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Advice for business school applicants who are preparing for their MBA admissions interviews.

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Feb 10, 2015

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Wharton Round 2 Applicants Await Interview Invitations

Tomorrow’s the day. If you applied to the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School as part of Round 2, you will very likely be checking your email repeatedly in hopes that an invitation to interview lands in your inbox. Good luck! Wharton uses the Team-Based Discussion (TBD) format for interviews, as it has for the past few years. In terms of logistics, those invited to interview tomorrow can choose from a range of locations around the globe, including Wharton’s campus in Philadelphia, as wel... Read more »

Jan 26, 2015

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Admissions Tip: The Interview Final Touch

Over the last months, we’ve focused on helping applicants prepare to answer the various questions they’ll be posed during their interviews, but there is one in particular to which we have not paid much attention.  Today, we wanted to offer a few tips in navigating the nearly inevitable interview finisher: “Do you have any questions for me?” This seems like a harmless inquiry, and indeed poses a great opportunity, but there’s actually a fine line to walk here.  You certainly want to take advantag... Read more »

Nov 7, 2014

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Perfecting the Virtual MBA Admissions Interview

Clear Admit’s own site and many others are filled with advice on how to apply to an MBA program, write an effective essay or choose a strong personal reference. Participating in an MBA admissions panel or fair can also help you strengthen these components of your application. Less discussed—but increasingly more important these days—is how to prepare for a virtual MBA admissions interview. Shelly Heinrich, Director of MBA Admissions at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, recomm... Read more »

Oct 20, 2014

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Admissions Tip: Interviewing the Interviewer

We’ve been offering a good deal of advice lately on how to conduct oneself and prepare responses to MBA interview questions.  Today we’d like to highlight the importance of thinking about what you might ask. Virtually all business school interviewers conclude their discussion by offering the applicant a chance to ask some questions about the program.  While it might be tempting to claim that you’ve already learned all you need to know about the school, this is actually a great opportunity to gai... Read more »

Oct 13, 2014

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Admissions Tip: MBA Interview Prep

With interview invitations from a number of programs already on their way out to Round One applicants, we wanted to offer some more advice on this element of the admissions process.  Last week we posted some very basic etiquette information that will help candidates ensure that everything is in order on the big day.  Today, we turn our attention to some steps one can take to prepare for the interview itself. 1) Know what to expect. This might go without saying, but interview types and duration v... Read more »

Oct 6, 2014

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Admissions Tip: MBA Interview Etiquette

With interviews imminent for Round One applicants, we wanted to turn our attention to this important step in the admissions process and share a few very basic pointers on interview etiquette.  Though the content of your application materials and comments during the interview are of paramount importance, it’s also crucial to put one’s best foot forward and make a positive initial impression.  Here are a few guidelines for interviewing applicants to keep in mind: 1) Dress the part.  Unless meeting... Read more »

Jan 22, 2014

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New Interview Timeline at Stanford Graduate School of Business

Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) piloted a new interview process in Round 1, compressing the timeline to four weeks and notifying applicants who were not admitted sooner than in past years. “This pilot was in response to applicants’ feedback that if the answer is a definite ‘no,’ you’d rather know earlier to save you from spending months obsessively refreshing your email and calculating your odds as well as to give you more time to work on applications for other schools,” r... Read more »

Nov 4, 2013

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Admissions Tip: Interviewing the Interviewer

We’ve been offering a good deal of advice lately on how to conduct oneself and prepare responses to MBA interview questions.  Today we’d like to highlight the importance of thinking about what you might ask. Virtually all business school interviewers conclude their discussion by offering the applicant a chance to ask some questions about the program.  While it might be tempting to claim that you’ve already learned all you need to know about the school, this is actually a great opportunity to gai... Read more »

Oct 29, 2013

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Chicago Booth Alumna and Former Boston Consulting Group (BCG) Consultant Offers Interview Tips and Insider Knowledge to MBA Applicants and Students

Clear Admit recently interviewed Admissions Counselor Heidi Granner, who has conducted over 200 interviews of top business school applicants and students in her roles at Chicago Booth, Boston Consulting Group (BCG), and Roll Global. Can you describe the basic protocol or format of the typical Booth on-campus interview? Was this the same as when you applied to the program? Booth on-campus interviews are typically 30-45 minutes long and are conducted by Admissions Fellows – trained 2nd year studen... Read more »

Oct 28, 2013

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Admissions Tip: MBA Interview Prep

With interview invitations from a number of programs already on their way out to Round One applicants, we wanted to offer some more advice on this element of the admissions process.  Last week we posted some very basic etiquette information that will help candidates ensure that everything is in order on the big day.  Today, we turn our attention to some steps one can take to prepare for the interview itself. 1) Know what to expect. This might go without saying, but interview types and duration v... Read more »

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