How Do you Define Success? (MBA Admission Interview)

MBA Admission Interview Question - How do you define success?When Booth’s Admission team started asking this question consistently over the past years, candidates were wondering whether they should cite the $275,000 post-MBA salary as success or give some profound statements like “the purpose of life is the life of purpose.” It is too deep, and MBA Admission interviewer will give that dreaded blank look. Save the Robin Sharma quote for some other time.

Context Context Context

Don’t give the pre-meditated answer that you had prepared two days before. Understand the context. Is the interviewer asking the question after a personal question, professional achievements, or following a question about your volunteering capability? Highlight your definition of success accordingly, and then elaborate on your prepared answer.

Life Success or Short-term Goals

Success is a broad term, and the admission team is not asking this question to understand your post-MBA goals. Unless the AdCom asks what success means in your career, you should answer success as a balanced individual, looking at four aspects of your personality: Career, Spiritual, Community, and Self-Development.

1) Career

For your career, it is easy to set success metrics. With short-term post-MBA goals question, you have already stated your career goals. The industry and job function are clear. Now your job is to understand what success in each context means.

As a Management Consultant, what does success mean?


I recently had a terrible experience at my Car Service Center with one of the service advisors. He didn’t follow the guidelines, missed a couple of my requirements, and delayed the delivery by 2-3 days. His apology didn’t suffice, especially when he was more eager to bill me than truly introspect what went wrong....

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2) Spiritual

Religious fundamentalists and atheists have abused and propagated the word in equal measure. What does spirituality truly mean without bringing in Eastern or Greek philosophy, or going too deep into any philosophical teaching?

It’s Simple.

A sense of ‘being’ one with nature and people around you.

It means you don’t treat your team as a ‘resource’ – the god awful word used to describe a team member. She has a name. If you have not used a hybrid or an electric car for bragging rights then, you are close to being called a spiritual being. It’s the less publicized persona that you have developed over the years. Spreading awareness about endangered species and propagating greenery with the ‘plant a tree’ initiative are two spiritual activities that come to mind. Any effort that shines your oneness with the world, something that has not been written to death in essays should be discussed when the interviewer asks about .....

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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, 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.

Pages: 204

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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