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New post 20 Nov 2008, 20:06
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If any ambassador can meet between 10:30 and 12:30 Friday, drop me a PM.


I will be in class until 12pm, but will be free from 12pm to 4:45pm. Will PM you my phone.


Got it! Let's do lunch tomorrow.

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New post 20 Nov 2008, 20:19
Had my off-campus interview. It was interesting. He was a big firm consulting guy. Very smart, polished and quick-witted. He didn't seem to have any agenda and asked questions based on things I would say.

Questions were:
i) Why are you applying to b-schools?
ii) What is the biggest challenge you have faced at your job.........(popped that question when I was talking about my background)
iii) What was the end result?
iv) What classes do you want to take at b-school?
vi) Thats a great class! How will it help you as a portfolio manager?
vii) Tell me the most complicated model you have built?
viii) How long did it take you?
ix) Tell me two things you want to get out of b-school?
x) What do you outside of work?
xi) What action did you take? (I was talking about a volunteer experience)
xii) Why didn't you do xyz.....thats maybe what I would have done?
xiii) Does your boss know you are applying?
xiv) What did your boss say you most need from b-school?

It was a very behavioral interview. He was a sharp-witted consultant and I am a more analytical finance guy. It was clear that two of us had different personalities. He even told me once that he would have done something differently than I did. I thought he was trying to unnerve me so I held my ground and explained him my reasoning and the results.

This was a highly charged experience. I think I answered everything well.

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New post 20 Nov 2008, 20:51
I am really surprised that he dug deep into your work experience (i.e. what is the most complex model that you've built). This is hardly a pre-requisite for business school. Also, did he not ask what you would contribute to Chicago, what you hope to be involved in, etc.?

I guess alumni interviews generally deviate from the "standard" questions? Whether that is good or bad can depend on a lot of things.
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New post 20 Nov 2008, 21:04
levfin2003 wrote:
Had my off-campus interview. It was interesting. He was a big firm consulting guy. Very smart, polished and quick-witted. He didn't seem to have any agenda and asked questions based on things I would say.

Questions were:
i) Why are you applying to b-schools?
ii) What is the biggest challenge you have faced at your job.........(popped that question when I was talking about my background)
iii) What was the end result?
iv) What classes do you want to take at b-school?
vi) Thats a great class! How will it help you as a portfolio manager?
vii) Tell me the most complicated model you have built?
viii) How long did it take you?
ix) Tell me two things you want to get out of b-school?
x) What do you outside of work?
xi) What action did you take? (I was talking about a volunteer experience)
xii) Why didn't you do xyz.....thats maybe what I would have done?
xiii) Does your boss know you are applying?
xiv) What did your boss say you most need from b-school?

It was a very behavioral interview. He was a sharp-witted consultant and I am a more analytical finance guy. It was clear that two of us had different personalities. He even told me once that he would have done something differently than I did. I thought he was trying to unnerve me so I held my ground and explained him my reasoning and the results.

This was a highly charged experience. I think I answered everything well.


I'm also a bit surprised by the model question (I have received that question in PE interviews, but would not expect it for MBA.) This sounds like a more intense interview than I had. I had an off-campus from a boutique I-banker.

Questions were the typical:

1) Why MBA/Now (especially given the current job climate and already having a good job?)
2) Why Chicago?
3) Where else did you apply?
4) How will Chicago help achieve ST/LT goals?
5) What will you do if job environment is bad when you graduate?
6) How would you get involved (extra-curricular)?
7) What do you think your chances of acceptance are? (!!!!)
8) How would you contribute to team projects?

We had very good rapport and candor, so I felt comfortable asking him after the interview what he thought my chances are (especially since he asked me the same question) to which he deferred to admissions but said that I had good credentials.

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I am really surprised that he dug deep into your work experience (i.e. what is the most complex model that you've built). This is hardly a pre-requisite for business school. Also, did he not ask what you would contribute to Chicago, what you hope to be involved in, etc.?

I guess alumni interviews generally deviate from the "standard" questions? Whether that is good or bad can depend on a lot of things.


Actually he wasn't interested in the complicated model I had built. He was more interested in the thought process, the challenges faced, the end result etc.

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New post 20 Nov 2008, 21:11
Interesting.

cougarblue -- Yours definitely sounds like a more standard interview. In fact, I'd love to have the questions that you had. Did the alumni interviewer forego the leadership experiences/EC questions?

levfin2003 -- That's really interesting and I'm still surprised that stuff was asked. Like cougarblue said, I think that's more appropriate to an interview for a Finance job, and not so much for a B-School interview. (i.e. I believe that most B-School interviews are attempting to discern fit, interpersonal skills, goals, and involvement, rather than intelligence and thought process).
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New post 20 Nov 2008, 21:40
agold wrote:
Interesting.

cougarblue -- Yours definitely sounds like a more standard interview. In fact, I'd love to have the questions that you had. Did the alumni interviewer forego the leadership experiences/EC questions?

levfin2003 -- That's really interesting and I'm still surprised that stuff was asked. Like cougarblue said, I think that's more appropriate to an interview for a Finance job, and not so much for a B-School interview. (i.e. I believe that most B-School interviews are attempting to discern fit, interpersonal skills, goals, and involvement, rather than intelligence and thought process).


I see what you are saying. From the beginning this guy was asking 'seemingly behavioral' questions. What surprised me most was that he did not show much passion for Chicago. When he talked about school, he talked about b-school in general not about Chicago. I do feel that I answered all questions.

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New post 20 Nov 2008, 22:00
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rhyme wrote:
sonibubu wrote:
If any ambassador can meet between 10:30 and 12:30 Friday, drop me a PM.


I will be in class until 12pm, but will be free from 12pm to 4:45pm. Will PM you my phone.


Got it! Let's do lunch tomorrow.


I'm not sure if I will be able to go, I have an Investments Assignment to do, 2 cases to read and it's already 11PM, It's going to be a long night...
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New post 21 Nov 2008, 06:50
levfin2003 wrote:
agold wrote:
I am really surprised that he dug deep into your work experience (i.e. what is the most complex model that you've built). This is hardly a pre-requisite for business school. Also, did he not ask what you would contribute to Chicago, what you hope to be involved in, etc.?

I guess alumni interviews generally deviate from the "standard" questions? Whether that is good or bad can depend on a lot of things.


Actually he wasn't interested in the complicated model I had built. He was more interested in the thought process, the challenges faced, the end result etc.


This is the consultant in him coming out - consultants like to ask questions that make you think hard about what it is you do.

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I'm not sure if I will be able to go, I have an Investments Assignment to do, 2 cases to read and it's already 11PM, It's going to be a long night...


It's fall quarter... you aren't even interviewing yet! No excuses. Lunch it is. I'll be at the front desk area at 12:05pm.

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rhyme wrote:
kwam wrote:

I'm not sure if I will be able to go, I have an Investments Assignment to do, 2 cases to read and it's already 11PM, It's going to be a long night...


It's fall quarter... you aren't even interviewing yet! No excuses. Lunch it is. I'll be at the front desk area at 12:05pm.

Are you guys planning to eat someplace near the campus? My interview should be completed by 11:45 and I'll probably leave sometime around 12:30-12:45 to catch a plane back to San Diego. Mind if an applicant tags along for a bit?

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rhyme wrote:
kwam wrote:

I'm not sure if I will be able to go, I have an Investments Assignment to do, 2 cases to read and it's already 11PM, It's going to be a long night...


It's fall quarter... you aren't even interviewing yet! No excuses. Lunch it is. I'll be at the front desk area at 12:05pm.

Are you guys planning to eat someplace near the campus? My interview should be completed by 11:45 and I'll probably leave sometime around 12:30-12:45 to catch a plane back to San Diego. Mind if an applicant tags along for a bit?


No, go ahead. Join us. We'll just eat at Kovler. Sonibubu was going to join us too. I'll PM you my phone. Reception sucks but feel free to try it... or just meet me at the front desk area at 12:05

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That's the main desk outside the admissions office on the 2nd floor?

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rhyme wrote:
kwam wrote:

I'm not sure if I will be able to go, I have an Investments Assignment to do, 2 cases to read and it's already 11PM, It's going to be a long night...


It's fall quarter... you aren't even interviewing yet! No excuses. Lunch it is. I'll be at the front desk area at 12:05pm.


"Somebody" told me to take 4 courses, and now things are piling up. :shock: :lol:

I have a review session during lunch I need to attend, but I call you around 12PM
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New post 21 Nov 2008, 08:11
This morning when I got up I gave a second thought to last night's interview. I am unable to determine how will it weigh in.

For 30 minutes this guy fired questions at me on the most minute details about work/volunteer activities. How I reacted to each situation, what results I achieved etc. I felt that I didn't bend under pressure and answered every question with confidence. So thats a plus.

But on the other hand there was little discussion about 'fit'. He himself seemed well-removed from the school and didn't show much passion. So I lost out there.

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New post 21 Nov 2008, 08:22
hey Levfin2003,

I have had my interview on campus and I did not have a question about fit or why Chicago. Which was a real surprised for an on-campus so I would not worry about having no question about fit from an off campus.

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New post 21 Nov 2008, 09:35
Had my interview. Stress-free enjoyable experience.

Tell me about yourself - went into career goals, career progress
Why MBA
Why Chicago
What do you do for fun
Fav Book
Challenging Teamwork experience
what other schools are you applying to and what is your criteria in choosing a school

~30-40 min

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Just out of curiousity, when are you Booth students (Kwam, Rhyme and co) changing your avatars with the new Logo?

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Had my interview. Stress-free enjoyable experience.

Tell me about yourself - went into career goals, career progress
Why MBA
Why Chicago
What do you do for fun
Fav Book
Challenging Teamwork experience
what other schools are you applying to and what is your criteria in choosing a school

~30-40 min


On-campus or off? What was the alumni's background if off?
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agold wrote:
terp26 wrote:
Had my interview. Stress-free enjoyable experience.

Tell me about yourself - went into career goals, career progress
Why MBA
Why Chicago
What do you do for fun
Fav Book
Challenging Teamwork experience
what other schools are you applying to and what is your criteria in choosing a school

~30-40 min


On-campus or off? What was the alumni's background if off?



off-campus, corp finance background, very sweet woman, she was a recent grad

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