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Last Updated Nov 29, 2011 by

Wharton MBA Admissions Interview Questions: Round 1 / 2nd Year Student / On-Campus

Interviewer was very friendly and started by sharing his background. Then asked about me, at which point I walked through my resume. I wasn’t asked to go over Why Wharton, or Why Now, and Why an MBA, but I tried to incorporate these in the conversation at the end of the interview. The interviewer then proceeded with the 3 questions below (very similar to the ones listed in previous posts below): Tell me about a time when you led a team and you failed Tell me about a time when you led a team and you experienced conflict between 2... Read more »

Last Updated Nov 28, 2011 by

Wharton MBA Admissions Interview Questions: Round 1 / 2nd Year Student / On-Campus

As other candidates have mentioned before, the on-campus Wharton interview is a blind interview and very straightforward (no surprise questions). My interviewer was very complimentary and conversational. I started off describing my current job and walked the interviewer through my resume, and answered how Wharton fit into my goals and got into some good detail about my future goals. We had some back and forth dialog (the student described his background). He chose three of the five questions listed in the previous posts (see 141). Specifically: Tell me about a time when a project did not succeed. How did your... Read more »

Last Updated Nov 27, 2011 by

Wharton MBA Admissions Interview Questions: Round 1 / Adcom / Off-campus

I had my interview at the HUB location with AD COM member. The interview was very straight forward. The questions asked were: Walk through your Resume. Why do you want an MBA. Tell me about your experience at an organization (Specific to my profile). How did you convince people to establish this organization (Again specific to my profile). Tell me about a time when you managed a cross functional team. Do you have any questions for me. Then the AD COM member asked a few questions about some of my extra curricular activities. The question why Wharton didn’t come up... Read more »

Last Updated Nov 26, 2011 by

London Business School MBA Admissions Interview Questions: Round 1 / Alum / Off-campus

The LBS interview was on a weekend in the interviewer’s office. I wore a suit and tie, but the interviewer was dressed in regular street clothes. The interview was overall a high-pressure interview and I was challenged a lot throughout the two-hour period. The key for me was to remain calm and stay focused on why LBS, why an MBA, and why I chose the career I’m in. Questions: Tell me about your work and education background. Why do you want an MBA? Why do you want to go to LBS? Why did you choose the career you’re in? Do... Read more »

Last Updated Nov 26, 2011 by

Yale SOM MBA Admissions Interview Questions: Round 1 / Alumni / Off-campus

I live outside the US so was fortunate that Yale found an alum that was relatively close to me. The adcom put me in contact and I set up an interview for an African capital city. I met her at her office and we completed the whole process in about 30 mins. She was very friendly and positive, it was a low-key interview and she explained that her job was just to make sure that my “story” was compelling and that I could communicate effectively in English. She gave a bit of her background, then asked me pretty much the... Read more »

Last Updated Nov 23, 2011 by

Columbia MBA Admissions Interview Questions: Early Decision / Alum / Off-Campus

Interviewed on November 1st, invited to interview 20 days after submitting application. Talked to my interviewer on the phone ahead of time, so I had a good sense of his attitude, personality etc. He gave the impression the interview would be casual (“look forward to getting to know you”), but that he would have to ask specific questions to fit the feedback form. Interview was at his office, we chatted for a while, about his experience at Columbia, current issues etc. Nothing was a test, I tried my hardest to relax and be myself, but be confident! He prodded me... Read more »

Last Updated Nov 22, 2011 by

INSEAD MBA Admissions Interview Questions: Round 1 / Alum / Off-campus

My two INSEAD interviews were very different. The first one was with a younger alumnus who used to be an MD and worked in Pharma industry before joining McKinsey. The second one was a very senior alumnus who used to be the president of a huge international cosmetics company’s Taiwan Branch. The first one was very casual and because he knew that I will use English with the second one (the second one is not a Taiwanese), he used Chinese during the interview. He seemed pretty casual and did not ask many questions. In fact, I don’t feel that he... Read more »

Last Updated Nov 22, 2011 by

INSEAD MBA Admissions Interview Questions: Round 2 / Alum / Off-campus

My take from the interviews …member of the class of Dec 2012…submitted app in June 2012,got invite in july 2012 and was interviewed in august 2012 First interview Who: Upcoming India Tech company – head of sector of the company, based in the City of London very relaxed, but formal, told me he we were there for a converstaion, not interview, to find out more about me… almost no pressure, very patient, waited me to finish my answer…typical questions…and had a chat for his company…aside from typical questions, here is what took me by suprice what is rewarding about your... Read more »

Last Updated Nov 22, 2011 by

Chicago Booth MBA Admissions Interview Questions: Round 1 / Alum / Off-Campus

Met a ’09 alumni in his city of work. After a very early morning long drive from home to the airport, a flight delayed by over 2 hours, my condition at time of meeting him was far from being presentable. But he seemed to understand that and didn’t mind my appearance. We met an hour in advance from what we had decided on. After a customary handshake and hi-how-are-you, we settled down on a public bench under the shade of a tree in a not so crowded market area. This wasn’t an interview. It was more of a 24-minute conversation.... Read more »

Last Updated Nov 21, 2011 by

Harvard MBA Admissions Interview Questions: Round 1 / Adcom / On-Campus

Interviewed on Nov 21, 2011. It was conversational in nature, my interviewer was extremely friendly but explained that she would cut me off sometimes and it should not be interpreted as being rude. Questions: Assume that I have not read your application. Tell me about yourself Why did you decide to work for Company ‘X’ after graduation? What is your current job like? Many follow up questions based upon what I had said. Have you had the experience to manage difficult personalities? How have you handled that? What makes for a good day for you? What makes for a bad... Read more »

Last Updated Nov 20, 2011 by

London Business School MBA Admissions Interview Questions: Round 1 / Alum / Off-campus

My LBS interview date was set one week after I received the interview invitation. I firstly wrote an email to the Alumnus who is also in Taipei and we quickly set our date. We met in an Café in a department store on Saturday morning. We firstly had chitchats using Chinese and then after ordering our drink, we switched to English mode and the interview started promptly. The questions were as follows: Tell me about yourself? Tell me about your travels (other than the one I wrote in my essays). What memorable things about them? What do you learned? (I... Read more »

Last Updated Nov 18, 2011 by

Wharton MBA Admissions Interview Questions: Round 1 / 2nd Year Student / On-Campus

I had my Wharton and Lauder interviews this week, both on campus. Hopefully my experience is helpful to those of you who have yet to interview: Wharton- There was a waiting area with several small rooms surrounding the area. There were 5-6 candidates waiting to interview and we were all asked to provide our resumes. Right at the specified time my name was called and a second year student greeted me and invited me into an office. He jumped right in and asked me to talk about my background and experience. He didn’t ask a lot of questions and allowed... Read more »

Last Updated Nov 17, 2011 by

Wharton MBA Admissions Interview Questions: Round 1 / AdCom / Off-Campus

I had promised myself that I would come back after my interview and contribute to this community as this is perhaps the most concise source of information regarding Wharton. Hence this post. I would like to request others to also contribute to this forum. I had my interview yesterday. Very amiable with behavioral questions interlaced with questions from my resume. Against all the initial feedbacks that I had got from various sources, it wasn’t at all mechanical. Started out with a question about my work experience. Slowly she mixed it with behavioral questions like.. Tell me about a time when... Read more »

Last Updated Nov 17, 2011 by

Wharton MBA Admissions Interview Questions: Round 1 / 2nd Year Student / On-Campus

The Wharton interview was rather straightforward and exactly as expected. The student first introduced himself and asked me the standard why MBA and walk me through your resume just to warm up. He had a page with five questions out of which he choose three for the interview. I have attempted to compile these five questions from the earlier entries on this wiki – Tell me about a time when you led a team and it failed. How did your teammates initially react? What will you do differently now? Tell me about a time someone convinced you of an idea... Read more »

Last Updated Nov 16, 2011 by

UVA / Darden MBA Admissions Interview Questions: Round 1 / Second-year Student / On-Campus

Had on campus interview with second year student. As expected, interview was extremely conversational. Interviewer didn’t have a copy of my resume and simply wanted “learn more about” me. Interview progressed with walk through of my personal and professional history. We then transitioned to “Why an MBA?” and “Why now?”. This led to a brief conversation about my professional objectives and finally, we spent some time talking about why I was specifically interested in Darden. Interview ended with the interviewer giving me introduction into his experience / background and offering me opportunity to ask questions.

Last Updated Nov 16, 2011 by

Wharton MBA Admissions Interview Questions: Round 1 / On Campus

On campus interview, short and to the point. 4 behavioral questions. Alumni interview Discuss a time when you managed a cross-functional team A time when you had to persuade someone (can’t remember if it’s on your team or doesn’t matter) A time when you had to manage someone more experienced than you. A time when you managed/led a team and failed.

Last Updated Nov 16, 2011 by

Wharton MBA Admissions Interview Questions: Round 1 / Second-year Student / On Campus

2 Traditional Questions: What do you do in your current job / resume walkthrough Why now 4 Behavioral Questions (with a lot of follow on questions for each): Tell me about a time when you had to manage someone much more senior than you. Tell me about a time when someone convinced you to change your opinion. Tell me about a time when someone did not agree with you initially and you convinced them of your idea/opinion. Tell me about a time when you were unsuccessful at managing a team. What would you do differently now. At the end: Do... Read more »

Last Updated Nov 16, 2011 by

Wharton MBA Admissions Interview Questions: Round 1 / AdCom / Off-Campus

My interview was at at a hub location with a member of the adcom. She was professional, but very nice. The interview took just over half an hour and seemed more like a discussion than anything else, as she would converse back and forth with me during the questions. Intro Questions: She asked about what I am doing right now, and we launched into a discussion about my job history. “Why do you want get an MBA? Why now?” Behavioral Questions: “Describe a time when you worked with someone more or less experienced with you, and they disagreed or had... Read more »

Last Updated Nov 16, 2011 by

Chicago Booth MBA Admissions Interview Questions: Round 1 / Alum / Off-Campus

I interviewed with a Booth alumni (Class of 08) off campus in my local city (DC). We met at a local Coffee shop. He started off by giving me a quick run down of the process, and a little bit about himself. Specific questions he asked Tell me about yourself Why Booth, Why Now, Why MBA Tell me about a time you lead a team and had to resolve a conflict What is your leadership style, and how do you function when you are not a leader in a team Tell me about your extra-curriculars Initially he said it would... Read more »

Last Updated Nov 16, 2011 by

Chicago Booth MBA Admissions Interview Questions: Round 1 / Alum / Off-Campus

Met with a Booth alum at a coffee shop in my local city. She started off by describing her background, and asked me some specific questions: So why do you want an MBA? Why Booth What other schools are you applying to, and can you compare Booth to them? How would you decide between two schools? Tell me about a time you exhibited leadership Tell me about a time you encountered a challenge Tell me about a decision you made that you later regretted Whole process took about 30 minutes, and there were 5-10 minutes for questions afterwards. Good luck.

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