Toronto MathFin MMF U of T 2014 Application

ranav

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Kumako, when did you get the interview invite and when did you submit the application?
 

Canuck

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C++ Student
Good luck guys!
Don't worry if you haven't got an interview yet I got one on March 8 and got an admit.
Also don't stress too hard over the interview, they're mostly behavioral questions with a mix of technical ones depending on your background.
 

back to school

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Good luck guys!
Don't worry if you haven't got an interview yet I got one on March 8 and got an admit.
Also don't stress too hard over the interview, they're mostly behavioral questions with a mix of technical ones depending on your background.
Thx, Mike.
MMF has a earlier deadline Dec 18th for 2o14 intake vs. Jan ## for 2013 intake, so I expect the interviews will be done earlier as well....end Feb till early Mar compared to early Mar till Mid Mar last time. I am kind of worried now.......
 

Canuck

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C++ Student
Thx, Mike.
MMF has a earlier deadline Dec 18th for 2o14 intake vs. Jan ## for 2013 intake, so I expect the interviews will be done earlier as well....end Feb till early Mar compared to early Mar till Mid Mar last time. I am kind of worried now.......
You never know what's going on, just stay positive and do your best!

I remember stressing out over my internship interviews, the feeling is just horrible. Application after application, interview after interview...
Then I get an offer to intern at an asset manager in London that I interviewed for in August, while getting take out at a Thai restaurant (you'll come to know it well when you get to MMF) with two friends!
And now here I am in the UK visiting Buckingham Palace, St Paul's Cathedral, Mayfair, Soho, and also working really hard.

My point is you never know what life will throw at you, good or bad. A friend at MMF gave me some great advice: don't worry about the things you can't control and just do your best (incidentally he is one of the most successful students in the program).
Of course it's much easier said than done, but then again anything worth doing in life is just that.

Just keep swimming bud, it's difficult and painful but it will pay off in the end!
 

Mariaaaaaaa

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You never know what's going on, just stay positive and do your best!

I remember stressing out over my internship interviews, the feeling is just horrible. Application after application, interview after interview...
Then I get an offer to intern at an asset manager in London that I interviewed for in August, while getting take out at a Thai restaurant (you'll come to know it well when you get to MMF) with two friends!
And now here I am in the UK visiting Buckingham Palace, St Paul's Cathedral, Mayfair, Soho, and also working really hard.

My point is you never know what life will throw at you, good or bad. A friend at MMF gave me some great advice: don't worry about the things you can't control and just do your best (incidentally he is one of the most successful students in the program).
Of course it's much easier said than done, but then again anything worth doing in life is just that.

Just keep swimming bud, it's difficult and painful but it will pay off in the end!
Thanks, Mike!
Do you have any advice on how to prepare for the on-site interview?
 

Tuna

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Mike! Any tips for the written assessment they send for international students?
 

Canuck

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C++ Student
Thanks, Mike!
Do you have any advice on how to prepare for the on-site interview?
The on-site interview is quite long (happy mine was off-site/skype).
I remember someone telling me that they had to do a short presentation (on some generic subject) beyond that it's the standard behavioral and technical questions depending on your background.
 

Canuck

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C++ Student
Mike! Any tips for the written assessment they send for international students?
The written assessment tests really basic undergrad math knowledge, if you did well in undergrad you'll do fine.
There is also a small coding component and a brain teaser but both of these are simple and not nearly as important as the maths section.
 

Tuna

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Thanks Mike:)

But like what part of undergrad? Real /Complex Analysis? Linear Algebra? Calculus? Diff eqns?

and what if say uve done C++ and they ask Matlab? how're u to code then? or do they ask depending on the language u mentioned u know on ur Resume?
 

Canuck

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C++ Student
Thanks Mike:)

But like what part of undergrad? Real /Complex Analysis? Linear Algebra? Calculus? Diff eqns?

and what if say uve done C++ and they ask Matlab? how're u to code then? or do they ask depending on the language u mentioned u know on ur Resume?
All the required knowledge mentioned on the website is fair game, if you got an A in ODE's and linear you better know what an integrating factor and an eigenvector are respectively.
If you know C++ matlab code is close enough that you'll get it (this was my case).
Also the requirements specifically state that for the more theoretical stuff (measure spaces, analysis) "general knowledge" is the only thing required, common sense will tell you that they probably won't ask you to prove something on the spot but you could be asked for the epsilon-delta definition of a limit.
Remember that this is an applied masters!
The interview will also be reflective of your background. If you wrote a paper or did an in-depth project there could be questions on those things.

Finally here's some great advice that I got over coffee from an HR consultant.
A thing that applicants lose sight of (in job and school applications) is that they are dealing with rational human beings (for the most part :) ) . When wondering what questions you'll get asked use your common sense. If on the job or school application/website/info-sheet, there are words like "required" and "highly recommended" beside subjects this is most likely what you'll get asked about. Be honest with yourself and really evaluate whether or not you know and understand those "required" and "highly recommended" things. If not then go over them till you do, if so then you're probably prepared anyway!

They're not going to ask you to prove Fermat's last theorem or how to cure cancer. They're going to ask you about subjects required for the role/program and subjects that you claim to know, to test your aptitude and your honesty respectively.
 

AlexYYoon

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Hi guys,

I still haven't received any emails. Does this mean I got rejected for good?
Big Sad Face.... :(
 

Kumako Q

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I saw an AD on Tracker... I think they start to send out offers ...
 
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