It's getting to that time of year when MBA programs send out interview invitations to Round 1 candidates, so anxiety is in the air. Perhaps you're waiting on invitations, or maybe you've recieved some but have no idea how to prepare. In either case, don't fret -- last month, we asked Top B-Schools to give advice about the MBA application process during our Twitter Chat on Wednesday, October 25, so we gathered some of their respones just for you!
Q4: What is the best way for candidates to prepare for an admissions interview? #TheMBATourChat— The MBA Tour (@TheMBATour) October 25, 2017
Practice, Practice, Practice
A4: Practice to reduce nerves. You should have a clear picture of what made you select Ohio State's MBA. Have questions! #TheMBATourChat— OSU Fisher MBA (@FisherOSU_MBA) October 25, 2017
A4: Practice, and talk to our admission team personally so we can assist you highlight your profile in the interview #TheMBATourChat— UCR AGSM (@UCRAGSM) October 25, 2017
It's extremely important that you practice your interview skills prior to your interviews. Perhaps you can conduct a "mock interview" with a friend or family member so that you become familiar with talking about your accomplishments and answering questions about yourself. And don't forget to prepare questions for the interviewer about the program!
Prepare Stories that Highlight Your Strengths
— SMU Cox School (@SMUCox) October 25, 2017
A4: Practice selling yourself and walking through your resume. Think of interesting stories to make the interview memorable. #TheMBATourChat— Moore School (@MooreSchool) October 25, 2017
A4: Be yourself. Know how your goals, your strengths and those of the program align. #TheMBATourChat— TCU Neeley MBA (@TCU_MBA) October 25, 2017
Having anecdotes is key! It is very likely that the interviewer will ask you to give examples of overcoming a challenge or contributing to a project in the workplace. Also, stories help you stand out amongst other candidates, especially if your story is interesting and unique.
Do Your Research
A4: Prepare like a job interview. Do research. Be ready to discuss your goals & how Scheller will help you achieve them. #TheMBATourChat— Georgia Tech MBA (@GeorgiaTechMBA) October 25, 2017
A4: Do your research about the school, the program and how you qualify for it. #TheMBATourChat— UCR AGSM (@UCRAGSM) October 25, 2017
— UCLA MBA Admissions (@uclaMBA) October 25, 2017
Admissions directors want to know that you've done your research and know the ins and outs of their school's program. There's nothing worse than realizing halfway through an interview that you haven't done enough research. Come in with specific questions that show you've read up on the school and what makes it stand out from the others.
Come in Confident!
— UConn MBA (@uconnmba) October 25, 2017
Although it may be difficult, try to come in feeling good about yourself, as your confidence will show itself during your interview. If you've done your homework, it will be even easier to come in feeling self-assured. And remember to dress the part -- as they say: Look Good, Feel Good!