Not-So-Standard Interview Questions

Clear Admit is a great resource for reviewing potential interview questions that you may encounter during your business school admissions interviews. However, in spite of my preparation for my four interviews at Fuqua, Kellogg, SOM, and Johnson, there were still a few questions that caught me a bit off-guard.

‘lo and behold, here are the few questions that I hadn’t encountered before (online) until I was asked by the interviewer. The last one listed here had me scrambling for a meaningful answer for what felt like an eternity. (Fortunately, the interviewer had smiled and said a lot of her interviewees did not expect that question and that they had also taken a few moments to think of an answer).

Hopefully these questions will be of some assistance for anyone reading who is preparing for an MBA interview!

If you had one minute to present your case in front of the admissions board, what would you say? Go.

If I were to call your supervisor right now, how would he describe you and your quality of work?

Give me an example of a time you acted out of character.

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Accepted! :D

I’ve spent so much time in the past year imagining this – the anticipation, the phone call, the acceptance offer, the moment when I could stop dreaming and actually plan for the months ahead – but I never imagined that when the moment finally arrived that I would just stand there quietly in awe.

Even as I write this blog post, I’m struggling to some degree as to what to write. Feeling jubilant, relieved, appreciative, thrilled. I feel as if my brain has been wired for months, at the helm, ready to learn business fundamentals, network, and charge ahead. The switch has finally been flipped.

Here’s how it went down for me:

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Returning to my cell block

To say that the last two months have been stressful would be putting it lightly. I received admissions decisions for 50% of my submitted applications and I’m essentially stuck in the same mudpit as I was back in December. This is not an ideal scenario by any stretch of the imagination.

Believe me when I tell you how thrilled I was to see many of my fellow MBA prospective applicants receiving admittance offers to various top business schools – I know how many hours of hard work and focus that were poured into the process! But I wouldn’t be honest with you or myself if I said that watching my fellow applicants jump off the sinking ship into their respective lifeboats wasn’t a tad bittersweet (okayy… a biiiitt of an overdramatic analogy there, I know). It’s just that I badly wished to be joining my brothas and sistas to MBALand, not watching them leave for it without me.

I imagine it’s akin to warming up to your cellmate in prison (oh herro fellow MBA applicant!), befriending him over the years (infosessions & forums), fending off the crazies (GMAT) cornering you in the showers, working out a deal with the gang members (recommenders) together, overcoming the interview with the warden (admissions committee), and then finally learning of his release date (acceptance offer) and congratulating him – you’re genuinely happy and elated for him, but the fact remains you’re still returning to your cell block (ding-land). Wouldn’t it be a hundred times more awesome if, say, the two of you were released together? Alas, I have some more waiting to do.

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