After the initial pleasantries, 90% of the MBA Admission interviewer will start with this question – “Walk me through your resume.” We are assuming that you have rewritten your long-form job resume to a 1-page MBA Admissions resume.
Don’t Start with your Name
When we conducted mock interviews, almost all candidates started with “As you know my name is X.” What a waste of opportunity. The interviewer wants you to be professional about the interview, but this is not a job interview. You have crossed a large number of hurdles (GMAT, GPA, Work Experience & Essays) to reach here. Don’t force the interviewer to change the tone of the interview. A formal interview never fully gives the interviewer a chance to evaluate your personality. Either you will be uptight, revealing no creative spark in your thoughts or you force the interviewer to play the interviewer rather than someone who is having a conversation with you.
Chronology vs. Interesting
Before you start answering, build rapport with the interviewer. Apply the tips that we had explained in our interview guide. A safe way to start the interview is to list your background chronologically from school, college, work, and MBA plan. The risk-taking candidate will focus on one attribute that defines him; it can be a personal attribute, a value, or a philosophy towards life events that has helped him handle stress - something that the interviewer can learn.
For those candidates who think that starting completely off-guard might be too risky, start with the socio-economic environment of your childhood. You bring in the key characters of your life: Father, Mother, Siblings, and Grandparents, the neighborhood, the social background when you were a child and major influences when you were growing up. That will keep the interviewer hooked to the ‘story’ more than listing your resume. Most likely the interviewer has at least glanced over you resume, and expects a monotonous brag sheet delivery. Don’t. Resist the urge to be normal, and find that “One” story about your childhood that gets the attention of the interviewer.
If you had an inspiring grandparent, start how she influenced your initial values. If you have focused on a transformative experience in your essay, set up the backstory to share the BIG transformation.
When the average number of times a professional checks the email inbox per hour is 30, you know that you are in trouble, especially with the buzzing phone on the desk. The average attention span came down from 12 seconds in 2000 to 9 seconds in 2015, a statistics that you have to keep in mind when you walk through the resume.
Let us assume that the interviewer is someone who.....
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
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