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Berkeley / Haas MBA Admissions Interview Questions: Round 2 / Alumnus / Off-Campus

InterviewI am currently an American living internationally, so my interview was abroad with a local alumnus who graduated about 11 years ago. It was in the middle of downtown at his office. He hadn’t done interviews for a few years and it kind of showed. He seemed like he had read my resume but didn’t have many questions prepared so it seemed a bit rambly. But, he was very polite and made me feel like he was on my side.

1. Why did you move abroad?
2. What accomplishment on your resume are you most proud of?
3. What did you do at your company and what are you most proud of accomplishing? (Although I only answered what I did before he asked me another question)
4. What would you do differently than your managers at that company if you ran the business unit? (Good question!)
5. What do you think your managers would say about you?
6. You worked for your company in many roles; were they all in the same part of the company?
7. Goals
8. Why Haas?
9. Why now?
10. How can you contribute to the Haas community?
11. You led teams with people with way more experience than you. How did you do it?
12. What if you couldn’t resolve a problem in your team?
13. Have you ever disagreed with your manager? If so, what did you do?
14. He asked about the Bay Area and if I’d visited campus.
15. Towards the end he came back to why I had moved abroad. He said that Haas was curious about it so it sounded like his job in the interview was to kind of test this aspect of my application.

There wasn’t much conversation before or during the interview so I tried to drag some info out of him at the end via a few questions.

I thought the interview went great overall but perhaps not perfectly. It was nice to hear from an alum who had spent some time using his MBA, because he had a unique perspective.

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