February 27, 2015

Building community through GBSA

Jaclyn Agui (photo: seated, right) is a first-year student in the full-time MBA program

Weatherhead provides many resources and events for students of all programs to participate and be involved, which in effect builds a sense of community. It is because of this community that as I progress in my first year of the MBA, I grow passionate about what this school has to offer and want to find a means to contribute to the development and change of this organization for the future. Participating in the campaigns for the Graduate Business Student Association (GBSA) was one way that I and a number of my classmates felt would make a valuable impact on this university.

I myself ran for the position of VP Marketing within a team slate. Other positions to run for included: President, Executive Vice President, VP Academic Affairs, VP Finance, VP Operations and VP Social Activities. Voting week displayed all the effort and time that all candidates put into their campaigns. Quality campaigns were promoted in the form of videos, personal in-class presentations, posters and flyers and even paper fortune tellers.

During this week, one day is specifically scheduled for presentations and debates from the running candidates. I enjoyed the chance to listen to my fellow competitors explain their ideas and vision for a better program. A common trend was noted in each of our speeches: We all are reaping many benefits from Weatherhead, that to be able to make a positive change, while building a more diverse community, is a rewarding opportunity. I felt that these elections provided a chance for students of different programs to get to know each other better and encouraged more communication about what students want to see changed from their school and program.

I was fortunate to have been elected as vice president of marketing alongside all my team slate members. We had a great time working together and an even better time meeting and connecting with other students. Moving forward we want to continue emphasizing the importance of supporting our school and overall work to improve the student experience.

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February 20, 2015

Prepare For Job Interview Success with Weatherhead's CMO

Kate Banahan, associate director of career and employer development for Weatherhead's Career Management Office (CMO), sat down with Mark Sawaya, first-year MBA student who secured an internship offer with McKinsey & Co. for summer 2015. Mark discussed with Kate what helped him prepare for a successful interview process.

Mark Sawaya, first-year MBA student

What did you do to ensure you were ready for your first round of interviews?

After meeting with advisors in the Career Management Office (CMO) I was able to assess that I needed more practice with case-style interview questions. The CMO team taught me how to structure my response and organize my questions. They also encouraged me to create a schedule of when I was going to practice cases, as I had a month to prepare before my first interview. By the time of the interview I had practiced roughly 50 cases.

Was there something the CMO office provided that you did not expect?

As prepared as you can be with case and behavioral questions, if your body language does not exude focus and positivism your message won't be communicated effectively. The CMO team was able to help me with my overall presentation, which, in turn, gave me confidence going into the interview process.

What other resources did you use to prepare?
  • CaseInterviews.com: Victor Cheng's videos are extremely helpful, and you can sign up for daily emails with tips on how to approach different case formats.
  • Company website: I looked beyond the homepage and read every recent news article. I made sure I knew how the firm was structured, along with the company history.
  • Glassdoor.com: Glassdoor gave me insight into some of the questions that the firm asked in previous interviews.
  • Weatherhead alumni: last, but definitely not least, the alumni I connected with were instrumental in providing information on the consulting field and how to effectively prepare for my interviews.

What advice do you have for your classmates?
  • Will is everything. If you really want something you will find as many resources as possible.
  • Be ready for surprises. I prepared for every case question with a piece of scratch paper, and in my final interview they asked me to talk through my solution while the interviewer took notes. It's essential to stay composed and adapt.
  • Follow up after the interview. It's important to reach a point where your contacts really know you, and it takes initiative to have that type of relationship.​

February 13, 2015

Hit the Jackpot at Weatherhead’s Casino Night Benefit!

Al DiFranco is director of student experience at Weatherhead. The Student Experience Office is available to assist all Weatherhead students with finding opportunities for involvement in clubs, tickets for local events, and connecting to the best resources on campus for your needs. Follow Al on twitter @adifranco77

Don’t we all love a great party? Weatherhead’s spring semester is highlighted by an exciting night of gaming, dancing, networking and raising money for Weatherhead student scholarships at our annual Casino Night Benefit. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, February 21.

Students, faculty, staff, alumni and prospective students gather in formal attire to enjoy an evening out on the town. This year’s event takes place in the beautiful lobby of the Marriott at Key Center in Downtown Cleveland.

While we cannot play casino games for real money, we do offer a creative way to win some cool prizes! Guests use “play money” provided for them at the door as part of the night’s festivities. That money is redeemed for chips to play blackjack, roulette, poker and craps. At the end of the night, those chips are redeemed for raffle tickets that are then entered for prize packages featuring gift certificates to local restaurants, tickets to sporting events, the Dean’s parking spot for a week, box seats to commencement and more.

One of the highlights of our recent Casino Nights has been our Faculty Auction. Some of our faculty and staff donate “interactive experiences” to share with whomever bids the highest dollar amount. Last year, some of the packages went for hundreds of dollars, including dinner at the home of Professor JB Silvers and a night out at the races with Associate Dean Simon Peck.

Last year’s event attracted nearly 300 people and raised more than $5,000 for Weatherhead student scholarships. Scholarship aid is critical for the Weatherhead School of Management to attract the best and brightest for our outstanding management education programs.

Register now for this year's Casino Night Benefit.