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 🙂