Sample MBA Interview Questions

A group of applicants have offered the following as questions asked of them when they interviewed for admission to MBA programs:

  • Discuss your career progression.
  • Give examples of how you have demonstrated leadership inside and outside the work environment.
  • What do you want to do (in regard to business function, industry, location)?
  • Why the MBA?  Why now?
  • Describe an ethical dilemma faced at work?


  • Describe your career aspirations?
  • What would you do if not accepted?
  • What are your long- and short-term goals?  Why?
  • Why are you applying to business school?
  • Why does this school appeal to you?
  • What is an activity you are involved in? Why is it important to you?
  • Talk about experiences you have had at work.
  • Why are you interested in a general MBA program?
  • Why did you choose your undergraduate major?
  • Discuss yourself.
  • What contributions would you make to a group?
  • Name three words or phrases to describe yourself to others.
  • What is most frustrating at work?
  • How would co-workers describe you?
  • Describe a typical work day.
  • Have you worked in a team environment? What were your contributions to the effort?
  • Discuss any experience you have had abroad.
  • How did you choose your job after college?
  • What do you do to relieve stress?
  • It's two years after graduation, what three words would your team members use to describe you?
  • Describe a situation where you brought an idea forward, and it failed.
  • How do you define success?
  • What would you do if a team member wasn't pulling his own weight?
  • Is there anything you would like to ask me/us?


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