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Debrief posted on  May 19 2020 [#permalink] Anderson, FEMBA
Skype Interviewed on: May 18 2020 Final Decision: Interviewed

"I had my interview with one of FEMBA alumni and below are some of questions from the interview. 1. Why MBA 2. Why Anderson 3. What can you contribute to the community 4. What’s your weakness to improve upon 5. How do you plan ti manage your study while working at the same time 6. How do you see yourself fit in with the Anderson’s community 7. Anything you want the admission to know 8. Any questions"

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Debrief posted on  May 20 2020 [#permalink] Marshall, MBA.PM
Skype Interviewed on: May 18 2020 Final Decision: Interviewed

"Why MBA Why Marshall What can you contribute What are your strengths 3 qualities in effective leader Fall back if post MBA doesnt work out Any questions"

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Debrief posted on  May 16 2020 [#permalink] Said Oxford, Full Time MBA
Off Campus with Adcom Interviewed on: May 15 2020 Final Decision: Interviewed

"Why MBA, Why Now, Why SBS, A brief of career progression, What will I bring to the table as an Oxford MBA cohort that is unique, an example of where I faced difficulty in work and and when I faced disagreement. It was a chilled out experience. The start off by easing you in through a chit chat and then the interview starts."

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Debrief posted on  May 14 2020 [#permalink] NTU Nanyang, Full Time MBA
Off Campus with Adcom Interviewed on: May 13 2020

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Debrief posted on  May 07 2020 [#permalink] Said Oxford, Full Time MBA
Skype Interviewed on: May 07 2020 Final Decision: Interviewed

"It was quite a relaxed interview. I cant remember exactly how she worded the questions but this is what they wanted to know. 1. Why do you want to do your MBA at Oxford? 2. Why do you want to do an MBA? 3. What skills do you think you will gain from the MBA? 4. What skills make you unique and will help you in what you want to do as a future career? 5. How would you deal with a difficult situation (re: work wise)? 6. What do negative attributes do you think your references put in their letter/ areas they recommended for improvement? Overall it went smoothly and she was very friendly."

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Debrief posted on  May 21 2020 [#permalink] Johnson (Cornell), Full Time MBA
Skype Interviewed on: May 01 2020 Final Decision: Matriculating

"Interview was with a senior member of AdComm. It started out with a brief introduction by the interviewer, followed by a reassurance that this is going to be a conversation more than anything. The interviewer was very, very warm and kind, which made the nerves (for the most part) melt away. Definitely different from any other interview I had. The questions were as follows: 1. Tell me your academic and professional history. 2. Why MBA? 3. Why Johnson? 4. Several very particular questions to my application that would out me if I listed them (just remember to be prepared for anything folks!). 5. What do you want to get involved in on campus? 6. Anything else you want to express? I asked a couple questions related to the general COVID-19 updates, decision turn around, program offers, etc. Overall, a great experience. I would recommend knowing everything about your app inside and out and being prepared for some questions particular to you as a candidate, unlike other interviews which work solely off of a resume (or less). I also would recommend just being comfortable and at ease because I really do mean it when I say the Cornell AdComm team does a PHENOMENAL job actually making everything a conversation between interviewer and interviewee. You got this, future applicant! I'm rooting for you!"

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Debrief posted on  Apr 30 2020 [#permalink] Anderson, Full Time MBA
Skype Interviewed on: Apr 30 2020 Final Decision: Invited to Interview

"Casual - had some technical difficulties. MBA2 started with asking about my HIIT workout during COVID and karaoke (interests on my resume). 1. Walk me through your resume 2. Why MBA and why now? 3. What's your long-term and short-term goal? 4. What's your strength and the typical role you play in teams? 5. What clubs will you contribute to (fun, professional and identity)and how? 6. Tell me more about the event you mentioned about (D&I - previously I mentioned and was on my resume)? Was a great conversation overall - and he followed up with opportunities given my D&I experience and his involvements."

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Debrief posted on  Apr 27 2020 [#permalink] Mendoza, Full Time MBA
Skype Interviewed on: Apr 27 2020 Final Decision: Interviewed

"I was interviewed by Ms. Cassie via Zoom and the interview was comfortable. Here are the questions (Not necessarily in that order) 1. Why MBA and Why Notre Dame 2. Why do we have to choose you in our program 3. A person who you admire and why 4. What do you do in your leisure time 5. If we could talk to your present team mates , what would they say about you 6. Fun fact about you 7. Anything else do you want to share Case Question : You’re in charge to move 10k cases of wine from Chile to Indiana. What factors you need to consider. ( we can use pen and paper to jot down notes ) Hindsight, I should have mentioned some electives/concentrations that I am interested in, I prepared for it but forgot to mention them during the course of the interview. Be yourself and best wishes for your interview."

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Debrief posted on  Apr 25 2020 [#permalink] Kellogg, Evening/Weekend MBA
Skype Interviewed on: Apr 24 2020 Final Decision: Interviewed

"Interviewed with a recent alum over Skype (all interviews are virtual right now due to the pandemic). He was very friendly, interview last about 50 minutes with half of the time spent on his questions and half spent on mine. Tell me why you chose your undergraduate school and major. Tell me about specific leadership roles and responsibilities you've held at work. Which ones did you like the most? Why MBA/why Kellogg? What do you value in a leader and what kind of leader are you? What are 3 of your strengths and 3 areas for improvement? What clubs/organizations do you see yourself getting involved in at Kellogg? The second-to-last question threw me because I didn't think to prepare three of each, so I struggled to come up with a third weakness in the moment but did come back to it later in the interview when we were talking about what he got out of his time at Kellogg. Hoping my other responses and questions were enough to show interest."

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Debrief posted on  Apr 23 2020 [#permalink] Ross Michigan, Full Time MBA
Skype Interviewed on: Apr 23 2020

"I had my online interview with an MBA2 via Bluejeans. It was very laid back and conversational. All the anxiety I was feling before the interview turned out to be unnecessary. My interviewer started by telling me how the interview would go. Then he talked about his background and what he has been involved with at Ross. I was asked the following questions - Why MBA, Why now and Career goals- These came as one question - Why Ross - Tell me about a time you had to work on a project you had no prior knowledge of - Tell me about a time you went above and beyond your role - Tell me about a time you were unable to reach a goal - Tell me about a leadership experience you had Generally it was a pleasant experience and I am very positive"

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Debrief posted on  Apr 27 2020 [#permalink] LBS, Full Time MBA
Off Campus with Alumni Interviewed on: Apr 21 2020 Final Decision: Admitted

"Interviewed for the full time MBA program with LBS with an alumni interviewer. Overall the interview lasted about 75 minutes. The interviewer upfront told me the format of the interview, and left a good amount of time 15-20 minutes at the end for questions. I would say questions were overall standard -- we talked through my background, each of my roles and I was asked to go into detail on a few specific projects. The interviewer wanted to understand my leadership style and how I deal with challenges and team environments, and asked several questions on personality related to that. Further they really want to understand career goals and why LBS will be the right program for you, asking specifically Why LBS and what other activities you would plan to get involved in during your time in the program. Mid-way through, we had the case project. This is a short business related question, that is more meant to get a sense of your critical thinking and communication. I was given 5 minutes to prepare the case and then 5 minutes to present. I think if you've worked in consulting or interviewed for consulting this won't be too difficult. However if you have not, I would recommend preparing a bit on how to structure the case, as that is much more important vs the actual answer. After the case we jumped back into the interview with a few more questions on my career goals / interests. It was clear that the interviewer had seen my application beforehand including my career goals and resume, and we talked about it in some detail. As mentioned, at the end it was left open for questions. I had about 6 questions I asked about the interviewer's experience at LBS which were talked through in detail. Overall, the interview is fairly standard, most of the questions are ones you can expect, and the interviewer has the chance to ask follow ups on motivations and things like that. The case, which takes about 10-15 minutes in total (preparation, instructions, and presentation) means that the interview is a bit longer than other MBA interviews, going as long as 2 hours for some people. But know your story, know about the school and know why the MBA program will help you get to where you want to be, and I'm sure you will be fine."

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Debrief posted on  Apr 20 2020 [#permalink] McDonough, McDonough Evening MBA
Skype Interviewed on: Apr 20 2020 Final Decision: Admitted

"Hey all, I had my interview today and following were the questions: 1) Why MBA now ? 2) Why Georgetown? 3) Tell about your weakness. 4) Give an example of a conflict you had with a colleague and how you resolved it. 5) Give some examples of teamwork. 6) Long term and short term goals 7) If I have any questions (this took 5-10 minutes) Hope this helps the other prospective students!"

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Debrief posted on  Apr 21 2020 [#permalink] Smith Maryland, Full-time 2 Year MBA
Skype Interviewed on: Apr 20 2020 Final Decision: Admitted

"Hi, I had my interview through Skype on 20th April 2020 for about 22 mins. The interviewer was very casual but I was very formal as I prepared too much and I couldn't suddenly tone it down ( uff, I know ).So it was the same set of questions Why MBA? Why smith? Why now? then transitioned to things I said in my essay and things I wanted to do post MBA (stick to what's written). I'm an Indian living in the U.S, small discussions on difficulties in securing a job post-MBA(try to contribute something here - if not h1b, what other options you have) also Plan A, Plan B. What other schools have you applied to? Why? And did you hear back from them? What if you get admitted in all the schools you applied to, which one will you choose? (Really? Oh WOW )How will you contribute to smith? Any questions for me? (Pay attention to the answer because by this time I started to retrospect few of my answers and was off to my worry land). Overall: Chill and casual. Converse and convey your thoughts well - laugh, chat. All the best guys! PS: have kept it as real as possible. If I get admitted, I will share my answers as well! :)"

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Debrief posted on  Apr 24 2020 [#permalink] Illinois MBA, Gies iMBA
Skype Interviewed on: Apr 20 2020 Final Decision: Interviewed

"Short interview (15min) Questions: - Why MBA in your current career stage? - How do you think you fit with the program? given that average experience is 10 years and average age is 37 - What can you contribute to the class? and then assigned 5 mins for my questions. final interview feedback was postive"

ChiliVerde from United States WE: 90 months; Computer Software
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Debrief posted on  Apr 21 2020 [#permalink] INSEAD, January Intake Class of
Skype Interviewed on: Apr 18 2020 Final Decision: Admitted

"Due to COVID-19, both interviews are virtual. The first alumnus works in the same industry with me. He read the whole application file and mentioned some details in it. It felt more like chatting with a friend. Questions included -- How will you manage conflicts with others? How confident are you to speak for yourself in the international settings? (English is my second language) How do you demonstrate leadership? Long term goal. Why MBA now? Singy or Fonty? We talked about his school life, career advice, industry trends and etc. It lasted around 100 minutes. *** My second interview with an alumna was more formal. I could feel she had a checklist to go through. After some chats, she then jumped in questions. Questions included -- Tell me about yourself. Why MBA. Why INSEAD? What other schools are you applying? Give me an example of teamwork. How can you contribute? Singy or Fonty? We finished the checklist in 20 minutes. Then we talked about her career since she has graduated for many years. It lasted around 40 minutes. Generally speaking, there is no surprising question. They were checking my fit for the programme in particular. Both of them were friendly, and happy to answer any question I had. The experience was very delightful. Hoping for the best."

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Debrief posted on  Apr 21 2020 [#permalink] INSEAD, January Intake Class of
Skype Interviewed on: Apr 17 2020 Final Decision: Admitted

"In overall, both interviews went quite well. However, both alumni had specific questions about my profile besides general ones. 1st interviewer is a female and she is a start-up founder My session lasted around 40~50 minutes before we talk about her INSEAD experience. We warmed up with basic questions, such as: - Self introduction - Why MBA? - Why INSEAD? - Long term and short term goal - I also talked about my extra professional activities in the introduction; therefore, this lady raised some more questions about my extra professional activities, such as: What do i do, How often, Why did I choose such activities, How many hours a week I spend for each? - Challenges I faced to when working with team members locating in different countries. I guess she had this question because most of my international WE is to work with a team whose members scatter around the globe. - Last question was about my long term career goal and it was the hardest one. I think it is only for me so don't worry too much. I think that all of us should think about our career goal carefully, not only what the goal is but also how to make it come true, how it can serve the society, what will you say/work/recommend then. The alumni can raise a lot questions about that to understand how INSEAD can support us. I didn't ask for her feedback as a lot of alumni said the interviewer will try to be neutral. That's why I spent my time to chit chat with this lady because I am interested in start-ups. 2nd interviewer is a male and he is a Head of Sales of a French company. Question list: - Self introduction - Go through my resume and what did I do in each position? - My learning point when I worked with client ABC (a very specific question) and what I enjoyed the most? - Any challenge that I can foresee when I am in an INSEAD study group and what will I do to solve it? - My plan between Fonty campus and Singy campus - What is my contribution for INSEAD? Although the number of questions is less than the 1st interviewer's, he went into details and linked back to my application form. I guess he spent time to go through my application before the interview. It took me also ~40 mins to finish before we discussed about INSEAD life. Luckily, my interviewer gave me his feedback about how suitable I am with INSEAD at the end of the session. I don't know how often it happens but maybe you guys can try with your interviewer :). Of course, he managed my expectation that he can't decide my result but he will give the Committee his positive feedback. Yayyy. I regretted that I did not ask my 1st interviewer :(. Anyway, I can't do much now. I hope that it is helpful Cheers"

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Debrief posted on  Apr 21 2020 [#permalink] Illinois MBA, Gies iMBA
Skype Interviewed on: Apr 16 2020 Final Decision: Admitted

"Interview took about 25 minutes. Questions asked: 1) You said in your essay xxx, can you talk to me about that 2) Why UI, why iMBA, why online 3) What can you contribute to the class 4) Tell me about working in teams 5) What concerns you the most ? Time management, course content, overwhelming, etc. Questions I asked: 1) What advice would you give an entering student 2) Any opportunity for assistantship 3) Asked about specializations/areas of focus"

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Debrief posted on  May 07 2020 [#permalink] Kellogg, Evening/Weekend MBA
Skype Interviewed on: Apr 15 2020 Final Decision: Admitted

"Some of the questions: 1. Walk me through Resume 2. Why MBA? Why Now? Why Kellogg? 3. Career goals? 4. Leadership style 5. What extracurricular activities and clubs are you interested in? It was a very nice conversation instead of an interview in my opinion."

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Debrief posted on  Apr 14 2020 [#permalink] Ross Michigan, Full Time MBA
Off Campus with current Student Interviewed on: Apr 14 2020 Final Decision: Interviewed

"I had my online interview with MBA2 on BlueJeans. My interviewer's screen went blank twice, but it got reconnected automatically in 1-2 mins. We started off discussing coronavirus situations at both places. Then he introduced himself, his background and where he is going to go after his MBA. He made it clear that he has a set of questions for me and he'll give around ten minutes for any questions that I have. Got the following questions 1. Why do you want an MBA? (No Tell me about yourself. But I tried to briefly explain to him how my past experience is related to my MBA goals) 2. Why are you particularly interested in Ross? Spent around 15 min for these two questions. He then said he has some behavioural questions, to check how I learnt from my experiences. 1. Time you had to work on a project with no resources or prior knowledge about it. 2. Time you received tough feedback. 3. Time you made a mistake. 4. Time your idea got developed because of your leadership skills. Had a lot of followup questions. Finally, I asked about his reasons for choosing Ross, international exposure at Ross and any tips for me. Overall, very relaxed and conversational interview. Fingers crossed. Good Luck."

btharun2008 from India GMAT 740; WE: 96 months; Manufacturing
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Debrief posted on  Apr 09 2020 [#permalink] McDonough, Full Time MBA
Skype Interviewed on: Apr 09 2020 Final Decision: Waitlisted with Interview

"I just did my interview with a current student through Zoom. Friendly conversational mood. -Why MBA and Georgetown -Leadership example when you were selected and one when you took the initiative -One example you challenged the status quo -Constructive feedback you had -What factors you consider to make a decision to enroll -Impactful work experience Maybe I missed one question, but training through the debriefs (like I did) one should be fine! Good luck to all! Practice hard before that the reward comes! I hope I get accepted. Regards,"

VictorGuima GMAT 650; WE: 63 months; Transportation
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Debrief posted on  Apr 14 2020 [#permalink] Schulich, September Intake
Skype Interviewed on: Apr 09 2020 Final Decision: Admitted

"Had my interview with Elle Sharma. Super fun interaction and nothing to sweat over. Just general behavioural and work related questions. Lasted an hour. My advice would be to not overthink it and stick to candid answers as you probably already have thought about all of these throughout your application process. 1. Why MBA? Why Schulich? Goals? 2. Conflict handling. 3. What does leadership mean to you? 4. Time when you had to make a tough decision. 5. Challenges you would have while pursuing the MBA slash weakness."

dhruvsach from India GMAT 650; Hospitality and Tourism
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Skype Interviewed on: Apr 08 2020 Final Decision: Admitted

"I applied on March 29 and got the interview invitation on April 5. My interview was conducted on April 8. The interviewer was Prof. Tobias Dauth. We had a brief conversation on Open Day so we skipped all the introductory part and went straight into questions like: Why Germany? Why HHL? What’s your goal? So basically it’s my self-introduction. Then we moved into industry-related questions: How do you see the insurance industry? If you were a board member of an insurance company, what would you do to promote innovation? I gave my view and he also asked some follow-up questions in between my responses. My impression of those questions are more like him trying to understand my thoughts rather than testing how up-to-date I am about the industry or how much I know about the industry in great depth. The overall atmosphere was relaxed. There wasn’t any tricky/challenging questions. At the end of the interview, he mentioned that the result would usually come in 5-14 days."

jmailreg GMAT 640; Insurance
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Skype Interviewed on: Apr 07 2020 Final Decision: Admitted

"I got an interview invite on 3rd April. And my interview was scheduled for 7th April with Vivek Velamuri sir. He was very friendly and asked basic questions- Whats your story, Why HHL, I want to start my enterprise so he asked if i had any idea in mind, Why Germany and that’s about it. At the end, he told me that he really liked my profile so he will give me the admission and also told me the scholarship amount. And that I will get the official admission letter in a week. Vivek sir started the interview on a very casual note. So we sort of discussed where all he had lived in India etc.. after that he asked me about my story ie in other words tell me about yourself. (which we all prepare), he didn’t ask me why MBA because he could deduct the need for it from my past experience and my long-term goal. Then he asked me why HHL Leipzig (again prepared answer) and then why Germany in particular ( so here i told him about Germany being in the driver seat of innovation propelled by academic powerhouses and so learning here will allow me to be more visionary and innovative- qualities essential in the future) and then mentioned my short-term goal of staying in Germany/ Europe for a couple of years. He mentioned that he had already gone through my documents in detail. And he liked the work I had done with the NGOs and also, the fact that I had cleared the UPSC Civil services exam prelims twice while working in my father’s business."

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Debrief posted on  Apr 24 2020 [#permalink] INSEAD, September Intake Class of
Skype Interviewed on: Apr 07 2020 Final Decision: Matriculating

"Already deep into Covid both interviews were online (one hangouts, one zoom). They were both very relaxed and friendly and at no point I felt challenged - the normal interview preparation you would do before any interview is more than fine. No questions about golf balls in a 747 or how many smartphones are there in the world. First was with a younger alumnus graduated just few years back. After a short introduction from his side and small talk, these were the interview points: - Give me a comprehensive story of who you are, including professional life, personal life, interests, goals, etc. (I gave the cv walkthrough from high school to date, tied my interests with what I said in the essays, talked a bit about what I like to do to relax (nothing extraordinary, just don't say that you play videogames 7 hours per day or something like that)). - A challenging moment of your life (not necessarily professional life) and how did that change you, what did you learn. - Some more insight about something I wrote in my essays. - What kind of leader are you. - How do you handle conflict. - Was there a situation when you had to bring together different points of view without upsetting anybody, how did you manage the situation. - Why X campus, why do you want to do X post MBA, long term plan. - Why Insead, what other schools did you apply for and how is the application going. - Why do you think you would fit into Insead culture. - Tell me a travel story (I put travel as on of my interests on the app). - Other random chat about what I said. - Questions from my side about him and about the school. All very friendly, we had some laughs, shared some stories from out lives. Second interview with a senior alumnus graduated 10+ years back. Also very friendly and open, gave me an intro about who he is, his professional life story, his time at Insead. - Walk me through your cv. - A time you failed in your profession, how did you solve the problem, what did you learn, how did your boss react, how did your relationship with him change after that event. - Why Insead, why X campus, why you want to do X after the MBA. - Other applications? - Situation when you had to manage a conflict in your job. - Situation when you had to convince someone with a different opinion to agree with your proposition. - Questions from my side about him and his time at Insead. I genuinely enjoyed both chats, didn't feel like I was being judged / interviewd at all."

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Debrief posted on  Apr 10 2020 [#permalink] HEC Paris, January Intake Class of
Skype Interviewed on: Apr 02 2020 Final Decision: Admitted

"I had two skype interviews with HEC alumni, both from Canada. We started off with the presentation (screen shared) with some questions at the end. We then talked about myself, why now, what to expect, why HEC, etc. I also took the opportunity to ask questions, and they kindly shared their experiences and how they have capitalized on their MBA. We talked for about an hour to an hour and half each. It was very convivial."

Lemonpie2021 GMAT 610; WE: 60 months; Law
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