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Debrief posted on  Nov 12 2019 [#permalink] Ross Michigan, Full Time MBA
Off Campus with Alumni Interviewed on: Nov 12 2019 Final Decision: Interviewed

"Interviewed with an Alum (MBA '01) at a coffee shop in Chennai. I was present almost 30 minutes before him, and we shook hands and got right to it. He mentioned that he had already reviewed my CV and had prepared a set of questions, following which he would be open to questions. His questions, in no particular order - What unique thing about you would you bring to the class? (I noticed this came up in a different form a couple of times) Tell me about a time when you led a team? Tell me about a time you failed to achieve your targets Tell me about a time when you had to work under a manager who you had to adapt your style to Tell me about a time which was stressful for you (given that I have relatively less experience) With only so much of experience, what do you bring to the class? And of course - Why MBA? Why now? Why Ross? Why your specific long term goal? How did you decide on the career path? This was fast paced and I was pretty nervous through this section, so had a few fumbles here and there. He was quite engaged in the conversation though, and made sure to follow up on things which I was not clear enough about. At the end I asked him a few questions and he answered them in detail and at length. Interview lasted around 35-40 minutes."

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Debrief posted on  Nov 12 2019 [#permalink] Ross Michigan, Full Time MBA
Off Campus with Alumni Interviewed on: Nov 11 2019 Final Decision: Interviewed

"I was interviewed in Chennai by an alum (MBA'01) at a coffee shop. I reached 20 mins earlier, and he was just about to finish his previous interview. He called me as soon as he was free, without taking a break. The start of the interview was unconventional. Instead of starting with the generic 'Tell me something about you' or 'Walk me through your CV', he directly asked me what were two things I wanted him to take away about me, from the interview. I thought he was talking about incidents/achievements, but he was looking for traits. I was able to cover the traits with a few examples. Some of the other questions are as follows: (Order may not be correct) 1. Tell me a time when you mentored someone 2. Tell me a time when you were stressed out recently 3. An Achievement at work 4. A failure at work 5. Post-MBA Goals - (this was the link to the generic questions as I'm a Product Manager currently, and my post-MBA goal is also Product Management. 6. Why MBA? 7. Why Ross? My CV included multiple hackathon victories, so he asked me what a hackathon was, and if I had to make something today, with no restrictions, what problem would I choose to solve. After this, he asked me if I had any questions for him. This lasted for about 10 mins. This part of the interview was definitely 'calmer' (for want of a better word). Overall, the interview was a lot of fun. The alum had a lot of personal experiences to share towards the end. Total time was about 35 mins"

panda_power from India GMAT 730; WE: 40 months; Computer Software
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Debrief posted on  Nov 06 2019 [#permalink] Ross Michigan, Full Time MBA
Skype Interviewed on: Nov 06 2019 Final Decision: Interviewed

"I gave my Ross interview on Skype with MBA2. I initially asked for the alum interview but the alum I was matched with was already at capacity so had to schedule a Skype interview instead Below is the debrief: Initially the interviewer explained the process of how she would go about the interview. Interview lasted around 40 minutes including a couple questions which I asked the interviewer (~10 minutes for my questions). Some of the questions that the interviewer asked are mentioned below (note that I am not really sure if the flow of the questions was the same or not) - Tell me about yourself - Why MBA now? - Any specific courses you are interested in at Ross? - Anything else that Ross will be able to provide you? (in simple terms 'fit' question) Behavioral questions - Tell me about an instance you has to adjust working alongside a team member - Tell me about a time you had to mentor someone - Tell me about a time when you went above what was expected out of you in that role - Tell me about a time when you were challenged - Tell me about a time when you failed at something? How did you and the others react to the situation - What kind of a leader are you? - What kind of team do you lead currently? How will adapt if the your team get additional members - Tell me about a time you had to motivate your peers. How would you approach it? - So do you have any questions for me? (I asked around 3-4 questions at the end which lasted around 10 minutes) Overall I think it went really well. And I would wish best luck to everyone else. Hope this debrief is helpful. Let me know in case you have any other questions related to the process."

farmansingh5 from India GMAT 760; WE: 60 months; Health Care
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Debrief posted on  Nov 25 2019 [#permalink] Ross Michigan, Weekend MBA Program
Off Campus with Adcom Interviewed on: Oct 30 2019 Final Decision: Interviewed

"- Ross Weekend MBA Interview - It was with the Managing Director for Part Time MBA Admissions (Patti Russso). The interview itself was very conversational and direct. No surprise questions whatsoever. Questions asked during my interview include - 1. Why MBA? During my answer I was questioned as to why I didn't want to choose other Masters Program aka in Supply Chain management etc. 2. Why Ross? 3. What are my Goals? I only answered Short Term as I wasn't specifically asked about Long Term Goal. 4. Due to my low verbal score in GMAT, I was asked as to why it's low and what happened. 5. Tell me about yourself? During my answer I was asked if I always liked science. 6. Asked me about my current job responsibility of leading a product's design and how I go about this? 7. Asked me about my experience with Project Management and what exactly I do? 8. What do I bring to the Table? After all the questions, the admissions process was explained to me (next steps essentially) and gave me an opportunity to ask questions. Thanked me and said that I was early in the admissions process and results will be communicated within 4 weeks. Overall, it was a rather pleasant experience and not nerve wracking at all. I highly recommend that one prepares solid and genuine replies to Question - 1, 2, 3 & 8."

Balakris89 from United States GMAT 590; Manufacturing
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Debrief posted on  Oct 22 2019 [#permalink] Ross Michigan, Weekend MBA Program
On Campus Interviewed on: Oct 22 2019 Final Decision: Interviewed

"Ross Interview - 10/22 > why MBA > Why Ross > Tell me about yourself > Leading a team requires good soft skills. What soft skills you think you are good at > This is a full commitment program, how will you manage working full time and spending time here > ST / LT goals > How will you contribute in the class ? Any questions for me / she also explained how the whole admission process goes. The interview went for 20 mins in total and overall was more of a conversation and easy going."

ambera33 from United States GMAT 680; WE: 108 months; Computer Software
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Debrief posted on  Oct 26 2019 [#permalink] Ross Michigan, Full Time MBA
Skype Interviewed on: Feb 20 2019 Final Decision: Waitlisted with Interview

"Skype interview with a 2nd year MBA. 1. Tell me about yourself, how you came up with the idea of MBA, why do you want to go to Ross 2. ST/LT goals 3. Plan B if your career goals do not work out 4. Where do you want to be based after MBA? 5. How do you think you will contribute to Ross? I think I mentioned too many things here, and the interviewer was taking a lot of notes 6. A time when your company/project was going through a change and how you contributed 7. A time when you received a tough feedback, why do you think it was tough 8. A time you made a decision that you regretted and why 9. Tell me about your transition from the local university to your college in London 10. What other things apart from formal activities related to your career goals you want to do at Ross, for fun? 11. Any questions for the interviewer The interview lasted for over an hour instead of instructed/planned 45 mins, I didn’t notice that. There were a lot of follow-up questions for almost every question above. Overall, I think this interview was deeper in context and fun. I recognized the interviewer because he was at one of the career path (either tech or consulting) webinars organized by Ross Admissions, so I knew his unique story and brought it up to start the interview, he was pleased to hear. So, my advice - try to attend as many events as possible, if online then try to attend all of them, most of the time they are useful. Good luck!"

mcwalcott from Kazakhstan WE: 72 months; Accounting
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Debrief posted on  Feb 08 2019 [#permalink] Ross Michigan, Full Time MBA
Off Campus with Alumni Interviewed on: Feb 08 2019 Final Decision: Matriculating

"Interviewed with an alum in Seattle. The interview was about 45 mins long and pretty standard. My interviewer used points in my resume as prompts, which no other school had really done but I think is smart. - Walk me through your resume, and how has it led to your decision to pursue an MBA. (I discussed my interest in my current company's strategy shift, so we had a brief discussion about my ST/LT goals before they had a chance to ask) - Why Ross? - I am responsible for a training a lot of new employees, so they asked how I go about training someone new. What do I do to make training easier and faster? - Describe a time at work that put you under a lot of stress, and how you handled it. - How did you help alleviate the stress of your colleagues along the way? - Can you describe a time you made a decision that you regretted? - What would you do differently moving forward to avoid the difficulties you encountered?"

golfzerodelta from United States GMAT 720; WE: 67 months; Computer Hardware
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Debrief posted on  Nov 20 2018 [#permalink] Ross Michigan
Off Campus with Alumni Interviewed on: Nov 17 2018 Final Decision: Matriculating

"Had my interview with alumni. Interview lasted for around 1 hour, first 20-25 mins discussion on resume and goals, next half an hour behavioral questions, and last 5-8 mins open for questions from my side. Major questions were: 1. Introduction - focussing on professional career till date and special emphasis on career shift decisions. Then started discussing on some specific points from my resume. 2. ST and LT goals 3. Why MBA, why now? 4. Why Ross - very detailed 5. Biggest achievements and failures and what I learned from them 6. Talk about one of the most stressful situations at work and how you overcame it 7. Experience of working in teams. What are the crucial characteristics required while working in teams? 8. Some question on a leadership role 9. What do you do outside of work - hobbies and activities? Overall, it went smooth. My advice would be to prepare well on why you are looking forward for an MBA and Ross specifically. Explore Ross' offering according to your goals and be prepared with some teamwork related stories and learnings from your professional life."

This user wants to stay Private from India GMAT 740; WE: 53 months;
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Debrief posted on  Nov 19 2018 [#permalink] Ross Michigan
On Campus Interviewed on: Nov 16 2018 Final Decision: Waitlisted with Interview

"*Ross Team Exercise Experience* Team exercise was actually quite enjoyable and pretty low stress. They break you out into groups of roughly 4-6, along with 2 MBA2s who are evaluating you. They give you two stacks of cards; you draw one card from the first pile which tells you your organization/company, and then 6 from the other stack which contains everyday business buzzwords (sales, growth, profit, etc.) Your task is to use 4 of the 6 buzzwords to develop a business problem and solution for the organization/company you drew. Your team has ~10 mins to prepare a 5 minute presentation in which every member must have a speaking role. The evaluators will also ask a follow up question. Like the admissions office says, there's not a whole lot you can do to prepare for the team exercise, just go in there with a positive attitude and don't be a jerk who tries to dominate the conversation or talk over your teammates. Good luck."

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Debrief posted on  Nov 12 2018 [#permalink] Ross Michigan
Skype Interviewed on: Nov 03 2018

"I had my Ross interview last week. At one point, I thought I was going to miss it. The calendar on my phone reminded me that the interview was meant to be at 4:45 pm my time. It had been a really busy day on my Client’s site and I was only able to get away at 4:30 pm but then got stuck in rush hour traffic. The interview was meant to be via Skype. I received a ‘wave’ from the Ross Admissions team at 4:40 pm on Skype at which point I was still on the way to my office where I had booked a meeting room to have the call. I finally arrived at 4:50 pm and was convinced I had screwed up. Things only got worse when I tried to call them back on Skype and there was no answer. I then decided to call the Admissions Officer who had confirmed the interview details. She was really lovely and told me my interview wasn’t for another hour. So for some reason I got my EST conversion all wrong. This was a blessing in disguise as I was able to compose myself and do some last minute preparations. The interview seemed to go well. Ross are the only school who had said I should have a form of identification ready for the call but they didn’t ask for it. The interview was with a second year student. She started off by telling me about herself (her background and what she was doing at Ross). She was on a dual degree programme (I will talk about this later). We then went into the standard MBA questions: Tell me about yourself? Why you want to want to do an MBA now? Why Ross? etc. We then got to the scenario based questions and she asked me about: a time when I encountered difficulties while on a job and how I managed to come through; a situation where I had shown leadership; a situation where I had to work with different functions/unit to deliver a project, and; an experience of working with a difficult manager. When she finished with her questions she then gave me the opportunity to ask mine which I did. I have become more interested in dual degree programs as I have gone through this MBA process. I will explain this in another blog. This is where I feel Ross has a big advantage. One of the stats they are very proud of is that they have 97 top 10 graduate programs. Students are also allowed to self initiate their dual degree programs. This gives students the opportunity to create a ‘specialised academic program to meet their specific career interest.’ To do this you have to be accepted by both the schools you are interested in. The advantage of this is you can wait till you have started your first program and then apply to the additional academic unit you are interested in. It is then up to you and the faculty to come up with an agreed plan to complete the program. From my understanding the dual degree programs usually take 3 years but I think if you pick two programs that have similar allowable credits you have the opportunity to double count which could reduce the time. This is my understanding of the information I have gathered through speaking to my interviewer and my research but am happy to be corrected."

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Debrief posted on  Feb 02 2018 [#permalink] Ross Michigan
Off Campus with Alumni Interviewed on: Nov 04 2017 Final Decision: Interviewed

"Interviewed with the Alum an hour ago. The interview was pretty straight forward and interactive. The Alum started with introducing himself and talking about his time at Ross. Then he switched over to my experiences and asked me to tell about myself. Then the usual interview: why MBA, what goals, why Ross, a couple of behavioural questions on leadership experience and then questions for him. The interview lasted about 45 minutes. Call it interaction rather than interview. The Alum was very nice and calming. No curve balls thrown my way."

DigitsnLetters from India GMAT 770; Energy and Utilities
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Debrief posted on  Feb 02 2018 [#permalink] Ross Michigan
Off Campus with Alumni Interviewed on: Nov 02 2017 Final Decision: Admitted

"I interviewed with a Ross' 16 alum in a Starbucks. It was really conversational and he made sure to let me know that upfront. He had gone through my resume before and asked these questions. 1. Tell me about yourself 2. So Why MBA? 3. Why Ross? 4. *points to a specific bullet point on the resume* - this looks interesting - tell me more about this 5. How do you think you will contribute to Ross? 6. Working in education, you must have come across many conflicts. Tell me about one such experience. 7. Questions for me. We ended up chatting for about 15-20 mins after the interview about his experience in Ann Arbor and just generally about Ross and a few mutual connections. Interview lasted for about 45 minutes (including the questions and follow-ups). Sent a thank you email. Received a prompt response. I am pumped for the team exercise now :)"

souvik101990 from India GMAT 760; Non-Profit and Government
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Debrief posted on  Feb 02 2018 [#permalink] Ross Michigan
On Campus Interviewed on: Jan 10 2017 Final Decision: Waitlisted with Interview

"Ross was my top choice going into this interview, and that hasn't really changed since. Overall the experience was positive. I really enjoyed my 1 on 1 interview with a current student. The programming surrounding the interviews was great as well, although it made for a very long day. I didn't elect to do the afternoon activities (Tour, class visit, etc.), since I had already visited the school previously. The team exercise was very disappointing. I'm not a believer in the exercise being a good measuring stick. I was placed in a group of several military applicants and was not given a chance to really show who I was due to them taking over the discussion and exercise. It's pretty disappointing that a top school like Ross believes that a children's exercise is a good way to gauge team skills."

Goillini13 from United States GMAT 710; Manufacturing
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Debrief posted on  Jan 31 2018 [#permalink] Ross Michigan
Off Campus with Alumni Interviewed on: Mar 18 2016 Final Decision: Admitted

"The alumnus interviewer was a pro at interviewing!! He could very well find out the nitty-gritties about me. The interviewer had lot of biases based on my profile... and he was constantly trying to put words in my mouth and trying to see how I will react. It was a very free-flowing and fast-paced interview. He started off by asking me to highlight some key points I want him to take-away from the interview about my profile/me. I hadn’t prepared in this way (realized it is important!) but mentioned few things. He asked me what is it that drives me. What made me innovate when organizing X. He asked me why I wanted to go to the USA for MBA instead of from the top univs in my country. I also summarized my achievements at one of my workplace. He asked me if one of those things was my biggest accomplishment… I elaborated on why I felt so. He asked me for “a time I had tried something and faced failure” and when I stopped for few seconds to think of which experience will fit-in yet not overlap with what I’ve already told … he mocked that I don’t have any failures, only accomplishments. I said I was trying to avoid an overlap. I again mentioned one same experience as before but talked about the other perspective to it. Why MBA, Why Ross, etc."

brio from India GMAT 770; Consumer Electronics
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