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Harvard Business School to Release Remaining Round 1 Interview Invites Tomorrow

300px-Aerial_of_the_Harvard_Business_School_campusFor all those anxious Harvard Business School (HBS) Round 1 applicants still waiting to learn their fate, tomorrow will be a telling day, according to Managing Director of MBA Admissions and Financial Aid Deirdre Leopold. About 150 additional interview invitations will go out tomorrow, October 15th, adding to the roughly 800 invitations extended last week, Leopold shared in a recent post to her Director’s Blog.

Another group will also learn tomorrow that HBS wants to “further consider” their applications as part of Round 2. “We anticipate that there will be ~200 applicants in this group,” Leopold wrote, adding that the email communicating this decision will also provide information regarding a timetable and communication plan for this group. Continue reading…

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Columbia Business School MBA Admissions Interview Questions: Round 1 / Alumnus / Off-Campus

interview 3I applied for the J-term and got the interview call within 2 weeks of applying.  I scheduled the interview with an alum-most of them did not have a similar background as mine. He called me to his office so it was a formal setting.

The interview started off by him discussing about my current work. We got into the details of my profile, the product, and the difficulties my sector is facing. There were a few standard questions as have been listed out in almost all other posts.

1. Why MBA?
2. Why Columbia?
3. What value can you add to Columbia?
4. Describe an ethical dilemma you have faced.

In every answer, he would pick up one thing and switch to that topic to see how comfortable I was with what I was saying.

After 40 minutes, he asked me if I had any questions for him which went on for about 5 minutes and that was it.

Overall, a very relaxed interview, even after it being a formal setting. He made me feel very comfortable since the interview went on in more of a chatty fashion rather than it being question-answer session. I hope to hear from them in about 2 weeks as the website suggests. Fingers crossed.

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Yale SOM MBA Admissions Interview Questions: R1 / Video Interview

I think I did fairly well in the Yale Interview. The questions were:

1. What do you think is the most important characteristic for a leader

2. What attributes do you look for when selecting a team

3. Do you think goods such as alcohol or tobacco should be taxed more? Why or why not?

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Interview Updates from Harvard Business School Admissions Director

300px-Aerial_of_the_Harvard_Business_School_campusAs anyone applying to Harvard Business School (HBS) knows only too well, Round 1 applications were due last Tuesday. As the HBS Admissions Committee has settled into reading applicants’ files, an antsy set of applicants has settled into wait.

HBS Dean of Admissions Dee Leopold devoted a post on her Admissions Director blog on Friday to letting the expectant candidates know how the next stage of the process will unfold.  

Leopold’s team will send out invitations to candidates advancing to the interview stage in two batches next month, one on October 8th and a second on October 15th. The invitations, sent via email, will include detailed instructions on how to sign up for interviews, and HBS’s online interview scheduler will go live the day after invitations go out.

Candidates who will not be invited to interview will be notified of their “release” on October 15th as well, Leopold wrote.

About 100 to 150 Round 1 applicants may be placed under “Further Consideration,” Leopold noted. These candidates will be reviewed as part of Round 2, and they will be either invited to interview or released according to the Round 2 notification timetable.

Candidates invited to interview can choose to do so either on campus or in the following locations: New York City, Palo Alto, London, Paris, Shanghai, Tokyo, Dubai, Mumbai, Sao Paulo and Santiago. Leopold notes, though, that not all dates will be available in all locations. Skype interviews will be an option for those who cannot travel.

“We love having interviewees visit campus and will have a full day of get-to-know HBS activities, but the location of your interview plays no part in the selection process,” Leopold reminded applicants.

Good luck to everyone as you await your fate. For those who are invited to interview, don’t forget Clear Admit’s assorted resources, including the Clear Admit HBS Interview Guide and our HBS Interview Report page, where applicants can share their interview experiences and learn from those of others. 

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Columbia MBA Admissions Interview Questions: Early Decision / Alumnus / Off-campus

From the list of Ambassadors that the school provided, I chose an alum that had a similar background to mine (finance/M&A in the infrastructure sector).
We met at a local coffee shop (São Paulo, Brazil) and the interview was very informal. This environment was crucial to break the ice. He was more concerned if I was comfortable and enjoying the conversation rather than testing me.

The interview went as follows:

1. Give me your 5-minute pitch (another version of the “walk me through your resume” question).
2. Why MBA?
3. Tell me more about your latest project and your role in it.
4. Why Columbia? How will your Columbia experience look like?
5. What do you want to do post-MBA?
6. What is your plan B career? – He asked me that since my goal is to return to Private Equity, and it is a very selective field, even for MBA students.
7. Tell me about an ethical dilema you faced at work.
8. Do you have any questions?

In every question he wanted to make sure to get into details. He said he was more curious than testing if I was consistent with my speech.

Interview 2

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Columbia MBA Admissions Interview Questions: Round 1 / Alumnus / Off-Campus

The interview was at a coffee shop. It was casual and conversational, though the interviewer really focused on my previous experiences.

The questions asked were:

1. Tell me about yourself.
2. Why MBA?
3. Why Columbia?
4. Why xyz industry?
5. What would you do if your industry was gone?
6. Would you go back to your previous job function?
7. Do you have questions for me?

All in all – very simple. 1.5 hour interview. Good luck all.

Interview 4

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Oxford / Saïd MBA Admissions Interview Questions: Round 6 / Alumnus / Skype

The interview wasn’t as casual as some reports suggest. My interviewer had a investment banking background and I definitely got the impression he was trying to push my buttons. It is the sort of interview I would expect for a front office role so nothing strange there. And as “pushy” as he maybe I think the interview was fair.

Questions:
- Why MBA? Why Saïd?
- Tell me about your role at XYZ company.
- Give me an example of a time you lead a group.
- Give me an example of a time you were involved in a dysfunctional group? How did you cope?
- What would your friends say your strengths/weaknesses are?

I did not visit Oxford before the interview and I definitely got the impression he did not approve. For my next application I will definitely go in person and visit first. He did ask which college I will apply to make sure I had done my research.

Overall tough but fair interview.

Interview 2

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Harvard MBA Admissions Interview Questions: Round 1 / Adcom / Off-Campus

Harvard MBA Admissions Interview Questions: Round 1 / Adcom / Off-Campus

I had my interview with 2 admissions committee members.
1 was the interviewer and the other was noticing my movements and body language
The questions asked were straightforward:

1. Walk me through your resume
2. Why you opted for MBA?
3. What are your main strengths?
4. What are your main weaknesses?
5. What are your post-MBA plans?
6. Is there anything I forgot to ask?
7. Is there anything you want to ask?

Interview was well and lasted for around 40-45 minutes.

Overall it was a pleasant experience. I was surprised by how friendly the Adcom was.

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Harvard Business School MBA Admissions Interview Questions: Round 1 / Adcom / Off-Campus Hub

My interview was conducted by two adcom members. One asked the questions, and one feverishly scribbled notes. The interview was exactly 30 minutes. Below are the questions I was asked:

• Tell me about yourself.
• What do you do in your job?
• When did you decide to get an MBA? Why?
• How did you form your opinion about Harvard and what is it?
• What questions do you have for me?

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London Business School MBA Admissions Interview Questions: Round 2 / Alumnus / Off-campus

London Business School sends you the contact details for an alumnus that they have allocated to you and then you arrange a time and place to meet. In my case, they did a good job of matching me to someone who works in an area that I am interested in and I went to his office for the interview.

The interview was probably the most enjoyable part of my LBS application process. In previous admissions- related correspondence and events, LBS had come across to me as quite arrogant and as though I was one of thousands going through their MBA machine. The interview was much better than that, though I guess that was likely because of the alumnus I had.

We started out by going through my CV and what I had written that I wanted to do in the future. He asked me some tough questions about what I could offer people in that industry and really tested me on some of the things that I had written. As I understand it, all LBS interviews have to have a presentation – they obviously give the alumni a set of topics that they can use if they don’t want to come up with their own. Continue reading…

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London Business School Admissions Interview Questions: Round 2 / Adcom / Off-Campus

My interview went very well. It flowed much more like a casual conversation than a structured interview, lasting about 40 minutes. My interviewer started by telling me about himself and the admissions process, then asked me the following questions/prompts (while taking notes directly on the resume that I handed him):

1. Walk me through your resume.
2. Tell me about your hometown / did you attend a public or private high school?
3. Do you feel as though your GMAT verbal and quant scores (which he said he had not yet seen) are good indicators of your academic ability? Why or why not?
4. What are your short-term and long-term goals?
5. If I were to call your current direct supervisor at work (which he said he would not do without asking for my permission), in one or two words how would he/she describe your greatest strength? What would he/she name as the area where you have the greatest room for improvement?

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