MBA Interview Questions: A School-by-School List


Relax and be yourself. You have come this far You have this.

It’s like any conversation – they just want to get to know you.

Remember: you interview them as much as they interview you.

That’s the interview advice you’re likely to get. Whether it’s with an adcom or an alum — over coffee or Zoom — it comes as a little solace. It’s your dream and your life. You’re tough: you can see who you want to be and what you want to do. You just need a shot. The problem is, everyone else your interviewers come across.


Confidence comes from preparation. For admissions interviews, this means framing your story – choosing the right examples and quantifying impact – clear, concise and compelling. In addition to asking you to “Tell me about yourself” or “Look through your resume,” your interviewer will likely touch on these well-known topics:

* Why here, Why now, Why an MBA?

* What do you hope to gain or what do you hope to do?

* How will you contribute?

That’s not counting the usual fare around leadership style and strengths and weaknesses. And then there are the behavioral questions that often begin with “Tell me about” – all the cultural landmines that can reveal if your personality or approach is really a fit.

What are you up to for curveballs? How can you show who you are is what they want? One way is to anticipate questions…and that’s where Delete Admit comes into play. Each year, Clear Admit asks MBA candidates to share the questions they have been asked in school interviews. In addition to the questions, candidates also provide helpful information such as the length of the interview. And we’ve added some of our own questions collected from clients of admissions consultants.

Wondering what kinds of questions you’ll be answering at Stanford, INSEAD or Kellogg? Here are over 100 questions from two dozen schools to help you craft the most effective answers.

How do you hope to contribute from a DEI perspective?

Tell me about a time you pushed a team out of their comfort zone.

What makes you feel connected to what you do now?

When have you seen confidence without attitude in your work? (Question of the four pillars)

How did you have to influence others to see your method?

Tell us about a risk you took.

The time I had a lack of knowledge and what I did.

Teamwork and when we had to find a compromise.

How to learn and develop professionally?

Time you encountered a challenge. What was it and how did you get past it?

A situation where you brought people together.

A situation where you have put forward an idea.

A situation where you realize you need help.

Who is a leader you admire and why?

What type of leadership do you have? What are you doing to actively improve your leadership?

Tell me about a time when you were overwhelmed and had time constraints. What did you do and how did you handle it?

What three words would describe your type of leadership?

Describe a time when you had to motivate a team.

Tell me about an experience that changed your mind.

Tell me about a time when you received critical feedback.

Tell me about a time when you used data to help you on a project.

How will being in New York help?

What are the challenges and obstacles you foresee while you get your MBA?

How do you think you contribute to the culture of Columbia?

What are the main leadership qualities that you value/try to emulate?

How do you plan to get involved at Cornell?

Tell me about a time when you worked in a difficult team and how you handled it.

What would you do if someone on your team wasn’t doing their best?

What has been your biggest challenge in your current company?

Tell me about a time you helped someone solve a problem.

How would you contribute to Tuck? (i.e. participation in activities or personal contributions)

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