When we were helping our All-in-One Service clients, it occurred to me that the MBA Admission Mock interviews should exist as a standalone service.
The iterative essay editing process and the narrative that helped the clients receive an interview invite didn’t naturally lead to great interview performance. We had to work on it for at least a couple of 2-hour sessions.
The challenge comes from the misconception that to sound interesting or smart, one must repeat the same narrative as the essays.
How you talk is different from how you write.
How you write an essay is vastly different from how you communicate in an interview.
The admission team understands that.
MBA Admission Mock Interview – Goals & Questions
The first corrective step during mock interviews is to make you realize that touching all the narrative arcs in the essays is possible without using the phrases from essays as verbatim.
Maintaining the narrative and leading the interviewer to themes you have covered or underused in the essays is the easiest way to strengthen your admission chances. It requires an independent ear.
Covered in the 4-hour MBA Admissions Mock Interview session:
1) Planning and practicing the answers for the standard interview questions
• How to answer the “Tell us about yourself” introductory question?
• How to answer Walk me through your resume?
• What is the greatest accomplishment in your professional career?
• What is your leadership style?
• How would you contribute at the School Community?
• What is the most difficult obstacle you overcame?
• Are you a Creative Person?
• How do you define Success?
• How to answer about Innovative Solutions?
• Answering Frequent Job Switch
• How did you Handle Conflict?
• How did you manage Change?
• Give an Example of an Ethical Dilemma you faced. How did you handle it?
• Answering Greatest Accomplishment
• How did you Handle a Difficult Boss?
• Tell me a time when you made a Mistake. What did you learn from it?
• How to summarize your Career?
• How to explain low grades?
• How to answer Scenario Questions?
• How to answer the Backup Plan Question
• How to discuss about Industry Experience & your Role?
• What Questions should you ask the AdCom after an MBA Admissions Interview?
• Tell me about yourself that is not covered in the application
• What are your post-MBA goals?
• What is your plan B if you can’t achieve your short-term goals?
• Why consulting/finance/marketing/general management (if you are a career switcher)
2) Follow-up Questions based on your resume
3) Follow-up Questions based on your essays
If you need help, subscribe to our $499 (4-hour) mock interview session, where I will offer immediate feedback after each question on improving:
1) The tone
2) The transitions
3) The style and
4) The narrative of your overall story, covering the broader achievements in your career and the choices in your life
I will ensure that your answers sound authentic.
1. Purchase the service
2. Send an email to Atul Jose (MBA Admissions Consultant)(email@example.com) with your latest resume and the essays used for the application
3. If you don’t send an email within 6-12 hours, we will initiate the communication
"The obsessive focus on improving my chances from creating the narrative to editing the minutest details in the application to building a believable narrative for interviews, your support has been immense in getting into a school that I had only dreamed" - Harvard MBA Admit (2020 Entering Class)
"We did it Atul. I would not have aced the interview without your patience and valuable feedback on improving my answer" - Haas MBA Admit (2020 Entering Class)
"Wohooo, I got in! Thank you thank you Thank you so much for believing in me and giving me several options to improve my answers. The sessions gave me the grounding to crack the interview" - Stanford MBA Admit (2020 Entering Class)
"Your recommendation to forget about the performance and find authentic engagement with the group, before, during and after the TBD, helped me find deeper solutions to the Wharton prompts and maintain my composure throughout the interview" - Wharton MBA Admit (2020 Entering Class)
"I was nervous going in on the London Business School interview. The practice session certainly helped me find more than enough conversation starters for each question. Even the unexpected questions on failure and long-term goals had been attempted by us in the mock interviews. " - London MBA Admit (2020 Entering Class)