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Interview Date / Submission Date
3.1.2010 / 3.5.2010
Age / Gender:
25-29 / Male
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?:
Yes - Wharton uses ApplyYourself.com to set up interviews. My advice is to check out the available dates as soon as you receive an interview invite. The dates fill up very quickly.
Could you choose the interview's location?:
Yes - I had the option of interviewing with an alumnus off-campus or visiting Wharton. On-campus interviews are primarily conducted by second-year students, but there's a small chance you may meet with an adcom. My situation was unusual: shortly arriving at the admissions office, I discovered that I was going to be interviewed by a second-year student. Ten minutes after my interview was scheduled to start, the secretary called the interviewer and learned that the interviewer was not going to be able to make it to campus. The secretary disappeared behind a closed door and returned with an adcom -- my substitute interviewer. The interview was blind (she had not read anything in my file).
How many interviews were scheduled?:
Who were the interviewers?:
Students, Alumni, Administrative or admissions staff
Did you receive a tour?:
What was the most difficult question?:
The last question: "Hypothetically, let's say you're retired and you're looking back over what you've done. How would you define success?"
What was the most interesting question?:
"Your current job sounds great. Why leave it?"
Did you receive any feedback at the end?:
Any other questions you remember?:
- Tell me what you've done (basically, "walk me through your resume).
- Tell me about a time when you dealt with a difficult supervisor.
- Explain how you create the product that your business distributes. (This was very specific to my situation.)
- Why Wharton?
- Any questions?
Did you feel prepared?:
How did you prepare?:
I spoke with a consultant at accepted.com, read the interview section in Montauk's "How to Get Into the Top MBA Programs," read the interview questions posted here and at Clear Admit Wiki, rehearsed a few answers aloud (just to get the sense of how my voice sounds when answering a question), and made sure that my socks were pulled up above my calves. No one wants to see my ankles.
What was your opinion of the Faculty?:
What was your opinion of the Alumni?:
What was your opinion of the Students?:
What was your opinion of the Office Personnel?:
What was most impressive?:
What was least impressive?:
Did anything change your opinion of the school?:
Was there something you wish you had known ahead of time?:
Suggestions for travel to the school?:
I stayed at the Crowne Plaza in Center City. The price was reasonable (about $100) and the location was great. I took a $5 cab ride (about 10 minutes) to get to campus.
What other advice can you offer future intervewees?:
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