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Cambridge Judge MBA Admissions Interview Questions: Round 2 / Faculty / On-Campus

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The following Cambridge Judge MBA admissions interview report was provided by a recent applicant: 

Cambridge always puts on a good show for the interview day and today was no different. The day started off with preliminary remarks from the Director of the school and the director of the MBA program, and then we split off into our individual interviews. Interviews are done by faculty, including even the director of the MBA program.

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

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The following Harvard MBA Admissions Interview summary was provided by a recent applicant:

My interview was very pleasant. It was quite rapid, though, and the 30 minutes were over before I knew it. As others have stated, there was one main interviewer asking the questions and another who was taking notes. I purposefully engaged them both when answering, rather than ignoring the notetaker. The interview was very congenial, with a lot of non-verbal feedback (smiles and laughter) throughout. The questions I was asked are below:
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Duke Fuqua MBA Admissions Interview Questions: Round 1 /Second Year Student / On Campus

The following is a summary of a Duke Fuqua MBA admissions interview provided by a recent applicant: 

True to Fuqua’s reputation, the interview was friendly and straight-forward. The interviewer began by sharing his background prior to Fuqua and his post-MBA goals. He emphasized that the interview was meant to be conversational, which I found to be an accurate portrayal. The interview lasted about an hour, including questions I asked at its conclusion. The interviewer received a copy of my resume, but was otherwise blind to my application materials.

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UC Berkeley Haas MBA Admissions Interview Questions: Round 1 / Alumnus / Off Campus

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The following UC Berkeley Haas MBA admissions interview questions were provided by an applicant:  

I was set up with an Alum in NYC via email and coordinated a time/date/location that worked for both of us.

We met for lunch a a quiet restaurant in the neighborhood I work in at her request. 
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UT Austin McCombs MBA Admissions Interview Questions: Round 1 / Second-year student / Skype

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The following is a description of a recent UT Austin McCombs MBA interview provided by an applicant: 

The interview was over Skype. I got a chance to select a preferred interview date and time.

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

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The following is a recent applicant’s description of their MIT Sloan MBA admissions interview: 

The interview was very casual and friendly. The interviewer never made me feel uncomfortable or tried to trip me up and the time flew by. It seemed like she just wanted to get to know a little more about me and how I carry myself in various situations.

Interviewers: 1
Location: On campus
Length: ~40 minutes

Questions:

Tell me about a time when you said “no” to someone at work. How did it turn out?

Why MBA? Why Sloan?
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Stanford MBA Admissions Interview Questions: Round 1

The following is a list of Stanford MBA admissions interview questions provided by a recent applicant:

I had my Stanford interview this morning, and it went really well. The questions were as follows:

1. Tell me about a time you had to push back on authority

2. Tell me about a difficult team situation

3. Tell me about a time when you made an impact on an organization

4. Why did you join (top strategy consulting firm)?

5. What do you want to do long-term and how will an MBA help you do this?

6. What questions do you have for me?

For more Stanford MBA admissions interview questions, check out our Stanford GSB Interview Archive!

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Stanford MBA Admissions Interview Questions: Round 1 / Alumni / Off Campus

The following is a list of Stanford MBA admissions interview questions provided by a recent applicant:

1. Give me a teamwork example.
2. When have you faced a significant barrier and felt you had failed in your work?
3. Why did you leave [prior job]?
4. What do you like /dislike about [country of origin]?
5. What would you name an article / book if I wrote about financial crisis? What would the main thesis be? (I worked in finance)
6. Why current job, current country?


Overall it was a pleasant experience – friendly interviewer, casual 1-hour chat in a coffee shop on a Saturday.

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

300px-Aerial_of_the_Harvard_Business_School_campusThe following Harvard MBA Admissions Interview summary was provided by a recent applicant:

30-minute interview with two women, one interviewer (who had read my application) and one observer (who had just seen my resume). They were both very friendly and it felt more like a conversation than an interview.

1. Tell me about yourself.
2. Tell me about a leadership experience.
3. How did you find [previous job]?
4. Why did you choose to go to [current country of residence] and [current job]?
5. How did you make the transition?
6. It seems like you have moved around a lot across the world. How do you adjust to new cultures / countries?
7. Tell me about a challenge you have faced at work.
8. What are your short-term and long-term goals?
9. What professional criticism have you received that has really resonated with you?
10. Is there an industry you’re interested in outside of [past and current industries]?
11. Anything else you want to mention?

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Columbia MBA Admissions Interview Questions: J-Term / Alumnus / Off Campus

300px-Columbia_University_01The following is a report from a recent applicant who provided their Columbia MBA admissions interview questions.

I applied for the January term. Application was submitted on October 1st, and I received an interview invite about 3 weeks later. Interview is with an alumnus, and I had to choose from a random list that was sent to me. A list consists of 6 names, and I had to go through two lists before finding someone who was able to fit me into his schedule. In total, it took me about 2-3 weeks to schedule the interview. I would say that this was a longer period of time than average, and I was at a slight disadvantage because of the rolling admissions process as Columbia.

The interview itself went really well. My interviewer graduated from the CBS MBA program in mid-2000′s, and we spoke a lot about how the program has changed since then. The location was supposed to be at a coffee shop, but because of the crowd we actually ended up doing it in the lobby of a hotel. Still, no real issues in terms of distractions, and the interviewer was very polite and apologetic.

Questions were standard: 1) Tell me about yourself, 2) tell me more about your most recent job, 3) explain a gap in your resume, 4) given your experience, it seems you would have come across some ethical dilemmas in x role, tell me about that, 5) why an MBA? 6) why Columbia specifically? 7) what would you do if you don’t get admitted?

After all the general questions, he went on to my hobbies, and we hit it off pretty well as we had similar tastes in books and movies. Once we established some similar interests, things lightened up quickly, and we discussed random things for about 20 additional minutes.

He then ended up asking if I had any questions. I basically kept the questions light, asking him about his background and why he chose Columbia. The interview concluded with him giving me advice on which courses I should take and what I should do if I end up on the waitlist. In total, the interview lasted about an hour and 15 minutes.

Overall, it was a great interview. My biggest piece of advice would be to be prepared for a formal interview, but keep it light and try to find something in common. It’s more of a fit interview, and the interviewer liking you is just as important, if not more, as your credentials.

For more Columbia MBA admissions interview questions, visit our Columbia Interview Archive!

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Stanford MBA Admissions Interview Questions: Round 1 / Alumnus / Off Campus

The following set of Stanford MBA admissions interview questions was provided by a recent applicant.

Interview at alumnus’s office. Lasted about an hour with ~15 minutes of conversation at the end.

Questions asked:

Tell me about a time when you built a successful team
Tell me about a time you were proud of an accomplishment
Tell me about a time when you exceeded your authority
Tell me about a time when you made a significant impact

For more Stanford MBA admissions interview questions, check out our Stanford GSB Interview Archive!

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