Preparing for Your Booth Interview


Congratulations to those of you who were invited to interview at Booth! We know that our applicants are preparing for this next turn on the road to business school so we wanted to offer some tips to successfully showcase your talents in person.

Know your story. Review your application thoroughly and decide how you might convey your story: your experience, career plan and unique goals. Ask yourself these important questions to help you get in that storytelling frame of mind. If your goals and motivations are clear, you can expect a lively conversation and lots of good questions from the interviewer.

  • What do I really want from my MBA experience?
    What can I bring to the Chicago Booth community?
    Why is Booth the right place for me?
    How do I plan to use my MBA in my career?

Prepare to engage. Our student and alumni interviewers want to learn about your goals and career experiences of course, but they also want to get to know you as a person and understand how you will add to the Booth community. So be prepared to be engaged, and to engage your interviewer.

Use the interview as an opportunity to learn more about Booth. There will be time at the end of the interview for you to ask your interviewer questions. You should have a few questions ready that address the things that are most important to you and your MBA experience.

Try to relax. The interview is intended to be a back and forth conversation. While a certain amount of nervous energy is common, try to remember that the point of the interview is to learn more about you, not to test your knowledge on specific business topics.

Make sure you look and feel your best. Candidates are highly encouraged to dress in business attire. We always suggest that you arrive in advance of your scheduled appointment so that you can take a few moments to collect your thoughts. Remember to bring a copy of your resume.

Lastly, be yourself and enjoy the experience! If you have any questions at all about the interview process, please feel free to email us at

We look forward to meeting you in person.