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Last Updated Jan 3, 2023 by

Wharton MBA Interview Questions & Report: Round 1 / Second-Year Student & Adcom / Zoom

I interviewed at Wharton on November 13th, 2022 via Zoom. The interview consisted of two parts – a 60 minute Team Based Discussion (TBD) along with a 10 minute 1:1 interview with a second-year Wharton MBA student. There were 5 other students in my virtual interview in a common Zoom room – everyone was quite friendly and eager for the interview. Each of us participated in the Team-Based Discussion Prompt (pitch an international trip + cultural immersion offering for a new Wharton Global Curriculum). We were given 60 seconds to provide initial thoughts and then were given an additional 30... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 3, 2023 by

Chicago Booth MBA Interview Questions & Report: Round 1 / Alumnus / Off-Campus

Overall the alum wasn’t responsive in the email. It took them two days to respond to my initial email to set up a meeting arrangement. So once that was finally set, I didn’t hear from him. He showed up a little late to the meeting, and he did apologize; however, the good thing is that he was chill. It was a casual conversation, and he asked the basics “Why MBA, Why Booth, Short-Term/Long-Term goals, and How do you plan to use Booth for your future goals.” But to be clear, it was very casual. He didn’t grill me or try... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 3, 2023 by

Chicago Booth MBA Interview Questions & Report: Round 1 / Second-Year Student / On-Campus

It was just me and a second-year student in a small room. The questions were heavily focused on my experience and what I wanted to get out of Booth. The big surprise was them asking me about what I can bring to the institution and the student body, something Booth cares about. Overall, very good experience and pretty straightforward.

Last Updated Jan 3, 2023 by

UVA Darden MBA Interview Questions & Report: Round 1 / Adcom / On-Campus

The interview was the most pleasant experience I had during my application journey. It was highly conversational, and they did not want to look through a copy of my resume. You will be in the driver’s seat to take the conversation where you want other than a few guiding questions. I had a great experience visiting campus, and everyone I engaged with was friendly and welcoming. I think it meant a lot to them that I interviewed in person. If you have the opportunity to do so, it can go a long way. Tell me your story and highlight the... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 3, 2023 by

MBA Admissions Tip: Five Questions to Ask Yourself Before Submitting an Optional Essay

We realize that the questions of whether or not to answer an optional essay—and, if so, what to say—are ones that loom large for many MBA applicants. In addition to our school-specific Essay Topic Analysis, we wanted to suggest a few questions that applicants might want to consider when making this call. Is my MBA optional essay relevant? Perhaps this goes without saying, but the only information worth sharing in an optional essay is that which will make a material difference in your candidacy. Whether you wish to comment on an exciting leadership role you’ve just taken on or explain... Read more »

Last Updated Dec 21, 2022 by

Real Humans for the Holidays: Winter Snow Edition

‘Tis the holiday season and we’re bringing you a festive short series inspired by Real Humans: MBA Students, called Real Humans for the Holidays! Read what students and alumni of top MBA programs like to do during the December holidays and their advice for our readers. Scroll down to see what five MBA students chose in a “This or That” game. You can also win a gift this season by participating in the Clear Admit Giveaway on LinkedIn! Jessica Berry, Wharton MBA Class of 2024 What do you like most about the December holidays? I’ve lived away from family for... Read more »

Last Updated Dec 15, 2022 by

Northwestern Kellogg Interview Questions & Report: Round 1 / Alum / Zoom

The only option was virtual. The interviewer didn’t ask “walk me through your resume.” Instead, they read my resume aloud and exclaimed they were impressed with my work experience at large/recognizable firms. They specifically said they admired my many majors in undergrad. o Why did you switch jobs? (Big 4 -> F500) o Why MBA/Why Kellogg/Post-MBA Goals. o What more for Why Kellogg? (This tripped me up a little because my initial response was very comprehensive/detailed.) o You should do MMM. Why didn’t you apply for MMM? (My interviewer thought I was a better fit for the MMM program than... Read more »

Last Updated Dec 15, 2022 by

UCLA Anderson Interview Questions & Report: Round 1 / Second-Year Student / Zoom

Option to interview on-campus or virtually. o Walk me through your resume. o Tell me more about your involvement with [volunteer organization]. o Why MBA/Short-Term & Long-Term Goals (I answered Why Anderson along with this). o What is your backup plan? – Context was if my post-MBA career goal doesn’t work out. o How would you contribute to the Anderson community? o What research have you done to learn about these clubs and the Anderson community? o What qualities would your current or previous supervisor say about you? – Asked for details about my work and the kind of innovations... Read more »

Last Updated Dec 12, 2022 by

MIT Sloan Interview Questions & Report: Round 1 / Adcom / Zoom

My interview was conducted through Zoom, but my interviewer signed in about 5 minutes late. She asked me: -Any updates since you submitted your application? -Tell me about something you accomplished within the past year. -Tell me about a failure you experienced and how you are growing from it. -Why MBA and why Sloan? Answering these questions lasted about 20 minutes and then the adcom member passed it to me to ask questions. I asked two, and was going to ask a third, but the adcom wrapped up the interview before I had a chance, even though we had about... Read more »

Last Updated Dec 12, 2022 by

Chicago Booth Interview Questions & Report: Round 1 / Second-Year Student / Virtual

Interviewer started by introducing herself and giving a long-winded explanation of her why MBA / why now / why Booth. 1. Tell me about yourself. 2. Proudest accomplishment? 3. Failure? 4. Strengths and weaknesses? 5. 3 words you’d use to describe your leadership style. 6. 3 words your colleagues would use to describe your leadership style (accidentally contradicted myself by mentioning one of my weaknesses here, but quickly corrected it by framing it as a sign of improvement). 7. Why MBA now? 8. Why Booth? 9. What are you most excited about the MBA journey? 10. How would you describe... Read more »

Last Updated Dec 12, 2022 by

Michigan Ross Interview Questions & Report: Round 1 / Alumnus / Virtual

Friendly format, interviewer had read my resume so he started off with questions: 1. Highlight two traits from your resume or personality that you want me to know. 2. Why did you switch to X company? 3. When did you face an ambiguous situation? 4. When have you dealt with a difficult teammate? (lots of follow up questions to this one) 5. Tell me about when you mentored someone. 6. A time when your leadership created a difference and how. 7. Failure? 8. Why MBA, since you’re already working in the industry you want to? 9. Why Ross? 10. Most... Read more »

Last Updated Dec 12, 2022 by

UNC Kenan-Flagler Interview Questions & Report: Round 1 / Adcom / Zoom

I was interviewed by an AdCom via Zoom. It was resume-based as according to her she was yet to see my complete application aside from the resume. The atmosphere was relaxing and she told me to stay calm and not be nervous. Questions asked were: Why UNC? Why MBA? How have you demonstrated diversity? Tell me a leadership experience you’ve had. What do you look for in a team? Have you spoken with any student or alumni? Do you have any questions for me? The interview lasted for about 40 mins and I really enjoyed talking to her as it... Read more »

Last Updated Dec 12, 2022 by

MIT Sloan Interview Questions & Report: Round 1 / Adcom / Virtual

1. Any update on your candidacy? 2. Walk me through your data visual and why it’s important for you. 3. Tell me about a time you had different ideas with somebody. 4. Tell me about a time you had a challenging task / project. 5. Tell me about a time you had to help someone in your team. 6. Why Now? 7. Why Sloan? 8. Any questions?

Last Updated Dec 8, 2022 by

Chicago Booth MBA Interview Questions & Report: Round 1 / Second-Year / On-Campus

Option to do virtual, off-campus, or on-campus interview: Chose on-campus and did a tour that included lunch with more current students. When I was called in, the interviewer already had a copy of my resume that had markups/notes (you are told to bring a copy regardless). o Walk me through your resume. o How did you start and get interested in [volunteer organization]? o How did you start and get interested in research? What kind of research did you do? o Why did you change jobs? How was the culture different between the two jobs? o What are your post-MBA... Read more »

Last Updated Dec 5, 2022 by

Chicago Booth MBA Interview Questions & Report: Round 1 / Alumna / Zoom

I interviewed with an alumna and she was super nice. Conversation flowed smoothly and naturally. Questions asked: Intro. Why MBA? Long/short term career goals – multiple follow-ups on what kind of places/firms I would want to go to. An example where you worked w/ diverse people at workplace? What can you bring to Booth? Anything you want me to highlight? Questions?

Last Updated Dec 5, 2022 by

MIT Sloan MBA Interview Questions & Report: Round 1 / Adcom / Virtual

Interview was easy going and the adcom was nice. Felt like a conversation but with targeted questions. Questions asked include: Any updates to your application? Walk through your data visualization. Tell me about a time when you had to gain support from people you did not manage. Tell me about a time when you inherited a broken process. Tell me about a time you disagreed with someone. Why MBA? Why Sloan? Questions for me?

Last Updated Dec 5, 2022 by

Dartmouth Tuck Interview Questions & Report: Round 2 / Second-Year Student / Zoom

I applied to Tuck before December 1 for a guaranteed interview. The interviewer was a 2Y MBA student. The interviewer was extremely friendly and had a genuine passion for Tuck. Interview questions: – Tell me about yourself. – Walk me through your resume. – Why MBA/Why Tuck/Why now? – Describe a time you received constructive feedback. – Describe a time you led a team. – How will you contribute to your study group? Overall I felt very positive about my interview experience and Tuck! The interviewer made me feel comfortable and we had a lot to talk about.

Last Updated Dec 1, 2022 by

Dartmouth Tuck Interview Questions & Report: Round 1 / Second-Year Student / Zoom

Interview was 30 minutes of initial intro and questions about me. Last 10-15 were for me to ask questions of her. Overall tone was very friendly and conversational. Interview was resume based, not application based. There were definitely some questions that she needed to ask, but the interview flowed naturally with follow-up questions that drew out any answers that weren’t clear. Introduce yourself. Why MBA? What do you want to do with your degree? Why Tuck? How would your coworkers or people who work with you describe you? Give me an example of something you have done that would cause... Read more »

Last Updated Nov 30, 2022 by

Dartmouth Tuck Interview Questions & Report: Round 1 / Second-Year Student / Zoom

It was an interview by a second-year student virtually via Zoom. It was profile-based questions followed by situation-based questions and lasted for 45 minutes. The interviewer lived up to Tuck’s reputation and was super nice and made me feel extremely relaxed and comfortable. No surprises in terms of questions, they were all per usual. Questions: Q1 – Tell me about yourself. Q2 – Walk me through your CV. Q3 – Why MBA and Why Now? Q4 – Why Tuck? Q5 – Tell me about a time you had to work out of your comfort zone and adapt quickly. Q6 –... Read more »

Last Updated Nov 29, 2022 by

Stanford GSB Interview Questions & Report: Round 1 / Alumnus / Virtual

The interview was formal, but still casual. We had a minute or two of small talk before the interviewer jumped right into it, giving me background on himself, allowing me to ask him questions about his professional experiences. Then from there we jumped into my background and, through conversation, he asked me some probing questions. He was less worried about what I did and more interested in the introspective aspects. Questions Asked: > Walk me through your resume. > Why did you choose investment banking out of school? > What hard skills in investment banking did you expect to /... Read more »

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