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Calling All Darden MBA Applicants(2018 Intake) Class of 2020!

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Is it over for Indians who have not yet received invites? According to last year forum, the last Indian invite was sent on 18th Nov.

I think that some invites will go out today as well ( i.e. Friday).


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Does the final result come out only on 13th Dec., or before that as well? Do they keep rolling out the final admits till the notification date?

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Does the final result come out only on 13th Dec., or before that as well? Do they keep rolling out the final admits till the notification date?



My understanding is that anyone interviewing in R1 will find out on Dec 13th, but I could be misinformed

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Does the final result come out only on 13th Dec., or before that as well? Do they keep rolling out the final admits till the notification date?



My understanding is that anyone interviewing in R1 will find out on Dec 13th, but I could be misinformed


This is an excerpt of the mail that I received from the Adcom:

".....The committee is currently releasing interview invites and will continue to release the invites until/including December 13th....."

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Does the final result come out only on 13th Dec., or before that as well? Do they keep rolling out the final admits till the notification date?



My understanding is that anyone interviewing in R1 will find out on Dec 13th, but I could be misinformed


This is an excerpt of the mail that I received from the Adcom:

".....The committee is currently releasing interview invites and will continue to release the invites until/including December 13th....."

Hope this helps.


Has anyone from India received an invite today? Does anyone have a tally of how many people from India have received interview invites for R1?


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Hi shanks1231,

It's sort of hard to compile that data however as per the decision tracker https://gmatclub.com/forum/darden-197/app-tracker.html and live wire on clearadmit anywhere between 4-10 Indians have received the interview so far, however I believe the actual number may be higher. Please note that the school will keep on sending more invites in the next couple of weeks.

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I'll just briefly go over my interview day at Darden (In-person) so that those who have their interviews upcoming know what to expect.

1. My interview was at 9:00 am. I arrived at about 745 thinking it might take some time to get a permit, park, and make my way to the admissions office. It took about 5 minutes total so I got there very early. Prior to the interview, the school has bagels, tea, coffee set out for the interviewees as well as 1-3 current first year students to mingle with. It was very laid back as we discussed anything from why they chose Darden to how difficult it is to get UVA basketball tickets.

2. My interviewer (second year student) greeted me in the office and took me back to a conference room. She informed me that she had not seen my application and did not want to see my resume. I understand this is the case for all interviewed prospective students. She basically said the purpose was for her to learn who I am through me talking about my life experiences. I started with childhood and went all the way up to my current job. She would interject every so often to ask a follow up to something I said or to get clarification. After covering myself, she asked the questions I feel that every admissions office asks (why an MBA/why Darden/etc). Then we had a few minutes for me to ask her questions. Overall it was very conversational and I would say the MBA essays you've written to this point would prepare you pretty well for this interview. The other prospective students I met that day all had similar opinions of the interview.

3. After the interview, there were various activities/presentations at Darden. I went on a tour, sat in brief presentations from Financial Aid and Career Services, and had lunch with current first year students. I interviewed on a friday so there were no class visits. I strongly recommend checking out these presentations/tours as I really felt like I learned a lot and got a better feel for the school. To me, the people you'll be surrounded by are equally as important as the school itself.


Overall, I would say I had a very good experience on my interview day and it was a relatively stress-free time. If you know yourself and why you want to go to Darden, you'll be fine!



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Hi Everyone!

I tried to find feedback on interviews that happened on Google Campus last year for Darden, but no luck. It looks like they just started this option in 2016. There were about 30 prospective students who attended in total. We did both an interview and a mock case discussion with one of their GREAT professors! The case study material was given to us 48 hours in advance. No need to understand the whole industry or business, but I spent quite a bit of time researching other case studies and the history of the specific company so I could at least add some credible knowledge to the conversation.

In regards to the interview, I want to start out by giving my general feedback on reports I've seen about interviews with alumni or schools that typically have a more "laid-back" interview process. As I read through them, I notice the undertone of those assessments is VERY casual. Although that might be the case for that person, I want those who have interviews coming up to PREPARE like it will NOT be casual.

As a re-applicant, I realized my interview preparation was poor last year. I thought I could briefly go over my storyline/professional history and just kind of "wing-it" as most of the questions were behavioral and about my current job, which I know the ins and outs of. Not the right approach! I can confidently say it's best to prepare for the worst.

The other thing is, you do NOT get to pick who you interview with. There may be some interviewers who you will connect with immediately and almost effortlessly be able to speak well with. That would be great, but don't expect that. EXPECT that the person you meet with will be the hardest type of interviewer. EXPECT someone who is going to grill you and seeks to find a reason why you shouldn't be admitted. Then if you get someone who you connect with, no sweat. You got this!

Going through interviews this year, I tightened up my understanding of not just the school, but my story, who I am, and how everything I’ve done until this day has prepared me for business school. In doing so, I made sure to over-prepare for every interview. I started doing mock interviews on my phone, with parents, and with friends. With every interview I got better and my answers became crisper. To a point it was just a common response.

It is true that some interviews may truly have been very laid-back and not much preparation was needed. For those that had this experience, I think that’s great and this may not apply so much to you. However, I think for the majority of people it will benefit to over-prepare because when it comes time to interview, you want to fall back on your naturally prepared answers to get you comfortable in the moment. Nerves will come up at some point prior to meeting your interview. It happens to everyone. Even the best!

In regards to the interview, the person I had was nice, very positive, and had a background in consulting, which is what I'm planning to transition into. Darden REALLY puts you in the driver seat for this interview. I heard the same thing from everyone who talked about their experience that day. They start out with asking you to tell you about yourself, I.E., from the beginning of your life to present day. That's much different than other interviews. Overall though, I led the conversation a majority of the time, which is NOT easy if you don't really know why you want to go to Darden. Being a top school for me, it felt easier in the driver seat, but that may not be the case for other schools I don't know as well. My advice would be to go into that interview thinking that if you started school tomorrow, you have a clear picture of what campus activities/engagements you want to be involved in. Below are the questions as I remember them (Not in the exact order):

1. Tell me about yourself (About 10-15 minutes. Much longer than other interviews.)
2. What made you choose the focus for your undergraduate program? (Mine is business)
3. How did you get interested in business to know that's what you wanted to go into?
4. Tell me about a situation in which you were very different from the people you interacted with.
5. What's your long-term career goal?
6. Why Darden?
7. Tell me about a time you were a leader?
8. Do you have any questions for me?

Hope that's helpful. The interview lasted about 40-45 minutes.

Good luck to everyone!!



Thanks so much guys. I'm interviewing on the 28th and these were a big help.

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Does the final result come out only on 13th Dec., or before that as well? Do they keep rolling out the final admits till the notification date?


From my experience of last year, The admitted applicants will be called by AO on the eve of the decision date up to the decision date. The rejected and waitlisted candidates will just have their portals updated on the decision date. If however, you receive an interview invite very close to the decision date, then your decision timeline would be delayed a bit.

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The invite is here - came at 9:35 pm IST. :)

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The invite is here - came at 9:35 pm IST. :)

Congratulations bud! Wishing you luck for the interview.

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The invite is here - came at 9:35 pm IST. :)

Congratulations bud! Wishing you luck for the interview.

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Wow! Congrats. Are they already sending decisions? I thought it was 13 December.

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Wow! Congrats. Are they already sending decisions? I thought it was 13 December.


Thanks! I think we just found out early as part of the Fellowship application process. The December deadline is still accurate for those that didn’t apply for this Fellowship.


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I've officially given up on Darden. I thought I would definitely get an interview invite with a 740 and a 3.5 but I did find this essay to be the hardest out of all that I completed. Good luck to everyone.

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Hello everyone
People who got an interview call/or were selected, please share tips on the application process for the rest of us who are applying in Round 2
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People who got an interview call/or were selected, please share tips on the application process for the rest of us who are applying in Round 2


Network! Go to any and all Darden events you can in the next month. If you haven't been to campus, I would recommend it, especially if you're on the east coast. I was invited fairly early, and I think it was because I built good relationships with 3 different admissions representatives. However, I did that over the course of 4-5 months, so it took time, not just meeting them once and sending a thank you email. My GPA is 3.11 and my GMAT is 710. I knew it was necessary for me to network.

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11 days left to the D-day. I am so nervous. Like an inmate who scratches out days on the wall.

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Darden has been such a disappointment this time. At least Michigan lets us know if they have extended an invitation to interview or not unlike Darden which never sends out anything officially.

This reeks of unprofessionalism on their part.

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