Handling Low Grades: MBA Admission Interview

MBA Admission Interview Low GradesMBA Admission interviews starts with “tell me about yourself”, and ventures into academics, work experience, goals and your future contribution in an ad-hoc or a sequential manner, depending on the interviewer’s style of conversation. Business Schools ask Original transcripts for a reason – measure your ability to complete an MBA program successfully. Your answer to questions regarding academics depends on three scenarios.

Low Grades in Major

If you have scored poorly – anything less than B- , in one of the subjects in your major, you need a strong explanation. Most applicants cite personal or extra-curricular activities for the lack of focus. You have to back it up with evidence. If you have not included details of extra-curricular activities in either your resume or your essays for the same period, blaming extra-curricular for your low grades would not be tenable.

Unless personal reasons were health related, it would be unwise to cite any personal reasons as an example.
The deathblow to your chances for MBA admissions is when you cite lack of interest as the reason. Applicants might think that being forthright might impress the AdCom, but MBA program has several courses that are dry, and involve rote learning. There is nothing interesting about Irrelevant Finance Models used in ancient ages, but you still have to learn and compare it with practical models. There are several topics that don’t even deserve 30 minutes of your attention, but still you have to read them as part of the class assignment.

Low Grades in Electives

AdCom’s are more tolerant towards low grades in Electives but again you should have a valid explanation. Realization that you picked the wrong elective is a common excuse given by candidates, and it might be entertained if you provide ....
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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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