As you may guess, the purpose of the MBA admissions interview is twofold: it gives the AdCom a chance to see a candidate’s personality, leadership qualities and motivation for pursuing an MBA, and it also lets applicants tell their own story beyond the essays and other materials in the application. Once you receive an interview invitation, your focus should be on preparation.
Do these 11 things, and you’ll knock it out of the park on the big day.
- Go into it with confidence.
- Know yourself, or the version of yourself that you want to display.
- Cover your weaknesses.
- Build up a broad base of knowledge about business and the world.
- Study the school in depth, and, if possible, research the person who will interview you, too.
- Dress the part.
- Have a list of stories that you can adapt to various questions ready.
- Keep your answers concise, but always have a lot more to say.
- Stay cool.
- Know what questions to ask.
Wrap up the interview with a sincere thank you for the interviewer’s time, and remember to ask for a business card if you haven’t already received one. Send a thank-you note or email within the week, and try to include a memorable detail from your conversation to help the interviewer remember you as well as to reiterate your interest in attending the school.
The interaction in an MBA interview speaks volumes about what kind of teammate you will be when you are in the program, so make sure the right message is coming across loud and clear.