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Interview Date / Submission Date
12.1.2010 / 1.18.2011
Age / Gender:
25-29 / Male
Area of Study:
Johnson at Cornell University
Date of Interview:
Type of Program:
Part Time Program Type:
How long were the interviews?:
it was scheduled for 20 minutes but we ended up talking for almost an hour!
Were you given options for the date of the interview?:
Yes - The interview happened towards the end of December, and both the school and I wanted to get it completed before the holidays, so there was a short window to complete it, but they were very accomodating.
Could you choose the interview's location?:
No - I live out of country, so the interview had to be done by phone.
How many interviews were scheduled?:
1 - Just one with a member of the admission committee.
Who were the interviewers?:
Did you receive a tour?:
What was the most difficult question?:
Since I applied for the Park leadership Fellowship, there were a lot of questions about leadership. The most interesting one to me was "which element of leadership do you feel you need the most work with"
What was the most interesting question?:
"If we don't admit you into the program, what do you think the Johnson class of 2013 would be missing out on?"
Did you receive any feedback at the end?:
No - I received an acceptance two days later, which I guess was the feedback :)
Any other questions you remember?:
Did you feel prepared?:
How did you prepare?:
I read all of the chats on accepted.com and other similar sites, read every press release and news article I could get my hands on, got in touch with alumni, and just researched the heck out of the school. Wikipedia'd some of their more prominent professor and familiarized myself with their work.
What was your opinion of the Faculty?:
Seemed very open and friendly
What was your opinion of the Alumni?:
All of the alumni I attempted to contact got in touch with me, most of them within a day. Johnson is one of the small schools that prides themselves on a strong alumni network, and I saw that firsthand as just a prospective student!
What was your opinion of the Students?:
I have not had a chance to speak to any students yet, but will be taking part in a tour this coming weekend.
What was your opinion of the Office Personnel?:
Nothing but positive things to say, from the admissions committee to the receptionist who transfered my call, everyone was very warm and friendly.
The interviewer was one of the friendliest and warmest interviewers I've had so far. Although I was quite nervous in the beginning (my fault, not her's) the interview slowly became a conversation about my experiences, the grad school process, what I liked about Cornell and what Cornell looked for in a student. It was very relaxed!
What was most impressive?:
What was least impressive?:
Did anything change your opinion of the school?:
Yes - A lot of schools talk about community, and it's hard to tell sometimes whether they're just dropping buzzwords or whether they genuinely mean it. After my interaction with alumni, the admissions committee, and administrative staff, I was buying into the Johnson Community 100%.
Was there something you wish you had known ahead of time?:
Suggestions for travel to the school?:
If you can find a flight directly into the Ithaca airport, it's a nice airport and much easier to get to campus than flying into Syracuse or any nearby airports.
What other advice can you offer future intervewees?:
Be yourself, be genuine, and know exactly what it is you like about the school before applying. Be honest during your interview: both you and the interviewer are trying to figure out if you're a good fit, and ultimately that's what matters!
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