The whole interview was ‘Tell me about yourself’ with follow up questions in between that gave direction to the narrative. The interview was blind so the interviewer didn’t have access to my application or resume. Questions included: Why MBA (covered ST and LT goals)? Why now? Why Darden? What do you do in your current role at the moment? There were no behavioral questions at all, but my story covered examples of leadership, teamwork, initiative, and extra curriculars. It was very conversational and friendly. There were no surprises and Darden is at the top of my list now.
Interviewer was a bit flat, but not overly cold. The person had to reschedule a few times due to care-giving responsibilities and informed me the interview would last precisely 40 minutes. She provided time updates during the interview and informed me there would be six questions: 1) Tell me about yourself. 2) Why MBA? (I proactively answered “Why now”) 3) Why Ross? (I indicated an academic offering, an action-based leadership offering, and a club offering.) 4) Tell me about a time you had to deal with a lot of uncertainty and how you responded. 5) Tell me about a situation... Read more »
I had the interview via Skype with an adcom member. It was much more informal than I expected. Yet, the questions were centered around my career goals and recruitment strategy. 1) Initial question about my ‘Pick Six’ essay. 2) Two key highlights from my resume. 3) One example showing that I could derive insights from data. 4) How do you plan to benefit from Stern’s Office of Career Development? 5) What would be your recruitment strategy? 6) Why do you want to pursue that specific post-MBA career (social impact)? 7) Why do you want to switch careers now? 8) Target... Read more »
The interview was just like I had expected based on other interview reports! It was conducted blind (she had not even seen my resume), so make sure to convey everything you would want to from your resume and give background behind things (ie. they won’t even know when you graduated or how long you’ve been working). 1. Tell me about yourself, your family, where you went to undergrad and what brings you here today. She said that she might interrupt me with questions in the middle, but she didn’t really, she gave me free rein to speak. 2. Tell me... Read more »
My interviewer came across as warm and friendly, and eased into the actual interview with some small talk beforehand. The questions went roughly as follows: 1.) Tell me about yourself; include your educational/professional background, why you want an MBA, and why you chose to apply to Darden. The interviewer followed up with some clarifying questions about my atypical work history. 2.) Tell me about a conflict you had with someone, how you handled it, what you learned from the conflict, and how you’ve applied these lessons to other situations going forward. 3.) Tell me about your leadership style; you can... Read more »
Felt pretty informal. My guess is that these interviews are largely assessing fit, since fit is a huge deal for Tuck and the 2nd-year students conduct them. I got the sense that this was more about “can I imagine you sitting next to me in class” than “will you crack under the pressure of IB recruiting.” 1. Tell me about yourself/walk me through your resume. 2. What are your short-term and long-term goals? 3. Why MBA and why Tuck? 4. Tell about a time you received feedback; how did you handle it? 5. Reverse: tell about a time you had... Read more »
I was surprised how conversational the interview was. She clearly had just read my application and thus it felt very natural to speak about my goals and plan. She absolutely had a few questions she wanted directly answered, but there was a flow to the conversation vs. Q&A, Q&A, Q&A, which I greatly appreciated.
After signing in, I got the opportunity to test my computer and prepare two sample questions. For the real questions, there would be a video of an Admission Officer saying the prompt and the text below it. After the video ended, a timer would start with time to prepare the answer. Then, the recording would start. The questions were as follows: 1. Why an MBA and why now? (20 seconds to prepare, 60 to present) 2. Talk about a difficult situation you have experienced at work. Explain with details. (30 seconds to prepare, 90 to present) 3. Some people say... Read more »
Interview was super fast, 20 minutes Interviewer showed up about 5 minutes after scheduled time (it was the first time slot on a Monday) and seemed to be in a hurry. I never saw anyone introduce themselves so fast. It seemed I had hit the 2x speed button. But I tried to keep calm. First thing interviewer explained how interview was gonna be. -Tell me about your new job (changed during application) -Tell me about your data visualization (started to overlap with question 1, bc it was about my new job) -Tell me about a recent accomplishment at your new... Read more »
Interview went very smoothly, the interviewer set a welcoming and warm atmosphere which made me feel much more comfortable. I also loved that almost all questions were straightforward about specific things from my application, so I basically knew how to answer them. Questions/talking points -Specific thing about my essay, family background and how it relates to my background and goals -Why did I go to my first job at a Big 4 and how it related to my goals -How did I handle the fact that my college education hadn’t provided me with the basics to work with audit, valuation... Read more »
Interview was very light, conversational, lasted around 30 minutes. I had heard that interviews were very serious, however felt lighthearted. The interviewer was genuinely interested in getting to know me past the information on the application. Asked about my hobbies, what I liked to do for fun. Did not ask me any questions about the interview essays. Also asked typical questions: – Why MBA/Why Now/Why Sloan – Biggest accomplishment at work – Time you had a conflict at work & how you solved it Received admissions offer with $$.
As if 2020 hasn’t been difficult enough, there may be some more bad news for applicants to leading business schools: Round 1 outcome data from Clear Admit’s LiveWire tool suggests that MBA applicants may be in for a tough 2020-2021 admissions season. Amid rumblings of higher application volume, we conducted a quick year-over-year analysis, looking at the percentage of total LiveWire updates represented by Rejection and Interview Invitation statuses. The rate of interview invitations and rejections at the top-16 US MBA programs suggests that schools may be handing out fewer invites – and that rejections may be on the rise.... Read more »
The interviewer was very friendly and started off the interview by giving an overview of what to expect in the next 30 minutes. She informed me that she had reviewed my application in detail, and there would likely not be any time for questions at the end. The atmosphere was very relaxed and was more application than resume-based. Below are some questions she asked: Why did I double major with Psychology? Personal traits (why I described myself as X and Y). What trends to I expect to see in the manufacturing space? (I am from a less traditional industry so... Read more »
Relatively casual, friendly, informational environment. Interviewed with a second-year student who had similar interests/career experiences to mine — I’m not sure if that was on purpose or coincidence. He asked very “typical” questions: Tell me about yourself Teamwork example Leadership example Influencing another individual example Career path Why Kellogg Any questions for me? ( I came prepared with 5 questions to ask the interviewer and we talked through all of them) Altogether the interview lasted ~45 mins. The conversation felt as if it was mostly a “screener” to ensure I had basic social skills, could articulate my goals, and could... Read more »
1) What are your short-term and long-term goals? 2) How will Tuck help you reach your goals? 3) How will you contribute to Tuck? 4) Tell me about an example when you went outside your comfort zone. 5) Tell me about an activity/cause that you are passionate about. 6) Is there anything you wished I had asked you? The interview was 45 minutes. The second-year student was very kind and present throughout the interview. They really care about making sure you feel comfortable during the interview, which I appreciated.
– Tell me about yourself. – What are your short-term and long-term goals? I’m interested in corporate social impact, so I had a follow-up question on how the pandemic has impacted corporations’ social responsibility. – Why Kellogg? – Questions about Kellogg? The entire interview was 30 minutes and the alumnus was very kind. He explained why he chose Kellogg, how it led it him to his current career, etc. Very positive interview experience!
I interviewed with an alum who also works in consulting as I do. He only had my resume. It lasted a little over an hour. The interview was fairly ‘standard’ interview questions, e.g., what challenges did you face at work? Tell me about a rewarding experience? What was a piece of advice you recently received? He gave me time at the end for me to ask questions. The tone of the interview was cordial. I would advise candidates to prepare for a couple of ‘challenge’ / ‘failure’ type of experiences. The interview went pretty much how I’d expected based on... Read more »
1. Tell me about yourself. 2. Why MBA? 3. Why Tuck? 4. What are your short- and long-term goals? 5. Tell me about a time where you had a conflict and how you handled it. 6. Tell me about a time when your boss gave you feedback and how you reacted to it. 7. How would you contribute to the Tuck community? 8. Do you have any questions for me?
The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania is now interviewing applicants for the Class of 2023. As many of our readers know, Wharton’s interview process centers on a ‘team-based discussion’ (TBD), during which a small group of 5-6 prospective students are brought together to present their thoughts on an assignment they have been given prior to the interview. The team must work together to share ideas and form consensus around the best path forward. This year’s prompt for the Team Based Discussion is as follows: “Creating an engaged, supportive alumni network is crucial to an institution’s success. With over... Read more »
Biden Presidency May Boost U.S. B-Schools Now that the U.S. presidential election is behind us, business schools and applicants alike are wondering what a new administration will mean for U.S.-based MBA programs. Considering the impact the Trump administration has had on the immigration equation for higher education, it is no surprise that many are curious about what to expect. At Clear Admit, we think that the election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris is a net positive for graduate management education in the United States. Here are five reasons: The Leaning Tower of Student Visas: The Trump administration had sought... Read more »