Five Questions to Ask During Your MBA or Masters Admissions Interview
The admissions interview is not just for the school – it’s your time to evaluate how the program will support you in achieving your dreams.
Your MBA or Masters admissions interview is a unique opportunity to present yourself as a candidate and gain first-hand feedback about the b-school experience from the students, faculty, and staff who are closest to it. Preparing interview questions will not only signal your interest in the program, but also help determine if the school is a good fit for you.
Chioma Isiadinso, former assistant director of admissions at Harvard Business School and co-founder of the admissions consulting firm Expartus, recently outlined some of the top MBA interview questions candidates can ask schools – and what to look for in their responses.
Question 1: If you were in my position, with my career goals, what would you say are your program’s biggest advantages to me?1
Make sure the answer aligns with your perceptions of the program as well as your interests and ambitions. You want to come away with clear, concrete answers that can help you make your enrollment decision.
Question 2: What sets this campus culture apart from others?2
Confirm that this school is the best fit for you, your personality, and your goals. Listen to the answer and ask yourself: Do I share the same values? Can I picture myself on campus? Will their philosophy help support my aspirations?
Question 3: What has been the program’s most valuable impact for you? How has this program supported your career?3
If you’re being interviewed by current students or alumni, ask what they feel are the strongest advantages of the program, and why they chose this school over others. Ask for examples of how the program has helped them achieve their goals.
Question 4: Would you say that a large number of students enter [field/industry that you are interested in]? How does this program work to develop relationships with that industry?4
Consider the school’s status and reputation in the field and take note of practical answers with tangible applications. Use this question as a way to grasp how active the alumni network is, and the level of support offered to degree holders.
Question 5: In the future, are you anticipating any major changes to the program?5
If changes are on the horizon, you have a right to know and factor that into your decision. Understand how any adjustments may affect the curriculum, and how that could, in turn, impact your objectives.
Remember that the MBA or Masters admissions interview is not just for the school – it’s also your time to evaluate the program. Ask questions that clarify whether it’s an academic and cultural fit, and how it will support you in achieving your dreams.
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1. Expartus. (n.d.). MBA Admissions Interview: 35 Practice MBA Interview Questions [Part II]. Retrieved November 16, 2018 from: http://www.expartus.com/mba-admissions-interviews-35-practice-interview-questions-2/.