I have been saving this
Aaron Rodgers Matt Flynn gif for when I have something to celebrate. What a difference a week makes. Replacing the low of being rejected by HBS last week is the high of receiving an invite to interview from Wharton yesterday. I had to read the email and the message three times before I realised it was real. It really was me that they wanted to interview. One thing I definitely underestimated was how much of a rollercoaster the process is.
The Wharton interview invite was huge particularly because the essays for Wharton were my first completed set. My whole application strategy hinged on receiving some kind of feedback from my R1 schools to gauge whether I am competitive. What the interview invite tells me is that miraculously my essays were not complete rubbish! (Although I should caveat this by saying that since completing them, I realised I had a ton to improve on also). This invite validates at least my strategy and tells me that I am not bonkers for thinking I had a shot. Pending feedback from Booth, I now have a much better idea of what type of schools I should apply to in R2.
As much as I would like to interview on campus, I am just not able to get the time off work. Luckily, London is one of the hub cities so I don’t have to organise flights and hotels. For me it is just a short train/tube ride away. The interview itself will be a 45minute Team-Based Discussion with 5-6 fellow applicants followed by a short 1-on-1 with a member of the admissions committee. Honestly, I have no idea how this will play out on the day. Will the people be aggressive or nice? How assertive will I have to make sure I contribute but also not step on other people’s toes? It must vary so much from group to group. I am going to have to be on the ball and quickly grasp the group dynamic quickly on the day. This is definitely an area where I have to do more research.
With the good news from Wharton, I am now waiting on Booth who are release their invites throughout next week. Best of luck to all those who are still waiting on Wharton interview invites. Based on last year, it looks like they released their invites in roughly 4 waves. So there is still hope!