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# T minus 48 hours to GSB interview!

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T minus 48 hours to GSB interview! [#permalink]

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19 Nov 2006, 15:10
So excited, nervous, anxious, happy, elated, concerned, prepared, unprepared, content...

I had the benefit of meeting someone who did an on campus interview. He said they basically grilled him - he would start to answer something and then they'd cut him off 1 minute into it and force him down another path. I really hope thats not the kind of interviewer I get. We shall see.

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19 Nov 2006, 15:45
u do the same drama for every school and we all know that u r a GSB Admit material....

heers

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19 Nov 2006, 15:50
Ozmba2006 wrote:
u do the same drama for every school and we all know that u r a GSB Admit material....

heers

hahaahaha... I'm a drama queen yes. If there's one thing I've learned here is that no one is GSB material and everyone is GSB material. It truly is a subjective and random process.

How do you choose between the guy who's in finance and has a 730 GMAT and the guy who's in IT and has a 730 GMAT? Or the girl who's self employed with a 700 GMAT or the girl who has a 4.0 GPA and 690 GMAT? It really is totally subjective.

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19 Nov 2006, 16:09
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How do you choose between the guy who's in finance and has a 730 GMAT and the guy who's in IT and has a 730 GMAT? Or the girl who's self employed with a 700 GMAT or the girl who has a 4.0 GPA and 690 GMAT? It really is totally subjective.

Lemme explain why u will be a GSB admit..

1 U have the requisite GMAT Score...( u might argue Quant is a concern, i guess u would have mitigated that with ur work-ex examples )

2 One of the few to attend the Fall preview, which is a +ve from adcom point of view..

3 Recos ...Never heard , that one applicant has got two recommenders from Alma matter ..so u aced the Reco part as well..u selected some one who can actually relate u to chicago's specifics...no need to analyze this further

4 Essays -- u already have a Ivy League admit , so the less said the beter ..

5 Italian+American+ BBC videos..go on and on..about ur extracurriculars

Chicago is a 500+ program , unlike staford GSB which means more available seats...

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19 Nov 2006, 16:18
Well, then allow me to counter!

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1U have the requisite GMAT Score...( u might argue Quant is a concern, i guess u would have mitigated that with ur work-ex examples )

True, I meet the GMAT rec, but I also have a weak undergraduate GPA of 3.0, mitigated only by a strong (3.7+) performance my last two years. Also note that a ton of people on admissions411.com have scores well above the range so I really don't think a 730 GMAT places me in an "extraordinary" category. For Cornell, it did. For GSB, I think it's probably only a bit above average.

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2One of the few to attend the Fall preview, which is a +ve from adcom point of view..

300 people attended, and anyway I'm local to Chicago, so it's not like this demonstrates a dramatic interest. This is likely only a neutral point on my app. That said, I can use it in my interview, so its a small plus. But only a small one.

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3 Recos ...Never heard , that one applicant has got two recommenders from Alma matter ..so u aced the Reco part as well...unlike hundreds of other who need to either reply on his/her boss, draft their own..u selected some one who can actually relate u to chicago's specifics...no need to analyze this further

Ok, on this one I wont argue.

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4 Essays -- u already have a Ivy League admit , so the less said the beter ..

Remember that essays are very subjective. What worked at Cornell may not work here, and there is likely some truth that my GMAT may have carried me at Cornell.

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5Italian+American+ BBC videos..go on and on..about ur extracurriculars

My extracurriculars are interesting, but I lack signficant "altruistic" ones. I don't save dolphins in my spare time. I don't run a puppy pound on Saturdays.

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Chicago is a 500+ program , unlike staford GSB which means more
available seats...

500+ or not doesn't much matter. What matters is how many applicants are vying for the 500.

And I'd add: My work experience is a bit wierd, I've had 2 years of IT consulting, 2 years of mortgage experience, 1 year mgmt consulting and now am back in the mortgage industry. None of these were for Bain or McKinsey or Accenture or Bear sterns. I'm not sure how my background will play.

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19 Nov 2006, 16:37
well ..whatever ..

I wish u get an admit to M7 and help us de-mystify the admission process of the top schools

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20 Nov 2006, 00:12
Rhyme, how long was the on-campus interview for the person with whom you spoke? Even if the interviewer grills you, I would hope you're still only in the interview for about 30 minutes.

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20 Nov 2006, 00:34
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How do you choose between the guy who's in finance and has a 730 GMAT and the guy who's in IT and has a 730 GMAT? Or the girl who's self employed with a 700 GMAT or the girl who has a 4.0 GPA and 690 GMAT? It really is totally subjective.

Simple, Sherlock. You choose the one who wants it worse and has a plan. You have to be driven to succeed. Intelligence, integrity, and ingenuity are also important.

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20 Nov 2006, 04:00
patents555 wrote:
Rhyme, how long was the on-campus interview for the person with whom you spoke? Even if the interviewer grills you, I would hope you're still only in the interview for about 30 minutes.

Correct. At worst, its a half hour of pants-pooping.

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20 Nov 2006, 05:26
i'm sure you'll do great! in bocca al lupo!

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20 Nov 2006, 08:58
Rhyme, that is precisely why I signed up for an on-campus interview as opposed to an alumni interview. I didn't want to deal with a potential 60+ minutes of grilling by an alumnus.

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Re: T minus 48 hours to GSB interview! [#permalink]

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20 Nov 2006, 09:43
That's the kind of interview that I had with UCLA

rhyme wrote:
So excited, nervous, anxious, happy, elated, concerned, prepared, unprepared, content...

I had the benefit of meeting someone who did an on campus interview. He said they basically grilled him - he would start to answer something and then they'd cut him off 1 minute into it and force him down another path. I really hope thats not the kind of interviewer I get. We shall see.

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20 Nov 2006, 10:13
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Rhyme, that is precisely why I signed up for an on-campus interview as opposed to an alumni interview. I didn't want to deal with a potential 60+ minutes of grilling by an alumnus.

Are you talking about the GSB? Did you do your interview yet? Can you tell me how it was, what they asked, etc? I hope you see this today, my interview is in the morning!

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20 Nov 2006, 10:14
No. I have mine tomorrow afternoon.

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20 Nov 2006, 10:48
In Chicago ? Wanna grab a beer afterwards ? PM me if interested

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21 Nov 2006, 11:04
Didn't go so hot. My thoughts were a bit rambled, the interviewer kept sighing (well, twice - I think he was testing my reaction), and it ended on a bit of a wierd note where we sort of just abruptly ended.

Whatever. I did my best.

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21 Nov 2006, 11:32
I'm sure you did fine. You said that the interview ended abruptly. How so? Did he not give you time to ask questions (the standard interview wind-down procedure)? Also why was he sighing (this seems so weird)? Was it because you gave an unsatisfactory answer?

I have an on-campus interview on December 1st, so I am naturally curious about your experience.

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21 Nov 2006, 12:51
Lich wrote:
I'm sure you did fine. You said that the interview ended abruptly. How so? Did he not give you time to ask questions (the standard interview wind-down procedure)? Also why was he sighing (this seems so weird)? Was it because you gave an unsatisfactory answer?

I have an on-campus interview on December 1st, so I am naturally curious about your experience.

Sighs I think were a test. I was given the opportunity to ask questions yes, but I turned it around and asked him if he had any others for me first, and it took him aback. Just a wierd way to close the interview process. I kinda botched the end there. I tried to convey that I knew the GSB very well already and had had multiple opportunities to ask questions, I asked him one question, he answered, and the interview ended.

I feel OK about it, but not great.

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21 Nov 2006, 13:04
rhyme wrote:
Didn't go so hot. My thoughts were a bit rambled, the interviewer kept sighing (well, twice - I think he was testing my reaction), and it ended on a bit of a wierd note where we sort of just abruptly ended.

Whatever. I did my best.

well...the sighing sure was strange...i thought alumni will not employ these mind games...i mean not like they are full time into interviewing...

anyways, i am sure you would have still done better than the other mortals

go grab a drink!

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