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I think I did fairly well in the Yale Interview. The questions were:
1. What do you think is the most important characteristic for a leader
2. What attributes do you look for when selecting a team
3. Do you think goods such as alcohol or tobacco should be taxed more? Why or why not?
From the list of Ambassadors that the school provided, I chose an alum that had a similar background to 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 concerned if I was comfortable and enjoying the conversation 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 an 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.
The interview was at a coffee shop. It was casual and conversational, though the interviewer really focused on my previous experiences.
The questions asked were:
1. Tell me about yourself.
2. Why MBA?
3. Why Columbia?
4. Why xyz industry?
5. What would you do if your industry was gone?
6. Would you go back to your previous job function?
7. Do you have questions for me?
All in all – very simple. 1.5 hour interview. Good luck all.
The interview wasn’t as casual as some reports suggest. My interviewer had a investment banking background and I definitely got the impression he was trying to push my buttons. It is the sort of interview I would expect for a front office role so nothing strange there. And as “pushy” as he maybe I think the interview was fair.
- Why MBA? Why Saïd?
- Tell me about your role at XYZ company.
- Give me an example of a time you lead a group.
- Give me an example of a time you were involved in a dysfunctional group? How did you cope?
- What would your friends say your strengths/weaknesses are?
I did not visit Oxford before the interview and I definitely got the impression he did not approve. For my next application I will definitely go in person and visit first. He did ask which college I will apply to make sure I had done my research.
Overall tough but fair interview.
I had my interview with 2 admissions committee members.
1 was the interviewer and the other was noticing my movements and body language
The questions asked were straightforward:
1. Walk me through your resume
2. Why you opted for MBA?
3. What are your main strengths?
4. What are your main weaknesses?
5. What are your post-MBA plans?
6. Is there anything I forgot to ask?
7. Is there anything you want to ask?
Interview was well and lasted for around 40-45 minutes.
Overall it was a pleasant experience. I was surprised by how friendly the Adcom was.
My interview was conducted by two adcom members. One asked the questions, and one feverishly scribbled notes. The interview was exactly 30 minutes. Below are the questions I was asked:
• Tell me about yourself.
• What do you do in your job?
• When did you decide to get an MBA? Why?
• How did you form your opinion about Harvard and what is it?
• What questions do you have for me?
London Business School sends you the contact details for an alumnus that they have allocated to you and then you arrange a time and place to meet. In my case, they did a good job of matching me to someone who works in an area that I am interested in and I went to his office for the interview.
The interview was probably the most enjoyable part of my LBS application process. In previous admissions- related correspondence and events, LBS had come across to me as quite arrogant and as though I was one of thousands going through their MBA machine. The interview was much better than that, though I guess that was likely because of the alumnus I had.
We started out by going through my CV and what I had written that I wanted to do in the future. He asked me some tough questions about what I could offer people in that industry and really tested me on some of the things that I had written. As I understand it, all LBS interviews have to have a presentation – they obviously give the alumni a set of topics that they can use if they don’t want to come up with their own. Continue reading…
My interview went very well. It flowed much more like a casual conversation than a structured interview, lasting about 40 minutes. My interviewer started by telling me about himself and the admissions process, then asked me the following questions/prompts (while taking notes directly on the resume that I handed him):
1. Walk me through your resume.
2. Tell me about your hometown / did you attend a public or private high school?
3. Do you feel as though your GMAT verbal and quant scores (which he said he had not yet seen) are good indicators of your academic ability? Why or why not?
4. What are your short-term and long-term goals?
5. If I were to call your current direct supervisor at work (which he said he would not do without asking for my permission), in one or two words how would he/she describe your greatest strength? What would he/she name as the area where you have the greatest room for improvement?
The interview was at a coffee shop and revolved around a few basic questions. It was a blind interview, although I provided my resume in advance, and it lasted 45 minutes. I had the opportunity to ask questions throughout the conversation.
1. Walk me through the last three years of your resume.
2. Why are you interested in going to business school?
3. What specific courses are you interested in?
4. Have you visited campus? Why Columbia? Why NYC?
5. What are your near-term career goals? Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
6. What else would you like me to tell the admissions committee?
Please see below for the sort of questions I was asked in my interview:
1. A little bit about my career decisions and what I enjoy the most/least at work.
2. A time I received constructive criticism and how this has helped me progress.
3. Why an MBA?
4. Why Stern?
5. My future goals and my connection to Nigeria
6. Where I would like to intern?
7. What would I consider doing if my plans don’t work out?
8. What am I the go-to person for?
And then we had time for questions at the end.
The interview was very relaxed and the interviewer was very sweet and made me feel at ease. I left the interview feeling I didn’t really get much chance to talk about my experiences but I guess that didn’t matter I was accepted.
My interview was conducted by a second year student and was relaxed in tone. It was one hour in duration.
Here were the main questions:
1) Tell me your story/walk me through your resume
2) Why MBA?
3) Why Fuqua?
4) Tell me about a time where we you worked with a team and you did not achieve your objective?
5) Describe a time you worked with a difficult team member. How did you resolve the issue?
6) Greatest success? Failure?
7) You have 2 minutes to pitch yourself to the Admissions Director. Go.