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Calling Booth Evening/Weekend MBA Aspirants (2019 Intake)Class of 2022

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For those who have interviewed at Booth - how long is the typical interview? 30 mins or 1 hour?


My interview lasted about 40 minutes.


I believe typical interviews are 30 minutes. :)
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For those who have interviewed at Booth - how long is the typical interview? 30 mins or 1 hour?


My interview lasted about 40 minutes.


I believe typical interviews are 30 minutes. :)


The typical interview is around 60 minutes, but might spillover or get over sooner depending on the alumni. Alumni interviews are often unstructured and can take different paths. I had one back in India 2 years back and actually got a pre-MBA internship offer from the alumni!
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NakulChicagoBooth wrote:

The typical interview is around 60 minutes, but might spillover or get over sooner depending on the alumni. Alumni interviews are often unstructured and can take different paths. I had one back in India 2 years back and actually got a pre-MBA internship offer from the alumni!



Ahh, so interesting! I did my interview last week on the Chicago campus, and the admissions staff gave a nice prelude before the official process began informing me the interview is usually 30 minutes with a current student or an admissions team member. Sometimes alumni if their schedules permit. After interviewing, I could definitely see it varying on different campuses with different people, for sure! Mine felt like it could have gone on forever since the conversation was so natural and easy-going!

Is the interview time different for evening/weekend applicants versus full time applicants?
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dlee61 wrote:
NakulChicagoBooth wrote:

The typical interview is around 60 minutes, but might spillover or get over sooner depending on the alumni. Alumni interviews are often unstructured and can take different paths. I had one back in India 2 years back and actually got a pre-MBA internship offer from the alumni!



Ahh, so interesting! I did my interview last week on the Chicago campus, and the admissions staff gave a nice prelude before the official process began informing me the interview is usually 30 minutes with a current student or an admissions team member. Sometimes alumni if their schedules permit. After interviewing, I could definitely see it varying on different campuses with different people, for sure! Mine felt like it could have gone on forever since the conversation was so natural and easy-going!

Is the interview time different for evening/weekend applicants versus full time applicants?



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Would you please let us know what questions you were asked?
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The typical interview is around 60 minutes, but might spillover or get over sooner depending on the alumni. Alumni interviews are often unstructured and can take different paths. I had one back in India 2 years back and actually got a pre-MBA internship offer from the alumni!



Ahh, so interesting! I did my interview last week on the Chicago campus, and the admissions staff gave a nice prelude before the official process began informing me the interview is usually 30 minutes with a current student or an admissions team member. Sometimes alumni if their schedules permit. After interviewing, I could definitely see it varying on different campuses with different people, for sure! Mine felt like it could have gone on forever since the conversation was so natural and easy-going!

Is the interview time different for evening/weekend applicants versus full time applicants?



Hi,

Would you please let us know what questions you were asked?


Here are the common interview questions:
Tell me about yourself
Why do you want to do an MBA? Why now?
Why did you choose this business school?
What can you contribute to the class?
How do you see yourself in 5 and 10 years?

Remember that the Chicago Booth interview is blind. This means that your interviewer doesn’t have access to your essays and will only have a copy of your resume (they might or might not have read it), so be prepared for questions related to your previous studies and work. The questions you might get asked might vary tremendously but there are 5 questions above that we hear over and over again and that you should master.

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Hi,

Would you please let us know what questions you were asked?


Yea, definitely!

Note: I used this page (https://gmatclub.com/forum/booth-189/in ... brief.html) heavily to prep for this interview, and the questions were incredibly similar so I may be redundant in this post, but it was a great reference for myself and all the questions were straight forward and true to the people's experience in the booth debrief page. I highly recommend checking this out if you have an interview scheduled with Booth. I'll probably add my debrief in there as well!

My experience: I was interviewed by a 2nd year female student. It was incredibly casual, and as soon as we started she emphasized that she would prefer to keep it as casual as possible so the questions were a bit more natural and flowed well with our dialogue. They weren't direct questions since they were leading off from my answers, so I'll try my best to summarize the questions she was asking.

Tell me about yourself (I used this to not talk about my resume and more about myself personally).
Walk me through your resume (Next four questions were lumped into one answer for me since it was more conversational but I could tell this is what she was interested in).
Short-term/Long-term goals with MBA.
Why MBA now?
Why Booth?
What role do you play in a group setting/group project?
How would your friends describe you in one word?
What do you like to do in your free time?
Any questions for her?

During our banter, I asked several questions naturally between these "questions" and provided information in that direction as well. Such as, what classes I would like to take. I asked her what her favorite classes were in her time at Booth while we were on the "Why Booth?" part. She was part of clubs that I was interested in so we chatted about that heavily. How much interaction she had with FT and weekend/weekday students, etc. I was genuinely interested since this was my number one choice so the conversation flowed very well and was enjoyable.

Hope that helped!
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Hi,

Would you please let us know what questions you were asked?


Yea, definitely!

Note: I used this page (https://gmatclub.com/forum/booth-189/in ... brief.html) heavily to prep for this interview, and the questions were incredibly similar so I may be redundant in this post, but it was a great reference for myself and all the questions were straight forward and true to the people's experience in the booth debrief page. I highly recommend checking this out if you have an interview scheduled with Booth. I'll probably add my debrief in there as well!

My experience: I was interviewed by a 2nd year female student. It was incredibly casual, and as soon as we started she emphasized that she would prefer to keep it as casual as possible so the questions were a bit more natural and flowed well with our dialogue. They weren't direct questions since they were leading off from my answers, so I'll try my best to summarize the questions she was asking.

Tell me about yourself (I used this to not talk about my resume and more about myself personally).
Walk me through your resume (Next four questions were lumped into one answer for me since it was more conversational but I could tell this is what she was interested in).
Short-term/Long-term goals with MBA.
Why MBA now?
Why Booth?
What role do you play in a group setting/group project?
How would your friends describe you in one word?
What do you like to do in your free time?
Any questions for her?

During our banter, I asked several questions naturally between these "questions" and provided information in that direction as well. Such as, what classes I would like to take. I asked her what her favorite classes were in her time at Booth while we were on the "Why Booth?" part. She was part of clubs that I was interested in so we chatted about that heavily. How much interaction she had with FT and weekend/weekday students, etc. I was genuinely interested since this was my number one choice so the conversation flowed very well and was enjoyable.

Hope that helped!



Thank you so much!!! Wish you good luck.

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I'm planning to apply to the Autumn 2019 entry well before the deadline - sometime early March.
If I were to complete the interview in March/April, does Booth still wait until after the deadline to make the decision?
I never got a clear answer from admissions about this.

Anyone familiar with the process, would appreciate the help.
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Chicago 0-3 WE ppl, does anyone have the inside scoop on Chicago Business Fellows? Just learned about this program. Deadlines May & June for fall. https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/e ... candidates

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If you are applying in April for summer start make sure to get an admissions event under your belt before applying. There's one downtown March 1 (linked below) If you cant make it at least participate in the online chat on March 5. https://www.chicagobooth.edu/programs/e ... ns-chicago

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gmatkarma20 my understanding is that it is rolling and you should hear within 4-6 weeks.

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I'm planning to apply to the Autumn 2019 entry well before the deadline - sometime early March.
If I were to complete the interview in March/April, does Booth still wait until after the deadline to make the decision?
I never got a clear answer from admissions about this.

Anyone familiar with the process, would appreciate the help.


Hi,

You will hear back within 4-6 weeks. I applied for the Autumn 2019 in December and heard back by early February. If you give them a heads up that you're awaiting fro application status from other schools, they are usually very flexible.
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hanamana I'm in a similar scenario. What did your email to Booth look like asking for an expedited decision? Most of what I read advises against it.

I was thinking of first asking for an extension on deposits. Did you try that route?

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hanamana I'm in a similar scenario. What did your email to Booth look like asking for an expedited decision? Most of what I read advises against it.

I was thinking of first asking for an extension on deposits. Did you try that route?

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Hi, I told them that I've already heard back from Berkeley Haas and Northwestern Kellogg and would love to hear back from Booth as soon as possible to make the informed decision. They will expedite the process (IMO), not sure why this would be perceived against it. With regard to deposits, I would also give them a reason why you need an extension for. Booth has proclaimed its flexibility throughout info sessions and chats, so hopefully they accommodate your needs
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hanamana I'm in a similar scenario. What did your email to Booth look like asking for an expedited decision? Most of what I read advises against it.

I was thinking of first asking for an extension on deposits. Did you try that route?

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Hi, I told them that I've already heard back from Berkeley Haas and Northwestern Kellogg and would love to hear back from Booth as soon as possible to make the informed decision. They will expedite the process (IMO), not sure why this would be perceived against it. With regard to deposits, I would also give them a reason why you need an extension for. Booth has proclaimed its flexibility throughout info sessions and chats, so hopefully they accommodate your needs


I didn't request an extension on deposit, but I did request an expedited decision and also an extension of my decision deadline to accept at both Kellogg and Booth, and everyone was incredibly kind and understanding. I believe as long as you're polite, there is absolutely no negative connotation on requesting an expedited decision or extension on decision to matriculate. I specifically let them know that there were competing programs (listed the schools) who have notified me already, and I wanted to see if it was possible to expedite my decision in order to make sure I made the best decision based on all my options available. I never got a negative feeling from either program when requesting. I was even told by Kellogg's admissions via email and phone that it's very common for both schools (Booth and Kellogg) to accommodate and it's not frowned upon at all before I even requested the expedited decision, hence I felt more comfortable doing it as well.

By my personal experience, they were all in fact very friendly! Even got a call notifying me about a merit scholarship even after asking for an extension. I don't think extending is what got me the scholarship, so don't play that card, but it definitely didn't play any negative role in my application or interactions with either schools that I can see!

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dlee61 thank you so much for your insight. How long did it take for you to hear about a merit scholarship after the decision (assuming booth as it's one of the few that does).

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dlee61 thank you so much for your insight. How long did it take for you to hear about a merit scholarship after the decision (assuming booth as it's one of the few that does).

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I heard back within three business days after my acceptance call!
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I have a question about the application section under "Motivation and Goals". There are two questions:

What is your short-term career goal? (250 word max)
What is your long-term post-MBA goal? (250 word max)

These are non-essay questions, and are short answer questions. I am wondering whether most people get close to the 250 word max, or put a simple answer of a few sentences. I feel like I could succinctly answer these in 2-3 sentences each and be < 100 words, but I could also put a lot more background to get closer to the max if they are looking for a more detailed response. I was surprised they give you this much room, because that's pretty close to the essay lengths (300 and 400 words).

Any thoughts on these questions and the level of detail in response?


This is actually a great question. For those who have received admission to the program, can you please provide insights?


I'd like to bump this now that a few more people have said that they were admitted. I'm working on my application now and would love to hear how other people approached what appear to me to be "hidden essays"
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I did them as essays. Got a story I had to get across and used most of the available word count.

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hanamana wrote:
rob22 wrote:
I have a question about the application section under "Motivation and Goals". There are two questions:

What is your short-term career goal? (250 word max)
What is your long-term post-MBA goal? (250 word max)

These are non-essay questions, and are short answer questions. I am wondering whether most people get close to the 250 word max, or put a simple answer of a few sentences. I feel like I could succinctly answer these in 2-3 sentences each and be < 100 words, but I could also put a lot more background to get closer to the max if they are looking for a more detailed response. I was surprised they give you this much room, because that's pretty close to the essay lengths (300 and 400 words).

Any thoughts on these questions and the level of detail in response?


This is actually a great question. For those who have received admission to the program, can you please provide insights?


I'd like to bump this now that a few more people have said that they were admitted. I'm working on my application now and would love to hear how other people approached what appear to me to be "hidden essays"


I would advice you to target around 200 words - they are looking for a little bit more color than just 2-3 lines i.e. <100 words. Ideally,
1. Be more specific in your short-term goal and be able to show your transitions clearly. The adcom of business schools sees your your short-term goal from the lens of how "recruitable" you are post-graduation in that job/industry/function
2. Be aspirational and show impact in your long-term goal. Remember to be thematic and show what problem you saw, and how you as a leader are in a position to be able to solve that problem by inspiring others
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