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Foster (University of Washington)

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Debrief posted on  Nov 18 2019 [#permalink] Foster, Full Time MBA
On Campus Interviewed on: Nov 15 2019 Final Decision: Interviewed

"Interviewed on campus with Associate Director of Admissions Alexsis Scott. Questions were fairly straightforward leading with "Why MBA, Why Foster?" Alexsis kept the interview very conversational and gave additional insight into the program while we spoke. She also asked several behavioral questions including: "Tell me about a time you received negative feedback" and "Tell me about the last compliment you received." At the end we had time for me for me to ask questions. All told I believe the interview lasted about 40 minutes, which flew by. I had a great experience, best of luck to those interviewing!"

JiroDreams WE: 84 months; Consulting
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Debrief posted on  Nov 07 2019 [#permalink] Foster, Full Time MBA
Skype Interviewed on: Nov 07 2019

"I had my Skype interview with Amber Janke. She let me know that she had gone through my resume and essays and had few questions which she'd like to ask on my application and my work experience. Following are some of the questions I was asked: 1. Run me through your work exp post undergrad 2. Best achievement in the current role at work 3. Why MBA now? Why Foster? 4. What value will you add to the community? 5. Time when you were not a leader but worked in a team and your contribution 6. Biggest risk you've taken at work 7. Time when you set very high goals 8. What are you passionate about outside academics and work. 9. Any questions you'd like to ask me? Interview lasted for about 40 minutes. Nothing out of the ordinary. Know your story well and be ready with your reasons for choosing Foster. All the best"

dbsheta from India GMAT 740;
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Debrief posted on  Feb 18 2019 [#permalink] Foster, Full Time MBA
Skype Interviewed on: Feb 13 2019

"I had a Skype interview last week. The interviewer had a specific set of questions prepared in advance, which were mostly similar to what everyone has already shared so far. My interview went on for around 40 minutes. Some of the questions asked were : 1. Walk me through your resume after graduation 2. Short and long-term goals. Why MBA and why Foster? 3. Any instance of how you have dealt with conflict at workplace 4. What are good leadership qualities according to you? 5. What do you think will be the biggest challenge for you at Foster? 6. Anything that you will like to ask me. My advice will be to just compile a list of questions from what others have shared so far and practice your answers for all of them. You will most probably be asked from within that set."

anulfc from India GMAT 730;
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Debrief posted on  Feb 08 2019 [#permalink] Foster, Full Time MBA
On Campus Interviewed on: Feb 07 2019 Final Decision: Admitted

"Interview with Dan Poston (Asst. Dean) and we had a great conversation. If you read through the interview debriefs, they all discuss a really conversational atmosphere, and I would strongly agree with that. We started off discussing what I am interested in doing with my MBA, which spawned other conversations on what industry I am interested and various trends in the market. I wasn't asked anything out of the ordinary for MBA interviews, but I will say that many of the questions revolved around why Foster and my path fit together - what interests me about the program, how will I contribute to the student body and my project teams, how will I represent the school once I am back in the workforce."

golfzerodelta from United States GMAT 720; WE: 67 months; Computer Hardware
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Debrief posted on  Feb 09 2019 [#permalink] Foster, Full Time MBA
On Campus Interviewed on: Feb 06 2019 Final Decision: Denied with Interview

"The interviews at Foster are very conversational. My admissions officer was great and it was held in her office. They will have read through your application so there'll be questions about your resume and job experience. From there she asked a couple situational questions which led to questions about why I was choosing to get an MBA and why at Foster. Then you'll get an opportunity to ask them some questions. They emphasize teamwork so one of the questions will probably ask how you work in team or group settings."

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Debrief posted on  Nov 02 2018 [#permalink] Foster
Skype Interviewed on: Nov 01 2018 Final Decision: Admitted

"I had a Skype interview with one of their admissions team. We started off with me giving a brief run through of my career history before moving on to my goals, why an MBA and why Foster specifically. We then talked about a time I had received criticism, and a time I had to solve a problem. To finish up we talked about what I like to do in my free time, and a few questions I had for them"

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Debrief posted on  Feb 03 2019 [#permalink] Foster, Full Time MBA
Skype Interviewed on: Feb 28 2018 Final Decision: Matriculating

"I hope everyone is doing well with the whole application process! I did my interview yesterday with Dan Poston, the assistant dean. The interview was very conversational, and I was under impression that Dan read my application very thoroughly. He remembered all the details I put in the resume and essays. The first question was why MBA and it just naturally flew to why Foster and my goals. He asked about me -- not just what's on my resume, but even where I was born, how and where I grew up and how I ended up being here. The conversation lasted a little more than an hour, it was longer than expected because the candidate after me had to wait 10-15min... (Sorry!) Since he knows pretty much all your presented in your application, he asked if there is anything I want him to know to impact the decision. (Uhhh unexpected question...) So basically the interview part was about 35-40min, then Q&A time was about 20-25min. One thing they really emphasize is the "fit" -- make sure you present it well during the interview! Good luck everyone, I wish this can help the future applicants!"

msbae0308 from Korea, Democratic People's Republic of GMAT 650;
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Debrief posted on  Feb 03 2019 [#permalink] Foster, Full Time MBA
Skype Interviewed on: Feb 15 2018 Final Decision: Interviewed

"Back after a very pleasant, 45-50 minute interview. I was greeted with "How is your son doing?" which gave me an idea that they have gone through the application in detail. Most of the time was spent on the "Why MBA?" question. There were questions on Leadership styles, and asked to narrate a few scenarios I have faced while playing a manager / lead role. It felt like they were making sure that I am applying for an MBA for the right reason. Overall a very good experience. P.S. - If you are driving to Foster, go straight to the N20 - N21 parking lots. The N4 parking lot mentioned in the website is always full."

binoyvalson from United States GMAT 730;
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Debrief posted on  Feb 03 2019 [#permalink] Foster, Full Time MBA
Skype Interviewed on: Feb 12 2018 Final Decision: Admitted

"I had my interview last night. It was a friendly conversation with standard questions like 'walk me through your resume', 'Why MBA', 'positive and negative feedbacks at work' etc. It lasted only 25 min."

Siddharth.juneja from India GMAT 750;
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Debrief posted on  Feb 03 2019 [#permalink] Foster, Full Time MBA
Skype Interviewed on: Nov 15 2017 Final Decision: Interviewed

"It was chill with a mix of questions about work ex, fit with foster and some behavioral questions Be sure to be clear about what are u seeking from an MBA, and what are your goals and how can Foster help you in that. Apart from that, questions were related to the work experience, what you do, your passions outside work etc."

M@arya from India GMAT 770;
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Debrief posted on  Feb 03 2019 [#permalink] Foster, Full Time MBA
Skype Interviewed on: Nov 14 2017 Final Decision: Admitted

"Hi! R1 admit here (Indian candidate). I would like to share some insights for applicants who are interested in tech industry post MBA. From my research and conversations with alums and current students, I learnt that Foster is great for people aspiring a career in tech industry. Its strength lies in its students, resources and its relation with some of the best tech companies in the world such as Microsoft, Amazon, T-Mobile and Expedia. With the headquarters of these companies situated right in its backyard, Foster has the best access and an undisputed brand recognition in these companies and a lot of the students end up being product managers, which is what I am also interested in. With a majority of the class getting into the these companies for tech, Foster alums come back to recruit from these companies. That being said, I would advise the following for the applicants who are awaiting interview invites. 1. Know clearly why you want to do an MBA, why now and why Foster. 2. With respect to your post MBA goal, do not hesitate to talk about your plan B, in case plan A doesn't work. 3. It's always great to mention the names of the people whom you are in touch with (if the person is comfortable in sharing his/her name with the adcom) and how your relationship has helped in your process. 4. You may or may not be asked directly "why you" but be prepared to convey the message during the interview. 5. In addition to the above point, also extrapolate and convey the message why would your target company hire you for your target role. This gives assurance to the school that it will have no trouble finding a job for you and also conveys the adcom that you have not just researched about the school but also the company and role that you want to get into. 6. Foster has a very supportive and collaborative culture and not a cut throat competition. Ensure you display the fit to the school. 7. Prepare couple of questions to ask in the end of the interview. These can be questions that came up during your research or conversation with the alums or even that came up during the interview. Avoid questions that can be answered with the information given on the website. 8. In addition to the above points, be prepared to answer general behavioral questions - strength, weakness, tough day at work, how did you resolve a conflict, role model, ethics, integrity etc., 9. For situational answers, presenting in a STAR format (Google it for more information) gives a holistic picture to the interviewer. 10. Note to Indian students: We Indians, tend to speak fast. So request you to slow down a bit while talking to the interviewer. If you have any specific questions, feel free to reach out. All the best!"

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Debrief posted on  Feb 03 2019 [#permalink] Foster, Full Time MBA
Skype Interviewed on: Nov 13 2017 Final Decision: Matriculating

"Just had my in person interview. Started off with a standard walk through the resume. There were some questions related to my resume during that. Next were some follow up professional questions and some professional/situational questions. Third group of questions started with why Foster and then how would an MBA utilize my strengths and help out my weaknesses. Finally some overall fit type questions to see how I would fit in with the school and the area. Overall it took 55 minutes and conversation was very natural and flowed easily."

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Debrief posted on  Feb 03 2019 [#permalink] Foster, Full Time MBA
Skype Interviewed on: Nov 10 2017 Final Decision: Admitted

"Had my interview with Adcom member via Skype. great experience! Out of 4 interviews i had, i actually liked this one the best. First, of all, really friendly and just cool interviewer. Second, the interviewer is a marketing professional, and since i do want to pursue marketing post-mba, that made the conversation much more meaningful. i don't think it was done on purpose, since students are assigned interviewers when they select time slots. but still very nice it came out that way. Third, no questions like "name a leader that you emulate in your leadership style", etc. I don't want to say they are stupid, but personally, i do not think these questions are worth the MBA level and MBA candidates can speak about more meaningful things this. Fourth, be ready to speak about all your previous jobs - why you chose them, why you changed from one job to another, what you liked about a particular job, etc. Basically you want all your experiences, and changes in jobs to have logic behind them, and not just random jumping. I was asked even about a job that i had 11 years ago (!!!!), which was very unexpected. Do not listen to consultants when they say stuff from long ago is of no interest to the Adcom - turns out it sometimes is. I was even asked why i didn't want to pursue profession according to my undergrad major (my graduation was 13 years ago). Fifth, know your career goals very well. company, position, what skills are required, how you will get in the post-mba job, what will be a barrier, what will help (your previously gained skills), how will mba help you in terms of acquired skills to get the job. etc. They want to make sure you are totally employable and you are have solid well-worked post-mba plan. In addition, see interview reports about Foster which are out there, because they are all very consistent, and there is not much variability between what i read in these reports and what I actually had in my experience. And yes, i was asked how did i find students and alumni of Foster. i do not see this as challenging, because you just tell how you found these people and approached them. I know some people compalined on the forum that they were shocked when asked something unexpectedly plain and self-explainatory like this. so don't be shocked , just answer in the same plain way :cool:"

mrsonmax from Russian Federation GMAT 750;
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Debrief posted on  Feb 04 2019 [#permalink] Foster, Full Time MBA
Skype Interviewed on: Mar 01 2017 Final Decision: Admitted

"Just finished my Skype interview and felt it was very short... How long was everyone's interview? Mine was 25min and very focused on my CV! Walk me through your resume How did find your jobs (this one was sort of confusing... she literally wanted to know how I found the jobs e.g. did I google and apply) - did anyone else get this very bizarre question? How did you figure out what job to apply to next How did you figure out you wanted to be in your current industry/position Tell me about cross cultural experience/what did you learn from this LT goals post-MBA How will you stand out when applying to [internship place]. Tell me about a time you managed conflict A compliment you've received at work What do you do for fun Do you have any questions for me and other questions I don't remember... Also, she did not ask me for my ID, which I find a little unsettling."

lisbonbikes from Canada GMAT 700; Non-Profit and Government
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Debrief posted on  Feb 04 2019 [#permalink] Foster, Full Time MBA
Skype Interviewed on: Feb 22 2017 Final Decision: Denied with Interview

"Hi all, I got a Skype interview with Foster MBA last Wed. (I received one email for 2 interviews: video and skype in early Feb) - In overall, the interview was conversational, without surprising or tricky questions. However, the way that my interviewer posed questions was something unpredictable for me. And I think that was the most difficult part for me :( - Some of my questions were: 1, In my app form, my short term goals are XYZ. How did I come up with these goals? 2, Without an MBA, how did I plan to attain those short term goals? --> [follow up question] Do I have cross-cultural work experience? 3, To achieve short term goals, what are my current skills at work that help me? And what skills I need to develop further through an MBA? 4, Why Foster? --> [follow up] What communication skills specifically that I want to improve at Foster? 5, Right after MBA I want to work for XYZ company. How will I pitch for job opportunities? [she wants to test my selling skills] 6, Tell me about a time when you went beyond your responsibilities to improve something? 7, Tell me about a time when you failed? 8, What are my strengths and weaknesses when I work in a team? --> [follow up] Leadership & Women in Biz in Vietnam? 10, Fun fact about myself? 11, How did I approach and contact alumni from Foster? So, all in all, the interviewer was very nice and supportive. But I didn't think I have done it well enough :( Now all I can do is to keep my fingers crossed and wait. Hope that my sharing can help some of you guys prepare for the skype interview."

Peony11740 from Viet Nam GMAT 730;
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Debrief posted on  Feb 04 2019 [#permalink] Foster, Full Time MBA
Skype Interviewed on: Feb 21 2017 Final Decision: Interviewed

"Hello all, Just had my Adcom interview with Kathleen Glazier through Skype. This was my first interview so honestly I was very anxious. But the whole experience was very pleasant. Pretty much standard questions, no surprises at all. This is what i was asked. Tell me about your work experience. Why MBA? Why particularly Foster? What are your strengths? What are your weaknesses? What would your co-workers tell about you? Lastly, Any questions for me? Took about 20-25 minutes overall. I felt I did well. Fingers crossed now. All the best to others!"

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Debrief posted on  Feb 04 2019 [#permalink] Foster, Full Time MBA
Skype Interviewed on: Dec 05 2016 Final Decision: Admitted

"Just Had my interview with Megan! went on real nice, we had a nice talk and she was really friendly. The interview last for about 25 minutes~, i hope it was a good sign #fingercrossed The question were : My favorite Book Extra curricular activities My experience with mediating a conflict and several question about my career Good luck to all of you guys"

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Debrief posted on  Feb 03 2019 [#permalink] Foster, Full Time MBA
On Campus Interviewed on: Nov 18 2016 Final Decision: Interviewed

"Wear a black or navy suit (ironed). Wear a white shirt (ironed). Wear an unassuming tie. Wear dark dress shoes.
It is always better to err on the safe side. Your biggest worry is to make sure you tick of all the boxes of being professionally presentable.
Remember, in addition to interviewing you for their program, they are also trying to make sure that you are hire-able after you graduate. Admission Interview Why an MBA now? Why Foster? What are some aspects of the Foster school that appeal to you? What have been my sources for researching Foster school? What have I done to learn about the programs? What resources have I used? What are the three things you expect from an MBA program? How will Foster help me in my goal? What objective or goal am I trying to accomplish once I have my Foster MBA? ST and LT goals? What excites you most about this program? 
What scares you most about this program? What capabilities do you have that will help you contribute to business/school? What are three strengths that you bring to the Foster school? What will I bring to the classroom? What are the kinds of companies that I will target for internship? How will I pitch for internship opportunities? What will I focus on them in the application process? What strengths would you highlight in your application process for a different industry? What do I do if one of my team members was not pulling his weight? What would I assess as the weak part of my application?  How do you handle negative feedback? Tell me about a time you executed a change? Tell me about a time when you changed a process/ went beyond your responsibilities to improve something? What is your most significant accomplishment in your current workplace? Tell me what you do every day at work?  What do you enjoy most about it and what most frustrating? Who was the most influential person in your work experience? What is your experience with leadership? Describe a significant leadership experience? How did I get to my current job? How did I get a particular internship? What do I do for fun? Extra-curricular activities? Why were your undergrad grades bad? 
How would I define success? Follow up question - What is failure? Video Interview • Superhero power • Best Movie or Book this past year • What would you cook for your friends for a dinner party • Who is your role model and why? • Describe a stressful situation at work and how you handled it.  • If you receive a large sum of money, how would you spend it and why?  • Three adjectives that describe you and why • Describe a time you had to give difficult feedback  • Tell us about an important piece of advice you have received and how it has helped you. • Tell us about the last time you led a project. What was the outcome? • What is your ideal work environment? • Tell me about a time that you encountered a stressful situation. What did you do to handle it and why? • What project did you take on without being asked to? • Tell us about an experience when you faced a boring project? how did you motivate yourself and your team to work on it?  • What is the most important thing you learned in college? • What is a step you've taken in the last year to advance your career? • Tell me about a time when you had to work with a difficult colleague. • Tell me about a time that you worked in a team setting • Tell us about a work that you read recently and how did it impact you? • What is the biggest challenge that you are facing in your current position? • If you were to start a new venture that was focused on solving a major problem, which problem would you tackle and why? • Greatest achievement outside work • Creative solution at work"

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Debrief posted on  Feb 01 2018 [#permalink] Foster
Skype Interviewed on: Mar 12 2016 Final Decision: Admitted

"I was interviewed by an Admissions representative. She is very friendly and I felt like Foster genuinely wants to know my interests and how I can excel in MBA program. Overall, it was partly behavioural and partly expressing what kind of a person you are Advice: Be genuine and reflect on how you can gain most out of Foster MBA program. It's a small school and has close ties with businesses based in Seattle. So you may have to research a bit on that front. Visiting the school and talking to few current students or alumni would definitely help. Good Luck !"

sekhar2888 from India GMAT 700;
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Debrief posted on  Feb 04 2019 [#permalink] Foster, Full Time MBA
Skype Interviewed on: Feb 23 2016 Final Decision: Admitted

"Hi everybody, I had my Skype interview last Tuesday with Megan Lewis and she was SUPER nice. First she asked me the basic questions (why an MBA, why now, why Foster, career goals, which companies, best achievement etc). At the end, our conversation went in a more personal direction - she asked what I like to do on my free time, what books I read, about family relationships etc. The interview became a good conversation and I think it went well. I recommend you guys one thing: Try to be yourself. The interviewers probably talk with dozens of people that say the same thing. If you are honest and calm, you will be more able to show how mature and unique you are. Then, you will have more chances to stand out. I wish you guys all the best! Good luck! :-D"

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Debrief posted on  Feb 04 2019 [#permalink] Foster, Full Time MBA
Skype Interviewed on: Nov 17 2015 Final Decision: Matriculating

"Had my interview today with Marisa Gerlach. It was definitely more formal than what others have described. Along with the standard admissions questions there were a good number of behavioral questions which I cant recall at the top of my head."

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Debrief posted on  Feb 04 2019 [#permalink] Foster, Full Time MBA
Skype Interviewed on: Nov 13 2015 Final Decision: Interviewed

"I completed my interview this week and it went well from my perspective. A bit hard to gauge I suppose. My interviewer was familiar with my application. I think the questions were much along the lines of what you would expect. Why MBA, why now, why foster, strengths and weaknesses, and some general exploration about my career to date and future goals. It was conversational and friendly. Mine ran longer than the 30 minutes, but I can be a bit of a talker. It seems like Foster just genuiniely wants to know more about you to help learn if you will be a good fit for the class. This is probably very important given the small class size. I left with a very good impression of Foster and am hopeful. Now just the waiting game until December... There was mention that they may send out notifications prior to December 15th, which would be similar to what was reported last year."

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Debrief posted on  Feb 04 2019 [#permalink] Foster, Full Time MBA
Skype Interviewed on: Nov 11 2015 Final Decision: Matriculating

"I also completed my on campus interview this past week. It was very conversational and friendly. I actually enjoyed the experience. Obviously come prepared to answer the "why" questions (career goals, MBA, Foster). Also be prepared to answer behavioral questions ("tell me about a time when...") based off of your application and experiences. Plan for about 30 minutes. Ask some smart questions at the end. I also had a chance to check out the campus a bit afterward. UW is a beautiful campus in a vibrant city...I love it...even with all the rain. Good luck to everyone!"

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Debrief posted on  Feb 04 2019 [#permalink] Foster, Full Time MBA
On Campus Interviewed on: Apr 13 2015

"I had my in-person on Friday with the head of the program. If i had known that going in i probably would have been a lot more nervous. But i feel like it went well, and at a minimum i didn't mess up. I had some ideas that he seemed to agree with and that he found interesting, but i couldn't read him very well because he used to be a lawyer. But I'm still hopeful that this is going to happen!"

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Debrief posted on  Feb 04 2019 [#permalink] Foster, Full Time MBA
On Campus Interviewed on: Apr 03 2015 Final Decision: Denied with Interview

"So I had my f2f interview yesterday - I'm R3 applicant, originally waitlisted - and I thought I'd give you guys a run down of how it went. This isn't a blind interview. My interviewer was well versed in all aspects of my application - essays, resume, all those boxes we filled in - so there were no questions about going through an interview or 'tell me about yourself'. It was very laid back and I found it far more enjoyable than the others because he had already reviewed my application. It was really just an easy conversation about why an MBA will suit my future goals, what I could contribute to the incoming cohort, and why I wanted to come back to UW (I went there for undergrad). Good luck to all of you!"

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