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  • 1. The row about Whartons newbehavioral interview questions ...http://www.amerasiaconsulting.com/
  • 2. The row about Whartons new behaviora The row about Whartons new behavioral interview questions is mostly bullshit. MBA Admissions Consultant | http://www.amerasiaconsulting.com
  • 3. Whartons new behavioral interview questionsYes, I know my opinion is a little late on this one, but I justwanted to provide an alternative POV to what I amreading online.Whether or not Wharton denied they were out in the wildor rogue admissions consultants gamed the system or2010 round one Wharton applicants were adverselyaffected - is basically smoke and mirrors.If some consultants went to the darkside, that is not cool. Im not condoning it. MBA Admissions Consultant | http://www.amerasiaconsulting.com
  • 4. Whartons new behavioral interview questionsHowever, it really has no effect on the point of theinterview process - to see if you present yourself in amanner that tells the interviewer you wont embarrassyourself or the school should you enter the pearly gatesof Wharton or any other top program.In laymans terms - do you have all your teeth, formcomplete sentences and chew with your mouth closed? MBA Admissions Consultant | http://www.amerasiaconsulting.com
  • 5. Why is this?Beyond face value, the new questions are not anydifferent from the old questions that Wharton put forth. Seriously, they really are not.Lets not pretend interview prep is some black art. Theonly difference is that each question will provide theopportunity for each applicant to include or leave out an"appropriate" amount of information.That is, the new format is slightly more of an exercise inevaluating when an interviewee knows when to shut up. MBA Admissions Consultant | http://www.amerasiaconsulting.com
  • 6. Lets get real, if an applicant prepares correctly, they willhave no problem answering the following questions - atWharton or at any other top MBA program.Keep in mind, all schools pretty much as the samequestions. MBA Admissions Consultant | http://www.amerasiaconsulting.com
  • 7. The "new" "behavioral" interview questions at Wharton:1.Tell me about a time when you worked in a group tocomplete a task, which required you to consider theopinions or feelings of others. 1. This is what I tell my clients. 2. This is a leadership question that asks you to detail a story. 3. Story answers always follow this (trademarked) format - SCARA - Situation, Complication, Actions, Results, Applicability 4. Hint: Leadership action means that you are leading other people - so you are in a team - being a good team leader requires considering and reconciling opposing opinions. 5. Results are both quantitative and qualitative. 6. See if you can take your answer and loop it back to the school. 7. If you cant answer a question like this, with 3 to 4 examples, well then, we wouldnt have applied to Wharton ... MBA Admissions Consultant | http://www.amerasiaconsulting.com
  • 8. 2. Describe a time when you contributed to a team that didnt have a clear or appointed leader. 1. This is what I tell my clients. See the above. Just tweak to cover a power vacuum where you stepped up. 2. Every decent applicant should have an answer to this for every school. Think about it, chances are that you already answered this question (correctly) in your essays. Its not rocket science.2. Explain a time when your ideas were challenged, when you had to defend your opinion and/or approach. 1. This is what I tell my clients. See question number one above. 2. Mix this one up and provide an outside of work example - if you have not done so already. MBA Admissions Consultant | http://www.amerasiaconsulting.com
  • 9. Before I get flamed, lets examine some old interviewquestions from years past:1.How would you describe your leadership style? 1. Oh snap, this is basically question number 1. 2. A good answer here means providing an example. The same example you could use for question number 1 above. 3. The only tweak I would make is to use a Pyramid format, instead of SCARA format above.2.How would your colleagues describe you if you left theroom? MBA Admissions Consultant | http://www.amerasiaconsulting.com
  • 10. 3. If you were the CEO of your company what would you do differently? 1. Dizzamn, questions 2 and 3 here are remarkably similar to the "new" "behavioral" Wharton question 2 above. You cant fool me Wharton. 2. For question 2 here - your colleagues would describe you as a leader who steps up to fill a power vacuum. Then they would provide an example - an example very, very similar to the one you would give in question 2 above. 3. For question 3 here - you would talk about stepping up as a leader to make sure there was clear organization. Then you would provide an example - an example very, very similar to the one you would give in question 2 above.3. Please give me an example in which you exemplified leadership? MBA Admissions Consultant | http://www.amerasiaconsulting.com
  • 11. 5. Please describe a team situation that did not work? 1. Questions 4 and 5 here can be answered by the example provided in question 3 above.TL:DR - The bottom line is that if you prepared correctly for your interview, you know the questions are really the same. All these "new" questions would require is adjusting your approach slightly and perhaps on the fly. In fact, all these questions have been online for years.The more things change, the more they stay the same. Win - Wharton. MBA Admissions Consultant | http://www.amerasiaconsulting.com
  • 12. If you need help with determining your fit with Wharton– either comprehensively or just stress testing youressays to make sure they hit the mark – email us at mba@amerasiaconsulting.com to schedule a complimentary consultation. http://www.amerasiaconsulting.com/