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Answering Career Summary: MBA Admission Interview

MBA Admission Interview Work ExperienceMost MBA Admission interviewers after going through your personal background and academics will focus on you career. The first question will start with a summary question – “Tell me about your career progression till now”, or “Tell me about your career. What motivated you to choose the current career path?”. For Interviewers, the resume is the Bible. They are checking for inconsistencies, and preparing for follow up questions based on how you summarize your career.

1) Increased Responsibility

Unless you performed poorly or switched jobs where you had to compromise designation for a higher pay, most career path of candidates involve progression, both in responsibility and designation. A project associate to Team Leader to Project Manager is one example of a career progression. Depending on the hierarchical structure and the size of the company, your progression would be slow or fast.

Some organization – mostly Software believe in a Flat Hierarchy where a “Software Engineer” is the designation attributed to 0-2 years of experience as well as 2-4 years of Experience. A “Senior” is added after 4 years. In terms of responsibility, the 2-4 years of experience would be performing client-facing tasks while 0-2 years would be handling backend software development. This difference is not obvious to most interviewers. Therefore, it is your responsibility to explain how your responsibilities have increased with each passing year.

More than the designation, the interviewers want to learn whether your senior management has shown faith in your ability by giving a larger responsibility. If you have demonstrated consistent progress in your career, it would be easier for the AdCom to categorize your profile among the ‘target demographic’ that they want in the MBA class. After categorizing you among the ‘probable class member’, the interviewer will go into finer details.

2) Avoid White Lies

Even some of the worthy candidates make this error. Instead of accepting that it took 1 year to get a full-time position, most candidates who had a gap in employment choose to convince the first employer to extend the experience by 1 more year. This has worked for a lot of admitted students in premier Business Schools, and that is the reason why some consultants recommend this approach. Don’t follow such dubious advice.

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Career Progression Question MBA Admission Interview Guide

MBA Admission Interview Guide

The Guide offers detailed examples and strategies to answer about yourself, career summary, innovation, frequent job switch, managing change, handling conflict, the greatest accomplishment, low grades, difficult boss, backup plan, industry, role and gives you tips on managing first impression, improve likeability and lists the questions that you should ask the MBA Admission interviewer.

The Guide includes commonly asked MBA Admission Interview Questions for:

1) Booth School of Business
2) Columbia Business School
3) Ivey Business School
4) Johnson Graduate School of Management
5) Insead
6) Kellogg School of Management
7) Stanford Graduate School of Business
8) London Business School
9) Harvard Business School
10) MIT Sloan School of Management
11) Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

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