Personality evaluation is one of the objectives of an MBA Admission interview. But interviewees often miss the chance to evaluate the personality of the interviewer – a task that can help them tune the tone and style of the answer. It is not what you say, but how you say it that helps the interviewer evaluate your personality. The chance to evaluate the interviewer happens with the small talk about your family, and the location of the interview.
There are numerous studies on evaluating and classifying personality based on attitude and functions. To make it easier for you to understand, and classify the interviewer, we have created four categories:
• Extrovert Irrational
• Extrovert Rational
• Introvert Rational
• Introvert Irrational
Definition of Irrational & Rational
When we hear the word “irrational” associated with any personality, the first thing that comes to our mind is someone who is not wise. This is not the case. Irrationality has been attributed to some of the best inventions and creative solutions in the world. If the world was inhabited by logical and data driven minds, the possibilities would be limited...
Handshake is a ritual that has been practiced from 4th Century BC in Ancient Greek as a gesture of peace and equality. In modern Businesses setting, handshake is the first point of contact with a stranger in most cases. For MBA Admission interviews, the first impression is created based on this simple gesture.
How Long Should It Last
The length of the handshake depends on the familiarity of the individuals. For first time meetings, the handshakes typically last between 3 to 5 seconds. For meetings with colleagues or partners that you already know, the handshake can last a little longer.
Type of Handshakes
As most Body Language experts would say, the nature of the handshakes speaks volumes about the person. Although there are 100s of variations of handshakes, the handshake in Business and MBA admission interviews are categorized into four types:
Dead Fish: This is the biggest giveaway that you are not confident about the interview, your candidacy or about the interviewer. You are nervous, and would rather...
When MBA Applicants reach the Admission Interview stage, they tend to focus on the questions. The type of questions that are asked by the interviewer depends on the first impression. According to recent Studies in Personality and Social Psychology, first impression is primarily influenced by facial features, grooming, & posture.
When we are talking about good looks, we are not referring to the movie star good looks but looks that fix the interviewer’s eyes to your face. According to a study conducted by Clifford and Walster in 1973, teachers believed that attractive children tend to be more successful and another study by Rosenthal and Jacobson (1968) shows that teacher’s expectations influenced academic success. Similarly, interviewer’s biases based on good looks can influence the nature of the questions – probing or, friendly and conversational.
No matter how you look, you can control first impression to a large extend by focusing on facial features that matter.
We are capable of judging between a fake and a sincere smile. So when you meet the...
Being an international student, I must admit that the only MBA admission interview that I had experienced was telephonic. An admission staff and a faculty member normally lead the telephonic interview. Here are some pointers for your interview:
Read your Essays
The admission officers ask questions for three reasons – to measure your communication skill, to check whether the things you have written about yourselves truly represent you and to evaluate your motivation for doing an MBA. Your essay and the recommendation letters are the only point of references for the admission officers. Therefore, read your essays and be consistent with your answers
Prepare for the Standard Questions
The standard questions that an interviewer would ask are:
1) Tell me about yourselves
2) Why do you want to do an MBA?
3) What are your weaknesses?
4) What are your strengths?
5) Give one instance where you had a conflict and how you resolved it
“What is your backup plan if you don’t get into our MBA Program,” can unsettle most MBA aspirants, as they take this as a hint on their performance. In fact, the Interviewer is measuring several characteristics with this question:
1) Handling Uncertain Scenarios
The first question that comes to an MBA candidate’s mind is “Did I perform poorly to get this question?” The AdCom wants to know how you handle uncertainty. They know that it takes effort, time, balanced GMAT score and well-written essays to reach the interview stage.
When an uncertain scenario is put forward, you have to approach the answer with the same emotional intensity as the question itself. It often leads the interviewee to stumble with vague answers or lead them to answers that show a lack of planning or an effective backup plan.
2) Motivation for the MBA
Any backup plan that hints that you would be fine without an MBA shows that you are not clearly motivated to be part of the program. Therefore, make it a point to prepare the answer about reapplying, and how you would improve the chance of getting into the program, next year. You...
While preparing for MBA Admissions Interview, candidates should understand the awareness gap of the Interviewer. Before conducting the interview, the Interviewer – an admissions officer, alumnus or current student(rarely), would evaluate the profile based on three data sources – resume, essays and internet (Blogs, Twitter, Facebook, Discussion Forums, LinkedIn and Slideshare).
Scenario 1: Resume
Most likely, the interviewer will read the resume 2 or 3 times to get an overview of the education (university), professional qualification (GPA), academic achievements (Olympiad, Computer Adaptive tests), project summary(title of the project, 1-2 line summary), extra-curricular(volunteering, leadership) and other achievements(music, speaking engagements, sports, military).
Related: Download Resume Samples
For this scenario, where the Interviewer has access only to the resume, list out qualities and motivations that are not reflected in it. Some of the qualities: competitive spirit, leadership...
The small talk at the beginning of an MBA admission interview set the tone for the interaction. After learning about the family, upbringing, and education, the interviewer quickly shifts the subject of the conversation to one topic- professional experience. Two sub-topics emerge in this conversation - industry and role.
MBA Admission Interview - Industry
The easiest way to find out whether MBA candidates are functional superheroes with limited knowledge about the industry is through questions related to the latest trends in the industry. It can be about emerging technologies, changes in consumer behavior, challenges faced by the industry, and cultural and environmental challenges of expansion. Business Schools are looking for candidates who have the aptitude for a career in management.
How can MBA candidates prepare for questions related to the Industry?
The interest cannot be forced. But candidates who are interested in a career in Management should...
MBA Admission Interviews are never evaluated in isolation. It is part validation and part discovery. The Adcom is primarily validating the personality that is conveyed through the essays. They want to make sure that the essays are not the imagination of an MBA Admissions consultant or an expert editor, who has carefully constructed the essays to represent the candidate’s profile in the best possible light. Interviews offer Adcom with the opportunity to evaluate the experience of interacting with the candidate.
Often candidates prepare for the interview by reading previous year’s questions. This is a necessary step to familiarize with the nature of the question. If you ask some of the best actors - how they authentically emote for the camera, most of them will say, “Learn the line.” It is a fundamental requirement to be a great actor, although critics might argue that Marlon Brando had cues all over the set, and he was poor at learning his line. He saw it as a distraction from authentically being at the moment. Unfortunately, MBA admission interviews have no retakes.
To focus on the...
Likeability is not only important for sales, job interviews, movies, politics and marketing, but play a major role in MBA Admissions interview. The likeability factors are different for Skype Interviews and face-to-face interviews.
The most famous example of Likeability is the first televised presidential debates between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon in 1960. Nixon recovering from a recent hospitalization looked underweight and unkempt while Kennedy looked confident and in control. 74 million viewers - an estimated 88% of the household, watched the debate while a small segment of the audience tuned in through radio. Those who listened to the debate felt that Nixon had won while an overwhelming majority of viewers felt that JFK was the clear winner.
Listen to Kennedy’s Speech from 1:00 to 8:06, and Nixon’s from 8:14 to 16:21. Don’t watch it. Play and Listen.
Now watch the same section – there is a clear difference between the words and intent in...
If you are an international MBA, and the alumnus in your Country is not available for a one on one interview, it is likely that you have to attend the interview via Skype. The moment we bring in technology, the seriousness, and the preparation required for the interview goes down. Here are some best practices that MBA Aspirants have to follow while preparing for Skype Interview.
1) Dress Code
Although Skype is an online tool for communication, the nature of the interview does not change - just the medium is different. This means that MBA Aspirants have to approach Skype Interviews with the same seriousness with which they would attend a one-on-one personal interview.
Men: No Jeans and T-shirt, No Jewelry except watch
Women: No revealing outfits. No Jeans and T-shirt. Minimal Jewelry
The skype interview might be taking place at your home or office, but still make sure that you are appropriately dressed.
In online communication tools like Skype, lighting is an integral part of creating the right environment for the interview. Make sure that the lighting in your room is appropriate and the...
Almost all MBA Admission interviews will end with the question – “Do you have any questions for me”. Therefore, it is only appropriate that you learn the best practices.
Before we go into best practices, do the following tasks, the week before your interview.
1) Research about the School
You might have done extensive research about the school by visiting the website, interacting with alumni and AdCom during campus visit, MBA Tours and other social gatherings. Nevertheless, visit the school’s MBA programs page, Admission director’s blog, news, and events pages.
Most schools regularly update about upcoming events, speaker series and other achievements. Note down all of them. We will use them at a later stage.
2) Research about the Interviewer(s)
Once you have been invited for an interview, you will at least know the name of the interviewer. Otherwise, list the names of the AdCom members and research about each of them. Now it is time to show your internet research skills. Try to gather as much information about the interviewer. Search for blogs (school and personal), twitter handle and other news release...
How should I prepare for MBA Admissions Interview? What are the skills, personalities and fit that top schools like Harvard, Stanford and Wharton are trying to figure out through the interview? Are there any additional aspect of my application that should be highlighted in the interview or consistency is the key?
In plain English, through the interview process, they want to know that you can listen, respond and connect with another human being in front of you (not everyone is good at that!). It is not just your ability to talk, but also your ability to communicate effectively face-to-face with another human being.
To do this, practice talking about your candidacy OUT LOUD. Either talking about it to someone (friend, family member, spouse, dog, cat, hamster, etc.) or to yourself (yes, it will sound strange and weird at first).
Interviews are not intellectual exercises. They are not carefully rehearsed speeches. A great interview is one where BOTH the interviewer and interviewee are fully engaged in conversation (but obviously with the interviewee doing most...
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F1GMAT Interviewed RSM MBA 2011-12 student, Warren Richardson and here is his tips for RSM MBA Admission Interview.
The most important thing to realize is that once you've been called to the interview you nearly done with the application process. At this stage the admissions team have looked at you application, read your essays and find you interesting, so just be yourself and relax.
RSM MBA Admission Interview Tips
1) Be on time: Try to arrive at least ten minutes early so you can calm down before going into the interview.
2) Dress professionally, that means business formal. While you might feel more comfortable wearing something else, this is a business school you applying to, so dress the part. First impressions is the last impression
3) Being a little Nervous is OK: The interviewer knows you probably nervous but they also human and just want to get to know you.
4) Prepare: In terms of prior preparations, read up about the school, reread your essays and prepare answers to the following questions. "Why RSM?" (...
Get tips on Kellogg MBA Admissions Interview with Expert Interview Guide
Kellogg MBA values leadership more than any other top Business School. Your regular leadership stories will not work with a top school like Kellogg. You have to clearly understand what Kellogg MBA Admissions team is trying to evaluate with the Interview. Stacy Blackman, a veteran in MBA Admissions Consulting, has written a comprehensive Interview Guide for Kellogg MBA Aspirants.
What you can Expect in Kellogg MBA Admissions Interview Guide?
1) Discusses qualities that Kellogg MBA AdCom are seeking
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4) Sample answers for the Interview along with detailed Analysis.
5) Provides exercises to prepare for the Interview