Now that I’ve told you the Need-to-Knows, aren’t you dying to know the one nice-to-know? Well, I’ll tell you: Your interviewer. IN the words of a Columbia applicant who recently submitted a report to the MBA Interview Feedback Database:
Was there something you wish you had known ahead of time?:
Yes – I wish I had known more about the interviewer: what company she worked for, her role in the organization, her seniority, etc. That would have helped me mentally prepare for the kind of person I would be speaking to and be able to relate to her better.
If you have your interviewer’s name, google him or her and try to glean a little information about this person so you can connect better on an interpersonal level. If you don’t know your interviewer’s name or simply can’t find it on the Internet, don’t sweat it. It isn’t a must.
In “MBA Interview Prep,” last year I quoted Dr. Lois Frankel who advises job applicants before a job interview to remember that, “Chance favors the prepared mind.” I am a firm believer in that adage. In addition to the tips contained in this series of posts, here are additional resources to help you prepare for your MBA admissions interview:
- MBA Interview Feedback Database: Interview reports, tips, and It’s a 10! Contest
- MBA BlastOff: 45 Terrific Tips to Launch Your MBA Application to Acceptance , an ebook.
- MBA Interview Services: Mock Interviews and Interview Coaching
And if you are not an MBA applicant, check out Accepted.com’s services to find the interview services appropriate for you. Med school applicants can also prepare using the Student Doctor interview database.