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Oxford Saïd Interview Questions & Report: Round 1 / Career Consultant / Zoom

Interview was with a career consultant who had worked in the same industry as my post MBA goal as a recruiter. Interview lasted around 35 minutes and was mainly focused on why I wanted to do an MBA, my post MBA goal and what research I had done on it and some competency based questions.

Following were some of the questions asked:
1) When did you decide on pursuing an MBA and what would you like to gain through an MBA program?
2) Which other schools have you applied to?
3) Why Oxford?
4) Have you aligned your current company on your MBA plan?
Follow-up question – What would be your manager’s reaction to your MBA plan?
5) Why are you considering the management consulting firms that you listed in your application?
6) What networks do you have in those firms?
7) Talk more about what you plan to do between now and the time you join those firms to boost your chances?
8) Tell me about a time when you used your communication skills
9) Talk about a time when you failed in a team environment. What did you do to overcome it?
10) Which Oxford alumni have you interacted with during your research?

Overall feedback: I felt that the interview was customized to my profile and background and felt different from any other interview as a lot of common questions such as “tell me about yourself” were not asked. The focus was on my career aspirations and how I plan to make that transition which is not surprising as the interview was taken by a career consultant.

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Schools: Oxford / Saïd

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