How to improve likeability in MBA Admissions Interview: Start with the Kennedy-Nixon Debate

MBA Admissions Interview Likeability
Likeability is not only important for sales, job interviews, movies, politics and marketing, but play a major role in MBA Admissions interview. The likeability factors are different for Skype Interviews and face-to-face interviews.

The most famous example of Likeability is the first televised presidential debates between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon in 1960. Nixon recovering from a recent hospitalization looked underweight and unkempt while Kennedy looked confident and in control. 74 million viewers - an estimated 88% of the household, watched the debate while a small segment of the audience tuned in through radio. Those who listened to the debate felt that Nixon had won while an overwhelming majority of viewers felt that JFK was the clear winner.

Listen to Kennedy’s Speech from 1:00 to 8:06, and Nixon’s from 8:14 to 16:21. Don’t watch it. Play and Listen.

Now watch the same section – there is a clear difference between the words and intent in Nixon’s speech but Kennedy’s Speech looked more sincere. Kennedy was more likeable.

Here are five distinct qualities that make a candidate more likeable in MBA Admissions Interview:

1) Confidence

This is the number one quality that the interviewer appreciates in a candidate – confidence, not the attitude that shows you are superior to the interviewer but an attitude that convey knowledge about the industry, job function, MBA program, key life events and career goals. This can only come through preparation, and that is the reason why we recommend that the candidate prepare all possible questions.

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Likeablity MBA Admission Interview

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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