Debunking the Top 5 MBA Interview Myths

MBA interview myths

For B-school hopefuls putting the finishing touches on their round two applications, the next step in the process is preparing for the MBA interview. Some schools are notorious for putting candidates through a grueling exchange (we’re looking at you, Harvard Business School). Most interviews are probing conversations about your background and experiences. Preparation is key, so get started by putting your mind at ease regarding these common yet erroneous MBA interview myths.

The Top 5 MBA Interview Myths

Myth #1: The MBA interview is a one-way street.

One of the biggest misconceptions about the MBA interview is that it’s a one-way street, with the interviewer asking all the questions and the applicant answering them. In reality, the MBA interview is an opportunity for the interviewer and the applicant to learn more about each other. That’s why it’s essential that applicants engage in a genuine dialogue with the interviewer.

An MBA interview is an ideal opportunity to learn more about the program beyond what you glean from the website. Make sure to prepare a few smart questions in advance to ask the interviewer.

Myth #2: The MBA interview is all about your resume. 

While your resume is undoubtedly an important part of the MBA application process, it’s not the only thing that matters. The MBA interview is a chance to convey your personality, leadership skills and fit with the school’s culture. Prepare for the interview by thinking about how you can showcase your strengths and experiences rather than regurgitating your resume.

Myth #3: You need to have all the answers. 

It’s natural to feel a little nervous during the MBA interview. But it’s important to remember that you don’t need to have all the answers. In fact, it’s often more impressive when an applicant can admit when they don’t know something and then show how they would go about finding the answer. This is an ideal scenario to display your problem-solving skills and ability to think on your feet.

Myth #4: You should always say what the interviewer wants to hear. 

Being respectful and courteous during the MBA interview is obviously important. But you shouldn’t feel as though you need to tell the interviewer what you imagine they want to hear. In fact, it’s more impressive when an applicant is passionate and authentic, even if their opinions differ from the interviewer’s. So, be true to yourself and don’t shy away from sharing your sincere beliefs and ideas.

Myth #5: The MBA interview is the only thing that matters.

While the MBA interview is an integral part of the application process, it’s not the only thing that matters. Admissions committees take a holistic approach to evaluating applicants. That means considering factors such as GPA, work experience, essays, and recommendation letters in addition to the interview. Putting your best foot forward in all aspects of the application process is essential, rather than placing too much emphasis on the MBA interview.

In the end, if you prepare thoroughly and come prepared for a lively conversation, you should pass this hurdle with no trouble at all. Good luck!


We hope debunking these common MBA interview myths has helped ease your nerves about what awaits. If you’d like expert assistance to help you prepare for your interviews, SBC offers an MBA interview coaching service. Contact us today to learn more.

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