recalled how the group’s support played a part in her job search. “Being an active member of the Marketing Group was huge in helping me secure my internship. As a career switcher, group members offered me so much of their personal time for things like one-on-one practice interviews and phone calls to answer my career questions. I got just absolutely amazing support, all the way until I got the job offer.” Faria Jabbar, ’16, felt that same collaborative spirit. “Everybody is supportive and aware of one another’s goals, which makes it really easy for the group to work together.”

Private Equity Group

The Private Equity Group’s aim is to provide students with the opportunity to test classroom ideas, gain practical knowledge about the PE industry, and experience investing firsthand. “The group really helps us understand how to access the private equity world, which can be a more challenging field to enter,” said Enrique Parra, ’17. Gordon Taylor, ’16, added, “Members helped us understand what our private equity recruiting search and cycle might be like. Being a member helps you to really cultivate a sense of community, a network of people interested in the future of PE that you can tap into for the rest of your life. We want anyone interested in the future of PE to be a part of the group!”

ImageRetail and Luxury Group
The Retail and Luxury Group members aspire to work in retail, or specialize in retailing in consulting, investment banking research, and other service industries. Booth faculty provide career planning and recruiting contacts, and offer insight for those seeking entrepreneurial opportunities within the field. Sana Suh, ’16, recalled that one of the first groups she joined was the Retail and Luxury group. “We went on a trek to New York and visited a lot of different companies where Booth alumni work. We got to see how an MBA degree is really valued in the industry as a whole.” Faria Jabbar, ’16, agreed, “There is a strong community of students and alumni that are really passionate about the retail and luxury industries and it’s nice to know that you have those people to bounce ideas off of.”

Management Consulting Group

“The Management Consulting Group (MCG) has been an invaluable resource and I truly have them to thank for landing a full-time job in consulting,” said Jenny Dunn, ’17. The most popular group among students, MCG works to give students a competitive advantage in their career search, and to better understand trends within the consulting industry. Jenny continued, “From the moment you start on campus, MCG is there to help you interact with corporate firms, help you with your resume and mock interviews, and prepare you to put your best foot forward.” Many join to pursue a career in consulting, while others use the group to explore options. Emily Ruff, ’16, said, “I thought that I was going to really focus on a career in technology. But being part of MCG, I realized that consulting was in fact something I wanted to go back to.”



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Net Impact

As part of the national Net Impact organization, the mission of Booth’s chapter is to educate students about civic leadership and social impact focused careers. The group explores opportunities in impact investing, corporate social responsibility, international development, and nonprofit work. Co-chair Brittany Henry, ’17, said, “Net Impact was a big part of my first year at Booth. I wanted to ensure that students interested in social impact careers have the same opportunities as I did. So we concentrate on helping students get the access and support they need to pursue internships and full-time positions.”

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The Investment Management Group (IMG) develops and prepares students for interviews and eventual careers within the industry. Valentina Durand, ’17, said, “This group is doing a great job helping first-year students to learn how to put together a compelling stock page. They organize different seminars to help us to learn more about fundamental research and valuations, which really helps in the preparation for internship interviews.” In addition to Stock Pitch boot camps and expert panels, IMG members can also pitch a stock for the Student Management Investment Fund. The Fund creates a real-world portfolio management environment, which allows students to improve their equity research and stock-picking abilities by serving as analysts and portfolio managers. Ziad Abouchadi, ’17, explained, “Our student-run fund manages $2 million of equities. We analyze companies and we make investment decisions. I think that's a wonderful opportunity to get our hands dirty working in investment management, especially before starting an internship.”

Coming up soon, we’ll check in with students who are part of special-interest groups and learn how their involvement is shaping their MBA experience. In the meantime, learn more about all of our business and professional groups, or hear directly from students via our student blog. For specific questions, connect with a student, or comment below.



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