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Calling all UWA-Foster Applicants: (2016 Intake) Class of 2018!!

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New post 10 Feb 2016, 15:56
Just completed my video essay. This is what I got:

1. What is the best piece of advice that you have received till date ?
2. What project has made you feel the most motivated? What did you like about this particular project?
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New post 10 Feb 2016, 23:28
Guys,

Any idea about when can the video interview takers will hear from the Admissions Committee ? Anyone who has faced a similar situation in R1/R2 or may be a re applicant?
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New post 11 Feb 2016, 03:11
Just finished mine last night. The practice questions seemed easy and relaxed but the real live questions were a bit more intimidating - given we have just 90 secs to answer each of them and there aren't any retakes.

1. What was a unique initiative you took up and what were the results?
2. How did you find your last job and what most helped you land it?

Good luck!
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New post 11 Feb 2016, 11:01
My questions are

1. What was your biggest achievement outside of work?
2. Describe a time in your career when you went out of your way to help a client or colleague.

I received video interview and hope they will give me the face to face interview soon.
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FROM Foster Admissions Blog: From Service to School: Resources for Veterans interested in the Foster MBA Programs
If you’re a veteran interested in pursuing a full-time MBA, here’s a great guest post from Joe Dennis (Class of 2016), a former Army Captain and the 2015-2016 President of the Foster Veterans Association, with advice on how to make the transition from service to school. The military veteran community here at Foster is pretty tight, and we were in your shoes 1-2 years ago. I had some reservations about choosing the right school, but I met with other veterans at Foster and I knew that I had to come here. I hope this helps with your transition! – Nelson Tang, USAF 2006-2014

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The Value of an MBA
Whether you are still on active duty, a reservist, or a separated/retired military veteran, an MBA can empower you by teaching you new ways to approach and analyze problems, or build your network to springboard your career switch. Military members excel at Foster by bringing maturity, leadership experience, and work ethic to the program. Here’s a guide to help you become part of the Foster family.

Application:
GMAT: Plan to take the GMAT twice (almost everyone I know took 2 tests to get their best score). Also, I recommend taking a free GMAT practice test to judge where you stand as soon as possible. Come up with a study plan for the 2-3 months before your first GMAT test.

Application Theme: This took me a while to figure out and understand, but I think it is incredibly valuable. Your resume, essays, interview, etc. should follow a theme and have an agenda. It is up to you how heavy you’d like to lay it on, but I would suggest making sure they all are working in conjunction with each other in some way, shape, or form. This doesn’t necessarily mean they should all say the same thing, but each could fill a different role in your overall strategy. For example, you may want to emphasize your leadership skills through your resume, and fight against negative military stereotypes in one of your essays. This could be aligned with a strategy of selling yourself as a complete leader that is self-aware (just an example). Bottom Line: have a strategy. You’d be surprised how many people don’t do this.

Foster Culture: Foster and the other west coast MBA programs are known for collaboration rather than a competitive learning environment. My fellow classmates have been instrumental in my learning; practically tutoring me at times in subjects such as Corporate Finance and Accounting. On the flip side, I’ve also been thanked by multiple classmates for my help managing/driving team projects. At Foster, we learn from each other as well as from class. I’ve heard from friends at some other MBA programs that their teams were very much “sink or swim.” I don’t think there is necessarily anything wrong with a “sink or swim” competitive environment, but I feel that the collaborative environment has been more influential in my growth as a student. To each their own; but I’d just suggest making sure you know which environment you’re dealing with when applying to various schools. Also, Foster has some great clubs that can help enhance your academic learning; it would be a good idea to familiarize yourself with the clubs that interest you and think about how they might add to your educational goals and how you might want to contribute to them as well.

Paying for School:
The Foster programs participate in the Post 9/11 GI Bill program, and many veterans qualify for tuition waivers/ assistance from the UW. The UW is also a partner school for the Tillman Military Scholars Program so Foster students can apply. You can also consult the UW Veterans Center for more information and resources about financing.

Other Resources
Don’t forget to check out the Foster Veterans Association to see more about what current student veterans are doing and to reach out for more information. Finally, swing by the Husky United Military Veterans to connect with veterans on campus and hear more about what the UW is doing to help student veterans succeed.

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Joe Dennis served 5 years as an Armor Officer in the Army, and developed leadership and planning skills through multiple positions and two deployments. Since transitioning from the Army, he has taken an active role in strengthening the veterans’ network in Seattle and helping veterans illustrate their unique value to potential employers. Joe’s MBA interests include operations and marketing, and he interned at Nike last summer in a supply chain role. Outside of school, Joe is an outdoor enthusiast and loves to hike, camp, and snowboard. Joe holds a B.S. in Economics from the United States Military Academy at West Point.
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New post 11 Feb 2016, 15:21
Just finished the video interview. I got:

1. If you are accepted in Foster, what will you miss the most about your current position and why?
2. Tell me about a time you worked in a team setting

I hope I did ok :oops:
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New post 15 Feb 2016, 14:20
have anyone already had the admission interview? mine is tomorrow (skype) and its scheduled to last 1 hour. Does it really take that long?
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New post 15 Feb 2016, 14:32
Mine was about 35 minutes. Good luck!
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New post 17 Feb 2016, 10:25
I did the video interview last week. The questions were:

(1) What are your activities, hobbies, or interests outside of work?
(2) Tell us about a time when you've had to give difficult feedback.

Compared to the practice questions, the second one was a bit of a surprise. 90 seconds doesn't feel like nearly enough time (I had to cut my second answer short when I realized I only had a few seconds left, and didn't get to the most important point I wanted to make at the end... :oops: ).

My admissions (in-person) interview is next month. Does anyone know anything about what the questions are like for the admissions interview?
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New post 17 Feb 2016, 23:41
Sheconomist wrote:
I did the video interview last week. The questions were:

(1) What are your activities, hobbies, or interests outside of work?
(2) Tell us about a time when you've had to give difficult feedback.

Compared to the practice questions, the second one was a bit of a surprise. 90 seconds doesn't feel like nearly enough time (I had to cut my second answer short when I realized I only had a few seconds left, and didn't get to the most important point I wanted to make at the end... :oops: ).

My admissions (in-person) interview is next month. Does anyone know anything about what the questions are like for the admissions interview?



Did you get the in-person interview invite together with the video invite? If not, when did you finish the video interview and get the in-person interview invite? Thanks!
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Sheconomist wrote:
I did the video interview last week. The questions were:

(1) What are your activities, hobbies, or interests outside of work?
(2) Tell us about a time when you've had to give difficult feedback.

Compared to the practice questions, the second one was a bit of a surprise. 90 seconds doesn't feel like nearly enough time (I had to cut my second answer short when I realized I only had a few seconds left, and didn't get to the most important point I wanted to make at the end... :oops: ).

My admissions (in-person) interview is next month. Does anyone know anything about what the questions are like for the admissions interview?



Did you get the in-person interview invite together with the video invite? If not, when did you finish the video interview and get the in-person interview invite? Thanks!


I got both invites on the same day.
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New post 18 Feb 2016, 02:25
I gave my video interview last week. Questions that I got -

Who is your role model and why?
Describe a stressful situation at work and how you handled it.

Has anyone heard back from Foster after the video interview or any idea when can we expect to hear back?
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I just received a in-person interview, after only receiving a video-interview first.
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New post 19 Feb 2016, 10:51
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I just received a in-person interview, after only receiving a video-interview first.



Congrates! Could you share your background please? Thanks!
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I also just received an interview invitation, after only receiving the video invite to start. Very relieved and excited to move forward. My background is in non-profit with 6 years work experience.

I'd be curious to hear more from anyone who has already completed the interview, if you could share about the experience, questions, etc.

Thanks all, and best of luck!
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New post 19 Feb 2016, 11:29
Can you please inform when did you apply?
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New post 20 Feb 2016, 11:57
Looks like it is a ding for people who have not received an interview invite this Friday after getting only a video invite.
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New post 20 Feb 2016, 23:28
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Looks like it is a ding for people who have not received an interview invite this Friday after getting only a video invite.

feel the same...
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New post 21 Feb 2016, 05:39
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Can you please inform when did you apply?


I applied Round 3, close to the deadline.

And I certainly wouldn't lose hope if you haven't heard back yet. One thing that I've learned during this process is that it is unpredictable! Things can change quickly, and I think schools like to keep their options open.

Best of luck!
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Well I will have to agree with lisbeth. It is only this evening that I discovered that one of my friends who applied in R2 and had got only a video invite in November got a Skype face to face interview on January 11th.

He had no hope of hearing back from Foster, but it just worked out for him.
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