Wharton | Mr. Social Impact CPA
GMAT 740, GPA 3.5
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Looking To Learn
GMAT 760, GPA 3.0
McCombs School of Business | Ms. Second Chances
GRE 310, GPA 2.5
Duke Fuqua | Ms. Account Executive
GMAT 560, GPA 3.3
Harvard | Mr. Future Gates Foundation
GMAT 720, GPA 7.92
Wharton | Mr. Infrastructure
GMAT 770, GPA 3.05
MIT Sloan | Mr. Data Mastermind
GMAT N/A; will be taking in May, GPA 3.6
USC Marshall | Mr. Utilitarian Mobility
GMAT 740, GPA 2.67
London Business School | Mr. Aussie Analyst
GMAT 680, GPA 3.3
Darden | Mr. Sustainable Real Estate
GRE SAT 1950 (90th Percentile), GPA 3.7
Stanford GSB | Mr. Entrepreneurial Bassist
GMAT 740, GPA 3.61
Cornell Johnson | Mr. IT To IB
GMAT 660, GPA 3.60
Harvard | Ms. Lucky Charm
GMAT 690, GPA 3.2
Tuck | Ms. Green Biz
GRE 326, GPA 3.15
Harvard | Ms. URM
GRE 325, GPA 3.6
Chicago Booth | Mr. Stay Involved
GMAT 730, GPA 3.4
Rice Jones | Mr. Back To School
GRE 315, GPA 3.0
Kellogg | Mr. Green Business
GMAT 680, GPA 3.33; 3.9 for Masters
NYU Stern | Mr. Military Officer
GRE In Progress, GPA 2.88
Kellogg | Mr. Real Estate Finance
GMAT 710, GPA 3.0
Kellogg | Mr. Finance To Education
GMAT 730, GPA 3.4
Stanford GSB | Ms. Artistic Engineer
GMAT 730, GPA 9.49/10
Emory Goizueta | Mr. Multimedia
GRE 308, GPA 3.4
UCLA Anderson | Mr. Commercial Banker
GMAT 700, GPA 3.3
IU Kelley | Mr. Construction Manager
GRE 680, GPA 3.02
Harvard | Mr. Healthcare Fanatic
GMAT 770, GPA 3.46
Harvard | Mr. Sovereign Wealth Fund
GMAT 730, GPA 3.55

MBA Interviews: The Latest Tricky Questions

It’s only an interview. You’ve done plenty before – and they worked out fine. This won’t be any different. Just be yourself.

That’s what you tell yourself. Deep inside, you carry a little doubt. Everyone does. Over-and-over, you’ve honed those anecdotes that illustrate your biggest selling points. Still, there is an element of unknown in any MBA interview. Sure, you’ve studied and assembled an imposing game plan. Still, there are always curveballs – those questions that knock you off script and expose your shortcomings. They may not cost you a spot, but they can give your interviewer second thoughts.


Every MBA applicant braces for the big three questions: Why an MBA, why here, and why now. Beyond achievements, career goals and strengths and weaknesses, schools are asking increasingly inventive questions to differentiate candidates. They are digging deeper to understand what they value and how they’ll act as much as what they know and where they’re going. These days, every seat is coveted – and every voice is measured. That’s why the questions behind every question are these: How well do you fit…and how much can you contribute?

Looking to gain an edge? Sometimes, it helps to know the questions ahead of time. In recent years, community sites such as GMATClub, BeatTheGMAT, and Clear Admit have helped to do just that. Dangling a $10 Amazon card as an incentive, Clear Admit asks MBA candidates to share information about their interview experience – including interview questions. Not surprisingly, each school offers its own cultural twist to the information gathered by adcoms, alumni, and students.

Wondering what should expect during your admissions interview? Here are the questions that defy the usual standards at the leading MBA programs.

Harvard Business School

Why did you go into X industry? Did you have a long-term plan for your career?

Knowing what you know from your current job, how would you do your first job differently?

If you had 6 months to do two very different things, what would you do?

What is one decision the leadership team at your current company should make?

What’s your 10-year vision for your career?

Tell me about this important extracurricular activity. What have you learned from it? How difficult is it to

balance with work? How has it impacted you? Will you stay involved if you attended business school?

Resume Follow Up: How was this initiative profitable? How much support/instruction did you have on this project?

Did you attend a class?

Did you have any internships while completing your undergraduate degree? Tell me about them.

What do you find most challenging about your current role?

Why did you get a dog?

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Stanford GSB

Experience in leading teams and working in groups.

International experience.

Time when I led a team in a difficult/challenging situation.

How would you handle a conflict amongst a team of MBA students?

Which defining principle do you most embody?

What accomplishment are you most proud of?

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Wharton School

Did your behavior reflect how you normally are? Did the discussion reflect your usual role on a team?

What is something that your group could have done better?

Is there anyone in the team-based discussion that you would not like to have on your team?

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Northwestern (Kellogg)

What’s your philosophy on team work? What experience made you understand the importance of teamwork?

What do you do outside of work?

What is your leadership style?

Tell me about a time you were in a challenging situation.

What’s your biggest challenge as a leader?

What qualities would you bring to Kellogg to help the community?

Who inspires you?

Give me an example of you taking initiative and leading something. How did it go?

What was the last book you read?

Tell me about a time that you’ve had to deliver bad news or feedback to someone.

Tell me about a time when you’ve had bad news or feedback given to you.

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Go to next page to see question lists at the University of Chicago (Booth), MIT (Sloan), U.C.-Berkeley (Haas), Dartmouth (Tuck), Columbia Business School, and Michigan (Ross).