How should I prepare for the interview?

Posted by Amy (HBS MBA Class of 2015) on

The interview is an important part of the MBA application process. As the application format evolves, the interview is becoming increasingly important part of the MBA application. On average roughly half of those invited to interview get admitted. While the chances are much higher, so it’s an important “last stage” of the process. Preparation makes a huge difference. You’ve put in so much work into your application, you owe it to yourself to do everything you can to take your application across the finish line!

Practice makes a huge difference: the last thing you want to is be caught surprised. I’m one of those people who errs on the side of being over-prepared for interviews. Having practiced a range of questions and preparing having my stories well thought through in my mind makes me feel confident and means I actually enjoy the interview. I highly recommend this!

The best way to prepare is to actually practice answering questions you will get asked on the big day. When preparing for interviews, my approach is to firstly understand of all possible questions I could be asked. After that, I think through “why” would these questions be asked? What is the interviewer looking to learn about me by asking this question? Finally, I thought through a few points I would make to answer each of the questions, and a story that I could share to illustrate my answer. My approach was to prepare a few (6-10) stories in detail, and incorporate these into multiple responses, emphasizing different aspects to address the question that was asked. At the end of the day, the interviewer is trying to get to know you. So, while it’s relevant to answer their question first, it’s important to respond in a way that shares something about you, and really reveals part of your character.