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Vanderbilt Interview. Big Deal?

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New post 02 Feb 2011, 22:30
This week I got an email asking me to do an evaluative interview with Vanderbilt. Does this mean they like my application, or do they simply have to interview everyone who applies?

Just trying to decide if I should get my hopes up...

*I'm going to try my best no matter what, so no need to give me that piece of advice.
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New post 03 Feb 2011, 06:42
Getting an interview slot this late in the application season is a good sign that there is genuine interest on their part. As for the MBA interview, the best way to prepare is to mentally re-visit your career history and "know-thyself," being able to draw some specific examples from your past to address common questions.

It is certainly useful to have an idea of what you consider to be your greatest strength and why before you go into an interview. Although the interviewer will most likely ask some pointed questions, you may also encounter something as broad as "So, tell me about yourself." Either way, you should have in mind what you want to convey about who you are before you go into any interviewer. What are your strengths, what are some examples that demonstrate this, why are you right for the program at Duke why is that particular program right for you?

It shows particular organization and forethought if you know some specifics about the program to which you are applying and can explain why those features fit well with your personality/ career goals. For example, since you are applying to Vandy, through some simple research you have probably discovered that they consider themselves particularly strong on leadership. If you have any leadership experience, certainly highlight it, as well as any other interesting, memorable anecdotes from things such as travelling or working abroad, for example, or knowing a second language. Drawing out specifics from your own experience will assure you don’t blend in with the crowd. These are things you should have prepared to discuss in advance.

Consider yourself in control in an interview. Answer the questions that are posed to you, but have in mind a few key things that you want to convey, and make sure that you get them in. You want use the opportunity to show how you are different from the thousands of other applicants, not to blend in to the crowd. Remember, this is your one shot to sell yourself and convince the adcom that you deserve a slot. Put yourself in their shoes. What would impress you if you had to choose the "right" students for your program?

You might even consider writing a personal statement as an exercise, or outlining/lisiting your key attributes, and what makes you successful as a leader and teammate. Teamwork is vital in business school. Highlighting specific examples of how you have led and/or worked in teams will be valuable to an adcom.

-Sample MBA Interview Questions:

1. Walk me through your resume (oppty to highlight valuable experience that will be useful to your classmates).
2. Tell me about yourself (be personal—they want to know who you are—what makes you tick).
3. How do your coworkers describe you? (what are your strengths?)
2. Greatest failure? Greatest challenge?
3. How do you define a good leader?
4. How do you define a good team member?
5. Share a time when team work is better than doing it yourself
6. Share an experience that you are out of your comfort zone
7. The most significant event that made you the way you are now
8. Why School, Why MBA, Why Now?
9. How will you contribute to the class?
10.Three words that your colleagues will describe you
11. What constructive criticism have you received from your boss? (what are your weaknesses?)
12. What will be your contributions to the school?
13. Clubs you want to join?
14. Difficult situation that you had to be an intermediate?
15. Share an experience that you were out of your comfort zone
16) A value that defines you and a time when that value has been
17) Your definition of diversity and a time when this has been compromised or any experiences you’ve had where you have had to overcome any related challenges.
18) If you had one minute in front of the admissions committee to state your case, what would you say?
19) What does being a leader of consequence mean to you?
20) What would you say are your guiding principles?
21. How do you handle leadership outside the office differently than inside the office?
22. How are you involved in your community?
23. What questions do you have about our program?
24. Why are you a good fit with the program?
25. What makes you a better choice for a slot than someone else?
27. Describe your leadership style.
27.5 What makes a good leader?
26. If you could do anything and time and money wasn't an issue what would you choose to do?
27. Describe a conflict you have been through and how you handled it.
28. Tell me anything else I should know about you.
29. Why LBS MBA? Why now?
30. List three strengths and three weaknesses.
31. Tell me about a time when you failed.
32. Tell me about a time when you took the lead and succeeded.
33. Tell me about a time where you had difficulty with a team.
34. Tell me about a time when you disagreed with your superior.
35. Give me an example of when you took a risk
36. Give me an example of when you initiated change and how did that pan out?
37. Walk me through a typical day at work for you.
38. Teamwork is very important at b-school. Have you worked in teams and what have your roles been?
39. Give me an example of a difficult team member you've had to work with.
40. In what ways do you lead the team that you manage at work?

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Interview is a good sign. They just want to know why Vandy, why an MSF, how will an MSF help your career, etc. Cut and dry.

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New post 07 Nov 2012, 21:49
If you are truly nervous, practice! Sit down with your parents, your guidance counselor, or even your siblings and talk about your interests. Even if you’re talking to a younger sibling who will not be able to provide constructive feedback, it’s still nice to practice talking about yourself. Be cognizant of your nervous habits. I, personally, gesticulate far too much when I’m nervous. The most common bad habit is the use of words such as “like” or “um”. Don’t be afraid to sit in a silent for a moment while you think about a question. It’s better to be thoughtfully silence than to audibly fumble for words.

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