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MIT Sloan MBA Interview Report: Round 1 / Adcom / On campus

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The following MIT Sloan MBA interview report was submitted to Clear Admit by a Round 1 applicant. Good luck to them!

The Sloan admissions office was bustling on the day I interviewed, with multiple students interviewing in each 30-minute time slot. I met with an adcom who seemed relatively new to Sloan but used to do consulting recruiting. Unlike many interviews, this one was NOT focused on 1) why I wanted an MBA, 2) why I wanted to get into Sloan, or 3) what I intended to do with my MBA. Rather, this seemed like someone walked into a warehouse of behavioral interview questions, saw that they were on sale, and bought the lot. Here are some of the questions I was asked:

1) Tell me about a time you had to deal with two conflicting parties.
2) Follow up: can you act that conversation out?
3) How do you typically communicate bad news?
4) What’s a success you’ve been a part of? How did you contribute? What challenges did you have to overcome?
5) What drives your success at your job? Why do you think you’re successful there?

At the end, he asked me if there were any questions I wish he had asked, so that gave me the opportunity to talk about why I was interested in Sloan. All in all, it lasted just about 30 minutes. There was not a lot of back and forth. It was clear he had a list of questions he wanted to get through.

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