5 Questions to Ask During MBA Admissions Interviews


5 Questions to Ask During MBA Admissions Interviews:
1. Ask a question based on something you read in a brochure or on the school website: If there's something of particular interest or information from the school's site or a brochure that doesn't quite make sense, ask about it. This demonstrates due diligence and indicates time well spent researching that MBA program.

2. Ask the interviewer why he or she decided to become part of the respective school: Whether it's a student, alumnus, or admissions staff representative, this is a great way to engage your interviewer and seek firsthand knowledge of what makes the school special. It's likely you'll pick up on something you hadn't considered. A related question for a current student or alumnus could be if the school would be his or her first choice if doing it again.

3. Ask the interviewer about the school or program's greatest asset: While the MBA admissions interview is the perfect opportunity for candidates to show off what makes them special, it is perfectly reasonable for the school to do the same. Make a point to ask the interviewer what he or she believes is the program's greatest asset.

Follow up with a question about what he or she thinks is the greatest drawback, and let the interviewer know that you are interested in a candid response. This shows you realize that no MBA program is perfect, and indicates that you are a discerning and savvy consumer. If there is an unwillingness to answer that question, it should raise concern that perhaps there's something to hide.

4. Ask how the interviewer would describe the school: If time permits, ask the interviewer what three adjectives he or she would use to describe the school. This is a kind of question that gives the interviewer a chance to do some free associating, and it gives you an inside view of what the interviewer really feels and can provide clues as to whether those feeling are authentic. The timing of a question like this is important, though, so hold this question until a comfortable rapport is established.

5. Ask the interviewer what advice he or she would offer: This may be the most important question to ask. It's also a good closing one. Don't hesitate to ask the interviewer for the one piece of advice he or she would give you as a student at that school. You are soliciting advice from someone who knows this MBA program well. You are also demonstrating that you welcome feedback from others, possess a degree of humility, and value team input.