Congratulations! You've been invited to interview at your top-choice school! All that hard work that went into composing the perfect application paid off; now it's time to move to the next stage. Here are some tips to help your interview prep progress smoothly and effectively:
- Take a deep breath. Anxiety won't help you prepare for your interview, nor will it help you on the day of. If you're having trouble relaxing, consider learning some deep breathing exercises to help calm you down.
- Question every step of your past. Look at each of your accomplishments (as well as each of your failures) and ask yourself, "What have I gained from X? What happened as a result of X? What would not have happened had I not accomplished X?"
- Know thyself. Be able to answer the following crucial questions in a heartbeat: What are your short-term goals? What are your long-term goals? What do you hope to gain from attending this program? What will you contribute to your peers? To society?
- Review the school's website extensively. You want to have all the published information about your school right on the forefront of your mind. You want to prove not only that you want to attend this school, but why. Establishing fit with the program of your choice means knowing yourself and your goals as well as knowing the program.
- Create 3-4 examples for common behavioral questions on leadership, team experiences, and goals. Use the StAR (STate your example, describe the Action, and quantify your Results) method to direct your answers.
- Speak with current students and alumni about their experiences at the program and perhaps about their interview experiences.
- Visit Accepted's MBA Interview Feedback Database (MBAIFD) which has multiple resources to help you prepare.
After you interview, please share your experience by filling out the MBAIFDB questionnaire. In addition, all those who submit an interview report are eligible to participate in Accepted.com's It's a 10! contest.
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