Oxford MFE and LBS MFA interviews

Analyst 1 in IB-M&A

Hey all. I've been invited to interviews for the Oxford MFE and LBS MFA programs. Obviously both will be online thanks to Corona. Does anyone have any experience with interviews for either of them? Any advice appreciated.

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Apr 3, 2020

Congrats

Apr 3, 2020
Analyst 1 in IB-M&A:

Hey all. I've been invited to interviews for the Oxford MFE and LBS MFA programs. Obviously both will be online thanks to Corona. Does anyone have any experience with interviews for either of them? Any advice appreciated.

Congrats on the interviews! Did you receive the invite via mail?

I applied for the MFE on 13 March and thought I would be notified by 3 April. However, I haven't heard back yet. Is this a silent rejection??

Thanks! Wishing you good luck for the interview.

  • Analyst 1 in IB-M&A
Apr 4, 2020

Thanks! I got the interview invite last Wednesday by email. I can't comment on whether you are being silently rejected, only extra info I can offer is that everyone has to book their interviews by the 6th according to the email I received.

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Apr 3, 2020

For Oxford, the interviews are more based on knowledge, friend got econ questions where as for the MFA it's much more motivational/fit.

Very much shows the difference in the program, one is focused on being academically rigorous whilst the other is focused on career placement.

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Ind
Apr 3, 2020

Not completely true. Oxford can ask technical questions + motivational OR purely motivational questions, as it solely depends on who interviews you (e.g. someone from the careers team or a professor). I don't have any strong data to support this, but my impression is that if they are unsure about your technical background, it is more likely that a professor will interview you (you should however still expect basic motivational questions).

LBS purely motivational/fit. Key difference is also that LBS interview is significantly longer, whereas Oxford is very short.

  • Analyst 1 in IB-M&A
Apr 4, 2020

Thanks for your input! Will have to probably refresh my econ knowledge a bit before the interview.

Apr 4, 2020

That's interesting, thanks for jumping in. I only had 1 data point for Oxford with only a friend from a UK target studying Econ (1st + strong GMAT) that got a very technical interview.

Apr 4, 2020

OP: Congratulations on your Admission Offers. You should really be proud of yourself, regardless of where you end up matriculating in the end.

Unfortunately, I cannot help you (and I apologize), as I haven't interviewed for either program. But the overall consensus here on this board is exactly as stated above by our peers.

However, would you possibly please be kind enough to (anonymously) share any applicant profile details (at least your GMAT Score maybe).

Would highly appreciate that.

Good luck with the interviews.

  • Analyst 1 in IB-M&A
Apr 4, 2020

Sure.

GMAT 740 (Q50/V41/IR:8/AWA:5); GPA:3.85/4; WE: 1 year FT at boutique m&a advisory firm.

Both my undergraduate university and current firm are well regarded in the CEE, but virtually unknown internationally

Apr 14, 2020

Thanks a lot. Highly appreciate it.

Good job on everything you mentioned! +++

Apr 4, 2020

I will be starting MFA this sep. Interview is laid back with an alum (from any of the programmes) I was interviewed by a MIM. Pure motivational questions. Make sure you can talk about why LBS , why this programme, why did you study at XX uni in your undergraduate. Also make sure to know well the MFA, which electives are you most keen on? and also LBS' clubs (choose 2, one social and one professional). Good luck!

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Apr 4, 2020

Congrats! Got an MFA invite as well this week, but don't know the exact date of the interview yet. People keep telling me that it is purely motivational/fit. Good luck!

May 4, 2020
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