MBA News: Ross Candidates in China Invited to Pilot Group Interviews

Soojin Kwon, director of admissions at Michigan Ross, recently announced in a blog post that the Ross will be inviting Round 2 candidates to participate in a supplemental group interview process, not unlike the group interviews recently instituted at Wharton. Kwon reports that the pilots for the group interview will be conducted in Beijing and Shanghai—she will facilitate the interviews in person on January 26 and 27—and that candidates will be invited based on geographical proximity. The purpose of the interviews is apparently to provide “further insight into candidates’ fit with [Ross’s] learning community,” which includes a heavily team-based curriculum. Kwon assured candidates that the pilot interviews were not meant to gauge their English-speaking skills, adding that a similar group format would eventually be added to on-campus interviews. In the meantime, the school’s traditional interview options will remain available: on-campus or via Skype with a member of the Admissions Student Committee, or off-campus with a Ross alumnus or alumna. Might this be an indicator that more and more business schools will be experimenting with new interview processes in the future?

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