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MIT Sloan Interview Questions & Report: Round 2 / Adcom / Skype

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2020: the year of…coronavirus? Yes, Round 2 interviews for Sloan conducted via Skype due to coronavirus concerns, so that was disappointing because I was banking on going to campus to see a class and be able to talk about it/express my interest. Due to Sloan’s small class size, they are very selective and really need to see that you want to be there versus other schools and aren’t just going through the motions to see if you can get in.

So, I was logged on to Skype at 1:45PM, my scheduled time and started to get a little nervous, but finally got the video call at 1:48PM. It was just one interviewer, and she was very friendly. After a minute or two of small talk, she explained the logistics (she’d ask me some questions, she had my application and resume, would be looking down to write notes, etc.). Some of the questions I remember being asked:

  • Tell me about yourself.
  • Tell me about a time you had a disagreement with a peer.
  • Tell me about a time you were let down by a peer.
  • Tell me about a time you let down a peer (I talked about a failure).
  • Tell me about a time you had to convince someone of something.
  • Tell me about a time you got push back from someone.
  • Tell me about a time something didn’t work out.
  • Why an MBA now?
  • Why Sloan?
  • Any questions you have for me?

I got the impression that she liked a lot of my answers, but I was still kind of taken aback at how quickly she came back time and time again with the situational/behavioral questions. You’ll need lots of different examples. I knew going into it that I needed some pointed, specific questions for the interviewer about Sloan, so I was happy that she said she really enjoyed our conversation and that I asked questions she’d never heard before (in a good way). Sloan’s timetable is shifted later than most other schools, so you should have some interview practice under your belt and most of the questions you’ll have given pretty good answers to in previous interviews. Admit Weekends are getting canceled left and right, so who knows what the next few months have in store?

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