INSEAD | Mr. INSEAD Hopeful
GMAT -, GPA 2.9
Berkeley Haas | Ms. Against All Odds
GMAT 720, GPA 2.9
Harvard | Mr. Google Tech
GMAT 770, GPA 2.2
Yale | Mr. Army Pilot
GMAT 650, GPA 2.90
Wharton | Mr. Senior Analyst
GMAT 750, GPA 3.2
Stanford GSB | Mr. Future VC
GMAT 750, GPA 3.6
Stanford GSB | Ms. Access To Opportunities
GRE 318, GPA 2.9
Tuck | Mr. Product Marketer
GMAT 730, GPA 3.1
Wharton | Ms. Finance For Good
GMAT 730, GPA 3.7
UCLA Anderson | Mr. International PM
GMAT 730, GPA 2.3
Stanford GSB | Mr. Low GPA To Stanford
GMAT 770, GPA 2.7
USC Marshall | Mr. Low GPA High GMAT
GMAT 740, GPA 2.44
London Business School | Mr. Midwest Engineer
GMAT 750, GPA 3.69
Harvard | Mr. Policy Development
GMAT 740, GPA Top 30%
Cambridge Judge Business School | Mr. Champion Swimmer
GMAT 750, GPA 3.7
MIT Sloan | Mr. NFL Team Analyst
GMAT 720, GPA 3.8
Chicago Booth | Mr. Consulting Hopeful
GMAT 720, GPA 3.6
Kellogg | Mr. Tech Auditor
GRE 332, GPA 3.25
NYU Stern | Mr. Washed-Up Athlete
GRE 325, GPA 3.4
UCLA Anderson | Mr. Southern California
GMAT 710, GPA 3.58
Ross | Mr. Brazilian Sales Guy
GRE 326, GPA 77/100 (USA Avg. 3.0)
INSEAD | Mr. Fraud Associate
GMAT 750, GPA 8/10
Wharton | Ms. Project Mananger
GMAT 770, GPA 3.86
Chicago Booth | Mr. Average White Guy
GMAT 680, GPA 3.2
Stanford GSB | Mr. AIESEC Alumnus
GMAT 750, GPA 3.38
Kellogg | Mr. Brazilian Banker
GMAT 600, GPA 3.8
Harvard | Mr. Upward Trajectory
GMAT 720, GPA 3.3

Common Interview Mistakes To Avoid

Susan has an average GMAT score, but her leadership across college, community, and career are significant. She also has glowing recommendations that address her below-average academic numbers. In an interview, she is articulate, dynamic, and likable. She knows exactly why she wants an MBA and is able to convey precisely why the Kellogg School of Management fits her goals. During the 45-minute conversation, she is able to communicate what is distinctive about her and win over her interviewer. Suffice it to say, she is admitted to her dream school despite having a GMAT score that is below the median of the entering class.

Candidates like Susan understand that an admissions interview does matter. It doesn’t make sense to invest days of work on your application and then drop the ball when it comes to the interview. Top business schools place a high premium on the interview to assess interpersonal skills and to clear up any misgivings they may have after reviewing your application. Even when an interview is by invitation only, 40 percent to 60 percent of candidates who are interviewed receive an admission offer. So you should view the interview as a practical step that brings you closer to your goal of getting into a first-class school.

What are the most common interview mistakes you need to avoid?

1. Don’t be disrespectful to the receptionist or students. Every encounter you have with someone affiliated with the MBA program is a potential interview.

2. Don’t try to dominate the interview. This is guaranteed to backfire. Let the interviewer cover all his or her questions.

3. Don’t talk too much or ramble. Be concise and to the point.

4. Don’t be too forward, and don’t ask the interviewer personal questions.

5. Don’t be too informal. Address the interviewer as Ms. or Mr. unless she specifically invites you to refer to her differently. (Applicable when interview is with board member/seasoned alumni and not a student).

6. Don’t forget to bring water to drink. Your mouth may get dry as a result of nervousness so be prepared.

7. Don’t interrupt the interviewer. Even if you have an unreasonable interviewer, you’ll get no bonus points for antagonizing him or her. Calmly wait for an opportunity to assert your points and brand message.

8. Don’t use slang or informal communication, even if the interviewer does. (Remember, you are the one being interviewed.)

9. Don’t communicate insecurity or lack of confidence by giving a weak handshake or having unsteady eye contact.

10. Don’t come off as unfriendly. Smile when appropriate. No one likes a sour puss.

11. Don’t be late for the interview. Aim to be there at least 15 minutes early.

12. Don’t dress inappropriately. Ill-fitting and outlandish attire send the wrong message about you and your brand.

13. Don’t be negative, and never complain or criticize someone you worked with or your company. Ditto for other MBA programs. It can send the wrong message about you.

14. Don’t worry too much about the interview. Focus on being yourself.

15. Dont fall apart in the interview. No matter how stressful the interview is, keep it together. Crying in the interview signals a lack of toughness/maturity.