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

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!

MIT Sloan 2017-18 MBA & LGO Application Deadlines

Happy Summer! We’re excited to announce our 2017-2018 MBA application deadlines and decision dates:

  MBA Deadline MBA Decisions Released
Round One September 25, 2017 December 19, 2017
Round Two January 17, 2018 April 3, 2018
Round Three April 9, 2018 May 14, 2018

Our application will be going live later this summer (think mid to late July) and we’ll be sharing additional tips and information in the months to come. We have made some changes to our application, so please check our website for further details and directions!

For those applying to our dual-degree LGO Program, we are excited to announce two separate application deadlines for this year. For more information on the LGO application process, please visit the LGO website.

  LGO Deadline LGO Decisions Released
Round One September 25, 2017 By December 19, 2017
Round Two December 4, 2017 March 2, 2018

Our admissions team is hitting the road soon with a busy summer recruiting calendar. We hope to see you at one of our events this summer!

 

 

 

 

MBA Round 3 & Program Updates

It’s hard to believe that the 2016 – 2017 admissions season is nearing its end. We recently sent out MBA Round 2 decisions and we welcomed both MBAn and MFin AdMITs at our admitted student events. Our MBA R2 adMIT Weekend is also around the corner from April 20 – 22.

We do have one final upcoming application deadline for Round 3 MBA Admissions. Applications for this round must be submitted by April 10, 2017 by 3:00p.m. EST. All interviews for this round will take place on-campus, and candidates who apply during Round 3 will receive final decision notifications on or by May 17, 2017. Given the strength of the applicant pool in Round 1 and Round 2, we do anticipate a very competitive process with limited seats in Round 3. However, we do look forward to receiving your applications. Feel free to email us with any questions throughout the application process.

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!