The Best Way To Prepare For Your MBA Admissions Interview [Part II]
You’re probably going over every aspect of your B-school application with a fine tooth comb. Hopefully, you’ve read the first post in this series too.
But do you have any questions ready for the MBA admissions officer?
As in any conversation, you should have a number of questions prepared for your interviewer. Their answers can help you assess what it would really be like to be a student in the program, and if it is truly the best fit for you.
Asking intelligent questions shows interests and engagement, and will help polish a favorable impression. You should develop questions that are personalized to your goals, and that do not have readily available answers (on the website, for instance).
Here are some examples of questions you can ask during your MBA admission interviews.
- Does your program have any plans for expanding into [X region or market]? Make sure that the topic you choose is relevant to your own career goals.
- As an alum, how has this program impacted your career? What has been its most valuable impact? Look for concrete answers- the best programs will tangibly impact alumni for years to come.
- Why did you choose to attend this program over other competitive options? Obviously, this works best if you are being interviewed by an alum or student.
- What do you think sets this campus culture apart from others? See if their description of campus life fits well with your impressions.
- I am very interested in [X club or extracurricular activity]. Do you feel that organization has a big presence on campus? How do you think it could be improved? This is a great question to showcase your research and how you might contribute to a campus.
- What major changes do you see on the horizon for this program? If the program is considering changing its curriculum or teaching format, you should factor that into your decision.
- I am eager to develop in [X academic area]. What has been/was your most valuable academic experience in that area? Again, this question works best for students and alums.
- What has surprised you most about this program? Does their answer align with what you are hoping to gain from an MBA program?
- Would you say that a large number of students enter [X field/industry that you are interested in]? How does the program work to develop relationships with that field or industry? Look for concrete, practical answers- your first-choice school should have an active alumni network in your field and be a resource well beyond graduation.
- If you were in my position, with my career goals, what would you say are your program’s biggest advantages to me? Ideally, these answers will align with your own perceptions to confirm your interests in the program. If they struggle to come up with practical answers, you might want to dig a bit deeper.
Asking specific, engaging questions can be a powerful tool for making a positive impression during your MBA admissions interview. Your interviewer will appreciate your interest and intelligent curiosity, and will be more likely to act as an advocate for your admission.
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