Top MBA Application Interview Tips

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Making it to the interview stage of the MBA application process certainly isn’t easy, and means that you’re a strong candidate for the program. You’ll want to continue to make a great impression during your interview so you further increase your chances of getting accepted into your program of choice.

Top Interview Tips to Nail Your MBA Application Interview

The more prepared you are, the less stressful the entire interview process will be. The tips below will help you to put your best foot forward during your MBA application interview and set you up for success. 

1. Get to Know the Program Beforehand

You’ll want to go beyond the school research you did during the initial stages of the application process and get to know the program better. This could include: 

  • Talking to connections from the program
  • Understanding what the interview process of the program looks like
  • Understanding what types of skills or talents the program might be looking for
  • Obtaining a deeper knowledge of the program’s curriculum

2. Research Common Interview Questions 

There are plenty of MBA interview questions that are common to almost every program. While each program will have its own set of questions and different approaches to interviews, one of the easiest ways to feel more prepared for an application interview is to have answers ready for the most common of questions. A few examples include: 

  • Why an MBA?
  • Why are you choosing this program?
  • What makes you a good candidate for business school, and more specifically, this program?
  • Tell us about your leadership traits?
  • Tell us about your strengths and weaknesses?

3. Prepare Meaningful Questions for Your Interviewers 

A common question from interviewers is “Do you have any questions about the program?”, so it’s important to have meaningful questions prepared for your interview. This will show your interviewer that you are genuinely interested in the program. This is also a great time to get to know the program better. Remember that although you are being interviewed, you are also interviewing them to see if the program is a good fit for you. The deeper research you do in preparation for the interview (as discussed in the “Get to Know the Program Beforehand” tip above) will help you to develop more meaningful questions.

One of the main questions we get from prospective candidates is how to balance school and life. If you will also be juggling school and family life, this is an important question to ask during your interview. 

4. Be Yourself! 

It’s important to be professional, but it’s just as important for the interviewer to get to know who you are as a person. Be authentic and let your personality come through so you’ll stand out from the crowd.

In addition to following these top tips, don’t forget that practice can help. Although it may feel silly, performing a mock interview beforehand will help you become more prepared for every part of your application interview and build your confidence. 

One Final Step

After you’ve nailed the interview, there’s one last simple, yet highly effective thing you can do to make a lasting impression: send a thank-you note. Just as you would when interviewing for a job, it says a lot about a candidate who sends a thank you email within 24 hours of the interview. This can only serve to improve your chances of getting accepted, so why not take the extra few minutes to send a sincere thank you?

Do you have questions about the TCU Neeley MBA program? Contact us today to find out more about our program.

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