MBA Interview Tutorial
Business School Interview Basics
Top notch MBA interview skills are essential to win you a spot at one of the top business schools or MBA programs. We are here to help you achieve that goal of business school interview success with our free online how to interview tutorial. So let us not waste any time and get started right away…
Let’s begin by becoming familiar with interview basics regarding b-schools. There is a large variation in the type of MBA interview offered by each business program. Some business schools will offer you a formal onsite interview performed by admission officers or by business school faculty. Other MBA schools will offer an onsite business school interview given by MBA students prepped in basic interview technique. Other business schools will only offer you a less formal alumni MBA interview. You must know that the top business schools place great emphasis on the interview for admission success. Almost all business school applicants are very aware that the earning potential of top b school graduates is significantly higher than graduates of not as top rated b-schools. Its definitely worth your while to aim for acceptance at the best possible business school.
Business School Interview Rule of Thumb: If you are offered a choice between an onsite and an offsite interview, ALWAYS opt for the onsite interview. You will be perceived as a more serious candidate if you take the time and effort to visit the campus for the interview.
So…how do you prepare for the MBA interview. Mastering the business school interview process consists of learning how to properly sell yourself to the admissions team. Every successful salesperson knows that it’s impossible to convince a customer (in this case, the MBA admissions committee) to buy your product (i.e. offer you a spot in the upcoming class) if you yourself don’t believe in your product’s value. In other words, it is crucial that you believe in yourself to effectively present yourself during your business school interviews in a shining light.. Of course, you product may not be perfect, but no product is perfect. Perhaps your GMAT (or TOEFL score if you are a foreign-born applicant) is a lower than you would have like or your undergraduate grade in your economics course was mediocre. Forget your weaknesses for now. (We’ll come back to that in another lesson). To develop the right MBA school interview mindset, focus on your strengths. Think about your unique qualities and accomplishments.
Begin by contemplating the question: “Why do I really want to apply for an MBA program now?” The admissions committee is not interested in why you may want an MBA for future career success. They want to know why you want to attend business school now! Your answer should be different if you are a younger, less experienced applicant than if you are an older, more work-experienced applicant.
If you have less real-world work experience, you need to be mature and focused beyond your years to convince the admissions committee that you are ready to study for your MBA now. Show the admissions team that your talent will be left idling if you delay business school. You must depend upon college internships, family businesses, extra-curricular activities, etc to show that you have already made an impact upon a community or organization and that you’ve had at least some exposure to the business world.
If you are an older applicant, show the admissions committee that you have progressed up the ranks on your job and that an MBA will let you leap to the top. Have a very definite goal of how the MBA degree will enhance your career objectives. The business school admissions committee will be less likely to admit you if they feel that you are using the MBA program as a way to get out of a rut or to change careers since you haven’t enjoyed any career success till this point. Think about how you will be able to contribute to the other students in the business class by sharing your wealth of experience whether it is in finance, engineering or internet sales. If you have been in the work force for a very significant number of years, you will need to show that you are not too old to fit in the business class with others who may be younger than you.
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