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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Carolina blue skies

“Carolina blue skies,” my cousin calls it. I continued staring up at the expansive, blue skies that stretched as far as I could see. North Carolina, as far as I could tell, was very flat and very green. It was sunny, had friendly highways (and I do mean friendly – I saw drivers backed up for half a mile on a 2-lane exit because they didn’t want to skip and merge ahead), and an interesting trifecta of cities known as Research Triangle Park: Raleigh, Chapel Hill, and Durham. I liked it.

Well, I officially have my first business school interview out of the way! In retrospect, I should have probably prepped a bit more, because I am not a natural bullshitter. Though it can be much easier to become conversational when speaking about something from the heart or a specific personal hobby, the admissions team doesn’t want to hear about how much I want to be admitted. They want to know why, and what I will contribute, etc. (The want… is a given.) Answering those questions, well, for me personally, take some planning, writing, and preparation to really nail.

“Just be yourself.”
“Don’t worry about it.”
“Oh, it’s nothing. It’s so conversational.”
(grinning) “I’m not worried about it at all. I’m just gonna go and talk.”

These are just several reactions I received over the day from various admissions staff and fellow prospective students. Everyone handles their interviews differently, I suggest you find your own way as well!

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