Your Chicago Booth Interview: What to Expect and How to Prepare

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If you’ve been invited to interview for the Executive MBA Program you are probably feeling excited and relieved, but also a bit nervous. You likely have questions - What can I expect from the interview? And, how should I prepare?

The interview is an important part of our admissions process. It’s also an opportunity for you to get to know the school better and develop a more thorough sense of our community. Your interview will typically be held with an alumnus or a member of the admissions team. While you will have a chance to expand on your essays, experiences, and reasons for attending Chicago Booth, this is your time to ask questions and make a genuine connection. Keep in mind that the experience is meant to be a positive one - there won’t be any quizzes or interrogations. However, there are some things you can do to ensure that your experience is a good one. Here are some of our tips for a great interview:

Before the Interview: Research

Similar to preparing for a job interview, you'll want to research Chicago Booth and be able to articulate why it’s a good fit for you. There is a lot of information about the program available on our website, but you can also call upon others in the Booth community. If you know any current students, alumni, faculty or staff, these are all good people to connect with beforehand. If you don't know anyone to talk with, contact the Admissions Office to see if they can put you in touch with someone.

Spend some time thinking about the questions your interviewer may pose. There are three main points to consider:

1) Know yourself. What is your story? How would you describe your skillsets, leadership traits, and unique experiences?

2) Career trajectory. What have you accomplished in your career to date? Be prepared to showcase this with concrete examples.

3) Your goals. What are your aspirations? The Executive MBA Program demands a significant commitment of your time and energy. How are you planning to use this investment in yourself?

Proper preparation includes practice. Say your answers out loud a few times to friends, colleagues or family members. Ask them for honest and constructive feedback.

The rest of the preparations are easy. Make sure to write down your questions in advance. Wear appropriate business wear and don’t forget to bring a copy of your resume and essays.

During the Interview: The Basics

Be on time. You may have heard that first impressions matter; well it’s true - they do. Head out for your interview early, taking precautions to arrive ten minutes prior. If you cannot make it on time due to unforeseen circumstances, be sure to call the interviewer to let them know.

Relax. Once there, relax and be yourself. Authenticity is important.

Listen. Pay attention to the question that’s asked and then pause to think before responding. If the question is not clear to you, ask the interviewer to clarify. Then, prepare your response - you are allowed to take time to think, and your interviewer will appreciate your thoughtfulness.

Show curiosity. You will be given time to ask questions. Bring along a couple of prepared questions and be ready to ask some that arise from the interview session. The interviewer will be happy to answer your questions and share their experiences so that you can get a clearer picture of Chicago Booth.

We wish you the best of luck as you move forward in your MBA journey. We look forward to meeting you along the way!

Nick Soriano

Director of Recruitment and Admissions, Asia