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I am also invited to the interview day at Cambridge on Dec. 7th. I don't think I can make it out to London in such short notice. Anyone know if this is going to hurt my chances of acceptance if I opt out and do a skype interview?
Also, has anyone done the interview (r1 or r2)? Any tips for us?
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I am also invited to the interview day at Cambridge on Dec. 7th. I don't think I can make it out to London in such short notice. Anyone know if this is going to hurt my chances of acceptance if I opt out and do a skype interview?
Also, has anyone done the interview (r1 or r2)? Any tips for us?


Did they give you the option of a phone interview on the invitation?
I don't think it will hurt your chances if you live far from the UK, but if you live close, you may want to try.
You don't need to reply imediately... Spend somedays trying to find flight/train/bus tickets before replying.
The earliest that you phone interview will be is a week before the campus event.

About the "phone" interview, they in fact do it by Skype and it looks like the campus interview reports I've read.
It last only 30 minutes and mine was just a check on my application, like making me talk about the essays, checking if I have really been moved by my "spetacular failure", checking how my undergraduate course choice makes sense with my WE... Very simple, but I could see he was trying to check my stories and get a feel of my personality.

The campus interview is a great opportunity for them to show the school and all advantages they have, but I read interviews always take 30 minutes.

I didn't have an option anyway... I had just been invited to a new department and would need at least 3-4 days off to get to the UK, besides paying a flight ticket that represented at least 2 months of my whole payment... But I would go if it wasn't that hard, probably a unique experience!
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kkxkkxkk wrote:
I am also invited to the interview day at Cambridge on Dec. 7th. I don't think I can make it out to London in such short notice. Anyone know if this is going to hurt my chances of acceptance if I opt out and do a skype interview?
Also, has anyone done the interview (r1 or r2)? Any tips for us?


Did they give you the option of a phone interview on the invitation?
I don't think it will hurt your chances if you live far from the UK, but if you live close, you may want to try.
You don't need to reply imediately... Spend somedays trying to find flight/train/bus tickets before replying.
The earliest that you phone interview will be is a week before the campus event.

About the "phone" interview, they in fact do it by Skype and it looks like the campus interview reports I've read.
It last only 30 minutes and mine was just a check on my application, like making me talk about the essays, checking if I have really been moved by my "spetacular failure", checking how my undergraduate course choice makes sense with my WE... Very simple, but I could see he was trying to check my stories and get a feel of my personality.

The campus interview is a great opportunity for them to show the school and all advantages they have, but I read interviews always take 30 minutes.

I didn't have an option anyway... I had just been invited to a new department and would need at least 3-4 days off to get to the UK, besides paying a flight ticket that represented at least 2 months of my whole payment... But I would go if it wasn't that hard, probably a unique experience!


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I am also invited to the interview day at Cambridge on Dec. 7th. I don't think I can make it out to London in such short notice. Anyone know if this is going to hurt my chances of acceptance if I opt out and do a skype interview?
Also, has anyone done the interview (r1 or r2)? Any tips for us?


Did they give you the option of a phone interview on the invitation?
I don't think it will hurt your chances if you live far from the UK, but if you live close, you may want to try.
You don't need to reply imediately... Spend somedays trying to find flight/train/bus tickets before replying.
The earliest that you phone interview will be is a week before the campus event.

About the "phone" interview, they in fact do it by Skype and it looks like the campus interview reports I've read.
It last only 30 minutes and mine was just a check on my application, like making me talk about the essays, checking if I have really been moved by my "spetacular failure", checking how my undergraduate course choice makes sense with my WE... Very simple, but I could see he was trying to check my stories and get a feel of my personality.

The campus interview is a great opportunity for them to show the school and all advantages they have, but I read interviews always take 30 minutes.

I didn't have an option anyway... I had just been invited to a new department and would need at least 3-4 days off to get to the UK, besides paying a flight ticket that represented at least 2 months of my whole payment... But I would go if it wasn't that hard, probably a unique experience!


Thanks for the interview tip! I'm the same, won't be able to attend the interview event in London as I am in the US. 30 minutes seem quite short in comparison to the LBS one that I had recently, which took 2 hours. Do you know if it will be a professor, admission officer, or a alumni/student that will be interviewing?

Gl to everyone!
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kkxkkxkk wrote:
I am also invited to the interview day at Cambridge on Dec. 7th. I don't think I can make it out to London in such short notice. Anyone know if this is going to hurt my chances of acceptance if I opt out and do a skype interview?
Also, has anyone done the interview (r1 or r2)? Any tips for us?


Did they give you the option of a phone interview on the invitation?
I don't think it will hurt your chances if you live far from the UK, but if you live close, you may want to try.
You don't need to reply imediately... Spend somedays trying to find flight/train/bus tickets before replying.
The earliest that you phone interview will be is a week before the campus event.

About the "phone" interview, they in fact do it by Skype and it looks like the campus interview reports I've read.
It last only 30 minutes and mine was just a check on my application, like making me talk about the essays, checking if I have really been moved by my "spetacular failure", checking how my undergraduate course choice makes sense with my WE... Very simple, but I could see he was trying to check my stories and get a feel of my personality.

The campus interview is a great opportunity for them to show the school and all advantages they have, but I read interviews always take 30 minutes.

I didn't have an option anyway... I had just been invited to a new department and would need at least 3-4 days off to get to the UK, besides paying a flight ticket that represented at least 2 months of my whole payment... But I would go if it wasn't that hard, probably a unique experience!


Thanks for the interview tip! I'm the same, won't be able to attend the interview event in London as I am in the US. 30 minutes seem quite short in comparison to the LBS one that I had recently, which took 2 hours. Do you know if it will be a professor, admission officer, or a alumni/student that will be interviewing?

Gl to everyone!


I was also interviewed by LBS. They have a completely different style and purpose on the interview. Cambridge will always have faculty as interviewers (professors). I was interviewed by a very young one, around 35 years old in an area similar to my goals/previous exp.
They only make a check and do not give you much time to ask stuff, they seem to be very strick about the 30 minutes limit.
But they send a PPT presentation about the school a couple of days before the interview.
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This is a reminder for tomorrow's Cambridge Student chat. Hope to see everyone in the chat

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Announcement: We have a chat with current JBS students on November 17, Tuesday. This is final chat session of this application season so if you are applying to JBS don't miss out this opportunity. Details of the event are below

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Soon two Cambridge MBA students, Sameer Baroova and Matt Kamisher-Koch, are joining us in GMAT Club chat. If you are around, visit chat room to participate in the chat with these students.

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Any one else from R2 got an invite yet ???
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Hi Everyone,

Posting here summary and transcript of recent chat with current Judge students - Sameer Baroova and Matt Kamisher-Koch.

Good luck to all who are waiting for interview invites!!

Dear Sameer and Matt. Please tell us in brief about your background and your motivation for choosing JBS for getting MBA or Why JBS?

Cambridge_Matt: I was living in washington DC. I started my career in lobbying (for banks) and then transitioned to managment consulting focusing on corporate finance functions. I wanted to get an MBA to make a career and geography switch and chose Cambridge for three reasons: 1.) the international student body, 2.) the highly collaborative environment in the small class size, and 3.) the college system that is part of the structure of Cambridge.

Cambridge_Sameer: I live near London. I have been in the video games industry for15 years. I am starting a tech company and chose Cambridge for its technology focus and startup presence.



How did you find the whole experience from application to starting on the course?

Cambridge_Matt: I think applying for MBAs is a long process but I thought the application process helped me narrow down exactly what I was looking for and match my profile to a program that fit me well. The course has been intense in a really fun way so far, there is SO much going on every day it can feel like almost too many choices.

Cambridge_Sameer: I had made a quick decision to do an MBA and Cambridge was my only application. It was a very comfortable application process. The admission requirements were simple (one single essay) which was to the point and made it easy for me to make a compelling case



Matt could you please elaborate a little more on the consulting project for an outside client?

Cambridge_Matt: Yeah there are two, Sameer and I are actually in the same group. The first one is in groups of 5-6 and we are assigned a client with a business problem that they want help solving. We have most of the term to work on it with regular client meetings, and some key deliverables along the way. All of the clients are in the Cambridge area--startups, more traditional companies, some non profits.



GPA, GMAT, Application Essays, Interview, Work Experience, and Extra Curricular. If you asked to arrange these parameters in the order of their importance at JBS – what would it be?

Cambridge_Matt: I think your essays matter a lot, really thinking about why this program in particular and how it fits what you are looking are key. Since the class is small they really want to build a cohesive class of people who love to collaborate, work on teams, etc. If you have outside or unique interests, work experience etc, highlight that. Part of what is so great here is the variety of backgrounds so making clear what you have done previously goes a long way.

Cambridge_Sameer: Good question - The essay is the most important bit, the interview the next. Since they require just one recommendation make sure that the recommender is one who can connect with your long term vision

Following on my earlier question: How much importance is given to school visit? Did any of you visit campus before applying?

Cambridge_Matt: I had been to Cambridge, but not to Judge. I don’t think you have to visit before you apply. It was really far for me to fly over for it. I know a lot of people did their interview in person (I did not) so that helped them in their decision. You don’t HAVE to visit to be admitted, but I think a visit can help you in your final decision

Cambridge_Sameer: I visited the school on an Open day and it helped me a lot. I got more clarity on their focus on Entrepreneurship and met with alums; that helped me in my essays too. I'd recommend a visit, but almost half the class did not visit before joining



Could you tell us something about the consulting club at JBS Cambridge? The activities, the type of work the club is involved in?

Cambridge_Matt: I think it is one of the most active clubs. I know that they have spent a lot of time on outside case interview prep for people going after consulting jobs.

Cambridge_Sameer: The consulting club is fantastic. Even alums take part in case interview sessions conducted by the consulting club. It’s student led though so the experience would differ every year but alums will be available to guide future clubs.



Is there any way for an aspiring student to contact alumni? something like a contact alumni portal or a database of their email IDs?

Cambridge_Matt: After I was admitted, the school put me in touch with a lot of local alumni and even organized a meet and greet for us. The alumni network is huge but I think it makes sense to really speak to them once you are admitted as opposed to before.



How competitive or collaborative have you found your fellow students at JBS? Also How often do you interact with professors outside classroom? How easy it is to do this?

Cambridge_Matt: I have not found people very competitive in the class room (sports is another matter!) but collaboration is the key here. I think most people study in groups to some extent and seek out others who will complement their ability. Professors are available on email even if they are not around in person between lectures. But they tend to be quite friendly and helpful. Honestly one of the reasons I came to Judge was that I knew it wouldn’t be particularly competitive. It is such a small class that you really want to work with everyone.
There are even great resources beyond the professors--for example the library for the business school is incredible. They really help us with research, background on companies for applications etc

Cambridge_Sameer: Professors are very accessible. They'd be happy to do one on ones to address issues from class or discuss general problems or even specific ones. Classmates are not competitive at all. It’s a very collaborative environment.


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I just finished interview yesterday with a faculty via Skype. The questions were more behavioral than I expected. One particular one was about how I worked in a team and challenges working in teams. One curveball question that I didn't expect was about my current company's business painpoint The interviewer didn't show herself in Skype, which I thought was kind of odd since I was basically talking and looking over at myself in the corner..haha

Crossing my fingers, hope they like me!

Anyone know how long after interview I would find out a decision?
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I just finished interview yesterday with a faculty via Skype. The questions were more behavioral than I expected. One particular one was about how I worked in a team and challenges working in teams. One curveball question that I didn't expect was about my current company's business painpoint The interviewer didn't show herself in Skype, which I thought was kind of odd since I was basically talking and looking over at myself in the corner..haha

Crossing my fingers, hope they like me!

Anyone know how long after interview I would find out a decision?


At least 2 days after the interview date for your round... So, probably just on December 9 or a few days later.
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I just finished interview yesterday with a faculty via Skype. The questions were more behavioral than I expected. One particular one was about how I worked in a team and challenges working in teams. One curveball question that I didn't expect was about my current company's business painpoint The interviewer didn't show herself in Skype, which I thought was kind of odd since I was basically talking and looking over at myself in the corner..haha

Crossing my fingers, hope they like me!

Anyone know how long after interview I would find out a decision?


At least 2 days after the interview date for your round... So, probably just on December 9 or a few days later.



Thanks so much! Also, if I'm admitted, how long can they extend my offer till? I'm still waiting on another school but I don't want to jeopardize my spot with JBS...
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kkxkkxkk wrote:
niddy wrote:
kkxkkxkk wrote:
I just finished interview yesterday with a faculty via Skype. The questions were more behavioral than I expected. One particular one was about how I worked in a team and challenges working in teams. One curveball question that I didn't expect was about my current company's business painpoint The interviewer didn't show herself in Skype, which I thought was kind of odd since I was basically talking and looking over at myself in the corner..haha

Crossing my fingers, hope they like me!

Anyone know how long after interview I would find out a decision?


At least 2 days after the interview date for your round... So, probably just on December 9 or a few days later.



Thanks so much! Also, if I'm admitted, how long can they extend my offer till? I'm still waiting on another school but I don't want to jeopardize my spot with JBS...


I have been dinged at Judge, so I am not in the position to answer this.
But usually, B Schools give applicants around 1 month to pay the commitment fee.
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Thanks so much! Also, if I'm admitted, how long can they extend my offer till? I'm still waiting on another school but I don't want to jeopardize my spot with JBS...


I have been dinged at Judge, so I am not in the position to answer this.
But usually, B Schools give applicants around 1 month to pay the commitment fee.


It was a bit under a month for me - I was told on 18 November (about 3 business days after the interview round ended), and the acceptance - including payment of the deposit and returning a financial guarantee form - is due 9 December.

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kkxkkxkk wrote:

Thanks so much! Also, if I'm admitted, how long can they extend my offer till? I'm still waiting on another school but I don't want to jeopardize my spot with JBS...


I have been dinged at Judge, so I am not in the position to answer this.
But usually, B Schools give applicants around 1 month to pay the commitment fee.


It was a bit under a month for me - I was told on 18 November (about 3 business days after the interview round ended), and the acceptance - including payment of the deposit and returning a financial guarantee form - is due 9 December.

Hope this helps - good luck!!


Received final decision a few hours ago... Admitted!!!!
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Admitted too! :)

I'm told to make a decision by December 30th. Any advice on how to extend this deadline?
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Admitted too! :)

I'm told to make a decision by December 30th. Any advice on how to extend this deadline?
Thanks!


Congrats!

No idea about the deadline extension. An extra couple of weeks would be great for me also. I guess we are all waiting for other schools...
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Hi everyone! I also received an offer. For those of you that have received an offer, were you notified of bursaries in your offer letter? Or will those come later?
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Hi everyone! I also received an offer. For those of you that have received an offer, were you notified of bursaries in your offer letter? Or will those come later?

I received a separate email almost immediately after the status change email from them. Hope that helps!
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Hi everyone! I also received an offer. For those of you that have received an offer, were you notified of bursaries in your offer letter? Or will those come later?


Congratulations!!!!

I also received an email almost immediately notifying I had been awarded a merit based bursary...

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