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Welcome to the MBA Interview Resource Hub

Are you about to interview at a top business school? Looking to ensure you can ace every MBA admissions interview question? We’ve gathered together all of our interview prep resources in one place to help ensure you spend your time efficiently and can excel in your interview.

In the interview, the MBA admissions committee is seeking to get a sense of who you are, the choices you have made to date, and your reasons for seeking an MBA at their program. The schools also use the interview to gauge your “fit” with their cultures and offerings.

Given the importance of the interview, it is essential for you to prepare. On this page you will find a list of key Clear Admit MBA admissions interview tips, advice and resources that will help you ace your interviews.

Clear Admit Admissions Tips: Interview Prep

Understanding Interview Procedures

Interview Preparation and Follow-Up Advice

Clear Admit Interview Strategy Videos

Be sure to review Clear Admit’s interview preparation videos where we review different interview formats as common interview questions in the Clear Admit+ Admissions Academy Series.

LiveWire Interview Invite Updates

June 14, 2024 1:49am ET
Waitlisted at USC / Marshall
Round: Round 5
Received via email June 14, 2024
GPA: 3.64
GRE: 318
Program Type: Traditional Two-Year
Post MBA Career Name: Technology
Application Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam
June 13, 2024 8:41pm ET
Rejected at UVA / Darden
Round: Round 4
Received via portal June 13, 2024
GPA: 3.85
Program Type: Deferred Enrollment
Post MBA Career Name: Other
Application Location: Houston, TX
Note:

From USA, went to T30 uni (STEM major), and my college program is ranked T5. I was an undergrad trying to skip deferred enrollment, except for two programs (Vanderbilt/UVA). I successfully obtained test waivers for 8 different T25 MBA programs. I have lots of successful start-up experience, full-time, before college with multiple internship experiences in Fortune 100 companies. I wish I could give away more but I do not want to get doxed 🙂 . I decided today, after this final decision and going through the whole application process with waitlist offers and rejections, that the test waiver is a complete scam. It seems to benefit, particularly "under-represented" candidates, veterans (who actually deserve a waiver for serving our country), and those who have more than the average amount of work experience but not enough to get an executive MBA. To the OP, days ago on LiveWire, who applied to "Team Fuqua," I similarly share some of your grievances. For future applicants curious about what I did from my end, the interview at UVA went very well and I spoke with multiple alumni and people on the admissions team. I received an interview offer for all programs (except Michigan). One of my recommenders was also an alumnus of the uni and a senior manager at a Fortune 20 company. My essays were relatively good and some of the interviewers who had the opportunity to read them gave compliments. Also, I did not pay for any application consultants. I did use some advice from ClearAdmit + LiveWire + Leland Blogs + GMAT Club which was and will be helpful in the future. All I can do now is study (for the GMAT or GRE) a year later and do the process over again with a test score. WashU/UF would not even consider me and they are T40 programs. As I said, do not bother with the test waiver if you do not fit into the previous categories mentioned. Here is some extra advice for "non-under-represented candidates," Save your time and money doing something else and wait to take an exam. Good luck everyone and please DM me for any questions/advice. I am happy to help. It has been real LiveWire, see ya in two years.

June 13, 2024 10:54am ET
Accepted to U. Chicago Booth
Round: Round 3
Received via portal June 13, 2024
GPA: 3.99
GMAT: 665
Program Type: Deferred Enrollment
Post MBA Career Name: Technology
Application Location: Utah
Note:

Super excited and feeling fortunate.

June 13, 2024 8:59am ET
Accepted to MIT Sloan
Round: Rolling Admissions
Received via portal June 13, 2024
GPA: 3.95
GRE: 337
Program Type: Deferred Enrollment
Post MBA Career Name: Non Profit / Social Impact
Application Location: Midwest
June 13, 2024 1:05am ET
Accepted from Waitlist to Carnegie Mellon / Tepper
Round: Round 3
Received via phone on June 07, 2024
GPA: Low
GMAT: 710
Program Type: Traditional Two-Year
Post MBA Career Name: Technology
Note:

Veteran, accepted from RD3 Waitlist!

Clear Admit Interview Strategy Podcast Episodes

The following podcasts provide in-depth guidance on key strategies you can use to prepare for your interviews. Be sure to give them a listen.

7 Hardest MBA Interview Questions and How to Answer Them

Clear Admit MBA Admissions Podcast
Clear Admit MBA Admissions Podcast
Episode 24: 7 Hardest MBA Interview Questions and How to Answer Them
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5 Most Common MBA Interview Questions You Need to Ace

Clear Admit MBA Admissions Podcast
Clear Admit MBA Admissions Podcast
Episode 23: 5 Most Common MBA Interview Questions You Need to Ace
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How to Interview at Harvard Business School

Clear Admit MBA Admissions Podcast
Clear Admit MBA Admissions Podcast
Episode 28: How to Interview at Harvard Business School
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Tips for the Wharton Team-Based Discussion (TBD)

Clear Admit MBA Admissions Podcast
Clear Admit MBA Admissions Podcast
Episode 274: Tips for the Wharton Team-Based Discussion (TBD)
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Interview Report Archives

Our free archive of over 2,000 MBA admissions interview reports includes self-reported accounts from applicants with thousands and thousands of questions asked! It is the largest repository of MBA interview reports on the web. What better way to prepare than to see what interview questions schools are asking recent applicants? You can sort the archive by the specific school and also find reports that match your interview type (alumni, current student, admissions officer). You can thank us for this amazing resource by uploading your own reports when you’ve finished interviewing 😊

Clear Admit Interview Guides

  • Available for 21 leading MBA programs! Our interview guides provide you with school-specific insight and strategic advice to help you ace your admissions interviews. Each Clear Admit Interview Guide includes:
  • School-specific strategy
  • Evaluation of how the admissions committee weighs the interview
  • First-hand interview accounts
  • A comprehensive list of sample questions consistently asked
  • In-depth analysis on how to answer the most popular questions by that particular program
  • Detailed information on planning a campus visit