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Interview Date / Submission Date
3.1.2011 / 5.2.2011
Age / Gender:
25-29 / Female
Area of Study:
Date of Interview:
Type of Program:
Part Time Program Type:
How long were the interviews?:
Were you given options for the date of the interview?:
Could you choose the interview's location?:
Yes - I live in Philly, so I enjoyed the roadtrip down the PA Turnpike. EZ Pass is king! Honestly, I found the online info for Tepper kinda bland and visiting the school brought it to life - def recommend going in person.
How many interviews were scheduled?:
1 - As a lifelong procrastinator, I got an interview invite in round 4 and didn't do the optional interview that you can schedule very early on in the year before apps are submitted.
Who were the interviewers?:
Did you receive a tour?:
Yes - Both of Tepper and CMU. Kinda wish we would've gone into the business library.
What was the most difficult question?:
Why do you want to come to Tepper as opposed to another school? (Do whatever you can to schedule your interview AFTER the info session - helps with organizing your thoughts.)
What was the most interesting question?:
I told them that I was into extreme martial arts and they asked if I was interested in starting an MMA club. Kinda awesome.
Did you receive any feedback at the end?:
Any other questions you remember?:
"How would you describe your style of leadership?" and "Tell me about yourself." Read up on accepted.com and you'll do fine.
Did you feel prepared?:
How did you prepare?:
Accepted.com prep and practicing in front of stuffed animal audiences. Personally, I spent a grand total of 30 mins prepping for all of my MBA interviews combined. I recommend doing a little more than that.
What was your opinion of the Faculty?:
Sat in on a strategy class and the Prof was way bubbly for early AM. Didn't meet any others.
What was your opinion of the Alumni?:
What was your opinion of the Students?:
Super friendly and laid back. They seem genuinely happy with Tepper.
What was your opinion of the Office Personnel?:
Warm and welcoming, especially given that it was like Grand Central in there all the time.
What was most impressive?:
What was least impressive?:
Did anything change your opinion of the school?:
Yes - Frankly, I thought the YouTube info clips on the school website were incredibly cheesy. Actually visiting the school, however, reaffirmed why it was (and is) my top choice.
Was there something you wish you had known ahead of time?:
Suggestions for travel to the school?:
If you're a road warrior, the Parkway Center Best Western is way cheap and bypasses most downtown traffic. Do not eat the free breakfast and do not use the pool/hot tub unless you want to get violently ill the night before like I did.
What other advice can you offer future intervewees?:
Relax and enjoy the process. It was actually pretty fun. Best of luck!
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