Booth is in Hyde Park, which, for those (like me) who are not familiar with Chicago, is not very close to much else in Chicago. The first thing I would note is to give yourself plenty of time to get there! I was staying in Hyde Park, so I was close, but the weather was pretty bad the weekend I went (my flight to Chicago was delayed by 2.5 hours!) so this is something to just keep in mind for logistics.
Booth gives you the option to do a whole day of programming, but if you visited campus previously, it will be the same programming (tour, going to class, info session). I did an official visit when I visited Booth a few months ago, so I opted to only go to campus for my interview. You will likely hang around a little bit in the admissions room, where you’ll get to know some current students and other interviewees. I really enjoyed this part, actually! It helps put you in a relaxed state of mind.
My interview was with a current second-year student. She had a list of questions she was asking and they were all pretty typical.
- Why MBA? Why now?
- What are your post MBA plans?
- How did you become interested in XYZ?
- Tell me about a professional success
- Tell me about a professional failure
- What do you like to do outside of work?
- Why Booth?
My interview was 45 minutes long and there were a few minutes at the end to ask questions.
Overall, not a stressful experience – this interview is really about getting to know you and about fit – no tricky questions here!
Preparing for an upcoming Chicago / Booth MBA Interview? Check out Clear Admit’s other resources:
- Clear Admit Chicago Booth Interview Guide: Strategic tips for approaching Booth’s interview questions, and more.
- Interview Archive: More firsthand accounts from Chicago Booth MBA applicants themselves
- Understanding the MBA Admissions Interview: Blind vs. Non-blind Interviews
- Podcast Episode 23: 5 Most Common MBA Interview Questions You Need to Ace
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