Answering Tell us about yourself: MBA Admission Interview (10-20-30-40 Rule)

Tell me about Yourself MBA Admission InterviewAn MBA Admission interview typically starts with “Tell me about yourself”. It is easy to talk about yourself but understanding what is relevant, and guiding the interviewer to the next question depends on how you answer this question. Even before you answer this question, give a firm handshake, establish rapport, engage in small talk, smile and use these tips to open the interviewer's mind to your suggestions.

Follow the 10-20-30-40 rule when it comes to dividing the answer into four relevant segments.

10-20-30-40 Rule

Personal details: family & hometown should occupy the least time in the interview. Most time should be spent explaining your passion. Education should have the second lowest priority in the conversation since most interviewers would have an understanding about your undergraduate course through the resume. Even though a large chunk of Interview time is dedicated for questions related to your work, AdCom select candidates based on their demonstrated performance on the job. Dominating the interview time with conversation about your passion, followed by your work experience, will give an overview about your motivations and why pursuing an MBA program is essential.

The gap should be obvious.

10 – Personal

When you talk about your family, stick to siblings and parents. If one of your family members had completed an MBA program, you can mention that too, provided his influence can be mentioned, strategically in the follow up answers.

20 – Education

Stick to the title of course, skills developed, and the learning experience provided by the program. If you have been part of a high achieving team – sports, extra-curricular or scientific, you can mention that too.

30 – Work

Explain your career progression with the company name, your role, and the experience you had gained working for each company.

40 –Passion

This is the most important section. Articulate your passion beyond extra-curricular. Explain how your work is in alignment with your passion, and hint why getting an MBA is crucial. 

Don’t make the conversation a replica of your resume.

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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
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10) MIT Sloan School of Management
11) Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

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