Sample Questions for MBA Interview

TOP-TEN INTERVIEWING QUESTIONS

Run me through your résumé.

Tell me about yourself.

What are your strengths? Weaknesses?

If I were to ask your last manager to share your performance evaluation with me, in which areas would s/he tell me you excelled? In which areas would you need improvement?

What is the toughest (analytical) problem you faced? How did you solve it? What would you do differently?

What are your career goals five years from now?

Why do you want to work for our firm?

Tell me about a project in which you exercised a leadership role? What were the group dynamics? What were the successes, failures, key learnings? OR Give me a specific example of how you demonstrated initiative. What caused you to initiate this action? What were the results?

What has been your greatest success? Failure?

What other opportunities are you looking at?

 


OPEN-ENDED QUESTIONS


Note: Critical to answering these types of questions is the ability to think of your life as a continuum of skill development. Illustrate why the integration of your education, life experience, work experience, and personal attributes qualifies you for this particular position. Be able to explain why the job you are interviewing for is the next logical step for you in terms of your career.

Tell me about yourself.

Walk me through your résumé.

Tell me about a time in your life when you have made a difference.

What are you proudest of?

 


EDUCATION

Describe your most rewarding business school experience.

Why did you select your college or university?

What led you to choose your undergraduate major?

If you were planning to go in to business, why did you major in history (or some other non-business major) at the undergraduate level?

Which subject in college or business school did you like best?

Do you think your grades are a good indication of your academic achievement?

What have you learned from participation in extracurricular activities?

Tell me about a favorite extracurricular activity.

 


PERSONAL

Do you have a geographical preference? Why?

Will you relocate? Does relocation bother you?

Are you willing to travel?

How do you keep abreast of current events?

What do you do for fun?

If you could have lunch with anyone living or dead, who would it be and why?

What do you read?

What excites you?

 


SELF ASSESSMENT

Why an MBA? Why Kelley (Indiana)?

What makes you want to be a _________ (position you are interviewing for)?

What make you think you will be successful in business?

Tell me about your oral and written communication skills.

What do you consider to be your greatest strengths/weaknesses?

Have you ever failed? What did you learn from it?

How would you describe yourself? Are you a leader, entrepreneurial type, or creative? (Be prepared to give examples!)

How competitive are you?

How would a friend or professor who knows you well describe you?

How well do you work independently? With others?

How do you work under pressure?

What two or three accomplishments have give you the most satisfaction?

What makes you a good investment?

 


CORPORATE ASSESSMENT


NOTE: Be prepared for industry-specific questions, problems, hypothetical cases.

How did you decide to seek a position with this company?

What criteria are you using to evaluate the company for which you hope to work?

Why do you want to work for us?

Why are you interested in this industry? This particular company?

What have you read about our company or our products lately, outside of regular recruiting material?

In what kind of work environment are you most comfortable?

Why is the lifestyle of this job right for you?

How do you foresee the future of our industry? What action do you think industry leaders should take?

How would you compare our firm (industry) with others you are interested in?

 


WORK EXPERIENCE

What was your most significant work accomplishment?

Tell me about a time when you had to analyze or interpret numerical or financial information.

What did you learn from your work experience?

What did you do in your job?

What are the attributes of an ideal job for you?

Tell me about a boss you especially liked and why.

How would your most recent boss describe you?

What was your biggest work problem?

What did you like least about your last job?

You seem to have the analytical (financial, technical, interpersonal , etc.) skills. What makes you think you could handle the marketing (line management, leadership, etc.) requirements of the job?

Give me an example of a good ad campaign (control program, mergers and acquisition plan, etc.) Tell me why its good.

Tell me about a recent experience where you had to persuade someone to accept your idea or proposal.

Describe a situation in which you were able to build team spirit during a time of low morale.

 


SKILL SUMMARY

Why should I hire you?

In what way do you think you can make a contribution to our company?

What distinguishes you from other people I am interviewing today?

What qualifications do you have that make you think you will be successful in your career?

What do you want me to remember about you?

 


CAREER DIRECTION

What did you like most/least about your last job?

Did you get an offer from your summer employer? Why or why not? What other organizations are you talking to?

What would you like to accomplish in the first 3-5 years on the job?

Are you interested in line management or a staff position?

What are your short- long-term goals and objectives? Have they changed since you have been in business school? If so, how?

How has your business school experience prepared your for your career?