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Chicago Booth Interview Questions & Report: Round 2 / Second-year student / On-campus

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The following U. Chicago Booth interview questions and report were submitted to Clear Admit by a Round 2 applicant. Good luck to them!

At the start I waited in a room with other fellow interviewees and a first-year student volunteering his time to be with us. Pleasant guy. I guess the intent is to be there as a resource for any last minute questions. His presence probably helped in getting into the mindset of the interview as all the interviewees talked a bit about themselves and what they’re looking to gain from Booth.
One thing to note, my interview started late, and that is consistent with my fellow interviewees that day. This affected my talking points as I had to reduce some of my spiel and adjust accordingly. In the interview invite detail, it says interview would be 45 mins, and we should plan for an extra 15 mins. My interview was scheduled for 2:00, but started at 2:12, it was pretty clear at the 2:40 mark that the interviewer wanted to be done closer to the 2:45 than 3:00. So I would advise to be mindful of the time if your interview starts late.
The Booth interview is blind, and it was pretty straightforward. Started with some chitchat about Chicago and my past visits. She asked me to introduce myself and I talked in length about my background and then what pulled me towards an MBA and what specifically about Booth attracted me. She asked me to elaborate a bit more on why an MBA and why Booth.
No technical questions and no in-depth exploration of the specific industry I’m targetting, so was a nice natural conversation you would have with anyone not particularly familiar with your industry.
Besides this general stuff, the only specific thing she asked was if I’ve had any setbacks or failures I may have experienced and how I overcame them.
After that, she asked me if I had any questions. I asked about her background and post MBA goals etc.
Overall, a nice conversation and very similar to what I had expected. The only surprise was that the late start definitely made it a bit tight in terms of her not being able to ask too many questions.

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