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Example of Harvard Business School-Accepted Interview Prep Strategy (partial) Interview Info: Please find a guideline containing typical questions that take place during an HBS MBA interview. Harvard MBA interviews nearly always span 30 minutes in length. HBS interview staff is traditionally very prompt, both starting and finishing the interview. As you prepare for these questions, please keep in mind that the interviewer has reviewed your entire application and will have access to your complete file during the interview. The style of your interview will be conversational, but the follow on questions will be very probing. Your primary focus should be remaining calm and conversational, while also prepared to face any difficult question with grace and ease. Applicant-Specific Advice: With your application, I estimate approximately half of your 30-minute interview will be devoted to HBS-typical questions and your potential as a leader. The other half will be devoted to points of concern: early GPA, GMAT scores, clarity within essays. Most notably, I believe your greatest challenge will be proving your ability to sustain yourself and your focus while at HBS—as addressed within. HBS Typical Interview Questions: 1) Please give me your leadership resume, starting when you feel is appropriate and demonstrating your growth as a leader. ( Give specific examples to help explain the evolution.) While at McGraw Psych Society, where the class sizes are 750 students, it's hard to feel part of something. As VP of the Psych Society, I created a small, intimate environment so students could feel they were part of something. Through exciting democratic selection of speaker panels, dinners to get to know speakers and professors, and social events like movie nights, I was able to … Mock Interview Feedback: Specific Outcome: what did you improve through the creation of this psych society?
Example of Columbia Graduate Business School-Accepted Interview Prep Strategy (partial) Interview Info: Please find a guideline of typical questions that take place during a Columbia MBA interview. Columbia MBA interviews typically span 45-90 minutes in length. As you prepare for these questions, please keep in mind that if you do get invited for an interview at Columbia, it is a positive sign. Aside from trying to simply relax and be yourself, try to find something you have in common with the interviewer, which will help break down the formality of the interview and turn it into more of a conversation. Your primary focus should be remaining calm and conversational. Additionally, Columbia interviews are conducted “blind,” meaning that the interviewee has not read your essays, and you won’t be asked questions based on them. You should plan to review your resume thoroughly, however, for the common “walk me through your resume” question. Columbia Campus Info: If travelling to Columbia for the interview, you can reach the campus by subway or train. Columbia MBA Interview Questions: 1. Tell me about yourself. Aside from explaining in depth your current job/responsibilities, this gives you time to give a short rundown on your story of perseverance/evolution as leader. Mock Interview Feedback: Go into more of your background as a leader. State: My early life prepared me well for a life of leadership. Rundown on resume worked very well. 2. Can you walk me through your resume? You will want to be prepared with a 2-minute sound byte (elevator story) for each position. In addition, you will want to be prepared with no more than 5-minute responses in case interviewee asks you to elaborate. Mock Interview Feedback: Yes, rundown on resume worked very well. Improvement over initial response. 3. Why an MBA and Why Now? On a professional level: Expand upon marketing wisdom, management expertise and business acumen for short and long-term goals. On a personal level: To explore industry, broaden entrepreneurship skills, develop a business plan/network for long-term plan