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Last Updated Apr 18, 2019 by

Washington U. / Olin Interview Questions & Report: Round 3 / Aimee Williams Adcom / On Campus

I had an overall great interview experience at Olin. Aimee was warm, welcoming, and made me feel right at ease. At the beginning of the interview she explained her background and what questions she would be asking me. She informed me that she would be asking me 9-10 questions, and would give me some time at the end to ask her questions if time allowed. The first few questions were generalized questions about my background, why an MBA etc. The other questions were behavioral. Questions Tell me about yourself/ background? Why an MBA? How do you plan to use your... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 12, 2019 by

MIT Sloan MBA Interview Questions & Report: Round 1 / Adcom / Off-Campus Hub

My interview with Sloan Adcom lasted only about 20 minutes, which was unexpected but the atmosphere was quite nice and not tense at all. I also expected more behavioral questions but most of them were about my current job Questions Several questions asking for details about my current role and company Time when I was overconfident about a task at work and failed (with follow-up questions) Why MBA Why Sloan Towards the end I was able to ask questions to Adcom. Clear Admit Resources Preparing for your MIT / Sloan MBA admissions interview?  Check out Clear Admit’s other resources: Clear... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 1, 2019 by

HBS Reinstates Third Round of Admissions to Counter Sluggish Application Volume

Boston, MA – Harvard Business School has been forced to backtrack on a new initiative that was piloted in the 2018-19 admissions cycle: the elimination of school’s third admissions round.  Admissions director Chad Losee, who just months ago touted the benefits of moving to a more simplified two-round admissions cycle, announced today that the school was bringing back the third round, effective immediately.  This means that applicants can still apply to HBS for a September 2019 start date by submitting an application before the 21st of April. Losee cited several factors that influenced the admissions team’s sudden change of course:... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 1, 2019 by

Leading B-Schools Make This Year’s Acceptance Calls in Reverse Alphabetical Order ‘Just for the Heck of It’

Philadelphia, PA – It’s a well-known fact that many leading schools enjoy congratulating accepted students via telephone, typically just before official admissions decisions are posted online.  Tools like Clear Admit’s MBA LiveWire have lent a great degree of transparency to this process; as applicants report their news in real time and indicate their location.  Of course, applicants often like to speculate about how exactly the admissions teams go about making these calls: Is it by region? By the person that interviewed the applicant? By amount of scholarship dollars awarded? At random? One theory that seems to have stuck – at... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 1, 2019 by

Kellogg to Award Two Full Scholarships for Class of 2021

Evanston, IL — The Kellogg School of Management recently unveiled a special program to award two additional full-tuition scholarships to this year’s incoming class.  The scholarships will actually be offered up in specially marked boxes of Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes and Kellogg’s Sugar Smacks that can be purchased at the campus bookstore during DAK weekend (April 12-14).  Valued at over $140K each, these ‘cereal surprises’ are going to be a serious deal for a couple of incoming Kellogg MBAs. Kellogg’s Dean Sally Blount offered the following explanation for this unorthodox approach: “The idea actually came during a recent team-building weekend for... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 24, 2019 by

NYU Stern MBA Interview Questions & Report: Round 1 / Adcom / Off-Campus Hub

My interview took place in Mumbai, India. I had applied to Stern in Round 1, but their policy is to interview all R1 and R2 candidates in India at one go in March. The interview was perfectly timed to 30 minutes. My interviewer was a member of the admissions committee, and told me that she had read my application. She was very cordial and objective. Questions Choice of pre-MBA career; reasons and motivations for it (I have worked in the real estate industry, which includes a stint with a coworking space startup) Why MBA? Why now? What skills do you... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 24, 2019 by

Harvard Business School MBA Interview Questions & Report: Round 1 / Adcom / Off-Campus Hub

I had a great experience with the interview. The interviewer was very friendly and made me feel very relaxed during the whole process especially since the pace of the interview was quite fast. It lasted exactly 30 minutes: Questions Introduction Why did I make a decision to take a job abroad in a culturally different country. What surprised me most in that country. Why did I quit that job and come back home. Several questions asking to provide more details on the career path with my current employer. Questions about my recommender choice. Questions about my former supervisor who left... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 24, 2019 by

Stanford GSB Interview Questions & Report: Round 1 / Alumnus / Off-campus

My Stanford GSB interview was blind with an alumnus off-campus. The interview had my resume, which I sent before the interview. It was at the office of the alumnus and lasted for 1.5 hour. The interviewer was very nice, but the interview itself was a bit stressful as I had to remember even small details when describing various situations when answering the questions. After a brief introduction, the interviewer asked the following questions (not necessarily in this order): My biggest accomplishment. Time when I managed a team that was not performing well. Time when I stepped out of my formal... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 23, 2019 by

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

My Booth interview was with a local alumnus in my area at his workplace during the week. He was very accommodating and laid back. Interviewer only had my resume and took notes during the interview. Questions Tell me about yourself. Tell me about a time you had to deal with conflict. Tell me about a time that you failed. What did you learn? Why MBA? Why now? Why Booth? Have you visited campus? What classes/club activities are you interested in? Do you have any questions for me? Like others have said previously, the Booth interviews are very relaxed with behavioral... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 20, 2019 by

Michigan / Ross MBA Interview Questions: R2 / Alumnus / Off-campus

The interview was rather informal, held in a local Starbucks. My interviewer, an alumnus, was very friendly and started the interview telling me about her career and her experience at Ross. Then, we formally started the interview switching to English (we are from Peru so we speak Spanish). Questions Walk me through your resume Why Ross? Why an MBA now? What are your career goals? What are your best traits? How did you act in certain situations? (e.g. showed leadership, ethical dilemma, work with your team) Tell me about the feedback your manager gave you. The interview went smoothly, we... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 11, 2019 by

Cornell Johnson MBA Interview Questions & Report: Round 2 / AdCom / Ithaca

Cornell Johnson MBA Interview: I came before classes started so I didn’t see many applicants in the waiting room. Chatted with friendly admissions receptionist before being picked up by AdCom. I was with AdCom member and a student interviewer in training so total of two people in the private office of that AdCom member. Questions Asked: “Walk me through your resume” Asked to justify why I had switched companies/job progression Long term and short term goals Why Cornell How would I take advantage of career management center What activities would I take advantage of outside classroom ie, extracirriculuars Asked if... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 11, 2019 by

NYU Stern MBA Interview Questions & Report: Round 3/ Adcom Off-campus

My interview at NYU Stern was application based and taken by member of admission committee. The interviewer was courteous and attentive. After exchanging pleasantries, straightforward started with the questions based on resume first and then moved on to the application questions. Questions asked Describe career progress as highlighted by resume. Major projects handled and leadership roles. Short term goal – deep dive into why such a goal Back-up plan in case short term goal does not materialize Why Stern How do you plan to utilize the career development resources at Stern Companies you wish to work for What unique experience... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 10, 2019 by

UT Austin / McCombs MBA Interview Questions & Report: Round 2 / Adcom / Off-campus Hub

My McCombs interview was on January 18th in NYC with adcom member. It was a blind interview, so she had just reviewed my resume before I arrived. Very friendly adcom member, made it easy to relax and take my time answering questions. A lot of behavioral based questions, so have your stories ready, and also do your research on the school and extracurricular offerings. Questions Walk me through your resume What are your short-term and long-term goals? What is your plan b if these goals don’t work out? Why McCombs? Why now? How will you contribute to McCombs? Tell me... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 10, 2019 by

Yale SOM MBA Interview Questions & Report: Round 2 / Adcom / Off-Campus Hub

I had my Yale interview in early March, in London with an adcom. The interview was very structured, and lasted exactly for 30 minutes. The interview was blind-based, so the interviewer had only seen my CV and my quote prior to the interview. Questions Walk me through your resume. Why MBA? Why Yale? What was your greatest accomplishment? What was your greatest mistake? Please explain your quote. Do you have any questions? All in all, a very pleasant interview experience without major surprises. I believe the adcom primarily really wants to get to know you, and assess your fit with... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 10, 2019 by

Chicago Booth MBA Interview Questions & Report: Round 2 / Second-year student / On-campus

My interview at Booth was blind and done by a second year student. While you wait at the lounge area in the admissions office, the first year student will sit down with you and casually chat in order to make you feel relaxed. The interviewer dressed formally so as all candidates. The interview ran for 45 minutes. It was cordial and professional. Interviewer started with a brief introduction of herself. Nothing was surprising. I did my interview as a part of a campus visit. I highly recommend candidates do so if they haven’t already. Questions Tell me about yourself Why... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 9, 2019 by

Stanford GSB Interview Questions & Report: Round 2 / Alumnus / Off-campus

I received interview invite to Stanford GSB on a Monday and had my interview live within a few days after. The interview was very conversational and interviewer took notes using his laptop. After some brief introductions, the interviewer asked a few behavioral questions such as: Tell me about a time when you took on a leadership role Tell me about a time when you faced a difficult challenge, etc. Questions were very typical but I had to prepare 6-7 different stories of my experiences. Clear Admit Resources Preparing for your Stanford MBA admissions interview?  Check out Clear Admit’s other resources:... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 9, 2019 by

Yale SOM MBA Interview Questions & Report: Round 2 / Adcom / Off-Campus Hub

My Yale SOM interview was at the Hilton Hotel in London in early March, the interviewer was very friendly and followed a structured approach. The interview itself was blind-based and lasted for exactly 30 minutes. CV related questions Why MBA? What was your greatest accomplishment? What was your greatest professional mistake? What will be your contribution to Yale SOM? Please explain your quote I had 5 minutes left to ask any questions that I had. Overall, a pleasant interview experience. Preparing for an upcoming Yale MBA interview? Click here to get the Clear Admit Yale SOM Interview Guide. After your interview, be... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 8, 2019 by

Columbia Business School Interview Questions & Report: Early Decision / Alumni / Off-campus

Met at a WeWork. Older alumnus (maybe late 30s, early 40s). Very nice, but also switched into professional mode. Questions: Walk me through your resume. Asked specific question on why I had chosen my double major. Why MBA? Why now? Why Columbia? Worst case scenario, if don’t get into grad school, what’s alternative plan? What kind of job do I want coming out of Columbia (specific companies)? Biggest challenge have faced professionally and how dealt with it. What questions did I have for him.

Last Updated Mar 8, 2019 by

Michigan / Ross MBA Interview Questions: Round 2 / Alumnus / Off-Campus

The Ross MBA interview was conversational and pretty straight-forward. From what I noticed, she had a list of questions that may have been provided by the adcom. She also had my resume, and came prepared. The first few were stock MBA interview questions Tell me about yourself. Things seem to be going well. Why MBA now? Why Ross? Then she said that leadership is a big component of Ross culture, and asked My leadership style Success How I pivoted from a decision I’ve made. There were a few other questions that revolved around my professional experience. During the question section,... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 8, 2019 by

Chicago Booth MBA Interview Questions & Report: Round 2 / Second-year student / On-campus

After participating in the information session on campus at Booth, I waited for my interviewer at the admission office. My interviewer was a second-year student, who was sponsored by a consulting firm. We started small talks about my interview trip. (Note that I am an international applicant who had a long flight from my hometown.) Questions Tell me about yourself My role in the current employer (I think she asked this because I recently moved to a new company.) Conflicts at the current working place (This question is also related to #2) Tell me about your experience when you helped... Read more »

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