UCSD Rady Business School Interview (cont’d)

How important is an applicant’s GMAT score and what advice do you have for applicants who struggled with this exam?

The GMAT is a good predictor of applicants’ ability to be academically successful in the core curriculum of an MBA program. It doesn’t tell us whether you will be successful in business, or that you’re good at teamwork, but it does provide an important baseline in terms of your academic potential. We encourage applicants to really prepare to take the test. Standardized test-taking is a skill, and if it has been a while since you last took such a test, you are doing yourself a disservice if you take the test cold – no matter how smart you are.

We look at each of the component scores of the GMAT, not just the overall score – and we look at these components in conjunction with your transcripts from earlier academic work. In some cases, grades in relevant coursework will balance a GMAT score. And we always encourage applicants to provide us with any other information that would help us evaluate their academic preparedness for MBA study.

What is Rady’s policy regarding applicants who take the GMAT multiple times?

We always look at your best score.

How important is an applicant’s GMAT score and what advice do you have for applicants who struggled with this exam?

The GMAT is a good predictor of applicants’ ability to be academically successful in the core curriculum of an MBA program. It doesn’t tell us whether you will be successful in business, or that you’re good at teamwork, but it does provide an important baseline in terms of your academic potential. We encourage applicants to really prepare to take the test. Standardized test-taking is a skill, and if it has been a while since you last took such a test, you are doing yourself a disservice if you take the test cold – no matter how smart you are.

We look at each of the component scores of the GMAT, not just the overall score – and we look at these components in conjunction with your transcripts from earlier academic work. In some cases, grades in relevant coursework will balance a GMAT score. And we always encourage applicants to provide us with any other information that would help us evaluate their academic preparedness for MBA study.

What is Rady’s policy regarding applicants who take the GMAT multiple times?

We always look at your best score.

How important is the interview in the admissions process?

The admissions interview is an excellent opportunity for you to communicate the things you think are important and distinctive about yourself.

Are these interviews conducted blind or is the applicant’s file reviewed beforehand?

Admissions interviewers review the applicant’s resume and essays before the interview.

Is there any advantage or disadvantage to interviewing with an admissions officer versus an alumnus? All interviews are conducted by admissions officers.

Let’s talk about waitlists. How does the Rady School use waitlists? Any advice you’d like to share with any waitlisted applicant who happens to come across this interview transcript?

We work hard to make timely decisions and inform applicants quickly – and we want to leave as few applicants as possible hanging, waiting for decisions. We maintain very small waitlists and revisit those applications often to be sure that we are making decisions as soon as we can. We encourage applicants on our waitlist to communicate with us regularly.

How are re-applicants viewed by Rady and what do they need to do to be successful the second time around?

Re-applicants are always reviewed fully – there is no disadvantage to reapplying. For some applicants, the additional work experience or academic work completed can make a significant difference in their overall readiness for the MBA program.

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