Congratulations to those Round Two applicants who have been invited to interview!
This year we have offered much advice on interviewing from the viewpoint of the admissions committee via our Admission Insider blog, as well as in our Admissions Insider newsletter. As you prepare to schedule your interview, we thought we’d share with you the perspective of those who will conduct many of the interviews, our Admissions Fellows.
Part of my job in Admissions is leading this extraordinary group of students and mentoring them through their work on the committee. The Admissions Fellows are a team of second-year students who were invited to be a part of the Admissions Committee through a highly selective application and interview process. They complete rigorous training on evaluating applications, as well as on interviewing for fit. Not to mention their own experiences interviewing for MBA programs, as well as jobs before and after business school.
Their advice and guidance stem from personal experience, and their desire to choose an impressive and diverse incoming class that will be part of their forever Booth network. We asked them, “What do you want applicants to know before they interview?”
- Come prepared to share some stories about what drives you, times you have been tested, and who you are. - Albert
- Don't be afraid to discuss topics outside of your employment history and academics. Bring in an example from your personal life to remind the interviewer that you're a real person, not just a resume. - Brennan
- Be prepared. Be able to anticipate the interviewer’s questions but, more importantly, be mentally ready. For instance, I try to go over my story at night, sleep eight hours, and leave time to relax in a room for half an hour before the interview, just to be fully concentrated. Don’t stress out. If you’re here, it means you have talent and have the potential to succeed. - Danilo
- Relax! It is a conversation, not a job interview! - Juan
- Be succinct. Take the time to think about the stories you want to tell, and then edit them down. Many candidates spend all of their time explaining the situation but neglect to explain what they did and how it turned out, which is far more important. Realize that the evaluation process truly is holistic; therefore it is imperative that your answers help the interviewer get a well-rounded understanding of who you are. - Andrew
- Be casual in your interview. You have already spent so much time on your application that you know your stories and reasons for why you want to be here. The interview should allow for your personality to shine through. - Rish
- Assume that your interviewer doesn't know anything about the day-to-day tasks of your job. If the interviewer already knows about the industry, job, etc. they will let you know. When discussing your experience, start with a basic, high-level overview of what your company does and the specific role you played in that process. Practice this with a friend outside of your job to make sure you don't use too much industry jargon. If the interviewer can't understand, they may assume you have difficulty communicating. - Dane
- Most candidates do better in the second half of the interview because they are more relaxed. To start the interview relaxed, remember that interviewers genuinely want you to succeed. We are more interested in discovering your great qualities, so prepare by reflecting on your past, formulating your goals, and being yourself. - Georgi
- Effective interviewers are usually able to tell stories – what happened, who was involved, what was the task at hand, what was your role, what was the outcome? Be professional but still personable. Sometimes candidates get a bit too relaxed and forget that the interview should be treated like a professional meeting. On the other hand, sometimes interviewees can be too professional and forget that we are trying to get to know them as people, as well as professionals. A good balance is important. - Gabe
- Give us a holistic perspective on your personality and character by sharing stories from your life outside of the office. - Kelly
The Admissions Fellows, Alumni and the entire Admissions Committee look forward to meeting you. Best of luck with your interviews!
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