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2 March 2012

Spring Campus Visit Events

Spring Quarter is my favorite time of the year. I hope that you will join us for some fun, sun, and admission events!

On Wednesday, 7 March 2012, registration will open for Spring Quarter Class Visits, Information Sessions, and Knight Management Center Tours. Information Sessions will begin on Monday, 2 April 2012, Class Visits will begin on Friday, 13 April 2012, and Knight Management Center Tours will begin on Monday, 16 April 2012.

Visiting the Stanford GSB is a great way to get to know our program better, but a campus visit is neither required nor expected. Out of fairness to all applicants, we do not give preferential treatment in the admission process to those who have visited the GSB.

For detailed information about our events, please visit our on-campus event page.

Take care,
Madison Kawakami
Admissions Coordinator


6 March 2012

Thoughts from the people who interview you

We know that many of you Round 2 applicants are waiting anxiously to get an interview invitation. How do we know this? Because you call and email us, asking if interview invitations are still going out. (And, yes, they are.) In the meantime, we thought you might be interested in hearing a bit from our interviewers: why they interview for us and their advice on how best to prepare for an interview. As you probably know, the vast majority of our interviews are conducted by hundreds of GSB alumni all over the world.

Why do our alums volunteer as interviewers?
— "This is the way I give back to the school that I love and did so much for me personally and professionally. It means something to me to give back to the GSB."
— "Keeping a strong connection to the school, and contributing in a small way to making sure the very best are in the class."
— "I love the school. I have a good 'no jerk' radar."
— "I meet many exceptional people and get to share the joy of the GSB experience."
—"I am inspired by the interviewees' amazing contributions made and their aspirations to change the world. I also have made lasting friendships with some of them as they keep in touch during and after their MBA at the GSB!"

What is your role as an interviewer?
— "Getting past the ‘prepared answer’ to something genuine/telling."
— "Spending time trying to discover the unique strengths and weaknesses of each candidate."
— "The interview is as much a fluid, casual conversation as anything else. I aim to put the applicants I interview at ease so that we can have an enjoyable conversation."
— "Getting to the essence of a candidate - who they really are, what makes them tick, why they want/need an MBA, why Stanford."
— "I put a lot of effort into getting to know the interviewee, and I really enjoy listening to them. Also I give them the benefit of the doubt and always try to let them give the best answers they can."
— "I try to take the time to really understand the candidate's motivations, strengths and weaknesses, and provide a candid assessment, and I also work hard to represent the school well."

How would you recommend that candidates best prepare for their interview?
— "Understand who you are and be yourself. Overprepared answers stand out as not being genuine."
— "Think critically about how your experiences (work, extracurricular, college, etc.) have shaped you and your motivation to attend business school, specifically the GSB. Be able to condense these experiences into effective conversation pieces."
— "We are pushing hard to dive into candidate's personal accomplishments. I don't think there is any real preparation necessary...other than a good night's sleep and willingness to talk about themselves."
— "Be prepared to have a real conversation."
— "Have a strong story on why the GSB. Demonstrate that you have done your homework and you want to attend this school. It is obvious when the GSB is one of many choices."

More information about interviews is available on our website.


20 March 2012

LEEDing the way

The Knight Management Center has achieved the LEED Platinum rating for environmental sustainability from the U.S. Green Building Council. In order to attain this rating, Knight was designed to generate solar energy and maximize natural resources, while using less water and electric energy. And of course, amidst these environmental innovations, Knight was intended to be--and has become--a place that brings people from the Stanford campus together and facilitates learning.

For more information on Knight's LEED Platinum rating, visit our website.


29 March 2012

Stanford GSB Alums Named Young Global Leaders for 2012 by the World Economic Forum

Each year, the World Economic Forum (WEF) recognizes up to 200 young leaders from around the world for their outstanding "professional accomplishments, commitment to society, and potential to contribute to shaping the future of the world."

This year's list of honorees includes Stanford GSB alums Jane Chen, MBA 2008, Alvaro Fernandez, MBA 2002, Dave Hanley, MBA 2003, Greg McKeown, MBA 2008, and Fred Swaniker, MBA 2004.

The award is a high honor. As Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the WEF, said, "Within the World Economic Forum community, the Young Global Leaders represent the voice for the future and the hopes of the next generation."

For more information about the award, including a list of the honorees, visit the WEF website.