Common Interview Questions


  • Could you walk me through your resume?
  • Why MBA?
  • Why do the MBA now?
  • Why our school?
  • What are your short term/long term post-MBA career goals?
  • What are your 3 greatest strengths?
  • What are your 2 greatest weaknesses?
  • What do you think will be the biggest concern of the Admissions Committee in
     evaluating your application?
  • Do you have any questions for me?




Academic Experience

  • What was the most rewarding aspect of your undergraduate experience?
  • What are you most proud of about your undergraduate period?
  • Why did you select this undergraduate major? Would you have changed your
     decision today?
  • To what do you attribute your strong academic performance?
  • In which campus activities did you participate? What did you learn or gain from
     this involvement?
  • Have you ever dropped a class? Why?
  • Which college classes did you like the best/least? Why?
  • Do you think you received a good education?
  • Do your grades accurately reflect your ability?
  • Were you financially responsible for part or all of your college education?
  • How many classes did you miss because of illness, personal business or other

Work Experience

  • Describe your work experience (in general or with specific employers).
  • What did you find most frustrating at work?
  • What kinds of changes would you make at your work if you could?
  • Do you have any opportunity for innovative thinking?
  • Could you describe an incident where you disagreed with a superior? How was
     this settled?
  • What aspect of your job do you most enjoy? Why?
  • Of what accomplishment at work are you most proud?
  • Could you compare your experience in these two jobs you had?
  • If I ask your manager what he/she values in you, what will he/she say?
  • What did you enjoy most/least about position X?
  • Of which three accomplishments are you most proud?
  • What problems have you solved in your previous positions?
  • What have you disliked in your job with employer X?
  • What are some recent responsibilities you have taken on?
  • What do you think it is about yourself that enabled you to earn achievement X?
  • Describe a typical workday.

Career Path

  • Why did you leave job A for job B?
  • What will you do if you are not accepted to any of the MBA programs you
     applied to?
  • What will you do if you are not accepted to our MBA program?
  • Why did you choose to do X?
  • Describe your ideal job after completing the MBA.
  • How does your education or work experience relate to your career goals?


  • Give me two cases where you demonstrated leadership.
  • How would others describe your leadership style?
  • What do you think is the right way to get things done through others?
  • What would you do if a team member wasn't pulling his own weight?
  • What qualities should a successful manager possess?
  • Have you ever spoken to a group of people? How large?
  • Could you name someone you view as a strong leader? Why?
  • Who are your role models?


  • What role do you usually play in group situations? Could you give an example?
  • Do you prefer to work under supervision or on your own?
  • Give me an example of your teamwork experience.
  • Have you worked under deadline pressure? When?
  • Do you prefer large or small companies? Why?
  • What kinds of people do you enjoy working with?
  • What kinds of people frustrate you?
  • How do you contribute to groups?

Personal and Ethics

  • Tell me about yourself.
  • Describe a time when you had to bend the rules a little in order to accomplish a
  • What do you like doing outside of work?
  • Tell me about something in your life you would have done differently if you had
     the opportunity.
  • What 3 adjectives would others use to describe you?
  • Can you recall a creative/innovative activity of yours?
  • Tell me about a time you took a risk and what the experience was like.
  • If you were to establish a set of values and beliefs on which to build a
     business, what would they be?
  • Is there anything specific/else that you would like the admissions committee to
     know about you?
  • Define success/failure.
  • Tell me about a time in which you failed.
  • What would you like to change about yourself?
  • Discuss any experience you have had abroad.
  • Describe a life experience that had a strong impact on you?
  • Tell me about an ethical dilemma you’ve dealt with.
  • What do you get passionate about?

Extracurricular / Volunteer Work

  • Have you ever done any volunteer work? What was it?
  • Were your extracurricular activities worth the time you put into them? What
     have they taught you?

The MBA Program

  • What are you looking for in our program?
  • What can you contribute to your class?
  • Why do you think you would enjoy your chosen area of study?
  • What clubs are you considering joining?
  • It's two years after graduation, what three words would your MBA team
     members use to describe you?

Typical “Behavioral Interview” Questions

  • In dealing with a customer, think of your most difficult situation and tell me how
     you handled it.
  • Give an example of a case when you felt your boss made a bad decision and
     explain how you would have handled it differently.
  • Describe a situation where 20 different things had to get done at once and how
     you handled it.
  • Describe a disagreement you had with your boss. What did he say? What did
     you say?
  • Describe a major problem you have faced on the job and how you handled it


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