Friday, January 28, 2011

Interview Tips

I've spent the last couple of weeks at various brunches, dinners, and MBA fairs across the US. We are in the peak of "interview season" so I thought this would be an appropriate topic for discussion. While admission interviews are not required, we encourage you to schedule an interview as a part of the admissions process. We offer interviews on the Bloomington campus and at events held in a variety of locations in the United States. You should plan to complete an interview before you submit your application for the deadline you’ve chosen. Once you submit your application, interviews will be available by invitation only. Those invited to interview may be offered the opportunity to interview via Skype or phone. Skype and phone interviews will not be available to candidates who have not yet applied. We do not offer alumni interviews; all interviews are conducted by members of the admissions committee. Because we attempt to space out the number of interviews, an invitation to interview may occur at any point in the application review process.

Here are a few tips for your admissions interview:
  • Treat it as a professional interview. Dress appropriately, arrive early, and come prepared with copies of your resume.
  • Remain calm and collected. Accept a glass of water, if offered, to allow you to compose yourself during the interview as needed.
  • Review your goals and be prepared to share "your story." You should be able to clearly articulate the link between your past experience, where you are currently, and your future goals.
  • Be sure to provide specific examples but also be concise. It is a delicate balance and you will want to use the 20-30 minute interview time wisely. Tell your story but let the interviewer guide the discussion.
  • Realize that interviews are not static. There is not a standard list of questions that you will be asked to answer.
  • Most importantly, be yourself!! There are no right or wrong answers. An interview is simply a chance to get to know you better!
  • Lastly, be sure to follow-up. While it may not be expected, a short thank you is always appreciated and can leave a lasting impression.
Message from the Admissions Committee: Be sure to join us for upcoming brunches and dinners across the US! If you're not able to join us at these events, register to attend our upcoming online chat. (An online chat specifically for admitted students is available on the admitted students website.)


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