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Calling all Haas(Berkeley) EWMBA Applicants(2018 Intake) Class of 2021

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New post 23 Dec 2017, 18:18
Hello Guys,

Those who got an interview call from R1, could you please also share your GMAT score, I have scheduled my exam just a week before R2 deadline but my mock scores are in the range of 620-650, not sure if that would be good enough for an interview call, if I am far below the range I would rather reschedule and apply in R3.

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I applied in round 1, submitted all my materials on 11/14 and got my official transcripts to them by 11/29. I just got the email for an interview today. Anyone still waiting, hang in there.
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I applied in round 1, submitted all my materials on 11/14 and got my official transcripts to them by 11/29. I just got the email for an interview today. Anyone still waiting, hang in there.


Congratulations and good luck :)
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HI All,

What were the questions like when you interviewed at Haas?

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New post 08 Jan 2018, 23:22
If it helps anyone, here's an interview debrief of EWMBA applicant posted on the forum last year.

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Background - Biotech undergrad overseas, Masters in biotech (south bay), experience in marketing, digital marketing, operations, and project management (waterfall & agile) at a fortune 500 scientific company. Undergrad GPA is very low but masters GPA is 3.8 while working full time.

I got the interview invite within a couple days after the submission deadline for R2. I chose 3/2/2017 for convenience and agreed to interview on campus.

Attire recommendation is business - I wore a mid-blue suit, light blue shirt with tie just to be safe. This is pretty close to what I wear to work, less the tie and suit jacket. I would recommend giving yourself time to be comfortable in a suit, be it days or weeks in advance. There is parking right across Haas (event parking), but a spot may be hard to find if you run into a major event. Street parking time limits don't make sense to accommodate time needed for interview.

I arrived early to grab a coffee and calm my nerves. The EWMBA Admissions office is not hard to find in the main admin building. I was greeted by admissions staff and waited in the lounge for my interview.

I met with my interviewer and proceeded to a personal office for the interview. I am more accustomed to meeting in conference rooms, so this was something I did not expect. Try not to be distracted by all the files, computer, etc. in the office.

We started off with introductions and general "tell me about yourself" type questions. I talked about what I studied in undergrad, masters, and how it led to my current role. I also talked about the business courses I took which naturally paved the way to "why MBA." My response was I always knew I wanted formal business education because I am interested in all facets of business, so the question really is "why now." I felt comfortable with 4 yrs of experience and I am confident I can contribute meaningfully to the cohort.

Goals wise, I wanted to transition into software product management, and eventually start my own company. I gave rationales to why Haas is the perfect fit for this goal.

The next stage was "walk me through your resume" type questions. I just went through my various experiences listed/not listed on the resume and painted a story of how I got to where I was, and how it'll help me get to where I want to be. I highlighted a couple of key achievements, since they accentuate my initiative, leadership, teamwork, and ability to make sense of complex things moving at 100 miles per hour.

The last stage was about my recreation and how I spend my time outside of work. I had a hard time answering this question because my interests are diverse. I led with "I like to focus on work, but explore on interests." Some things seemed to connect and we had an enjoyable chat to slightly over the allotted interview time.

My best advice is practice performing under pressure and be steady. I learned to shift my mindset from "convince them" to "share my passion and story." Also have solid stories on how you fit with the Haas defining principles and culture. The defining principles closely match my personal principles, so I just needed examples to demonstrate.

Best of luck & see you at Haas!

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Thanks!

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If it helps anyone, here's an interview debrief of EWMBA applicant posted on the forum last year.

Jamesl1986 wrote:
Background - Biotech undergrad overseas, Masters in biotech (south bay), experience in marketing, digital marketing, operations, and project management (waterfall & agile) at a fortune 500 scientific company. Undergrad GPA is very low but masters GPA is 3.8 while working full time.

I got the interview invite within a couple days after the submission deadline for R2. I chose 3/2/2017 for convenience and agreed to interview on campus.

Attire recommendation is business - I wore a mid-blue suit, light blue shirt with tie just to be safe. This is pretty close to what I wear to work, less the tie and suit jacket. I would recommend giving yourself time to be comfortable in a suit, be it days or weeks in advance. There is parking right across Haas (event parking), but a spot may be hard to find if you run into a major event. Street parking time limits don't make sense to accommodate time needed for interview.

I arrived early to grab a coffee and calm my nerves. The EWMBA Admissions office is not hard to find in the main admin building. I was greeted by admissions staff and waited in the lounge for my interview.

I met with my interviewer and proceeded to a personal office for the interview. I am more accustomed to meeting in conference rooms, so this was something I did not expect. Try not to be distracted by all the files, computer, etc. in the office.

We started off with introductions and general "tell me about yourself" type questions. I talked about what I studied in undergrad, masters, and how it led to my current role. I also talked about the business courses I took which naturally paved the way to "why MBA." My response was I always knew I wanted formal business education because I am interested in all facets of business, so the question really is "why now." I felt comfortable with 4 yrs of experience and I am confident I can contribute meaningfully to the cohort.

Goals wise, I wanted to transition into software product management, and eventually start my own company. I gave rationales to why Haas is the perfect fit for this goal.

The next stage was "walk me through your resume" type questions. I just went through my various experiences listed/not listed on the resume and painted a story of how I got to where I was, and how it'll help me get to where I want to be. I highlighted a couple of key achievements, since they accentuate my initiative, leadership, teamwork, and ability to make sense of complex things moving at 100 miles per hour.

The last stage was about my recreation and how I spend my time outside of work. I had a hard time answering this question because my interests are diverse. I led with "I like to focus on work, but explore on interests." Some things seemed to connect and we had an enjoyable chat to slightly over the allotted interview time.

My best advice is practice performing under pressure and be steady. I learned to shift my mindset from "convince them" to "share my passion and story." Also have solid stories on how you fit with the Haas defining principles and culture. The defining principles closely match my personal principles, so I just needed examples to demonstrate.

Best of luck & see you at Haas!
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Hi All! When do calls of acceptance typically go out?


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Hi All! When do calls of acceptance typically go out?


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The decision date is listed as February 2 for Round 1. According to the posts from last year, it looks like some people got a call the day before. In that case I would assume February 1 at the earliest, but at least by February 2. About 2 weeks to go for Round 1 folks.
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New post 18 Jan 2018, 20:09
I still haven't got interview invite, does that mean there is no chance? :cry:
I submitted the application on 11/08/2017, but just sent the official transcript on 1/18/2018. Will official transcript affect the interview invite?
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I just got my invite on 1/5, so I wouldn’t say completely.

Have you called or emailed the program?

Also have you submitted unofficial transcripts?


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I did send unofficial transcripts, the program said the unofficial transcripts are ok for initial review. But official ones are required for recommended admission into the program. I don't know what does it mean though, does recommended admission mean interview invite or final decision?

You got invite on Jan 5th, when was you interviewed?
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Where do you see it say recommended admission?


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That sounds like very good news. Good luck! (Maybe just check with admissions to see you're on track)
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In addition to Haas, have any of you applied to other programs?


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Hello all! I recently applied to Haas EWMBA for R2 and awaiting a response. Any R2 applicants here who have received an interview request ?
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Hello all! I recently applied to Haas EWMBA for R2 and awaiting a response. Any R2 applicants here who have received an interview request ?


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