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# Duke (Fuqua) 2013 - Calling All Applicants

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12 Feb 2013, 12:36
When answering "Why now" question can you guys talk about the personal reasons such as wanting to finish MBA before we start having kids? or don't want to be 30+ years old when starting a demanding job such as consulting/banking. Not sure, if its a good enough reason for doing the MBA now, as opposed to next year.
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12 Feb 2013, 12:41
this is kind of a silly question but...

Last edited by generalsouth on 12 Feb 2013, 12:43, edited 2 times in total.
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12 Feb 2013, 12:43
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this is kind of a silly question but...

You won't get asked about it...and IMO, if you use it as a reason for "why duke" it's a pretty weak answer. Just know that it is a part of student life, but how involved students are in it varies.

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12 Feb 2013, 12:49
generalsouth wrote:
this is kind of a silly question but...

I haven't read any interview report so far in which the interviewee was asked a sports related question. I think if someone does bring up the sports topic, it would defininetly be the applicant himself. I wouldn't worry too much about it.
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12 Feb 2013, 13:17
thanks aerien and hailmary620 for easing my irrational qualms
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12 Feb 2013, 13:18
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hailmary620 wrote:
generalsouth wrote:
this is kind of a silly question but...

I haven't read any interview report so far in which the interviewee was asked a sports related question. I think if someone does bring up the sports topic, it would defininetly be the applicant himself. I wouldn't worry too much about it.

On a side note, great answer for what scares you most about being a Duke student... "Although I'm excited about the enthusiastic sports culture at Duke, I know absolutely nothing about college basketball. I'm somewhat worried I'd have a bit of a learning curve getting up to speed for the daily sports small talk."

That is brilliant!
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12 Feb 2013, 13:28
highwyre237 wrote:
hailmary620 wrote:
generalsouth wrote:
this is kind of a silly question but...

I haven't read any interview report so far in which the interviewee was asked a sports related question. I think if someone does bring up the sports topic, it would defininetly be the applicant himself. I wouldn't worry too much about it.

On a side note, great answer for what scares you most about being a Duke student... "Although I'm excited about the enthusiastic sports culture at Duke, I know absolutely nothing about college basketball. I'm somewhat worried I'd have a bit of a learning curve getting up to speed for the daily sports small talk."

you're good!!
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12 Feb 2013, 13:33
What do you guys think of using excessive amount of humor during b-school interviews? All my life I have used humor quite extensively during job interviews and that never hurted me. I feel like since b-schools interviews are more casual than job interviews, being funny won't hurt.

During my Tuck interview, my interviewer laughed at pretty much each of my responses (even when I wasn't trying to be funny). He did make a positive comment on my personality, but not sure if its a good thing or not.
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12 Feb 2013, 13:49
Stupid question, but why cant I export the table from the first page to excel? Doesnt open properly, and wont give me an option to separate by comma delimiters.
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12 Feb 2013, 14:01
hailmary620 wrote:
What do you guys think of using excessive amount of humor during b-school interviews? All my life I have used humor quite extensively during job interviews and that never hurted me. I feel like since b-schools interviews are more casual than job interviews, being funny won't hurt.

During my Tuck interview, my interviewer laughed at pretty much each of my responses (even when I wasn't trying to be funny). He did make a positive comment on my personality, but not sure if its a good thing or not.

Fit is such a big factor at bschools that I would just advise you to be yourself. If you are funny and you repress it, it can't help but come out. Likewise, if someone is less social, that vibe leaks out of the seams as well.
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12 Feb 2013, 14:02
hailmary620 wrote:
What do you guys think of using excessive amount of humor during b-school interviews? All my life I have used humor quite extensively during job interviews and that never hurted me. I feel like since b-schools interviews are more casual than job interviews, being funny won't hurt.

During my Tuck interview, my interviewer laughed at pretty much each of my responses (even when I wasn't trying to be funny). He did make a positive comment on my personality, but not sure if its a good thing or not.

Be yourself, if its genuine humor, and doesn't come off as trying to be funny, go for it. The interviewer will be a second year, they want to recommend people they would have been happy to see in their own classes and groups. Personally, I honestly do not know how to interact with people without lacing it with some light, or dry humor... That's just who I am. Duke, more then anywhere else, is about fit. Let your personality shine through.
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12 Feb 2013, 14:03
hailmary620 wrote:
What do you guys think of using excessive amount of humor during b-school interviews? All my life I have used humor quite extensively during job interviews and that never hurted me. I feel like since b-schools interviews are more casual than job interviews, being funny won't hurt.

During my Tuck interview, my interviewer laughed at pretty much each of my responses (even when I wasn't trying to be funny). He did make a positive comment on my personality, but not sure if its a good thing or not.

I think it's important to let your personality shine through, and if humor is a big part of that, then by all means use it. But still keep in mind that the main goal is to provide clear and compelling answers to the questions you are given, and if excessive humor gets in the way of that, then I would tone it down and only inject humor in a few appropriate places. IMO, humor by itself won't hurt you, but it could hurt you if it convolutes your answer or detracts from the main points you want to make.
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12 Feb 2013, 14:14
When I signed for an interview slot, I remember seeing an evening event on February 16.
I cannot find it now. Did you dream it?
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13 Feb 2013, 11:01
hailmary620 wrote:
What do you guys think of using excessive amount of humor during b-school interviews? All my life I have used humor quite extensively during job interviews and that never hurted me. I feel like since b-schools interviews are more casual than job interviews, being funny won't hurt.

During my Tuck interview, my interviewer laughed at pretty much each of my responses (even when I wasn't trying to be funny). He did make a positive comment on my personality, but not sure if its a good thing or not.

As long as you get your points across (i.e. selling yourself, why school, career progression), it is fine. I actively tried to incorporate some in to my walk-thru for job interviews. And I’m sure your humor is work appropriate.

At the end of the day, you want to be at a place that accepts you for you. If you are the goofy type, and the school (in general) isn’t, it may make a miserable experience.
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13 Feb 2013, 11:40
I'm interviewing on the 15th and doing some events on the 16th as well. My fiancee and I will just have to celebrate Valentine's Day the night of the 16th; I will be traveling on the 14th.

I'm local to the area, so I'm happy to give tips about dining, bars, etc.
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13 Feb 2013, 11:44
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hailmary620 wrote:
What do you guys think of using excessive amount of humor during b-school interviews? All my life I have used humor quite extensively during job interviews and that never hurted me. I feel like since b-schools interviews are more casual than job interviews, being funny won't hurt.

During my Tuck interview, my interviewer laughed at pretty much each of my responses (even when I wasn't trying to be funny). He did make a positive comment on my personality, but not sure if its a good thing or not.

As long as you get your points across (i.e. selling yourself, why school, career progression), it is fine. I actively tried to incorporate some in to my walk-thru for job interviews. And I’m sure your humor is work appropriate.

At the end of the day, you want to be at a place that accepts you for you. If you are the goofy type, and the school (in general) isn’t, it may make a miserable experience.

Always a pleasure to get a feedback from an alum. Yes, my humor is definitely work appropriate. I won't classify myself as goofy as I have a very dry sense of humor and I never laugh at my jokes. Let's hope that the interviewer doesn't think that I am weird.
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13 Feb 2013, 12:03
HinConsulting wrote:
I'm interviewing on the 15th and doing some events on the 16th as well. My fiancee and I will just have to celebrate Valentine's Day the night of the 16th; I will be traveling on the 14th.

I'm local to the area, so I'm happy to give tips about dining, bars, etc.

My advice, tell the fiance to come along if the partners club is hosting an event. They're great, and really sold my wife on the experience.
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13 Feb 2013, 13:55
hailmary620 wrote:
asimov wrote:
hailmary620 wrote:
What do you guys think of using excessive amount of humor during b-school interviews? All my life I have used humor quite extensively during job interviews and that never hurted me. I feel like since b-schools interviews are more casual than job interviews, being funny won't hurt.

During my Tuck interview, my interviewer laughed at pretty much each of my responses (even when I wasn't trying to be funny). He did make a positive comment on my personality, but not sure if its a good thing or not.

As long as you get your points across (i.e. selling yourself, why school, career progression), it is fine. I actively tried to incorporate some in to my walk-thru for job interviews. And I’m sure your humor is work appropriate.

At the end of the day, you want to be at a place that accepts you for you. If you are the goofy type, and the school (in general) isn’t, it may make a miserable experience.

Always a pleasure to get a feedback from an alum. Yes, my humor is definitely work appropriate. I won't classify myself as goofy as I have a very dry sense of humor and I never laugh at my jokes. Let's hope that the interviewer doesn't think that I am weird.

I'm hoping they will see weird as a good fit! I'm weird and enjoy being around other weird people. I'm definitely not the typical b-school applicant.
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14 Feb 2013, 11:38
Is there anyone who interviewed during the open session and applied in R2?
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14 Feb 2013, 12:15
I interviewed during the Duke MBA Weekend for Women. Does that count?

Is there anyone who interviewed during the open session and applied in R2?
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