At Questrom, the interviewer who meets the candidate will always be a different admissions committee member from the one who read through their initial application.The point of this is to allow more of us to get to know each applicant and keep bias out of the process.
Here then, is Questrom’s assistant dean of graduate admissions, Meredith Curtin Siegel, to provide some advice on the subject.
One point Siegel emphasizes is the importance of being sure in your decision and desire to undertake an MBA as well as knowing how you want to make the most out of the time you will spend at your chosen school because, as Siegel says, “a full-time MBA program goes by very, very quickly.” Read on to find out more: We typically admit approximately a third of our full-time MBA applicants.
In this process, they answer several questions over video, with some time to practice and think about the answers they want to share.
The goal here is to get a better sense of each candidate’s personality and fit with our program.
I’d like to see them take one step further – I’d like them to get to know our clubs, organizations and extra-curricular activities (like case competitions, treks, etc.) a little better.
A full-time MBA program goes by very, very quickly.
We offer evaluative interviews to candidates in two ways: before our first deadline, candidates can request a pre-application interview with a member of the admissions committee.
These are conducted both on campus and in cities around the world.
If the area of weakness on the GRE or GMAT is in the verbal section, we will seek out other areas of the application (video essays, for example, or the interview – or, for international students, the TOEFL or IELTS) for a demonstration that the student has a strong command of English and can communicate well.
But, to reiterate, the GMAT or GRE is only one of the factors that we consider, so in addition to their test scores, candidates will want to present progression in their professional work experience; good grades; strong leadership experience; and supportive letters of recommendation. This is the candidate’s opportunity to differentiate him or herself from other candidates; think broadly about what they would like the admissions committee to know about themselves; and put some personality into their application.