FIVE TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL
ADMISSIONS INTERVIEW

Stand out in the b-school admissions process
Do your research.
Knowing the admissions committee format for the interview goes a long way in helping you anticipate questions and prepare answers.

Tell your story about why you’re interested in an MBA and connect how the program will help you reach your career goals.

Practice.

Most interviews are 30-45 minutes with time at the end for questions. The more you practice, the more polished, concise, and organized you will come across. It's usually clear which candidates haven’t spent much time rehearsing before an interview, as their responses are either long-winded and lack focus or are short sentences that lack substance.

Be sure to practice your answer to the “tell me about yourself” question. For example, “I’m Joe, I want an MBA” is not a good introduction, but a 20-minute soliloquy about your childhood is not either.
 

Dress to Impress.
This seems obvious, but sometimes candidates arrive for their interview dressed too casually. First impressions matter, so treat the admissions interview as you would a job interview.

Whether you’re interviewing with an admissions committee member, a current student, or an alumnus, be sure your attire is business professional.

Keep it real.

Focus on your authentic and honest story. If you don’t know exactly what you want to do, don’t force it. 

However, it is important to know what your strengths and gaps are, the type of career you’re seeking, and how you think an MBA will help get you there.

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Be thoughtful.

Interviews almost always end with time for questions. Don’t ask questions that aren’t useful to you or the interviewer. Use this time to showcase your genuine interest in the program by asking specific questions about program experiences and culture.

Ask questions that will truly help you determine if the program is a good fit for you. Don’t ask questions that can be found online, such as the cost of tuition or credit requirements. Be thoughtful of time; many questions can be addressed in a follow-up email. Always send a thank you email.

Expert Behind the Tips: Linh Gilles

Next to the GMAT exam, the admissions interview is one of the few parts of the application process that you can control. Don't stop here! Click next for three more resources.

Linh Gilles
Director of Admissions and Recruiting
Carlson School of Management

Your interview can make or break your chances
of getting admitted to your dream b-school.

FIVE TIPS TO A SUCCESSFUL ADMISSIONS INTERVIEW

Stand out in the b-school admissions process
GET STARTED

Do your research.

Knowing the admissions committee format for the interview goes a long way in helping you anticipate questions and prepare answers.

Tell your story about why you’re interested in an MBA and connect how the program will help you reach your career goals.
     

Practice.

Most interviews are 30-45 minutes with time at the end for questions. The more you practice, the more polished, concise, and organized you will come across. It's usually clear which candidates haven’t spent much time rehearsing before an interview, as their responses are either long-winded and lack focus or are short sentences that lack substance.

Be sure to practice your answer to the “tell me about yourself” question. For example, “I’m Joe, I want an MBA” is not a good introduction, but a 20-minute soliloquy about your childhood is not either.
     

Dress to Impress.

This seems obvious, but sometimes candidates arrive for their interview dressed too casually. First impressions matter, so treat the admissions interview as you would a job interview.

Whether you’re interviewing with an admissions committee member, a current student, or an alumnus, be sure your attire is business professional.
     

Keep it real.

Communication and other soft skills are essential for budding entrepreneurs. They will set you apart from the crowd.


The business landscape is crowded with ideas in need of support and funding, so your ability to pitch to stakeholders is critical.

Be thoughtful.

Interviews almost always end with time for questions. Don’t ask questions that aren’t useful to you or the interviewer. Use this time to showcase your genuine interest in the program by asking specific questions about program experiences and culture.

Ask questions that will truly help you determine if the program is a good fit for you. Don’t ask questions that can be found online, such as the cost of tuition or credit requirements. Be thoughtful of time; many questions can be addressed in a follow-up email. Always send a thank you email.
     

Expert Behind the Tips: Linh Gilles

Next to the GMAT exam, the admissions interview is one of the few parts of the application process that you can control. Don't stop here! Click next for three more resources.
NEXT

Your interview can make or break your chances of getting admitted to your dream b-school. Click the boxes below for more resources.

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FIVE TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL
ADMISSIONS INTERVIEW

Stand out in the b-school admissions process
Do your research.
Knowing the admissions committee format for the interview goes a long way in helping you anticipate questions and prepare answers.

Tell your story about why you’re interested in an MBA and connect how the program will help you reach your career goals.

Practice.

Most interviews are 30-45 minutes with time at the end for questions. The more you practice, the more polished, concise, and organized you will come across. It's usually clear which candidates haven’t spent much time rehearsing before an interview, as their responses are either long-winded and lack focus or are short sentences that lack substance.

Be sure to practice your answer to the “tell me about yourself” question. For example, “I’m Joe, I want an MBA” is not a good introduction, but a 20-minute soliloquy about your childhood is not either.
 

Dress to Impress.
This seems obvious, but sometimes candidates arrive for their interview dressed too casually. First impressions matter, so treat the admissions interview as you would a job interview.

Whether you’re interviewing with an admissions committee member, a current student, or an alumnus, be sure your attire is business professional.

Keep it real.

Focus on your authentic and honest story. If you don’t know exactly what you want to do, don’t force it. 

However, it is important to know what your strengths and gaps are, the type of career you’re seeking, and how you think an MBA will help get you there.

> NEXT

Be thoughtful.

Interviews almost always end with time for questions. Don’t ask questions that aren’t useful to you or the interviewer. Use this time to showcase your genuine interest in the program by asking specific questions about program experiences and culture.

Ask questions that will truly help you determine if the program is a good fit for you. Don’t ask questions that can be found online, such as the cost of tuition or credit requirements. Be thoughtful of time; many questions can be addressed in a follow-up email. Always send a thank you email.

Expert Behind the Tips: Linh Gilles

Next to the GMAT exam, the admissions interview is one of the few parts of the application process that you can control. Don't stop here! Click next for three more resources.

Linh Gilles
Director of Admissions and Recruiting
Carlson School of Management

Your interview can make or break your chances
of getting admitted to your dream b-school.

FIVE TIPS TO A SUCCESSFUL ADMISSIONS INTERVIEW

Stand out in the b-school admissions process
GET STARTED

Do your research.

Knowing the admissions committee format for the interview goes a long way in helping you anticipate questions and prepare answers.

Tell your story about why you’re interested in an MBA and connect how the program will help you reach your career goals.
     

Practice.

Most interviews are 30-45 minutes with time at the end for questions. The more you practice, the more polished, concise, and organized you will come across. It's usually clear which candidates haven’t spent much time rehearsing before an interview, as their responses are either long-winded and lack focus or are short sentences that lack substance.

Be sure to practice your answer to the “tell me about yourself” question. For example, “I’m Joe, I want an MBA” is not a good introduction, but a 20-minute soliloquy about your childhood is not either.
     

Dress to Impress.

This seems obvious, but sometimes candidates arrive for their interview dressed too casually. First impressions matter, so treat the admissions interview as you would a job interview.

Whether you’re interviewing with an admissions committee member, a current student, or an alumnus, be sure your attire is business professional.
     

Keep it real.

Communication and other soft skills are essential for budding entrepreneurs. They will set you apart from the crowd.


The business landscape is crowded with ideas in need of support and funding, so your ability to pitch to stakeholders is critical.

Be thoughtful.

Interviews almost always end with time for questions. Don’t ask questions that aren’t useful to you or the interviewer. Use this time to showcase your genuine interest in the program by asking specific questions about program experiences and culture.

Ask questions that will truly help you determine if the program is a good fit for you. Don’t ask questions that can be found online, such as the cost of tuition or credit requirements. Be thoughtful of time; many questions can be addressed in a follow-up email. Always send a thank you email.
     

Expert Behind the Tips: Linh Gilles

Next to the GMAT exam, the admissions interview is one of the few parts of the application process that you can control. Don't stop here! Click next for three more resources.
NEXT

Your interview can make or break your chances of getting admitted to your dream b-school. Click the boxes below for more resources.

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