4 P's - People, Personalities, Projects, Positions
Had my Cornell interview bright and early this morning.
Sitting down at a Starbucks table, the alum gave me the drill: "Here's how it works. I have a list of questions to ask you. I will write your answers as we go. At the end you can ask me questions. I send this all back to Cornell, and they'll compile all your information together. If there are 'holes' in your application, they may call you to clarify some information. Sound good?"
On you mark. Get set. Go!
1) How did you select your current/previous job(s)?
2) Why do you want an MBA?
3) Why Cornell?
4) What are your long-term and short-term goals?
5) What other schools are you applying to?
6) How would your co-workers describe you?
Me: "I'm approachable..."
Her: "That's because you're female. I work in the tech sector too. Give me another one."
7) What are three characteristics that make a great leader?
8) What drives you? What makes you get up in the morning each day?
9) Tell me a team situation where someone was hard to deal with.
10) Tell me a team situation where you faced an obstacle.
11) Tell me a time when you directly had a conflict with another team member.
12) What will you add to Johnson?
13) Name three characteristics that you will bring to your Cornell classmates.
14) Tell me about a significant accomplishment and what impact you created.
15) What are the strengths and weaknesses of your Johnson application?
To my weakness answer: "That's a weakness that can be turned into an advantage or positive. Give me another one."
16) How do you approach a problem?
17) What is an innovative solution you came up with for a problem you dealt with?
Her feedback: "I think you communicate well and have the right social skills. Your weakness is that you've only had one full-time employer. All companies are different. If Cornell calls you, try to think of more examples where you've worked with Vice President's and such to help broaden your experiences." I thanked her, and we parted ways.