During MBA interview preparation, it is important to know what are the questions that will be asked. I have taken the time to look at what are the most frequent questions asked by MBA schools based on the Clear Admit interview reports. The questions asked at each school tend to be very different, which is why I have broken the MBA interview preparation guides down by school.
My recommendation for MBA Interview Preparation:
- Write down an answer to the 10 most common questions for the school. It is ok if you just write down an outline. Whatever you are more comfortable with. Do not use complicated industry jargon that the interviewer won’t understand.
- Each story you tell should have 3 components:
- Problem – This is the set up and background. Keep it as short as possible. Aim for 10% of the speaking time.
- Decision or action – This is what you did to solve the problem and should be more than half of the the speaking time.
- Impact – This is the result of what you did. It could be something like you getting promoted, increasing profitability by $10 million or improving customer satisfaction by 15%. Try to use numbers to quantify the result whenever possible.
- Use your webcam to video record yourself giving the answers to the most common questions.
- Watch the videos and critique your responses for the content of what you are saying, empty words, friendliness and excitement. You want to come across as a nice and friendly person so it is important to smile. You also want to seem excited and passionate about the school. All schools are worried about their yield, so if you look bored then the school may think that it is just your safety or that you are not client ready.
- Practice mock interviews with as many people as you can. The best people to practice with are current students or alumni of your target school. They know more about the school than you and they were able to make it through the interview process. Other good candidates are people who have an MBA or are in more senior position at work.
- Take feedback from mock interviews and incorporate it into your responses. You may want to practice recording your adjusted answers and do a few more mock interviews.
My guide for interviewing is more time intensive than most candidates are willing to commit. If you are interviewing at a safety then it might not be necessary. However, if you really want to get into your dream school then you can set yourself apart by following my guide.