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Interviewing at Tuck  [#permalink]

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FROM Tuck Admissions Blog: Interviewing at Tuck
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At Tuck, we believe that strong interpersonal skills are essential for success as a leader and a team member. Accordingly, admissions interviews play a critical role in the evaluation process and give us a more complete understanding of you as a candidate. We encourage you to guarantee your opportunity to tell your story and interact with an admissions representative by initiating your on-campus interview.

Of course, we recognize that coming to campus is not a viable option for all candidates, so it’s important to note that a campus visit and interview are not required components of the application.

As you prepare for your visit and interview, here’s what you need to know:

  • Applicant-initiated interviews must be completed by the deadline that corresponds with your round’s application deadline. The date your application is due and the date by which your applicant-initiated interview must be completed may be different. Make sure you’re aware of these important dates and are noting them on your calendar or application planning spreadsheet.
  • If you’re not able to come to Hanover within this timeframe and the Admissions Committee wants to learn more about you after an initial review of your application, you will then be invited to interview. Of course, there's no guarantee so if you can, come to campus.
  • If you are invited to interview with Tuck, we encourage you to visit us in Hanover—however, a virtual interview is also an option. We understand that making a trip is not always possible, particularly for international applicants. Hurdles other than distance might include financial restrictions or unexpected circumstances. 
  • You cannot initiate a virtual interview.
  • Because visits and interviews are dependent on class schedules, we’re only able to post availability so far in advance—but we do the best we can. Keep an eye on it. Make sure you’re receiving (and reading) emails from Tuck. Make tentative plans now so you’ll be able to schedule your visit and interview as soon as we open them for registration. Try to be flexible. Interview slots are first come, first served. Every year, anxious applicants call and tell us that there aren't any more interviews available. Sometimes this is true. Sometimes it means that they waited until the last minute to register and now the one specific Friday they were targeting is full, even though there are several other options to choose from. Avoid this situation.
  • It’s possible that you’ll be interviewed by an Admissions Officer, but the large majority of our interviews are conducted by second-year students known as Tuck Admissions Associates, or TAAs. This is true of applicant-initiated interviews, invitational interviews, on-campus interviews, and virtual interviews. 
  • TAAs go through a competitive selection process and extensive training. While they won’t ask the exact same questions, they’re all looking for the same characteristics. We take their comments very seriously, but their evaluation of candidates ends at the interview. They don’t have a role in actual selection, nor do they read your application.
  • We do not offer alumni interviews and do very few in-person, off-campus interviews. If an interview is done off-campus, it will be by invitation only.
  • Your interview is just as “official” regardless of who conducts it or where/how it’s being conducted.
  • All interviewers, students and staff, will have only read the resume you submitted upon registration. They have not seen the rest of your application. 
  • Along with the opportunity to interview, visiting Tuck’s campus (and those of other schools of interest), is a great way to get a feel for the culture. Tuck’s visit day includes a class visit (most days, but not all—you must select a slot that specifically notes "with class visit"), lunch with current students, a tour led by a current student, and Q&A with an Admissions Officer. Notice how people interact with each other. Can you see yourself as part of this community? We’ve heard many students say that it was during their visit to Tuck when they knew this was the place for them—and also that it was during visits to other schools that helped them rule out those programs.
  • If you’re a reapplicant and have already interviewed on campus, we still encourage you to come back and do it again—unless you’ve received specific feedback that it’s not necessary, or if doing so is very difficult.
  • Register today! We'll look forward to seeing you soon. 

     

Is there something we missed? Please feel free to ask other interview related questions in the comments below! 
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Get to Know Tuck: 2018 Women in Business Conference  [#permalink]

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FROM Tuck Admissions Blog: Get to Know Tuck: 2018 Women in Business Conference
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When I was first contemplating going to business school, Tuck’s Women in Business Conference was recommended to me as a way to experience firsthand what an MBA might be like. I applied, signed up to stay in a dorm(!) for a night, and made the drive up Route 89 to Hanover—surrounded by New Hampshire’s turning October leaves—to see for myself what business school could look like for me.

What I got out of that weekend was far more than I had expected: conversation and debate with like-minded women, a bit of enlightenment around my career path, plenty of good laughs, and a real understanding of the Tuck community. I left my brief weekend at Tuck in awe of a community that effortlessly embraced dozens of strangers as if they were fellow classmates and friends. The shock I felt after experiencing how genuine and forthcoming an entire organization could be was what cemented in my mind that I needed to go to Tuck—and that I should think seriously about this whole MBA thing.

Looking back on that weekend now, and having completed my first year at Tuck, I can say my instincts weren’t awry.  Small group dinners were an event at the WIB Conference that I was delighted to hear is a permanent fixture at Tuck: getting together with a handful of randomly selected classmates over a homemade meal. At my WIB small group dinner, I met women from all over the world and from a vast range of industries. Over homemade lasagna and red wine, we swapped ideas—career ambitions, travel plans, what restaurants were musts in each of our respective cities. It was the type of intimate setting generally reserved for dear friends, but the small group dinner made quick friends out of strangers.

The professional development I came away with from the Women in Business Conference is another aspect that stuck with me long after the weekend had ended. It was a time to trade anecdotes and best practices that have risen to top of mind many times in the past years. I took these tools for use not just in my next role, but for structuring and driving my overall career. 

With this in mind, my fellow co-chairs and I have put a focus on professional development for this year’s conference. Rarely do we step away from our everyday jobs to think more broadly about our careers and the way that we chase after those careers. This year’s conference strives to help women as they drive towards their next career success. Breakout sessions will delve into topics such as negotiating, personal branding, and industry briefings. In keeping with Tuck’s values, those sessions will be personal and collaborative to provide attendees tools for future success generated in part by their peers.

As a co-chair for this year’s Women in Business Conference, I aim deliver that same welcome that I received a few years back and equip you with tools to carry with you throughout your career. I hope that you’ll join us in October!
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Round 1 Ready: 6 Things for Your Tuck To-Do List  [#permalink]

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FROM Tuck Admissions Blog: Round 1 Ready: 6 Things for Your Tuck To-Do List
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Six weeks until Tuck’s Round 1 deadline (September 24) and six things to make sure you’re checking off your list. 

1. Learn what our new admissions criteria are all about.

Not only are smart, nice, accomplished, and aware descriptors of a Tuck student, they’re also exactly what we’ll be looking for when reading and discussing your applications. You might just want to bookmark this page.

2. Take the GMAT or GRE.

Were you disappointed in your GMAT/GRE outcome based on higher practice test scores? Did you score below the average at your target schools? Yes, you can demonstrate to us that you're smart outside of the GMAT/GRE (and you should). But if you answered yes to either of those questions, and have the resources available for a retake, why not give it a shot?

If you crushed it the first time arounds, that’s awesome. Now you can turn your focus toward other areas of the application.

3. Get to know us (and all the schools you’re targeting).

We’re on the road and hopefully in a location near you. Talk to admissions staff at Tuck Info Sessions, often hosted and attended by Tuck alums. Join us at Forte Forums and Consortium MAPS events. Meet up with Tuck Student Ambassadors for an informal “coffee chat” and hear how they’re thriving at and contributing to Tuck.

I also encourage you to join us for an online event, read the Tuck 360: MBA Blog (as you are right now!), and check out student and alumni stories on the website. Get to know Tuck by getting to know our community; whether that’s through Tuck Connections, reaching out to a student leader, or connecting with MBAs in your own network.

We’re not going to admit you because you came to enough events, or talked to enough “Tuck people.” We’re also not going to deny you because you didn’t. But engaging with us will likely strengthen your application anyway. Doing so will allow you to better articulate how the Tuck MBA can help you reach your goals and how your individuality will add to the fabric of Tuck. Really getting to know the programs you’re applying to will also help ensure you end up in the place that best challenges and supports you.

4. Watch the webinar, “A Walk through the Tuck Application.”

This one is simple. Don’t pass up an opportunity to learn more about Tuck’s application and get further insight from ad com.

5. Talk to your targeted recommenders.

Make sure you’re giving them plenty of time so they can write a positive and thoughtful letter of reference. If you’re shooting for Round 1, we’re only about a month and a half from September 24. Now is the time! You can peek at what we’re asking them, here. Surprise: Their questions are focused on smart, nice, accomplished, and aware, too.

We also suggest having a (verbal) conversation with your references that will help them understand what you hope to highlight in your application, why you’re pursuing an MBA, and why you’re applying to Tuck. You might even remind them of some recent projects or accomplishments.

Put a reminder on your calendar to check in with them as the application deadline approaches. Your application is not complete until we have received both LORs.

6. Plan a time to visit (and interview).

One of the best ways to learn about an MBA program and get a feel for the culture, is to visit campus. Tuck allows all applicants (yes, all applicants) to self-initiate an official admissions interview, as long as you’re able to do it on campus, in Hanover. This guarantees the opportunity to tell your story, face-to-face with an admissions rep (great for helping to illustrate qualities like nice and aware). If you’re not able to make it, that’s ok! After an initial review of your application, if we want to learn more, we’ll invite you to interview either on campus or virtually. 

Even outside of the scheduled visit day (class, lunch, tour, Q&A), just being a part of our community for a few hours is valuable as you complete your application and ultimately, decide which community you want to be a part of for the next two years and the rest of your life as an alum.

Interview registration is open and on-campus interviews will begin at the end of August. It’s a first-come, first-served process so don’t procrastinate (or at least be open to a Wednesday visit).

As always, we're all about helping you live that stress-free (or at least limited-stress) MBA application life. If you have questions about this list or anything else, feel free to leave a comment or reach out to me directly. Application deadlines, applicant-initiated interview deadlines, and admissions decision release dates, can all be found here.
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