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January 2017

MBA Community:


Happy New Year! Most people set goals for the new year that take time to accomplish. The Richmond MBA surpassed its goal to enroll 15 new students for spring 2017 only nine days into the new year, when 17 students joined the program – the largest January cohort ever.

In this month’s newsletter, you will read about these exceptional students and get a glimpse into two aspects of The Richmond MBA experience that go beyond the classroom (which, perhaps, helps explain the recruiting success we have enjoyed!).

First, our Mentor Program connects students with alumni and community leaders who share their experiences and insights into career management.  In this issue, we profile Reid Carter, owner of Growlers To Go, who currently is mentoring two students as part of his latest entrepreneurial endeavor.

Second, the MBA Dinner Series uses a casual setting away from campus to connect students with experts who collaboratively discuss an important topic of mutual interest.  The December dinner focused on design thinking. In attendance were seven luminaries of innovation and design who shared with students their experience and insights – including the story of how one originated the idea of Frappuccino.   

The Richmond MBA strives to offer a full-time experience in a part-time format.  Thank you to all who help us make this ambitious goal possible. And to those who help spread the word.   


Randy Raggio
Associate Dean
Robins School of Business

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Career Corner with Tom Kemp, Executive in Residence

Over the last few weeks I have met with students preparing for behavioral interviews.  Unlike traditional or informational interviews, a behavioral interview is used for individuals with prior work experience who are seeking a move into a more senior position, technical role, or promotion.  The theory behind behavioral interviewing is that the most accurate predictor of future performance is past performance in a similar situation.

In a behavioral interview, an employer has decided what skills are needed in the person they hire and will ask questions to find out if the candidate has those skills. Instead of asking how you would behave, they will ask how you did behave. The interviewer will want to know how you handled a situation, instead of what you might do in the future.

Simply stated, the questions give the candidate an opportunity to share concrete examples of what they have done that helped them to be successful in their job.

I’ve attached an article by Alison Doyle that presents what people can do to prepare for a behavioral interview, and the sort of questions one may encounter.

Finally, in a behavioral interview, I believe it is important to stay calm. Try not to give them the answers you think they want.  Instead, respond with honest, real-life situations that you experienced in your work.  Those are the best answers.  Try to enjoy the challenge. Nervousness just messes up your thinking and leads to second-guessing yourself.

To contact Tom, visit him in the Robins School of Business, office 122. His office hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3-6 p.m. You can also reach him by email at

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