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MIT Sloan Interview Questions & Report: Round 1 / Adcom / On-Campus

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

I interviewed in the afternoon immediately after the lunch with current students. The class I sat in on in the morning was really interesting, and the lunch was spent mostly worrying that I had forgotten everything that I have done over the past 5.5 years.

The sitting area was extremely quiet, everyone clearly extremely nervous except for the guy who brought a book to read. I occasionally tried to talk to others, but most people weren’t really interested in talking. Once I got in my interview we began very casually and I didn’t even realize the interview had started until I had been talking for a couple minutes. The atmosphere was not particularly conversational until one part in the middle where we discussed one of my interests, and again at the end when I was asking questions. Most of the time she was fairly inscrutable.

She asked the following:

• Any updates since you applied
• Tell me about a time when you led a group to convince people of something that was outside the norm (I talked about my interview essay)
• Tell me about a time when you mentored someone, what’s your mentorship style?
• Tell me about a time when you wished you had more information or more time making a decision
• Why MIT?
• Why now?
• Chance to ask them questions

Overall I think it went extremely well, and I was prepared for most of the behavioral questions (thanks to these ClearAdmit interview reports). The why MIT question is clearly extremely important to them, so is showing you’ve done your homework. The more I have thought about the interview since, the more I think that she was very familiar with my application and every question she asked was prepared beforehand and meant to draw out a specific experience that I had written about in my application, even including the more conversational portions of the interview. It was very different from interviewing with a 2nd year student, and she is clearly very experienced conducting these types of interviews in a way that lets you show your best attributes.

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