Interview was not casual and felt very formal. Interviewer had read my entire application. The interviewer had a set of typical questions (Why an MBA, why Stern, what extracurriculars would you be involved in, what would you do if you didn’t get an MBA, what employers would you like to work for), but also included questions very specific to me (i.e. in your field, who is doing great work right now and how does that connect to your goal).
Overall, questions were very targeted – I recommend doing a lot of prep work in rehearsing answers to basic interview questions while also researching Stern’s unique pieces. I was surprised at how targeted some of the questions became. I was ultimately admitted to the 2 year FT program, but didn’t feel that the intensity of the interview matched with Stern’s EQ+IQ vibe.