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Last Updated Feb 11, 2020 by

USC Marshall Interview Questions & Report: Round 2 / Adcom / On-Campus

Interviewer: Elaine Padilla Questions: 1. Tell me about your undergrad (I think this was just the ice breaker, because we then chatted about the state I live in) 2. Why did you choose your undergrad major? 3. Walk me through your resume 4. (She was referring to the ECs on my resume) What is the most meaningful EC you’ve done on this list? 5. What are 3 things your peers would say about you? 6. What is your weakness? 7. What type of person are you on a team? Do you step up? Do you let others volunteer? What role... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 9, 2020 by

Fuqua / Duke MBA Interview Questions & Report: Early Action / Second-Year Student / On-campus

The interview was with a second-year student. It was blind, he had only my curriculum. He first introduced himself and asked me to do the same. Then he asked me some questions: why Fuqua? How can I contribute to Fuqua? Why diversity was important for me (I mentioned it)? Mention a situation where you had a conflict with your boss and how you handle it? He also made me choose a point of my curriculum and talk about it and made me some questions about what I said. And finally, he asked me if I had questions for him (really... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 2, 2020 by

Fuqua / Duke MBA Interview Questions & Report: Round 1 / Second-Year Student / On-Campus

Interviewer atmosphere was serious/to the point. Interview lasted an hour in length. The questions comprised of mostly traditional questions with a few oddballs: -Tell me about yourself? -Why an MBA? -Why Fuqua? -Standard “Tell me about a time” questions Oddballs: -If you had to build a team, what attributes would you build based off of? -What does “Team Fuqua” mean to you? -Describe your communication style using three words? I was admitted. The interview was challenging, but nothing too crazy and very doable as long as you do prep on the school and know yourself/your story very well. Clear Admit... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 2, 2020 by

Fuqua / Duke MBA Interview Questions & Report: Round 1 / Alumnus / Off-campus Shanghai

This was done at 11 am on a Saturday at the 23rd floor of a Marriott hotel in Shanghai. I was the only foreigner there that I could tell. I arrived a little earlier, and joined a bunch of other candidates who were there for the 11 am interviews (others had been scheduled for a 10 am interview). It seemed everyone was a little nervous, and all interviews were being done by alum. I had to wait until 11:05 until my interviewer was ready for me. It was a pretty quick chat, very informal and friendly. There was the typical... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 2, 2020 by

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

30 minute interview in an office in NYU Shanghai. I booked it in the morning at 10:30 so the office itself was really empty. I booked it with an admissions officer, who had already looked through my files. Her first question was “what do you wish for me to ask you?” which took me by surprise and I didn’t have a good response. The interview went a little downhill from there. She had clearly read my materials, so she went through the typical why NYU, why MBA, whether I was stuck on my career path or would I listen to... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 2, 2020 by

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

I am a re-applicant and I interviewed with Andrew Elrick (Executive Director of David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies) in Sao Paulo, Brazil. It seems like he does all interviews in Brazil, and I did not have another HBS person in the room. After greeting my interviewer, he thanked me for putting together a great application and for coming back as a re-applicant. That was a great ice breaker and made me feel at ease. It was clear that he knew all the details in my application and had already outlined points he wanted to touch upon. The first... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 2, 2020 by

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

The group interview was very straight forward. I had a one-minute pitch prepared. Each member gave their pitch, we developed a proposal stemming from the prompt and finished with one minute to spare. I think as long as you balance being a good team player with letting your personality shine through & leveraging personal experience in developing a proposal, you should be fine. The 1:1 interview was only 10 minutes in length and the interviewer asked: – Why Wharton? – Why an MBA? I basically gave an extended version of my elevator pitch to answer both questions (making sure to... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 2, 2020 by

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

– What have you done with your time since arriving to Boston? – Tell me about your international assignment? How was that experience challenging? – How important is X initiative to your overall company? – I see you made a low grade in class X in college – why was that course so difficult for you? – How do you see yourself impacting X industry/segment? – Is there anything you would like for us to know? The interviewer was very difficult to read. I left the interviewer feeling very lukewarm. Some questions I answered perfectly, some I felt like I... Read more »

Last Updated Dec 17, 2019 by

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

Interview was at a hotel. I was 15 minutes early so the interviewer started the interview early. She started with explaining the process and that she will take notes. 1) What changed since the app Tell me about a time when 2) you had to work with a difficult person 3) you solved a difficult problem with an innovative solution 4) you had to work with a struggling team 5) you had to make a decision quickly 6) Why MBA? Why now? Why MIT? I asked 2-3 questions for which the interviewer didn’t have any answer so not sure if... Read more »

Last Updated Dec 12, 2019 by

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

It took place in a neighboring country as there wasn’t any interviewer in my city. I got to the cafe we agreed to meet 15 minutes before and picked the table I wanted. He brought a blank piece of paper on which he took actually quite detailed notes throughout the interview. A short chat about my travel was followed by the following questions. It lasted for about 45 minutes. 1. Could you introduce yourself? 2. Tell me about your work experience (here I handed him my resume and briefly walked him through) 3. You are successful at your current job,... Read more »

Last Updated Dec 12, 2019 by

Yale SOM MBA Interview Questions & Report: Round 1 / Second-Year Student / Skype

The interview was blind and went for ~32 minutes. I am an international student and was matched with another international student, which was a bit of surprise to me. She briefly explained about the nature of the interview and we jumped right in. It seemed that she was advised to ask a list of questions and to complete the interview within 30 minutes. 1. Walk me through your resume within 30 seconds – I had 6+ years experience, so it was definately over time. 2. Why MBA – I mentioed my career goals first. 3. Why Yale SOM 4. What... Read more »

Last Updated Dec 10, 2019 by

London Business School Interview Questions & Report: Round 1 / Alum / Local City

Applied Round 1 Met at a cafe for lunch. Helped to make the conversation very casual because we talked while we waiting in line to order. Questions spanned the following topics: Post-MBA goals and how my experience to-date is relevant Why LBS? Why London vs US? h How/what am I doing now to achieve my post-MBA goals International experience Overall the interview was much more casual than expected, she was just genuinely trying to get to know me. Preparing for an upcoming London Business School interview? Click here to get the Clear Admit London Business School Interview Guide.

Last Updated Dec 10, 2019 by

Stanford GSB Interview Questions & Report: Round 1 / Alum / Off-Campus

The interview was conducted by an alum in his office building. I walked into the building and entered the elevator to go up to my interviewer’s floor as instructed in our emails to each other. As I was going up, I noticed a man looking at me curiously. When I turned to him, he introduced himself to me and said that I must be the person he’s interviewing. He’s the CEO, so I must have been the odd person he did not recognize in his elevator! We chatted a little bit and then walked over to the in-company coffee bar,... Read more »

Last Updated Dec 10, 2019 by

Kellogg / Northwestern MBA Interview Questions & Report: Round 1 / Alum / Off-campus

This was a R1 interview, and it took place at a hotel near the Alum’s office. He was extremely friendly. Questions: 1) Walk me through your resume 2) Why MBA? 3) Why Kellogg? 4) Goals 5) How will you differentiate yourself at Kellogg? 6) A few specific questions about a previous job I held 7) Tell me about a time when you led a team. 8) How will you contribute at Kellogg? 9) Which other schools have you applied to? For the Why Kellogg question, I happened to mention about how I had reached out to a certain club’s president... Read more »

Last Updated Dec 10, 2019 by

Wharton MBA Interview Questions & Report: Round 1 / Alum & Adcom / Off-campus

This was a team-based discussion in Mumbai, at the McKinsey office. Each team had 6 members, and were invited to have a live discussion which was viewed by an AdCom member. The structure of the interview was: 1. Quick intro on yourself 2. Team-based discussion, 30mins 3. 1×1 interview for 5 mins each The TBD was essentially people throwing in their thoughts, collaborating, and displaying team-work in real time. The adcom is looking for people who can take a stand, yet convince others to join in. You want to be noticed. The TBD is tricky because you can spend a... Read more »

Last Updated Dec 10, 2019 by

Columbia Business School Interview Questions & Report: Round 1 / Alum / Off-Campus

I have often heard that alum interviews can be tricky, and boy this one was. My interviewer was from the metals and mining industry, and had very little context on the industries I had spent time on (Consulting and PE). As a result, he got lost trying to understand my industries rather than understanding my experiences. He asked me questions like – 1. Why is the PE industry on the decline? Why do you guys charge high fees? Is it not morally wrong? 2. Tell me about your biggest professional mistake 3. After I answered Q2 above, he asked me... Read more »

Last Updated Dec 10, 2019 by

Columbia Business School Interview Questions & Report: Early Decision / Alum / Off-Campus

My alum was a much older and experienced one, looking at his profile I was quote intimidated going into the interview. He suggested we meet on a Sunday morning at 8AM at a local coffee shop. I was dressed quite formally and he showed up in jeans and a suit jacket. My interview was definitely not as casual as many of the other reports I had read. My interviewer had printed out a copy of my resume, along with the CBS recommended questions and was taking notes as I spoke the whole time. Nonetheless, he made me feel comfortable talking... Read more »

Last Updated Dec 10, 2019 by

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

The interview was at a hotel, and was a very relaxed atmosphere. It was an application-based interview where the interviewer had done a lot of research into my profile, and prodded a lot on my future goals. Questions were on the lines of – 1. Tell me about a time you worked on a team. What went right/ wrong 2. What are your long term goals? Why Sloan? 3. Why not start up right now? Why do the MBA? 4. Describe your most memorable professional experience till date 5. She asked me to describe my community service work in detail... Read more »

Last Updated Dec 10, 2019 by

UVA / Darden MBA Interview Questions & Report: Early Action / Second-Year Student / On Campus

This was my first interview I had for an MBA, so I was understandably nervous. The interview was laid back, and my interviewer was quite friendly, which eased the tension. They explained to me at the beginning of the interview that it was one of many data points in the application process and proceeded to give me the structure of the interview: 1. Roughly 20-30 minutes for me to tell my story, why I’m interested in Darden, and what I want to do with an MBA. 2. Roughly 5-10 minutes for him to ask me follow up questions. 3. Roughly... Read more »

Last Updated Dec 9, 2019 by

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

It was a very laid-back interview, held in the office of the alumnus. Both my wife and I interviewed back-to-back. He asked me (with some follow-ups): – Walk me through your resume – How would you make a decision as to which school to attend? – Tell me about a time you found a problem and solved it – Tell me about a time you convinced other people to do something – Tell me about a time you led a team – How did you change someone because of your mentorship? – Tell me about a time you failed –... Read more »

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