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Calling McCombs (UT Austin) MBA Applicants: (2019 Intake)Class of 2021

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Had my interview with an Alumni interviewer this morning, felt like it went quite well, we met in a coffee shop and had a relatively informal interview, but still covered all of the questions types you'd expect. Now the wait begins...
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BNabs88 Best of luck with your result buddy!

Would you mind sharing your experience? What kind of questions were you asked?
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BNabs88 Best of luck with your result buddy!

Would you mind sharing your experience? What kind of questions were you asked?


All the same ones you see online for mccombs really. Introduce yourself, run through work history, what are your goals, why MBA, why McCombs, couple of competency based questions, and then some chit-chat
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I completed a video essay for the application and appears the video has not been viewed yet on YouTube.
Wonder if they are reviewing applications based on test score first...
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milesmiles90, May be they are reviewing apps based on geography & not the score, where are you based?

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I completed a video essay for the application and appears the video has not been viewed yet on YouTube.
Wonder if they are reviewing applications based on test score first...
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Had my McCombs interview yesterday. I think it went okay.

Overview:

I met adcom in a hotel lobby. We did basic introductions and talked for a bit. Then we dove into interview questions.
My interviewer had a set of questions from which he asked questions. In this way, the interview was quite structured, and wasn't like a regular conversation. My interviewer also took notes quite visibly, and it was slightly distracting because I knew that whatever he wrote would be the basis for his interview report.

Types of questions:

We spoke about career goals and went over a few behavioural questions related to my professional experience. I spoke about my motivations for doing an MBA and how it would help me in my short/long term goals.
Then we spoke at length about the McCombs program, and how I would contribute to it. Just FYI, McCombs focuses heavily on how prospective students can give back to the community - I was asked a question about it.
Finally, the interviewer asked if I had any questions about the program. This was the most unstructured part of the interview, and was quite conversational. It is best to prepare 4-5 questions
I was surprised that we spent 15-20 minutes on my questions and another 15-20 minutes on discussing McCombs specific questions. I was prepared for a conversational interview and thought that we'd spend much more time talking about my background and professional experience, but this was not the case (we spent only about 8-10 minutes on this).

Key takeaways:

Prepare your stories well. Figure out how to repurpose your stories to answer a variety of questions.
Have a clear idea of what you want to achieve through the MBA.
Know your strengths and weaknesses at work, and also as an applicant. I was asked about both these points specifically.
Prepare to talk about your work in a succinct and concise way.
Finally, relax! My interviewer was very friendly and while the interview was in a question-answer format, he made me feel at ease.

Hope this helps!

Originally posted by chakraaayan on 06 Nov 2018, 03:26.
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Thank you for this very detailed update on your experience chakraaayan
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chakraaayan thank you so much for the helpful and detailed report; will be helpful to my clients :)

chakraaayan wrote:
Had my McCombs interview yesterday. I think it went okay.

Overview:
I met adcom in a hotel lobby. We did basic introductions and talked for a bit. Then we dove into interview questions.
My interviewer had a set of questions from which he asked questions. In this way, the interview was quite structured, and wasn't like a regular conversation. My interviewer also took notes quite visibly, and it was slightly distracting because I knew that whatever he wrote would be the basis for his interview report.

Types of questions:
We spoke about career goals and went over a few behavioural questions related to my professional experience. I spoke about my motivations for doing an MBA and how it would help me in my short/long term goals.
Then we spoke at length about the McCombs program, and how I would contribute to it. Just FYI, McCombs focuses heavily on how prospective students can give back to the community - I was asked a question about it.
Finally, the interviewer asked if I had any questions about the program. This was the most unstructured part of the interview, and was quite conversational. It is best to prepare 4-5 questions
I was surprised that we spent 15-20 minutes on my questions and another 15-20 minutes on discussing McCombs specific questions. I was prepared for a conversational interview and thought that we'd spend much more time talking about my background and professional experience, but this was not the case (we spent only about 8-10 minutes on this).

Key takeaways:
Prepare your stories well. Figure out how to repurpose your stories to answer a variety of questions.
Have a clear idea of what you want to achieve through the MBA.
Know your strengths and weaknesses at work, and also as an applicant. I was asked about both these points specifically.
Prepare to talk about your work in a succinct and concise way.
Finally, relax! My interviewer was very friendly and while the interview was in a question-answer format, he made me feel at ease.

Hope this helps!

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chakraaayan wrote:
Had my McCombs interview yesterday. I think it went okay.

Great job chakraaayan! And thank you for taking the time to share this valuable info with fellow applicants. I've formatted your post a little and have also posted it on McCombs interview debriefs section.
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Glad that this was useful! :)
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Can we expect any further call for interview.

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Can we expect any further call for interview.

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According to the website:
"Invitations can be sent out at any time between the submission and decision notification deadlines for each round"

Decision deadline isn't until mid-December, so plenty of time still
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Had my interview with an adcom member a couple of days back. Overall a pleasant experience.

The interviewer had a set of questions he was choosing from. Most of the discussion revolved around my work experience and the associated behavioural questions (biggest challenge, problem solving, feedback at work, teamwork), my plans for the future and how McCombs fits into it, and a couple of questions on me as a person - strengths/weaknesses, hobbies and passions.

I think most of the interview just mirrored the application. So the school research and introspection you did while completing the application should serve you well. The only thing additional was the set of major competency questions, which anyway everyone should be prepared for.


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Very tough to withdraw from consideration yesterday due to my other admits. Best of luck to you all!

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Very tough to withdraw from consideration yesterday due to my other admits. Best of luck to you all!

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Did anyone receive any interview invites recently?
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Did anyone receive any interview invites recently?


Are they still sending invites? Last year most of the invites had been released by mid-November, although I can't firmly say that the same will hold true this year.

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As I’m waiting for the results, I was reading on a few admission stats. Does anybody know generally what the interview to convert ratio is ?

Also, does that vary significantly for the over represented pool like Indians?

Read a few threads from the previous years on the forum, but couldn’t find any information.

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johnsculley wrote:
As I’m waiting for the results, I was reading on a few admission stats. Does anybody know generally what the interview to convert ratio is ?

Also, does that vary significantly for the over represented pool like Indians?

Read a few threads from the previous years on the forum, but couldn’t find any information.

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There was a chart that was posted here a couple of years ago that showed acceptance rates at top schools after interview.

https://gmatclub.com/forum/chances-of-g ... 30246.html

Generally, if you get INVITED to interview, your chances of getting in are better than 50%. The schools that have lower than 50% acceptance rates (Kellogg, Tuck, etc.) are those that notably allow you to schedule your own interviews. So, basically, if you got an invite, take that as a great sign.
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Based on last year, does McCombs send notices on the deadline date only? Or do they roll out notices before/after?


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