Tuck Interview Preparation Guide

Tuck Interview MBA Dartmouth Business School Admissions

Tuck interviews are typically 30 to 45 minutes. Typically, the interviewer is a second year student, but on occasion you will be interviewed by an admissions staff member. Unlike most schools, Tuck allows anyone who visits campus to interview. Since Tuck is in a very remote location in New Hampshire, Tuck wants to see that you are committed to the school and are willing to travel to campus. Tuck does extend interview invites to a few select candidates who did not self-initiate an interview, but it is very rare. A member of the admission committee told me that slightly over half the candidates self-initiate an interview.

I highly recommend you self-initiate an Tuck interview on campus, because if you don’t then you put yourself at a huge disadvantage.  While visiting campus, visit a class and go on a tour. It is a great way for you to gather material for your essays.

Here is a list of the most common questions asked during a Tuck interview. I also included the probability that each question is asked based on Clear Admit interview reports.

Tuck Interview Questions

  1. Why Tuck?  –  (100%)
  2. Walk me through your resume  –  (82%)
  3. Do you have any questions for me?  –  (76%)
  4. What are your short-term and long-term goals?  –  (71%)
  5. Why an MBA or why now?  –  (65%)
  6. Tell me about a challenge, conflict or difficult situation at work? How did you deal with it?  –  (59%)
  7. What is the accomplishment you are most proud of?  –  (29%)
  8. What kind of leader are you or how do you interact in a group?  –  (29%)
  9. What extracurricular activities do you plan to participate in at Tuck?  –  (29%)
  10. What are your three biggest strengths?  –  (29%)
  11. What is your biggest weakness, or three biggest weaknesses?  –  (29%)
  12. What would you contribute to Tuck?  –  (29%)
  13. Tell me about yourself  –  (18%)
  14. Are there any questions you wish I had asked you?  –  (18%)
  15. What are your other interests or passions?  –  (18%)
  16. If you attend Tuck, how would your classmates describe you?  –  (12%)

I interviewed back in December and most if not all of the questions I was asked are on this list. My Tuck interview was with a second year student. He was friendly and laid back. We chatted a little before and after the interview.

Check out my new MBA Interview Guide.

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