the next few weeks, we will be publishing the discussions that we had
with some of our interviewers about the interviewing process at their
business schools to help the prospective applicants. Here is the
interview of one of our NYU Stern interviewers.
1. Background about yourself.
my undergraduate studies, I attended the Richard Ivey School of
Business at the University of Western Ontario, a general management
business program. I then spent 2.5 years working as a Senior Research
Assistant at Standard & Poor’s. After working in finance for 2.5
years, I wanted to tackle the world of entertainment, which is my first
love in life. I had been singing in professional organizations for the
past 15 years and wanted to pursue a career in the business-side of
entertainment. NYU Stern was the only MBA program I applied to because
they have the best media & entertainment specialization and I was
confident that Stern could help me achieve my professional aspirations.
At Stern, I interned at HBO, NBC Universal and post graduation I found a
position in Strategic Marketing at NBC Universal, where I am currently
still employed. I also finished with a 3.9 GPA as a Stern Scholar and
placed in the top 5% of the class.
How has been your experience at NYU Stern? Has Stern met all your
career and personal aspirations? What do you like the most at NYU Stern?
Stern was a fantastic experience, and even thought I graduated in a
recession, it met my career and personal aspirations. The school
absolutely permits the achievement of goals; however, the onus is on the
individual, of course, to fulfill these goals. I wanted to change
careers from finance to entertainment, which is difficult to do. Stern
has many ways of getting involved in the entertainment industry, which
makes career changes easier. For example, I was accepted into the
Industry Mentoring Initiative; this was a small group of students who
were switching careers that were mentored by executives from different
divisions of Time Inc. Stern also has a Media, Entertainment and Sports
Association that went on treks to various media companies in both New
York and Los Angeles. This club was critical in the success of my career
met my personal aspirations. I wanted to live in New York City for my
whole life, and living and studying in Greenwich Village was a dream
come true. The friends I made will be friends for life, and I was very
fortunate to meet a group of smart, talented and down to earth students
to share in the two years at Stern. My
favorite aspect of my experience was attending the Cannes Film Festival
in France – a course at Stern that takes a group of students to the
festival in May and educates them on the business of film transactions.
The festival was a once in a lifetime experience, and on top of that,
it’s a great piece of information to tell potential employers!
What is the importance of interviews in the overall selection process
at NYU Stern? Is it a make or break after the interview? Or, does it
form a parameter in the applicant's candidature?
The interview is of critical importance in the selection process. Stern prides itself on having “down to earth and down to business”
students, which is why the interview is crucial. Admissions officers
consistently say that it doesn’t matter how good a candidate is on paper
– it’s the personality and professionalism that counts. Stern loves to
put its students in front of industry professionals and it wants to have
top notch professionalism, and personalities representing the school.
4. How should a potential candidate prepare for the NYU Stern interviews?
A candidate should do the following to prepare for NYU Stern interviews.
Be able to discuss 3 clubs or organizations of interest that you would like to join at Stern.
Be able to convey your career goals succinctly. Know your back-up career plan.
Become familiar with New York City, and be able to discuss some of the things you are excited to do when living in New York.
alumni from the school and discuss this in your interview. Stern loves
when people want Stern as their first choice, so it’s important to show
that you’ve done your homework and love the school.
about 3 or 4 goals that you want to accomplish at Stern and be able to
discuss them. For example, become a teaching assistant, go on the Japan
trek, specialize in X, become a Stern Scholar, etc.
Learn about the professors at Stern; many of them are in the news and important figures in business.
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