Even if each interviews is unique, there is great similarity in
the subjects touched upon. The principal things your interviewer
will be looking at are:
- your previous education
- your professional experience
- your extra-professional activities
- your character and your values
- your motivation for doing an MBA and, more specifically,
at the school with which you're interviewing.
numerous MBA students in order to gather a list of the
questions most frequently posed in each of these categories.
The great thing about this list is that it gives you the
wording of most of the questions you will be asked. This
list is very exhaustive, and you certainly won't have to
answer even a tenth of these questions. The problem is that
you don't know which ones you will be posed. We therefore
suggest that you prepare a response to most of these
questions so that you can be convincing on the spot.
Your previous education:
Which school did you attend and why that one'?
Would you choose the same studies again ifyou could do it
What was your major and why?
What overall grades did you get? Did you get honors?
Which courses were you best at? Why?
What did you like most about this part of your education?
What did you least like about this part of your education?
What extra-curricular activities did you participate in?
Why and what was your contribution?
How did you pay for your education'?
Your professional experience:
Can you briefly describe your career progress to date?
What are your long term career aspirations and why?
Please discuss the factors, both professional and
personal, influencing the career decisions you have made so
Can you briefly describe the key responsibilities of your
What are the key challenges of your job?
While recognizing that no day is typical, please describe
a representative working day.
Why did you choose this profession? Why this company?
What do you like best/about your current job?
Describe your most successful accomplishment at work.
Describe a failure on the job.
What could you do to be an even more effective member of
Describe a situation in which you have been in the
position of leading a group.
What have you done to develop those under your
What specifically have you done to help your company
How does your performance compare with that of your peers
at a similar level?
Describe your relationship with your boss. What is good
and bad about it?
Where is your industry heading in the next five years?
(all the more important if your interviewer works in the
Your extra-professional activities:
How do you spend your time outside of work? What
activities do you enjoy most and why?
Describe a situation where you have been in a position of
leading a group in those activities,
Describe your key accomplishments in these activities.
Describe any failure in these activities.
What is the last book you read? What did you think of it?
What is your favorite sport? What aspect of it appeals to
Your reasons for doing an MBA and more specifically the
reason you are doing this interview:
Why do you want to do an MBA? Why now?
Where do you expect to be in 5 years?
What do you expect to get from an MBA?
Why do you want to come to our school in particular?
Which other schools are you applying to?
How did you choose these schools? Why so many/few?
Which school is your first choice?
What if you are not accepted in the schools you are
applying for? ifyou didn't get into any programs?
What specific questions do you have about our school?
What would you contribute to our school that is
Your character and your values
Tell me about yourself.
How would your friends describe you?
What are your main strengths and weaknesses?
What have you done that you are proud of?.
Who are your heroes? Why?
Describe any significant experience abroad. What did you
learn from this?
Describe an ethical dilemma that you faced. How did you
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