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Debrief posted on  Mar 26 2020 [#permalink] Ivey Business School, Full Time MBA
Skype Interviewed on: Mar 18 2020 Final Decision: Admitted

"I had my interview on March 18th, 2020 with a member of the career management team. Fortunately, because I had done an in-person class visit, I had already met this individual before and had built some rapport with her. It was a very friendly, conversational interview, beginning with overview questions such as 'tell me about yourself', 'why Ivey, why MBA, why now', and 'what do you like to do outside of work'. Overall it was approximately 45 minutes long. To note: I had a coffee chat with a recruiter in December 2019, did an in-class visit January 2020, attended a prospective student dinner downtown in Toronto and an International Women's Day event with prospective students in February 2020. If you can, do as much in person networking as you can. They will remember you and remember your face! I tried to show my personality and authentic self as much as possible. Here are a few questions I was asked: - Describe a difficult project that you worked on and why was it difficult? - What gaps would the MBA fill in your career? - Tell me of a time you have changed a process at work, or a time you demonstrated leadership - If plan A doesn't work out, what's your plan B? - Describe a conflict that you had with someone at work. Tips: - Create a running doc of potential questions and prepare using the 'CAR' method (context, action, result or STAR = situation, task, action, result). That way you have an idea of what you'll say when asked a question - Tell a compelling story - practice in front of a mirror, practice on your friends/family members; they are as human as you are, so make the conversation exciting and interesting - They will ask follow up questions - don't take that as a bad sign. They are asking to dig deeper into your answers and get a sense of how you felt and how your experiences transformed you. - Don't give the canned answer of 'case studies' when they ask you 'why Ivey?'. Put some real thought and research, this is probably one of the most important questions that you will be asked, and what you say will set you apart - When you talk about yourself, mention something that will make them remember you (i.e. a unique hobby, your personal experience with the Ivey admission team) Good luck! And to anyone else in the Ivey class of 2022, I look forward to meeting and working with you :)"

plantladykt from Canada GMAT 590; WE: 24 months; Hospitality and Tourism
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Debrief posted on  Mar 27 2020 [#permalink] Ivey Business School, Full Time MBA
Skype Interviewed on: Mar 02 2020 Final Decision: Interviewed

"Hello Everyone, I went through the interview Yesterday, it was about 35 mins long. Career-related or school questions were very less. The interview was more so about the behavior related question such feedback from ur superior, the time when u worked on a project with limited information, etc. The interview went OK but wasn't completely happy with my performance. I thought the examples that I was giving she was not able to get them completely as they were core manufacturing situations. None the less will see what happens. Will inform you accordingly. Regards"

workout from India GMAT 660;
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Debrief posted on  Feb 07 2020 [#permalink] Ivey Business School, Full Time MBA
Skype Interviewed on: Jan 29 2020 Final Decision: Admitted

"Had my interview with a member of the career management team - it was about 10 am in the morning in Ontario and the interview lasted 60 mins, including Q&A. Overall, the session was quite pleasant and enjoyable. Consolidating all the lists of interview questions I could find for Ivey online, I had prepared for 3-4 "tough" questions but I only had to answer 1 from this group I anticipated and I didn't get drilled for that one either. The focus was on my planning post-MBA, work experience (touching briefly on my role then more heavily on decision-making or challenges), and behavior. List of questions, as best as I can recall: 1. Tell me about yourself 2. Why Canada? 3. What do you do in your current role? 4. Why Ivey and why an MBA 5. What are your goals post-MBA, long-term and short-term? 6. What sectors are you interested in? 7. Related to post-MBA goal plan B: What companies are you interested in? 8. What value do you think you would bring to Ivey 9. Tell me about a time you received feedback during work and what you did about it 10. Tell me about a time you had to make a decision with a lack of information 11. Would you be able to give me an idea for a good case study? 12. Q&A session General tips: 1. Try to generate rapport with your interviewer. If the university discloses the interviewer's name ahead of time, do some research (LinkedIn, etc) to see if there might be something worth mentioning, such as experience in a sector you are interested in. Throw in some relevant jokes, if you are able to do so naturally. 2. Ask at least 3 questions that you've thought about beforehand that communicate that you are thinking about things long-term or trying to make decisions about the program strategically."

sirmeowalot from Philippines GMAT 660; WE: 70 months; Venture Capital
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Debrief posted on  Feb 11 2019 [#permalink] Ivey, Full Time MBA
Skype Interviewed on: Feb 01 2019 Final Decision: Admitted

"Had the interview via Skype late night (because of the time difference). Almost all the questions were behavioral, mostly focusing on my leadership experiences, style and how I would fine tune it to fit the Ivey classroom and learning teams. The interview lasted about 45 minutes excluding my questions about the program. Some of the questions I can remember are: 1. How would you describe your style of leadership? Example 2. How would you use that style of leadership to lead a team at Ivey? 3. Feedback that has helped you become the leader you are today? 4. Some questions on my career progression and the rationale behind changing my job at one point in time 5. What kind of teams do you enjoy working with? 6. How do you handle conflicts within a team? Example 7. Why I've selected my Post-MBA career path. 8. What makes you stand out from other applicants?"

hemaka from Sri Lanka GMAT 640; WE: 50 months;
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Debrief posted on  Nov 21 2018 [#permalink] Ivey
Skype Interviewed on: Nov 01 2018 Final Decision: Matriculating

"The interview was fairly conversational. - It started off with questions specific to my industry (healthcare) and touched upon points I discussed in my essays. - It then went into behavioural questions - my strengths, weaknesses, how I work in teams, etc. - The final question was whether I had any hesitations about studying at Ivey. I had a few takeaways from the interview: 1) Know as much about your industry as possible, 2) Be prepared to thoroughly explain points from your essays and resume, 3) The interview is just one data point. Do your best, but it probably won't be perfect. I didn't feel all that great about my interview, but everything still worked out okay."

VKR09 from Canada GMAT 670; WE: 24 months; Health Care
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Debrief posted on  Feb 02 2018 [#permalink] Ivey
Skype Interviewed on: Oct 07 2016 Final Decision: Interviewed

"I had my interview this morning and I think it went very well. It was with a career management member. As others said before it is not to trick you but to test your interest. We went over the regular questions : why MBA now ? Why Ivey ? How can you contribute ? Talk to me about yourself and your resume ? What do you do in your current role ? How did you move the ladders in your job ? Why your teammates would recommend you ? etc So as long as you're prepared for these questions and can come up with examples it should be fine, it's really not to trick you. Beside there were a lot of personal questions like why did I study for the CFA, etc. Good luck for all of those who will be interviewing soon, I hope it goes well!"

gnrocks from Canada GMAT 700;
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Debrief posted on  Feb 01 2018 [#permalink] Ivey
Skype Interviewed on: Mar 20 2016 Final Decision: Admitted

"I interviewed with IVEY on the 9th of March with a member of the Career Management Team. I would like to share my experience, so that people who are yet to interview may get a fair idea of what to expect. I have interviewed with quite a few schools , and have admit offers from a couple of them. Most other interviews were fairly similar, and the experience in each of them was fairly similar as well, however the interview that I had with IVEY was quite unlike any other MBA admission interviews I have ever had. Even though I was not happy with my performance in the interview, I can say I am extremely impressed by the quality of the interview and the entire interview process. The questions asked were very personalised and tailored specific to my profile and to the application I had submitted. I had expected a lot of questions outside of work since I have significant community and other experiences outside of work. However 95%, or possibly even 100%, of the questions were related to my professional and work experience. A lot of the questions were cases related to my work. Almost all of the questions were behavioural-like questions; none of the questions was generic. Although it might not be much helpful to list out the questions, especially since the interview is very personalised, still below are a few questions I remember. The interview lasted a little less than 1 hour. 1. Run me through your resume in 2-3 mins. 2. What do you currently do in your role? 3. Why MBA? Why now and why Ivey? 4. A time when you did something unpopular. Looking back would you have changed anything if you got a chance to do it again? 5. A time you felt frustrated. Looking back would you have changed anything? 6. Which other schools did you apply to and why? Have you applied to any other Canadian school? 7. How would you contribute to the Ivey experience? 8. What clubs would you like to participate in at Ivey? 9. A time when you made a decision with limited data. Looking back would you have changed anything? 10. A time when you had to deal with an extremely difficult employee. How did you deal with the situation? 11. If you were the CEO of your company, what are the three things that would keep you awake? 12. Why did you choose the list of organization you want to work with post-MBA? How do you plan to land a job with them? 13. Why did you choose the role/profile that you want to work in post-MBA? 14. How do you plan to find a job post IVEY in Canada? What research have you done? 15. What would be your primary concerns in relocating to Canada, and in studying at IVEY? 16. Do you know how your target organization hire? Are you a good fit? 17. Do you have a Plan B a. If you did not get accepted at IVEY? b. If you do not find a job post IVEY? 18. Any questions for the interviewer? Please note that this is not a master list, and the questions will be very specific to the applicant and the application he/she submits. Also, there were a lot other questions that I do not remember."

jeetparicha85 from Singapore GMAT 640; Computer Software
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