As interview season kicks into high gear, for this week’s admissions tip we wanted to offer a comprehensive resource with all of our key interview tips. We begin with our four-part series that discusses the different types of interviews that MBA programs undertake. We then included our six tips for interview etiquette, our post on the five most popular interview questions, and finally our review of the seven hardest interview questions.
Part 1: Open versus Selected
What you will learn from Part 1: We examine which schools offer open interviews, and which offer interviews by invitation. We examine why schools offer one or the other, while drawing from insights from adcoms from those schools.
Part 2: Blind versus Non-Blind, Behavioral versus Résumé-based Interviews
What you will learn from Part 2: We examine why some schools offer blind interviews, where at most, the interviewer has access to your résumé, and some schools offer non-blind interviews. We also explore the differences between résumé-based interviews and behavioral interview questions that seem to be becoming a larger component of the MBA interview.
Part 3: Team-Based Interviews and Exercises
What you will learn in Part 3: Wharton and Michigan Ross have adopted an entirely different approach with their team-based interviews and exercises. We examine what this means, and why the schools adapted their interview process in this way. We also explore the differences in the two school’s approaches.
Part 4: The Anomalies
What you will learn in Part 4: There are some unusual twists to the interview process that some schools have adopted, including asking candidates to follow up after the interview, requiring an additional essay prior to the interview, requiring candidates in the interview to do a presentation on a topic that the interviewer selects, and interviewing candidates twice, with two alumni. We examine each of these evolving approaches.
As you prepare for your interview, these six aspects of interview etiquette will be very important to consider, some are obvious, and some are less obvious.
Five Key Interview Questions to Prep
The following post is a review of the five most common MBA interview questions you may face during your MBA admissions interview. We scoured our interview archive to compile these questions, and then asked our in-house admissions experts to weigh in with their strategies for response.
Seven Hardest Interview Questions to Prep
The following post is a review of the seven most difficult MBA interview questions you may face during your MBA admissions interview. We scoured our interview archive to compile these questions, and then asked our in-house admissions experts to weigh in with their strategies for response.
Finally, as you prepare for interviews at specific schools, we offer Interview Guides for each school which include more detail and strategy in terms of how to approach the interview. We also host a comprehensive interview archive with over 1,800 reports from candidates that recently interviewed at each of the schools we cover.