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I arrived 15 minutes before the scheduled time and had a chat with other participants of the group discussions. We were 5 in total, all males.
Then, we were invited to another room by the adcom representative. After we took our seats she gave a guideline on the discussion format. She took notes and kept time.
Each one of the participants made a brief introduction of his idea. Next, we selected one common idea and elaborated on it. Quite quickly we came up with a constructive idea and added some solid layer of details. Then, one of the guys made the presentation to the adcom rep.
I believe we were very productive as some other groups couldn’t even define their key idea properly. My opinion is that we were lucky to have people with similar professional background (consultants and finance guys) and who are used to make presentations and structure data. Also, everyone was playing it safe and was extra polite, smiling and supporting.
One-on-one interview was blind and lasted about 10 minutes. I was asked to share my feedback on the group discussion and walk through my resume. Then, I asked 2 questions about the school.
Overall, in my opinion, every participant performed well and tried to add some value to the discussion.
I had the interview in a coffee shop near the area where alumnus lives. The atmosphere was very relaxed and casual. The alumnus had graduated this year and had up to date knowledge about the school curriculum and activities.
The interview started from the typical “walk me through your resume” questions. (I sent him my resume two days before the interview). Then, he asked me to elaborate on some of the experiences that I described. The next parts were “why do you need Booth” and “why Booth needs you”. He also asked to describe in detail my short- and long-term goals. No grilling or particularly challenging behaviour questions.
At the end, I asked questions about his experiences in school and career choices. I wanted to finalize the interview after three questions, but he encouraged to ask more, so I came up with a few additional ones.
Overall, he seemed to be very friendly and even supportive. He told to let him know about the final results of the admission process.
The whole interview took slightly less than an hour.
My interview was on-campus with a second-year student (Admissions Fellow). It was 45 minutes long and blind, although the interviewer had reviewed my resume and made a few notes beforehand. The questions were pretty consistent with what other applicants have reported on this and other sites:
1) Why did you choose your undergraduate major?
2) How did you decide to work in the field you’re working in (different from what I studied)?
3) What made you move from Role X to Y (when I changed jobs)?
4) What are your long-term career goals?
5) Why do you feel you need an MBA now?
6) Why Chicago Booth?
7) Tell me about a situation when you had to navigate/resolve conflicts while working in a team setting?
The interview was conversational – not intimidating at all; other interviewees reported similar experiences. The questions were fair and while they were not unexpected, it didn’t feel like the interviewer was simply going through a list (unlike at another peer school I’ve interviewed at). The school/interviewers made a conscious effort to put candidates at ease before the interviews (the school had current students in the waiting area at all times, to chat with interviewees; most interviewers chatted about random stuff with candidates on their way to the rooms) – a nice touch.
Overall, a positive interview experience. Three things I would give the school specific props on: Organization, opportunity (to make your case), environment (a pleasant environment makes it harder to gauge what assessments are being made during the interview, but the lack of pressure does help most candidates avoid anxiety and put their best foot forward – a net positive in my book).
I met the assistant dean of admissions at the Hilton in midtown New York. Though the hotel was crowded, we had a quiet area. It was a blind interview, but she had my resume. She was prepared with a full sheet (front and back) of questions, and she wrote down almost everything I was saying. The interview took a full 30 minutes, as there were about 15 questions. What surprised me was that there were a lot of questions about times I had failed/times I had to overcome obstacles. I was more prepared to speak about my accomplishments so this took me by a bit of a surprise. Overall, it was a good conversation and she asked good followup questions to my answers. It seemed like the school genuinely wanted to know about me as a person and what made me different.
-Walk me through your resume
-Tell me about your international experiences
-Tell me about a time you had to overcome an obstacle working in a group and what you would do differently if you had to do it again
-Tell me about a time you had to persuade others
-Tell me about a time you had to persevere
-Tell me about a time you failed and what you learned
-What are the 3 top qualities you think a leader should have
-What are 3 qualities you look for in a business school
It was a resume-based interview, with the interviewer having no exposure to the other portions of my application. In addition to my resume, the interviewer had a sheet of questions with spaces to write answers/notes, and continued to make reference to the need to follow the sheet (my experience was more conversational than most of the other interviewees reported during subsequent discussion) Thus, the questions asked were:
-What is your story?
-What do you want to do, and why do you need an MBA to do it?
-Why does that MBA need to be from Fuqua?
-What will you contribute to the program? (I had spoken previously about Team Fuqua, so the interviewer framed this question as ‘What teams will you contribute to?)
Then, some behavioral questions:
-What is your greatest success, and your greatest failure?
-Tell me how you work as part of a team
Then I got about 5 minutes to ask my questions, and that was it. Fingers crossed!
I want to write about my interview experience as I have benefited from reading other people’s experience.
I had my interview over Skype and it lasted 30 minutes, with a sector consultant specialised in finance. Questions were all expected though communicating over Skype and not being able to sense the interviewer’s body language made me more nervous and affected some of my answers. I had no idea how it went afterwards and eventually received an offer.
Interview Questions （not in exact order)
- Why MBA, why now and what I am looking to gain from MBA
- Consideration on choosing an MBA
- My career plan
- What is my contribution to class
- Qualities that’d make me good at what I do in my future job
- What would I do if I can go back for half a day (exclude family/friends/volunteer related subjects)
- Leadership example when I didn’t have authority
- What do I consider leadership traits
- What are my values
- A situation where I thought differently from others and how I went about convincing others of my point of view
- Additional things to add (I had none)
At this point in the process and looking at other people’s experience, I am even more certain that anyone’s chances of getting into a good program depend on so many factors that are outside of our control, and the quality of my answers depends on my knowledge in many areas that cannot be prepared in a mere three months. Hence your fate in a way is decided even before you decide which school to apply to, so choose well, work hard and good luck, but don’t ever take a rejection seriously as it says nothing about your abilities.
My interview was held in the offices of MIT alumni and I was allotted 45 mins. I was the second interview of the day out of a total of 12 on the schedule.
My interviewer was friendly, but professional. While I felt like I connected with him during the interview and we had an easy conversation, I could not read him at all and have no idea what he thought about my answers. The probing follow-up questions made me feel like I wasn’t answering his original questions the right way.
The questions asked were:
- Any updates to your application?
- What do you think about MIT?
- Why did you change jobs from (company x) to (current company)?
- You have an offer from (current company) to return. Do you intend on taking it?
- Tell me of a time you received feedback and how did you respond?
- Tell me of a time when you had to mentor someone.
- Tell me of a time when others disagreed with you / when your opinions were challenged.
- Tell me of a time when you had to work with people not at your intellectual level.
I don’t remember the follow-up questions in more detail.
The interview portion only lasted 30 mins, which flew by. I spent the next 15 mins asking him about the future of Sloan. Throughout the interview, he either wrote on a notepad in front of him or on the iPad mini which, I presumed, showed my application/resume. What he wrote was in quite small text, and it did not make much sense to me (there were some key words and numbers in a corner).
INSEAD requires two interviews with alumni who live in your country of residence. I had to catch a short flight and managed to do both interviews in the same morning, last week. Here’s my report.
The first interview was with a director of a large petrochemical company. The interview took place at his office and was quite informal. He was around 40, quite busy, but very open and friendly. English is not our first language, so we chatted a bit in Portuguese to break the ice and then we started the interview in English. He asked me to talk about myself and my career and we talked about that for at least 30 minutes. Then the usual questions: why MBA, why INSEAD and what’s next (no ‘why now’ question). He asked me about other schools I had applied to and then we talked a bit on extracurricular activities, which is my weak point. He did not leave time for my questions, and I did not point it out.
On a whole, the interview took a bit more than one hour. He gave me his business card and asked to let him know about the result.
After a 15-min ride by taxi, I met my second interviewer (whom the first one knew). He is a former consultant and banker, and is now in PE, a bit more senior but nonetheless very friendly. The interview was conversational, covering the same standard topics but spotted with many questions challenging my professional path and my choices, my understanding of the industry I work in, my motivations and my language skills (I spoke mainly English and Portuguese, but also a bit Spanish and Italian).
After more or less one hour, he asked if I had questions, on which we spent 5 minutes. Once again, he gave his business card and asked to keep in touch.
In general, my point about INSEAD interviews is about confirming the good things you put in your essays. I also believe it is an acid test to check if you will integrate in the culture of the school and your maturity. As a result, it is very important to be sure and firm on your message, but also cool and friendly in your attitude.
The interview was held on campus, by a second year student and lasted about 45 minutes.
The interviewer created a very friendly atmosphere and started by talking about her background and experiences. She basically listened and made a few remarks about life at Tuck.
1. Tell me about you (I added “why MBA” and “why now” at the end of my answer)
2. Why Tuck?
3. Tell me about your teamwork experience.
4. Tell me about a difficult situation you have been through and how you handled it.
5. What legacy would you like to leave to the community at Tuck?
6. Questions for her
Overall, it was a pleasant day, except I was unable to visit a class since the students were taking their mid-terms. The staff was very friendly and I was able to talk to many students during the Q&A session and later at the cafeteria.
• Length: 1 hour (exactly) with 10 mins for questions, around 4 mins to prep for presentation and 2-3 mins to present
• Alum was very friendly and easy to talk to
• Alum had a list of questions LBS provided and he highlighted the ones he wanted to ask me about (there were probably 4 pages of questions and he asked me about 10-15)
• Tell me about your background
• Can you explain what you do in your daily work?
• What would your co-workers say is your leadership style?
• How do you show leadership at work?
• Mention a project where you have been a leader?
• How do you work with people from different cultures?
• What do your co-workers say is your weakness?
• How have you overcome this weakness?
• Why an MBA? (surprised this question came so late)
• Why LBS?
• Your study group is a team assigned to you, sometimes you won’t get a long with a person and sometimes a person will not do all the work they are meant to do. How would you handle this situation?
• Tell me a time when you faced adversity or failed as a leader
• What have you done to not repeat this error?
Telco is a British retailer that is facing limited growth. The CEO has proposed creating a new tablet, the ‘Hudl’, that will be affordable and target the 75% market in England that does not have tablets. Do you think that this is an innovative idea? Should Telco pursue this venture?
The interview was held off-campus, in a company building owned by an alumnus, in Sao Paulo / Brazil. It was part of a full day of interviews organized by the department of admissions, and lasted about 50 minutes.
My interviewer was an alumnus that graduated more than two years ago. He created a friendly atmosphere and conducted a very conversational interview. He began by providing me with some of his background and experiences. I was asked just a few basic questions, to which he added some comments and personal remarks. The questions asked were as follows:
1. Walk me me through your resume
2. Why MBA? Why now?
3. Why Booth?
5. Questions for him