During this week’s upcoming Haas MBA admissions chat, Stephanie Fujii, Senior Associate Director of MBA Admissions at the Haas School of Business, will answer your questions about Haas’ top MBA program and its focus on innovation and leadership. Please join us tomorrow Tuesday November 20 at 10:00 AM PT/1:00 PM ET/6:00 PM GMT for an informative online chat.
We had two excellent and very different chats last week. The first, for the Consortium, was a wide-ranging discussion and included representatives of that organization as well as NYU Stern, Michigan Ross, USC Marshall, Wisconsin at Madison, Simon, and Goizueta. Here are a couple of short excerpts.
Andre Llewellyn (Nov 13, 2007 7:59:34 PM)
Is there any truth to the perception that most Consortium schools will not consider most applicants if they are ranked 2nd in the applicant’s preference?
JacquelineThomas-BellSIMON (Nov 13, 2007 8:00:42 PM)
Hello Andre– no, that is not true. Schools look at an applicant first based upon admissions criteria for the school itself and then look to Consortium fellowship consideration.
VeronicaHoMARSHALL (Nov 13, 2007 8:01:33 PM)
Andre Llewellyn: No, I don’t think that’s true. Most applicants list several schools, and we know you must rank them. We look for strong applicants and will give consideration to all applicants who list our school.
fp1982 (Nov 13, 2007 8:02:40 PM)
What types of questions will be asked during the Consortium interview and what is the best way to prepare yourself for the interview?
VeronicaHoMARSHALL (Nov 13, 2007 8:04:24 PM)
fp: Most will ask about your career goals, reasons for wanting an MBA, why that school, challenges, successes, etc. It can be similar to a job interview but for an MBA.
JimHayesRoss (Nov 13, 2007 8:04:32 PM)
fp1982, you should approach the interview just like a job interview. Be prepared to talk about the representations on your resume and behavioral support for the assertions. The questions are not designed to stump you, and anything discussed should be topics about which you should be prepared through your professional and life experiences.
The full Consortium transcript will be available shortly and accessible from our chat transcript page.
During the Wharton chat, Thomas Caleel and three Wharton students discussed life and Wharton admissions policies with a focus on the Wharton interview. Here again are excerpts:
ThomasCaleelWharton (Nov 15, 2007 12:57:59 PM)
Please note that we do have a different feedback mechanism this year, so if you are not successful, please read your decision letter carefully…
ThomasCaleelWharton (Nov 15, 2007 12:59:11 PM)
Yes. We have a separate email address where unsuccessful applicants can send and email (please follow the instructions carefully). We will then select feedback candidates at random in May.
ThomasCaleelWharton (Nov 15, 2007 12:59:39 PM)
We have done this to level the playing field from our traditional model, which was call-in, and was difficult for some international students.
nicky484 (Nov 15, 2007 1:01:52 PM)
Thomas: What are you looking for at interview?
ThomasCaleelWharton (Nov 15, 2007 1:02:06 PM)
Nicky, the IV, like the app, is holistic. We will look for your motivation to attend Wharton, as well as your goals. We may ask about leadership or teamwork or involvement as well. I would advise you to re-read your application before the IV, then just go in and relax. Too many applicants seek the "right" answer, and end up not listening and answering the questions asked…
The transcript should be posted by the end of the week and you can access it then at Accepted’s Wharton zone.