Getting into B-school: MBA Interview Tips

Thursday, March 8, 2012

MBA admissions teams at b-schools like Rutgers Business School use admissions interviews to learn more about the real you: the person behind that GPA, GMAT score, essays and resume. Making a good first impression is an important part of the admissions process.

Here are some tips for having a successful interview from admissions officers who have interviewed hundreds of MBA applicants:

"Treat the interview like a job interview; come dressed professionally and well prepared. The personal interview allows the admissions committee to put a ‘face to the file’ and it’s also a great opportunity for the prospective student to really shine and tell us why he/she would be a great candidate for our MBA program. Prospective students should also take this time to ask any questions they might have about the school, the program, and what the next steps in the admissions process are. These questions are encouraged!"
- Stephan Kolodiy, Admissions Officer, Rutgers Business School – Newark and New Brunswick

"Do your research on the program and have good questions to ask during or after the interview. Know the industry you want to establish your career.  If I ask and you say Finance, be able to expand on the specific area of Finance and how it functions. Sell what you are seeking to become to the prospective employer and that is that you know your chosen field! Lastly, attitude is very important.  Show confidence and that you want to be here; show us (the admissions committee) that we didn't make a mistake in selecting you for an interview round and that you will work hard if admitted."
- Albert Turner, Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions, Rutgers Business School – Newark and New Brunswick

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