How do I prepare for the MBA interview?
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 think through and actually practice answering questions you will get asked on the big day. To do this:
Step 1: Start by understanding all possible questions you could be asked. I’d suggest collecting at least 50 questions, which you can find either by searching on the internet, or asking those in your network who have done an MBA. Invest time in this as these questions will form the basis for your preparation.
Step 2: Think through “why” would these questions be asked? What is the interviewer looking to learn about me by asking this question?
Step 3: Prepare a few points you want to make to answer each of the questions, and, where it fits, a story that could share to illustrate your answer. My approach was to prepare a few (6-10) stories in detail, and incorporate these into multiple responses, emphasising different aspects to address the question that was asked. More on preparing your stories in the next section.
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.