Columbia | Mr. Neptune
GMAT 750, GPA 3.65
Darden | Ms. Education Management
GRE 331, GPA 9.284/10
Columbia | Mr. Confused Consultant
GMAT 710, GPA 3.2
Yale | Mr. Lawyer Turned Consultant
GMAT 730, GPA 3.7
Harvard | Ms. 2+2 Trader
GMAT 770, GPA 3.9
Harvard | Mr Big 4 To IB
GRE 317, GPA 4.04/5.00
Stanford GSB | Ms. Engineer In Finance – Deferred MBA
GRE 332, GPA 3.94
Chicago Booth | Mr. Corporate Development
GMAT 740, GPA 3.2
UCLA Anderson | Mr. Second Chance In The US
GMAT 760, GPA 2.3
Harvard | Ms. Big 4 M&A Manager
GMAT 750, GPA 2:1 (Upper second-class honours, UK)
Harvard | Mr. Harvard 2+2, Chances?
GMAT 740, GPA 3.2
Harvard | Mr. Billion Dollar Startup
GRE 309, GPA 6.75/10
Harvard | Mr. Comeback Kid
GMAT 770, GPA 2.8
Wharton | Ms. Negotiator
GMAT 720, GPA 7.9/10
Duke Fuqua | Mr. IB Back Office To Front Office/Consulting
GMAT 640, GPA 2.8
Harvard | Mr. Marine Pilot
GMAT 750, GPA 3.98
MIT Sloan | Ms. Physician
GRE 307, GPA 3.3
Wharton | Ms. Globetrotting Trader
GMAT 720, GPA 3.7
Harvard | Ms. 2+2 ENG Entrepreneur
GRE 322, GPA 3.82
Harvard | Mr. 2+2 Filipino Social Entrepreneur
GMAT 700, GPA 3.7
Chicago Booth | Mr. Deferred Admit Searcher
GMAT 740, GPA 3.9
Wharton | Ms. General Motors
GRE 330, GPA 3.2
Harvard | Mr. Sustainability Consulting
GMAT 710 (Q49/V39), GPA 3.39
Stanford GSB | Mr. Global Innovator
GMAT 720, GPA 3.99
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Real Estate IB
GMAT 710, GPA 3.68
Kellogg | Mr. Virtual Reality Entrepreneur
GRE 326, GPA 3.87
Chicago Booth | Mr. Mexican Central Banker
GMAT 730, GPA 95.8/100 (1st in class)

Preparing For Grad Program Interviews

Two college students, one of them a person of color, walk along Gies college campus.

Depending on the graduate program you are applying to, you may need to conduct an interview with one of our admissions personnel. For these programs, this is just one more source of information we use in determining an individual’s potential for success in our program.

Knowing what we would like to see from you may help you prepare. If the program you are applying to does include an interview, here are some of the things we are looking for in these experiences.

First, we’ll be evaluating communication skills. It is important in the business world – and in graduate programs – to be confident and articulate. We want to see how you think on your feet, and we want to get a sense of how you will be able to contribute to the team environment that is a key aspect of many of our programs.

Second, we want to get a really strong sense of your career goals, and how you think our program will help you get there. We know you are career-focused, and we want to be sure that your goals and what you hope to get from our program are realistic for you and us, and that you have the motivation needed to be successful.

Third, we want to get a sense of how you interact with others. Teamwork is prevalent in all our grad programs and the courses associated with them. We want to be sure that those people who join our program have the teamwork skills they need to succeed.

We look beyond academic record in determining a candidate’s ability to achieve success. These types of interviews can be an important part of the admission process.

It is important to remember that these interviews are not intended to “weed out” applicants. We’re not trying to trip you up. This is your opportunity to talk about how you are prepared for the program and share why you are a good fit – maybe in ways that aren’t easy to show on paper.

At the same time, we want to be sure that everyone we accept into the program is prepared for and capable of a successful outcome. We are here to help you.

So, take a deep breath now and again. Pause when you need to think. This is your opportunity to shine. Show us what you’ve got.

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