• Ritika Jena (MS Marketing)- University of Drexel
  • Saumitra Tiwari (MS Electrical Engineering) – Boston University
  • Parikshit Jain- Santa Clara Univesity, MS Computer Science
  • Nipun (MBA)- University of North Carolina with 80% Scholarship.
  • Ankita Mahajan (MBA)- SUNY BUFFALO
  • Uday Singh- Universit of Texas, Dallas – MS Computer Science
  • Pooja Sahu – Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago (MBA)
  • Achintya University of Texas Dallas, San Jose, Santa Clara for MS Business Analytics
  • Komalbir Kaur – Pennsylvania State University (MS Electrical Engineering)
  • Vedita- University of Cincinnati for MIS
  • Pankaj Arora-MBA-NUS
  • Abhinav Sharma-MBA-HKUST
  • Rishabh Tapiyal – Missouri State University and New Jersey Institute of Technology ( MS Engineering Management )
  • Karan (MS Computer Science)- New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • Parikshit Madahar – New Jersey Institute of Technology (MS Software Engineering)
  • Ashish Suri (MBA) – University of Arizona (Eller ) with 85% scholarship.
  • Sahil Lodha – Northwestern University (Kellog) – MBA
  • Akshay Arora – Syrcacuse University
  • Aakanksha Kohli – Master’s in Environmental Engineering NYU Tandon School of Engineering 
  • Rajat Bokaria – MBA Schulich School of Business
  • Mohit Vasu – MBA Schulich School of Business
  • Akshat Sati – MBA University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign (UIUC) with 50% scholarship, UC Irvine with $45000 scholarship
  • Nitush Mahipal – MBA IE Spain
  • Rahul Sharma – MBA University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management
  • Ayush Gupta – MBA University of Arizona with 100% scholarship
  • Naman Chopra – MS in Mechanical Engineering Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Ankit Chaudhri – MBA Schulich School of Business
  • Mukul Khanna – MBA HEC Paris
  • Rikesh – MBA IE Spain with 30% scholarship
  • Rashneetpal Singh – MBA Schulich School of Business
  • Ankur Agarwal – MBA Indian School of Business (ISB)
  • Akarsh Garg – Undergraduate Boston University, University of California Davis, Purdue University
  • Abhishek – MBA IIM-Calcutta
  • Apeksha Gautam – MBA Indian School of Business (ISB)
  • Ashish Suri – MBA Eller College of Management, University of Arizona with 100% Scholarship, Schulich School of Business
  • Karan Jain – MBA Simon Business School 50% scholarship
  • Abhishek Bishnoi – MBA Tepper School of Business, University of Virginia
  • Sargun Sachdeva – MBA Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
  • Sahil Dadhwal – MBA University of Arizona (Eller) with 100% scholarship
  • Minaxi – MS in Computer Science University of Southern California
  • Rachit – MS in CS USC, Arizona State university and NYU GSAS
  • Sneha Arora – Undergraduation Purdue University, Ohio State University, University of Cincinnati (20,000 $ scholarship), Indiana Bloomington
  • Nitish Ghosal – MS Business Analytics, Global MISM Purdue University, Carneige Mellon University
  • Munish Chabra – MBA Kelley School of Business, 80% scholarship
  • Upasana – MBA University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign with 60% scholarship
  • Akshay Arora – MS MIS Syracuse University and University of Texas Dallas
  • Saurabh Verma – MS Computer Science and MS ITM University of Texas, Dallas, Missouri University of Science and Technology
  • Saurya Singh – MBA Indian School of Business 
  • Anish Ranjan – MS in CS Texas A & M University
  • Ankur Khemani – MS in CS University of Southern California
  • Shray Sharan – MBA Texas A&M College Station
  • SAGARNEEL SARMA – MSE in Electrical Engineering University of Pennsylvania
  • Gaurav Chauhan – MS Civil Engineering Arizona State University
  • Chandan Bhattacharjee – Texas A & M University
  • Pallavi – MS in MIS University of Maryland
  • Himanshu Mehta – MS in Mechanical Engineering University of Maryland College Park
  • Rikhil – MS Finance UT Dallas
  • Deepanshu Sharma – MBA Tulane University
  • Nishant Kochhar – Undergraduate Purdue University
  • Kritath – MS in Business Analytics University of Florida with $10,000 scholarship
  • Deepak Hooda – MBA Cleveland State University
  • Ashmeet Jabbal – Ms Public Relations Boston Universty
  • Sukhneeraj – PHD in Immunology University of Georgiawith 100% Scholarship
  • Rahul Kapil Sharma – MS in Telecommunications University of Maryland College Park
  • Aditya Kaushal – MS Electrical Engineering SUNY Buffalo
  • Niharika Jain – MS Entertainment Technology CMU
  • Varun Elaproru – Ms in Construction Management “Georgia Institute of Technology Texas A& M university”
  • Sachin Arora – MBA University of Cincinnati (50% scholarship)
  • Rahul Singhal – MS CS NCSU
  • Shruti Chandok – MBA Schulich school of Business
  • Nisarg Trehan – MS Construction Project Management New York University
  • Prateek Agarwal – MBA University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign (UIUC)with 50% scholarship
  • Kumkum – MSBA University of Houston
  • Varun Bindra – MS MIS Texas A & M University & University of Arizona (Eller)
  • Akshay Khanna – MS Business Analytics Arizona State University
  • Daljeet Singh – MS Agricultural Sciences UIUC (With $ 23,000 scholarship)
  • Prakhar Keshri – MS Software Engineering Milwaukee School of Engineering
  • Gaurav Gangwar – MS Mechanical Engineering University of Texas, 10,000 $ Scholarship
  • Amshika Amar – Masters of Public Policy Georgetown University
  • Shitij Juneja – MS Computer Science University Of Pennsylvania
  • Ankit Sharma – MS Finance University of Rochester (Simon) with 50% Tuition Fee Waiver
  • Gagandeep Singh – MS MIS UIC, Chicago, NEU, Boston
  • Abhinav Bindal – MS Structural Engineering and Geomechanics Stanford University
  • Tushar Sharma – MS MIS University of Texas Dallas, University of Cincinnati and RIT (with $12,000 scholarship)
  • Geetansh Gulati – MS MIS University of Arizona (with $10,000 scholarship)
  • Atharva Hans – Undergraduate Studies Purdue University & Penn State University 
  • Pratik Singhi – MS Real Estate Management Columbia University, Cornell University and NYU
  • Khatib Mallik – MIS/MS Software Engineering Pennsylvania State University, Arizona State University, University of Texas, Dallas
  • Yash Kansal – Undergraduate Studies UCLA, UCSD, USC & UT Austin
  • Devna Grover – Undergraduate Studies Umass Amherst ($48000), Purdue University, Pennsylvania State University, Michigan State University
  • Shakti Singh – MS Software Engineering Carneigie Mellon University
  • Shrinand Aggarwal – Undergraduate Studies Boston University, Texas A & M University
  • Winnie Narang – MS Computer Science Columbia University
  • Shruti Dimbla – Undergraduate Studies University of Waterloo
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  • Abhiraj Sharma – Drexel University (with 50% scholarship)
  • Paras Gupta – Miami University (with $10,000 scholarship)
  • Manik Mehta – Ohio State University (with $20,000 scholarship)
  • Sanajana Mohan – Georgia Tech University (with $10,000 scholarship)
  • Kavita Mehta – University of Dartmouth (with 100% scholarship)
  • Devna Grover – University of Massachussets Amherst (with $48,000 scholarship)
  • Sangita Verma – RIT (with $20,000 scholarship)
  • Sukneeraj Kaur – University of Georgia (with 100% scholarship) PhD. Pharmaceutical Sciences 
  • Rohit Kumar – NYU (with 40% scholarship) Ms EE
  • Achintya Sen – University of Texas, Dallas (with $10,000 scholarship) MSBA
  • Hitchintan Kaur – University of IOWA (with 100% tuition fees waiver) PhD. Biomedical Sciences 
  • Amit Sharma – Ohio State University (with 100% scholarship) Integrated Biomedical Sciences 
  • Meera Jindal – University of Minnesota (with 100% tuition fees waiver) MS CS 
  • Nidhi Bhatra – University of New Mexico (with 100% scholarship) PhD. Biomedical Sciences 
  • Shilpi Aggarwal – Harvard University (with 100% presidential scholarship) Masters in Public Health
  • Deepak Kumar – University of Illinois (with 100% scholarship) PhD. Cell and Molecular Biology 
  • Geetansh Gulati – University of Arizona (with $15,000 Scholarship) MS MIS
  • Vaibhav Mittal – University of Florida (With $10,000 scholarship) Ms ECE
  • Gaurav Chawan – University of Florida (with 50% scholarship) MS Civil Engineering 
  • Shweta Maheshwari – Harvard University (with 100% scholarship) Masters in Public Health
  • Yogur Kaur – University of Texas (HSC) with 100% Scholarship PhD. Biomedical Sciences 
  • Aditya Kaushal – NYU (with 40% scholarship) MS in EE
  • Sweta Mall Indiana University (Kelley) with 50 % scholarship
  • Puneet Satija – University of Maryland (Robert.H.Smith) with 50% scholarship
  • Deepanshu Sharma – Tulane University 40% scholarship
  • Sunny – University of Massachusetts Boston with 75% scholarship
  • Gurpreet Kaur – University of North Carolina (Kenan-Flager) with 50% scholarship
  • Nipun Sehgal – University of north Carolina (Kenan Flagler) with 80% scholarship
  • Swati Bansal – Carnegie Mellon (Tepper) with 50% Scholarship
  • Shalabh Garg – SMU (COX) with $50000 scholarship
  • Rohit kohli – University of Arizona with 75% scholarship
  • Rikesh – IE Spain with (with 10,000 euro scholarship)
  • Mahos Markos – Washington University (Olin) with 50% scholarship
  • Nitesh Sharma – Babson University (Olin) with $ 10000 scholarship
  • Krishna A Chowdhary – University of Georgia with 100% scholarship
  • Abhinav Gaur – Notre Dame (Mendoza) with 50% Scholarship
  • Swati Kirti – University of Arizona (Eller) 100% scholarship
  • Ankita Mahajan – Babson College with $10,000 scholarship)
  • Somari Raturi – York Schulich with 40% scholarship
  • Ritika Dogra University of Pittsburg (Katz) 75% Scholarship
  • Vivek Pundit – Carnegie Mellon ( Tepper)School of Business
  • Chinmay Wanmali – Drexel University (Lebow College of Business)with 60% Scholarship
  • Anupam Sharma – Texas A& M with 100% scholarship
  • Upsana Gupta – UIUC with 75% scholarship
  • Shrey Shekhar – SMU (COX) with 100% scholarship
  • Ayush Gupta – University of Arizona Eller with 100% scholarship
  • Rahul Sharma – University of Rochester (Simon) with 40% Scholarship
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MBA Interview GuideCongratulations on getting that much awaited interview call! This call signifies that shining through thousands of applicants, by way of meaningful essays and other aspects of your applications you have been able to create an impression, but, remember, there’s still a long way to go!

Interview is a great opportunity to make the admissions committee understand how well you fit with the school’s values, approach, and atmosphere.

The interview is a means for the admissions committee to judge your personality and communication skills and to ensure that you are well versed with what the program has to offer and why it is the right MBA program for you.

For international candidates, the interviews are usually Skype based.

 

PREPARING FOR THE INTERVIEW

 

What to Wear

A business attire is appropriate for all type of interviews; face to face or Skype. You should avoid wearing strong-smelling perfume or cologne in case of face to face interviews.

 

Interview Questions

The interview questions are likely to revolve around your personal, professional and academic experiences. It would also include a few questions to discover your knowledge about the school and the program.

The interviewer is likely to begin with the usual, “Tell me about yourself” question. This question is your opportunity to provide a glimpse of your profile, briefly talking about your major accomplishments, both professional and personal.

This conversation is likely to be followed by a few career goals questions such as “Why do you need an MBA?”, “Why now?” etc. Be well versed with the reasons and goals you have mentioned in your essays to answer these questions aptly.

Next on list would be school-specific questions such as “Why Chicago Booth?” and “Why this program?”

Before appearing for the interview, you must undertake thorough research to know about the school and the program. Identify the programs, centers, clubs, classes, professors, extracurricular opportunities, and other resources the school offers and be ready to talk about the ones that match with your aptitude, interests and goals.

MBA applicants are strongly judged on their leadership potential. So, be prepared to answer questions like, “Tell me about a success” or “Tell me about a failure.” Be prepared to provide information in these areas beyond what is presented in your resume. Be prepared with relevant stories. You may have already mentioned such stories in your admission essays. Read them thoroughly before appearing for the interview. The facts should match!

While pursuing their MBA abroad, candidates are expected to perform in a team-based environment. So, interviewers often ask personal questions like, ‘How would your friends describe you?’ Your answers to these questions help them understand whether you are good match for their environment or not.

 

DURING THE INTERVIEW

 

They Are Expecting a Conversation with a Human NOT a Robot

It’s good to be prepared, but bad to be over-prepared. Memorizing answers to specific questions and conveying them as a robot when asked is a put-off to the interviewer. It sounds fake. It’s best to be at ease and present your true self to the interviewer. Keep your stories ready in your head, but memorizing them word by word would make you lose on spontaneity.

Practicing for the interview through mock interviews with friends, mentor, family members or colleagues is a great idea. This will make you more comfortable with the process.

 

Few Challenging Questions to Tackle

  1. Why should we take you?

This is where you need to impress them with your strengths and fitment with the program & the school. Be ready with one or two of your strengths as well as a few stories which can validate the strengths. For instance, if you choose to say ‘because as a deft team-player, I will be able make significant contribution to the team-based environment of the school, be prepared with some real-life incidents where you showcased team skills.

Research on the school beforehand and find out what aspects of the program as well the school you are able to relate with the most. When faced with this question, you can showcase your research through intelligent answers.

  1. To which other schools are you applying?

It’s best to mention only peer schools, i.e. schools with more or less similar ranking, else the interviewing school may appear to be a ‘safe’ choice, and not a desired one.

  1. If you are not accepted to any business school this year, what will you do?

Confidence is the key here. An intelligent individual always has a back-up plan and this is what they are testing you here on. You can answer by detailing your plans for upscaling your skills, if the plan for MBA fails this year. You can even talk about your next career move. And, don’t forget to mention your intent to re-apply.

  1. What are your weaknesses? or What have you learned from a failure?

No one is perfect. It’s definitely a sign of maturity to be aware of your weaknesses. Be honest with the interviewer. As you share your weaknesses also indicate how you plan to work upon them. This indicates a positive approach and tenacity to grow.

  1. What have we not covered that you wish I had asked about?

Whoa! Wasn’t this the moment you have been waiting for? This is your chance to share your best accomplishments, greatest strengths and most desirable attributes. Keep your strongest stories ready.

  1. What other questions do you have for me?

Always have a few thoughtful questions prepared about your target program. This would indicate your genuine interest in the program & the school.

 

Things to Do to Give a Better Performance

  1. Avoid hurling into a story: Don’t be over enthusiastic to share your stories. Give the question a thought and then begin with the story you find the most appropriate.
  2. Sipping water: You will have a glass of water at your disposal. Taking small sips of the water in between the questions can help you get buffer time to think about the answers. It can also help you to slow down at the right pace.
  3. Avoid apologizing or rambling: If you are stumped with a question, instead of rambling or apologizing, inform the interviewer that you are having trouble with the question and request if you can answer it later. Better to accept than lament.
  4. Forget what you couldn’t answer: You may have stumped on a question, but don’t let that spoil the rest of the interview. Move on and give your best to the rest of the questions.

 

AFTER THE INTERVIEW

It is a good practice to send a brief thank you email after your interview. Don’t delay! It is ideal to send the note the same day or the next.