On the Road (Again!)

Several colleagues and I from the Admissions Team have recently returned from interviewing MFin candidates in Shanghai and Paris. We have really enjoyed meeting and getting to know all the aspiring MFins better through our one-on-one interviews. Here are some snapshots from our trip:

In other news – MSMS and MBA Program interviews are starting and will continue through March 21, 2014. In addition to holding interviews in Cambridge, our team will be traveling to the following cities:

London, Paris, Madrid, Tel Aviv, Mumbai, Dubai, Shanghai, Tokyo, Seoul, Hong Kong, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Santiago, Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires

Please see our previous post for interview tips. Best of luck to all interviewees!

MBA Round 2 Applicants – Important Update

If you have submitted your MBA application in Round 2, you are probably anxiously awaiting information on what comes next. Great news – we have some important updates for you!

The Admissions Team will begin sending out Round 2 interview invitations Friday, February 14 and will continue periodically through Friday, February 28. If you are not invited for an interview, you will receive a final decision from us by February 28.

The Admissions Team will be conducting R2 interviews here in Cambridge, as well as 15 additional cities across North and South America, Europe, and Asia. Specific dates and locations are TBD, but interviewees will receive at least one week’s notice of your interview date. If you are not living in one of the interview locations, you’ll be given the choice to meet us in the closest location to you, or you are always welcome to join us here on campus.

All interviews are conducted by members of the MIT Sloan Admissions Team – not by students or alumni. There are three components to the interview:

  1. During the first part, you may be asked follow-up questions on your application. For example, your interviewer might ask you to elaborate on a specific story you tell in an essay, or to describe a job that is mentioned on your resume.
  2. In the second part we will ask behavioral questions that will give evidence of certain competencies. Our goal is to really get to know you through your unique stories. An example of the type of question we may ask: “Tell me about a time when you had to build motivation in a colleague?”
  3. Finally, the third part of the interview will give you the opportunity to ask us any questions.

Please refer to my previous post for more interview tips.

Best of luck to all applicants!

MFin Applicants – What Comes Next

Dear MFin Applicants,

Thank you for your interest in our program, and thank you for submitting your application! We know that you are anxious and curious – so here is a rundown of what comes next:

The Admissions Team will begin sending MFin interview invitations starting tomorrow, January 21st and will continue to send them periodically through Friday, February 14th.  If you are not invited for an interview, you will receive a final decision from us by February 14th.  We request that applicants do not email the Admissions Committee inquiring about their interview invitation status.  We understand that this is a stressful time for applicants and we very much appreciate your patience.

All MFin interviews will be conducted in person.  In addition to holding MFin interviews here in Cambridge, we will also be meeting applicants for interviews in Shanghai, Paris, and Santiago.

Specific details regarding interview dates and locations are still being confirmed, but interviewees will receive an invitation one week prior to your interview date. If you are not living in one of the interview locations, you’ll be given the choice to meet us in the closest location to you, or you are always welcome to join us here on campus in Cambridge. 

Now, some additional interview tips and reminders on our policies: 

  • All interviews are conducted by members of the MIT Sloan Admissions team – not by students or alumni. 
  • We will be sharing an additional Interview Preparation Guide for those candidates invited to interview. 
  • A valid passport or photo ID is required at your interview.  Please make sure your name is printed in English on the ID. 

There are three components to the interview:

  1. You may be asked follow-up questions from your application. For example, your interviewer might ask you to elaborate on your academic and/or professional experiences, or provide more detail on a specific example from your application.
  2. You will be asked behavioral questions that will give evidence of certain competencies. An example of the type of question we may ask: “Describe a situation where you had a conflict with another individual, and how did you deal with it?”
  3. Finally, we will give you the opportunity to ask us any questions.

Lastly, except for updated Fall 2013 transcripts, we are not accepting any additional application materials at this time.  

The Admissions Team is looking forward to getting to know interviewees better – We hope that you take the opportunity via the interview to get to know us better too! 

Update for MBA Round 2 Applicants

The Admissions Team has been busy hosting AdMIT events, receptions, and webinars for our Round 1 AdMITs around the globe.  AdMIT events offer admitted applicants the chance to meet with Admissions representatives, current students and alumni to learn more now that they have been accepted to our program. Round 1 AdMITs – we are excited to meet you!

Rod Garcia and Julie Strong hosting an event in our Latin American Office
Admissions Team Members Rod Garcia and Julie Strong hosting an event in our Latin American Office

If you are an MBA Round 2 applicant – congratulations on submitting your application! You might be wondering . .  .

What does that mean exactly?

Good question! A committee of professional readers review your application to evaluate your demonstrated successes and personal attributes. They will read your entire application, including your optional information (which, by the way, are proving to be amazing so far!).  From there, the committee will evaluate each candidate and a subset of applicants will be invited to interview.

When can you let me know if I am being invited to interview?

Interview invitations will go out mid-February and continue throughout March. If you do receive an invitation, there will be specific instructions included so you know what to expect and how to prepare. Through the application review process and interview stage, our goal remains to get to know each and every applicant better. I have been reading applications for over 7 years now, and I have to tell you, it doesn’t get old. However, it does take some time to do a comprehensive review.  We appreciate your patience and of course, if you have any questions during this time, you are always welcome to email us at mbaadmissions@sloan.mit.edu.

How do I ace the interview?

If you would like to prepare for the next stage of the evaluations process, refer to our previous post on Interview Tips and watch Associate Director Jen Barba explain what to expect for your interview. Since the interview is behavioral based, providing past examples of what you thought, felt or did in a specific situation will have the most impact.

On-Campus Interview Update

Round I interviews are in full swing.  A few members of the Admissions team, myself included, are touring the globe meeting with amazing candidates. I was in Mumbai earlier this week, currently finishing up in Tel Aviv, and will be in London, Madrid, and Paris next week.

A large percentage of candidates choose to come to the MIT Sloan campus in Cambridge to interview.  A great benefit of interviewing on campus is that you have the opportunity to have lunch with current MIT Sloan Students.  They have been coming out in droves to meet interviewees!   The other day, the students surprised us and posted their favorite things about MIT Sloan on the whiteboard in the lunch room.  It made me proud to see this- even from afar!  For those of you who cannot interview on campus or come to visit this fall, I wanted to share a glimpse of the whiteboards with you:

Additionally, John Mahler, one of our student bloggers wrote a fantastic article on how to ace the interview. It is definitely worth reading.

Best of luck to those of you interviewing- and, to quote John Mahler, remember to BE YOURSELF!

Interview Tips

Interviews for Round 1 MBA candidates start next week! Jennifer Barba, Associate Director, shares some helpful tips on what to expect during the interview and how best to prepare.

The Admissions Team is looking forward to meeting you soon!

What’s Next for MBA Round 1 Applicants?

So you have submitted your application in Round 1 to the MIT Sloan MBA Program – what comes next? The Admissions Team will begin sending out Round 1 interview invitations this Friday, October 25th and will continue periodically through Friday, November 8th. If you are not invited for an interview, you will receive a final decision from us by November 15th.

In addition to holding R1 interviews here in Cambridge, we will also be meeting applicants for interviews in 13 additional cities across North and South America, Europe, and Asia.

Specific dates and locations are TBD, but interviewees will receive at least one week’s notice of your interview date. If you are not living in one of the interview locations, you’ll be given the choice to meet us in the closest location to you, or you are always welcome to join us here on campus.

Now, some interview tips: all interviews are conducted by members of the MIT Sloan Admissions team – not by students or alumni. There are three components to the interview:

  1. During the first part, you may be asked follow-up questions on your application. For example, your interviewer might ask you to elaborate on a specific story you tell in an essay, or to describe a job that is mentioned on your resume.
  2. In the second part we will ask behavioral questions that will give evidence of certain competencies. Our goal is to really get to know you through your unique stories. An example of the type of question we may ask: “Tell me about a time when you had to build motivation in a colleague?”
  3. Finally, the third part of the interview will give you the opportunity to ask us any questions.

The applicant pool is incredibly strong, and we are really enjoying everyone’s responses to the Optional Question. The Admissions Team is looking forward to meeting people one-on-one for their interviews!