Commonly asked questions in MBA interview
The reputed USA Business schools are always in-search of such students which are having the basic leadership qualities. So while preparing for an MBA interview, learn to talk about your career goals, career history etc. with putting more emphasis on leadership experiences. The person who is taking the MBA interview always is in search of basic leadership qualities in the prospective students. The interview of MBA admission in USA is far different from that of a common interview.
The most commonly questions asked in interview for MBA admission in USA are as follows:
- Tell us something about yourself?
- Tell the reason of doing MBA and why now?
- What are your career objectives and career goals?
- Give some information about your long-term and short-term goals?
- Why have you choose this school for doing MBA?
- What are your colleagues think about yourself?
- Describe your working day in your current position.
- Give one example of an incident where you have given an idea and you are able to influence your management.
- What is Success?
- What is Failure?
- Describe your skills in a team?
- Any question from your side?
- Tell us something about your professional background?
Here are the few tips for some the basic questions that are asked in the personal interview for MBA in USA:
- Give a personal introduction of yourself?
Give a truthful reply at this point of time. Do not try to hide any thing and try to give honest and positive reply. The interviewer is more experienced than you are so if you try to false reply he will judge you in just few seconds. This makes a wrong impression on your image in the eyes of the interviewer.
- Why an MBA Program?
Mention the real and exact reason for joining the MBA. Also mention the importance of joining the MBA program for your career.
- Why doing MBA from this school only?
Research each and every thing regarding the school, because while giving the answer of this particular question you must know the characteristics and benefits of doing MBA from the particular school. As this is the most important question in the whole interview procedure. So it is always advisable to give an impressive and loyal answer.
There are few more commonly asked questions that are listed below:
- What are your goals for post b-school?
- March through your resume.
- Mention your 3 strengths and 3 weaknesses. How you will overcome those?
- What is your unique quality that makes you different from the other applicants?
- The person you most admire and why?
- Describe your style of work.
- Describe your people/team skills.
- Describe your greatest accomplishment in life.
- Describe about how you overcome an obstacle in your personal and professional life.
- Where do you lie if you are judged on analytical–creative spectrum?
- Describe an incident where you solved problem creatively.
- What and how do you think you will contribute to the school?
- Do you have any questions?
We shall discuss the approach to answer MBA interview questions. Following are the Special Techniques to prepare yourself for MBA interview:
Generally, the student has at-least one week for preparing for MBA interview answers. Pre-preparation is the key to feel you relaxed and surefooted at the time of giving the answers in the interview.
You can prepare yourself for at least basic questions asked in the MBA interview. It is better for you to practice either in front of the mirror or with your friend in louder voice.
One of the efficient interview techniques to prepare your self is the STAR method. Generally, this technique is used when you are asked behavioral questions. For example, “Tell me about you?” is the behavioral question. So you prepare answer for this type of question: Situation, Task, Action and Result Format.
STAR technique stands for:
S=Situation; begins with setting of the stage.
T=Task; identifying the task or project executed. E.g ‘I decided to revise the strategy’.
A=Action; tell the action you have taken on the spot of the problem that arises. E.g. ‘“I surveyed customers to learn what traits they valued and implemented product changes accordingly”
R=Result; give the effect of the work done.