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31 Oct 2006, 04:57
gmatmba wrote:
All the best to rhyme, Mark4124 and Swgotz. Let us know how it went.

Thanks! I'll debrief next week after the interview.

I just realized I probably schedueld it too soon - I haven't been practicing my interview skills and need to bone up badly this week.

Time to put that CD I made with one question per track into the car!

I'm being interviewed by a student. Good on the one hand - likely less of a "grill you" interview (likely has some empathy for the person on the other end), not as great from the perspective that I'm not in front of someone directly on the admissions committee (though I think my interviewer may be one of those "student readers").

Should be fun!

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31 Oct 2006, 06:30
Hey Rhyme,

When are you going to be here? There is a Wine & Tapas bar in downtown Ithaca...if you want to grab a drink let me know.

-Steve

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31 Oct 2006, 07:02
all the best to you three and the rest of em appin to cornell..

guess the 1st decision will be for you guys.. hope you people start off a gud admissions season for GMAT club..

cheers
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31 Oct 2006, 07:33
swgotz... I knew you were very into cornell... didn't know you already lived in Ithaca!

Thats interesting Ryme... I think that I would have enjoyed a student interview much better. The students have a great deal of empathy with what you are going thru, they were there themselves not so long ago. I found all of my student interactions to be great.

Does anyone know if "who you interview with" means anything at all? Is there anything that can be read into who they select for you?

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31 Oct 2006, 08:28
swgotz wrote:
Hey Rhyme,

When are you going to be here? There is a Wine & Tapas bar in downtown Ithaca...if you want to grab a drink let me know.

-Steve

See your PMs. I'd love to. I'm getting together with a professor at some point and he's taking precedence (no offense) but I'm going to try and do something with him Monday afternoon.

I'm being interviewed by a girl. I hope she looks like she got hit by a truck, cause the last thing I need is a cute one distracting me.

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31 Oct 2006, 08:32
Mark4124 wrote:
swgotz... I knew you were very into cornell... didn't know you already lived in Ithaca!

Thats interesting Ryme... I think that I would have enjoyed a student interview much better. The students have a great deal of empathy with what you are going thru, they were there themselves not so long ago. I found all of my student interactions to be great.

Does anyone know if "who you interview with" means anything at all? Is there anything that can be read into who they select for you?

Naw, I think its a simple issue of supply and demand. They have to spread the workload.

I'm happy I'm interviewing with a student, hopefully she'll be nice and wont jump across the table, scratch my face and scream into my ear "WHAT THE HECK DO YOU THINK MAKES YOU GOOD ENOUGH FOR THIS SCHOOL YOU PATHETIC EXCUSE FOR THE HUMAN CONDITION?"

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31 Oct 2006, 09:21
I am sure ur amazing sense of humor will sail you through even in that situation. Good luck buddy.
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31 Oct 2006, 09:24
ak_idc wrote:
I am sure ur amazing sense of humor will sail you through even in that situation. Good luck buddy.

How to open an interview by rhyme.

Square your shoulders.
Lean forward.
Look the interviewer in the eye and ask:
"Are you now, or have you ever been a member of the communist party?"
Let the silence engulf you both.

Just kidding.

Does anyone know if the people I'm interviewing with would have read my application? That is, how much would they already know about me?

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31 Oct 2006, 09:50
Interviews are blind. They see your resume only. Sometimes they have questions from the reviewers.

-Steve

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31 Oct 2006, 10:14
Ya... they just had my resume... They didn't know my GMATs or anything.

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31 Oct 2006, 10:29
What professor are you meeting with...I assume he teaches in an area that interests you???

I met with Stu Hart a couple of weeks ago and he's one of the country's leading experts on Sustainable Base of Pyramid Development. Great guy and very passionate about the subject. He's one of the reasons I'm considering Cornell.

To answer Mark's question...I am keen on Cornell...however it wasn't the only factor in my decision to move to Ithaca. As the saying goes...."Ithaca - 10 square miles, surrounded by Reality"

Rhyme I'll shot you an email and we can try meeting up Monday night....now I just need to convince my wife I need to miss our Lamaze class!

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31 Oct 2006, 10:37
It is certainly beautiful out there!

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31 Oct 2006, 11:05
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Ya... they just had my resume... They didn't know my GMATs or anything.

I was just thinking about this. Did you guys put your GMAT in your resume? I know it is standard practice for business students to do so when they are looking for jobs (especially consulting & banking), but do you also include it in the resume when applying to schools?

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31 Oct 2006, 11:17
I didn't include it on resume. I feel that the GMAT is a separate component of my application, and stands separately from my resume/past experience.

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31 Oct 2006, 14:29
I did not either. I listed my undergraduate and graduate GPAs though but I think that is standard practice for business and employment resumes.

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31 Oct 2006, 14:54
Mark4124 wrote:
I did not either. I listed my undergraduate and graduate GPAs though but I think that is standard practice for business and employment resumes.

Nor did I, though my work resume now lists it.

I've heard that if you have a high score, its worth mentioning.

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31 Oct 2006, 15:11
It did come up though because I said during the interview that analyst recruiters want to see more quant/systems experience from me. So the interviewer asked "should we be concerned about your quant ablities, we haven't seen your gmat score?" So I said, "I didn't do as well on the quant as I would have liked on the GMAT. But in terms of in the workplace/as a student, I think it is more of a preceptional issue than a difficulty for me. I passed the CFA Level 1 and I have never had any difficulty with 'quant in the workplace.' With the investment management experience at the Parker center, I think I can overcome that quant/systems inexperience perception." She seemed to like that and that was the end of any GMAT discussion.

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31 Oct 2006, 15:54
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Mark4124 wrote:
I did not either. I listed my undergraduate and graduate GPAs though but I think that is standard practice for business and employment resumes.

Nor did I, though my work resume now lists it.

I've heard that if you have a high score, its worth mentioning.

For your work resume, a high score is worth mentioning, and the flip side is also true. I have been reading that about 700 is the cut-off for inclusion in most MBA job search resumes.

There seems to be a presumption that if you do not put your GMAT on your job search resume (as an MBA student looking for a job), that you scored below 700. This might not be the case at Harvard or Wharton, but if you're an MBA at say, Darden and you do not include your GMAT score on your job search resume, recruiters will assume you scored below 700; and yes most consulting firms and investment banks do seem to care - a lot.

I think for the work resume (for an MBA student) it is a given. I'm just wondering whether or not to include it in the school-use resume.

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31 Oct 2006, 16:11
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rhyme wrote:
Mark4124 wrote:
I did not either. I listed my undergraduate and graduate GPAs though but I think that is standard practice for business and employment resumes.

Nor did I, though my work resume now lists it.

I've heard that if you have a high score, its worth mentioning.

For your work resume, a high score is worth mentioning, and the flip side is also true. I have been reading that about 700 is the cut-off for inclusion in most MBA job search resumes.

There seems to be a presumption that if you do not put your GMAT on your job search resume (as an MBA student looking for a job), that you scored below 700. This might not be the case at Harvard or Wharton, but if you're an MBA at say, Darden and you do not include your GMAT score on your job search resume, recruiters will assume you scored below 700; and yes most consulting firms and investment banks do seem to care - a lot.

I think for the work resume (for an MBA student) it is a given. I'm just wondering whether or not to include it in the school-use resume.

Why bother including it? It's clearly on the application somewhere. If you want to bring it up during the interview, you can do so rather easily.

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31 Oct 2006, 16:39
Well, the obvious reason for why not to include the score is because it's readily available elsewhere in the application.

But I was thinking about why they ask for a resume in the first place, when everything else in the resume is (also) more or less available elsewhere in the application. My thought was that they wanted to have a concise reading of how employable you are, because helping you find a job is one of the key functions of a business school. And as mentioned above, GMAT score is an integral part of the MBA job search for 1/2 or more of all available jobs.

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