Ask Admissions Questions Interview Mba

You only get one chance at a first impression. It’s true in personal relationships, and it’s true in business school admissions. For most prospective MBA and business master’s applicants, that precious first impression is made at a business school event, like those hosted by GMAC Tours. We have a mix of in-person and virtual events where you can connect with top business schools and ask those important questions for a smooth journey to your dream program!

One of the best ways to make a positive impression on admissions staff at business school events is simply to ask good questions.

Questions to ask an MBA alumni

If it’s an MBA alumnus, are 16 questions to ask the interviewer:

  • As an alumnus yourself, what is the alumni experience like and how can I best involve myself within the alumni community?
  • Keeping my goals in mind, where do you suggest I focus my time and efforts during my MBA?
  • Based on this interview, where do you see me best contributing to the campus community? Are there any areas I’ve missed?
  • Objectively reviewing the MBA program, where do you find room for improvement?
  • How did the program influence your post-MBA career path and goals?
  • What do you wish you’d done differently during your MBA?
  • Why did you choose this program and school?
  • Can you give me a few examples of things you learned during your MBA, and how these helped you in your career?
  • How useful was the career management centre in helping you to reach your dream role?
  • Which classes did you find most interesting and helpful? Any notable professors?
  • How did you balance your academic courses and extracurricular activities?
  • Did you face any particular difficulties during the program, and how did you tackle them?
  • How is the campus culture different from other schools you’ve visited?
  • What was the most valuable aspect of the MBA program?
  • Do you know how many students enter [my target field/industry]? Who from [my target] industry/ visits the campus?
  • Do you have any advice for candidates hoping to connect with others from [my target industry]?
  • How does the interviewer affect which questions to ask?

    The truth is the right questions to ask are determined by who you’re interviewing with.

    Many programs feature interviews with the admissions committee while others rely on alumni to conduct these interviews—or both. Admissions committee members likely know more about the program in its current form as alumni may have some time and distance away from the program. Meanwhile, alumni may have a sharper sense of the program experience and can provide their personal advice despite not being as familiar with the recruiting process.

    When speaking with the admissions committee, tailor your questions to focus on the program, your fit, their recruiting standards, and program-specific questions.

    When speaking with an alumna, ask questions about her experience in the program, her advice should you become a student, and questions tailored to her career and expertise.

    If you’re curious about the specific questions to ask, you’ll find more on this later in the article!

    Questions you should avoid asking during your MBA interview

    Understanding which questions to ask during your MBA interview may be easier once you understand which questions to not ask during your interview.

    As we covered in the blog post, How to Nail Any MBA Interview and Get What You Want, there are several types of questions you should never ask, whether you’re interviewing with the admissions committee or an alumnus.

    For example, in most cases, do not ask questions that…

  • Have a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer
  • Can be answered with a simple Google search
  • Show your unfamiliarity with the program or interviewer
  • Are culturally insensitive, rude, or too personal
  • Weaken your application or accomplishments
  • Are irrelevant or unlikely to have a known answer
  • Here are some examples of questions not to ask:

  • Did you like Stanford? (This is a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ question—which leads nowhere!)
  • Does HBS have a startup club? (Google can tell you this.)
  • What do you do for a living? (You should know your interviewer’s background long before the interview begins.)
  • Did you wait to start a family until after your MBA at Columbia? (Yikes, that’s personal!)
  • Having been fired 4 times, do you think INSEAD will give me the skills I need to last in a job? (This doesn’t position you as a strong professional and will bring objections.)
  • How much of IESE’s campus power supply is created through green technology? (No matter how much they deep-dived into sustainability during their MBA, they are very unlikely to know the answer to this.)
  • There is one exception, however.

    For totally blind interviews, like Wharton’s TBD, where you don’t know anything about who will interview until your session starts, you may want to choose a few broader questions that can easily be answered by anyone you meet. This does not mean you should ask obvious questions, just that you may consider asking questions on more general topics.

    What’s an example of a good question to ask during an MBA Admissions Interview?

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