Advice from Admissions Directors: Preparing for Admissions Interviews

Posted by The MBA Tour on 14 November 2017 / 0 Comments


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!

Practice, Practice, Practice

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

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

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!

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!

Our MBA Conferences are also a great place to speak with Admissions Directors and ask questions, find one in a city near your.  

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