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New post 02 Dec 2007, 04:32
Thanks beks,

This is very helpful stuff. Were the questions posed behavioural in nature ? Were there any run of the mill questions (i.e. what are ur strengths / weaknesses / achievement / failures / progression) or were they focused mainly on your application ? Mine is scheduled for 45 minutes, was this the case with you as well ? Or was it always going to be 1.5 hours.

Is the presentation interactive in nature (i.e. does the alumni pick holes in that as well ?) How long did your presentation last ?

Again, thanks heaps for your help. Hope we both get the invites and share a pint at the local in London one day. I owe you one.

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I had my interview at the alum's office in central london. It lasted about 1 and 1/2 hours and it was fairly informal. The interviewer must have memorised my application - she didn't even need to look at it during the interview, which meant that her eyes were trained on me the ENTIRE time. She grilled me on all my essays, so it would be a good idea to go over yours again before the interview.

Oddly enough the presentation was the easiest part of the interview. She picked a topic from a list she had, then left the room for 5 mins to let me prepare. Afterwards she said she was mainly looking for evidence that I could structure my response properly. In hindsight, I'd say the best approach is to break yours down into 3 sections - Intro, Main body and Summary/Conclusion. But whatever you do, pick a side and defend it. It's very much like the AWA in the GMAT.

Good luck with your interview!

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Aargh!!!

I'd just written a long response to your last post and included useful sites and everything and the **** thing popped up with an error message regarding number of previous posts, spammers bla bla bla.

I guess I'll have to start again...

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Mi interview was initially scheduled for 1hr but over-ran by about 20mins. I got the chance to ask questions at the end so in the end the whole interview lasted 1 and 1/2 hours. I'm still not entirely sure if that was good or bad.

I think there was a few pages of A4 full of potential presentation questions and she circled the one she wanted me to work on and left the room. Because I only had about 5mins to preare, I didn't look at any of the other questions on my page at all. My question was not behavioural and had absolutely nothing to do with my application though I suspect she took my background, aplication and answers to her previous questions into account when she picked that particuar question. It appears the questions are quite random but they always require you to take and stand and argue for your position. When I was preparing I visited a lot of sites and some people in previous interviews got questions like:
1) What are you thoughts on tattoos and body piercings?
2) What three things would you put into a time capsule?
3) Fish stock are going down in oceans, do you think we should stop eating fish? Would this impact in fisherman economy?

I'll post the sites I used to prepare as soon as this forum allows it. Apparently until I've posted 5 legitimate posts, I can't include links to sites in my message. Spammers and all that.

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New post 02 Dec 2007, 13:55
That site limitation is ridiculous. You can pm me though.

My behavioural questions query was not for the presentation question but for throughout the interview. You mentioned that she grilled you on your application for a long time. During this time did she ask many behavioural type questions ?

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Mi interview was initially scheduled for 1hr but over-ran by about 20mins. I got the chance to ask questions at the end so in the end the whole interview lasted 1 and 1/2 hours. I'm still not entirely sure if that was good or bad.

I think there was a few pages of A4 full of potential presentation questions and she circled the one she wanted me to work on and left the room. Because I only had about 5mins to preare, I didn't look at any of the other questions on my page at all. My question was not behavioural and had absolutely nothing to do with my application though I suspect she took my background, aplication and answers to her previous questions into account when she picked that particuar question. It appears the questions are quite random but they always require you to take and stand and argue for your position. When I was preparing I visited a lot of sites and some people in previous interviews got questions like:
1) What are you thoughts on tattoos and body piercings?
2) What three things would you put into a time capsule?
3) Fish stock are going down in oceans, do you think we should stop eating fish? Would this impact in fisherman economy?

I'll post the sites I used to prepare as soon as this forum allows it. Apparently until I've posted 5 legitimate posts, I can't include links to sites in my message. Spammers and all that.

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New post 06 Dec 2007, 15:44
Hi all, just had my LBS interview. The alumni had an almost identical background to mine - i.e. Computer Science Undergrad in - then IT Consulting and now in Private Equity. I was expecting some tough questions regarding my motives for moving into finance, however, the guy could already empathize with what I was going through, having done the same himself.

After some formalities (i.e me walking him through my resume and going through my post MBA aims) , the 'interview' turned into a chat. He gave me some amazing tips on how to survive in London and what to do to find a decent job in Hedge Funds. He even offered to introduce me to some of his buddies in London who are in the industry (even if I didn't attend LBS).

One thing I must mention is that this alum was very high up in a very prominent PE fund in my region. Their office reminded me of Al Pacino's in 'The devils advocate'. I had to try my utmost best not to be too awed by the whole thing. To have him talk to me one-on-one in such a down to earth manner was an amazing experience.

Eventually he mentioned that he would recommend me, however, his recommendation didn't guarentee me a spot.

Now the wait begins ....

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One thing I must mention is that this alum was very high up in a very prominent PE fund in my region. Their office reminded me of Al Pacino's in 'The devils advocate'. I had to try my utmost best not to be too awed by the whole thing. To have him talk to me one-on-one in such a down to earth manner was an amazing experience.

Eventually he mentioned that he would recommend me, however, his recommendation didn't guarentee me a spot.

Now the wait begins ....


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the quiet before the storm.................

good luck everyone

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New post 12 Dec 2007, 22:37
You too EX10XL. Still a while to go though, they only release results on the 19th

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New post 13 Dec 2007, 00:38
...waiting for Godot...good luck!

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New post 14 Dec 2007, 07:34
D-day tomorrow, good luck all!

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New post 16 Dec 2007, 13:50
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D-day tomorrow, good luck all!


Results come out Dec 19th. There is a very active discussion on BW. Check it out...

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New post 18 Dec 2007, 11:25
Am I the only one losing my mind waiting for that LBS email?

I got my interview invite the day before the official notification date so I've been nervously checking my email every hr - just in case it's a habit of theirs to send early notifications. I've just come from the supermarket with a case of Red Bull - I intend to stay up till that (dreaded/anticipated) email turns up. Or maybe I should have bought sleeping tablets to knock me out till the morning, that way I'm at least assured of a good night's sleep.

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Does anyone know whether or not LBS bothers to send notification to the applicant's they ding? Or is it a case of "no news is bad news"?

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Any from the states hear anything yet or does LBS only send out the email? for some reason, I thought they called, but I can't remember if that's accurate.

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New post 18 Dec 2007, 13:50
No news in Australia, and its ALREADY 19th here.

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New post 18 Dec 2007, 13:56
...it can well be that LBS surprises us by submitting its decision in the morning of the 19th December London time. Cheers

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I'm in!!!!

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New post 19 Dec 2007, 04:49
congratulations beks! when did you receive the mail (London time) and where are you located at? I am still waiting.....

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New post 19 Dec 2007, 05:13
Awesome beks, well done !!!!

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Anyone know when(time today)/how they are sending out admits/dings?

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