MBA News: How to Ace a Professional Interview

Whether for admission to an MBA program, a desired job, or any other purpose, an interview can often determine an individual’s future. Unlike with essays and other written application materials, in a live interview, you cannot ponder your responses, reveal your personality through text, or change your answers after the fact. You must therefore be prepared to illustrate—on the spot—your potential and strengths by projecting the appropriate demeanor, offering astute replies, and making a connection with your interviewer.

In an effort to help MBA hopefuls and career-minded individuals master this often stressful process, mbaMission Senior Consultant and Chicago Booth MBA and former Dean’s Admissions Committee member Angela Guido recently published an article on Poets & Quants covering the many ins and outs of professional interviewing. Angela advises, for example, that all candidates arrive at their interview knowing the answers to the following questions:

• Who are you?
• What do you want to gain?
• Where have you struggled?
• What did you learn from those struggles?
• What are your most substantial accomplishments (and how did you achieve those successes)?
• What has been your reasoning behind some of the decisions you have made throughout your career?

See the full article on Poets & Quants for all her in-depth guidelines.

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