MBA Admissions Interview Tips

From current MBA students

We asked students in the top MBA programs to give us their best interview tip for future applicants. Here's what they had to say:
"Fit in, stand out-differentiate yourself from others and build a story of why MBA/school/now that would fit into your long-term plan.       Duke Fuqua student
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"The questions you ask at the end of the interview should show that you did thorough research about the school. Ask research-based questions, not questions where the answers can be found on the school website.        Chicago Booth student
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"Know your story cold. Do not put anything on your resume you cannot explain. Also, your work experience and logic for bschool should make sense.        Columbia student
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"In informed interviews (where the admissions officer reads the application in advance), if you are asked a question about a weakness in your application there is most likely a weakness which you should address. Be direct about weaknesses and explain what you are doing to solve them. However, don't rationalize, apologize, blame, or make excuses.        Chicago Booth student
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"Understand what is asked of you and don't answer until you feel sure that you've understood the question. Lack of listening skills is a kiss of death in the interview.        Chicago Booth student
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"Have stories to illustrate the point you want to make in response to the interviewer's question AND to make yourself look a certain way, eg. polished and modest, or empathetic and risk-taking, or worldly and funny. Your stories will convey one aspect of you, hopefully your personality can support whatever it is you are trying to exhibit. You can't pretend you are a funny sophisticate if in the interview you are dull as rocks.       MIT Sloan student
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"When you are asked about how you will contribute to the school, the admissions officer is not only testing if you are giver or taker but also how well you researched the specific schools and whether you are aware of clubs, activities and opportunities to contribute.        Chicago Booth student
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"If you are asked what your career goals are, don't answer that you are coming to business school to explore opportunities. Admissions officers expect you to have a good idea of what you want to do. The recruiting process will happen in the first three months of the school year and you will not have much time for exploration, so it's important to be focused early, if possible.        Chicago Booth student
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"At the end of interview ask for the e-mail address of the interviewer and sent a thank you note as a sign of recognition and continued interest in the school.        Chicago Booth student
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"Be able to compare and contrast schools if needed. If you're asked to what additional schools you applied to, try to emphasize the commonalities of these schools with the school you are interviewing for.        Chicago Booth student
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"...have answers ready for out of the ordinary questions such as hobbies, extra curricular activities and interests.        NYU student
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