I interviewed with an alumnus in my city. He was blind to my application, but I had sent him my resume prior to meeting, so he was familiar with my background. We began with me telling about myself and walking through my professional experience. Then delved into why MBA/why McCombs. Finally we talked about what I was looking for in an MBA experience. It was very conversational throughout, so it was never structured as really direct questions. My interviewer gave me a lot of leeway to steer the conversation to touch on points that I felt important. We also discussed his experiences within the program and he gave me a lot of good insight. The best takeaway was an anecdote from his experience that helped reinforce the collaborative environment, which is something McCombs stresses. Most schools’ literature will claim they encourage a collaborative environment, but his story helped drive the point home with a real life example.
Overall it was a very pleasant experience. I was a little nervous going into it, but the interviewer’s attitude and tone helped put me at ease pretty quickly, and it turned into a friendly discussion instead of a more formal “interview.”