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Calling all Said (Oxford) Applicants: (2016 Intake) Class of 2017!!

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New post 06 Oct 2015, 03:46
Hey guys,

I had my interview a few days ago in Delhi. It lasted for a little over an hour.
I was asked questions about why I want to do an MBA, why I want to do it at Said and what I will contribute to the programme.
Overall it was a very comfortable conversation and the interviewer went out of her way to make me feel comfortable.

Tip: Prepare some examples as answers about your strengths and weaknesses!
Best of luck to everyone with an upcoming interview!
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New post 06 Oct 2015, 05:59
Good luck to all those interviewing by Oxford! In case anyone has any queries, we have a chat today with Oxford Admissions Manager - Aidan O'Halloran - starting at 8 AM Pacific (4 PM BST) in GMAT Club chat room.

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Good luck to all those interviewing by Oxford! In case anyone has any queries, we have a chat today with Oxford Admissions Manager - Aidan O'Halloran - starting at 8 AM Pacific (4 PM BST) in GMAT Club chat room.

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I had my interview yesterday (the 5th) in person at SBS. Getting to meet the other applicants and tour the school was a very pleasant experience. I also spent a day touring the city and looking at the various colleges that I could choose from. Oxford is stunningly beautiful. I think it would be an amazing cultural experience to go here.

My interview was mostly straight-forward. A lot of questions about my CV, a few questions regarding my current position and past accomplishments, a time I had to deal with internal strife on a team, etc.

I come from an engineering background, but my interviewer was a sector consultant with an illustrious finance background, so I did receive one curve ball question. Since I'm from Canada, I was asked how I felt the Canadian dollar would fare over the next 5 years. I mentioned that since Canada is such a commodity based economy (primarily oil, mining and pulp and paper), the recent tanking of oil really sank the dollar and due to the cyclical nature of mining, the Canadian dollar's value could be very susceptible to change in a short period of time. I suggested that since Canada is preparing a lot of large energy developments over the next several years, energy could help prop up the dollar during times of recession (since it's more stable). I don't know if it was really a good answer or not, but he seemed pleased with it. I left the interview feeling like it went well and now I have my fingers crossed for admissions decisions next Friday!

I met up with a few of the other applicants afterwards and had a great time touring the city and experiencing the attractions of Oxford. Today, I once again met up with another applicant and toured several of the colleges to get an idea of where to request applying. Christ Church is absolutely gorgeous and has an enormous area, where many people were running or rowing. Exeter, Oriel and Queen's College were all very close by. Their close proximity to the city center, while also being close to the business school makes these seem like attractive options also.

In either case, I'm getting ahead of myself. I'm anxiously awaiting a reply from Oxford next Friday and I really hope I get accepted. This school and city seem like a fantastic fit for me and I feel like I would thrive here. Good luck to all other applicants and the best of luck with interviews and applications!
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New post 06 Oct 2015, 17:15
good luck to those who had their interviews.
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Hey guys,

Had my skype interview today. My interviewer was a very senior person with over 35 years of experience.
Overall I think it went well.
I was asked below questions
- Why MBA, Why Now, Why Oxford
- An instance of handling a disruptive team and what I did
- Few questions on my resume
- Few questions on the go based on the answers I gave to previous questions.
- And where else I am applying to , which one would I choose if I got admits from both.

Lastly, I asked him few questions and he answered them with great interest.. It was actually lengthier than my answers :)

Good luck to all those who are interviewing and those who are waiting for final results !!!
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New post 08 Oct 2015, 04:00
Hi guys,

Do we need to send a thank you mail to the interviewer after the interview ?
Has anyone sent ?
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New post 08 Oct 2015, 04:15
Thanks for sharing your experience! I think it would be polite to say thanks. Even if you don't it's ok I guess.
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Thanks for sharing your experience! I think it would be polite to say thanks. Even if you don't it's ok I guess.


Thanks for your opinion. I think I will just drop in a thank you mail.
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New post 08 Oct 2015, 05:26
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Hey guys,

Had my skype interview today. My interviewer was a very senior person with over 35 years of experience.
Overall I think it went well.
I was asked below questions
- Why MBA, Why Now, Why Oxford
- An instance of handling a disruptive team and what I did
- Few questions on my resume
- Few questions on the go based on the answers I gave to previous questions.
- And where else I am applying to , which one would I choose if I got admits from both.

Lastly, I asked him few questions and he answered them with great interest.. It was actually lengthier than my answers :)

Good luck to all those who are interviewing and those who are waiting for final results !!!


Thanks for sharing your experience! I think I was interviewed by the same person. More or less, I was asked the same questions. Also, I was grilled on few career progression questions. Mine was finished in exact 30 minutes (not a minute more, not a minute less). Not too optimistic after the interview.

All the best!
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Thanks for sharing your experience! I think I was interviewed by the same person. More or less, I was asked the same questions. Also, I was grilled on few career progression questions. Mine was finished in exact 30 minutes (not a minute more, not a minute less). Not too optimistic after the interview.

All the best!


Was it Mr. GP ?
He made it clear right at the start of the interview that, this interview will last for about 25 to 30 minutes.
The impression I got was that he didnt want to waste much time on any answer. In fact for few questions, he said - tell me why you did XXX in 2-3 sentences !
Once or twice I did feel that he cut my answers short, by asking a new question.

But at the end he said, he enjoyed the conversation and also he thanked me for the essays i.e for taking time to write them ( He mentioned he read them yesterday nite ).

But dont worry. You never know.
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rishiroadster wrote:
Thanks for sharing your experience! I think it would be polite to say thanks. Even if you don't it's ok I guess.


Thanks for your opinion. I think I will just drop in a thank you mail.


I had sent a thank you mail to my interviewer and my interviewer promptly replied back :)
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Good luck to all the applicants applying to SBS this year. I am a current student here, from India. Feel free to drop a message for any queries that you may have.
Hope to see most of you in the incoming class next year!
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Hi Guys,

I am posting here summary of the chat we had recently with Oxford Admissions Manager - Aidan O'Halloran. Those who want to view full chat transcript can download it from this post. Next chat session with Oxford admission team is on December 01. Good luck!

Hi Aidan, what's the conversion rate for people who are interviewed?

Oxford_Aidan: The conversion rate changes with each round depending on the quality of the applicants. We have just had Round 1 where approximately half of the applicants were invited to interview, and I would expect a good proportion of those to be given an offer. Previously this has ranged from 30% to 60%. Round 1 is often attracts very good quality.



How big is Consulting as an employment opportunity coming out of an Oxford MBA?

Oxford_Aidan: Consulting is one of the most popular career paths for Oxford MBA graduates. Major consulting firms such as McKinsey recruit our candidates on campus. This often takes place near to the start of the programme, as it is a one year intensive programme.



Hi Aidan, how many students, roughly, change the country of work after Oxford?

Oxford_Aidan: Many candidates use the Oxford MBA to switch locations, you can find the exact statistics on our careers report. The good thing about the University of Oxford is that the name is recognized world-wide and is very well respected, which can support career moves into new locations.



Does Oxford take into account the number of attempts for the GMAT?

Oxford_Aidan: Good question. We only take into account the highest GMAT that applicants submit, however if an applicant has taken the GMAT a lot of times with varied results, this can sometimes be a negative point if the application is borderline.



How many dual degree (MD/MBA) applicants do you have?

Oxford_Aidan: Oxford offers an incredible opportunity through our 1+1 programme (http://www.sbs.ox.ac.uk/programmes/degrees/1plus1)
This involves taking a one year specialist Masters degree from the University of Oxford, developing an in-depth knowledge in a specific area, and then combining this with the breadth of a world-class MBA. There is a fantastic scholarship offering for 1+1 applicants.



Given the current strict visa & work permit regulations in the UK, in your frank opinion, will the Oxford MBA be an economically feasible option for non-EU students? I won't even have asked this 5 years back. Specifically, in my case, if I have to come back to India after graduating, even with a good job it will take me a long time to just pay back my loan. Could you also provide some data regarding the status of the Indian/Asian graduates of the past few years?

Oxford_Aidan: This is a very good question and a key point for many of my students, especially my candidates who are coming from Russia with the current currency issue. Since the PSW was removed, it did become more difficult for international students to secure a job in the UK after graduating but it is feasible. The Oxford MBA gives candidates support in securing work with organizations that sponsor their employees for working visas. This is of course competitive, but everything is there for you to support you through the process.
In 2013/14 (careers report) of the 31 Indian candidates that were in the MBA - 15 secured work in the UK. 3 in the rest of the EEA. [url]updatedEmployment%20ReportMBAClass2013-14.pdf[/url]



How is Oxford adapting or changing its curriculum to suit the change in the job market in the recent years? What changes are on the horizon? How have employers reacted to these changes in Oxford's curriculum or program?

Oxford_Aidan: The Oxford MBA was completely redesigned two years ago by MBA Director, Dr Dana Brown. This was designed to address the job market in consulting, finance, corporate sector, as well as for our entrepreneurs (we are ranked top in Europe by the FT for this). Oxford has since conducted an incredible CEO report, which has influenced the design of the programme. This can be found here: http://www.sbs.ox.ac.uk/faculty-researc ... o-report-0



Could I know the cut-off gmat score?

Oxford_Aidan: we have no minimum score, however our average is 690. We had candidates with 720 + last year who were unable to enter into the Oxford MBA, as for us it is not just about GMAT. It is the whole profile. Oxford looks for leadership potential. We have 800 years experience of producing leaders.



Does the SAID evaluates the profile before formal application?

Oxford_Aidan: Yes, you can have your profile assessed here: http://www.sbs.ox.ac.uk/programmes/degr ... eview-form



Does admissions committee check the online presence of the candidate such as linkedin, instagram, twitter, blogs etc. and give weight to a good social presence?

Oxford_Aidan: In the admissions process no, however the team of Recruitment Managers can submit their recommendations for certain candidates, so a good LinkedIn profile can help us to know more about who you are.



You wrote about demonstrated leadership potential. How do you assess this? Couldn't get it.

Oxford_Aidan: This can be demonstrated through your career experience, in our application form we request you to list your achievements and this often includes examples of strong leadership. We then delve deeper into this in the interview.



How does Oxford view our inability to get recommendation from current supervisor? At the moment I don't want to disclose in my company that I am applying for MBA.

Oxford_Aidan: We understand getting a reference from a current employer can be difficult, we therefore accept references from previous employers who have worked closely with you. It is good to point out; references are 100% judged on the quality of the reference, and 0% on the seniority of your reference provider. It is always better to find someone who can write a whole page about your achievements, rather than someone who has a very impressive job title but can't spend the time writing your reference.



I would like to know the scene of non profit recruitment at Said, especially the education sector or ed/tech in general.

Oxford_Aidan: Thanks for your question. Oxford has a key theme of having a positive impact on society and producing leaders who can face world-scale challenges. We therefore attract a lot of candidates seeking to go into non-profit. In the programme topics such as Water Scarcity, Demographic Change, and Information Security are included.



How fluid is switching careers for Said MBA students? How encouraged is it and how often is it witnessed?

Oxford_Aidan: Switching careers into new industries is a major reason why people chose to do an Oxford MBA. It is very common and stats can be found in our career's report. updatedEmployment%20ReportMBAClass2013-14.pdf
I would also recommend reading about the Skoll Centre which is based inside the School
http://www.sbs.ox.ac.uk/faculty-researc ... reneurship



Oxford_Aidan: In case anyone is interested.. Investment Banks that are visiting Oxford this year for the Finance Lab includes:Goldman Sachs (M & A / Leverage Finance / D & Deutsche (MergersR) n & Centerview (MergersAcquisitions) n & Houlihan Lockey (DistressAcquisitions) n & Rothschild (MergersRestructuring) n & Commerzbank (IPO, MAcquisitions) n & A)
Merrill Lynch (Debt Capital Markets, Mn & JP Morgan (Mergers Citi (Project Finance / Leverage Finance) n Morgan Stanley (Distress, Capital Markets) n Jefferies (Equity Research/Asset Management) n Societe Generale (Leverage Finance) n Barclays (Leverage Finance, Infrastructure Finance) nA) n & Acquisitions)



How Oxford is sending interview invitations? Email or status update?

Oxford_Aidan: Interview invitations are sent out via email. However, I usually call the candidates I know personally.


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Hi,

I have a query that if one funds one's tuition fee via loan for Said, what documents one has to show to get a loan. Any property morgage/ insurance money that the banks take.

Also, is the loan provided to fund foreign MBA sanctioned by Indian banks (I am an Indian) or England banks and what might be a typical interest rate?

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Hey guys,

Good luck to all for the results tomorrow !!!
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Hi,

what is application fee for OXFORD MBA and oxford 1+1 MBA program. I am revising my strategy for application process.

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Good luck to all R2 applicants tomorrow.
Let's break some legs.
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Any admits ?
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Any admits ?

No intimation from Said, so far......
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