F1GMAT: During the interview process what are the Dos and Don’ts that a candidate has to keep in mind?
1. Make a connection between your career goals and what the school can offer you; explain to the interviewer why attending b-school, especially this one, is the next best step in your career.
2. Be able to convey your key message(s) for each answer in about 1 to 2 minutes maximum. If the interviewer wants to hear more details, they can ask a follow-up question.
3. Express your excitement for the ways you would like to contribute to the school through the various activities, student groups and individual initiatives you want to pursue.
1. Don’t try too hard to impress the interviewer. They meet with amazingly qualified candidates year after year. Be confident in your accomplishments to date, but most importantly, be yourself and show a humility as you reflect on the many things you’ve yet to learn and experience.
2. Avoid giving generic reasons in your answers that will most likely be replicated by other applicants. For example, you want to attend Michigan for its strong general management program is not a very compelling reason. Compelling answers are specific and nuanced, so focus on the specific, personal reasons you want to attend a given school.
3. Don’t use industry specific jargon or technical terms that are likely to confuse or lose the interviewer. You should be able to tell stories and give examples of your past work experience that are easily understandable by someone who has not worked in your field or profession.
4. Don’t ask for feedback in the end of the interview. This is a kiss of death and is not only viewed as very unpolished and amateurish, but will take the interviewer by surprise. You’re unlikely to get any actionable feedback in the moment, so make sure you get enough feedback in your practice interviews to understand how you truly perform.
5. Don’t forget that you are the interviewee – don’t ask the interviewer questions from the start. Nothing annoys an interviewer more than a interviewee that tries to steer the interview from the very start. Whether this is done through questions or simply rambling on about one’s background, you’ll likely hurt your chances with this common mistake. Let the interviewer ‘drive’ the interview.
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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