I went to Yale on one of their Friday interview days, where the school put on a full day of programming (all optional) to learn more about the MBA program. 30-minute interview slots are available throughout the entire day, and the interviewers stayed on schedule. The interviewer had a copy of my resume but had not seen the rest of my application; the interviewer will also see the quote that you submit 48 hours beforehand but may not have it on hand, so be sure to remember what you submit! My interviewer had a print-out of the questions to ask but wrote only a couple words during the interview. Other interviewees with whom I talked said their interviewer wrote notes the entire time, so it seems that experience can vary.
1) Walk me through your resume.
2) Describe a recent success at work and why it was meaningful to me
3) What factors led to this success?
4) Describe a recent personal failure at work
5) What would you have done differently?
6) Why Yale SOM and why now?
7) Why did you select the quote you submitted?
Overall, the interview was clearly structured but felt conversational. The on-campus interview days are a great way to not only learn about the school but to meet other interviewees/potential future classmates, so I highly recommend traveling to New Haven for the interview if possible.
Clear Admit Resources
Preparing for your Yale SOM MBA admissions interview? Check out Clear Admit’s other resources:
- Clear Admit Yale SOM Interview Guide: Strategic tips for approaching Yale SOMs’ interview questions, and more.
- Interview Archive: More firsthand accounts from Yale SOM 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