My alum was a much older and experienced one, looking at his profile I was quote intimidated going into the interview. He suggested we meet on a Sunday morning at 8AM at a local coffee shop. I was dressed quite formally and he showed up in jeans and a suit jacket.
My interview was definitely not as casual as many of the other reports I had read. My interviewer had printed out a copy of my resume, along with the CBS recommended questions and was taking notes as I spoke the whole time. Nonetheless, he made me feel comfortable talking and the conversation flow was not awkward at all.
The conversation was very two-sided with plenty of time for me to ask him questions too. The interview lasted an entire hour.
The questions I was asked:
1. Why CBS? Why now?
2. Where else had I / did I plan to apply if CBS did not work out?
3. Why MBA?
4. Detailed questions about my job
5. Short-term and long-term goals
6. What I hoped to gain out of the MBA experience outside of the classroom
7. A few industry-specific questions and my opinions on certain topics
The interview ended with general career advice. I ended up leaving the interview with mixed feelings but I got a positive response to my thank you email and that made me feel a bit better! Fingers crossed.
Clear Admit Resources
Preparing for your CBS MBA admissions interview? Check out Clear Admit’s other resources:
- Clear Admit / CBS Interview Guide: Strategic tips for approaching CBS interview questions, and more.
- Interview Archive: More firsthand accounts from CBS 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