My little red book of ideas is back!!! As you probably know (if you’ve followed my story from the begining, you already know), I got to the interview stage with Booth i round 3 of the applications for the class of 2016. Affter that, things went south 🙂 So I am intent on preventing a reoccurrence of that event. My approach last year was to prepare a bit but not so much that I sound rehearsed at the interview and I think I may have stumbled over a few questions. This year I’ll be trying a different approach.
This year, I have started documenting/ tracking the answers to all questions that I can be asked during the interview. I know it is impossible to know the universe of questions I will be asked but there are some questions that have to be asked. I’m compiling different approaches to answerig those questions as well as any other one I find on the internet during my preparation.
My aim is to do a large portion of the talking that will be done during that interview. I read somewhere that an intrviewee should aim to do 80% of the talking in a one-to-one interview or any intervie with only one interviewee. Of course the story is different for group interviews (cue: Wharton). Therefore, I am making sure that my answer prompts my interviewer to ask another particular question which will put me in the driving position for the interview and relax me enough to talk about myself for longer periods at a time. That said, I am taking a cue from oher applicants by recording my interview preparations and watching them to see how I am doing. I will practice at least once daily till about 2 days to the interview when I will only review my answers randomly.
Part of my goal for the Booth interview is to show how I’ve developed personally from my last application. I want to show that confidence in myself, my abilities and my plans, to show my new and better understanding of the Booth culture and to demonstrate my fit with the school. I hope to nail it this time.
Meanwhile, I’m changing my name (not my blog identity or pseudonym but my actual name). Its so amazing how good it feels to pursue a plan once you’ve made a decision.