MBA Admissions- Common Interview Questions

Every admissions interview is different, but there are some common questions that MBA applicants are often asked. To prepare for your MBA interview, read through these questions and think about how you would answer them.

* Why business school?
* Why did you decide to apply to this business school?
* What makes you stand out among other candidates?
* What can you contribute to our program?
* What are your expectations of this program?
* How do you plan to use your degree?
* Where do you see yourself in ten years?
* Can you walk me through your resume?
* Can you give me an example of a time that you demonstrated leadership?
* What is your definition of teamwork?
* What would you say is your biggest weakness?
* What are your greatest strengths?
* How would your colleagues describe you?
* What are your hobbies?

Tips to Asking & Answering Questions Effectively In Interview

1) Keep your answers short, but informative. Be prepared to offer a 4 to 6 line answer to every question. This is enough to share a few thoughts and to stimulate further discussion if the interviewer desires. Try to avoid simple yes and no answers or responding in monosyllables. Show interest in the questions and sincere thought in your responses.

2) Avoid sounding self-centered. Cite your achievements, but demonstrate an appropriate level of humility. When discussing professional accomplishments, acknowledge the help and support of your teammates, mentors, teachers and role models.

3) Don’t reveal insecurities. Accentuate the positive and don’t dwell on the weaknesses in your background or application. Don’t give any indication that you aren’t willing and able to meet the rigors of business school. Your job on the interview is to convince them you are the right candidate: they won’t believe it if you don’t sound sure of yourself.

4) Watch your tone. You’ll certainly be asked a few stressor questions that are designed to test your ability to handle conflict. Don’t get defensive. Your tone can be revealed in both the words you choose and your voice. Practice responding to difficult questions with a friend before the big day. It will help.

5) Listen carefully to the interviewer, no matter how nervous you are. Too many candidates ask questions at the end of their interviews on topics that we’ve already covered. Although you’ll be stressed during the interview, this isn’t acceptable. It simply confirms that you weren’t listening, which is the kiss of death for a business school applicant.

Questions You Should Ask the Interviewer

Successful candidates always ask questions at their interviews. In fact, the questions you ask reveal more about your suitability for business school than anything else. Here’s what your questions tell us:

a) How seriously you are thinking about the pragmatics of business school and how well you understand the school’s expectations
b) What is important to you: your own expectations
c) Your ability to connect general information to the school’s particular reality
d) How much research you did about the particular school
e) Your common sense and intellectual curiosity
f) Your energy level and communication skills
g) How well prepared you are (and will be in the future) for a business meeting
h) Your maturity level

General Rules for Asking Questions

a) Only ask about topics you genuinely care about. You want to appear sincere and interested, not desperate for something to say.

b) Research the topic thoroughly before mentioning it so that you can engage in a subsequent discussion. Prepare for your interview just as you would for an exam.

c) Make sure the answer isn’t obvious or has already been answered.

d) Ask the appropriate person. Faculty members can offer a better perspective on certain issues than business students and vice versa. Asking the department head about the social life on campus will be fruitless and embarrassing.

e) Watch your tone of voice and your body language. Many nervous applicants are unintentionally rude when they ask questions, which automatically puts off the interviewer. Be gracious and diplomatic in how you phrase your questions and reply to responses.

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