MBA Admissions - Common Interview Questions

Practice MBA Interview Questions

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What Is an MBA Admissions Interview?

An MBA admissions interview is a type of interview that may be conducted during the MBA admissions process. The individual who is applying to business school is the subject of the interview. The interviewer or interviewers are representatives of the business school. They may be alumni or members of the admissions committee.  

Common MBA Interview Questions

Preparing for an MBA admissions interview is just like preparing for a job interview.

You need to dress professionally, show up on time, and practice answering common interview questions. Although every admissions committee will ask different questions of different students, there are a few common MBA interview questions that come up time and time again. You may even see some of these questions outside of an interview setting. For example, they may be used as prompts for the essay portion of an MBA application. 

Here are some of the most common MBA interview questions that applicants are asked during the admissions process:

  • Why business school?
  • Why did you decide to apply to this business school?
  • What makes you stand out among other candidates?
  • What can you contribute to our program?
  • What are your expectations of this program?
  • How do you plan to use your degree?
  • Where do you see yourself in ten years?
  • Can you walk me through your resume?
  • Can you give me an example of a time that you demonstrated leadership?
  • What is your definition of teamwork?
  • What would you say is your biggest weakness?
  • What are your greatest strengths?
  • How would your colleagues describe you?
  • What are your hobbies?

Practicing With Common Interview Questions

I didn't include answers for these questions because admissions interview questions are open-ended questions, and there is no one right way to answer them.

Admissions committees ask questions like this because they want to get to know you. Your answer to each question should be as individual as you.

You don't have to memorize your answer for each question, but you should practice with this list so that you can form a logical, well-thought out answer. Start by taking a look at each question and forming an initial response. Be honest and straightforward. If you can't think of a good answer, put it on a list of questions to think about and research. You'll want more than just a blank stare in your arsenal during the actual MBA admissions interview.

How to Learn More About MBA Interview Questions

To learn more about the specific MBA interview questions that you may have to answer at a particular school, consider speaking with current students or school alumni. They may be able to offer additional insight into the admissions committee or provide you with a list of questions common to your school of interest.