This guide is designed to help Johnson MBA applicants to prepare for their interview, complete with a list of the most common Cornell MBA interview questions. The typical Johnson MBA interview is 30 to 50 minutes long. It can be given by either a second year student, alumni or an admissions committee member. It is even possible to get an interview with an adcom member while a second year student is observing for interview training purposes. Interviews can take place on campus, off-campus or over Skype. Expect the interview to be semi-blind, which means that they have seen your resume but probably nothing else. The Cornell MBA interview questions below are organized from most common question to least common, with the frequency it is asked in parenthesis.
Most Common Cornell MBA Interview Questions
1) Tell me about yourself or walk me through your resume. (80%)
2) Tell me about a challenging situation at work or a work conflict. (70%)
3) Why Johnson? (70%)
4) Why get an MBA? Why now? (60%)
5) How will you contribute to Johnson? (50%)
6) What are your post MBA plans or goals? (50%)
7) Describe a time when you managed or lead other people? (50%)
8) What are your biggest weakness? (40%)
9) Why did you make XYZ transition? (20%)
10) What is your leadership style? (20%)
11) Have you applied to any other schools? What do they have in common with Johnson? (20%)
12) Is there anything else you want me to know? (20%)
At the end you will have time to ask a few questions. For additional interview tips check out my MBA interview preparation guide. This guide was created using the Johnson interview reports from clear admit.