Just got accepted to HEC Paris Sep15 intake and couldn’t be happier. I would like to share my experience in a way to thank those who have previously writed for this blog and helped me.
In an a Brazilian and both interviews here held off campus in São Paulo with alumni from 200x classes. The first one has taken place in a café, and therefore much more informal. The second was held in the offices of the interviewer, who is a director in a multinational company.
. Fully done in Portuguese, except for the presentation in English
. Very friendly and supportive interviewer
. Share a lot of his experience while as a student
. Highlighted the diversity and collaboration as key strengths of the HEC Paris
. Really “bought me” into the idea of accepting a possible offer
. Gave me positive feedback instantly
. Walk me through your resume – really try to work in this one to fulfill in less than 10 min
. Why an MBA and why now?
. What are the other Schools you are applying at?
. Which of those would you choose?
. Fully done in English
. The interviewer was kind and polite, but more formal and distant than the previous one
. Assessed me as a job requiring interviewing, asked tricky questions and assessed cloudy points
. Did not give me feedback, but wished me luck in the process
. Why MBA in this point if career?
. What have you learned in your career experience A (e.g. first role as a manager)?
. What do you believe you can bring to the class and community?
. Why do you want consulting? How will you handle the schedules with worklife balance? Wasn’t worklife balance important to you?
. Do you plan to stay in Europe after the graduation?
I believe this should be a chapter apart. One must really take a week to prepare in order to impress the interviewers. I suggest the following framework:
0. Cover/Why this theme is important to me – speech only
1. What’s the problem/idea?
2. What’s the solution?
3. Why this solution is better than the older one? What were the results achieved?
4. Why this theme is important to me?
I presented a corporate budget project to which I was involved twice and which has taught me a lot. Do no undermine the importance of this part of the interview, since it’s is a great moment to INTERACT with your interviewer.
1. Make it clear – no more than 6 slides
2. Make it interesting
3. Make it meaningful to you
4. Do rehearse some times with a friend in order to make improving changes
Hope I can help someone! Good luck!