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Interview Debrief: Johnson Full-Time MBA

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We recently had the pleasure of helping a client successfully apply to the Johnson Graduate School MBA program and thought it may be helpful to share their interview debrief.


I arrived early as it was easier to get to Ithaka than expected. I spent a lot of time talking to the receptionist. After some time, the admissions coordinator arrived, who walked me to the Assistant Director’s (Chelsea’s) office. While we waited for Chelsea to arrive, we talked about the JV Club and the community at Johnson.

When Chelsea arrived, we made small talk, jokes about the weather, etc. The entire interview kept that warm tone. The conversation was formal, but Chelsea was very relaxed in her approach. Many of the questions I was asked were the same ones we had prepped for in our mock interviews, so I was prepared. I simplified my very technical responsibilities and she did not find it confusing. There were some random topics but we spent a decent amount of time talking about my role and responsibilities. She had only seen my job titles, which do not encompass what I do. I walked her through my promotion, and the increased responsibilities. She asked questions and guided the conversations but I spoke most of the time.

Next we spoke about Johnson. She asked how I connected with the school and the community. Chelsea was curious about my personal interest and asked about the three (3) elements of my leadership style and what would I want the admissions committee to know. The questions were very warm and only seemed probing as far as how things related to my background. I connected much of my answers to my values. She seemed happy with my response and expressed wishes to see me in Ithaka soon.

The interview seemed to be among my easiest. Probably due to the warmth from the get go, and also because I was prepared. The interview was held in their office so it was beneficial to be early. I thanked the receptionist and also sent a follow up email.

Interview location: in person, campus

Interviewer: Assistant Director

Interview type: Semi-formal, but still friendly

Types of question: Focus questions geared toward detailed understanding job function. Leadership style and personal interest questions and they specifically asked what I wanted the admissions team to know about me.

Takeaways: Go in prepared to be asked questions related to your work. There are no tricky questions, but deep thoughtful answers are expected. Be prepared to bring your job to life. Be ready to articulate why you were drawn to Cornell and add color to the application.

Need help preparing for your interview? Reach out to Sia Admissions.
Susan Berishaj
Sia Admissions
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Interview Debrief: Johnson Full-Time MBA   [#permalink] 12 Mar 2019, 14:53
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