What’s Next for Round 3 MBA Applicants?

Many things make applying Round 3 unique. One of the biggest things: the accelerated timeline. Here are the dates to keep in mind:

April 20, 2018 Interview Invitations will be sent; April 25-May 4, 2018 In-person interviews will take place; May 14, 2018 Final Decisions will be released

Please note, our Admissions Committee will not be traveling for Round 3 interviews, so all interviews will take place on campus in Cambridge.

The next month will certainly be a whirlwind, so here are some ways you can prepare:

  • Read my recent blog post about the MBA pre-interview essay question
  • Check out my interview tips video on YouTube
  • Brainstorm the questions you plan to ask us about MIT Sloan
  • Brace yourself for an exciting few weeks!

Good luck!

Dawna

Let's Go!

Why We Ask MBA Interviewees for an Additional Essay

All MBA interviewees are asked to answer one important question before interviewing at MIT Sloan:

“The mission of the MIT Sloan School of Management is to develop principled, innovative leaders who improve the world and to generate ideas that advance management practice. We believe that a commitment to diversity, inclusion, equity, and well-being is a key component of both principled leadership and sound management practice. In 250 words or less, please describe how you, as a member of the MIT Sloan community, would work to create a campus that is welcoming, inclusive and increasingly diverse.”

I want to shed some light on why we ask this question and what we value in responses.

First, why do we ask this question?

MIT Sloan is a mission-driven school.  In fact, that’s one of my favorite things about working here! MIT Sloan students are smart and collaborative, grounded and inventive. Together, we cherish inclusivity and embrace unique differences because we know that building this culture is critical to fostering world-changing ideas.

Over the years, I have seen how our MIT Sloan culture has been enriched by the incredible diversity of people and ideas coming together in one place. Now, as our Admissions Team builds the next class of MBA students, our goal is to admit students who will complement and contribute to our dynamic culture.

We love talking about our mission – in fact, we will likely bring it up during your interview. This essay gives you time to contemplate the culture you are looking for in a business school and prepare to have a deeper conversation about it when we meet in person for your interview.

Second, what are we looking for in responses?

This question is all about fit. Reading this essay gives our Admissions Committee a unique opportunity to learn more about you, beyond your resume and written application.

We’re looking to find out how your values and goals align with MIT Sloan. We are curious to find out how you articulate your individuality and best characteristics. We love seeing how you have impacted the community and culture of organizations you have been a part of and we look forward to using our interview-time to dive deeper into your responses.

To write an essay that stands out, I recommend learning as much as you can about who we are and what we stand for. Explore our website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, student blogs. Think about what matters to you in communities you have been a part of and how you have chosen to make an impact on people. Show us how you’re already living out the MIT Sloan mission.

Dawna

See You Soon

MBA Round 2 Application Updates: Interview Invitation Dates & Process

Thank you to all of our Round 2 MBA applicants! I know how much time and effort goes into completing each part of the application. Thank you for sharing your accomplishments, experiences and introduction to your future classmates with us.

While our Admissions Committee is in the midst of reviewing all applications, here’s an update on what you can expect next:

Interview invites will be sent via email by 3 PM ET on Thursday, February 22, 2018 and Thursday, March 1, 2018.

Interview invites will be sent on February 22, 2018 and March 1, 2018Applicants who do not receive invitations to interview will also be notified by 3 PM ET on Thursday, March 1.

Interviews will take place throughout March on campus and in cities around the world. Applicants who opt to come to campus for their interview will be able to sit in on a class and meet current students. No matter where you interview, one of our goals is to help you walk away with a better sense of what it means to be an MIT Sloan MBA student.

A note to all waitlisted students from Round 1: we will continue to revisit and review your application for consideration in Round 2.

Applicants invited to an interview should check out the tips I shared in my recent MBA Round 1 Interview Insights post. All interviewees will be notified of their final decision by Tuesday, April 3, 2018.

Thank you for allowing us to be part of your MBA journey!

Thanks,

Dawna

Take Care

How to Prepare for MIT Sloan’s Master of Business Analytics Interview Process

Thank you for submitting your application to the Master of Business Analytics Class of 2019! I have to say, we are extremely impressed by the academic accomplishments and professional ambitions shared in the applications we have read so far.

In late-January to early February, we will be sending emails to invite a subset of applicants to participate in a 30-minute interview with a member of our admissions committee. An interview is a required step in the process and receiving an invitation is a great sign that you’ve moved to an advanced standing in the application process.

Interviews will be held on campus here in Cambridge and in several hub cities around the world. Those of you who opt to come to campus will be able to attend a class and have lunch with current MBAn students. This is a great way for you to get a better sense of the vibrant Sloan culture and community.

During the interview, we are looking to learn more about your intellectual ability and problem-solving skills, as well as your passion for business analytics. My colleague, Jennifer Barba, shares some information about the interview format and questions:

Here’s a quick recap:

  • We will ask a few technical questions. Our goal is to get a deeper sense of how you might utilize statistics, probability, math, or computer-science fundamentals to navigate a hypothetical situation.
  • We will ask some behavioral questions. An example might be “Tell me about a situation where you had to work with someone you found to be challenging or difficult.” With this question, we are looking to understand how you work with other people.
  • We will ask about your career goals. Our goal is to understand how you plan to use your MIT Sloan MBAn degree to achieve your specific professional goals.
  • Always be prepared to ask questions. Think beyond information that is already available on the website.

After interviewing, all applicants will be notified of their decision by Thursday, March 8, 2018.

Dawna

Dawna Levenson

Applying to MIT Sloan’s Master of Finance Program: What Happens After You Hit Submit?

You submitted your Master of Finance application – congratulations! That is definitely a significant milestone!

Our MFin Admissions committee is already busy. As we review your application, we are looking to learn about your academic ability, your passion for finance, and your leadership and teamwork skills.  I imagine you are probably eager to find out more about the evaluation process and start preparing for the next step.

In mid-January to early February, we will email interview invitations to a subset of applicants. Interview invitations are sent in no particular order, so try not to stress (easier said than done, I know!).

I would like to share some interview tips with you:

Preparing for the Interview:

There are two main areas of focus for an MFin interview:  one section will have questions focused on your personal attributes and the other section will have questions about your career aspirations.

Here are some ways you can prepare:

  • Be ready to provide additional context to experiences you have previously shared AND discuss additional examples not included in your written application.
  • Practice talking about what you have learned from your experiences.
  • Focus on highlighting your own qualities and experiences. There will be no technical questions.
  • We will ask about your aspirations for a career in finance. Be prepared to share the work you have done in finance related jobs / projects. 
  • Be prepared to ask a few questions about the MFin Program and/or the MFin experience.
  • Remember, there are no tricks, just bring your authentic self.

After the Interview:

  • Our Admissions Committee will notify interviewees of their final decisions on or before Monday, March 5, 2018.

We look forward to getting to know you better and helping you learn what MIT Sloan is all about.

Dawna

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MBA Round 1 Interview Insights

Starting this week, we are entering one of my favorite times of year – interview season! From your perspective, this is likely a time filled with anxious excitement a bit of nervousness, but I speak on behalf of my entire team… we cannot wait to meet you!

For those of you preparing for interviews, our goal is to continue getting to know you and your story better. We use a Behavioral Interview model to assess candidates for the MBA program. Our interviewer will spend 30-45 minutes asking questions about your past experiences to better learn how you think, act, and reflect.

Check out my video with additional information on what to expect during the interview process.

Here’s a quick recap with some important tips on the interview:

  • Your interviewer will have reviewed your application prior to meeting with you, so come prepared with stories and examples that you did not discuss within your written application.
  • Ask important & thoughtful questions that are meaningful to you! (Hint: if the answer can be easily found on the website, it may not be the best question to ask.)
  • Dress for success!
  • Do your research prior to the interview!…We are not only assessing your past experiences but also your fit with, and enthusiasm for MIT Sloan.

Don’t stress! We are simply looking to gather even more information about you to supplement your application and to help support your candidacy for MIT Sloan!

Sincerely,

Dawna Levenson

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MBA Round 1 Application Updates: Interview Invitation Dates & Process

Our Admissions Committee is busy reviewing Round 1 applications for the MBA Class of 2020! Now that you’ve spent many hours working on those applications and have finally hit “submit,” you may be wondering, what happens now?…

An interview is an important next step in our admissions process, and we meet with everyone who is admitted. The goal of the interview is to personally get to know you better and to hear more about your story and background.

Interview invites will be sent by 2 PM ET on the following dates:

  • Thursday, October 5, 2017
  • Thursday, October 12, 2017
  • Thursday, October 19, 2017
  • Thursday, October 26, 2017
  • Thursday, November 2, 2017 (By end of day, all Round 1 applicants will receive either an interview invitation or final decision)

We expect to interview around 20% – 25% of the Round 1 applicant pool. For Round 1, we plan to conduct interviews in approximately 15 cities around the world, as well as on campus. The location of the interview will not be a decision factor, but for those who can make it to campus, we host special programming for interviewees, including lunch with current students and a class visit. Please note that all applicants invited to interview have the option to come to Cambridge for their interview.

Some things to keep in mind:

  • Interview invitations are sent based on our interviewers’ travel schedules, and not in any preferential order!
  • If invited for an interview, you will receive an MIT Sloan Interview Guide with details on how to best prepare for the Behavioral Interview
  • This is not a stress interview, so don’t panic! The interviews are conversational and are meant for us to get to know you on a deeper, more personal level.
  • Interviews are conducted by members of the Admissions Committee only. We don’t use alumni or current students in the evaluation process.

We’ll plan to post another blog with interviewing tips soon, so keep an eye out for that! Please contact us if you have any further questions!

Interview News for MIT Sloan MBA Round 2 Applicants

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Our Admissions Committee is busy reviewing Round 2 applications for the Class of 2019! The interview is an important next step in our admissions process as we interview everyone who is admitted into our community. The goal of the interview is to personally get to know you better and to hear more about your professional stories and background.

Here are some key interview invitation dates to be aware of:

  • Tuesday, February 21st – First batch of interview invitations will be sent
  • Friday, February 24th – Second batch of interview invitations will be sent
  • Wednesday, March 1st – Third batch of interview invitations will be sent
  • Friday, March 3rd – Fourth and final batch of interview invitations will be sent

By March 3rd, all Round 2 applicants will receive either an interview invitation or updated decision status by the end of the business day.

Round 2 interviews kick-off Monday, February 27th and will continue through Monday, March 27th. We expect to interview approximately 20% of the Round 2 applicant pool. Please keep in mind that interview invitations are sent based on our interviewers’ travel schedules, and not in any preferential order.

For Round 2 we plan to conduct interviews in 13 cities including Cambridge, Bangkok, Dallas, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Paris, San Francisco, Santiago, São Paulo, Seoul, Shanghai, and Tokyo. The location of the interview will not be a decision factor, but for those who can make it to campus, we host special programming for interviewees, including lunch with current students and a class visit. Please note that all applicants invited to interview have the option to come to Cambridge for their interview.

If invited for an interview, you will receive an MIT Sloan Interview Guide with details on how to best prepare for the Behavioral Event Interview (BEI).

Please contact us if you have any further questions!

MIT Sloan Master of Finance (MFin): Interview Tips & Updates

Congratulations to those of you who have submitted an application for our Master of Finance (MFin) program! Our admissions team is busy reading your applications, and we are excited to learn more about you!

A critical part of our evaluation process is the interview. It is an opportunity to bring your application to life and for us to get to know you a little better. In addition, the interview is an important time for us (and you!) to assess your fit with the MIT Sloan community. I encourage you to look at the attached interview guide with information to help you prepare. Since many of you are asking, here is what to expect:

  • Interviews are by invitation only and are a requirement for admission.
  • Interview invitations will begin going out on Monday, January 23rd and will continue to be sent on a rolling basis.  We make every effort to send interview invitations at least 1 week prior to your interview date.  The timing of your interview invitation is not a reflection of the strength of your candidacy. It’s about ensuring the quality and consistency of reviews and to ensure things go smoothly with interview sign-ups.
  • Interviews will be held from January 30 – February 22.
  • Interviews will be conducted in person in several key locations around the globe including Cambridge MA, London, Mumbai, Santiago, Singapore, Beijing, and Shanghai.
  • Candidates who are invited to interview will sign up for a 45-minute to 1-hour time block and will meet with 1-2 interviewers.
  • The interview will consist of both a behavioral assessment and a career assessment.
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View our MFin Interview Guide here

For more information, please join Kim Ebeling, Assistant Director of Admissions, for a series of admissions interview tip videos.  Upcoming videos will be posted on our MIT Sloan Admissions Facebook page and will highlight some important interview tips!

MBA Admissions Interview Insights

For those of you preparing for interviews, our goal is to meet you and get to know you better. We are looking to collect as much information as possible to supplement your application and to help support your candidacy for MIT Sloan.

We use a Behavioral Event Interview (BEI) model to assess candidates for the MBA program. Our interviewer will spend 30-45 minutes asking questions about your past experiences to better learn how you think, act, and reflect. It’s important to come prepared with stories and examples that you did not discuss within your written application. Keep in mind your interviewer will have reviewed your application prior to meeting with you.

Check out this video of Jen Barba, Associate Director of Admissions, with tips on what to expect during the interview.

This Round we are travelling to 20 different cities to meet with you. If you are visiting campus for your interview, we encourage you to take advantage of the programming we’ve put together to help you learn more about us – you’ll have a chance to visit class and/or join current students for lunch.

Here’s a quick recap with some important tips on the interview:

  • Ask important & thoughtful questions that are meaningful to you!
  • Do your research prior to the interview!…We are not only assessing your past experiences but also your fit with, and enthusiasm for MIT Sloan.
  • Be professional. Dress in business attire.

As a reminder, we will continue to send interview invitations until November 1st. By that date, every R1 applicant will receive an updated decision status.