How This 4 Video Interview Process is Going to Work
Matt has registered for and is going to take the Veritas Prep Live Online Twice Per Week (6 Total Weeks) GMAT prep course. We are going to interview him before he begins the Veritas Prep GMAT prep course; after he completes week 3 of the prep course, after he completes week 6 of the prep course, and after he receives his GMAT results. For each interview, we will be conducting a video interview for you to watch, but we will also provide you with Matt’s written responses within the ‘Interview Written Responses’ section of the corresponding interview blog article. However, we highly recommend that you watch the video interviews!
Interview Written Responses (Interview 1 of 4)
1) Matt, please give us a brief background of you, both professionally and personally
My name is Matt, and about five years ago I graduated college with my Bachelor’s and Master’s in Accounting, and passed the CPA exam. I live in the Midwest where I previously worked at a large public accounting firm for about 3 years. I currently work for a large public company in the manufacturing industry and have been there for about 2 years now. In my current role, I prepare required quarterly and annual SEC filings, governmental compliance filings, and review external presentations.
Personally, I am an avid runner. I am in the midst of training for my first marathon. I also really enjoy the outdoors, and frequently go hiking, camping, fishing, and go four wheeling in my Jeep. I think that pretty well sums me up.
2) What led you to decide to pursue an advanced graduate degree?
I wanted to further my career, and I found out the best way to do that is either with an MBA or possibly a PhD. With an MBA, it would allow me to traverse outside the boundaries of accounting, and get an in-depth look at Marketing, Strategy, Supply Chain, and a number of different areas important to the success of a large global manufacturing Company. With a PhD, I would be pursuing a passion of mine in teaching. I student taught and did a lot of tutoring in college, and loved helping the students figure out accounting fundamentals and grow professionally. In order to get either an MBA or a PhD, I know I need to take the GMAT.
3) Based on your desired universities, what GMAT score are you looking to obtain?
I would like to obtain something in the 650 to 750 range. If I decide to pursue a PhD, it’s going to have to be a high score.
4) What are you most fearful of related to taking the GMAT?
Right now the verbal part of the exam. I haven’t visited grammatical concepts and rules since high school and early college. Also, I need to refresh on some of the math concepts I haven’t used in a while, like geometry and algebra.
5) Going into this GMAT preparation phase, on a scale of 1-10, how familiar are you with the content and concepts tested on the GMAT?
Honestly, like a 4. I’m not very familiar within the GMAT content or concepts.
6) What are your expectations of the Veritas Prep GMAT prep course prior to taking the course?
To teach me the exam format and structure; some tips and tricks to help me better dissect the questions; and a good refresher on concepts I haven’t visited since high school and college.
7) You’re taking a Veritas Prep online prep course that meets twice per week for six weeks. How important is it to you that you have such a flexible prep course, and why?
Exteremely important! I have a pretty busy life with the demands of work, training for a full marathon, finding time for friends, enjoying myself, and all the other little things in life. Flexibility is key!
8) Does it concern you at all that you are not meeting in a live in-person setting, and why?
To be honest, a little bit. I’ve done self study courses for the CPA exam, but never a live on-line prep course. I’m not too sure how the interaction and the accessibilities of instructors will be, so it does concern me a little.
9) What do you think is going to be your biggest struggle during the prep course process and how are you planning to overcome that?
Finding time to complete all the required material in an already busy schedule, but that is going to be a function of me continuing to prioritize everything. I’ve always been a planner, so taking more time on the front end to realistically plan my week will overcome this.
10) On average, how much time per day do you anticipate you will have to spend preparing for the GMAT over the next 6 weeks in order for you to obtain your desired score?
A couple of hours is what I am estimating. Now, that may mean having to double down on a night where I’m free because I’m tied up a different night.
11) Lastly, we’ll ask you this question now and we’ll ask it again after this process is all over. Do you think you would have a good chance of obtaining your desired GMAT score if you were to just self prep (i.e. just use study guides) as opposed to taking a prep course?
Not to be overconfident, but I think I could do pretty well with just using the study guides as opposed to the online prep course, but I don’t know if I would be able to score as high as I would like to. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.