The interview is one of the most important steps in an MBA application process and you need to prepare for two main parts –
a) what the committee or the interviewer will be asking you and
b) what you will be asking them.
The interviewer will first ask questions to determine if you are the right fit for the MBA program. Usually at the end of the interview, depending on the format that the school follows, you will be given a chance to ask any specific questions. We strongly recommend you utilize this opportunity and ask questions that portray your genuine interest in joining the MBA program and leave a lasting impression. Here are five top tips to prepare the right set of questions to ask for your MBA interview.
1. Review the program website thoroughly. Asking questions is allowed during an interview but you should not be asking questions that are already answered on the program’s website. Instead ask questions that connect your research on the university to your specific goals and aspiration. Questions about your expectations from the program and school will give your interviewer a clear picture about your thought process towards your overall MBA experience.
2. Review your application details thoroughly. Read your application exhaustively and re-examine the finer details. With your questions make sure you gather further information to maximize your time and effort with this program, as it clearly and specifically relates to your academic background, personal and professional experiences, and unique interests and career goals.
3. Prepare with your set of questions as per the format of the interview process.
You need to frame your questions based on whom you are interviewing with. Is it a member of the admissions committee, a current student or an alumnus? You need to ensure that you are tailoring your questions to the type of interviewer. If you are interviewing with an alumnus or current student, for instance, you can include questions to learn more about their experiences earning an MBA degree at this particular school. This would be a great way to showcase your passion for the program and interest in the interviewer, and it also provides a concrete segue into more personalized questions and thus your ability to develop a rapport with the interviewer. Questions should be detailed, researched and specific, and could include:
How have you most benefitted from this program
Who were your favorite professors?
What were your favorite classes?
What is a typical day in this program like in the first year?
Upon graduation, how many of your fellow classmates would/did you closely work with or for?
4. Keep an open mind. It is very important to keep your mind open during the interview itself. If the interviewer shares information during the interview that interests and is relevant to you, feel free to probe them further for more information.
5. Structure your question flow well. Jot down your questions and prioritize them for the interview. It is always advised to close your interview with “Is there anything else you would like for me to address further?” This helps you showcase your interest in attending the school as well as gives you the opportunity to address any mistakes you may have made in your application.
Good luck with the interview!
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