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It would be quite a trip from where I live (8 hour flight with 1 layover). I'm thinking of interviewing locally since these interviews are viewed equally with the on-campus interviews. Is anyone else in the same boat and interviewing locally (without the team exercise)?

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It would be quite a trip from where I live (8 hour flight with 1 layover). I'm thinking of interviewing locally since these interviews are viewed equally with the on-campus interviews. Is anyone else in the same boat and interviewing locally (without the team exercise)?


I'm in the same boat. It would be long flights with layovers leaving me jet-lagged and on little sleep with my tight schedule, so I went for an off-campus interview without team exercise. That has me worried because they say they view interviews equally, but say about doing the team exercise vs not doing the team exercise: "people have still been admitted without doing the team excercise." So reading between the lines a little and, yeah, I wish I could have made it out to Ann Arbor.

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I haven't seen a single post about ppl who have applied for Skype interview and haven't opted for team exercise. I am one, wanna know about others.
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New post 21 Jan 2015, 19:43
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It would be quite a trip from where I live (8 hour flight with 1 layover). I'm thinking of interviewing locally since these interviews are viewed equally with the on-campus interviews. Is anyone else in the same boat and interviewing locally (without the team exercise)?


I'm in the same boat. It would be long flights with layovers leaving me jet-lagged and on little sleep with my tight schedule, so I went for an off-campus interview without team exercise. That has me worried because they say they view interviews equally, but say about doing the team exercise vs not doing the team exercise: "people have still been admitted without doing the team excercise." So reading between the lines a little and, yeah, I wish I could have made it out to Ann Arbor.


I've been on the fence as well, but everything I've read indicates they view them equally. Will now calmly focus on the interview :)

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I haven't seen a single post about ppl who have applied for Skype interview and haven't opted for team exercise. I am one, wanna know about others.


And I am second! Definitely not going for the team exercise. I want to reduce, as much as possible, the subjectivity that comes out of doing numerous interviews. To me, the team exercise just adds to this subjectivity and I think I am better off just opting for a traditional one-on-one interview.

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I haven't seen a single post about ppl who have applied for Skype interview and haven't opted for team exercise. I am one, wanna know about others.


And I am second! Definitely not going for the team exercise. I want to reduce, as much as possible, the subjectivity that comes out of doing numerous interviews. To me, the team exercise just adds to this subjectivity and I think I am better off just opting for a traditional one-on-one interview.


I heard it's pretty useless but if you perform poorly your chances might be hurt.

so I was like: why go to something that won't help me but has a chance to hurt me?

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I haven't seen a single post about ppl who have applied for Skype interview and haven't opted for team exercise. I am one, wanna know about others.


And I am second! Definitely not going for the team exercise. I want to reduce, as much as possible, the subjectivity that comes out of doing numerous interviews. To me, the team exercise just adds to this subjectivity and I think I am better off just opting for a traditional one-on-one interview.


I heard it's pretty useless but if you perform poorly your chances might be hurt.

so I was like: why go to something that won't help me but has a chance to hurt me?


I don't think its used for anything other than "this guy/girl is down to try something new and work in a team". I think it looks silly if you're there for the day but don't do it, regardless of what the school says. Just my $0.02.

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I don't think its used for anything other than "this guy/girl is down to try something new and work in a team". I think it looks silly if you're there for the day but don't do it, regardless of what the school says. Just my $0.02.


huh? what do you mean? Do it or don't do it?

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I don't think its used for anything other than "this guy/girl is down to try something new and work in a team". I think it looks silly if you're there for the day but don't do it, regardless of what the school says. Just my $0.02.


huh? what do you mean? Do it or don't do it?


You risk looking like a recluse if you are there in person and don't. MBA programs are all about networking.

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I don't think its used for anything other than "this guy/girl is down to try something new and work in a team". I think it looks silly if you're there for the day but don't do it, regardless of what the school says. Just my $0.02.


huh? what do you mean? Do it or don't do it?


You risk looking like a recluse if you are there in person and don't. MBA programs are all about networking.


I just heard that if you have someone "special" in a team that someone can screw up everyone...personally that's the biggest risk I see here: the last thing I want is to have some other candidate to screw up my candidacy.

For an extreme example, some dude can write all those amazing stuff about himself in his application, and show up as a total jerk/bum that day. What do you do if you're in the same team with him?

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New post 22 Jan 2015, 10:52
They aren't looking for jerks - just collaborative types :) The students I spoke with mentioned there was a "rank 1, ultra macho, I run this" type in their group event.. they were the students sharing the story, he didn't get in. They said it's a "problem test" for the 0 social skill and "the world revolves around me" types which sour the student body at a school.

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They aren't looking for jerks - just collaborative types :) The students I spoke with mentioned there was a "rank 1, ultra macho, I run this" type in their group event.. they were the students sharing the story, he didn't get in. They said it's a "problem test" for the 0 social skill and "the world revolves around me" types which sour the student body at a school.


my point is that if you have someone extremely un-collaborative in your team, you risk scoring poorly on those tests as well

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[/quote] I just heard that if you have someone "special" in a team that someone can screw up everyone...personally that's the biggest risk I see here: the last thing I want is to have some other candidate to screw up my candidacy.

For an extreme example, some dude can write all those amazing stuff about himself in his application, and show up as a total jerk/bum that day. What do you do if you're in the same team with him?[/quote]

has that never happened to you on a project? if you're unable to handle it not sure ross is the best for you considering the school strongly emphasizes teamwork.

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has that never happened to you on a project? if you're unable to handle it not sure ross is the best for you considering the school strongly emphasizes teamwork.


of course I can and I will handle that kind of situation in real life, but this one is optional so why should I?

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If someone is extremely un-collaborative on your team, maybe it's a good exercise for you to show off your collaboration skills.

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If someone is extremely un-collaborative on your team, maybe it's a good exercise for you to show off your collaboration skills.


that's definitely a big plus if you can pull that off

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If someone is extremely un-collaborative on your team, maybe it's a good exercise for you to show off your collaboration skills.


that's definitely a big plus if you can pull that off



FWIW, I bombed by team exercise in R1 and still got in (and I'm an ORM, with a low gpa and all!). There was one guy on my team who totally commandeered the whole thing (don't know if this was looked down upon or he was regarded as a "leader"). But in my exercise I barely said maybe 20 words.

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For those of you who requested an off-campus interview with an alum, how long did it take for the alum to respond? How far in advance did you request the interview?

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I SELECTED THis sunday. took her about 1.5 days to respond.
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For those of you who requested an off-campus interview with an alum, how long did it take for the alum to respond? How far in advance did you request the interview?

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I SELECTED THis sunday. took her about 1.5 days to respond.
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For those of you who requested an off-campus interview with an alum, how long did it take for the alum to respond? How far in advance did you request the interview?


Mine took about 1.5 days to respond- I requested mine for next weekend.

And also, I know someone who got in R1 and didn't attend the team exercise or interview on campus. He did attend campus for Upclose diversity weekend, though.

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