MBA interviews are a very important part of the admissions process. Sometimes the entire admission decision on hinge on your performance in the interviews. To improve your chances of admission, you need to prepare well for the interview. We give you seven common MBA interviews questions. Whatever else you may do, you should make sure that you have these questions covered.
Here are the seven common MBA interview questions:
1. “Tell me about yourself.”
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A very common question asked in the interviews. Despite this, the students find it difficult to tackle this question since it has such a broad scope. Typically, you should talk about your educational background, your major, work experience and career aspirations.
2. “Why MBA?”
The answer to this question demonstrates your clarity about your own career trajectory. Make sure you can link the MBA program with your career goals while answering this question.
3. “What are your short-term and long-term career goals?”
You should have clear answers to this question. Never be vague. Your goals should be concrete and achievable. Do not sound over ambitious while answering the question.
4. “What are your strengths and weaknesses?”
It can be quite hard to come up with an answer to this question. A typical thing students do is presenting their strengths in the garb of a weakness. Avoid that temptation. Try to talk about a genuine weakness and tell the interviewers your action plan to address them.
5. “Why are you interested in this school/program?”
A good answer to this question depends on your research about the business school. Talk about the school’s culture, faculty and connections and its impact on your career goals.
6. “Give me an example where you demonstrated leadership.”
Be ready with examples where your leadership qualities came to the fore. You should give solid examples where your leadership provided a favourable outcome. Convince the interviewers that leadership comes very naturally to you.
7. “Do you have any questions about the program?”
Another question where interviewers are trying to assess your knowledge and commitment towards the school. Do not ask questions where the answers can be easily found on the school website. Visit the school if possible, go through forums and try to ask about a unique aspect of the school.
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