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Title: MBA INTERVIEWS:


1
MBA INTERVIEWS
  • Mingshen Chen, Professor
  • Department of Finance,
  • National Taiwan University

2
Why MBA (or other) programs interview?
  • To verify candidates credentials,
  • To look at candidates qualitative
    characteristics, and
  • To verify candidates communication skills,
    especially English proficiency for international
    students.

3
MBA INTERVIEWS  
  • For some schools, you can choose whether you want
    to be interviewed.
  • Who Should decide to take Interview?
  • For some schools, you can choose to be
    Interviewed by an admissions officer or by an
    alumnus.

4
Who will conduct MBA interviews and how?  
  • On campus interview, such as UNC.
  • Admission Officers conduct Interviews in Asia,
    such as MIT does it in HK.
  • Interviews with an Alumnus in Taiwan, foreigners
    or locals, U Penn and Indiana.
  • Phone Interviews for international students.

5
Typical Interview Questions
  • Phase 1 - Your Upbringing and
    Undergraduate Experience
  • Phase 2 - Work Experience Since Leaving
    College
  • Phase 3 - Career Goals MBA Plans
  • Phase 4 - Your Turn to Ask Questions 

6
Phase 1 - Your Upbringing and Undergraduate
Experience
  • What was your major? Did you like it?
  • Do you think your grades are an accurate
    reflection of your ability?
  • Did you work as an undergrad?  (This is important
    because it may help to explain why your GPA isn't
    4.0)
  • What was your biggest achievement in college?
  • How were your activity records and volunteer work
    during your college time?

7
Phase 2 - Work Experience Since Leaving College
  • What was your first job out of undergrad?
  • Have you been promoted?
  • Have you ever supervised employees?
  • Have you switched firms?  If so, why?
  • What was your biggest achievement, or biggest
    setback at work?

8
Phase 3 - Career Goals MBA Plans
  • Be sure to mention a career goal that actually
    requires (or benefits from) an MBA.
  • Be able to answer the question, "Why do you need
    an MBA at the current stage of your career?"
  • Be able to answer the question, "Why do you need
    an MBA from this school?
  • Be able to provide a specific and meaningful
    career path after MBA. Dont say something like
    I will contribute what I learn to my country.

9
Phase 4 - Your Turn to Ask Questions 
  • Prove that you are serious in getting into the
    program.
  • Prove that you know what you are applying.
  • Prove that you have done your research on their
    program.

10
A Few Tips on the MBA Interviews
  • 1. Prepare your answers ahead of time. 
  • 2. Dress formally.
  • 3. Be serious, but humorous.
  • 4. Whenever possible, interview with someone of
    the opposite sex. 
  • 5. Get to know what is the mascot or nickname of
    the school.

11
Final Reminders
  • Do your research, be familiar with the program,
    be familiar with the campus environment and
    activities.
  • Talk to someone from the university, get to know
    what is important for the university.
  • After the interview, dont forget to write a
    thank-you note, to refresh his/her memory.
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