It’s never too early to start thinking about recruiting…or is it? We spoke with Keith Bevans, Global Head of Consultant Recruiting at Bain & Co., and Lauren Birnie, Vice President, Head of Firmwide MBA Recruiting at J.P. Morgan to discuss just that. Clear Admit and the MBA recruiting reps from Bain and J.P. Morgan came together on April 28, 2021 to discuss what these sought-after employers look for, and what their hiring processes entail. Topics covered include: How does your MBA recruiting process work? What will the impact of COVID mean for hiring this year? What tips/advice do you have... Read more »
Overall interviewer was very friendly. She was very familiar with my application materials and asked very specific deep-dive questions on my previous experiences. Questions: What is something that you’re working on? What are you good at? Can you give me an example of how you utilized your strength at work? Why MBA and why now? 2 things about your country that you would like to share with your classmates? Share an interesting story about your personal interests? What else would you like to share with me?
Friendly, easy-going interview. Interview lasted about 45 minutes. Definitely need to speak to why you are interested in Cornell / why it is the school for you. Questions: 1) Tell me about yourself. 2) Why MBA and why now? 3) Tell me more about your goals and what is your back-up plan? 4) Why Cornell? And how do you want to be involved? 5) Time you showed leadership? 6) What would you do if someone on your team isn’t pulling their weight?
We started with a little chit-chat about our shared backgrounds (both Chinese), then talked about the following (with probes from the interviewer throughout): 1) Tell me about your career thus far. 2) Why SOM? 3) Who have you spoken to about SOM? 4) What will you contribute to the SOM community? 5) Why the specific career goal you’ve articulated, and why not something else? 6) What do you think of the Dean Kerwin Charles quote? 7) Why did you choose your quote? 8) Anything else you’d like to mention? The atmosphere was very casual; my interviewer was dressed in a... Read more »
In this week’s Fridays from the Frontline, we hear from Emory Goizueta MBA student, Racquel Waite, about virtual classes during b-school. Give Yourself Grace: My 5 Tips for Surviving Virtual Classes By Racquel Waite, Emory Goizueta MBA ’21 I think we can all agree that this is not how we planned or thought our business school journey would go. Many of us came to school to expand our network, and though we may have accomplished that, it is unfortunate that we weren’t able to do it in the same way that previous classes have. Even though this situation has been... Read more »
My interview was not as behavioral-based as I thought it would be. I was prepared to talk in more depth about conflict/persuasion/leadership type “stories,” but most of the questions focused on how the last year has been, my future goals, and my interest in MIT Sloan. My interviewer was conversational, but I did find that their expression was neutral. I did my best to keep upbeat and energetic! The interview was shorter than I expected…the questions portion only lasted ~20mins and I was given ~10mins to ask questions at the end (total was less than 30 mins). Questions that I... Read more »
Interview started with a overview of the resume, which was followed by the below questions: 1. Tell me a bit more about your current role. 2. Most significant leadership experience? 3. Why MBA? 4. Why Kellogg? 5. Which pathway would you be interested in if and when you join Kellogg? 6. Which clubs would you be interested in joining? 7. Most significant achievement? Ran for around 40 minutes. Ended with me asking a couple of questions on the school. Overall, a warm vibe from the interviewer. She only had access to my resume and wasn’t the primary adcom member handling... Read more »
My interview was with a 2nd-year student. It was resume based. Went on for 35 mins. It was totally conversational rather than just Q&A, hence felt very relaxed even though I was nervous for the 1st couple mins. 25mins: 1. Tell me about yourself. 2. Why MBA, why now and what are your career goals? 3. Why Georgetown? 4. Tell me about a time when you took initiative at work. 5. What is your proudest achievement at work? 6. Tell me about a time when you had disagreement with your manager & how did you resolve it. 7. Which clubs... Read more »
Interviewed with a 2Y student. Very casual but structured, lasted about the 30 minute mark. He told me that the questions are predetermined. 1. I won’t ask you to go through the whole resume, maybe choose one professional experience where you succeeded at something and talk about what the outcome was. 2. Next question that I have for you is around broad mindedness. So, a lot of the recruiters often tell us that SOM graduates lead by knowing not only when to speak, but also by knowing when to listen. So if you could tell me about a professional experience... Read more »
Interview questions: – Why is an MBA right for you at this point in your career? – Why Ross? – Tell me about a time you dealt with something that changed unexpectedly. – Tell me about a time you had to motivate your peers (follow-up: how did you deal with push-back on this). – Tell me about a time you received negative feedback (from either a superior or a report). – Tell me about a time you worked with someone with a different upbringing than you (and follow up questions). Interview lasted 40 minutes. 25 minutes for above questions and... Read more »
The interview was conversational like all the other reports. I suspect the Booth interviews vary a bit depending on who you get as the interviewer. I was expecting more questions around “Why MBA, Why Booth, Goals etc.” from the other reports, but the majority of the interview time (30+mins) was spent on behavioral questions in my case. About 10mins was spent on Why MBA, Why Booth etc. and there was some time in the end for my questions. Questions that I can recall (not necessarily in this order. There was time spent on follow up questions & comments): -Interviewer introduced... Read more »
The interview was conversational and resume-based and lasted for about 40 minutes. The interviewer, who is based in my country, was about 10 minutes late, so the interview didn’t start as smoothly as I was hoping it to start, but I remained calm and understood the situation as life happens. Other than that, the interviewer was pleasant, smart and given their impressive career in two different sectors (consulting and entrepreneurship), had some insights to offer at the end of the “official part” of the interview. The experience was positive and casual, although it was clear that the interviewer was having... Read more »
The interviewer had read my entire application and started it off by asking me about one of pictures in my Pick 6. After chatting about it for a little while, we moved to the rest of the interview. The tone of the interview was very conversational and friendly. Since the interviewer had read my entire application prior to us meeting, the questions were a bit more targeted than the typical “walk me through your resume.” Below are some of the questions I was asked: – What stands out to you most in your work experience? – Discuss a time you... Read more »
The interview was very conversational and low-pressure. Here are the questions I encountered: 1) Walk through of your resume/tell the interviewer about yourself. 2) A time when you encountered something difficult or overcame a challenge. 3) Your short-term and long-term goals. 4) Why is now the right time for you to do an MBA? 5) Why McCombs specifically? 6) Your Plan B, in case business school does not work out? 7) What did you learn about yourself through the application process? 8) What have you learned in the past year because of all the unexpected changes brought from COVID-19? 9)... Read more »
Round 2 / Alumnus / Zoom I just had my interview with a Kellogg alum. The experience was fantastic, and he showed genuine interest in learning about my career and motivation to pursue an MBA at Kellogg. He first introduced himself and shared with me his personal experience at Kellogg. He then asked the usual questions: 1. Walk me through your resume, followed by probing questions into academic and career choices. 2. What are my work responsibilities? 3. How would a co-worker describe my best and worst qualities? 4. Tough work experience? 5. Why an MBA? 6. Why Kellogg? 7.... Read more »
It was really conversational and easy to get through. We did 30 minutes of Q&A then ran out of time so I could only ask 2 questions. 1) Walk me through your resume. 2) Why business school? 3) Why now? 4) What’s your plan B? 5) What industry within consulting would you like to focus on? 6) UCLA is a diverse community. Tell me about a time you worked with a team of diverse individuals. 7) Tell me about a time you disagreed with a team member? How did you handle that?
30 minute Zoom with a second-year student. General hellos at the beginning but then right into it (questions below). A bit tricky to gauge how I was doing because the interviewer was taking notes and therefore looking down while I spoke. –> If anyone knows more about how the second-years assess the interviews for Anderson, I’d love to hear from you! Questions: – Why an MBA, and why now? – Why Anderson? – What are your career goals? – What is your backup plan/Plan B if that doesn’t work out? – How will you contribute to Anderson? – Tell me... Read more »
Just finished Darden interview. Interviewer was extremely nice and friendly. I am not aware whether it’s typical for Darden interview or I was lucky, but I never thought MBA interview could be so pleasurable. The questions asked: 1) Tell me about yourself (family/background/interests/career). 2) Why MBA? Why Darden? 3) Leadership style? 4) What would your team members tell about you if asked? 5) What clubs will you engage in? 6) What value will you bring to Darden?
Very direct interview style, without a lot of conversation. I was surprised at how abruptly we sent from one question to the next. The interviewer became much more conversational after I began asking my questions near the end of our interview. Her questions included: 1) Why Ross; 2) Why MBA; 3) Why now; 4) Tell me about a time you made a decision with very little information; 5) Tell me about a time when you influenced a team with one of your strengths; 6) Tell me about a time when you had to give feedback to someone who didn’t take... Read more »
Resume-based alumni interview. Very straightforward and interviewer was friendly. Standard questions (Why CBS, why MBA, why now, leadership examples) were asked. No surprises. Seemed like an overall assessment of fit, so I prioritized building a solid relationship with the alum throughout the interview.