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Answering Most Difficult Obstacle: MBA Admission Interview

MBA Admission Interview Biggest ObstacleBefore answering this question, you should know the other commonly asked MBA Admission Interview Questions. Based on the distribution of questions – professional or personal, you should plan for this question. We recommend that you include a personal account; something inspiring that led you to develop your principal personality trait. It can be persistence, communication, or leadership.

Persistence - Skill Development

Leaders often swear by this quality, and applicants never miss an opportunity to highlight this quality in the essays, but if you go by the traditional definition, persistence means continuing in the path of pursuing a goal without getting affected by the immediate outcome. If the immediacy of the outcome, however negative it might be, did not deter you from pursuing the goal - mention the experience for the ‘Most Difficult’ obstacle you overcame question.

One good example is Skill Development.


Skill Development: When you develop a new skill, the initial period can be discouraging. It is not that you were less intelligent. According to studies, it takes six months for the effort to see any tangible results.

“If had quit the Violin lessons, one month after the constant corrections that come with the class, I would have never made it to the orchestra,” chimed an applicant. “The baby steps never seem to take me anywhere, and the ‘Master’ instructor was not the ‘motivational’ guru type. Appreciations were few, smiles rare, and he seem to hate the job. I never found it inspiring when he corrected me. Deep down I knew he didn’t care. But when Master Chow urged me to stay back, I knew I did something terribly wrong. He had noticed my struggle after two months, and he had a quick fix. When I played a note, I started right but when the tunes sustain for over 1 minute, I began to lose the note. It was tiring, and my wrist started ....

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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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