1. I’ll be moving to either the east coast OR Midwest sometime this summer.
2. I’ve just jumped down a rabbit hole of massive spending and relentless saving and budgeting that is likely to not end until at least 2015.
3. While the stress of application season has largely subsided, the actual “real work” has only begun.
MIT Sloan Interview Recap
I hate postmortems on b-school interviews. There are just so many variables–NONE of which you are privy to from the interviewer’s point of view. Here’s what I will say: It wasn’t bad. My interviewer was very down-to-earth and conversational. I’d say that I definitely enjoyed the actual conversation–maybe a bit TOO much, though.
I did well answering each question with a thoughtful, coherent answer. I also walked away feeling good about the interview in general. After sleeping on it for a day or two, however, now all I can think about are several very explicit opportunities that I could have capitalized on to “hammer home” some strong positioning statements that I did not take.
I kind of remember rambling a bit and being more committed to retelling whatever story that I was going on about than hitting the right points. The tension release from my previous admits at Wharton and Booth may have taken more edge off than I would have liked. I”m off my game a bit, but whatever wasn’t “perfect” about that interview is spilled milk at this point.
I got up that day and put forth the best effort that I could at that time. Honestly, there was room for improvement in ALL of my interviews. We’ll just have to see just how MUCH room the Sloan ad com felt there was.
More Networking with Admits from Wharton and Booth
While I’m waiting to find out whether I’ll get an admit or ding from Sloan, I’ve continued to get to know my fellow admits from Booth and Wharton–except now that interaction has transcended my laptop and transitioned into live, in person meetings.
I must commend Booth for how organized and structured they have been with reaching out to admits. I’ve gotten no fewer than 3 official emails and/or phone calls from Booth students and alums who have been assigned to congratulate me on being admitted and answer any questions that I might have.
The Booth adcom also organized a pretty nice wine and beer social for admitted students that I attended after work earlier this week. It was great times with exceptionally bright and interesting people. I even ran into a few of the commiserators that I had met back in August at various info sessions and diversity events.
My interviewer was there and congratulated me. I laughed to myself at how some of my thoughts about our interaction during my Booth interview were all in my head and couldn’t have been further from the actual truth.
The very next evening, I was throwing back scotch and sharing applicant war stories with fellow Wharton admits from the area. It was an impressive group that even included the spouse of an admit who is a Wharton alum. Naturally, he got pummeled with questions. He had apparently been brought along for that purpose, however, and was a good sport about it; very cool and informative dude.
While the Wharton admit group organized its own social, I can’t really say that I minded that being the case. I know the culture there is one in which the students sort of run the place–which I actually see some merit in.
Ultimately, I plan to rely on admit weekends to give me an authentic feel for the actual communities. Should MIT give me a nod, I will either make a decision after their admit weekend or just plan a solo visit to campus to get a feel for what its like there as well as engage faculty and students. If I get a ding instead, then there won’t be a need for that.
My Pre-MBA Reading List
Regardless of where I end up matriculating into, my plan for school remains unchanged–to hit the ground running building a company. While I had always been an avid reader, my level of reading activity and intensity was stunted during my years in big corporate prior to my leaving and that environment for the job that I have now.
I have some catching up to do in terms of mental prep for what lies ahead, so I recently dove into a reading list that I plan to complete between now and my arrival at business school X. Completing this list with solid understanding of the principles in each book will provide me with some workable frameworks that will better enable me to apply what I will learn in school to whatever venture I choose to take on next:
1) The Lean Startup (New Venture Creation & Development) – acquired
2) Innovation Tournaments (Idea Selection & Vetting) – acquired
3) Crossing the Chasm (Achieving Popular Market Adoption) – Amazon Wishlist
4) Blue Ocean Strategy (Market Positioning) – Amazon Wishlist
5) Customer Centricity (Customer Segmentation) – acquired
6) Delivering Happiness (Customer Experience) – Amazon Wishlist
7) The Art of Agile Development (Software Product Dev/Project Management) – Amazon Wishlist
8) Succeeding with Agile: Software Development Using Scrum (Software Product Dev/Project Management) – Amazon Wishlist
9) Tribes (Leadership/Creating Community) – Amazon Wishlist
10) Tribal Leadership (Leadership/Creating Community) – Amazon Wishlist
11) The Personal MBA (MBA coursework primer/overview) – acquired
12) The Tipping Point (Creating Epidemics) – reading now
13) Lean Six-Sigma for Dummies (Project Management) – Amazon Wishlist
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