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留学面经:Six Steps to Acing Your Stanford GSB Interview  

2017-02-04 02:59:12|  分类: 留学面经分享 |  标签: |举报 |字号 订阅

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留学面经:Six Steps to Acing Your Stanford GSB Interview

 

If you’ve made it to the interview stage at the Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB), congratulations are in order.

The school has the most competitive admission stats in the world, and with only an eight percent admissions rate, receiving an invite proves that Stanford already considers you an exceptionally strong candidate.

Arguably more than any other program, Stanford looks for applicants who have formulated a worldview and understand who they are and what matters most to them. According to admissions officers, Stanford seeks out candidates who have “excelled by doing ordinary things extraordinarily well.”

While you can never know exactly which specific questions you will encounter during your interview, you can anticipate that the types of questions will fall into one of the following categories representing the key attributes that Stanford values: intellectual vitality, demonstrated leadership potential, and personal qualities and contributions.

As you prepare for the interview, focus on the life experiences, anecdotes, and answers that will showcase your strengths in these six specific areas.

 

1. Show how you have made your indelible mark.

Leaders are people who leave their footprints in their areas of passion. This leadership definition offers important clues about what the admissions committee will be looking for when evaluating your leadership potential. Sharing stories about your past leadership achievements will help your interviewer to gauge your potential for realizing your future ambitions.

The scale of your achievement is less important than the fact that you have left indelible footprints in areas that matter to you. People aren’t accepted to a top school just because they are different, but because they have made a difference. Your job description provides the baseline of what is expected of you. Applicants accepted to Stanford have gone above and beyond and challenged the status quo.

2. Demonstrate passion and vision.  

You want to show that your reasons for applying to business school go beyond the goal of merely rising up the corporate ladder. If your interviewer asks, “What makes you get out of bed in the morning?” it’s because the things we feel strongly about provide insight into who we are and what makes us different.

Your passions make you unique, and your achievements in these areas of passion show the interviewer that you know what is truly important to you.

Even if you are early in your career, you can find examples of how you have formulated, communicated, and achieved a vision. The scale of what you accomplished might have been limited, and that’s okay. During your interview, you can still demonstrate that you have a talent for seeing greater possibilities, and a track record of rallying others to embrace that picture of the future and work together with you to realize it.

3. Show you are collaborative.

Stanford wants to find out if you will thrive in its “give more than you take” culture. According to leadership research, leadership style can be broken down into takers and givers. Takers are often charismatic personalities who end up making decisions to enrich their own coffers and careers. Givers, on the other hand, create value and empower employees to become leaders.

This is a critical distinction that sheds light on why some candidates who have impressive transcripts and resumes might not make the cut at Stanford. Do you have the dynamic energy and drive to get involved and give back even when it’s not strictly required? If you have a habit of contributing energy to the causes and communities you care about, then the admissions committee is likely to conclude you will make their student community stronger.

4. Show that you have a global mindset.  

Simply inventorying all of the countries you’ve jetted through isn’t enough. Candidates should emphasize their ability to find common ground and form effective relationships with people different from themselves.

Your stories and lessons learned are more important than how many stamps you’ve accumulated on your passport.

Those applicants who can provide evidence that they not only survive but thrive in new, unfamiliar environments will be of particular interest to the admissions committee. Global awareness also relates to one’s past experiences and future career goals. Stanford graduates will compete in a global marketplace, so experience with the challenges of doing business globally, and a natural curiosity for learning more about other countries and cultures, will be valued by the admissions committee. If possible, your career goals should not be limited to the borders of a single country.

5. Demonstrate self-awareness.

Self-awareness isn’t a quality that you demonstrate by telling a story. Rather, it has to do with how you tell the story and your capacity for communicating what motivated your actions and what you learned. The ability to explain why you value one accomplishment above others, what you learned from a setback, or the deeper meaning of your career goals is evidence of self-awareness.  The self-aware individual also knows his or her strengths and weaknesses.

A quality that goes hand-in-hand with self-awareness is maturity. The quality and extent of life experience and how you have matured, crystallized values and passions, and formulated a worldview as a result is more important than the years that have elapsed since you graduated from college. Maturity isn’t a matter of growing older; it’s a matter of growing wiser. The fact that the admissions committee is looking for evidence of maturity suggests that you should be on the lookout for opportunities to share defining moments in your life during the interview.

6. Have a compelling answer for the ‘Why Stanford?’ question.

Your interviewer will not only ask about why you want to go to b-school, but also question why you applied to Stanford specifically. If you could substitute the name of any other school into your answer, then you haven’t done a very good job. While it’s true that the goals that made you apply to business school will be the same regardless of where you interview, the ways in which Stanford can help you achieve those goals should be something you have given serious thought to well before your interview.

Your answers should demonstrate that you have done your homework on the program, whether you've interviewed students, alumni, and professors, sat in on classes, or regularly read several Stanford student and professor blogs. Use what you know about the program's curriculum and philosophy to prove that Stanford can help you achieve your goals like no other program. Make sure the motives you share for choosing Stanford are personal and unique. Telling your interviewer that you simply admire Stanford’s stellar legacy will not differentiate you from any other candidates.

Finally, know that interviewers will also expect that you have prepared thoughtful questions about the program for them to answer, so be sure to spend time planning for this portion of the interview as well. Avoid asking questions you could easily answer by looking at the admissions website, and use this opportunity to learn more about Stanford GSB from someone with firsthand knowledge.

Stanford admits approximately 40 to 45 percent of interviewed candidates, so if you use these tips to help you craft your personal narrative and prepare for the exchange, you stand a good chance of convincing your interviewer that you deserve a seat in next year’s class.

 

 

Stacy Sukov Blackman is the founder of Stacy Blackman Consulting (SBC), a leading MBA admissions advisory that has helped thousands of clients gain admittance to every top business school world wide, often with significant scholarships.

 

 

以上内容摘自:

http://www.stacyblackman.com/2017/02/03/six-steps-to-acing-your-stanford-gsb-interview/ 

 

 

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