Sunday, August 10, 2014

Meet the new “THE BOOTH EXPERIENCE” Team (Post 2 of 2)


This week we have the second installment of current Booth students who will be writing during the upcoming school year and sharing their experiences with you. Last week we introduced five of the members of the team (Meet the new "The Booth Experience" Team / Post 1 of 2). This week, we present to you the other four!

First of all,  we are proud to introduce Darren Spicer, our own former MLS Star!

Darren is a Southern California native and second-year student at Booth pursuing concentrations in finance and strategic management. He studied international politics and captained the varsity soccer team at Princeton before getting drafted by Chivas USA in Major League Soccer. He then went on to play professional soccer for five years across the US and Germany. And yes, he played against David Beckham. Before Booth Darren also coached youth soccer and coordinated camps in Southern California for Slammers FC, one of the top youth clubs in the country. This summer, he is interning with The Cambridge Group in Chicago, doing growth strategy consulting. He also loves to surf, snowboard, bike, bike, hike, and golf, and he's never met a spicy curry that he didn't like.

Next up, Jatin Jindal brings an enviable startup experience to the table...

Jatin is pursuing a summer internship at Amazon Web Services as a Product Manager. Prior to business school, he worked with multiple startups in several roles. He started with some classmates as an undergrad and later sold it to Angaros Group in 2012. He also worked briefly in 2013 for a startup in cab service space - Bookmycab. Prior to that, Jatin worked in the Investment Banking Department of Credit Suisse from 2009 to 2013, advising clients engaged in oil & gas sector on raising capital as well as M&A transactions. He obtained a Bachelors of Technology in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.

In his free time, Jatin loves to read books and go on short hiking trips. He is also passionate about Arsenal FC, and has been supporting them for more than a decade now!

Favorite Booth memory: traveling with my Booth classmates to different places like Fiji, Mexico and Florida. He is looking forward to another amazing year at Booth and many more such trips!

The editor of Chibus, our school's renowned newspaper, is also part of our group. Meet Tyler Kearn!,

Tyler is a rising second year Booth student and co-chair of the Chicago Business newspaper ( and the Family Enterprise group. Prior to Booth, he worked for COIT Services, a nationwide specialty cleaning and restoration company, as well as CBS Interactive and the San Francisco Giants (Go Giants!). His interests and hobbies include hiking, travel, skiing, and movies (including “bad” movies – movies so bad, they’re good).  

Finally, and last but not least, we have Suzi Singh!, 

Suzi has a PHD in psychology and will be certainly psychoanalyzing the entire Booth community in her posts!

Suzi is a first year student at Booth pursuing a concentration in marketing management. She earned her bachelor's degree from the College of William and Mary and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Prior to Booth, she was an assistant professor in an addiction studies program. This summer, she is a marketing intern at Campbell's Soup Company in Philadelphia. 
Favorite Booth Memory: singing karaoke with friends at the LEAD retreat!

That’s it! We’ve introduced all 9 members of our team: Linda, Edward, Craig, Ignacio, Alex, Darren, Jatin, Tyler and Suzi

Once again, we are looking forward to sharing our experiences with you. We hope to give you valuable information and insights that can help you see another side of Chicago Booth.
Cheers for a wonderful year to come!

The Booth Experience Team

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Meet the new “THE BOOTH EXPERIENCE” Team (Post 1 of 2)


We are very happy to introduce the new “The Booth Experience” Team. We are 9 second year Boothies who will be posting content throughout the summer and the rest of the academic year to keep you up to date with the latest about life at Booth.
From where to live, to the best coffee shops in Chicago and the coolest places to go on a date, you’ll hear from us on a regular basis to give you an insider’s perspective on what it’s really like to go to Booth to pursue your MBA.
We are very excited to share our experience with all of you and look forward to hearing your questions, comments, feedback, ideas, etc.
Without further ado (drumroll), meet five members of our team (we shall introduce the rest in a post next week)

By way of Boston, MA we have…Linda Yan!
After four years in finance, Linda decided it was time for a change. She came to Booth looking to round out her knowledge base, make friends, and test out different career options. She's at consulting firm A.T. Kearney for the summer, working on a project for a F500 financial services firm. In her spare time, Linda enjoys working on her first poetry collection, trying all sorts of new whiskeys and defending her title of World Krav Maga Champion!

Favorite Booth memory: Hiking the Inca Trail during Spring Break with twenty-five awesome Boothies and their partners

Next, we have Edward McDonald, the most interesting man at Booth without a doubt:
Computer Science and Information Systems Engineering at West Point? Check.
Film School (Master of Fine Arts-Tisch School of the Arts)? Check.
Runner-Up as the Most Eligible Bachelor in Colorado according to Cosmopolitan Magazine? Check.
Edward has it all!
In addition to all his accomplishments, he is pursuing concentrations in finance, accounting and entrepreneurship. Prior to business school, Edward worked for three years as an officer in the US Army, two years at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, two years at CBS Corporation and three years as an independent film producer in NYC. This summer he is interning at Deutsche Bank in New York City, working in their Leverage Finance and Health Care groups. Next year he will spend the winter quarter abroad studying at IESE in Barcelona Spain!

Favorite Booth memory: Raging in Hong Kong during a 9-hour Random Walk layover between Phuket, Thailand and Chicago with 17 random Boothies who became some of my closest friends.

With our first international representative we have Ignacio Vinke! He likes to hike, take pictures and managed to watch every game of the World Cup during his internship! At Booth, he is pursuing concentrations in Finance, Economics and Strategic Management. He studied Production Engineering from Universidad Simón Bolívar in Caracas, Venezuela, worked in marketing for three years and then opened Frigo, a healthy restaurant startup. At Booth, Ignacio serves as co-chair of BoothTech and Photobooth. This summer, he will be interning with Dish Network in Denver, Colorado where he is avidly training to run the Chicago Marathon in October (altitude training they say, harder than it looks).

Favorite Booth memory: Almost beating the Chilean team in the intramural soccer league! (They are very good)

Next up, we have Craig Carter!  Proud father of three, he is one of our brightest second years and is not only hoping to get concentrations in statistics and econometrics, finance, and operations, but also to do so while being the most amazing dad. Prior to Booth, he worked in corporate finance for the largest US freight railroad and is currently interning in the controller’s organization for a large oil and gas company. Beyond Booth, Craig loves exploring Chicago with his family (especially getting out along Lake Michigan) and is quite excited to be running the Chicago Marathon this October as well. Be sure to cheer for him and Ignacio if you come to Chicago next October.

Finally, our last introduction for this week, we have the amazing Alex Simon:

Alex loves to run, visit the latest Chicago festivals and all the new restaurants that open throughout the city. After going through the undergraduate program at U of C, he thought he was completely prepared for what the Booth experience would be, but couldn’t have been more wrong. What surprises him the most about the school is the number of students volunteering to help out their classmates or the different school groups in any way they can.

Favorite Booth memory: the winter formal at the Field Museum (you can party with Sue, one of the largest complete dinosaur fossils ever found).

Over the next year, we hope to answer as many questions as we can from all of you and post interesting content that can be helpful as you go through the process of trying to decide what school is best for you.


The Booth Experience Team.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Chicago Booth Admit Weekend II: Meet Your Co-Captains!

Admit Weekend is a terrific opportunity for admitted students to experience life as a Chicago Booth MBA for a weekend. Admits learn about the Booth curriculum, tour Chicago neighborhoods, and have plenty of time to get to know their future classmates. 

It takes lots of planning to make this happen, but fortunately we have a huge team of great volunteers. The students involved on the Admit Weekend Planning Committee take a “Co-Captain” role in a specific, key aspect of the Admit Weekend experience, from neighborhood and housing tours to partners’ programming.

Several of our Co-Captains offer reflections on their experiences and discuss why all admitted students should come to Admit Weekend!
--Matt Richman

John Choi
Volunteer and Operations Co-Captain

When I attended Admit Weekend last year as a prospective student, I was pleasantly surprised by the number of current student volunteers. It really spoke to Booth’s tight community and “pay-it-forward” mentality that is such a big part of Booth’s culture. I’ve definitely received a lot support from both my first year classmates and also the second years during my time at Booth, so I decided to join the planning committee to share this experience with the Admits. As the Operations Co-Captain, I work with over 200(!) student volunteers to ensure that the weekend runs smoothly and all your burning questions are answered. It’s a lot of planning and running around, but I have a lot of fun doing it. I hope you enjoy your Admit Weekend as much as I did and I look forward to meeting many of you!

Neha Poddar and Diego Ibarra
Student Fairs Co-Captains


Having missed out on the opportunity to attend Admit Weekend last year, we are both very excited to be a part of the Admit Weekend 2014 organizing committee and to experience it as volunteers. Admit Weekend is the entire Booth experience condensed into a couple of days and as the co-captains of the student fairs, we hope to provide the admitted students a flavor of student life at Booth. We’ve organized some great events that will give you a sense of all of the resources and opportunities available to students, including:

  • The Career Fair where co-chairs of the various career-focused groups at Booth answer questions about recruiting and professional development
  • The Student Life & Resources Fair (SLRF), which will showcase the different cultural, social, diversity, and sports groups at Booth and give you an opportunity to engage with current students and envision what your social life might look like at Booth
  • The Random Walk Fair, where you’ll learn about the far-flung destinations available to the Class of 2016. Click here to read about Booth’s Random Walk tradition!

It has been an incredible journey for us so far planning these fairs and we hope that you enjoy participating in them. We look forward to meeting you at the fairs!

Matt Riezman
Trivia and Events Co-Captain

My Admit Weekend experience confirmed for me all of the reasons why Booth was the best school for me. Admit Weekend gave me a great chance to experience the program and meet a lot of my future classmates, including my Admit Weekend squad mates, who are still some of my best friends at Booth. One of the highlights for me was the Booth Trivia Challenge. After a nail biter of a final round, my squad emerged victorious! Apparently, this qualified me to lead trivia this year (along with my sidekick Daniel!) Trivia is an awesome opportunity to learn more about Booth and Chicago in an exciting, challenging way. I can’t wait for you all to get here so we can try and stump you while having a lot of fun along the way. See you soon!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

NFL, MLB, the Food Network…and Big Data? A Uniquely Booth New York Media, Entertainment, and Sports Trek

Jeffrey Chao is a first year student at Chicago Booth. As an active member of the Media, Entertainment, and Sports Group (MESG), Jeffrey helped organize MESG’s New York Career Trek in January. Once upon a time in college, Jeffrey interned for Major League Baseball and the National Football League, and he was excited to revisit his old stomping grounds. Jeffrey was recently elected Co-Chair of MESG, and looks forward to helping plan events such as the Trek and the annual MESG Sports Symposium, which he attended this past November and wrote about here.

--Matthew Richman

College Jeff (top) and MBA Jeff (bottom) visit the NFL

Earlier this year, I teamed up with two other first year students, Maile Housel and Phil Caruso, to plan the Media, Entertainment, and Sports Group’s New York trek. These industries don’t follow a typical MBA recruiting cycle, making trek planning an exercise in persistence. However, we found that companies in these industries are increasingly looking for bright, ambitious MBA talent. In the end, we secured visits to six companies: Ticketmaster, Brooklyn Bowl, Food Network, Major League Baseball (MLB), National Football League (NFL), and Vox Media. Here are three key takeaways we learned from planning and attending our trek.

1. Network, network, network
Breaking into and succeeding in these industries involve a heavy dose of networking. We utilized all the connections that our expansive Booth network afforded to coordinate our company visits. Some of these contacts included the MESG’s alumni network at MLB and NFL, our collective pre-MBA networks, and a range of Booth alumni. For instance, Sergei Kuharsky ’88, General Manager at Food Network, hosted us for a “lunch and learn”, and Nilay Patel, a University of Chicago 2003 graduate, discussed with us his role as Managing Editor of The Verge, a popular technology news website operated by Vox Media.

The Trek group at the Food Network with Booth
alum Sergei Kuharsky '88
2. Data analytics is the future
At every firm we visited, data analytics were a prominent point of discussion. Representatives from Ticketmaster’s ticketing department talked about utilizing dynamic pricing to combat secondary market sales, while NFL employees discussed quantifying success of its marketing efforts in areas like community relations and corporate sponsorship. Dan Darien, Vice-President of Research and Strategic Planning at MLB, touched on advanced pricing strategies and better understanding of consumer habits through television and digital media data. Hearing about the importance of data analytics made me glad that I secured a spot in this spring’s Sports Analytics class with renowned professors and sports enthusiasts John Huizinga, Tobias Moskowitz, and Kevin Murphy.  Booth has a number of other classes on the cutting edge of analytics and data-driven marketing, such as Data Mining and Managerial Decision Modeling, that help prepare us for internships and jobs.

Ticketmaster corporate visit

3. “A recipe without a story isn’t fun”
When Sergei Kuharsky spoke about how Food Network became one of the most successful cable networks on air today, he philosophized, “A recipe without a story isn’t fun.” Forging a career in media, entertainment, or sports requires hard work, intelligence, and—as all of the people we met with will readily admit—a little bit of luck. But the payoff is a fun job with fun stories. On our trek, we listened to live music while knocking down pins at Brooklyn Bowl, admired all 47 Super Bowl rings prominently displayed in the NFL’s lobby, and checked out Vox Media’s secret gaming cave hidden behind an ordinary bookshelf.

The group poses with the Lombardi Trophy at the NFL

The Trek was a great opportunity for those of us with a passion for the intersection for sports and business to meet the Booth community in these fields, including both the alumni network and our current classmates (and hopefully future colleagues). This Trek, coupled with all the MESG events I’ve attended and specialized classes on the horizon, made me realize how critical my Booth experience will be in shaping my future career path. I’m excited to help facilitate these experiences as MESG Co-Chair next year!

Trek participants at Burger Joint, a “secret” burger place
hidden in Le Meridian Hotel

Monday, March 3, 2014

How to Plan a Booth Career Trek in Five Easy Steps: West Coast Marketing Edition

My name is YaoYao Wang and I’m a first-year MBA at Booth.  This past quarter I helped organize a West Coast Marketing Trek for my classmates over Winter Break.  The trip provided great opportunities for Booth students to get a leg up in internship recruiting, get to know the great companies which hire Booth talent, and spend some quality time with classmates.  As I found out, organizing a trek is hard work, but a rewarding way to engage with the broader Booth community and give back to your classmates.  Here are my five easy steps for organizing a trek:

1.       Decide where you want to go and why
In the weeks leading up to Winter Break, first-years are faced with many difficult decisions: go home for break, relax in Chicago, go on the Ski Trip, or go on one of the many career treks for future bankers, venture capitalists, marketers, retailers, techies, and entrepreneurs. As part of the Chicago Booth Marketing Group, my classmate Joanna Wung and I were excited to lead the West Coast Marketing Trek.   While the Marketing Group had traditionally offered an annual Brand Week on the East Coast, and the annual Tech Trek visited large tech companies on the West Coast, we felt that we could offer something to first-years that was a combination of the two. Since Joanna and I are both originally from California, we knew that we could show our classmates around while also pursuing our professional interests in marketing.

2.       Learn Trek best practices from the experts!
Joanna and I met with Anna Sukenik, one of the Marketing Group Co-Chairs who had led the previous year’s Brand Week, to learn how to organize a trek. This was just the beginning of many helpful interactions we would have with the second years. We also met with various members of the Career Services team to learn about their experiences with Career Treks, their resources and where they could help us. We learned that the alumni network is a great place to start reaching out to people. It was great to get support from so many Booth resources who could give us the benefit of their expert experience.

Trek participants at a SF alumni
networking event
      3.       Get companies signed up!
Our goal was to get companies to set aside some time for us to tour their offices, speak with alumni and current employees, and listen to a company presentation. We created a target list of CPG, food and beverage, pharmaceutical, tech, and retail companies with marketing roles to visit and split up the research to contact alumni. On our radars were some of the largest and most well-known tech companies and mega-retailers, but also some smaller, niche consumer companies. We were amazed by the willingness of Chicago Booth alumni to help out with our trek, even though we had never met any of them before. Some even referred us to their friends at other companies so we could visit them as well! Such a strong showing was a testament to the power of the Booth network.

      4.       Get classmates signed up!
With a list of companies we were working with in hand, we set out to get trek attendees. Joanna and I publicized the trek to our classmates via email blasts and word-of-mouth, thinking that a week in California wouldn’t be too hard to sell to anyone. We got a great group of first-years interested in careers in marketing at California-based companies who were excited to pound the pavement during their Winter Break.

5.       Go on the trek!
Ok, so maybe I skipped a couple of steps (and massive amounts of emails) here but I learned that you can plan out every single minute and still forget some detail. For example, one company had an enormous campus and we ran around trying to find our way out of the maze.  As a result we had to rush to our next meeting. The best you can do in a situation like that is use your best judgment and roll with the punches.

The Trek group outside Google, one of the companies on the Trek
While there are hundreds of companies that give us the convenience of recruiting on-campus with job postings and interviews on-site, there are hundreds more that want to hire Booth MBAs. The trek taught me the importance of reaching out to companies for off-campus opportunities. With so many great resources at our disposal – including second years, student groups, Career Services, and of course the Booth alumni network – the sky’s the limit for our professional goals.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Accelerating Your Emerging Markets Career at the Booth Emerging Markets Summit

The Emerging Markets Summit (EMS) at Chicago Booth is a unique Booth-run conference that gathers professionals and MBA students from and with interests in Latin America, Africa, South Asia, China, Asia Pacific, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe under one roof.  The event showcases the amazing reach that Booth MBAs have into emerging markets-related careers. The Summit will be held on Saturday April 14, 2014 at the J.W. Marriot in downtown Chicago, and is open to the public.

One of the 2014 conference organizers is Ying Liu, a second-year MBA student at Booth.  Prior to Booth, she worked in management consulting, focusing on the Life Sciences industry.  In addition to helping to organize the EMS, she is a Co-Chair of the Public Speaking and Communications Group, and involved with the Emerging Markets Group.

In this interview, Ying shares why she got involved in planning the EMS, and why Booth is an amazing place to get an MBA for anyone interested in emerging markets business.
--Matt Richman

How did you get involved with the EMS?
I became involved with EMS last year when I received an email soliciting volunteers to help organize the Summit. The Summit is the only MBA conference of its kind uniting four regional conferences and one pan-regional conference under one roof.  The summit facilitates greater cross-cultural knowledge sharing between emerging market business leaders and has been a great way for Booth to differentiate itself as an MBA program focused on developing leaders for firms and institutions operating in any emerging market.  The EMS has significant support from the Chicago Booth administration which allowed us to fully leverage our reach to professors and alumni to make the experience as productive as possible for all attendees. I wanted to be involved in conference planning from the time I heard about the EMS, and took on marketing efforts to help promote the event. Due to my close involvement with EMS last year, I was tapped to lead the organization of this year’s event.

What was your experience at last year’s event?
Last year’s event was a great way to learn about the latest trends and issues in various regions of the world. Among a number of other outstanding topics, I attended a talk from a Managing Director at Nielsen on selling to consumers in Africa and heard the Minister of Foreign Affairs for Chile speak about foreign policy in business development. Over 450 students and professionals attended from around the world – it was such an exciting day! As a member of the planning committee, I also had the opportunity to attend dinner with several of the speakers the evening before and spoke with them in a much more intimate environment about doing business in emerging markets. As someone involved in planning the event, it was personally fulfilling to see all of our efforts come to fruition and receive so much positive feedback from attendees.

What can attendees expect from this year’s conference?
The conference this year will build on last year’s success by bringing in a number internationally-renowned speakers. We have confirmed several speakers, including the CEO of Condé Nast in Mexico and Latin America, a former first lady of Mexico, and the President of an energy firm in Africa. We are planning a CEO-panel which includes current and past CEOs of important firms. This year’s tracks focus on critical issues that matter to business leaders in each region, ranging from Investing to Sales & Marketing to Government-Business relations. In addition to building your knowledge and network in emerging markets business, the conference will give you a sense of how you might use a Booth MBA to launch your own career in this field.

How does the conference show some of the unique features about the Booth academic/networking experience?
The conference provides a unique opportunity for students to network among current students at other MBA programs, with top professors at Booth involved in emerging markets research, and professionals working in or with emerging markets. The Summit showcases Booth’s entrepreneurial drive as it is completely run by students and powered by the vast reach of Booth’s alumni network. In planning the EMS this year, Booth’s alumni network has been an incredible resource to help us to tap into executives working in emerging markets. For incoming students, I have heard from current first year students that the EMS was one of the key factors which led them to choose Booth, as the EMS really differentiates and confirms Booth’s foresight in frontier markets.

Any advice for applicants looking for careers in Emerging Markets?
Attend the 2014 Emerging Markets Summit to learn about hot topics in emerging markets and network with professionals from start-ups to large multi-nationals!  Also, definitely come visit campus and talk to any of the students involved with the EMS or any of the emerging markets-oriented student groups to hear about how their Booth MBAs have positioned them for great careers in their areas of focus.  We have a great community here that is eager to give back in the form of knowledge and advice, so ask away!  Visit the EMS webpage for more information, and I hope to see you there on April 14!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

A Day-In-The-Life: Investment Banking Interview Edition

First-year Jason Arican recently (and successfully) wrapped up recruiting for an investment banking summer internship.  One of the great strengths of Booth is the number of investment banks which recruit on campus for summer internships and full-time positions all over the US and the world.  This gives Booth students incredible access to firms and a one-stop-shop for internships, with the ability to interview at a number of firms all in one place over the course of a week in January.  Jason shares what the interview experience was like in one of his busier days, and reflects on the great preparation he got from his classmates, the Investment Banking Group, Career Services, and coursework at Booth.  For more on Jason's investment banking recruiting experience, check out his post on his Bank Week recruiting trek to NYC last quarter.
--Matt Richman

4:35 am: Unlike during Bank Week, I will not be hitting the snooze button today. Today is the first day of on-campus recruiting and, as much as I want to, there is no way I can go back to sleep.

4:50 am: I'm out of bed, so that's a solid start. Except now I am I just pacing back and forth across my living room, asking myself the same interview questions out loud and practicing my anticipated answers. I try to outsmart myself by asking a slightly different question, or challenging an answer with a tough follow-up. I pause and laugh at the thought of the proverbial fly on the wall observing a man who has seemingly been driven to madness.

6:56 am: I get a ride today from a fellow classmate who is also recruiting for banking. If all goes well, I will be invited back for final round interviews that take place either this week or next. For as much as this process has been a marathon, now we sprint.

7:50 am: My first interview is not until 9:30 am, so I set up shop in a group study room that a few friends and I have reserved for the day. When we arrived at Booth, students had the option of selecting a second-year student as a mentor and my mentor has been a tremendous help. Last week when we sat down for a mock interview, she gave me a ton of useful tips, including the importance of having a quiet space during interview week as a home base to decompress.  

9:15 am: I arrive at the Career Services wing of the Harper Center. The check-in desk is a bustling central nervous system of Career Services staff, some of whom are directing traffic, while others are doing last minute reviews of resumes and cover letters. I have always been so impressed with just how well-run Booth is. All the details matter, even down to the fact that interview rooms have reverse peep holes on the doors (yes, just like Seinfeld) so that you can look inside to see if an interview is currently in progress before knocking. Maybe I'm just easily impressed but I find that so cool.

9:30 am: For all the nerves that build up in the moments just before the interview, there is a calm and confidence that sets in as I get started. The stakes are high, yes, but we have spent almost a month in formal preparation and informally, we have been preparing for this moment since we arrived on campus in September. This interview in particular is case-based and it requires me to take everything I have learned about valuing a company and apply it to a theoretical scenario – the type of questions for which Booth classes prepare us so well. 

11:20 am: After my first interview, I go back to the study room to hang out with a few classmates and cram in some additional last-minute prep. As I head upstairs for my next interview, I feel the need to pick my energy up so I impulsively slap myself in the face. It gets the adrenaline pumping, but I slap myself a little too hard and now my ears are ringing. I am also worried about now having a red hand mark on the side of my face. This is bad, but I suppose I will be lucky if this is the worst thing that happens to me today.

11:40 am: Mike Tyson once proclaimed, "Everyone has a plan-- until they get punched in the mouth." My next interview is going wonderfully, until I am knocked off guard by a tough finance question. I go blank. I have to pause for a moment and remember that these technical questions are not about getting the right answer, but more about showing how you reason through challenges. I think back to all of the technical mock interviews I had with my classmates, compose myself, and give it my best shot.

1:15 pm: My last interview of the day kicks off and ends up being a breeze compared to the others, and I’m thankful for that. 

1:45 pm: Afterwards, I walk out into the Winter Garden and chat with classmates. People are visibly relaxed at this point and the conversations are a lot more laid-back. We share notes, joke about our slip-ups and regrettable answers, or just try to talk about anything but interviews.

6:03 pm:  My heart jumps as my phone rings with an unfamiliar number on the screen.  I pick up and one of my interviewers from earlier in the day calls with the good news that I’ve been invited to a final round tomorrow in their Chicago office (the nice thing about attending business school in Chicago is that whether you are recruiting for Chicago or other cities, many of the interviews happen here). Can I drop everything to join them for a few hours downtown?  Absolutely.

In retrospect, I thought the day went well. As a class, we have spent hours and days together getting ready for this important phase in the business school time line. This has truly been a team effort in all aspects, ranging from second-year students who have been generous with their time and guidance, as well as the world-class team in Career Services. I am certain that, on the whole, we will all find the best internship for our goals.