Common Business School Interview Questions with Answers for MBA Entrance

Business School Interview Questions for MBA EntranceThe personal interview (PI) is an important part of the admissions process into Business Schools for MBA or BBA program. Through the personal interview the selection board aims to assess the clarity of thinking process, future goals and the ‘fitment’ with the Business school. The admission committee of the institute evaluate your interpersonal skills, communication skills and the attitude. Admissions decisions depend a lot on how well you do during the interview. Hence for the benefit of all BBA and MBA aspirants we have created this article on Common Business School Interview Questions with Answers for MBA Entrance.

Common Business School Interview Questions

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The best strategy for approaching an interview is by preparing and practicing for a wide range of questions. Hence the preparation for interview should not be taken lightly. We have handpicked a few common but important questions you should definitely prepare for – well before your interview.

After reading these Personal Interview Questions, you can go to Section 2 to see explanation,  model answers  and tips. This should further help in improving your performance in the interview. Also below the list of questions there is a video with interviewer asking top 15 questions.

The following questions are commonly asked during an interview:

  1. Tell me about yourself.
  2. Why do you want to earn a graduate business degree?
  3. Why are you interested in this school/program? / Why do you want to study in this institute?
  4. Why should we admit you?
  5. Do you have a career goal? Where do you see yourself in 3 to 5 years from now?
  6. What qualities should a successful manager have?
  7. What is the difference between a manager and a leader?
  8. Are you a good manager or a leader or a worker?
  9. Talk about your accomplishments as a leader. / What leadership roles did you play at your university?
  10. What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  11. How do you spend your spare time?
  12. Which is more important to you: money or the type of job?
  13. What are your three major accomplishments?
  14. What does “success” mean to you?
  15. What does “failure” mean to you?
  16. Why do you want to join this College / B School?
  17. Why MBA and why not any other course?
  18. What are your hobbies and interests?
  19. Who is your role model?
  20. What is your expectation from this MBA program?

Video: Commonly Asked Business School Interview Questions for MBA Entrance

Common Business School Interview Questions with Answers for MBA Entrance

Question 1: Tell me about yourself

Alternative Question: It’s possible the interviewer might ask “Walk Me Through Your Resume” instead.

Understanding the question and how to answer it
This question is very often one of the first questions asked in an MBA interview. Since the interviewer is asking the information about you, it should be a fairly easy for you to answer.

Although you may chose the time line method to give introduction about yourself, it would be a still better idea, if you focus on 4 groups – Your personal life such as family, Education, Experience and Passion or goals in life. Let us see in model example the reply on these lines.

Model Answer
Good Morning Sir. I am Monty Singh and a resident of Chandigarh, the city beautiful. I am a Computer Engineer from Chandigarh University. I earned my Bachelor’s degree in 2016. My father is also an Engineer and he heads a logistics company, and my mother is a housewife. My elder brother is a post-graduate in Economics and has just completed his MBA. I have been working with an online education start up called extrastudy.com for the last two years.

With my keen interest in academics and technology, I have decided to make a career in this field. I wish to make a difference to the lives of others, by bringing education and skills enhancement to the homes of working professionals at an affordable price through internet.

Tip
The interviewer already has your resume with him, but wants to understand the “why” of it or wants it from you in verbal form. It is an opportunity for the candidate to highlight his accomplishments, strengths, positive points etc. where he thinks he scores better than others

Question 2: Why do you want to earn a graduate business degree?

Alternative Question can be: Why do you want to pursue MBA

Understanding the question and how to answer it
Although this question has been asked for years, yet, there is a high probability this question shall continue to be asked.
We have to understand that there is no single best answer to this question. At the same time it would not be a great idea to be brutally honest and say that you are doing so purely for monetary benefits.

Hence there are a few strategies and approaches that you can follow to give a good answer:

A. The Growth Approach
This approach talks about growing and becoming a better professional. The better qualified individual can contribute more and effectively in the organisation because he is well qualified to take more responsibilities, lead the team and demonstrate his superior technical skills and common sense. Thus you are an asset for the business who can save money, earn money and expand business.

B. The Human Factor Approach
Businesses don’t run on technology alone. The human asset is the most valuable asset for any business organisation. For example, it’s not in the strength of the product alone – it is also the ability to sell, control, manage and deliver. Only humans can do it and there is nothing better to teach you this than an MBA.

Model Answer
Sir, I decided to do MBA when I was in the 2nd year of my B. Tech. in Mechanical Engineering. Additionally, I planned to do MBA two years after completing my Engineering course, because I wanted some work experience before joining MBA.

My decision to pursue MBA is based on three things – better career opportunities, good career growth in the organization and I will be better qualified to do something which I like.

The reasons for taking this decision were appreciated by my mentor during in my internship in Siemens when I shared him my thoughts. He confirmed that I have taken a right decision, as with just an Engineering degree, growth is quite slow.

Tip
Also do point out that while your bachelor’s education sets up a good technical base, it is not your opinion that you need to specialize or go deeper into the subject with an M.S., or an M. Tech.

Question 3: Why are you interested in this school/program?

Alternative Question can be: 
This question is certainly going to come up during your MBA admission interview, and might be phrased slightly differently, such as “What made you choose this University?” or  Why do you want to study in this Institute?

Understanding the question and how to answer it
Such question tests your knowledge about the B School or the University. The interviewer is trying to understand that what motivates you. Therefore, you should think of an honest reply telling the interviewer about the reasons that make you think  that particular B School is the perfect match for your requirements.

Model Answer
Sir, Your B School is one of the very few schools which is offering MBA Program with full specialization in Entrepreneurship. I’ve checked the curriculum details of other reputed MBA institutes also and I found that they are at the most offering Entrepreneurship as a subject only.

I come from a business family and have certain post-MBA goals. Being an Entrepreneur is one of them. Hence, there’s no better fit anywhere. If I am offered admission, I’ll be very happy and proud to accept it.

Tip
You may list various reasons the particular school / university / program is perfectly suited for you. It could be from location to faculty to specialization to the institute’s connections with specific industries and companies that match your career goals.

Question 4: Why should we admit you?

Alternative Question can be: Why should we select you?

Understanding the question and how to answer it
By asking this question the interviewer want to judge how you handle pressure at work usually at the beginning of the interview.

Model Answer
I wish to be an entrepreneur and have planned to start my own business 5 years from now. Therefore, to manage various aspects of business successfully, I would require good knowledge of Sales, Marketing, Logistics, HR and Finance.

There is nothing better than MBA program to learn these subjects in a systematic manner. I am very serious about starting my business and I am sure that I MBA will help me to better my performance in business management.

Tip
When you decide to get MBA degree, you should be clear about your post – MBA. Therefore, be sure to answer this question the way it relates to your personal and professional goals.


Question 5: Do you have a career goal?

Alternative Question: Where do you see yourself in 3 to 5 years from now?

Understanding the question and how to answer it
This is one of the popular questions that is asked in the MBA personal interviews (PI). Your answer should justifiably link the achievement with the learning from the MBA course. Thus your answer should substantiate it.

Model Answer
After completing my MBA, I wish to join a medium size to large organisation in their Human Resource (HR) Deptt. I would like to get hands on experience in various aspects of Recruitment, Talent Management and Talent Retention, Periodic Assessment System, Employee Engagement and Grievance Redressal.

A thorough exposure on these subjects would prepare me to become a good second in command to the Head of HR after 3 to 5 years of sincere working.

Tip
Be honest while answering it. Also you need to be specific because answers don’t make a good goal. Hence your goals should be concrete and achievable.


Question 6: What qualities should a successful manager have?

Alternative Questions:

  • Tell me about your best boss.
  • Did you have a boss you liked working with in the past?

Understanding the question and how to answer it
The selectors want to know if the candidate will work well as Manager after completing his MBA.

Model Answer
I believe a successful manager needs to have a clear vision of the project. He should share with the team the strategy and specific methodology to achieve it. Using his skills of leadership, good communication and innovative thinking, he should keep the team focused on the objectives ahead.

From time to time, he should be able to motivate his team members, if there are challenges and also suggest solutions.

He should be one with good interpersonal skills and a believer in team work.

My current boss fits into this description very well as he is great at keeping us motivated on the task at hand. Due to his excellent leadership skills and clear-thinking, he is always admired as a great team leader. His team has been making solid contributions to the company’s growth.

Tip
This is a behavioral question. Remember to be positive in your answer and also it is better if you give an example from your background and experience.

Question 9: Talk about your accomplishments as a leader.

Alternative Questions

  • What is your leadership style?
  • What leadership roles did you play at your university?
  • Tell me about a time when you exercised leadership?
  • What leadership roles did you play at your university?
  • In which ways have you shown leadership in the community?
  • Discuss a time when you were a leader.

Understanding the question and how to answer it
This is a situational question as the interviewer is interested to check the kind of initiative you have taken as a part of the group and worked towards a noble goal.

Prepare your answer beforehand. You may think of a couple of experiences in your school, college or work place where you displayed your leadership qualities. It can be even heading a sports team, or even head of  a group of volunteers attached to a Non Profit Organisation to distribute free food and medicines to flood victims in the neighbouring state.

Model Answer
I have been an active participant in social service activities. There have been several occasions where I was asked to lead a smart team such as providing relief to victims of quake in Nepal, as a relief worker in Uttrakhand floods disaster etc.

Also I am keen sportsman and have been captain of hockey team in the 4th year in college. With pride, I can share that we won 9 matches and lost 3 while 1 match was a draw. This has been the best performance of the college team so far.

Tip
Business schools would like to select those students are academically bright, maturity of thoughts, have good communication ability and good leadership skills.

This is a situational question, in which Panel is interested to check the kind of initiative and hard work you did for your group.

Question 10: What are your Strengths and Weaknesses?

Understanding the question and how to answer it

Talking about your strengths should be quite easy. Pick three good and useful strengths that you feel set you apart and if needed, you can give an example each for your strengths. With regards to weaknesses, pick a shortcoming you have which can be converted into strength.

For example, you could explain how your impatience allows you to get things done quickly.

Model Answer

My strengths: I am very hardworking, flexible and good team worker. Also, I have excellent learning abilities and my friendly nature makes me popular everywhere. These days my company is switching over to new ERP software. So while I do my normal work during the day time, I am also part of the team which works after office hours to migrate to the new software. I have no issues regarding extended timings rather I am happy to learn new software in the shortest span of time.

My weaknesses: I am very impatient, hence I work fast and longer hours so that this change over of software is done seamlessly in a short period of time.

Tip

Make sure that your strength and weakness doesn’t contradict each other. For example, if your strength is good memory but if you say that your weakness is that you forget important dates then you are contradicting your own statement. The interviewers will be quick to spot such errors.

 

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