USC Marshall | Mr. Utilitarian Mobility
GMAT 740, GPA 2.67
MIT Sloan | Mr. Data Mastermind
GMAT N/A; will be taking in May, GPA 3.6
Harvard | Mr. Future Gates Foundation
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Wharton | Mr. Infrastructure
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Darden | Mr. Sustainable Real Estate
GRE SAT 1950 (90th Percentile), GPA 3.7
London Business School | Mr. Aussie Analyst
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Duke Fuqua | Ms. Account Executive
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Harvard | Ms. Lucky Charm
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Tuck | Ms. Green Biz
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Harvard | Ms. URM
GRE 325, GPA 3.6
Chicago Booth | Mr. Stay Involved
GMAT 730, GPA 3.4
McCombs School of Business | Ms. Second Chances
GRE 310, GPA 2.5
Stanford GSB | Mr. Entrepreneurial Bassist
GMAT 740, GPA 3.61
Rice Jones | Mr. Back To School
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Cornell Johnson | Mr. IT To IB
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Kellogg | Mr. Green Business
GMAT 680, GPA 3.33; 3.9 for Masters
NYU Stern | Mr. Military Officer
GRE In Progress, GPA 2.88
Kellogg | Mr. Real Estate Finance
GMAT 710, GPA 3.0
Kellogg | Mr. Finance To Education
GMAT 730, GPA 3.4
Stanford GSB | Ms. Artistic Engineer
GMAT 730, GPA 9.49/10
Emory Goizueta | Mr. Multimedia
GRE 308, GPA 3.4
UCLA Anderson | Mr. Commercial Banker
GMAT 700, GPA 3.3
IU Kelley | Mr. Construction Manager
GRE 680, GPA 3.02
Harvard | Mr. Healthcare Fanatic
GMAT 770, GPA 3.46
Harvard | Mr. Sovereign Wealth Fund
GMAT 730, GPA 3.55
Harvard | Mr. Smart Operations
GMAT 760, GPA 4.0
Darden | Mr. Strategy Manager
GRE 321, GPA 3.5

How Much Does the B-School Interview Matter

I’ve had this discussion with a number of folks as I’ve prepared for my upcoming interviews.  Some people tell you not to stress out about it.  They feel that most of your application is already submitted and the interview is just a chance to further personalize your candidacy.  Others say that your entire application rides on the interview and have detailed prep strategies on how to conduct yourself.

Why it Might Matter a Lot

Most schools have an accept-to-interview ratio of about 50%.  If you consider the size of certain admission classes, this is huge investment in both time and resources.  That’s a lot of people to interview if the “decision”  has already been made.  Additionally, for graduate programs outside of the business world, the interview can be weighted to as much as 50% of your overall application.

Why it Might Not Matter That Much

If you’ve conducted or sat through a number of interviews, you know that they are subjective in nature.  The interviewer has complete control of how well or how poorly the interview will go.  And even with all the training in the world, there’s no way to ensure that you’ll get the same interview as the guy next to you.  If the B-schools agree with this, they may not weigh heavily your interview performance and use it as more of a screener.

What I Think

People on the forums have varying opinions and I’m sure that each school does it a little differently.  My feeling is that while an interview might not change a decision from a “yes-to-no” or vice versa, the fact that you don’t know whether or not you’re on the cusp makes it important to everyone applying.  What do you think?

This post is adapted from Random Wok, a blog written by Mako from Silicon Valley. You can read all of his posts at Random Wok.

Selected posts by Mako at PoetsandQuants:

Why I Want an MBA

Climbing the GMAT Mountain: 630 to 710 on a Practice Test

Do Consultants Have An Unfair Edge Over Other Applicants?

Falling Behind & Stressed Out

My New Critical Reasoning Strategy

Figuring Out My Odds of Getting Into Harvard, Stanford, Wharton

With My GMAT Classes Over, It’s Now Just Me and the Test

Making a GMAT Test Taker Feel Like A Complete Pansy

With a Month to Go Before His GMAT Test, It’s Time to Focus

Is The GMAT Really Designed To Break You?

I Took the GMAT Today and Rocked It!

Charting All My GMAT Scores Over Time With Lessons

After Scoring My 750, It’s Now All About Applying

MBA Applications Wisdom from Muhammad Ali

Facing A Gauntlet of Round Two Deadlines

Should Everyone Apply to Harvard Business School?

The Final Click Is The Hardest Click: Sending In My Application

A Punch to the Gut: Bad Reviews On His Draft Essays

MBA Essay Writing: Draining the Life Out of Me

Beginning to Realize You Can Never Write The Perfect MBA Essay

With Wharton and UCLA Apps Done, He Feels Like a Zombie

Taking Back His Life After Sacrificing Health, Time & Sanity

Slammed with Business School Spam Thanks to GMAC

Getting an Invite for An Interview from Berkeley’s Haas School

UCLA’s Anderson School Asks Our Blogger To Interview