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.
The whole admission process at Cambridge is far more pleasant than at other schools. The admissions staff are great and, rather than being treated like a number, they seem to know all the applicants and their stories without hesitating. Similarly, I really enjoyed the interview process. It is more about showing you the school than grilling you.
Before the interview day, they ask you to join a secret Facebook group of current students and people who have been accepted from previous rounds, where people introduce themselves etc. It was a bit cringe-worthy at times, but good to see who else was in the running. Cambridge sets up a dinner at one of the colleges for Sunday night and somebody organised informal drinks prior to that through the Facebook group.
The dinner was really good, with current students at each table, and it was a really comfortable way to get to know people. Afterwards, we went for a quick drink in the college bar. Everybody stays in Cambridge on the Sunday night, as it is an early start on Monday. First up on Monday is the interview, where one of the faculty talks to you about your application. My interviewer was pretty quiet, but kept asking questions to keep things moving. My GMAT score was good, but heavily swayed towards verbal, so he asked about my proficiency with numbers and whether I would be able to keep up with what is a very fast moving and academically-challenging programme. There was no difficult quant question, as some had suggested. Once he was happy with that, he dug a little deeper into the periphery of my essay questions. There weren’t any questions around why I wanted to go to Cambridge, but I slipped a bit of that in at the end through my questions to him. I didn’t really hit it off with my interviewer and it didn’t feel like the interview went brilliantly, but it was a perfectly pleasant experience. Continue reading…
I opted to interview off-campus. Stern bunches up all the offsite candidates from various rounds and conducts the interview around Mid-March.
My interview date was the 15th of March. The location for the interview was the business lounge in a 5 star hotel , located in the heart of Delhi. I reached around 30 mins. before my scheduled time. Another candidate was going through his interview.
When my turn came, the Adcom officer walked out of the conference room to meet me. After a minute of initial conversation he offered me was a NYU t-shirt. Then he introduced himself and told me about the structure of the interview. He was also pursuing Stern’s part-time MBA and told me that he had read through my application and would like me to provide more insights into various aspects of it.
Questions Asked ( in roughly sequential order)
1) Why did you choose IT as your undergrad major?
2) How did I make the transition between various roles at my workplace?
3) How will my teammates describe me at the end of two years?
4) What is the biggest challenge that I will face at Stern (the only question that threw me off).
5) What are cuisines I like the most?
6) What are my post-MBA goals
7) How would I choose between two schools? ( a good question given the discussions we had had til then)
He inquired if I had any questions. I asked three of them. To be honest, the interview was over in 20 minutes. According to me, I did decently well but could’ve done better. In the end I was accepted. I received the decision in about 7 working days.
My advice would be to know your application, be genuine and practice the answers by reading them out loud at least 2-3 times.
What do you do in your current role?
What did you do in your previous role?
Why LBS? Have you seen the electives?
Tell me about a start-up you founded. The interviewer told me about the experience of taking entrepreneurship electives.
The interviewer then gave the case and stepped away for 5 minutes to let me gather my thoughts. I could use pen and paper to brainstorm. The case was about strategy and innovation. I had 5 minutes to present. The interviewer took notes and did not have any follow up questions.
I asked a couple of questions about LBS. The interviewer answered them enthusiastically.
We then talked about London, life in Europe, the interviewer’s interesting career and international background.
Overall the interview lasted about an hour. It was mostly conversational. The interviewer was direct and friendly.