How to prepare for your MBA interview?
The interview is usually the last step on getting acceptance on an MBA program. You don’t want to mess it here as you are really close to make it into your dream school! So how to succeed? Prepare for the most frequent questions!
Interviews are mostly about fit. The interviewer is assessing three things:
- Do you have a well thought out idea of what you want to do and why?
- Do you know why you want to come to school?
- Are you a someone who could “carry” the school’s name?
Remember that most school interviews are blind. This means that your interviewer doesn’t have access to your essays and will only have a copy of your resume (they might or might not have read it), so be prepared for questions related to your previous studies and work. The questions you might get asked might vary tremendously but there are 5 questions that we hear over and over again and that you should master:
5 most common MBA interview questions:
- Tell me about yourself
- Why do you want to do an MBA? Why now?
- Why did you choose this business school?
- What can you contribute to the class?
- How do you see yourself in 5 and 10 years?
If you have a weak spot in your application be prepared to explain it. Some questions you might get depending on your application are:
- Why does your resume show gaps in your work experience?
- Why did you perform poorly in undergraduate classes?
- Why did you decide not to retake the GMAT?
- Why didn’t you provide a recommendation from a direct supervisor?
Once you master the 5 most common continue practicing with this list of 20 frequently asked MBA interview questions:
- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
- What is your biggest regret?
- What are you passionate about?
- What is an activity you are involved in? Why is it important to you
- Tell me about a time you failed
- Describe an ethical dilemma faced at work?
- What would you do if not accepted?
- What are your long- and short-term goals? Why?
- Why did you choose your undergraduate major?
- How did you choose your job after college
- Discuss your career progression
- Give examples of how you have demonstrated leadership inside and outside the work environment
- It’s two years after graduation, what three words would your team members use to describe you
- Describe a situation where you brought an idea forward and it failed.
- Tell me about a time you had to deal with a conflict and how you handled it
- Tell me how a normal day in your job looks like
- Tell me about a time you acted as a leader in your job
- What other schools did you apply to? Which ones? Why?
- What do you like and don’t like about your current job
- How would your co-workers/family describe you?
Now that you know what are the most typical questions of an MBA interview it’s time to practice! Your real interview can’t be the first one. Practice makes the master, so organise a mock interview with a friend or mentor. You can find mentors who are second year student and alumni of the top b-schools to help you prepare your interview at MyMBACircle.com
Don’t forget to check our article “8 most common mba interview mistakes and how to avoid them” and to read some of our free resources!
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