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Harvard MBA Admissions Interview Questions: Round 1 / Adcom / On-Campus

I’ll keep this short and simple.

-There were two members of the Adcom in my interview: an interviewer and an observer.
-The interviewers cover a lot of ground in 30 minutes: ensure your answers are crisp.

Note: I did not receive an offer of admission.

(There were also some follow up questions that I omitted here, probing for more information here and there)

• Small talk about my travel plans.
• Pretend that we were sitting together on the flight over here. Tell me about yourself.
• Why did you choose to work at a consulting firm?
• What was your favorite case? Why was it so interesting?
• What is your startup?
• What do you do at this startup?
• How was the culture different between the consulting firm and the startup?
• What would you do differently as CEO?
• Why pursue an MBA now?
• A lot of Silicon Valley types don’t want to go to business school. Why do you want to go?
• What would be your ideal internship?
• Did you visit a class? What did you think?
• What’s your biggest strength?
• What’s your biggest weakness?
• Any other experiences you’d like to share with me?
• Ok we are just out of time – thank you.

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