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Urbana-Champaign (U Illinois) - Calling 2016 MBA Applicants

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New post 20 Nov 2013, 11:35
siddharthac1 wrote:
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Yes, the admission director, Mark Lockwood, is on India trip from 19th to 22nd or 23rd Nov.

19-20: Delhi
21-22 or 23: Mumbai

Few of Indian applicants, including me, have got the opportunity to interview with him. I believe, the slots would have been filled and thus you were given the option to visit campus or interview on skype.


Thats a great one!
Best of luck for day after tomorrow!


Thanks Siddharth!
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Hi,
i got an interview call today from UIC. anyone who has already attended the interview? any tips?
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I was interviewed today by Mark Lockwood in Mumbai. The interview lasted 40-45mins, but it was more of a conversation not a question answer session.

The only questions he asked me directly were,
1. Tell me about your professional experience
2. What is your leadership style?
3. Other schools that I am applying to

If I have to list down the topics we talked about, the list is below
1. Strengths
2. What will I bring to the Illinois community
3. How do I stand out
4. Activities I do during free time

Later he talked about the culture at Illinois, what to expect, what is expected, recruitment scenario and few more that I am unable to recall at moment.

I hope my experience will be helpful to others!

P.S: If anyone gets an opportunity to interview with Mark, consider urself lucky; he makes you feel comfortable and is very helpful and down to earth.
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AdiRedDevil wrote:
I was interviewed today by Mark Lockwood in Mumbai. The interview lasted 40-45mins, but it was more of a conversation not a question answer session.

The only questions he asked me directly were,
1. Tell me about your professional experience
2. What is your leadership style?
3. Other schools that I am applying to

If I have to list down the topics we talked about, the list is below
1. Strengths
2. What will I bring to the Illinois community
3. How do I stand out
4. Activities I do during free time

Later he talked about the culture at Illinois, what to expect, what is expected, recruitment scenario and few more that I am unable to recall at moment.

I hope my experience will be helpful to others!

P.S: If anyone gets an opportunity to interview with Mark, consider urself lucky; he makes you feel comfortable and is very helpful and down to earth.


Wow! Thanks Adi! It is more than helpful for people who are next ready to give their interviews. Thanks a lot for your descriptive info.
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sridhar9504 wrote:
AdiRedDevil wrote:
I was interviewed today by Mark Lockwood in Mumbai. The interview lasted 40-45mins, but it was more of a conversation not a question answer session.

The only questions he asked me directly were,
1. Tell me about your professional experience
2. What is your leadership style?
3. Other schools that I am applying to

If I have to list down the topics we talked about, the list is below
1. Strengths
2. What will I bring to the Illinois community
3. How do I stand out
4. Activities I do during free time

Later he talked about the culture at Illinois, what to expect, what is expected, recruitment scenario and few more that I am unable to recall at moment.

I hope my experience will be helpful to others!

P.S: If anyone gets an opportunity to interview with Mark, consider urself lucky; he makes you feel comfortable and is very helpful and down to earth.


Wow! Thanks Adi! It is more than helpful for people who are next ready to give their interviews. Thanks a lot for your descriptive info.


You are welcome Sridhar!
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New post 23 Nov 2013, 10:57
That's right! I was interviewed by Mark on Wednesday in New Delhi.
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New post 25 Nov 2013, 20:47
Got an interview invite! :-D
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New post 25 Nov 2013, 23:21
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Got an interview invite! :-D


Congrats Ganesh! All the best for the interview!
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Got an interview invite! :-D


Congrats Ganesh! All the best for the interview!


Thanks Aditya.

I read your interview experience. Looks like it went well. All the best!
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New post 26 Nov 2013, 04:15
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Got an interview invite! :-D


Congrats Ganesh! All the best for the interview!


Thanks Aditya.

I read your interview experience. Looks like it went well. All the best!


Yes, it did! Thanks! :)
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Hi Folks. Any idea what is the cut-off dates for sending interview invites for candidates of fall'14 ? I haven't got any call so far..
Should i reach out adcom ?
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Hi Folks. Any idea what is the cut-off dates for sending interview invites for candidates of fall'14 ? I haven't got any call so far..
Should i reach out adcom ?

Hi Suyash,

You may get the interview invite as late as mid-dec
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Anybody going to the "Campus Connect" this Saturday? I'm thinking of checking it out...
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Just gave my skype interview today.. with Kiri Popa.

I must say it went alright... All questions were standard except that she noticed that my maths grade in first semester of UG (9 years back) was low and she asked me about it... I am not sure if this is a question just to put pressure or whether they really are concerned about it.

Apart from that the interview went well.... Just hoping for a good decision... Fingers crossed.
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Just gave my skype interview today.. with Kiri Popa.

I must say it went alright... All questions were standard except that she noticed that my maths grade in first semester of UG (9 years back) was low and she asked me about it... I am not sure if this is a question just to put pressure or whether they really are concerned about it.

Apart from that the interview went well.... Just hoping for a good decision... Fingers crossed.

good luck!!

I would note though...if the only transcript u r giving them is one and nothing else, they tend to question all the grades etc.
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sridhar9504 wrote:
Just gave my skype interview today.. with Kiri Popa.

I must say it went alright... All questions were standard except that she noticed that my maths grade in first semester of UG (9 years back) was low and she asked me about it... I am not sure if this is a question just to put pressure or whether they really are concerned about it.

Apart from that the interview went well.... Just hoping for a good decision... Fingers crossed.

good luck!!

I would note though...if the only transcript u r giving them is one and nothing else, they tend to question all the grades etc.


Thanks VoyagerII... Waiting for a good decision!!

Any idea when the results will be notified to us?
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sridhar9504 wrote:
Just gave my skype interview today.. with Kiri Popa.

I must say it went alright... All questions were standard except that she noticed that my maths grade in first semester of UG (9 years back) was low and she asked me about it... I am not sure if this is a question just to put pressure or whether they really are concerned about it.

Apart from that the interview went well.... Just hoping for a good decision... Fingers crossed.

good luck!!

I would note though...if the only transcript u r giving them is one and nothing else, they tend to question all the grades etc.


Thanks VoyagerII... Waiting for a good decision!!

Any idea when the results will be notified to us?


The decision is usually communicated in the first week of Jan
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FROM Urbana Champaign Admissions Blog: Thinking about taking the GMAT or GRE
Wondering what test you should take?  Read this article for some differences in the two tests:  http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/careers/business-education/mba-aptitude-tests-battle-it-out/article2367432/

The ILLINOIS MBA accepts the GMAT or the GRE.  Many joint degree students (students receiving another masters degree) often take the GRE since they need it for their other program.  This allows us to have diverse backgrounds in our classes.  Students applying to many programs usually take the GMAT since it's more widely accepted in business schools. 

For information on the GMAT please visit www.mba.com.

For information on the TOEFL please visit http://www.ets.org/gre/
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FROM Urbana Champaign Admissions Blog: Professional MBA June Events
The application for the Professional MBA is now available!  If you are interested in learning more about the program that meets two nights per week and is designed for working professionals, please join us at one of our events this summer. 

MBA Happy Hour

Date  |  Thursday, June 14

Time  |  5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Place  |  Cowboy Monkey, 6 Taylor Street, Champaign

Register | http://go.illinois.edu/pmbaevents

Join College of Business Alumni for an evening of networking this summer at Cowboy Monkey in Champaign, and learn more about the Professional MBA.  Admission is complimentary with registration and includes cocktails and hors d'oeuvres.                       

PMBA Information Session

Date  |  Monday, June 25

Time  |  6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Place  |  3007 Business Instructional Facility, Champaign

Register  |  http://go.illinois.edu/pmbaevents

This information session is specifically for working professionals who would like to learn about the Professional MBA curriculum, class schedule, Global Consulting Program, and tuition costs.  Come hear about exciting scholarship opportunities and admission requirements.

 

We hope to see you soon!

 
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FROM Urbana Champaign Admissions Blog: How to Compete in a Global Market
 In 2011, the Illinois MBA made a strategic move to better prepare our students to compete for jobs in a global market. No matter where you live and work, it is vital as a business leader to have awareness of the opportunities and challenges of conducting business globally. Of course, there is general awareness of some of the locations throughout the world where business is growing – India and China foremost among them. But simply knowing that opportunities exist is not enough. Reading about it in a textbook or hearing a professor lecture about it can’t prepare you for the complexities of cultural values, social behaviors, and legal challenges of conducting successful business in a foreign country.

For years, MBA programs have taken the approach of providing study abroad experiences for their students, and most business schools still offer these opportunities in one form or another. At Illinois, we have completely done away with the traditional study abroad experience. We have decided that as a benchmark experience, our MBA students will have the chance to work on a real-world project for an actual client that is based in countries with emerging markets and ever-increasing business opportunities. We refer to this student experience as the “Global Consulting Program”, and through this program, we are now sending teams of MBA students to work on client projects in some of the world’s foremost emerging markets – India, China, Brazil, and South Africa.

You might ask “Why?”, and so I’ve decided to address your likely questions in this post.

•    Why have you moved away from the traditional study abroad experience?

Very simply, the traditional experience wasn’t enough to prepare students for the challenges of doing business in foreign climates. These study abroad experiences are usually 5-10 days. There is little to prepare ahead of time. Generally, students show up and passively listen to a foreign professor and local business leaders talk about the opportunities and challenges of doing business in their home country. There may be a team project or examination to complete, but the experience is completely limited by the classroom dynamic. Little was asked of students to truly interact in business culture while they were there.

•    Why do you view the project experience as an improvement over the study abroad experience?

The “Global Consulting Program” is an improvement for several reasons.

1.    Students have significant responsibility. While the length of the trip is about the same as the study abroad trips (7-10 days), students are assigned a real-life team project months before they actually visit that country. Students dedicate time over several months, meeting with the client by video- or teleconferencing, managing a real-life project from start to finish. This level of commitment means that students are more vested in having a tremendous learning experience once they do visit the client in person.

2.    It’s a resume-builder. The goal of every MBA student is to find a great job after they graduate. This experience is something they can reference in a job interview, whether from the angle of being a successful project manager or from the angle of having a true awareness of how to successfully conduct business across international borders.

3.    It builds greater camaraderie. This experience is something that builds relationships. Students truly depend on each other to deliver a great product to their client. It’s difficult to explain, but when you are presenting to a Board of Directors in unfamiliar territory, you learn to trust your teammates in a way that you’ve never had to before. After returning from these trips, our students always say that they will never forget the experience.

To learn more about this unique opportunity, you can view the following video presentation of our students’ experience in Brazil last spring: .

To learn more details about the program, you can then visit our website at: http://www.mba.illinois.edu/experience/ ... lting.aspx. I think you will see that what we are offering is unparalleled by other MBA programs throughout the U.S. and the world.
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