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# Sloan 2013 (MIT) - Calling All Applicants

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18 Dec 2012, 16:48
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Hello, guys! I am a Sloan student from the Class of 2014. I am Brazilian and will be in Porto Alegre from Dec 22nd to Jan 17th. If you want to schedule a coffee chat to talk about the school or if you are not in Porto Alegre and want to talk over Skype, please let me know (send a PM here and I will answer shortly).

I know how nervous one can get after hitting submit, so I wish you all can relax and have a great Christmas break.

Good luck to you all, and I hope to see you next year at Sloan!
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19 Dec 2012, 17:24
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Invited to interview today. Stats:

26 year old white/asian male
American-born and raised
Seattle, WA
760 GMAT
Chemical Engineering - UC Berkeley
3.43 (3.53 Major GPA)
1 Year Startup
3 Year Aerospace
Would like to go into VC

I know that, as I was waiting for the invite (ding) from Harvard, I wanted to know very detailed stats of the people that were getting the emails, so I am just trying to help assuage some of your anxiety, guys.

Good luck to everyone.
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03 Jan 2013, 11:13
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chintamani wrote:
In for R2, I am very nervous. I was less nervous before my daughter was born!

Understandable; you had a much better idea of the likely outcome. I definitely wish you good luck.
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29 Jan 2013, 12:53
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Me too!
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21 Feb 2013, 09:11
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Just received an e-mail from MIT Sloan Admissions Office "....interview invites will be going out starting this week, and will continue to do so for the next 4 weeks.."

So we all have a long wait ..
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27 Feb 2013, 04:06
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The Amount of Dings in Here is Too Damn High

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12 Oct 2012, 08:32
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Guys,

For essay #2(overcoming setback), I found the information in this link helpful. Not from a b-school, but has lot of relevant tips.

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09 Dec 2012, 18:27
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theyankees86 wrote:
Apologize if this is already clear to others, but I wanted to understand the interview style adcom/counselors conduct.

The Sloan interview preparation guide asks interviewees to be prepared to talk about past experiences influencing others, building professional relationships, and exhibiting drive. Given that the guide only mentions to focus on our prior experiences, are we not expected to answer questions like "why MIT?" or "why an MBA" during this interview? I guess I want to know if this interview is strictly related to my professional background and detailed stories of leadership, team work, mentorship, etc. or should I expect general questions on what I want to do at MIT and why I am drawn to the school?

Any insight will help. Thanks guys!

First up, congrats on landing the interview!
Sloan is a huge proponent of the 'Behavioral Interview' - an interview style wherein the questions are not really about what you want to do in the future, but what you have already done. As they keep saying, 'Past experience is an excellent indicator of future performance'. So they take situations that you are likely to face in business school, and ask you not what you would do in that situation, but what you did when were faced with it. The distinction is subtle but clear - Sloan expects you to have experienced that situation already. A common example would be - 'Tell me about a time when someone in your team was not performing to his/her potential".
A common thread across all Behavioral Interview questions is the way the question is framed - its almost always "Tell me about a time when..." or "Describe a time when.." or "What did you do when...". This lends itself to a very clear answer structure called the STAR method - Situation, Task, Action, Result. What was the situation, what exactly did you need to do (Task), what did you do (Action), and what was the outcome (Result).
But I digress... To answer your question - Sloan usually asks for detailed leadership experiences, and does not worry about Why MBA and Why Sloan. However, you should be prepared with an answer in case they decide to surprise you with it . Better yet, you could weave it into one of your responses.
(FYI - There are multiple sites where current students have posted transcripts of their interviews. Check last year's thread - am pretty sure I saw some there)

All the best!
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22 Dec 2012, 20:26
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Shawshank wrote:
Thanks for this. It's super helpful.

My understanding though was that for round 1, Sloan interviews around 25% but for round 2, it's only 12-13%. That's because unlike other schools, Sloan interviews a FIXED number of applicants per round, and round 2 gets twice as many applicants.

That's true, although from the Adcom's point of view, I think the logic is the other way around. They definitely fill 50% of the class (or at least, make 50% of the offers they intend to make overall) at the end of Round 1. The rest are made at the end of Round 2. Of course, there may be cases where the odd exceptional candidate or two will sneak in, but on the whole, this seems to be Adcom's approach.

Now, here lies the rub - its an open secret. While MIT Sloan has been following this strategy for the past God-knows-how-many years, the applicant pool has definitely smartened up to it recently. Hence - almost everyone knows that Sloan gets heavier app volumes in Round 2, with the Adcom themselves admitting to that fact on some chat. (For all you (actually, us) Quantum Physics buffs out there, this is like Schrodinger's Cat - knowledge of the current state will change the outcome.)

The point I'm trying to make is that I sincerely doubt whether the app volume in Round 2 is double that of Round 1 - applicants know that Round 1 is the leaner round, that 50% will get admitted in that round, and Sloan's R1 deadline is much later than that of other schools'. All of this adds up to the conclusion that "Round 1 is the round with better chances" - an arbitrage opportunity that most applicants would surely not pass up. This in turn, should lead to greater Round 1 volumes than previous years, somewhat balancing the skew between application rounds. So while I agree that Round 2 will definitely have more applications that Round 1, I don't think that number has been twice as many for the past two years or so.

All this logic amounts to nothing if everyone is already aware of this, and has decided to game the economics system by still submitting in Round 2.

Cheers,
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26 Dec 2012, 17:51
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At least they are nice enough to send the email after Christmas and before Jan- which is many other schools' R2 deadline .
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28 Dec 2012, 17:53
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I'll add my two cents about supplemental material and LinkedIn profiles. I neither did a video for the supplemental material nor added my LinkedIn profile in my application. And, of course, I'll add the caveat that this is based on one person's experience and is, by no means, the "correct" thing to do for everyone. It may seem like an obvious statement, but a lot of times, when applicants are looking to figure out how to get that interview, they can't see the forest through the trees. They will just think that because one person did it and was successful, it automatically means that they have to do it as well. I had to tear myself away from that urge too when I was applying - there's just no formula that is going to guarantee you an interview. I digress ....

I'll start with LinkedIn first - I didn't do it because 1) I really don't use LinkedIn that much and thus don't have much material on there, and 2) if I were to add more material on my LinkedIn profile, it would be much of the same stuff that I had on my resume. I didn't see there being anything extra that the Adcom could glean from me adding a LinkedIn profile, so I decided against it.

Having lurked a bit in the Sloan forum while I was preparing my application, it just seemed like people were being (self-)intimidated into doing a video for their supplemental material. That's just one medium, and a few people do it very well, while many don't. If videos aren't your strength and/or if you don't have time to properly spend on the video, it would probably be best for you to stick to something that would make a better impression on the Adcom. The counter argument I'll get for this is that if everyone does videos, then I'd be at a disadvantage if I do an essay because videos make a lasting impression. Yes and no. If your video sucks, then you've hurt yourself a whole lot more than if you spend time on a stellar essay about something that the Adcom thinks is really unique.

And - at least for me - the supplemental material should NOT be a music video for the sake of music videos. It's important to step back and realize that the people on the Adcom look at thousands of these things. They know kitsch when they see kitsch, they know lack of substance when they see lack of substance. Just because you have a song in the background doesn't make it substantive. And by the way, a slideshow in video form is just that - a slideshow. AND, it is tougher for the viewer to control the rate at which they view each "slide" in your video, especially if you have text (and some videos I saw on YouTube had LOTS of it), do you really want it to skip by in a flash? These reviewers go through these things really quickly and, I'd think, often have to take the path of least resistance because there are so many applications.

Anyhow, when I thought about my strategy for the supplemental material, I realized that I really didn't have the time to properly put together a strong video, plus, the stuff that I wanted to get across would've likely required more than a minute's worth of video. So I ended up sending a PDF instead - it was something that I knew I could put together well *and* it would get my point across.

So yes, that's my two (or twenty) cents. Take from it what you like. Good luck to you Round 2 applicants!
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27 Jan 2013, 19:33
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good luck everyone over these next two nerve-racking days! Just wanted to share the announcement timing from last year (which you probably already know from stalking last year's thread)

I received a phone call from a 1Y congratulating me at around 6:30pm ET. Yes, I was suffering through the whole day refreshing my mailbox every 10 secs! The official email came out, I believe, around 7:30pm ET.

Not everyone gets phone calls (dunno why) so don't freak out.

An older classmate told me that her email came around 6pm ET the year she applied.

In other words, Sloan is notoriously late in the day...at least historically.
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29 Jan 2013, 14:24
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satsriakal wrote:
when can we expect interview invites for r2?

Probably not the best day to ask this question as everyone's in the middle of R1 results

Posted from my mobile device
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29 Jan 2013, 15:11
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I am in!! Got the call an hour ago, but was stuck in a meeting, so I couldn't post earlier.
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29 Jan 2013, 22:36
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WL [BTW, even a waitlist by MIT, especially for engineers like me, is an honor in itself]
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06 Feb 2013, 11:38
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harshchamp wrote:
Can anybody post or send a copy of the admissions chat?

I was not able to attend the chat and would be really grateful for your favor.

Not sure if they post chat scripts, but the main thing that came out of it was that interview invitations will start mid-to-end February and stop about a week before the notification deadline.
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01 Mar 2013, 07:02
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Hello!

I also was dinged on 25th... ouch!!
I'm a R2 Applicant from Latin America

"The Admissions Committee of the MIT Sloan MBA Program has considered your application and has regretfully concluded that we cannot offer you a place in the incoming class.

As you no doubt realize, the MIT Sloan School is comparatively small, with approximately 350 MBA students entering each year. While our size offers advantages to both our students and faculty, it also creates an extremely difficult selection process––this year, over 4,600 candidates will compete for the 350 places in the class. I think it is no exaggeration to say that the majority of our applicants would be good students for our program. Since we have so few spaces to offer, the problem is not only choosing academically and professionally qualified applicants, but also choosing the very strongest candidates from a field of extraordinarily talented individuals.

We realize this news comes as a disappointment. I do hope, however, that you will accept our best wishes for your success.

Sincerely,

Rod Garcia
P.S. Unfortunately we cannot conduct post-evaluative interviews with candidates we could not admit. As you can imagine, with over 4,600 applicants that procedure would consume almost the full-time attention of two employees. We are simply not staffed to be able to provide that service."

Funny (and also cruel) that Sloan's rejects me and keeps bombing me with e-mails selling the huge benefits of the program... ha ha

For all of you guys that were invited to interview... my best wishes and the best of luck!!! In words of Rod Garcia, you are among the "very strongest candidates from a field of extraordinarily talented individuals"
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01 Mar 2013, 19:34
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Cossack wrote:
Any tricks from the adcom to trigger behavioral responses?

We don't know what the attributes are exactly, but you can get a vague idea to prepare for your interview. Read some of the interviews Rod Garcia gave to Poets and Quants or ClearAdmit (I can't remember which). My recommendation is to know your application inside out, and then have a few other stories from your background in mind, stories that you couldn't fit in to the application but would like the adcom to know about. Bring these up in your interview. All the best!
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02 Apr 2013, 07:21
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hopefull2015 wrote:
Anyone get a call yet?

likely between 2 and 5 EDT.
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If anyone's in Boston/Cambridge tonight, please stay safe indoors. There was a shooting at 10:48pm et near Building 32 (the Stata Center) tonight. Things are still under investigation, but MIT students have been told to stay inside.
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