MBA College Interview Questions

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MBA College Interview Questions
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The MBA college interview is part of the admissions process. If you get called for an interview at an MBA program, try to have a face-to-face interview. The MBA interview may be weighted as much as 35 per cent in the admissions decision, and you want to make as good of an impression as possible. Prepare yourself by reviewing MBA interview questions and answers.

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Why do you want an MBA?

This question is designed to find out if you really know what an MBA degree is and how you can use it in a career. It is also designed to get at your career goals. You can answer this question by discussing your career goals and how an MBA can help you meet those goals versus another type of degree. For example, if you want to be a business entrepreneur, an MBA can provide you with business, financial and managerial skills to get you started.

Why do you want to attend this MBA program?

The admissions committee knows that their program is special, but they want to know what you think you are going to get out of the program. If you are interested in the program's prestige, then say so. Illustrate how this prestigious MBA is going to help you attain your career goals. For example, if you are interested in international business and this school has an international business concentration, tell how taking these classes is going to improve your understanding and performance in international business.

Discuss Yourself

Questions that ask you to tell about yourself are looking for how you organise information, what your accomplishments are and how well you can explain your academic and career goals. You are more likely to give away information that can get you turned down by an admissions committee if you do not prepare for this type of question. Discuss how you got interested in business and the MBA program. Outline your accomplishments and how you would like to build on them. Be specific about your academic and career goals. Keep the conversation professional and focused.

Where do you want to be in 5 years?

Questions about the future test your ability to express yourself, your goals and your ability to be flexible and realistic. For example, if you say that you would like to be the CEO of your own start-up in 5 years, show how that may be realistic by outlining what products or services this start-up will provide and how you would like to grow the business. Provide an alternative plan in case the start-up process does not go as planned.

What will you do if you do not get into an MBA program?

No one applying to an MBA programs wants to think about not getting accepted. But people do get rejected, and it is important to think about how you will meet your career goals if you do not get accepted into an MBA program. This question is designed to test how firmly committed you are to your academic and career goals and how flexible you can be in planning for the future. Your answer can point out that there are other management programs in your field of interest or that you can pursue your goals through business positions that provide on-the-job training and seminars. You can also highlight your determination to succeed by waiting and reapplying during the next admissions interval for MBA programs.

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