Johnson MBA Admission Interview Tips

Johnson at Cornell University MBA Admission Interviews is by invitation only. The admission team provide a variety of interview options namely campus visits, alumni interview in your country and Skype interviews.
Interview Conducted by AdCom, Alumni or Current Students (In some cases, AdCom and Current Student will be present in the interview)

Duration: 30 Minutes to 1 Hour and 30 minutes

Style of Interview: Pleasant to Formal by AdCom, and Aggressive to Formal by current Students/Alumni



1) Read your resume

Like any top MBA Admissions interview, interviewers at Johnson MBA will use the resume as the first point of reference. Make sure that your strengths and achievements are highlighted.  Download resume guide for reference. Read your resume several times so that you have a clear idea on how to articulate the projects, extra-curricular and other achievements.

2) Visit the Campus

You might think that this tip has nothing to do with the interview. But the Johnson MBA AdCom advises applicants to visit the campus and register for a class visit.  Your previous interactions with the AdCom team will help you ease your nerves when you meet them during the interview.  When you answer the why Johnson MBA question, the class visit will provide you with added reference to why the program is unique. The class participation and team spirit can only be experienced through a class visit.


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1) Do not dress in casuals

Although the interview is conversational, do not dress in casuals.
Men: Suit and tie
Women: Pants, Suit or a skirt suit

2) Be on Time

As in any other interview, be on time. If it is a campus-based interview, make sure that you confirm the interview schedule with the Adcom. Note down the route to Ithaca campus.

Extra attention should be given to interviews conducted by Alumni. They might be in the middle of a busy schedule. It is your responsibility to confirm the location and time of the interview.

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Key Questions

1) Walk me through your resume
2) How did you choose your career path?
3) Tell me something about you that is not mentioned in the resume
4) Walk me through your employment history and why you made the changes (in job or industry)


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36) Do you have any questions for me/us?

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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, 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.

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

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