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London Business School

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Debrief posted on  Mar 13 2019 [#permalink] LBS, Full Time MBA
Off Campus with Alumni Interviewed on: Mar 07 2019 Final Decision: Admitted

"This will be a hard one to write in an organized manner, because this was a truly conversational interview. I will try to summarize what we touched upon: 1. Began with the interviewer telling me about herself 2. Asked me to give an overview of my resume, why I want an MBA and why LBS? 3. Asked me how I will manage at LBS, given that I will be moving to London with my family 4. Asked me about my partner and whether he would find it difficult to relocate 5. What other schools did I apply to and why? I was honest about this - let's see if that comes back to bite me :) 6. Case was fairly simple, she stepped out of the room for 5 minutes and when she came back in, she asked me to discuss what I think. I tried to be organized and coherent but I missed mentioning a key point and she asked me what I think of that aspect. So, that was kind of embarrassing. C'est la vie! 7. After the case, she let me ask her any questions. Even though I had a couple of questions prepared, I ended up asking a couple more based on what I heard about her experience at LBS. She was taking notes throughout the process. Overall, this was my best interview experience. Yes, I didn't give a stellar performance, specially during the case, but I truly felt that she paid attention to every single thing I said. She was genuinely interested in my motivations and she followed up with questions on almost every statement I made. This did make it kind of difficult to have a structure to the interview, but I just made sure to inquire at the end if I answered all her questions to her satisfaction. 5 stars to LBS for the interview process!"

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Debrief posted on  Mar 28 2019 [#permalink] LBS, Full Time MBA
Off Campus with Alumni Interviewed on: Feb 22 2019 Final Decision: Admitted

"Conducted in alum's office. Interview was very detailed which is why I felt I had a good idea at the end that it went well. At the same time, it was very conversational and my interviewer was very friendly. Typical questions: tell me about yourself, why MBA, why now, why LBS, career goals Behavioral questions, but very contextualized: pick one project you did and in that context tell me about your strengths and weaknesses; apart from that, other behaviorals: tell me about a time when you contributed in a team, resolved a conflict, etc; leadership style All behaviorals went in depth - so he asked me follow up questions on my answers so you can't fake it till you make it. One odd ball question: Is there something in the world of business which you think is an issue/problem but people aren't talking about it much right now? At the end there was a case question: interviewer gave me the option to choose between 2 questions, gave me 5 minutes to think of an answer (he left the room for this), returned and ask me my answer and then asked me to elaborate on one of the points I had made. It was a business situation like this company wants to achieve XYZ goal, how should they do this? It's very easy if you have experience in consulting/other business background - you can't really prepare for this, just be structured and articulate - that's what they care about, there's no right or wrong answer. I'd also say be creative. I have heard some case questions be not really business cases but a current affairs question. I'd say the LBS interview is unique in the sense that it is actually a pressure test - know current affairs, read about business problems, common topics (like ethics, corporate taxes, globalization, wage equality etc), brush up on consulting frameworks. On a similar note, I encourage all candidates to read about the program in detail and know everything even if you are not interested in some aspects, e.g., know which classes and professors you want to take, which GBE you want to do, clubs you want to join / start etc. Video Questions: This was super straightforward but I know some people get some oddball questions. They give you the first question in advance - why MBA, why now, why LBS The second is random - mine was behavioral - tell me about a time when..... Don't think you should stress about this component but again know current affairs, everything about the LBS program, practice some behaviorals"

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Debrief posted on  Mar 13 2019 [#permalink] LBS, MIF
Off Campus with Alumni Interviewed on: Feb 16 2019 Final Decision: Interviewed

"It took a while to schedule my interview with the alumnus I was assigned to as she was a busy lady. We finally managed to meet for an hour on a Saturday and the interview itself was quite informal and relaxed. There were a set of questions that were provided to the interviewer by the school and she was expected to submit her notes against each of those questions. The questions themselves were to make sure that I myself have written my application and a sort of confirmation on the contents of my application essay and other information that I had included as part of the answers to the application questions. Some of the questions were: - Why do you want to go to LBS? Why MIF and not MBA? - Do you have a contingency plan if your plan A for the program doesn't work? - Do you know of the clubs and student associations that you would like to be a part of? How will they benefit you? - Do you know which subjects are taught? What electives will you likely choose? In general, I got the feeling that the interviewer was expected to make sure that the candidate is genuine, knows enough details about the program to make an informed decision and has realistic expectations from the school and the program. The interviewer also shared her experience of the program and shared some advice on how to make the most of the program. We did not have more than an hour for the interaction and hence we could only manage to go through the set of standard questions set by the school for the interviewer. In general, I would say that the interview would really depend on the alumnus who is chosen to interview you and knowing a bit about them before the interaction should help one prepare better for it."

ghostrider123 from United Kingdom GMAT 700;
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Debrief posted on  Nov 09 2018 [#permalink] LBS
Off Campus with Alumni Interviewed on: Nov 01 2018 Final Decision: Admitted from WL

"The interviewer was quite friendly. He was a 2nd generation family business owner. The interview lasted for over 1 hour, 15 minutes. This is how it went : 1. He made me feel comfortable and told me that it will be an informal interview but he will be taking notes for the school, so I shouldn't mind it. He had two copies of my resume and a blank sheet in which he was constantly jotting some points. 2. He started by introducing himself and told me about his background, career and gave a glimpse of his life @ LBS. He mentioned that he will chat more about it towards the end. From what I understood, LBS has a set procedure for interviews and the interview needs to follow it and capture specific feedback on those particular aspects. 3. Then, I introduced myself and he asked me to talk about my leadership style - pros and cons (since I mentioned leading teams). 4. Why MBA? Why LBS? 5. He asked me that since I have spent all of my professional life so far at Microsoft - how have I grown there as an individual? 6. Then, he asked me to talk about my career plan post-MBA and why that plan? I mentioned consulting and spoke about how it is in line with my skill set, experience and interest. Then, he asked me what my plan B is in case is I don't grab a consulting job. 7. "Does it not bother you that consultants don't develop anything on their own and they are just advising others?" 8. "What is your long-term goal?" 9. "How will you handle a non-contributing team member in LBS study group?" 10. "What will you contribute to LBS community?" 11. "How do you handle conflict?" 12. "First year at LBS is extremely hectic, how do you typically handle stress?" 13. “What are your hobbies?” When I told him I like to write, he mentioned that I should consider looking at the LBS newsletter group – It might interest me. The interview was quite interactive throughout. He kept sharing his experiences and insights in between. 14. Then he gave me a topic for a case presentation. He had already selected one for me and he gave me 5 minutes to think of some strategies to help that client. I jotted down some points that I could immediately think through and spoke about them. He didn’t ask me any counter questions and seemed fairly convinced with my points. 15. The interview concluded with him giving me time to ask some questions and him sharing his experiences. I asked him for any advice that he would have for me to prepare myself for an MBA in the ten months that I have at hand. He told me that he wouldn’t recommend me to do any preparation, I should take life as it comes and not be too stressed out about the MBA. He then concluded with sharing some his MBA highlights and how he grew from that experience. Overall, it was a pleasant experience and I think it went well. Eagerly waiting for the results!"

Charul18 from India GMAT 710; WE: 40 months; Consulting
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Debrief posted on  Apr 06 2018 [#permalink] LBS
Off Campus with Alumni Interviewed on: Mar 15 2018 Final Decision: Admitted

"Originally scheduled with an alumn working in a sector I've never worked in, (and I've worked in most sectors during my consulting career). Unfortunately my interviewer had to cancel last minute due to work commitments so I was reassigned an alumn working in another sector I wasn't too familiar with (not a "perfect fit" like some people seem to have experienced, but a really great person nonetheless). In fairness to LBS they handled this reschedule well and rescheduled quickly. The interview lasted about an hour, went through the "why LBS" questions, a few questions about why I would want to stay in the UK to study, how I will contribute to LBS life, what I was looking forward to the most. There were definitely some questions the interviewer had to ask but overall it was more like a coffee with a new work colleague vibe and felt more about personality fit than anything else. Interviewer claimed not to have read my application so I did a quick 5 min whistle-stop tour of my CV in the beginning. Case study was quick and easy, not something you could prepare for other than basic presentation skills - making a number of points, highlighting pros and cons, rounding off your argument with an overall recommendation etc. Just common sense really. Spent the last half hour asking my interviewer questions about their experience at LBS."

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Debrief posted on  Feb 26 2018 [#permalink] LBS
Off Campus with Alumni Interviewed on: Feb 26 2018 Final Decision: Admitted

"The interviewer was really friendly and LBS adcom did a great job of matching me with the right interviewer, who had similar experience as I. Started with introduce yourself and why I took the decisions that I did. Was really invested in finding out why MBA and why LBS - so work hard on that. Ask some questions to test my vision - like what problems do I see in the consumer tech industry 15 years down the line. Overall pretty smooth, fingers crossed, hoping for the best."

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Debrief posted on  Nov 22 2018 [#permalink] LBS, MIF
Skype Interviewed on: Feb 18 2018 Final Decision: Admitted

"I received a proposal to join 2020 class 2 weeks after the interview. The interview had 3 parts not in order. I am just trying to tell you broad topics covered in the interview 1. Discussion about the interviewer expirience in LBS and his career. 2. My track record and personal achievements, also chat about why LBS and why London, why MFin and not the MBA. I mean you have to show that you really want this. 3. Kind of think he checked some stuff about me LBS asked him to. Finally we chat a little bit, he was super cool. Expect to meet you all next year!"

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Debrief posted on  Feb 06 2018 [#permalink] LBS
On Campus Interviewed on: Nov 07 2017 Final Decision: Admitted

"Had my interview few days ago at LBS campus. Overall, the interview was more of a conversation than one-way communication. The interviewer was experienced and she interviews many candidates every year (at least that's the impression I got from her conversations). She had a questionnaire and followed a structured approach to cover as many aspects as possible about my profile: 1. About myself : She asked me to talk her through my resume and specifically asked me to focus more on "why I did" what I did. This was followed by some detailed questions wherever she was interested in my profile such as How did you find this experience etc. 2. Why MBA/Why LBS/Why now 3. How will I contribute to the school/clubs/class/study group 4. Life experience questions : Tell me a time when you worked in a multi-cultural team, what is my biggest achievement , what is my biggest challenge in my current role, what are your biggest strengths, Tell me a time when you led a project, My international experience etc. 5. My opinion : What is wrong with the world that businesses are ignoring? What should they do? 6. Presentation: She already chose the topic for me from a list and gave 5 mins to prepare. It was easy and she was focusing more on my approach and perspective than the final answer. I read in this blog that students were asked not to share the topic of the presentation. Surprisingly, she didn't ask me - may be she forgot :) 7. Finally, the conversation ended with her experience at LBS, what they look for in a candidate at this stage and her current role in the firm and why she chose it.. My advice to everyone will be keep your answers short, concise and structured. Moreover, be honest and enjoy the conversation. Now waiting impatiently for the result - fingers crossed. Best wishes to everyone!"

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Debrief posted on  Feb 06 2018 [#permalink] LBS
Off Campus with Alumni Interviewed on: Nov 07 2017 Final Decision: Admitted

"Okay, interviews have kind of been a disaster for me. I'll tell all details, hopefully it helps someone prepare in areas I wasn't prepared. In person interview: Had my interview back in mid October - and I have NEVER been so nervous in my life. I had to have a surgery this month, so I was down for at least 2 weeks of the interview period. The morning I was assigned an alumni to do the interview, I emailed him to set it up the interview. With my schedule limitations, the only time to do the interview was THAT DAY in 4 hours. I had two hours of meetings left at my full time job, had enough time to go home and throw on a suit, and then drive the hour to his office. No. Preparation. Time. Not in a good place mentally Felt really strong the first hour. LBS is the only school I applied to in this round, I have a very clear reason I want to go there, my resume and essays told a clear story, and I know the school. He seemed very interested in press events I used to manage in Hawaii, which was one of my favorite projects, so it was very easy to talk about In hour two, we did an impromptu a case study where I had to do quite a bit of estimation math in my head, which I was totally unprepared for. Talked about it for about 10 minutes, and by the end I was so nervous I'm sure I was pale as a ghost, because he said that we should take a little break if I needed it. Then I was worried that I was looking like I couldn't handle pressure, which of course meant I was then stuck inside my head for the rest of the interview I feel like I did fine on the Case Presentation portion, the scenarios presented were simple enough. I could have done better, but it was okay. I walked out a feeling like my chances of getting had all but died. My interviewer called me about 30 minutes later and told me that he didn't want me to feel like I had bombed the interview, and that he gives very hard interviews. I thanked him for the call, and told him what a great learning experience it was! I have never been nervous in an interview before, but I'd never had an interview like this. I learned about an area I can definitely improve. So. Feels like I bombed, but maybe he was sincere when he said that I didn't? Video Interview: I work in entertainment, so I have access to sets and photography studios. I set up my laptop in a photo studio, set up 3 point lighting, white background, the whole shebang. Tried to give any extra effort I could :) Obviously, we knew the first question, so I felt fine about my answer there (I tripped over a few words, and wasn't as elegant as I was in my rehearsal, oh well). The second question was related to the single area of the program I knew the LEAST about. I know the program, I know which professors I'm most excited about meeting, I knew which courses I am looking forward to taking the most, the electives I will do, which clubs I'd like to join, the businesses based in London I'm most interested in connecting with, etc. There is ONE area of the program I really never thought much about, and that's the question I got. and I BLEW it. Terrible terrible response. As soon as it stopped recording, I knew EXACTLY what I should have said. My Biggest Take Aways: - No matter what you've heard about an LBS interview, be prepared for something off book - During the interview window, make sure you look interview ready every day until you're interview is officially scheduled - you never know when schedules will suck enough you have to do an interview immediatley - Know the WHOLE PROGRAM. Even the parts that you aren't particularly interested in or don't plan on participating."

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Debrief posted on  Feb 20 2018 [#permalink] LBS
Off Campus with Alumni Interviewed on: Nov 06 2017 Final Decision: Admitted

"My interview was with an alumni and it lasted for almost 3 hours. I think the length of the interview really depends on the interviewer so be prepared. But generally your interview will let you know in advance. Mine texted me a day in advance and asked me to prepare my timing accordingly. The interview was really informal and conversational. He let me ask questions along our conversation so it didn't feel like an intense interview. At first I was asked several basic why questions (why LBS, why London, why MBA). Then it was more about my post-MBA goal and my current job. I could tell that he really gauged my interest in LBS since he knew I applied to another school. Additionally, he seemed genuinely interested in my current job and asked a lot of follow-up questions about projects that I have done and how I interacted with my co-workers. The conversation flew by and I was asked to do the presentation part. The interview was in one of his company offices so I had access to a white board and post-it notes. Therefore, I was quite comfortable using all of those to demonstrate my answer. He did not ask any follow-up questions after I presented. At the end, he was really honest and told me that I performed well and promised that he would report back to the school exactly what happened and put in his recommendation. I still keep in touch with him now and plan to ask his advice when I start preparing for my move to London :) The Video Interview: I was super nervous about this as I don't generally feel comfortable looking into a camera. I believe the school does understand that some people feel like me so they won't judge you too harshly on your video performance. I rehearsed my answer to the first question (known in advance) so I think I did ok. The second question was somewhat not a surprise but I think I did terribly. I did not say what I should have said. I think my nerve got the best of me but I at least I did not run over time. My recommendation would be to "Really be yourself". I know it sounds cliche but if you can feel comfortable, believe me, it makes a whole lot difference. For the in-person interview, remember to keep your answers very structured and concise. Imagine that you're trying to help the interviewer to take notes! The more detailed his/her notes on you are, the better chance you have :) Good luck!!!"

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Debrief posted on  Feb 06 2018 [#permalink] LBS
Off Campus with Alumni Interviewed on: Oct 28 2017 Final Decision: Admitted

"Had my interview some few days ago. It was definitely the most exhaustive MBA interview I've had by far. My interviewer had all of my information, specific things that LBS had requested he should find out, and he even knew to which schools I had applied!! (I guess they get this information from the GMAT report) Overall it was a very complete and exhaustive conversation, where I felt I was permanently pushed to see whether I'd fit at LBS (I definitely think I do). The case was simple, nothing to worry about (Can't share the contents of it) I would recommend for everyone to be really prepared for this interview. Have a clear story, career path, electives you want to do, LBS activities on which you want to participate, etc Best of luck to everyone!"

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Debrief posted on  Feb 06 2018 [#permalink] LBS
Off Campus with Alumni Interviewed on: Oct 22 2017 Final Decision: Interviewed

"Had my interview with an experienced professional in the industry. Pretty standard interview. Spent a little over an hour. Here's what I remember 1. Tell me about yourself, why MBA, why now 2. What do you think about Brexit and how will it impact your decision 3. What exactly do you want to do in your field 4. Tell me about a leadership experience 5. 5 min to prepare and answer a case."

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Debrief posted on  Feb 02 2018 [#permalink] LBS
Off Campus with Alumni Interviewed on: Apr 25 2017 Final Decision: Interviewed

"My interview was scheduled with an LBS alumnus. I was expected to fly to another city as LBS couldn't find a rep in my current city, fortunately the interviewer managed to get his friend (also LBS alum) do to it my city, which saved me the 5hrs flight. The interviewer is pretty high up in a M/B/B. The interview was short as it was scheduled for only 1 hour, had 3 parts: - Questions for me (based on resume, work experience, also behavioral). Questions were: have I led a team, what is the profiles of the people in the team, have I failed in a project, describe my international experience and cultural sensitivity, etc. Also typical ones like: why MBA, why LBS, is LBS my first choice. There was an oddball question to test my ability to handle ambiguity: "How many bathtubs in this country?". I didn't prepare for this kind of question and kinda bombed this part. - 5 minutes presentation (5 minutes to prepare): convince a CEO that he should hire a Data-analysis consultant to help with all major decision making. - Questions for alum, about 15 minutes. I asked him about his LBS experience and if there was any advice for me. He was surprised that I knew in depth about his CV, so I told him I looked him up on Linked In before. In summary, it was a fairly pleasant interview, I did OK. So far I've been waitlisted at LBS. The interviewer was surprised to know that, as he expected me to be admitted. Fingers crossed and see how things turn out!!"

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Debrief posted on  Feb 01 2018 [#permalink] LBS
Off Campus with Alumni Interviewed on: Mar 07 2016 Final Decision: Matriculating

"Just had my interview, which was with an alumni who was a partner at a PE firm and had a very different background to mine. It went for 1.5 hours. He was very nice, but I'm not sure how well I did to be honest - it was a bit hard to read how well it was going. It started off with the usual walk me through CV/why an MBA/why LBS and also some questions about the career choices I made. He then focused quite a bit on leadership and teamwork experiences. He also asked quite a few questions on what international business experience I had as he said that this didn't come through very clearly on my CV. He also asked what my leadership development goals were. I found the presentation part a bit of a challenge because there were 2 parts to it. It was a case about leading change management - managing restructuring and the fact that people were not happy about it. I was asked to present a) how I would approach this with my team and how much I would share my personal feelings b) Pick one of 3 questions and also talk about that - I picked one that said to describe how to overcome resistance to change. I didn't feel like I had a good conclusion to round off the presentation because the presentation was in 2 parts though I tried to relate them, but the introduction and the points in the middle were fine. The third part of the interview was where I got to ask questions and he gave me a lot of advice on what I should do to prep and what electives I should take. He also advised that to get the most out of career services, you needed to try and fit within the mould and that you would struggle if they couldn't put you in a box, which happened with him. He also said that if I got admitted, to get in touch with him and he would provide me with prep resources for finance given my lack of finance knowledge, and resources for consulting since that was what I wanted to move into, which was really helpful. I'm really hoping I get in! He did say being from New Zealand was a bit of a novelty at LBS so I'm counting on that working in my favour :)"

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Debrief posted on  Feb 01 2018 [#permalink] LBS
On Campus Interviewed on: Mar 07 2016 Final Decision: Admitted

"Just had my interview. I think it went very well. Admissions passed him very clear instructions on how to proceed with the interview, with specific questions and what to do. The mini-case was also provided by adcom. At one point I got the impression that the interview was bounded to those questions and that he could not avoid or change his interview path, even though at some moments, you could see that he was making deep-dive questions in order to better assess me. The mini-case is very straightforward and specially for those who have at some point in time prepared for consulting interviews, it will come naturally. One advice I would give is to ask questions about London and the alum experience in LBS. He was clearly eager to share his experiences in LBS and wanted any opportunity to remember his two years there."

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Debrief posted on  Feb 01 2018 [#permalink] LBS
Off Campus with Alumni Interviewed on: Mar 07 2016 Final Decision: Interviewed

"Had my interview as well. I think I did just ok, but as alefal said, it's just one part of the holistic evaluation process. Would have liked to crushed every single question, but I guess it's a learning for other interviews. My interviewer asked me questions for only half an hour and then we transitioned to her experience at LBS. She was really excited to talk about her experience and almost seemed like she made up her mind to spend 1.5 hour to give me advice as opposed to interview me. Extremely friendly and gave me some pretty valuable advice. How is everyone spending the next 3.5 weeks to keep their mind off of the decision?"

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