missionmba on April 16th, 2009

As an admitted international MBA candidate, we know that you may need a loan to finance your MBA education.  Like other top-tier MBA Programs, Goizueta Business School is actively exploring loan programs for international students that may not require a U.S. citizen co-signer.  As soon as we have additional information about these programs, we will contact you immediately via email.  In addition, we will post any updates on our admitted student website.

The first time I saw this message on the Goizueta Accepted students website, I found it quite reassuring. But now, it has been over 2 months that I am seeing the same message. And now I am very much worried. As stated earlier too, I do not have any US-based cosigner. And I had shortlisted my schools keeping this criterion in mind. But the recession has chaged everything. 

There was a ray of hope when there was this news about GMAC coming up with a loan program  for international students at 40+ schools from US and Europe. I had even confirmed from Emory adcom that the school is on the loan program list and talks were on with the GMAC guys. But since then, there has been no updates on the issue.

In last few weeks, many schools have come up with some program for internationals. Booth, Darden, Yale and Wharton have already confirmed. Some more like Fuqua have assured that they’ll come up with something. I hope Goizueta comes up with something soon. 

I understand that in worst case, the school will be ready to give me a deferral. But am I prepared to wait for another year? Naah!! EVen the thought is scary. Now that I am already in the B-school mode (I should rather say non-techie mode), I feel like quitting my job today.  If it were not for a few extra bucks, which I desperately need anda few extra moments, which I want to spend with my friends at workplace, I would perhaps have already left. But no, I am not in a condition to go for coding and debugging for an extra year. 

So dear Goizueta, please come up with something for your international students. Joining you has been a dream, it would really pinch if it slips away after being so close.

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When I wrote  about benefits of blogging your B-school journey, I missed out an important point: Recognition. It always feels good, when you get appreciated for something that you did without anticipating any recognition. As seen in my blogroll and also noted here, I have always considered clearadmit, accepted and stacyblackman to be three terrific resources for apping process. And to be recognized by the Gurus, it surely feels wonderful. 

So here’s the news: Within last 2 weeks I got two distinct recognitions for my blogging efforts:

  • Beautiful B-school Contest: This is an annual contest organized by accepted.com. I would have loved to participate, but the only B-school that I had visited in apping process (ISB,Hyderabad) was not on the list of schools for the contest. When I got a comment on my blog regarding the contest , I thought it to be an invitation to participate. But it wasn’t an invite to participate in the contest, it was an invite to be judge in the contest!!! Yes, I am a judge for the contest!! I was really thrilled at this and almost immediately sent my confirmation.
    BTW, if you are reading this and do have some B-school snaps in ur kitty, rush!!! The contest is still on, but the last date is just around the corner. Details can be found here
  • Best of Blogging Contest: Another annual feature: this one’s by clearadmit. I must appreciate them for  encouraging the blogging habit amongs applicants and students alike through this annual feature and their weekly feature: “Fridays from the frontline” We all love our names to be in print or on-screen  (Not a very apt web-equivalent of in-print, but i guess u got the sense) and I must admit that a number of times, I found time out of a busy week to write something down, just because I never want to be missed out from FFF. And most of the times, I have successfully managed to stay on the list. (For some reason, I do not figure that regularly in stacyblackman equivalent of FFF: “Stacy Blackman’s B-School Buzz” 🙁 )
    Thanks clearadmit for initiating the BoBs and FFF and for nominating me to this year’s list. Congratulations to the fellow-nominees!! ( As expected, I can see so many familiar names there!!) May the best blogger win!!

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missionmba on April 7th, 2009

It’s almost two years back that I had written a post with exactly the same title.. At that time, I had not taken the test myself and hence, wasn’t sure enough of whatever I was suggesting. Since then, I have pointed to the mentioned post to a number of friends, colleagues, juniors, friends of friends  and total strangers looking for advice for GMAT preps and many of them haved used that successfully. (Some of them are already B-school students a year ahead of me.)

Recently, when I forwarded the old link to an interested batchmate, he pointed out that with sentences like “perhaps I’m not the right person to rely upon for guidance” and “none of this has been tested to work.”, the old post perhaps needs some brush-up. I re-read the post and somewhat agreed to what he said. In addition to the removal of sentences like these, the old plan could do better with a bit of tweaking:some steps about which I got to know in the later part of my preps.(though in essense, the old plan still remains more or less the same.)

So here’s how I would recommend tackling the GMAT:

1) Get started!! Dont know anything yet abt GMAT?? Know everything about it right at the first encounter. Start by taking out a slot of 3-3.5 hours for yourself on a weekend and go for a full-length test. I would recommend going ahread with Powerprep Test-1 first.

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First one is older version of GMAT software from makers of GMAT.. Second one is the latest one.. Both of these can help u know what all things r asked in GMAT..But I’d suggest u use Powerprep now and save GMATprep for a later stage , when u hav a fair amount of preparation under ur belt.. At that time, GMATprep score will giv u a fair idea of what u r likely to get on the G-day.

2) Now u know at least something about each section of GMAT.. Also, by this time, you know your areas of strengths and areas which require immediate atention. Now is the time ot get the real preps started. Pick up some strategy book like Kaplan(comprehensive/premium) or Princeton Review.I have heard mixed reviews about PR, but Kaplan is something that I have tried myself and would surely recommend to anybody. From whatever I’ve heard, I’d suggest staying away from Barrons

 3) For a good number of aspirants, sentence-coorection is the major pain-point. To have a control over this section right from the start, go with Manhattan Sentence-correction guide. That’s really an amazing book to get you started on sentence-correction. Some people recommend brushing up grammar from books like Wren-n-Martin. I personally don’t think that it’s of much use (though it’ll never hurt). Because GMAT doesn’t test the puritan-grammar. It tests what we can call as GMAT-grammar, where sometimes you need to pick from two grammatically correct sentences and decide which one is more correct. And if strengthening your GNAT-grammar is your aim, there’s no better way to start than Manhattan SC guide.  

4) Once u feel that you have perfected the strategies, go for Powerprep-2 and compare the results since you first started.Another reason for going for Powerprep-2 at this stage is that a number of Qs in the test are directly from the OG. So it’s better to use the test before u start with OG. 

5) Next is the turn of the bible: Official Guide to GMAT.. At my time, it was OG11, but i guess OG12 is already in market. Complete it from cover to cover.. Excellent collection of Qs and all the real ones.. No strategies, just Qs, As and explanations. But u know the strategies quite well from step (2)..Better do all 5 sections in parallel.

( Most ppl preparing for GMAT do (2) and (5) in reverse order; I too did the same as suggested by many ppl.. Did OG11, then Kaplan Comprehensive) Still I’d suggest u to do a strategy book first.. OG will give u lots of chance to apply those strategies)

6) By the time u reach this step, u’ll know a lot of things, and u can decide for urself what u want to do next depending on your prep-level.

In case, you clearly know that one section needs attention, tackle that first. In case, it’s still sentence-correction, you can  try Sahil’s or Spidey’s notes (Look over on net and u’ll find these)

In case you feel that your preps are in a good shape: you are scoring 700+ consistently, but want to take it still  higher. go for Kaplan 800.. The level of Qs is higher than the real GMAT, but still that’ll gear you up to face Qs at the toughest level. 

7) In between all these steps, keep taking timed tests to guage ur progress.. 

8) Final lap: Back to the basics: In last two weeks, it’s recommended that you come back to the basics. Do OG a second time. Even if the Qs are same, try attempting them. Don’t allow your mind to fall in the trap that you know the answer. Ask yourself whether you are really clear why that particular option is the answer.

Also do join som active mailing list/forum to discuss Qs…. It particularly helps u utilize ur free office time  when u dont have access to books and would not like to open GMAT forums..:D Also read success stories from PagalGuy/Businessweek/GMATClub ( hope u r already a member at all these forums.) That’ll keep u motivated and charged up… 

Some FAQs: 

Is coaching needed??
Depends. IMO, most of the stuff that is asked in the test is quite elementary and can be learnt if you plan properly and then stick to your plans meticulously. Moreover, lot of online help is available in form of online study groups/forums. But coaching can be useful if historically, you have had probs with Maths/Grammar. If this is the case, you should actualy go for a coaching. The stuff that they ask is quite basic and can be covered well with good guidance. 

How many full-length tests?
As I have written above, keep taking the tests regularly. Keep the average to a mininum of once every two weeks to a max of once every week. The tests not only keep you updated of your preps-level, but also provide you with the test taking mindset, which is missing in most of us after years of corpo-life.  

Is AWA important? 
No, it isn’t, unless it’s absymally low. But if you’re like me, you won’t like your score of GMAT 770 to be accompanied by AWA 4.0 or something. Mine was 5.0 (55 percentile) and it pinched me everytime I needed to fill it up for any school. (Particularly, the percentile part. 🙁 ) Trust me, with very little effort, 5 or more is quite attainable. 

Which tests??
Nothing can come close to the real thing. So GMATPrep and Powerprep are surely unmatchable. Next, I would rate the MGMATs by Manhattan. You can certainly locate some Qs which you won’t ever expect to see on the actual test, but still the overall level is quite similar. Kaplan tests are surely not a representative of the real thing, but I would still recommend them to build test-stamina. 

How much is a good score?
Depends. I have seen people with 650 getting calls from everywhere and people with 770 getting dinged at a number of places. So GMAT is actually just a part of the package, But remember, it’s one of the only few parts of the package on which you still have control. Moreover, if you are from a competitive pool (like Indian-IT-Male), chances are that you’ll need a good score to have a reasonable chance at your dream schools. 

In case you have any more Qs about the above steps or GMAT preps in general, leave ur Q in the comments and I’ll try to answer that.

missionmba on April 1st, 2009

Quoting directly from the first post on this blog:

Why I’m writing this blog?? Well, I too am not very sure why.. Was just reading Inblue’s MBA story when the thot struck. I guess it’d be gud to jot down my progress as I go on for my GMAT journey.. As a matter of fact, I do keep a track on a notrbook. But I guess a blog may be a better idea. <snip>

Also would be posting my AWA essays overhere. Visiting janta, please be generous enuf to evaluate those.

The more important part will come on the other side of the G-day when I begin apping. Have not decided which schools to apply to yet, but I hope this blog to help me organise myself better. 

You see when I started this blog, I was not exactly sure why i am doing that. Work-load, GMAT preps, extra-curriculars.. were these not enough to keep me busy? Was starting off with an applicant blog really a good step? Well, as I look back, it has been one of the best steps I have taken along the apping journey. 

This is one of the things that I suggest to every B-school applicant who comes to me for advice. Not many do start and only some of them do maintain regularity on their blogs. (Amongst my applicant friends, I only remember McCoy, who is still alive on blogosphere.) So I decided to post something about blogging here and may be that will get some more guys in.. (BTW, those who know me in person, know that it’s not only the apping blog that I promote; I also encourage people around me to start personal blogs. )

Here’s what your blog can achieve for you:  (in no particular order) 

  •  It can serve as a log-book: If you are like me, chances are that you like to keep a log of things-to-do and things-completed in whatever you do. Why should your apping be any different? And keeping it online has advantages of regular scrutiny by co-applicants and the Gurus. 
  • Get your AWA essays reviewed for free: Agreed that AWA is a not-that-important component of the GMAT. But at the same time, it’s the only component for which which you do not get enough material to score you. Post your essays online and  you’re sure to get some very useful reviews. 
  • Networking!!:  An international MBA is all about networking. All you need to start networking is to keep updating your blog and keep visiting the blogs of fellow applicants and current students. If you are lucky, you may get some very good friends through this exercise.  It was through blogigng that I got in touch with ahembeea. We became good friends and chatted regularly. Little did we know at that time that we would end up going to the same school!! 🙂 (There’re a number of other good friends I gained through blogging, you can find some of them on the Blogroll on right)
  • Info-gathering: Blogs are primarily for info-sharing. Can these be used for info-gathering? For an answer to this Q, see the comments section of any popular blog. If you keep your blog alive enough, you can be sure of getting the right answers to any Q that you may have just by posting it in your post. 
    The high point of this blog was when I got a comment from Larry Muller, Director of Fin-aid at Darden on one of my posts.  I had dropped Darden off my list at that time and it was this comment plus some follow-up to it that brought Darden back on my list. 
  • A loyal audience: If it’s already 3+ months that you’re into the apping and GMATting thing, you must already be knowing it. Once you’re into into it, you keep thinking of the schools, essays and similar things 24X7. If people around you are not co-applicants, very soon you’d find them getting bored of your blabbering. Don’t bore them, tell us your stories (through your blog) We’d  listening for sure!!
  • Congratulations and Consolations: The joy of acceptance or the pain of a ding: both of these need to be shared. It really feels good when within hours of your sharing a good news with people you have never met, you get a flurry of congratulatory messages. But it feels even better, when you are broken up after a ding and these strangers come and cheer you up with their comments on your post. 
  • Job-offers and freebies!! :-o: This may seem unlikely, but I know at least one instance of this happening. Somebody at Deloitte offered to forward iday‘s resume in his company if he agreed to post a promotional video from Deloitte on his highly popular blog.  And as an example of the freebies that you may get if you r lucky,  I got a free copy of Clearadmit Fuqua guide as a recognition of my efforts on this blog.  
  • Your own writing space!!: Last but not the list, your blog is your area: you dictate the rules here. So you can give vent to your emotions, without any fear of grammatically and politically correct language or word-limits. This may seem insignifcant as of now. But trust me, this point would hold meaning when in one essay after another, you would be forced to tell the most important stories of life in 600, 500 or even 250 words!! 
    It’s such a breather to come back  to your blog and keep scribbling down without fear of being verbose. (See the last para of this post for a sample of this relief)

    Gradually you become so attached to your blog  that very often the first thing that you’d do after a submission, acceptance, ding or an interview, is to go and post it on your blog. (See my posts from mid-Oct to Late Jan for some examples)

    These are just few of the things my blog has achieved for me. Will add more to the list ( a bit sleepy right now :-|) But i guess this much is sufficient for you to start a blog of your own.  🙂

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missionmba on March 26th, 2009

I was going through my blog’s dashboard today, when an old draft caught my eye and I was reminded of a promise that I made  right at the start of apping-process last year. Recognizing my efforts on this blog, Clearadmit had offered me a free sample of their school guide for The Fuqua School of Business. I was so happy to recieve it that I had promised an honest review for the guide on my blog whenever I get time. And then, it completely slipped out of my mind.

Anyways, better late than never.. Here’s the review, picked up directly from the incomplete draft that I had started 7-8 months back.. 

Am just back from a visit to the Fuqua. Amazing school!! The trip surely makes the school tied with Ross and Tuck as my top choice. Everything i had heard about “Team Fuqua” was true.One of the current students assured me: “There really is a ‘we do it together’ mentality here; it’s not just marketing. ”  And with my immediate goal of moving to consulting and long term entrepreneurial dreams, Fuqua seems to be an ideal choice for me. Durham seems to be an amazing town too: lively and interesting at the same town. 

Well, if you either follow me or this blog regularly, the preceding para must have appeared weird to you. Till my last post (or the last time you met me) , I had no plans of being in the States and here, I am writing a post about a visit to Duke. Yup, you are right. I didn’t visit the school really. I am just back from a virtual visit to the school. 

Thanks to a kind gesture from clearadmit, I got to read the Fuqua School guide and believe me it’s the closest that you can get to a school in case you are unable to visit it actually.The guide starts with some key highlights about the Fuqua MBA and some history, moves on to some data charts depicting the student demographics. After that it delves deep into the acaedmic structure detailing the core courses and the electives. There’s special focus on things that make Fuqua MBA different from all others. And then there’s something which made me love Fuqua even more: a detailed discussion on Student-consulting and entrepreneurship. The guide also covers life at and after Fuqua too quite well. 

Yes, most of the stuff is something that you can find if you go through the site thoroughly, attend their admission-events and contact a number of students and alumni. But not all of us have the time and resources to do all this. And believe me, I actually did all of the things that I have listed above and hence, many things were just reminders to me. but still, there were a number of things that were new to me too and I guess that can create a difference, when I answer “Why Fuqua”. 

Most of the stuff above was written when I had not started on Fuqua. But as I look back, I am confident that knowing Fuqua in and out surely made some difference in my essays, which got me a call for the interview. Even in my interview, there were stages, when the alum interviewer looked quite impressed with my homework on the school. (Just to point out: I didn’t get an admit, but don’t hold  this against the guide. 🙂 )

In short, I’d recommend this guide to anybody, who doesn’t have an opportunity to visit the school in person. 

PS: Don’t ask me to forward the guide to you. I won’t be doing that, although I’d be happy to answer any questions that you may have b4 u go ahead and purchase it.

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missionmba on March 5th, 2009
For quite some time now, I have been recommending two books to everybody, who wants to know about life at a B-school. I believe that to this date, I must have made at least 15-20 people in my circle (real-life and the virtual world) buy one or both of these. Both these books are enjoyable reads and you get to know a lot of things about two top B-schools. Also, reading these two very clearly brings out the answer to the key question that many of us have: How does an International B-school differ from that of an Indian one?

Enough of preface, here’s a quick sneak into both books:

  1. Snapshots from Hell: Half of you must have already guessed the name of this one while reading the first paragraph. After all, which MBA blog is complete without discussing “Snapshots from hell” at least once.  😀
    Seriously, for those of us, who are not fortunate enough to visit the schools in person or talk to the students/alumni in detail, SFH is a must. It deals with life of a student during his first year at Stanford GSB. The best thing about the book is that the writer Peter Robinson does not ever try to paint a rosy picture of his alma-

    Snapshots from Hell

    Snapshots from Hell

    mater; his primary aim is to give an outsider a first-hand honest view of life@Stanford. In the process, there’re times when he’s grossly irreverent too, like the time when the high-ups of the school try to patch up things after a fall in the rankings or when he refers to a professor, whose voice didn’t reach beyond the third row. I understand that in the process, he may have made some enemies from the loyal alumni group, but as an author, he succeeds in what he wanted to achieve. 
    I really loved the details he delves into while discussing each class.  (And no, he doesn’t ever let that be boring.) If you’re a mathematics junkie like me, the discussions on probability and decision-modeling are sure to excite you. (In case you’re not, this may scare you as well, but then, you’ll at least know something that you need to work on. ) And then, there’re elaborate case studies, which give you a flavor of what you’d be studying shortly.
    Finally, it’s a short glimpse of life after Stanford (skipping the 2nd year almost completely), which makes you think that if this is the life after hell, then perhaps that hell is the place I want to be at!! 🙂  And here too, Peter is totally honest in setting your expectations.  He does mention cases of compromises and failiures too. In sum, it’s a book, which an  applicant can’t afford to miss. Whether you’re still contemplating embarking on the MBA path or you already have a few admits in your kitty, make sure that you read this one from cover to cover.  

  2. Joker in the Pack: Unlike SFH, JITP isn’t book that you’d often find being referred to in the world of applicants. But in case you are an Indian and want an inside view of an Indian B-school, go ahead and pick this up. (In case you’re not from India, you can afford to skip this one.)
    Joker In the Pack

    Joker In the Pack

    The book begins with a prologue when the protogonist Shekhar Verma has finally “arrived”.  
    After that, the story goes in a flashback.. Strating from the days of his childhood,  Shekhar narrates a story to which almost every middle class Indian can relate to. Nagging aunts, parents judging their kids by their academic performance, general sense of directionlessness in career and then going ahead with a path that your peers are going to without analysig whether that’s where you want to go:: Aren’t these things that most of us have gone through??
    Very soon, the book reaches the main course: the life at IIMs. And here you get to know how things happen at the top managment institutes of the country. I won’t spoil the fun by going into the details, but I would like to point out a few striking attributes. One would be the quality of intake at the IIMs: If you ever needed an example for the phrase Crème de la crème, IIMs are the places for this. I knew this and this book proves this at different points in the story.
    But at the same time, the book very clearly brings out the lack of goal clarity even at the top B-schools of the country. I understand that going to a B-school with an open mind is one thing, but being clueless even till the day of placements, that’s something which disappoints you. Yes, even to this date, the careers of many of us are decided by which company came first for the recruitment. Some of the other things that I liked: the way people show solidarity with each other during the placements and the way the effect of hectic schedule on Shekhar’s love life is portrayed. The story is  set in IIM-B. But from whatever I have gathered so far form two of my good friends at IIM-Bangalore and IIM-Lucknow, it seems that most of the stuff holds true for any top B-school in India.  

             So if you thought your shopping was complete when you bought the OG, Kaplans and Manhattans, I have just added two more to your list. But believe me..find time to read both of these and you won’t regret it.

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missionmba on February 25th, 2009

Finally, took the bold step!!

Turned down the admission-offer that ISB had for me. The reason I am calling this as a bold move is that I have still not figured out the finances for Emory completely. 😐 Was busy in some other important tasks and have not taken any step on working on this in last few days.

But in any case, I am in no position to deposit INR 2 Lakhs that ISB would need as a deposit in case I want that safe in my kitty too. I am sure that Emory would come up with a no-cosigner loan that it is working on actively as per the Accepted Students website. Even in the absence of it, I guess I would somehow be able to arrange for the living expenses. 

I know ISB V/s Emory (with schol) is a debatable issue. I am very clear about what I want from my B-school and hence, clearly it’s Goizueta for me. I understand that this issue deseves a detailed post.. Don’t worry, it’ll be here very soon. Keep watching this space.

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missionmba on February 19th, 2009

/* Got the packets on Monday. Posting 3 days late */

Going through the life-cycle of a number of MBA applicants through their blogs, I knew that after getting the admits, the next wait is for the official confirmation in forms of admission-packets. It’s a bit strange that even in this world of web and e-mails, how good it feels to have something tangible to see and show up. 

So I too was waiting for the official admission packets. In fact, I was regularly tracing the journey of my packet from Atlanta through  Hongkong through  Mumbai to finally Noida through the UPS tracking system. I was really waiting quite eagerly for this one. And suddenly, just 2 minutes after I had checked the status to be “Arrival-scan” at New Delhi, I got a mail from the office-mailroom informing me about the arrival of a letter for me. “They can’t be that quick”, I thought, but still reached the mailroom almost jumping and running on my way.

It was not the packet from Goizueta, it was the acceptance letter from ISB. The ISB letter was quite plain. It was simply the original mail this time in hard-copy format. No additional info of any kind. But as written above, it felt good to go through the contents again and again. 

And then, in the evening, the mailroom people contacted me again. And this time, it had to be from Goizueta!! I cut short whatever conversation I was having with my colleagues and rushed to the mailroom minutes before its closure for the day. And there it was: my admissions packet from the school that I’ll hopefully belong to in near future. The packet had a black leather folder with a Goizueta notepad. In addition, there were two letters one each about my acceptance and scholarship. And the best part was: a handwritten note by Director of Admissions, Mrs Julie Barefoot complementing me on my acadmic credentials. A personal touch like this surely does make you feel good. 

I was really very happy to see this. Monday wasn’t particularly a good day for me at office: some health issues, some struggle with the new line of work and then some more things.. But a moment like this makes you forget everything else. 

BTW, as you may have realized from the new category that has come up on this blog: “Go Goizueta!!”, I have frozen my decision to attend Goizueta. Have I arranged for the living expenses and other things already? Not yet! But I am confdent that I will be able to figure that out. Meanwhile, I initiated the wire-transfer for the initial deposit, but for some reason, it failed. (I got the mail informing about the same today morning.) I perhaps would need to do it the old fashioned way.(money order/DD)  🙁

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missionmba on February 10th, 2009

Got the holy mail today evening. 

It’s such a lovely feeling to be admitted to the school, keeping which in mind I had embarked on “Mission MBA” This is one school that was never off my list since Jan 2007, when I had started giving MBA  a serious thought.. 

That said, things have changed since then.. I have researched internatonal MBA in depth and now I really want to have that  experience myself. So i believe that today’s admit doesnt change much.. I still plan to fly to Atlanta coming July.  But it surely feels better to know that if it’s Goizueta that I go to,then  it’s by choice, not by default. 🙂

Will finalize this ISB V/s Emory thing in a week or so.

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missionmba on February 3rd, 2009

Just completed a telephonic interview with Tuck. (I apped in EA round, was waitlisted and then they wrote back saying that they would like to interview me)

The interview was very generic. There were no surprises. It wasn’t a blind interview. I believe she had my full application in front of her or at least, had gone through that in full. 

Here’re the Qs asked in the exact order that they were asked: 

  • Tell me something about yourself covering your education, work-ex and your motivation for an MBA. (Answered as usual, but while covering work-ex, mentioned the switch from company X  to  company Y and underlined that company Y is very selective. (This was a lesson from Goizueta Interview 😀 ) )
  • You mentioned company Y is very selective. Why do you think so? And why did they select you? (Explained the rigorous process. As expected, she was impressed. 🙂  Then, mentioned my traits like technical excellence, problem solving skills and teamwork)
  • Tell us about a work-related team-story. (Told)
  • What do your colleagues admire most about you? ( Quoted some qualities, with example. got appreciation)
  • Motivation for an MBA now. (Told, she sounded convinced)
  • Why Tuck? (Explained in detail, Clubs, courses, reputation; connected with my goals; she liked my homework) 
  • How did you get to know about Tuck? (Told the whole story starting with the first time I saw the name in one of the rankings to the alum-hosted admission event. Mentioned how I loved the way their alum stood for them once they needed to postpone the visit. Told them how even I am connected strongly with my alma-mater. She liked this.) 
  • Tell us tour involvement with Toastmasters. (Explained in detail how TM made me a better speaker, better leader anda a better person. Mentioned that I’d like to rejuvenate Tuckmasters, the now defunct TM club of Tuck. She complimented me on that saying that TM is really a gr8 organization to be involved with.)
  • Any additional info that you’d like admissions-committee to know. ( Told about recent updates from work-front. She again sounded impressed and asked me to send a detailed note for this.) 

Next, she asked if i have any specific Qs related to the WL process or anything else. Here r the Qs i asked:

  • Next step for WL candidates. (Nothing. It’s a long wait and all the waitlisted candidates would be evaluated at the end of last round. )
  • What abt internationals? Don’t you encourage internationals to apply early to avoid Visa-hassles?? ( Yup, They are seeing to it that if possible, international candidates are notified a bit earlier. But that too will take at least a couple of months.)
  • Any chance of schol/finaid for us. (Schol: no chances, all decissions with admit-decisions; finaid: chances are there.)
  • Possibility of a no-cosigner loan? (Tuck is still looking, but the last she knew, there was no improvement in situation.)

Overall,  the interview went very well. I was very confident this time. (Goizueta effect maybe) I guess it was the kind taht would have got me a seat at Tuck, had it been a regular interview. EVen now i guess it may fetch me a seat some time in May.

But I don’t  intend to wait that long. In next two days, I’ll write to update them about my Goizueta result and request then to either release the result or release me off the waitlist. In any case, an admit w/o scholarship or possibility of a loan is as good as a ding for me. So better move out of the waitlist and make way for someone else.

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