Wharton’s Team-Based Discussions Tips

Process: Wharton MBA Admission Interviews are by invitation only. Unlike interviews in other schools, the admission team facilitates a team-based discussion (TBD) with the goal of figuring out how you approach problems, opportunities, and leverage teamwork for achieving learning goals. Complete tips here.

Interview Schedule

• 35 minutes for TBD
• 10 minutes one on one conversation with the Admission team

Style of Interview: Team Discussion with groups of 4-5 applicants, followed by a small 10 minutes one on one interview with the admission team (second-year student or the admission officer)

Selection Criteria: Adaptability, Awareness, Decision Making, Leadership, and Communication style. Persuasive communication has a clear advantage in the selection process.


1) Before the discussion, a prompt will be given with an end goal, mostly to reach a consensus or a solution.

2) The Admission team prefers that local applicants attend the interviews on-campus. For International applicants, there are off-campus locations where the TBD will be scheduled.

3) The Admission team also recommends that you visit and attend a sample class to experience the MBA program first-hand.


1) One Minute Pitch

The Admission team provides the prompt, and you have to present the case within 1 minute. Often applicants tend to feel that this is the only opportunity to be heard and exceed the allotted time. Stick to the 1-minute timeline. When you are presenting your position, bring your industry insight and unique experience with team management, into the pitch.

Think from the audience’s point of view.

• What is interesting?
• What is informative?
• What will leave a lasting first impression?

The opening statement is crucial as it was in your essays. So make sure that you write, rewrite, and prepare to say at least 10 to 20 times. The tempo of the pitch, the impression that your pitch would have on the evaluators and the dynamics that you develop with the team will depend on the statement. But don’t try to script the follow-up talking points, but instead, write down the main points. How you frame and bring the points to the discussion depends on the relevancy of the topic in the timeline.

2) Visit the Campus

If you get the opportunity to visit the campus and attend a Wharton MBA class, use that experience strategically in the discussion. As we had discussed in our Interview Guide about familiarizing yourself with the environment, campus visits will expose you to the hallways and the support staff at Wharton. During the interviews, you won’t be overwhelmed by the architectural beauty of the glass-steel interplay that is on full display at Vance Hall, where the TBD would most likely be held.

3) Network before the Discussion

No matter how much you prepare, a certain amount of anxiety is good for the discussion, but an overwhelming awareness about performance can hinder your admission chances.

First, pat yourself on the back for clearing the Essay round. Not many in the ‘world’ could do it. If you feel that you are competing with some of the best in the world, take solace in the fact that ....



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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.

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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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