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Tuck Applicant Initiated Interview - 7 Things to Remember

Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth is one of the few Business Schools that give applicants the opportunity to initiate the interview. In traditional MBA application process, students have only one option – to wait for the admission committee to send an interview invite.

1) How are the applicant-initiated interviews scheduled in Tuck?

The interviews are scheduled online on a first-come first-served basis. The demand for applicant-initiated interviews is high. It is recommended that you initiate an interview as soon as you have decided to apply to Tuck.

2) Why Tuck gives high importance to face to face interviews and campus visit?

Tuck School of Business evaluates a candidate’s leadership potential and interpersonal skills with face to face interviews. Although it is not mandatory to visit the campus, the Admission committee at Tuck strongly recommends it.

This is evident in an Interview with F1GMAT. Here is what the Senior Associate Director of Admissions at Tuck School of Business has to say when we asked about the defining characteristics that the admission committee is looking for in a Tuck MBA?

“Since we are a small program, we want people here who really want to be at Tuck and who appreciate what we stand for. They should be very strong academically, have interesting work experience,  be active in their community, and be willing to try new things and get outside of their comfort zone to experience all that we have to offer“ (Read Interview with Tuck MBA Admissions Officer)

The applicants to Tuck MBA would be competitive and be at par in academics and work experience. What differentiates a candidate is the motivation to be in Tuck School of Business . There is no better opportunity to show your motivation than to initiate an interview.

3) Can the applicant initiated interviews be conducted off-Campus?

Unfortunately, NO! All applicant initiated interviews are conducted on-campus in Hanover.

4) When does the On-Campus interview start in Tuck School of Business?

The On-Campus interviews begin in September. Tuck has four deadlines - Early Action round (in October), November Round, January Round and April Final Round (for details visit tuck mba deadlines page). Except for the January round, you have to complete the interview before the deadline. For January round the deadline is 31st January.

5) What about International applicants and other applicants who might not be able to visit the campus?

For applicants who are not in a position to visit the campus, the admission committee will send an invite after evaluating the application.

6) Are applicants who visit the campus at an advantage?

Yes, to a certain extent. In an applicant initiated interview, the schedule of the interviews are controlled by the applicants. Committee initiated interviews are by invitation only. But do remember that the evaluation criteria would be the same in both applicant and committee initiated interviews.

7) Will the structure of the admission committee change with on-campus and off-campus interviews?

Yes. For off-campus interview, Alumni interviewers will also be part of the team in addition to admission committee members and admission associates (2nd Year MBA Students).

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