How to answer MBA Admission Interview Scenario Questions

MBA Admission Interview ScenariosMBA 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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The Guide offers detailed examples and strategies to answer about yourself, career summary, innovation, frequent job switch, managing change, ethical dilemma, made mistake, contribution for the school, 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.

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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 (Team Discussion Strategy + Interview Tips)


1. Importance of MBA Admission Interview  
2. How to do Gap Analysis for MBA Admission Interview Preparation?  
3. 5 Conversation Plan for MBA Admission Interview  
4. Focus on the Interaction  
5. How can you control First Impression in MBA Admission Interview  
6. How to improve likeability in MBA Admissions Interview  
7. Avoid these 4 Handshakes  
8. How to highlight Personal, Cultural, and Academic Dimensions of your personality  
9. What motivates an Interviewer?  
10. How to Fine Tune your answers according to MBA Admission Interviewer's Personality Type  
11. How to answer the “Tell us about yourself” introductory question?  
12. How to answer Walk me through your resume?  
13. 5 Follow-up questions to expect  
14. What is the greatest accomplishment in your professional career?
15. What is your leadership style?  
16. How would you contribute at the School Community
17. What is the most difficult obstacle you overcame?  
18. Are you a Creative Person?  
19. How do you define Success?  
20. How to answer about Innovative Solutions?  
21. Answering Frequent Job Switch
22. How did you Handle Conflict?
23. How did you manage Change?  
24. Give an Example of an Ethical Dilemma you faced. How did you handle it?  
25. Answering Greatest Accomplishment
26. How did you Handle a Difficult Boss?  
27.Tell me a time when you made a Mistake. What did you learn from it?
28. How to summarize your Career?  
29. How to explain low grades?  
30. How to answer Scenario Questions?  
31. How to answer the Backup Plan Question  
32. How to discuss about Industry Experience & your Role?  
33. What Questions should you ask the AdCom after an MBA Admissions Interview?  
34. 7 Things to Consider for Skype MBA Admission Interviews  
35. 5 Must Read MBA Admission Telephonic Interview Tips  

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