Prepare for The MBA Interview Process
Updated: May 13
An MBA interview is different from a job interview. There is an increasing trend towards conducting behavioural interviews to know more about the applicants. Be very clear about why you want to pursue an MBA from ISB and how will your life change after an MBA from ISB. The behavioural interview is designed to establish patterns of behaviour for the interviewee through past actions he has taken.
Past action governs how we would behave in the future. To accurately predict these personality skills and abilities a behavioural interviewer suggests that one addresses the questions through incidents that he has faced in his professional capacity. A repetitive emergence of a pattern qualifies a certain skill possessed by the applicant.
There is another trend that the shortlisting schools hardly give a week's time to present for the interview. This gives the applicant very less time for the so called "Interview Preparation" which becomes more of a farce process. The paucity of time adds to the stress element in interviews. So actually no applicant is these days subjected to a stress interview but the uncertain business environment is simulated through the real time announcement.
Next comes the actual interview.
Expect very less of "Walk me through your resume" questions. Behavioural interviews are designed to explore certain situations of teamwork, leadership, communication - challenges as well as successes for the applicant through his stories. So, what is important here is a candid expression of HOW - what was the situation and what were the steps that you took to address the situation.
This preparation is actually not possible in 3-5 days. The applicant must spend some time daily to collate his work experience and other notable incidents and categorise successes and failures. Practice - practice - practice. Have a lot of mock interviews to practice how to tell your stories. The story should be connected - no digression - succinct to be able to grasp the interviewer's attention.