MBA Interviews: The Latest Tricky Questions

University of Chicago (Booth)

Why Booth, and what special is about it, compared to other schools?

What is your international experience?

Do you have any special course in mind?

What was a time when you failed, and what did you learn from it?

Tell me about a time you received surprising feedback.

Tell me about a time you failed. What did you learn, and what would you do differently now?

What motivates you?

Tell me about a time when you received negative feedback.

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

How have you handled situations that you weren’t prepared for in the past?

Tell me about a time you managed ambiguity.

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MIT (Sloan)

Is there anything new to your application since you applied?

Tell me about a time you were given feedback. How did you react?

Tell me about a time you had communication difficulty (not language based) with someone.

Tell me about a time when you dealt with conflict.

Tell me about a time you had to deal with uncertainty.

Time when you had to motivate a lagging team.

What do you define as success?

Tell me about a time you influenced someone?

Tell me about a time you motivated a team?

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U.C.-Berkeley (Haas)

Why did you choose these positions?

Tell me about a challenging situation and how you dealt with it.

What would I do in a hypothetical situation in which team is not performing well?

What kind of people annoy me the most and why.

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Columbia Business School

What is your backup plan if you do not get in to Columbia?

What will you get involved in if you get accepted?

You have led a large team. Tell me what do you enjoy the most about leading a team?

We have a very collaborative community at CBS. You will be working largely in teams. What role do you tend to take on when working in a team?

What is your dream job in long term?

What drives you?

What leadership roles would I take outside classroom?

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Dartmouth (Tuck)

Tell me about a time you had to deliver hard news to someone.

How will Tuck help you achieve your goals?

What did you learn about Tuck today?

What is plan B?

What role do you generally play in a team? What are the characteristics that you exhibit in a team and what are the techniques you use to bring the team together?

What was your biggest failure and what did you learn from it?

Tell me about a time where you solved a problem at work.

Tell me about a time you had a solve a complex problem at work. Walk me through how you tackled the problem.

You’ll be in a very diverse group, and work against tight deadlines. It’s the night before a deadline, and you’re all in a room together. How do you work within the group?

Tell me about a time you had to work with people across various departments/disciplines.

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University of Michigan (Ross)

Tell me about a time you led a team

Tell me about a difficult teammate and how you handled that situation?

Tell me about a time you had to deal with ambiguity.

What is the most diverse or multicultural environment you’ve immersed in and how did you adapt? (Follow-up question – How did you deal with the cultural difference?)

Describe a time when you worked with a diverse team toward a common goal.

Describe a time when you needed to mentor others.

Talk about a mistake/failure you made or experienced.

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Go to next page to see question lists at Yale SOM, Duke (Fuqua), University of Virginia (Darden), NYU (Stern), Cornell (Johnson), and UCLA (Anderson)

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