Your Pre-Interview Routine
If you have already been invited to interview - congratulations! Below you will find an overview of what you should incorporate into your routine in the lead up to your interview. Follow these tips and you can be confident you are well prepared.
1) Be across the news, particularly for your industry. It’s common for interviewers to discuss the news in your interview, so it’s important to stay up to date, particularly with what is happening in your industry and home country. If you do not already read the news daily, it’s time to start. Choose two or three reputable news sources and read the headlines each morning. For example, you may choose The New York Times, Wall St Journal, and a perhaps a country or industry-specific news source. For news stories that are relevant or of interest to you, invest time in reading the articles and understanding the details enough to be comfortable discussing them in your interview.
2) Know the ins and outs of the school and program you are applying to. Read up on the school you are interviewing with - what are the famous for? What is their style of teaching? What about the school makes it a good fit for you? If you can, visit the the school and/or discuss the program with current students or alumni.
3) Read and re-read your application. The interviewer will have read all the materials you submitted as part of your application in detail, so make sure you know your application inside out. Be prepared to be asked very detailed questions about anything you have submitted. For example, the interview may want to know the details of what you did in the three months between your first and second job, why you started learning spanish last year, or how you ended up with a “C” in your third year structural engineering class.
4) Practice, practice, practice answering typical MBA questions. Spend time thinking through how you would answer a variety of typical MBA interview questions. Prepare the stories you would share with the interviewer, and consider what sort of questions would allow you to share the story. Actually practice answering questions out loud, in front of the mirror at first, then with a friend, colleague or family member who can give you honest feedback. The questions in this guide will give you a good overview of the sorts of questions you could be asked.
5) Maintain a healthy lifestyle. This may seem obvious - but ensuring that you eat healthily, exercise, and perhaps most importantly, have had plenty of sleep in the lead up to your interview. Being alert and fresh will make a big difference. You may be travelling for your interview, or too nervous to sleep the night before - so get plenty of rest whenever you can in the lead up to your interview.