MBA Admission interviews generally start with personal questions related to your education, work experience, and goals. This is followed by specifics, mostly related to the job experience. The answers are personal, but make sure that you follow the best practices, and understand the intent behind each question.
Failed to meet Project Deadlines
If you have worked 3-5 years in more than three projects, it is likely that you would have missed at least one project deadline – not necessarily the final deadline but the deadline for at least one of the phases of the project. This can be the result of lack of coordination, complexity of the project or on the fly requirement changes from a demanding customer. Whatever be the case, prepare the answer in such a way that you can offer an objective evaluation. Don’t run away from the responsibilities if you were leading the team. The intent behind this question is to analyze how you respond to failures, and your awareness about the chain of responsibilities. Own up to your mistakes if you were a contributing factor in the failure. However, conclude with the lessons learned. The Interviewer appreciates candidates who can look at failures objectively, and incorporate the lessons learned in future projects.
Led or Implemented a Creative Solution
AdCom is looking for candidates with a healthy balance of analytical and creative mind. Although Business Schools have a slight bias towards applicants with a strong analytical mind, they don’t prefer filling the class with just one type of candidates. The eccentric artists and the creative genius add diversity to the class experience. Even if you are neither of the two, your experience with creative solutions will offer a glimpse into how your mind works. Avoid jargons whenever you are explaining the solutions. Include the process that you followed. Examples where flash of brilliance contributed the most for the solution would be a great story for your blog but for MBA Admission Interviews - include solutions were a lot of deliberation and processes were followed before coming up with a workable solution.
Had to come up with Quick Solutions
This question tests how quickly you can come up with solutions. To answer this question, it is essential that you offer the context for the problem statement. It helps if the interviewer has a similar background, but for others, it would be necessary to add additional context and explain the problem, the workable solutions, and the roadblock in layman terms. Don’t overdo it and dumb it down to the last details. Most interviewers would have at least functional experience in your chosen field or subject awareness for the problem you are stating. It would be a productive exercise to learn about your interviewer’s background – education, work experience and other achievements. Some of the best answers come from candidates who are capable of....
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1) Booth School of Business
2) Columbia Business School
3) Ivey Business School
4) Johnson Graduate School of Management
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