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Jul 9, 2014

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This Week's Top Story - A Champion Hot Dog Eater on How She Aces Corporate Job Interviews

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A Champion Hot Dog Eater on How She Aces Corporate Job Interviews

Meredith Boxberger, who finished fifth last week in Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, will complete her MBA at Michigan State next year

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This week in MBA Express

“I felt fine after.”

That’s how competitive eater (and MBA student at Michigan State University’s Broad College of Business) Meredith Boxberger described her emotional and digestive state after scarfing 18 hot dogs in 10 minutes at the annual Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Competition in Coney Island, NY on July 4. She finished fifth in the women’s division.

Beyond being a quirky icebreaker, Meredith’s hobby helped her get a great corporate internship (in the food industry, of course). In a revealing Q&A, she talks about how doing something a little weird in your spare time can be great job interview fodder.

Also this week:

How a B-school with no U.S. undergraduates landed at the top of the Department of Education’s priciest college list, and what the goof says about government data on schools; The University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business has an alumni engagement problem. Their solution? New research to predict which students will end up wealthiest; A Georgia B-school is launching an online business degree to steal career-minded but undereducated professionals from for-profit degree mills; A leadership skill you didn’t even know you were missing: read about what altrocentrism is and why you need it; Your millennial work bestie might not like you as much as you think — research shows young professionals like getting chatty at work but would sacrifice friendship for a promotion.

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