MBA Interview Process and Questions

Candidate interviews are an essential part of an MBA admission process, it usually takes place after the applicants documents - GMAT, career, background, achievements, essays, and references - have been reviewed.

The shortlisted candidates will then be invited for an interview which can be conducted in various formats - for candidates in Singapore, interviews will be conducted through a face-to-face meeting; for overseas applicants, the interview is conducted face-to-face (when the university visits the country), through video webcam, or over the phone.

During these interview sessions, it is important that the program candidates demonstrate strong interpersonal and communication skills, and are able to clearly articulate their ideas and perspectives.


MBA Interview Questions

The interview questions amongst the different business schools will vary, but in general, the objectives during these interview sessions would be for the interviewer to find out in person and in greater detail the candidates intellectual capacity, professional experience, leadership, and personal qualities and characteristics.

Candidates should at least be prepared to answer the following style of questions during their interviews:

Why business school?

Why did you decide to apply to this business school?

What makes you stand out among other candidates?

What can you contribute to our program?

What are your expectations of this program?

How do you plan to use your degree?

Where do you see yourself in ten years?

Can you walk me through your resume?

Can you give me an example of a time that you demonstrated leadership?

What is your definition of teamwork?

What would you say is your biggest weakness?

What are your greatest strengths?

How would your colleagues describe you?

What are your hobbies?


An example of a set of interview questions posed to an Indian MBA candidate for the NUS MBA program:

If you had to choose a destination which one would it be and why?

Why not China? What will be the comparative advantage if it was China and disadvantage too?

Did you have any professional failure? How did you overcome that and what did you learn from it?

Your experience with the international client and what did you learn from them?

Why MBA?

What was the most exciting thing that happened while working with your clients?

What do you do in your spare time?

Why an MBA now and why from NUS?

What are your goals?

So, you must have heard about IPL (Indian Premier League) moving out to South Africa (SA). If you were a consultant to Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), what strategy would you propose to minimize losses of not having the matches in India. (example of a case study question specific to the candidates profile)

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Through these interview questions, the interviewers are looking to discover the following traits, characteristics and capacity of the candidates:

1) Intellectual ability

2) Proficient English skills

3) Able to demonstrate potential for action-oriented leadership in the world of practical affairs

4) Able to demonstrated leadership capabilities or potential for higher leadership

5) Breadth of life experiences, including integrity, motivation,maturity, and self-awareness

6) An interest in sustainability and social responsibility

7) International exposure, diversity, and culture/gender sensitivity

8) A commitment to ongoing personal and professional development
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