Chicago Booth MBA Admission Interview will be granted on an invitation-only basis. The invitation is provided after evaluation of your application. The candidates will be invited to an interview during the mid-decision date with details on how to schedule an appointment. Booth MBA candidates will be provided with only one interview.
Interview Conducted by: Admissions staff, Students or Alumni
Duration: 30 Minutes to 1 Hour and 30 Minutes
Style of Interview: Friendly and Conversational
Tip 1: Read your Resume Several Times
Chicago Booth MBA Admission Interviewers are a well prepared lot. They will go through your resume in detail and would ask each and every accomplishments, projects, roles and additional information that you have mentioned in your resume. You should be able to explain each and every line in your resume. Also bring a copy of your resume.
Tip 2: Project your leadership capabilities
The reason why the interviewer asks a lot about your projects and roles is to learn about your leadership capabilities. Focus on your leadership when you describe your roles.
Tip 3: Prepare thoroughly for the "Why MBA" and "Why Chicago Booth" questions
The Interviewer will spend considerable number of minutes on these two questions. So be well prepared. The answer to the two questions will show your motivation for Chicago Booth MBA. The Booth Interviewer doesn't want to hear that you chose Booth because of its brand value. The reasons have to be more than the brand. Paraphrase the USP of Chicago Booth with your personal discovery (what you have found out by talking to the Alumni and the things that motivated you to choose Booth over other schools). You should also be able to articulate how you will be able to add value to the Booth Community.
Recommended Download: Stacy Blackman Chicago Booth Interview Guide (The interview guide would give you several examples of successful Booth MBA Admission Interviews, Best Practices and USPs that you can mention in your interview)
Tip 4: Booth vs. Stanford vs. Harvard
This is an inevitable question. Some interviewer will dig deep and would try to unravel your motivation. They will ask you about other top schools that you have applied. Don't dwell on other schools. Just mention it and go back to "Why Booth". You have to assure the interviewer that you will join Chicago Booth MBA if you are selected.
Recommended Download: Booth Essay Guide (this will allow you to paraphrase and convey additional motivation for your "Why MBA" and "Why Chicago Booth" questions)
Tip 5: Be Consistent
The career path (mentioned in your resume), the essays and your response in the interview should provide a coherent story about you. Inconsistencies can negatively impact your chance to be part of Chicago Booth MBA program
Tip 6: Relax
Although a little bit of nervousness is alright, remember that the interview is conducted in a friendly manner. Don't answer your questions as if you are in an interrogation. Talk in a confident and pleasant manner.
Tip 1: Don't chose a noisy place for your Interview
So often candidates will pick a popular coffee shop for the interview, forgetting that the shop can be noisy and might disrupt the flow of your answers. Pick a quiet place for your interview. If the interviewer recommends a popular coffee shop, pick a quiet corner.
Tip 2: Do not dress in casuals
Although the interview is conversational and friendly, do not dress in casuals.
Men: Suit and tie
Women: Pants, Suit or a skirt suit
Tip 3: Don't sound too rehearsed
Although you have to be well prepared for the interview, don't give your answers as if you are reading your lines in a play. Have 4-5 stories that can be aligned to each answer. Your favourite question might not be asked in the interview. Be flexible in your approach and learn to engage with your interviewer.
- Walk me through the resume
- Tell me something about you that are not covered in the resume.
- Describe your leadership style?
- How did you handle a team member who was not performing in par with the team?
- What are your short-term goals?
- Why MBA?
- Why MBA Now?
- Why Booth
- How will you contribute to the Booth Community?
- Tell me about a decision that you later regretted.
- What other schools have you applied? Compare other schools with Chicago Booth
- How do you define success?
- What are your long-term goals?
- What are your Hobbies/volunteer activities & interests?