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Interview Date / Submission Date
12.1.2010 / 3.28.2011
Age / Gender:
25-29 / Male
Area of Study:
Date of Interview:
Type of Program:
Part Time Program Type:
How long were the interviews?:
Usually 30 minutes, mine lasted about 50. I think some are cut short depending on the student's schedule, but if they have the time they are willing to talk for a while during the open-ended portion of the interview.
Were you given options for the date of the interview?:
Yes - You can schedule the interview online, there are many options available.
Could you choose the interview's location?:
No - I chose to interview on campus.
How many interviews were scheduled?:
5 or more - There was a decent contingent of visiting students. It was an impressive group, everyone was friendly and willing to talk about their applications experiences.
Who were the interviewers?:
Did you receive a tour?:
Yes - The tour was given by 2 first year students. They did a nice job picking guides, they were outgoing and enthusiastic Tuck advocates.
What was the most difficult question?:
He asked about to the rationale for two career changes after the resume walk through. I had honestly never walked anyone through it, now I know it's best to anticipate events or choices that wouldn't be intuitively obvious to a 3rd party looking at it for the first time.
What was the most interesting question?:
What can you add to Tuck?
Did you receive any feedback at the end?:
No - He was nice enough to answer many of my questions and also added some insight into what they look for from prospective students. I used that information to re-write to of my essays.
Any other questions you remember?:
Career decision/resume based questions, why an MBA, why Tuck, what can you contribute, questions for me. They don't really deviate.
Did you feel prepared?:
How did you prepare?:
I practiced questions from this site. I wasn't sure how to handle the resume walk-through, but its purpose became clear based o the first couple of questions asked.
What was your opinion of the Faculty?:
I visited an accounting class and it was surprisingly engaging. The professor did a nice job keeping students engaged with questions and humor.
What was your opinion of the Alumni?:
I do not know any alums.
What was your opinion of the Students?:
Very friendly and outgoing. Full of anecdotes that illustrate what you often hear about Tuck's community. We probably encountered five students during the tour/class/lunch.
What was your opinion of the Office Personnel?:
Very professional, I had very little interaction with them.
What was most impressive?:
I thought the scenery around the campus was beautiful. The students were great, the class was good, it was an excellent visit.
What was least impressive?:
I tried to contact admissions with questions on 3 occasions and got no response. I called and was re-routed through the same automated greeting and operater a couple of times before I decided to give up on speaking with someone.
Did anything change your opinion of the school?:
No - I felt very good about Tuck after visiting and knew I wanted to apply.
Was there something you wish you had known ahead of time?:
Suggestions for travel to the school?:
I flew into Manchester and rented a car. I stayed at the Norwich Inn, which is really nice and about a mile away. This gave me the chance to walk to campus and check it out before I visited.
What other advice can you offer future intervewees?:
I would recommend staying near campus if possible. There is a hotel there that is extremely expensive, but another has just opened a few blocks away and is probably more reasonable. I enjoyed the place I stayed at, but it is not within feasible walking distance on interview day. Try to locate Tuck before you have to show up for the interview, the campus is condensed and it can be a little tough finding things. i was able to meet a Dartmouth professor (economics) and administrator while eating at the Canoe Club and Molly's. They gave me some good insights into what it is like in Hanover and at school.
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I have accepted the admission offer (I got thru !!!) from HBS and am currently in Boston. Thank you for helping me prepare for the interview. It was really, really helpful."
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