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The UCLA Anderson MBA Admissions Interview: A Special Guest Post from ‘My Journey to Business School’

Anderson_SchoolThe following is a guest post from Vandana about her UCLA Anderson MBA admissions interview that was originally published on the My Journey to Business School blog. For more insights and stories from Vandana, follow the My Journey to Business School blog

I just finished my Skype interview with a 2nd year student at UCLA Anderson. It was super friendly and the interviewer really put me at ease before we started. I think the interview went well. Keeping my fingers crossed. I have a good feeling about Anderson – I hope Anderson feels the same way about me.  :D

As for interview questions, they were pretty standard:

1) Walk me through your resume.

2) Tell me about a time you led a team. [I probably could have used a better example here - he asked me multiple follow-up questions on how I did what I did.]

3) Why MBA? Why now?

4) Why UCLA Anderson? [When I mentioned interacting with current students/alumni, the interviewer asked for specific names of students I connected with. It turned out that one of the students I talked to was a close friend of the interviewer!]

5) Plan B if my current goals do not materialize

6) Leadership Style

7) What do you do outside of work?

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Columbia MBA Admissions Interview Questions: Early Decision / Alumnus / Off Campus

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The following is an interview report provided by an early decision Columbia MBA applicant, who shares their Columbia MBA admissions interview questions: 

From the list of Ambassadors that the school provided, I chose an alum that had a similar background than mine (finance/M&A in the infrastructure sector).
We met at a local coffee shop (São Paulo, Brazil) and the interview was very informal. This environment was crucial to break the ice. He was more concern if I was enjoyable rather than testing me. The interview went as follows:

1. Give me your 5-minute pitch (another version of the “walk me through your resume” question).
2. Why MBA?
3. Tell me more about your latest Project and your role in it.
4. Why Columbia? How will your Columbia experience look like? 
5. What do you want to do post-MBA?
6. What is your plan B career? – He asked me that since my goal is to return to Private Equity, and it is a very selective field, even for MBA students.
7. Tell me about a ethical dilema you faced at work.
8. Do you have any questions?

In every question he wanted to make sure to get into details. He said he was more curious than testing if I was consistent with my speech.

For more Columbia MBA admissions interview questions, check out our Columbia Interview Reports Archive!

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The Chicago Booth MBA Admissions Interview: A Special Guest Post from Naija MBA Gal!

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The following is a guest post from Naija MBA Gal summarizing her Chicago Booth MBA admissions interview that was originally published on her blog. Naija MBA Gal is a consultant specializing in risk assurance at one of the big consulting firms, and she is aiming to get into a top 10 business school this year. You can follow Naija MBA Gal’s application journey on her blog

I had an amazing interview with Booth!!! And I am super busy at work trying to make up for the three hours I took off work yesterday.  But it is totally worth it.

The interview was supposed to start by 2pm, my interviewer and I had agreed to meet at a restaurant half way between our offices. About, one hour to the time, we had to reschedule for a slightly later time but that wasn’t an issue.

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Harvard MBA Admissions Interview Questions: Round 1 / AdCom / On Campus

A recent applicant shared their Harvard MBA admissions interview questions with us:

The interview started with some break-the-ice conversation, and she asked for my impressions about a new part of the campus tour.

She mentioned that her colleague in the room had only seen my resume but nothing else and asked me to introduce myself.  We then progressed through a series of questions:

Why [Ivy League undergraduate institution] for undergrad?

Why did I pick my major?

What was it like getting interviewed for [your first employer]?  Give me an overview of the hiring process.

I saw a few lower grades on your transcript?  What context can you provide on that?  She expressed knowledge that she knew I was in a competitive major and that courses weren’t graded on a curve.

What would [your first employer] say about strengths/weaknesses?

Why did you transition to [your current employer]?

Why do you want to get an MBA?

When did you have trouble working in an interdisciplinary group?

What accomplishment are you most proud of?

Have I kept up with my singing and music [I had a lot of involvement in that in college]?

What would you like us to ask you?

For more reports with Harvard MBA admissions interview questions, see our Harvard Interview Reports Archive

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The Northwestern Kellogg MBA Admissions Interview: A Special Guest Post from GrantMeAdmission!

The following is a guest post from GrantMeAdmission that was originally published on the GrantMeAdmission blog. For more insights, advice, and stories about business school applications, follow the GrantMeAdmission blog and twitter feed

Hey everyone, today I will be reviewing my interview with Kellogg. As many of you already know, I applied to only Tuck last year, as I loved the school. I was subsequently put on the wait list (until August). I am determined that this year will be different!

As I was looking at different schools, many friends, mentors and readers recommended for me to check out Kellogg while I was choosing schools to apply to. I am sure glad I did… Kellogg is amazing and totally synonymous with who I am and where I want to end up in my career.

I hope you enjoy this interview recap and find it helpful (also make sure to subscribe on my main page to get automatic updates on my progress and TEMBA’s HBS interview recap!!!)

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The Dartmouth Tuck MBA Admissions Interview: A Special Guest Post from GrantMeAdmission!

The following is a guest post from GrantMeAdmission that was originally published on the GrantMeAdmission blog. For more insights, advice, and stories about business school applications, follow the GrantMeAdmission blog and twitter feed

Hey everyone, today I will be reviewing my interview with Tuck. As many of you already know, I applied to only Tuck last year, as I loved the school. I was subsequently put on the wait list (until August). Last year was brutal. I applied in October, wait listed in December and waited until August for my rejection.

As I get ready for interview tomorrow at Kellogg, I wanted to review my second (and hopefully final) interview with Tuck. (also make sure to subscribe on my main page to get automatic updates on my progress!!!)

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Yale SOM MBA Admissions Interview Questions: Round 1 / Off Campus

A recent applicant provided us with their Yale SOM MBA admissions interview questions:

I feel a little strange as interviewer didn’t ask me any behavioral questions, just simply ask me my background and future development plan. Most of the time he’s listening to my stories

Key questions asked: 

- How do you know about Yale? What kind of connection do you have with Yale?

- What’s your future plan?

- How do you think you can make change in the energy industry in future?

- What specific energy sector you want to work in? Coal, nuclear, wind power?

- Why you didn’t apply for joint degree program with School of Forestry and Environment?

- What did you do in spare time?

- Any questions you want to ask me?

- Anything else you want me know?

For more Yale SOM MBA admissions interview questions, read our Yale SOM Interview Reports Archive!

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Yale SOM MBA Admissions Interview Questions: Round 1 / Second Year / On Campus

Here is a summary of the round 1 Yale SOM MBA admissions interview questions from an applicant who recently interviewed at Yale:

The interview went well. They are really focused on the 30 min constraint. Anyhow, mine was with a second year who had a background in finance (leveraged buyout) and who is heading to Goldman after Yale. Blind interview, he only had my resume. All around I think it went well, I didn’t stumble over any questions and my only concern (albeit now growing larger the more I think about it) is we didn’t really talk about my extracurriculars (soccer or mentoring). 

Questions:

1)   Tell me about your role as a Director at [company] (open ended question)

2)   Tell me about a time you failed

3)   Tell me about your short term goal

4)   Long term goal?

5)   Quizzed me on [company product] for a long time (at first it was as if he was trying to call my bluff [if i were in fact bluffing] but then it really became a conversation about industry trends in general). The trick to this one was to be succinct which is difficult bc I do have so much to say. 

6)   Why an MBA? Why now? Why Yale?

7)   Plan B if MBA doesn’t work out (wanted to make sure I had thought it out)

8)   Anything you wish I had asked but didn’t?

And of course the “anything you want me to make sure I tell the committee?”

For more Yale SOM MBA admissions interview questions, read our Yale SOM Interview Reports Archive!

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MIT Sloan MBA Admissions Interview Questions: Round 1 / AdCom / On Campus

A recent MIT Sloan applicant provided us with a list of their MIT Sloan MBA admissions interview questions: 

I had my MIT interview today. Not too many curveballs. Here are the questions I got:

- Tell me what you do at your current role as if I was sitting next to you on an airplane
- Tell me about a time you were overwhelmed
- Tell me about a time when your expectations were not met
- Why an MBA and why Sloan
- Tell me something you’re proud of
- what’s changed since your application
- anything else you want me to know.

For more MIT Sloan MBA admissions interview questions, check out our MIT Sloan Interview Reports Archive

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Booth MBA Admissions Interview Questions: Round 1 / Second-Year Student / On Campus

interview10The following is a report from an applicant who was invited to interview at Chicago Booth. The applicant shares their Booth MBA admissions interview questions: 

Basic Stats: 
45-minute interview with the first 30-minutes focused on him asking me questions and the last 15 reserved for my questions and a more free flowing discussion. Blind interview with a second-year student. The interviewer was from Germany and had a pretty strong accent, which was a bit unnerving. This also meant there were a few nuances that wouldn’t have happened in other interviews, i.e., he was unfamiliar with what an animal shelter was so didn’t understand one of my volunteering activities and asked what it was. 

Overall Impression: 
The interview was actually really laid back and easy-going. My interviewer was super nice and quite “smiley,” so that calmed me down a lot. We laughed quite a bit throughout the interview. The biggest surprise to me was how short the interview felt. It felt like I prepared a lot and then got to say about 1/5th of what I could have said/wanted to have said. Also, my interviewer worked in management consulting, and so had a very traditional view of what consulting is. I work at a relatively new mature start-up consulting firm that is not very traditional. This resulted in some questions that were oddly worded/a little confusing to me (e.g., “when you’re kicking off a project and you’re introducing yourself to your client and team, what do you say? What do you say to the team?”). This could have been a result of a little-off translating too, as for that last example I think he was asking “what role do you play on a team? what’s your client team leadership style?”, which is the question I answered. He also didn’t outright ask me at any point ‘Why Chicago?’, which I found a bit constraining, so instead I tried to plug that into throughout the questions. For instance, I asked him about Chicago’s biggest asset and he talked about the supportive culture, so I talked about how that was important to me and I would really contribute to that. He also said the biggest weakness/challenge was having to design everything for yourself and I talked about how I would thrive in that ‘entrepreneurial environment.’ Below are more or less the questions we walked through:

  1. Tell me about yourself.
  2. What are your post MBA career goals?
  3. Why MBA and why now?
  4. Tell me about a time when you suggested / recommended something to the client that they did not do or did not like.
  5. Provide an example of a time when you failed.
  6. How do you introduce yourself to clients and teams? What do you say?
  7. What is [Organization Name] (animal shelter volunteering)?
  8. Why did you major in Latin?
  9. Any questions for me?
  10. What clubs would you join at Booth?
  11. How would your colleagues describe you on a team?


Final Impressions:
I understand the role of the interview much better now. It’s just too short for it ever to be a 100% decision-influencer on the positive side – i.e., “we have to let her in now!!!!”, but I can totally understand how it might be a deal-breaker – i.e., the prospective student doesn’t speak English as well as they said they did. So, I understand now how it can be a sort of a “check the box” thing. As in, “okay this student is enthusiastic and personable, did their research on Booth, and knows why they want an MBA and their career goals.”

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Dartmouth Tuck MBA Admissions Interview Questions: Early Action / Self Initiated / Second Year / On Campus

interview8The following is an interview description and list of Dartmouth Tuck MBA admissions interview questions provided by a recent applicant: 

Interview lasted 30 minutes and went by very quickly. Interviewer took a lot of notes and asked a lot of questions based off of my resume. She wanted to know the thought process behind why I took a certain action. They were definitely looking for fit and trying to see if you would fit into the Tuck community. My interviewer seemed more interested in my extracurriculars than in my work experience. 

Why Tuck?
Why do you want an MBA?
What was your most significant accomplishment?
Tell me about a mistake you made in a leadership role. 
What clubs do you want to be a part of?
Question about volunteer activities listed on resume and a few follow up questions about it. 
What questions do you have for me?

For more Dartmouth Tuck MBA admissions interview questions, check out our Tuck Interview Reports Archive

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