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Harvard MBA Admission Interview Tips

Harvard MBA Interview TipsProcess: Harvard MBA Admissions interview are conducted in one round. Interviews are conducted by the MBA Admissions Board member on campus, via Skype or in domestic or international cities (closest to your current place of residence). The MBA Admissions team has clearly stated that the date on which the interviews are scheduled (with respect to the application deadlines) does not affect the candidacy.

Interview Duration: 30 Minutes

No of Rounds: One

Style of Interview: Formal

Selection Criteria: Leadership, Well-Rounded Individual (well read, aware about their weaknesses and able to articulate their thoughts) and motivated to do an MBA.

Tips

Dos

Tip 1:  Prepare:
Although HBS will have the standard questions asked in most MBA Admissions Interview, the MBA AdCom will perform due diligence and would have read your essays and resume, several times.

  • Re-read your essays
  • Prepare to answer questions about your weaknesses, your career choices and your motivation.
  • Follow HBS on Twitter
  • Visit the Campus
  • Attend a few events conducted by HBS
  • Talk to Alumni and Current Students
  • Learn about the Students Clubs

Have at least 2-4 points that you plan to cover in the interview (that you have missed in the essays or have done recently - maybe a recent course on accounting)

Tip 2: Reading
A common question seen in HBS Interviews is the question about your reading habits. If you are not an avid reader (which is unlikely), read fiction or biography books (3-7 days before the interview). The AdComs are well read, so expect to answer some of the questions about the book(s) that you have read.

Tip 3: Arrive Early
As in any other interviews, reach your venue at least 20 minutes before the interview.

Tip 4: Dress code
Be professional in your dress code. Your dress code should be Business or Business casual
Men: No Jeans and T-shirt, No Jewelry except watch
Women: No revealing outfits. No Jeans and T-shirt. Minimal Jewelry

Don'ts

Tip 1: Don’t contradict yourself
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