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Below are MBA admissions interview questions and experiences submitted by Yale SOM applicants. If you interviewed at Yale, we encourage you to submit a report detailing your experience!

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

The following is a Yale SOM MBA Admissions Interview Report from a candidate who recently interviewed at Yale:

My interview at Yale was with a second year student and it was interview blind. The student was very friendly. The interview took 30 min.

-Walk me through your resume.

-Tell me about your current role – what does your company do, how are teams structured, and what is your role there.

-What is a current trend in your industry?

-Why MBA and Why Yale?

-What company would you want to work for after the MBA?

-Okay, I’m that CEO. Take 30 seconds and tell me why I should hire you.

-What questions do you have for me?

For more Yale SOM MBA admissions interview reports, check out our Yale Interview Reports Archive!

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Yale SOM MBA Admissions Interview Questions: R1 / Video Interview

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?

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Yale SOM MBA Admissions Interview Questions: R1 / Adcom / On-campus

My interviewer told me that the following questions were from a script he was supposed to follow:

1) How did you find and join your current employer?

2) Give an example of a time when you chose to be a team member and not a team leader.  What lessons did you learn from that decision?

3) Explain how you deal with different types of people at work.

4) What is a quality that you admire in someone else that you wish you possessed yourself?

5) What do you plan to do after you earn your MBA and what steps have you taken already to support this decision?

6) What else should the AdCom know about you?

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Yale SOM MBA Admissions Interview Questions: R1 / Video Interview

For my Yale SOM video interview, I was asked the following questions -

  • What accomplishment are you most proud of?
  • Difficult professional decision and how you overcame it?
  • As business becomes more global, culture becomes less important… Agree or disagree

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Yale SOM MBA Admissions Interview Questions: R1 / Video Interview

My Yale video interview consisted of the following questions:

  • Einstein quote on knowledge vs imagination. Do you agree?
  • Challenging work experience
  • How would friends or coworkers describe you?

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Yale SOM MBA Admissions Interview Questions: Round 3 / Video interview

Last week, I did the video interview. Here are the questions as I remember them:

  1. What would your colleagues and friends say are your strengths and weaknesses?
  2. Please describe a creative solution that you have come up with for a problem.
  3. With businesses becoming more global, does the importance of local culture decrease or increase?

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Yale SOM MBA Admissions Interview Questions: Round 3 / Video interview

Hi, I took the Round 3 video interview.

1. What contribution did you provide for your company?
2. If you have a struggle with classmates, how will you solve it?
3. What is your biggest concern of the Admissions Committee in evaluating your application?

Good luck!

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Yale SOM MBA Admissions Interview Questions: Round2/ AdCom/ Off-campus

Conversational. Lasted for 40 mins. Very polite interviewer. He told me that he had only seen my resume, not the rest of the application, so he might be asking questions that I might have already answered in my essays and other parts of the application.
1. You have varied experience [read as job switches], can you please take me through them? (basically a resume walk)
2. What’s your long term goal, why MBA and what do you want to do after your MBA?
3. Leadership example!
4. What is that you don’t like about your job, something you wish it wasn’t there/ you don’t have to do it any further? (it took him some explaining)
5. Anything you would like to know more about Yale SOM?
6. What does interest you beyond work?
7. Anything else you would like to tell us that we haven’t covered?

After interacting with AdCom, I am even more excited about attending Yale.
Best of Luck!

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Yale SOM MBA Admissions Interview Questions: Round 2 / Second-year student / On campus: Super Day

Super Day included about 150 interviewees and a full day of events.

  • 10am breakfast
  • 11am intro with dean
  • 1145 ‘mind games’ a mini class with a professor
  • lunch
  • tour
  • closing reception

You step out whenever you have your interview.

My interviewer and I actually had mutual friends, small world. The conversation was very informal. I probably ran on a bit since I was so excited/nervous about interviewing.

  • Tell me about your current job and how you got it/there?
  • Tell me a time when you were a leader?
  • Tell me a time when you were behind deadline and what happened?
  • Why an MBA and why Yale?
  • Any questions for me?

In total it was about 40 minutes long.

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