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Last Updated Nov 7, 2019 by

Recent MBA Application Volume Declines at Top Schools Present an Opportunity for Applicants

As reported in The Wall Street Journal last month, even the leading U.S. MBA programs are seeing a decrease in applications to their full-time MBA programs. Harvard Business School, Stanford Graduate School of Business, and MIT Sloan all saw five percent to seven percent drops in their MBA application volume in 2018-2019. Other top programs have even posted double-digit percentage declines. Overall, U.S. business schools received 135,096 applications last admissions season, down 9.1 percent from last year. Add this to the 7 percent drop in applications in 2016-2017, and you get a somewhat dramatic decline in applications over the past... Read more »

Last Updated Oct 22, 2019 by

Dartmouth / Tuck MBA Interview Questions & Report – Round 1 / Adcom / On Campus

I was picked up from a classroom where other interviewees were mingling for a bit. Highly recommend chatting with other prospective applicants prior to getting picked up because it really calms your nerves. I was totally expecting a second year student to pick me up but it was a Adcom member. We went to a quiet classroom after a ~5 minute walk and we made small talk about how my visit was going etc. At the tail end of the walk, the interviewer asked me what other schools I was applying to. Once in the room, the interviewer pulled out... Read more »

Last Updated Oct 22, 2019 by

Duke / Fuqua Interview Questions & Report : Round 1 / Second year / On Campus

The interview was with a second year student, and was very relaxed. There were a few behavioral questions, and it seemed much more fit focused than resume focused. It lasted 30-45 minutes and was not very stressful. I was actually surprised the interview wasn’t a little more rigorous. I was asked the following: 1) Tell me about yourself 2) When was a time you were challenged, how did you overcome it? 3) Why B-school and why Fuqua? 4) How will Fuqua help you achieve your post MBA goals? Clear Admit Resources Preparing for your Duke / Fuqua admissions interview?  Check... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 1, 2019 by

Michigan / Ross Interview Questions & Report : Round 1 / Second Year / On Campus

I interviewed with a second year student, and the interview was very informal and relaxed. The whole process seemed much more fit-oriented than resume-oriented. I received my admissions decision and was rejected. However, from my experience, I found the school to be a great fit for someone who is looking for b-school to be as much of a social interaction as an educational one. Some of the questions I was asked… 1) Tell me about yourself? 2) Why b-school? why Ross? 3) What would you get involved with at Ross? How will that help you achieve your goals post-MBA? 4)... Read more »

Last Updated May 22, 2019 by

MIT Sloan MBA Interview Questions & Report: Round 3 / Deferred Admission / Skype

My Skype interview with MIT Sloan started out with a bit of small talk eg. how are you, how’s (country that I’m from), then proceeded to a quick explanation of what the adcoms are looking for in the interviewer. Vibe was remarkably friendly and very casual. Went into a fair bit of depth into my work experience and analyzing various scenarios. I worked in consulting as an intern so I was asked “tell me about a time when you disagreed with a superior”. Most questions were fairly familiar so nothing too out of the unusual. I was also asked “why... Read more »

Last Updated May 14, 2019 by

Northwestern / Kellogg MBA Interview Questions & Report: Round 1 / Alumunus / Off Campus

My interview with Kellogg was very relaxed. It was at a cafe and very informal. I was basically asked about my prior work experience within Uber and then why Kellogg. Post which it was mostly about how Kellogg is a great fit for me (given my aim of pursuing entrepreneurship) both while at Kellogg and after Kellogg. My interviewer himself was an entrepreneur. Clear Admit Resources Preparing for your Northwestern / Kellogg admissions interview?  Check out Clear Admit’s other resources: Clear Admit Northwestern / Kellogg Interview Guide: Strategic tips for approaching Kellogg’s interview questions, and more. Interview Archive: More firsthand... Read more »

Last Updated May 14, 2019 by

Chicago Booth MBA Interview Questions & Report: Round 2 / Alumnus / Off-campus

The interview with Booth was at Taj Land’s End – Bandra, Mumbai, India with a recent alum. The questions were very straight forward and conversational. Tell me about yourself why Booth why MBA He dug around some of my entrepreneurial experiences and motivations and also asked questions around my team interaction and leadership style. On the basis of this – I could conclude that Booth was very open to new ideas and the students were very quant /data oriented in their decision making. Preparing for an upcoming Chicago / Booth MBA Interview? Check out Clear Admit’s other resources: Clear Admit Chicago Booth Interview... Read more »

Last Updated May 14, 2019 by

Dartmouth / Tuck MBA Interview Questions & Report: Round 2 / Second-year student / On-campus

Overall it was a very relaxing / informal interview and echo a lot with Tuck’s lotto / criteria of Smart, Nice, accomplished and aware so make sure you are prepared for that. Questions Tell me about yourself Tell me about a timing…conflicts/hard team members How would other people describe you How would you describe yourself Post-MBA goals Any questions for me? Preparing for an upcoming Dartmouth / Tuck MBA Interview? Check out Clear Admit’s other resources: Clear Admit Tuck School of Business Interview Guide: Strategic tips for approaching Tuck’s interview questions, and more. Interview Archive: More firsthand accounts from Tuck applicants... Read more »

Last Updated May 10, 2019 by

Yale SOM MBA Interview Questions & Report: Round 1 / Adcom / Off-campus in Mumbai

My interview with Yale SOM was a conversation with Adcom. Fun and friendly. Questions what’s your career path so far why an MBA why Yale what do you want to do after The Adcom pressed a lot on the ‘Why Yale’ question. This was emphasized more than I would expect. Maybe they were trying to up their yield by making sure there is a strong desire to go to Yale.

Last Updated May 10, 2019 by

MIT Sloan MBA Interview Questions & Report: Deferred Admissions / Adcom / On-Campus

My interview with Sloan was application based. It was a very conversational and relaxed interview. Lots of behavioral questions: greatest weakness greatest strength Why Sloan Why MBA Tell me about a time where you showed leadership Tell me about a time where you relied on someone else for help Great school with warm, collaborative environment. Was able to attend a lunch and a class visit. Clear Admit Resources Preparing for your MIT / Sloan MBA admissions interview?  Check out Clear Admit’s other resources: Clear Admit MIT / Sloan Interview Guide: Strategic tips for approaching Sloan’s interview questions, and more. Interview Archive:... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 17, 2019 by

Combinations: Consider The Grouping with the Slot Method

The GMAT loves to present combination questions that force people to sit next to each other, or in certain seats, and then have the test taker figure out how many different ways people not forced to be glued to possibly a very uncomfortable chair can be seated around them. Because free will, clearly, is not an option for many movie-goers, committee members, and/or people seated in a kumbaya circle. Take this question, for example: A group of 5 students bought movie tickets in one row next to each other. If Bob and Lisa are in this group, what is the... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 16, 2019 by

Dartmouth / Tuck MBA Interview Questions & Report: Round 3 / Second Year Student / Skype

The interview was conducted by a second-year student. As the case for Tuck interviews, it was a blind one. It was a friendly chat, she tried to make me more comfortable. No surprise questions. Questions: Tell me about yourself Why MBA Why Now Why Tuck – she kinda dug deep on this question with few follow up questions. Do you have any questions for me? I think the whole interview lasted 30 mins. I was ready for all these questions. I think I answered them well. But she did not give much away. I am not sure whether she was... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 16, 2019 by

Michigan / Ross MBA Interview Questions: Round 3/ 2nd year MBA student / on campus

My interview at Ross was very informal with a 2nd year male interviewer. Questions Walk me through your resume. Why Ross? Why an MBA? What is your greatest strength? Tell me about a time you failed? What is your leadership style like? These questions were pretty relaxed and he took a couple of notes. We ended up chatting about future, etc. very informal, lasted about 45 minutes. Clear Admit Resources Preparing for your Michigan / Ross MBA admissions interview?  Check out Clear Admit’s other resources: Clear Admit Michigan / Ross Interview Guide: Strategic tips for approaching Ross’s interview questions, and more.... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 16, 2019 by

Michigan / Ross MBA Interview Questions: Round 2 | Alumni | Bay Area

I Interviewed with Ross at the alumni’s office in downtown San Francisco. Lasted about 45 minutes. Questions: Went into a lot of detail with my resume. Asked questions about both my role/results and the overall the business model of a company I had worked at 5 years ago. Spent about 20 minutes on just resume questions. Asked why Ross (but not why business school specifically but tied it into my Why Ross answer) Tell me about a time when failed/didn’t get the result you wanted. What did you do? You spent a lot of time in X country, tell me... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 15, 2019 by

Wharton MBA Interview Questions & Report: Round 2 / Adcom / Off-campus Hub

Had my Wharton interview at the San Francisco campus in a smallish room with a round table. Name tags were faced towards the interviewer and no visible, which made it hard to call people by name since I had forgotten a few. Overall structure: Interviewer briefly introduced herself, read the prompt, and told us about what we would have: 35 minutes, a timer, and a whiteboard. TBD (Team Based Discussion) 1 on 1 interview We were also asked to give our intended major in our intro, which threw some of us off, but I don’t think that ended up mattering.... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 15, 2019 by

NYU Stern MBA Interview Questions & Report: Round 3 / Adcom / On-Campus

Interviewed with a member of the adcom on campus in March. Application-based interview. The interviewer started off by saying that they had seen my application and wanted to get to know me better. We discussed where I was from and what I liked most about NYC. Questions After reading other interview reports from Stern, I was prepared for a lot of Stern-based questions, but instead got a lot of behavioral questions. They asked about a time when I had made a mistake as a team leader and how I overcame it, what my communication style is like, etc. Advice I... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 14, 2019 by

Chicago Booth MBA Interview Questions & Report: Round 2/ Alumnus/ Off-Campus

It was a very pleasant interview atmosphere at Booth. The interview was blind and conducted by an alum. Questions: Walk me through your background What are your goals — Follow up to this was what is your plan B if current goals don’t work out Why Booth What concentration would you want to specialize in at booth? Why did you choose your first job? Your second job? Where are you in the org hierarchy, how many people report into you What 3 key advice would you give to people you manage to succeed at work How have you dealt with... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 12, 2019 by

Chicago Booth MBA Interview Questions & Report: Round 2 / Alumnus / Off-campus

I heard from Booth on the first day of the week when interview invites were supposed to be out. After submitting answers to the short answer questions Booth asks, I got the name of my interviewer in around 4 days. Mailed him to set up a time, and interviewed on the last day of the interview window. We met at his office. Questions It was a comfortable experience. It felt quite informal for the most part. We started with him asking about my family, which surprised me. He wanted to know about what my family did, where we were from... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 12, 2019 by

Wharton MBA Interview Questions & Report: Round 1 / Adcom / Off-campus hub in Mumbai

Wharton Team Based Discussion Group discussion was friendly. Had 5 other candidates. The session started with each person introducing themselves and then sharing their individual pitch around the topic. Then, we started bringing these different ideas to life. Everyone was collaborative and building on each other’s points. We managed time well – left the last few minutes to summarize as a group. This was followed by a 15-minute 1:1 interview. The questions were mainly around our past experience, why Wharton, and what after Wharton. Pretty straightforward and what you would expect. The interviewer was warm and friendly and generally interested... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 8, 2019 by

UT Austin / McCombs MBA Interview Questions & Report: Round 1 / Adcom / On Campus

I interviewed for the Part-time Austin Evening MBA program. My interview was on campus with the Director of Evening MBA admissions in her office. The interview was blind, she had my resume but had not seen any of my application. We had some small talk and then got into the interview. It started with pretty general questions and then shifted to behavioral questions. Interview Questions explain your work experience focusing on skills developed during each role What excites you about your current role how will you contribute to UT what are you looking for in fellow classmates UT is focused... Read more »

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