The following Stern MBA interview report was submitted to Clear Admit by a successful Round 1 applicant to NYU.
I arrived for my interview about 15-20 min early. When I checked in, they handed me a packet they had prepared for me based on what I said I was interested in studying and the student groups I might be interested in joining. Read this while I waited for my interview to begin.
My interviewer was very nice and approachable.
First thing I did was hand her an updated resume and explain what had changed.
- She asked me to explain why I had made my past decisions, and I took this as an opportunity to run through my resume (why I had chosen my undergraduate degree, where I worked, etc.) She really seemed to want to get to know me and understand my personality.
- We talked in depth as to where I would like to work and she asked me to pretend I was interviewing for that company with her – what would I say in that job interview. I had read an autobiography about the company’s founder so I was prepared and able to show how committed I was to my goal. (understanding the company’s values, etc.)
- After talking about how Stern would benefit me in my goal, she then asked how I would contribute to the Stern community, ie return the favor.
- She asked what set me apart from the other hundreds of applicants. What made me unique and would make them want to admit me.
Note: Every student and professor I mentioned (referencing those who I had communicated with and the professors I had researched) she seemed to know about so it’s very important to actually know who you are talking about instead of just dropping names without any background.
I interviewed in mid December right before winter break and so I had to wait longer than usual, until after the break was over, to get my decision. Admitted.