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Interview Series: Ace your interview

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New post 09 Oct 2018, 11:03
The MBA Decoder team is starting an MBA Admissions Interview Series to help applicants answer the most commonly asked interview questions in a way that will impress the admissions committee. We start with

WHY MBA? And WHY NOW?

What do they want to find out?
They want to make sure that the real reason for you wanting to do an MBA is not that nothing else is working and you believe that an MBA is your key to success, your panacea to all problems in life.

They want to know if your decision is well thought out and if you know how an MBA will help in your career aspirations. Because if you don’t have this clarity, you will not make the best of your MBA experience. No one wants a confused, frustrated alumnus who believes that the investment was not worth their time and money.

Preparing your response:
This an important question and would invariably be part of most MBA admission interviews. Ideally, it should be an easy preparation as you would have written your career goals essay in the application describing your short-term and long-term goals.

Here is how we suggest you answer this question:

• Talk about your current professional situation

• Your aspiration, your short & long term career goals. Importantly, add the part about why this matters to you, in other words, why do you want to do this. Your career goals must be personalized to you, would have got shaped out of your experiences. They should not come across as wishful thinking.

• Why an MBA is necessary to bridge the skill gap to transition into your aspired career path

• Include the ‘Why now’ answer in your response. Typically, a plausible response is on the following lines…at this point doing more of the same will not help me get in the direction that I aspire to move into…but you can, of course, tailor it to your situation.
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MBA Admissions Interview Series: Walk me through your Resume

What do they want to find out?

Walk me through your resume: This is invariably the first question in the interview. They have already read your resume, so they know what you have one in your career. Here they are wanting to know why you have made your choices. Who is the person behind this resume? what is her thought process? Why she does what she does.


Preparing your response:

Firstly, even though it may come across that way, make no mistake. It is not an ice breaker question. There is a definite intent behind this question as mentioned above. Also, this being the first question, and we know, first impressions can last a long time, it is extremely important that you respond well, keeping it short and sweet, 2- 2.5 minutes, at the most. You should have rehearsed this question as many times as possible. Responding this well will make you feel confident to get into the interview whereas fumbling on the one will start you on a slippery slope.


With that let’s dive into the details.

1. Don’t repeat things which are already on your resume

2. Focus on the transitions. Explain the choices you made when you changed jobs or took a new responsibility or changed your role within the same organization. What were your motivations? For example, while working on the various projects during my rotational program I really enjoyed working on short duration projects which provided a steep learning curve, a new situation to deal with and an opportunity to work with new people. This got me to pursue a job in consulting….

3. Leave hooks: This is the art of being smart. In between your response, subtly emphasize on aspects which are your strong points, where you would like the interviewer to ask a counter question and dig deeper. For instance, if you say something like. “…it’s interesting how what started as a water cooler conversation developed into a revenue-generating product for the company.” Essentially you are planting the seeds of curiosity and creating an opportunity for yourself to talk about your accomplishments.
It’s good to follow a chronological order in responding to this question. Depending on your comfort, you can start with your education through to your current job. Alternatively, you can start with your current role and go back right to your education in the reverse chronological order.

4. This is Business: This question is different from “Tell me something about yourself”. In answering that one you have the liberty to get into your personal aspects: your family background, your interests and so on. Here, it’s mostly business.
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