We’ve written before about how you don’t go into your MBA admissions interview with a blank slate. Even in the case of a “blind” admissions interview in which the interviewer may have nothing more than your resume, the admissions office already knows a great deal about you, and you can be sure that what the interviewer learns will be fed back into your file.
1) Be an Expert in You: It is important that you be an expert on YOU and everything that’s in your application. You need to ensure that the person in your application and the person in your interview are the same.
2) Self-Analysis with Questions: To make sure that it all fits together, ask yourself the following things before your admissions interview:
How Well Does My Story Fit with My Target Business School?
It is easy to assume that getting an interview invitation means you’ve already done the two main things that every applicant must do to succeed: Demonstrate fit with your target school and stand out from the crowd. However, many times admissions officers will see a strong applicant and say, “Seems like a star, but we wonder how well he’ll fit in here,” or they may ask, “If we admit him, what are the chances that he’ll actually come?” You can demonstrate strong fit by reinforcing the message that your career goals and what the school offers match up well, by showing a deep knowledge of the school (not by asking your interviewer “softball” questions that you can easily answer on your own), and by demonstrating a real enthusiasm for the program.
How Would a Stranger Describe Me After Reading My Application?
It’s naturally somewhat difficult to look at your own application through the eyes of a stranger. Sometimes enlisting the help of someone else (either an MBA admissions consultant or a friend of a friend, who is someone you can probably trust but who doesn’t know you very well) is a good way to get a view of your application through those eyes. However you do it, ask yourself what themes emerge. Are those the same ones you wanted to emerge? (You’d be surprised how, even just a few weeks after submitting your application, your view on how strong your application is can change!) If so, then how can you reinforce them in your interview? If not, and you’re lucky enough to still have an interview invite, how can you get those themes on the table in the interview? Remember that this information will be fed back into your overall application, so you still have a chance to work them into your overall application story.
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.
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