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to prepare for an upcoming interview, i compiled interview questions from rhyme's guide, accepted.com and clearadmit.com. thought others might find this useful. if there's other's i've left off, please add! curveball questions would be a good addition to this.

Undergrad
1. Why did you choose your undergraduate major?
2. Tell me about a standout academic experience.
3. What was your favorite class in college?

Career Progression
1. Why go to your first job?
2. Discuss your career progression
3. Tell me an important thing that you learned from your work and school experiences.
4. How did you choose your job after college
5. Tell me a decision you made in your career you wish you could have done differently.
6. What challenges do you think you will face as you move through this career path?
7. What would be your dream job (if you had no considerations for money etc.)?
8. Explain your career path to date; why did you choose the jobs you have had?

Current Job
1. Tell me what you do in your daily job
2. What do you do at work?
3. What do you/don’t you like regarding your job
4. Tell me about your job. How is your most recent project going?
5. What exactly do you do at your current job, how is the group structured, do you have any direct reports?
6. Take me through an interesting project you have worked on recently.
7. What do you like about your job? What do you not like about your job?
8. If I promoted you today at your job, what change would you implement?
9. Take me through an interesting project you have worked on recently.
10. What would you do to improve your company (pretend you've been promoted)?
11. Describe a typical work day
12. What is most frustrating at work?

Why MBA?
1. Why are you applying to business school?
2. What brought you here? (applying for business school)
3. Why the MBA? Why now?
4. Why are you interested in a general MBA program?
5. What specific skills do you want to get out of this program?
6. With all of your experience, why do you need an MBA?
7. When did you realize that you wanted to go to business school, and why?

Why School?
1. Why does this school appeal to you?
2. Have you thought of other schools?
3. Where else have you applied and what was the result

Other MBA
1. Why do you want to be in senior executive role?
2. Would you have any regrets if the market tanked next year and you were unable to get a premier job
3. What part of the MBA program will you struggle with most?
4. Activities at SCHOOL you would participate in. What you can bring to them?
5. What do you think will be your biggest challenge at SCHOOL?
6. What will be the biggest challenge for you in adjusting to life at SCHOOL?
7. What do you see yourself doing for your summer internship after your first year?
8. What do you specifically have to bring to the classroom versus the many others who have done XXX career?
9. What would you uniquely add to the class?
10. What do you think the risks are for SCHOOL if we admit you?
11. What would you do if not accepted?

Personal Characteristics
1. Tell me who you are.
2. Discuss yourself
3. What is an activity you are involved in? Why is it important to you?
4. Name three words or phrases to describe yourself to others
5. What contributions would you make to a group?
6. What do you do to relieve stress
7. It's two years after graduation, what three words would your team members use to describe you
8. Who’s the leader you admire most? Another leader and why!
9. How would co-workers describe you?
10. A book I'd recommend that I've read recently.
11. Name three qualities that do not describe you
12. What distinguishes you from others?
13. What are people most surprised to learn about you?
14. How comfortable are you speaking up in front of large groups of people?
15. Why do you think you are successful at what you do
16. Misperception about you/first impressions
17. If you could write a book on anything what would it be on?
18. What kind of books do you like to read?
19. What are your extracurricular interests?
20. What makes you unique?
21. On a scale of to 1 to 10, compared to your peers, rank yourself in analytical ability. In drive? In confidence? In being better than people?
22. How do you think you are as a contributor to the community?

Career Aspirations
1. What do you want to do (in regard to business function, industry, location)?
2. Describe your career aspirations
3. What are your long- and short-term goals? Why?
4. Talk about experiences you have had at work.
5. Discuss any experience you have had abroad.
6. What challenges do you think you will face as you move through this career path?
7. How you will accomplish your career goals?
8. What is your goal in 3, 5 years time?
9. What strategic issues would you want to tackle if you were running a company in your chosen field?
10. What do you not want to do?

General Leadership
1. How do you define success?
2. How are you a leader in your job
3. What is your leadership style?
4. How would you describe your leadership style; collaborative or direct?
5. What are the pros/cons of your style?
6. What leader in history do you admire most?
7. What makes someone a leader?
8. How do you motivate someone?

Leadership Stories
1. Tell me about a time you helped someone else succeed.
2. Tell me about a time you helped someone else develop
3. Give examples of how you have demonstrated leadership inside and outside the work environment
4. Time when you've been challenged as a leader and what you learned from it.
5. Give an example of leadership that you didn't discuss in your essays
6. Tell me about a specific situation in your professional career where you solved an important problem.
7. Tell me about a time when you exhibited leadership.
8. How had your leadership style evolved from Position X through today?
9. Give a leadership example outside of work, after college.
10. Tell me about a leadership experience that you did not mention in your essays.
11. Since submitting your application, how have you continued to take leadership roles?
12. What would your colleagues say are your strengths and weaknesses as a leader?
13. Give me your leadership resume, starting when you feel is appropriate and demonstrating your growth as a leader.
14. Give an example of when you took the initiative.
15. Give another example of a situation in which you showed leadership in the face of adversity.
16. Tell me about a decision you have faced, not that you necessarily regret but I am more interested in the decision point.

Lessons Learned
1. What did you learn from experience XYZ (that was discussed in my essays)
2. Tell me about a time you had to deal with conflict in the workplace
3. Time when you've been challenged as a leader and what you learned from it.

Team Environment
1. Have you worked in a team environment? What were your contributions to the effort?
2. What would you do if a team member wasn't pulling his own weight?
4. How do you work in teams?
5. What would your colleagues miss least about you?
6. What role do you usually take in a team setting?
7. When did you lead a team? What is the hardest part of leading a team
8. Tell me about how you manage teams
9. How do you create accountability and create a strong team?
10. Tell me about a leadership experience where you had to depend upon another person/other people for success
11. Give an example of when you had to lead people?

Challenging Situation
1. Describe a situation where you brought an idea forward, and it failed.
2. Talk about a time you encountered a problem you had to overcome.
3. Time when a leader fell short and you had to step up and lead.
4. Time when you wanted to give up and how you motivated yourself to keep going.
5. Tell me about a time when you had to interact with people in a difficult situation.
6. Tell me about a time when you were challenged at work.
7. Time when you wanted to give up and how you motivated yourself to keep going.
8. Tell me about an instance where you had to negotiate something on the job. How did you convince your counterparts?

Failure
1. Biggest failure? Second largest, third largest failure
2. Tell me about the time when you let your team down.
3. Describe a situation when something went totally awry
4. What do you consider your biggest fault is at work, why do you think you have it and what are you doing about it.
5. Have you planned something that did not go through?
6. Tell me a decision you made in your career you wish you could have done differently.
7. Tell me about a time where you failed at your first job

Ethical Decision
1. Talk about a time when your values were challenged and you had to consult your moral compass.
2. When was your belief challenged?
3. What part did you play in the ethical concern you mentioned in your essay? How did the higher ups react to this situation?

Difficult People
1. Tell me about a time when you developed a person / dealt with a difficult person at work. What did you do?
2. Tell me about a time you faced conflict at work- either between you and another person or between two co-workers and how did you deal with it.
3. Tell me about a time when you had a bad leader.
4. Give me an instance where you handled a difficult subordinate at work

Other
1. A latest dilemma I had between good options.
2. Tell me about a time when you saw the solution before someone else?
3. Do you have any decisions you regret?
4. Why did you pick your recommenders?
5. What do you think your recommenders said about your strengths & weak8nesses?
6. What are your strengths and weaknesses?
7. What would your colleagues say is your strengths and weaknesses as a leader?
8. What accomplishment are you most proud of?

Closing
1. Is there anything you would like to ask me/us
2. What questions do you have for me?
3. Anything you wished I had asked?

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I'm uploading the sheet I used to prep for interviews. It includes all the interview questions I found on the web and I added the ones I got that didn't expect! I used the various columns to fit the answers to specific schools in the event that the answers were different. I then used it as a study guide before my interviews. I hope you guys find it useful.
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I'm uploading the sheet I used to prep for interviews. It includes all the interview questions I found on the web and I added the ones I got that didn't expect! I used the various columns to fit the answers to specific schools in the event that the answers were different. I then used it as a study guide before my interviews. I hope you guys find it useful.



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This isn't very helpful without the answers. Can someone pls post?

um, that's sort of like asking for answers to essay questions on applications. you need to come up with them on your own.
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This isn't very helpful without the answers. Can someone pls post?


You can definitely post your own and see if that sparks others to follow...
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Some questions that i faced:

1. What if you make it to all the institutes that you have applied to? What will be your thought process behind choosing the school?

2. What if i leave you in a magazine store, which magazines will you pick up?

3. A news that you have been following. [Be prepared to answer any related questions, mine were all bailout related]

4. What surprised you while doing research about our college?

6. What are the areas of improvement that your manager has point out in the last appraisal?

7. What if i gave you the position you desire post MBA, in the organization that you work currently, what difference would you like to make?

8. Which companies are you looking at for internships?

Some of these are different flavors of already posted but a couple i thought were new.
This list is based on interviews i had at Ross and Haas. [Results aren't out yet]
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Some questions that i faced:

1. What if you make it to all the institutes that you have applied to? What will be your thought process behind choosing the school?

2. What if i leave you in a magazine store, which magazines will you pick up?

3. A news that you have been following. [Be prepared to answer any related questions, mine were all bailout related]

4. What surprised you while doing research about our college?

6. What are the areas of improvement that your manager has point out in the last appraisal?

7. What if i gave you the position you desire post MBA, in the organization that you work currently, what difference would you like to make?

8. Which companies are you looking at for internships?

Some of these are different flavors of already posted but a couple i thought were new.
This list is based on interviews i had at Ross and Haas. [Results aren't out yet]

i had ross and haas interviews as well - both were pretty standard interviews. goes to show how much these vary. did you interview with alumni or adcom?
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It was a second year student.
I interviewed on campus.
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This isn't very helpful without the answers. Can someone pls post?

um, that's sort of like asking for answers to essay questions on applications. you need to come up with them on your own.


but that makes no sense, potential mba students should be good at delegating, getting others to do your work. Thats what makes a successful businessman.


Sounds like you subscribe to the George W. Bush approach to management.
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but that makes no sense, potential mba students should be good at delegating, getting others to do your work. Thats what makes a successful businessman.


A lot of us here in this forum have admits to top bschools in the world. We didn't get our admits because we were successful at delegating, making others do our work.

We put a lot of effort in our careers (to date) and also put countless hours preparing for our bschool application packages and GMAT exam.
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This isn't very helpful without the answers. Can someone pls post?

um, that's sort of like asking for answers to essay questions on applications. you need to come up with them on your own.


but that makes no sense, potential mba students should be good at delegating, getting others to do your work. Thats what makes a successful businessman.


Since none of us are willing to give you the answers, you must not be so good at delegating...Good luck being a successful businessman!
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This isn't very helpful without the answers. Can someone pls post?

um, that's sort of like asking for answers to essay questions on applications. you need to come up with them on your own.


but that makes no sense, potential mba students should be good at delegating, getting others to do your work. Thats what makes a successful businessman.


I hope you're joking! Like others have said, the forum is a place where you can find resources to help you with the bschool application process, tips/tricks, etc. NOT answers to essay or interview questions.
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Here is some excellent interview prep advice -- especially for those who boast / prattle on / embellish / etc.

It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.-- Mark Twain (1835-1910)
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A friend of mine went for an interview at Yale SOM and was asked to read something on the spot and do an analysis..A quick review of case analysis is perhaps in order (although I've never heard of this from anywhere else).

Here are a few more (not all unique...but I hope it helps).

-Name one company that you think is successful and one company that you think isn't.
-How do you fit with different cultures
-Why did I choose to do this undergraduate school ?
-Highlights and disappointments in your current job ?
-Why and how did you start to do this extracurricular activity ?
-Why did I choose my undergraduate college and what other options did I have.
-What challenges I had when I entered my college.
-He kept asking for more details on one of my project, from start to finish and wanted exact financial details, etc.
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