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Debrief posted on  Jan 13 2022 [#permalink] Simon, Full Time MBA
Online Interviewed on: Jan 13 2022

"It was a pleasant conversation, no pressure was felt. We started by touching on topics from my resume, studies and work experience. The interviewer indicated that she had not reviewed my documents, so there are several responses from the essays that were repeated in the interview questions. 1. Walk me through your resume 2. Why an MBA? 3. Why Simon? 4. Short-term goals. Specific company? 5. Alternative plan? 6. Cross cultural experience. 7. Any Questions for me? The interview was super relaxed and felt more like a conversation. Lasted 30 minutes."

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Debrief posted on  Jan 02 2022 [#permalink] Simon, Full Time MBA
Online Interviewed on: Dec 30 2021 Final Decision: Admitted

"Good experience. 35 minutes interview with adcom going through the basics. It was a conversational chat, made me very comfortable. 1. Walk me through your resume 2. Follow up questions on work experience and volunteer groups 3. What was my programming experience (academic/professionally) and what programming languages I knew 4. Experience with a quantitative environment in both academic and professional experience 5. Why Simon? Why not other schools? 6. What is my leadership style? 7. Tell a time when I took risks 8. Short Term career goal/Alternative plan? Specific company? 9. Questions for me?"

darkrise0987 from Brazil WE: 53 months; Manufacturing
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Debrief posted on  Apr 07 2022 [#permalink] Simon, Full Time MBA
Online Interviewed on: Dec 07 2021 Final Decision: Waitlisted with Interview

"The interview was taken online (via Zoom) and lasted for about 40 minutes. An AdCom member took the interview. She was very accommodating and friendly. She told me that it was a blind interview, and she only had access to my resume. So, she encouraged me to elaborate my answers wherever necessary, even if I had mentioned the information in my application. The questions were: - Tell me about yourself and walk me through your resume - Why a second MBA? Why now? - What gets you excited about Simon? - How will Simon help you get to where you want to go? Do you have any target industry, company, or position? - Tell me about your typical workday. What are some challenges and things that you like at work? - What are your strengths? - Based on your cross-cultural experience, how would you contribute to Simon? - Do you have any questions for me about Simon? There was no writing task."

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Debrief posted on  Nov 22 2021 [#permalink] Simon, Full Time MBA
Online Interviewed on: Nov 22 2021 Final Decision: Admitted

"Interview was extremely conversational. It lasted for around 35 minutes . 1.Walk me through your Resume ? 2.Why Now ? 3.Why Simon?(They are very keen in listening about Diversity) 4.ST and LT Goals? 5.Any Specific Company ? 6.Tell me about a time when you worked with Cross functional team and what are your learnings ? 7.Anything you would want us to know ? 8.Any Questions for me?"

Dileep346 from India GMAT 740; Computer Software
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Debrief posted on  Dec 14 2021 [#permalink] Simon, Full Time MBA
Online Interviewed on: Nov 22 2021 Final Decision: Admitted

"I had my interview with Nicole from the admissions team. She told me upfront that it'll be a blind conversational interview so that she gets to know me better. The questions were as follows. 1. Give me a brief introduction about yourself. 2. Questions about my work experience. 3. Some questions around extra-curricular. 4. Why MBA? 5. Why Simon? 6. What is your leadership style? The interview lasted for only 20 minutes. However, it was one of the best interviews for me so far. I was very confident at the end of it. Advice to everyone: Just be calm and be yourself."

jhashubham28 from India GMAT 710; WE: 28 months; Computer Software
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Debrief posted on  Nov 11 2021 [#permalink] Simon, Full Time MBA
Online Interviewed on: Nov 11 2021 Final Decision: Waitlisted with Interview

"I had my interview with a member of the adcom. 1) Walk me through your resume 2) Why Simon 3) Short-term goals 4) Alternative goal 5) Written essay on "How do you handle challenges?" Overall, it was more like a conversation, rather than an interview. Lasted around 25 minutes."

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Debrief posted on  Nov 12 2021 [#permalink] Simon, Full Time MBA
Online Interviewed on: Nov 10 2021 Final Decision: Admitted

"This is by far the BEST interview I've had with any school! Simon really cares about the students and their reputation. My interview lasted for 35 mins with the Assistant Dean of Admissions. She was so lovely, upbeat, interested in me and my story. 1- Walk me through your resume and tell me about yourself 2- How do you see Simon fit in your short-term and long-term goals? 3- Why did you choose to apply to Simon? What about Simon excites you? 4- Tell me about a challenge you faced professionally? 5- What is your proudest achievement at work? 6- How do you feel about team collaboration? 7- Do you have any questions for me?"

daldilaimi from Kuwait GMAT 780; Computer Software
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Debrief posted on  Nov 04 2021 [#permalink] Simon, Full Time MBA
Online Interviewed on: Nov 04 2021 Final Decision: Interviewed

"I had my interview with a member of the Admissions team. 1. Walk me through your background? 2. What is your short-term goal? 3. What's your alternative short-term goal? 4. Why MBA and why now? 5. What do you like about Simon? 6. Tell me about a cross-cultural experience you've had? 7. What do you do when your schedule is interrupted? Give an example of how you handle it. This was the final major question and I was given 5 minutes to type my answer in the chat box. 8. Do you have questions for me?"

This user wants to stay Private from Nigeria WE: 57 months; Consulting
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Debrief posted on  Mar 18 2021 [#permalink] Simon, Full Time MBA
Skype Interviewed on: Mar 05 2021 Final Decision: Admitted

"Interviewer - Christina D (member of AdCom) Duration - Exactly 30 minutes. She mentioned that she had other interviews lined up. Very friendly interviewer and made me feel completely at ease. It was very conversational. 1. Could you tell me a bit about yourself? (walk me through your resume) 2. Why Simon? 3. Any international work experiences? personal or professional. What did you learn from it? 4. What is your leadership style? 5. About a time I failed Overall, no curveball questions."

Legolas1221 GMAT 710; Computer Software
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Debrief posted on  Mar 17 2021 [#permalink] Simon, Full Time MBA
Skype Interviewed on: Feb 23 2021 Final Decision: Admitted

"Interviewed with adcom. She was very nice, much of the beginning was me talking about my resume (I have very unusual work experience). She asked about my post MBA goals, working on a team, and international experience. Nothing out of the ordinary."

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Debrief posted on  Feb 09 2021 [#permalink] Simon, Full Time MBA
Skype Interviewed on: Feb 04 2021 Final Decision: Admitted

"1) Tell me about yourself 2) Why Simon. 3) Why this is the right time for you to pursue MBA? 4) Short Term goal. 5) Plan B. 6) Any questions from us?"

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Debrief posted on  Feb 05 2021 [#permalink] Simon, Full Time MBA
Skype Interviewed on: Feb 04 2021 Final Decision: Interviewed

"1)tell me about your hobbies 2)tell me about your time at your company 3)what kind of person are you - a team leader or a team member 4)have you had any experience travelling internationally. If not do you have any experience across different cultures. 5)what is your short term goal 6)what is your back up plan incase the plan doesn’t go as expected 7)why do you want to come to Simon 8)do you have any questions for me The interview was really casual and chilled. I asked the interviewer if there were any teaching opportunities in Rochester where I could help underprivileged section and if the school provided opportunities to students to help faculties with their research as Simon is a research based school. I also asked her if my understanding of the school was correct and if I had misunderstood anything. The problem is I was under the impression that the interview was an hour long as my invite was for 1 hour. So all my answers were prepared accordingly. I am worried if the interviewer felt I was rambling on. It’s difficult to guage the interviewers reaction if you are looking at the camera."

Jainavanti268 GMAT 690; WE: 72 months; Consulting
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Debrief posted on  Feb 27 2021 [#permalink] Simon, Full Time MBA
Skype Interviewed on: Feb 03 2021 Final Decision: Admitted

"Following is a list of questions that I collected through GMATclub forum and used to prepare for my interview. 1) Tell me about yourself. Walk me through your resume. 2) Short Term /long-term goal. Any specific industry/companies/functions? What are some target companies you aspire to work in? 3) Why this is the right time for you to pursue MBA? (Why MBA, Why now) 4) Why do you want to come to Simon? / What about Simon makes it a good fit for you? 5) How will you contribute to Simon? 6) Which extracurriculars I would like to try? 7) What is your backup plan in case that plan doesn’t go as expected? 8) Have you had any experience of traveling internationally? If not do you have any experience across different cultures. / Travelled to other countries on work assignments. Do you have any international work experience? 9) Strength and weakness? 10) Tell me more about this experience you have mentioned in your resume./ Tell me about your time at your company. / Can you explain to me what you do in your current role and how does your day looks like? 11) Tell me about your hobbies. / What do you like to do outside of work? 12) Do you have any questions for me? I faced questions in line with the above list. Prepare with these questions and know your resume well. Make sure you ask questions to the interviewer that shows you have done your research and that you are very interested in Simon. Be confident and show your excitement for the program!"

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Debrief posted on  Feb 04 2021 [#permalink] Simon, Full Time MBA
Skype Interviewed on: Jan 27 2021 Final Decision: Admitted

""Walk me through your resume" "Why do you believe an MBA is right for you" "Why are you pursuing an MBA now" "Why are you applying to Simon" "How do you see yourself contributing to Simon" "How does your undergraduate major contribute to your sought out profession? How will an MBA help you with this?" "What are your short-term and long-term goals" "What are your target companies post-MBA?" "What is your back-up plan if you cannot get into your target companies?" "Have you had any multi-cultural experiences or international travel during your professional career?" "Do you know any data programming tools?" (If you do not know any, learn some or show you are in the process of learning. Very critical.) "Do you have any questions for me?" My experience: Overall the interview was one of the most conversational interviews I had. The AdCom member was extremely nice and genuinely wanted to get to know me better and my motivation to pursue an MBA. The interviewer did not seem to be disengaged at all and reciprocated everything I discussed. Overall, the interview was intended to last 30 minutes, but found ourselves talking for 48 minutes. Just be yourself, don't hide anything, smile, and utilize those interpersonal skills! Advice: Know your resume well, there is a possibility they will ask you to highlight a certain bullet point which you might have. Prepare anecdotes about professional and non-professional experiences Do heavy research on the university to show your commitment to their program (ex. clubs, career centers, culture) Show up 5 minutes early before interview, they will not permit you to join online interview any earlier. Dress Professionally Good luck on your interviews!"

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Debrief posted on  Dec 09 2020 [#permalink] Simon, Full Time MBA
Skype Interviewed on: Dec 09 2020

"1. Tell me about your college you went and your work experience. 2. Can you explain me what you do in your current role and how does your day look like? 3. Do you have anyone directly reporting to you? 4. What data tools or programming tools you know? 5. What is leadership style mean to you? 6. What is your work experience working with team across world? 7. Why do you want to MBA? 8. What is your short-term goal? And Plan B? 9. what is your Long-term goal? 10. Why Simon? 11. what are the Clubs that you want to be part of? 12. Why should we take you not others? 13. What questions do you have?"

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Debrief posted on  Dec 09 2020 [#permalink] Simon, Full Time MBA
Skype Interviewed on: Dec 09 2020 Final Decision: Waitlisted with Interview

"Tell me about yourself Why mba Why now Why Simon Short term goal Plan b Travelled to other countries on work assignments. Question about my hobbies How do you say your working style is as a team member Leadership style. 3 mins essay : have you not met your goal at any point? Why? Any questions to us?"

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Debrief posted on  Nov 22 2020 [#permalink] Simon, Full Time MBA
Skype Interviewed on: Nov 21 2020 Final Decision: Admitted

"It was very conversational! I enjoyed the interview and was asked the following: 1. Why Simon? 2. Why MBA? 3. Why now? 4. What are my ST and LT goals? I was then given 10 minute to ask questions about the program / admissions process. Overall, it was a great session!"

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Debrief posted on  Feb 06 2020 [#permalink] Simon, Full Time MBA
Skype Interviewed on: Feb 04 2020 Final Decision: Waitlisted with Interview

"I had a video interview with an admission committee member. It was a blind interview and lasted for about 30 mins. I was asked following questions: 1. walk me through your resume. 2. tell me more about this experience you have mentioned in your resume. 3. short term goal. 4. plan B. 5. why MBA, why now? 6. why Simon? 7. tell me about a time when you failed and what did you learn? 8. what are your strengths as a team member? 9. what is your leadership style? 10. how do you approach to a conflict in team? (written)"

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Debrief posted on  Feb 05 2020 [#permalink] Simon, Full Time MBA
Skype Interviewed on: Jan 16 2020 Final Decision: Admitted

"Don't worry at all about the interview. Everyone is super nice! Just have clarity and oral practice of the following questions: 1. Walk me through your resume/ Tell me about yourself 2. Why MBA and why now? 3. Why Simon 4. Professional and Personal challenge and how you overcame it I have been admitted with scholarship and I was asked the above questions on campus by an alumni who was super sweet, but I'll also list down a few others I was asked at other schools: 5. 3 words that describe you 6. Leadership experience 7. What did you learn about yourself from the application process 8. Strongest and weakest parts of your application Good luck on the interview. Just keep calm, SMILE and be confident. Imagine that you are already a business leader and talk like one!"

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Debrief posted on  Dec 18 2019 [#permalink] Simon, Full Time MBA
Off Campus with Adcom Interviewed on: Dec 07 2019 Final Decision: Admitted

"The interview was conversational and had most of the standard interview questions !! All questions that I was asked are covered in 1 or more interview debriefs stated below. So I have nothing more to add. Just be confident, know your resume well and try to show that you are a well-rounded individual."

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Debrief posted on  Dec 10 2019 [#permalink] Simon, Full Time MBA
Off Campus with Adcom Interviewed on: Dec 04 2019 Final Decision: Admitted

"The interview was very much like the job interviews that I have had. The adcom was very friendly and just wanted to get to know me better. The questions were along the lines of "Tell me about yourself?" "Expectations from the program?" "Long term/Short term goals?" and a few questions about things from my resume. The interview which was very conversational touched upon things already mentioned in my application but gave me the opportunity to explain them in greater detail since I wasn't constrained by the word limitations. Hope it helps!!"

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Debrief posted on  Nov 11 2019 [#permalink] Simon, Full Time MBA
Off Campus with Alumni Interviewed on: Nov 09 2019 Final Decision: Waitlisted without Interview

"I interviewed with a recent alumni. It was very conversational and I thought it went well. I was asked very generic questions like why simon, why mba, what my career goals are as well as questions related to my background. I don't think I can add anything new to the existing debriefs out here. Hope this was helpful."

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Debrief posted on  Oct 30 2019 [#permalink] Simon, Full Time MBA
Skype Interviewed on: Oct 17 2019 Final Decision: Admitted

"The interview was really more of a conversation than anything else and lasted 30 mins. It was done on Zoom. Questions (I can't remember all) 1. Walk me through your resume. 2. What is your short term plan? 3. If that doesn't materialize what would you do? 4. Tell me more about your undergrad. 5. (Questions specific to my work experience. I've been an entrepreneur for 7 years with few more years working at other firm) 6. Why Simon and not somewhere else? (got asked a variation of this question again) 7. 3 minute 'essay' : What has been your greatest achievement? 8. I asked 2-3 questions at the end. I haven't had a response as of writing this so.... Anyway, hope this helps."

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Debrief posted on  Oct 29 2019 [#permalink] Simon, Full Time MBA
Off Campus with Adcom Interviewed on: Oct 10 2019 Final Decision: Interviewed

"Hi everyone, I recently interviewed with an admissions director from Simon. Here are some insights from the interview which I hope can be found helpful! All the best to all prospective applicants! Overall, the interview is best described as a friendly conversation. The tone was very calm and relaxed and the interviewer does not give you any reason to feel under pressure. They are genuinely trying to get to know you better. I very much enjoyed sharing my story, gaining deeper insight about Simon and learning more about my interviewer. Questions: 1. Please tell me about yourself (give a brief introduction of who you are and a walk through of your resume) 2. Tell me about your undergraduate experience, what did you study and what were you involved in during school? 3. How well do you manage time? 4. What are you post-MBA goals and why are you pursuing an MBA now? 5. What are some target companies you aspire to work in? 6. What is one thing that you have achieved recently that you are proud of? 7. Why Simon? 8. Can you please describe a time when you worked in a team? 9. Please describe how you would mitigate conflict in a team setting? 10. How will you contribute to Simon? Overall the interview lasted ~50 minutes. Advice: Know your story, resume and reasons for MBA well. Prepare some anecdotes as support. Study up on the program and try to speak with some students beforehand to get a better idea of the school culture. Dress professionally and arrive a few minutes early."

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Debrief posted on  Mar 02 2019 [#permalink] Simon, Full Time MBA
Skype Interviewed on: Feb 26 2019 Final Decision: Admitted

"I had my interview with Jennifer Crandall from the admissions team at Simon with Zoom. She told me it was a blind interview so I should elaborate on my answers. Interview was conversational and standard - 1. Introduce yourself 2. Walk me through your resume 3. Why MBA 4. Why now 5. Why Simon 6. which extracurriculars I will like to try? 7. Asked about my leadership style 8. what will be my bigggest challenges at Simon? This was followed by my questions about the program. No written question was mentioned."

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