MBA Interview Debriefs of MER Students
The interview is one of the most critical parts of the MBA application process. It is the final step in your journey to your target school that can make or mar your chances of success. So, it is vital to be well prepared for it. Through the interview, the schools want to know who you are beyond the written word. The first and the most critical step in the MBA interview preparation is to know your content and understand questions that a particular school may ask you.
We, at MER, requested our successful students this year to share their interview questions. Some of them have gladly shared their interview debriefs. We have compiled their questions/ interview experience in this blog. We have also included interview debriefs of a few former MER students.
Let us look at the interview questions of Chicago Booth, Kellogg, Harvard, ISB, Ross, McCombs, Schulich, Imperial, IE, and Manchester, and the candidates’ comments on their overall interview experience.
A. Chicago Booth
Shekhar- Booth Admit with $40K scholarship- 2021
The interviewer was an alumnus who worked in the same field as me. So some part of the discussion revolved around technical aspects specific to the industry. Please find below my interview questions:
Following my answer, the interviewer said that he did not have any more questions and that the interview was over. Then he/she opened the conversation for my questions. I asked about the experience at Booth, his/her post-Booth entrepreneurship experiences and sought advice on how I could make the most productive use of my time at Booth. I gained some wonderful insights from the alumnus.
The interviewer was very conversational, even cutting me off a few times or expressing their perspective on my experience/opinion. The interview was very fluid and conversational. It was designed to help me present the best version of myself.
B. Chicago Booth
Pardeep -Booth Admit- 2021
My interviewer was an alumnus. He told me beforehand that he prepared a list of questions. He asked me the following questions:
The interview was primarily conversational and went on for one hour. Between each question, we had a casual discussion and small follow-up questions to the answers. I spent the last 10 minutes asking questions about his experience at Booth and particular classes and clubs that I was interested in. Poonam, I want to thank you for all of your help and guidance.
C. Chicago Booth
Vergil- Booth Admit- 2021
The interview lasted for about one hour.
D. Indian School of Business
Praveen– ISB Admit- 2021
A panel of three people conducted ISB Interview. They asked me the following questions:
All the members grilled me on specific questions about my schooling, goals, and why ISB. The interview lasted for 50 minutes, and out of 50 minutes, 30 minutes centered around my career goals. Overall, it went very well.
E. IE Business School
Praveen- IE Admit- 2021
My interviewer was an admission committee member who aimed to get a holistic picture of me as a candidate. He asked me the following questions:
F. Imperial College
Ishan- Imperial Admit- 2021
Overall, it was a great experience for me. As far as I can tell, the first 6 questions went really well, and the 7th question was also fine. But I could have done better in the 8th question.
G. Manchester School of Business
Ishan- Manchester Admit with scholarship– 2021
The entire interview lasted for 30 mins. And I was much more prepared for this interview than I was for Imperial. I did a lot of practice for these questions as I went through the GMAT Club forum and was aware that they focus on only these questions. Also, thank you for your help with interview prep.
Rohit– Kellogg Admit- 2020
The excerpts of my Kellogg interview are as follows:
Nisha– McCombs, and Ross Admit- 2021
I just finished my Kellogg interview. Overall, I think I personally did a good job with the answers, but I do not know how the overall interview went itself. It was not really conversational at all. Here are the questions:
Unfortunately, she did not ask me my short/long term goals and I was most excited for this answer as I wanted to discuss my professional and personal goals. Thank you for your help.
Mansi- Harvard MBA Graduate- 2020
I am so glad to share about my HBS interview that happened a couple of hours ago. My interviewer was Chad Lose, director of admissions. He had an amazingly warm personality that made me at ease (this may seem like a standard statement, but honestly, I have not met a person who is as friendly and appealing as him!) He started the conversation by talking about my day and Mumbai Stay. He then said that he notices many candidates flying from Delhi, and we had a little conversation about Delhi and Mumbai.
He started by acknowledging my international experience and my scuba diving experience. He said he dived in college, and we talked a bit about my diving experience in India and outside India. He asked me the following questions:
It was an amazing experience, and I mean it. They genuinely wanted to know me better- that is it. No grilling questions, no playing devil's advocate, no stress interview, we just had a simple conversation about me. Overall, I believe that I gave my best. Of course, there were some things that I think I could have answered better, but I believe that happens in every interview.
Dinesh- Second Year Student- 2021
My interview with Schulich went well. The questions were totally unconventional. Please find below the brief of my interview discussion.
L. Michigan Ross
Pablo-Ross MBA- 2019
Yesterday, I had my Ross interview. I was a bit anxious, but the interviewer was so kind, and we had a very straightforward and genuine conversation. He liked how my resume showed career progress and liked the way I showed interest by reaching current students and other people from the Alumni Club in Chile.
We had many things in common, so we started talking a bit about his and my work, in Spanish. That helped warm-up and relieved some anxiety. He then asked, 'walk me through your resume, 'why MBA' and 'why Ross', and I felt my answers were thorough and fluent. I stuck to what we wrote in the cover letter for MIT, combined with Ross essay #2, and it worked fine.
We also talked about team leadership in a way I did not expect, but again the work I did with you was very useful. I started by talking about my previous experience mentoring people, which was on my resume, and then added a background (not prepared where I was not successful at training. I explained the situation, the gaps of that analyst, the efforts for mentoring and reassigning her to different roles. Finally, I described how I made the tough decision of firing that person after discussing it with my boss.
In the end, we talked about his MBA experience, and I asked him about Bain, where he had worked after his MBA.
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