MBA Interview Preparation

Interviews are a very important part of an MBA application. Most MBA programs require them, and if they are not required, they are recommended by the admissions staff.

The interview offers admissions committees the opportunity to access a candidate’s ability to verbally communicate who they are. It allows them to see a candidate’s charm, beyond their written expression, and the ability to think on their feet. Overall, a candidate should aim to behave in a manner that encourages conversation and open discussion, which requires practice. Here are a few guidelines to help candidates prepare for their interview.

  • Aim for consistency with the written application. Candidates should be sure to review essay questions prior to their interview and make sure their responses align with their written ones.
  • Research the school. You may even want to have knowledgeable questions in mind related to the school’s MBA program to ask the interviewer.
  • If you tend to be nervous in interview situations, find a way to relax yourself.
  • Be honest!
  • Be prepared to explain your weaknesses and make them strengths. Avoid the “I’m a perfectionist” line.
  • Support your answers with real-life examples.

In practice sessions with friends or co-workers or individually (ideally still aloud), practice the following themes:

College (and Grad School if applicable). Why did you attend the college you did? What was your experience like? How were your classes? Which ones in particular stand out? What were your college extracurricular activities?

Job. Why did you choose the job(s) you chose?

MBA. Why? Why now? Why at ___? Where else did you apply? What is your top choice? Where would you like to work in short and long term? What curriculum methods interest you?

General. Tell us about yourself, according to your resume. Where do you see yourself in five years? Why do you leave the house each day? What is your opinion on random business issues (ethics, current markets)? How would people describe you, including friends, co-workers, and supervisors? Describe your style of leadership and your approach to ethical questions. Describe your strengths and weaknesses. Rate yourself in terms of motivation, teamwork, organization, loyalty and work ethic. If money were not a concern, what would you do?