One Week After TBD

As my title states, it’s been a week since the Wharton TBD.  It went better than I thought it would.  I was super nervous the weeks leading up to the TBD, but I took my own advice, and just prepared (like, really prepared) for it.  I also went to the TBD reception the night before the interview, and it helped take the edge off my nerves because I got to meet 2 out of the 4  other people that would be in my TBD team.

I really enjoyed the TBD more than I thought I would. My group had a nice dynamic going on, and no one really put  people down. So no horror stories like those stubborn types trying to hog all the airtime. There was one guy who tried to do that though, but all in all, I think all my team members contributed well to the discussion. I can see the value in having a TBD, although I am not sure how the assessment will go like if most of the groups were like mine (i.e. generally nice people that were able to get to a consensus easily).  Also, the team agreed to adopt my idea in the end – so that should be a plus for me, right?

I am hoping for good news around 26 days from now. Eep! I will focus on doing R2 apps until then,


Preparing for Wharton Interview

humility-helpingThis will just be a short update. I’m scrambling to prepare for my prompt and one-on-one. I know, I know, they said that you only need to prepare for an hour tops for the TBD, but I am not totally comfortable with that.    I like to be prepared!

Anyway, the point of this post is to shout out to all the lovely people who have helped me so far. Wharton folks (and really, all the B-school folks I’ve met in general) are so helpful and genuine! I’m so fortunate that in my company I get to work with a lot of MBAs so I have a lot of resources to consult with.  They connect me to all these great people too that I can just talk to.  Like just this morning, I was able to talk to a current Wharton student (thanks to an intro made by a Wharton alum) and he offered pretty good advice on tackling the interview.  I’m so inspired to pay forward all the help I received. So if anyone wants to ask me anything, I’m available to help 🙂

PS Argh! I’m so nervous! :/

Wharton Interview Invite!


I received my Wharton interview invite on my flight back from my Booth interview in Singapore.  In a way, the flight kind of saved my sanity because it forced me to stop clicking refresh on my email account, application profile and GMAT Club Wharton forum every few minutes.  I’m SO HAPPY to have gotten an invite!!!!!!!!! Wharton has always been my first choice, and they (kind of) love me back! 😀 I’m also stoked that I received interview invites for the three apps I submitted in R1.  The schools liked my profile and essays enough that they didn’t decide to ding me outright.  Of course, Kellogg tries to interview all the applicants so I’m excluding them in this statement.

I’m flying back out to Singapore next week, this time with my husband.  We’re going to stay over the weekend (hopefully give me the chance to relax after the TBD).  I’m so anxious for the TBD – it will be the first time I’m doing a TBD, so I don’t really know what to expect.  I’ve gone through forums and blogs to help me prepare and these are some of the tips I’ve collected:

1. Try to be balanced.  Don’t be the loud-mouthed rude person (basically the B-school archetype haha) that takes over the whole conversation, and don’t be the really quiet one in the corner that doesn’t contribute anything.

2. Go early, to give you a chance to socialize with your TBD team, and to break the ice

3. The goal is to come up with a solution for the team, and not to emerge as the “star”.  Try to be civil – don’t cut off a teammate, and offer up consensus building ideas to move the process along.  That’s why it’s a “team-based” discussion.

4.  Come in prepared!  You will be given a prompt to talk about, so do your research.

5. Don’t take the one-on-one interview for granted.  The trick is to prepare an engaging one-to-two minute spiel about yourself.

Good luck to me!! And good luck to all those facing an interview in the next few weeks 🙂