Harvard | Mr. Air Force Seeking Feedback
GRE 329, GPA 3.2
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Regulator To Private
GMAT 700, GPA 2.0
NYU Stern | Mr. Health Tech
GMAT 730, GPA 3.0
MIT Sloan | Mr. Mechanical Engineer W/ CFA Level 2
GMAT 760, GPA 3.83/4.0 WES Conversion
Stanford GSB | Mr. Hopeful B School Investment Analyst
GRE 334, GPA 4.0
MIT Sloan | Mr. Spaniard
GMAT 710, GPA 7 out of 10 (top 15%)
Harvard | Ms. Consumer Sustainability
GMAT 740, GPA 3.95
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Stuck Consultant
GMAT 760, GPA 3.6
Harvard | Ms. Marketing Family Business
GMAT 750- first try so might retake for a higher score (aiming for 780), GPA Lower Second Class Honors (around 3.0)
Stanford GSB | Mr. Deferred MBA Candidate
GMAT 760, GPA 4.0
Kellogg | Mr. Structural Engineer
GMAT 680, GPA 3.2
Stanford GSB | Mr. Low GPA To Stanford
GMAT 770, GPA 2.7
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Colombian Sales Leader
GMAT 610, GPA 2.78
Darden | Mr. Anxious One
GRE 323, GPA 3.85
Stanford GSB | Ms. Eyebrows Say It All
GRE 299, GPA 8.2/10
Emory Goizueta | Mr. Family Business Turned Consultant
GMAT 640, GPA 3.0
Tuck | Ms. BFA To MBA
GMAT 700, GPA 3.96
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Hanging By A Thread
GMAT 710, GPA 3.8
Harvard | Ms. Hollywood To Healthcare
GMAT 730, GPA 2.5
Kellogg | Ms. Indian Entrepreneur
GMAT 750, GPA 3.3
Tuck | Ms. Confused One
GMAT 740, GPA 7.3/10
McCombs School of Business | Ms. Registered Nurse Entrepreneur
GMAT 630, GPA 3.59
Stanford GSB | Ms. Tech Consulting
GMAT 700, GPA 3.53
Kellogg | Mr. Danish Raised, US Based
GMAT 710, GPA 10.6 out of 12
Kellogg | Mr. Indian Engine Guy
GMAT 740, GPA 7.96 Eq to 3.7
INSEAD | Mr. Big Chill 770
GMAT 770, GPA 3-3.2
Yale | Mr. Whizzy
GMAT 720, GPA 4.22

What You Need To Know To Prep For Your MBA Interview

Getting an interview invitation is exciting – you’re a step closer to pursuing your MBA at your top choice program! Now you need to prepare for your interview with the same focus that has gotten you this far in the application process…

Here are some areas to help you focus your preparation:

  1. Your qualifications

Your interview will probably include questions about your strengths and weaknesses. Start thinking about what you want to focus on, and think about some specific anecdotes/experiences to illustrate your strengths. When discussing a weakness, we encourage our clients to be sure that they talk about ways they overcame or are working on overcoming it. We advise them to support their assertions with stories.

  1. Your experiences

You must know all the information on your resume cold. Your interviewer will have reviewed your resume and will have it at hand. You need to know dates, positions, responsibilities, awards, etc. and how to expand on them. Again, use stories to emphasize important moments in your life and how those experiences furthered your goals and your decision to apply to this MBA program (and attend if accepted).

  1. Your goals

Your interviewer doesn’t want to hear a laundry list of short- and long-term goals. They want to know how you formed your goals and exactly how you plan on achieving them. How have your past experiences contributed to your goals? How will an MBA help you accomplish them? Are your goals realistic? Think these questions through before your interview.

  1. What you’re looking for in an MBA program

How are you a fit for the school, and how is it a fit for you? Research the program’s curriculum, faculty, student life, extracurricular activities, etc., before your interview. Why is this the perfect b-school for you? (Be specific – rankings and location won’t cut it.) Take the time to visit the school’s website, communicate with alumni and students, and visit the campus. Think about how you’ll contribute to their program, and be ready to show your “fit.”

  1. How to stay calm during your interview

Interviews can be stressful. One way to master your anxiety is to practice positive visualization techniques. Picture yourself answering all of the interview questions in an impressive manner. Imagine yourself entering this b-school full of confidence and ready to contribute. This skill will help you keep your wits about you not only during your interview, but in other stressful circumstances as well.

Your interview is your chance to let the adcom see who you are. Work one-on-one with an MBA interview expert to ensure that you are ready to ace your interviews. View our MBA Interview Services for more information on how we can help you prep for the big day!


Linda Abraham is the founder of Accepted, the premier admissions consultancy. She has coached MBA applicants to acceptance for over 20 years. The Wall Street Journal, US News, and Poets & Quants are among the media outlets that seek her admissions expertise.