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HBS MBA Interview Questions & Report: Round 2 / Adcom / Zoom

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The interviewer (a senior adcom member who was also an HBS grad) was so nice and welcoming – really made me feel at ease throughout the process, and it felt really fun! 30 mins went by really quickly, and it did not feel like a rapid-fire Q&A at all. Was surprised at how many questions there are about my prior employer!

Here is the list of questions:

  • Why did you pick your undergrad college?
  • How was the exchange program (when you were a high school student) structured?
  • How did you pick your prior employer and move to a different city?
  • What is the big-picture view of your prior employer’s structure?
  • What is your role at your prior employer? How did your role change as you moved to a more senior role?
  • Which division would make the most revenue and which division would make the most profit at your prior employer?
  • A follow-up related to my impromptu research on my prior employer.
  • Was dividing your prior employer into different product companies a good idea?
  • Why do you think a P/E firm would divide up the company?
  • What was your thought process to go back to your home country and join your current startup from your prior employer and how did the transition go?
  • What was the current startup’s mission, and how did it start? I answered the question, added on the long-term civic mission.
  • A follow-up on how did the users use the product of the startup.
  • How current startup is doing, is it still a 10-person startup and what is the business model?
  • What were the customer segments and did they change as the current startup scaled?
  • Who was the lead investor in the current startup?
  • Did you participate in fundraising?
  • Were there questions from investors that helped the current startup?
  • How is working under the CEO?
  • Outside of work, what do you like to do for fun?
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