MBA Interview Tip: Have Questions Prepared
During an MBA interview (or really any interview), you're going to want to be prepared to answer any questions the interviewer throws your way. That means you'll want to make sure you know why you want to attend your target school, why now is the best time to attend b-school, and what you intend to get out of the experience.
There's another element to the interview, however, that you'll want to prepare for—the asking part. That is, if you think of an interview as a two-way street (as you should), then you'll need to have some questions of your own prepared when the tables turn and YOU become the interviewer yourself.
Here are some pointers to help you come up with intelligent questions:
- Review the program's literature and website thoroughly. The only "wrong" questions you can ask during your interview are the questions that you should already know the answer to.
- Review your application. This will help you hone in on the interests, skills, and goals that you've highlighted, making it easier for you to come up with questions that are relevant to your specific situation.
Clear, pointed questions about how the program, the faculty, the clubs, and activities will impact your career, educational, and personal goals is a good place to start. I can't give specific examples of such individualized questions, but the following should help you trigger queries that are specific to you:
- How hard is it to enroll in popular classes such as XYZ? (Insert a particular class you've researched that appeals to you. Focus on classes beyond the school’s required core courses.)
- What is the interview process like for internships and full-time positions? How involved are the recruiters in the process? Do students bid for interview slots? (Career changers will find these sorts of questions most relevant.)
- Can anyone participate in a business plan competition or are there certain criteria or requirements? (Insert your own specific program of interest.)
If your interview is with a second-year student or alum, you can ask about his or her experience at your target school. For example:
- Are there any activities that you highly recommend, especially for someone interested in XYZ?
- What were some of your favorite classes? What about professors?
- Is there anything you wish you could change about your b-school experience?
- What is a typical day like?
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