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NYU Stern MBA Admissions Interview Report: Round 1 / Adcom / On-Campus

The following Stern MBA 300px-NYU_Sterninterview report was submitted to Clear Admit by a successful Round 1 applicant to NYU.

I arrived for my interview about 15-20 min early. When I checked in, they handed me a packet they had prepared for me based on what I said I was interested in studying and the student groups I might be interested in joining. Read this while I waited for my interview to begin.

My interviewer was very nice and approachable.
First thing I did was hand her an updated resume and explain what had changed. Continue reading…

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CMU / Tepper MBA Admissions Interview Report: Round 1 / Adcom / Skype

tepperThe following interview report was submitted by a Round 1 applicant to the Tepper MBA program. 

To give a background, I had applied to 5 schools – Booth, Ross, Tepper, Anderson and Stern. I was dinged without an interview from Booth and Ross but did get interview calls from the rest. Booth and Ross were the first couple of schools, that I had applied to – So I guess you do get better in the application process.

I distinctly remember Tepper’s application, as it was one of the lengthiest. There were 6 essays in all including the short-term / long term goals and the re-applicant essay. I was ecstatic at having received an interview invite within a couple of days of submitting the application. I chose to interview over Skype as Tepper does provide you an option to do that. Continue reading…

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Columbia MBA Admissions Interview Report: Regular Decision / Alumnus / Off Campus

300px-Columbia_University_01We just received the following Columbia MBA admissions interview report from an applicant who is waiting on a decision from Columbia. Best of luck to them!

This site was extremely helpful when preparing for the CBS interview, so I wanted to make sure I gave back. I applied Round 3 and submitted my application on April 14. I received an email inviting me to interview on May 6. The AdCom gives you 5-6 people in your area for you to chose from. I contacted an individual and the interview was set up for 2 weeks from when I emailed my interviewer (Memorial Day weekend didn’t help for scheduling it any sooner). Continue reading…

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Fridays From the Frontline: UCLA Anderson Interview Debrief

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The following is a guest post from Pulling That MBA Trigger that was originally published on her blog. Pulling That MBA Trigger works as a software engineer for a product development startup, and she has started her own venture in the content writing/educational consulting space. You can follow Pulling That MBA Trigger’s application journey on her blog

I just finished my interview with a second year student from UCLA Anderson and it went so much better than I imagined it would! I think I got lucky on several counts. Firstly, my interviewer was a woman. This was actually a perfect match since a lot of my leadership stories are related to the struggles of being a woman in the male-dominated tech industry and it seemed like she could really relate. Secondly, she also comes from a background in technology so I’m certain that all of my stories made sense to her. Finally, she was just a really nice, fun person to talk to! Lots of smiles, lots of jokes and just a real sense of comfort that I have yet to experience in an MBA interview. No awkwardness whatsoever! What also helped was the fact that it was a Skype interview, so I was sitting in the comfort of my bedroom and it felt like I was talking to a friend across the continent. Overall, a great experience. Continue reading…

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Georgetown McDonough MBA Admissions Interview Questions: Round 1 / Second Year Student / On Campus

georgetown mcdonough editedThe interview was on campus and conducted by a current student. We went into an interview room in the career center. It took about 30 minutes. It was mostly behavioral type questions: Continue reading…

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Berkeley Haas MBA Admissions Interview Questions: Round 2 / First-Year Student / On Campus

300px-Haas_School_of_Business_central_courtyardThe following UC Berkeley Haas MBA admissions interview questions were provided by an applicant:  

Blind interview with a first year Haas student on campus. It was a relaxed environment and overall felt very conversational. 
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Dartmouth Tuck MBA Admissions Interview Questions: Early Action / Second Year Student / On Campus

TuckThe following is an interview description and list of Dartmouth Tuck MBA admissions interview questions provided by a recent applicant: 

I went to Tuck to do an applicant-initiated interview, plus a campus tour and information session. Overall, the campus atmosphere was very pleasant, if a little isolated (3-hour drive from Boston). I was interviewed by a second-year student, and I hadn’t sent in my application at that point yet, so the interview was blind. The student was very pleasant, introduced himself, and told me about his background before business school. The interview was very conversational, and included these questions: Continue reading…

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Cornell Johnson MBA Admissions Interview Questions: Round 2 / Second Year Student / On Campus

Cornell JohnsonThe following Cornell Johnson MBA admissions interview questions were provided by a recent Johnson applicant.

I was invited to do an interview on-campus, which was held with a second-year student. She was pleasant but very businesslike, which I chalk up to the early time (interview was done at 8:15 in the morning). It was a semi-blind interview, meaning she herself hadn’t read my application, but she had questions from the admissions committee she asked me. Overall, she didn’t steer off-course very much, and kept it to within a half-hour time limit (she said she had another person to interview right after me). Some of the questions asked were: Continue reading…

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Berkeley Haas MBA Admissions Interview Questions: Round 1 / Alumnus / Off-campus

haas north academic buildingThe following UC Berkeley Haas MBA admissions interview questions were provided by an applicant:  

The interview was more laid-back than most (compared to Sloan and Booth). It was a blind interview, all the alum had was my resume, and as such, the interview was based mostly off of my resume. The interview lasted almost an hour but was mostly conversational. I left with a better idea about Haas’s culture and I think the goal was to determine whether or not I would fit in with the culture (know Haas’s principles well and try to apply those to your as many of your responses). While the interviewer did ask follow-up questions, I wouldn’t call any of them probing. At the end of the interview, I was given a good description of the alumnus’s experience at Haas and he definitely did his best to sell the program. Overall it was an enjoyable experience. I was accepted.
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Duke Fuqua MBA Admissions Interview Questions: Round 2 / Adcom / Skype

fuquaThe following is a summary of a Duke Fuqua MBA admissions interview provided by a recent applicant: 

Due to weather restrictions, I did not want to gamble with traveling to Fuqua on the days they offered for my interview, so I elected to Skype instead. My interviewer was an AdCom member, and was one of the nicest and most authentic people I have had the pleasure of speaking with in any interview, ever, to be quite honest. I felt at ease immediately. I was offered admission and a significant scholarship a few weeks later. Continue reading…

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Berkeley Haas MBA Admissions Interview Questions: Round 2 / Alumnus / On Campus

Haas 2The following UC Berkeley Haas MBA admissions interview questions were provided by an applicant:  

I received an invitation to Haas’ February Super Saturday on-campus event back in January. The current students who facilitated the various sessions throughout the day were very outgoing, friendly and engaged. It felt like a very inclusive, collaborative campus filled with students who truly enjoyed and believed in the school and program. It was very intimate; Haas’ small size is no secret, so that was no surprise. Continue reading…

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