MBA Interview Must-Know #1: Your Interview Goal

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Your Interview Goal. It’s three-fold:

Show fit. In the words of the Wharton Adcom Blog, “The interviewer is assessing your fit for the Wharton MBA program.” Think of your professional and educational background and needs and the school’s methodology, strengths, and career opportunities. Realize, however, that the interview is not just about you as a professional: it is also about you as an individual and human being.

Inform the school about recent accomplishments and achievements. Did you retake the GMAT? Earn an A in calculus? Get a promotion? Take on a leadership role in a new project? Try to inform your interviewer of any new attainments. Doing so will strengthen your profile overall and portray you as a growing, dynamic individual.

Demonstrate your communications and interpersonal skills. The latter is important for all, but critical if English is your second language and/or your transcript and test scores lead one to question your communications skills.

MBA Interview Tip #1: Enter the interview with SID:

Show you are a match with the program.
Inform the interviewer of recent accomplishments.
Demonstrate your interpersonal skills.

Tips to help you ace those MBA interviews!

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Leadership in Admissions
• Preparing for Behavioral and General Interview Questions, a short video
• MBA Admissions According to an Expert

MBA Admissions According to an Expert

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Natalie Grinblatt Epstein has held positions of Director of MBA Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at Michigan Ross and Director of Admissions and Financial Aid at the Johnson School of Cornell University. She is currently a highly sought after admissions consultant at Accepted.

Listen to the recording of our highly informative conversation with Natalie and benefit from her years of experience and great insight into the MBA admissions process. While she covered a lot of different topics, MBA interviews dominated.

00:04:10 – How a research paper converted a brand manager to an admissions officer.

00:07:25 – Three things applicants really need to know but they often just don’t get. (Take if from a former adcom member!)

00:12:17 – MBA essay word limits are shrinking: Don’t cram! Be strategic.

00:18:37 – Tips for preparing for your blind MBA interview.

00:21:28 – Non-blind interview tips. Tune in HBS & MIT applicants!

00:23:35 – The Team Based Discussion.

00:29:18 – ‘Go for it!’ and other advice for late round applicants.

00:34:17 – Addressing weaknesses in your application profile and what do if you don’t have any volunteering in your background.

00:37:25 – Applying for an MBA? Get to know yourself ASAP.

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Relevant Links:

•  MBA Admissions A-Z: 26 Great Tips
•  Upcoming Webinar: The 10 Commandments of MBA Interviews
•  Natalie’s Bio Page
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Natalie’s client feedback page
•  MBA Admissions 101

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Acing an MBA interview is no easy feat! You need to simultaneously:

• exude confidence without boasting;
• find the balance between being too terse and talking your interviewer’s ear off;
• stay positive even when a curveball is thrown at you; and
• be honest and quick thinking at ALL times.

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The webinar will be presented by Natalie Grinblatt Epstein, former admissions director and current Accepted.com consultant, who will walk you through 10 interview musts!

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