This may be applicable to any of the following fields and more: Accounting, Marketing, Strategy, Human Resource Management, Business Economics, Entrepreneurship, Management/Management Science, Finance, Risk Management, Operations/Supply Chain Management, Information Technology, Project Management, Organizational Behavior etc.

Hello,

  1. Tell me about yourself
    Tip: Discuss your educational history, work-related skills, and some personal character traits and show how they may add value to the graduate program. This should go for a few minutes (1-2 minutes).
  2. Why do you think this is the best time for you to pursue graduate study in business administration?
  3. Why do you want to come to our school?
    Tip: Be genuine. Provide reasons that differentiate the school from other schools and how this applies to you. You may talk about how the school’s curriculum, extra-curricular activities, recruiting and hiring opportunities may help support your career goals.
  4. Can you walk me through your resume?
  5. With all your work and educational experiences, why do you think you need a graduate degree in Business Administration?
    Tip: Make sure you have concrete reasons for why the degree in business administration would be important to help support your future goals. For example, you may describe how the degree would allow you to gain certain skills and knowledge such as how to tackle and solve problems and how to impact change. You may also describe how the degree may open you up to more networking possibilities and job opportunities.
  6. How can you add value to our graduate program?
    Tip: You may consider qualities that make you unique and describe how these would enhance the mission/goals of the program.
  7. Tell me about a time where you had to motivate someone or persuade someone to do something?
    Tip: This is a behavior question. You may use the STAR technique. Describe the Situation in detail, describe the Tasks you underwent, describe the Actions you took to tackle this situation, describe your end Results (what you learnt, accomplishments). Focus on your own work, not on your groups work.
  8. Please explain a time when you experienced conflict and how you tackled this.
    Tip: This is a behavior question. You may use the STAR technique. Describe the Situation in detail, describe the Tasks you underwent, describe the Actions you took to tackle this situation, describe your end Results (what you learnt, accomplishments). Focus on your own work, not on your groups work.
  9. Tell me about a time when you demonstrated leadership.
    Tip: This is a behavior question. You may use the STAR technique. Describe the Situation in detail, describe the Tasks you underwent, describe the Actions you took to tackle this situation, describe your end Results (what you learnt, accomplishments). Focus on your own work, not on your groups work.
  10. Tell me about a time when you took the initiative to execute an action for a group or company
    Tip: This is a behavior question. You may use the STAR technique. Describe the Situation in detail, describe the Tasks you underwent, describe the Actions you took to tackle this situation, describe your end Results (what you learnt, accomplishments). Focus on your own work, not on your groups work.
  11. Tell me about a time when you were able to take meaningful action and make good judgment in solving a problem.
    Tip: This is a behavior question. You may use the STAR technique. Describe the Situation in detail, describe the Tasks you underwent, describe the Actions you took to tackle this situation, describe your end Results (what you learnt, accomplishments). Focus on your own work, not on your groups work.
  12. What are your strengths and weaknesses?
    Tip: Describe strengths that are relevant for business administration or related areas such as great communication and listening skills, problem solving skills, time management, financial decision making, leadership skills, etc. Give weakness and state the steps you have taken to improve on those weaknesses. Describe how you can turn your weaknesses into strengths.
  13. How will your friends or professors describe you?
    Tip: Make sure they describe you in a positive manner and describe you as having skill sets that are important for business school. These skills may showcase your leadership potential, intellectual ability, analytical skills, motivation for a professional business career, etc.
  14. Give me an example of a stressful situation that you had and how you dealt with the situation
    Tip: This is a behavior question. You may use the STAR technique. Describe the Situation in detail, describe the Tasks you underwent, describe the Actions you took to tackle this situation, describe your end Results (what you learnt, accomplishments). Focus on your own work, not on your groups work.
  15. How do you handle failure?
  16. Besides our school, what other schools did you apply to?
    Tip: Provide names for some of the schools, but make sure to re-iterate how important it is for you to get into this school (i.e. the one you are currently interviewing for).
  17. If you are accepted by more than one school, how will you make your decision?
  18. What will you do if you do not get accepted into a graduate program for Business Administration?
    Tip: It is important to show strong commitment to business school by explaining that you will address areas you believe your application was weak and re-apply to business school.
  19. How do you plan on using your degree?
    Tip: Make sure you have thought this out very well. Although Business schools understand that students may not have an exact area they want to work or use their degree, it is important to have some ideas as to how you plan on using your degree.
  20. Where do you currently work and why did you choose this company?
  21. Describe how a normal working day goes at your current job. What are your key responsibilities?
  22. What are your current challenges at your job?
    Tip: Describe challenges and explain how you have been self-motivated to face the challenges to help serve the company.
  23. What do you like most and least about your job?
  24. Where would you like to work or intern during your graduate school? And Why?
  25. Please describe any of your research projects. Describe the purpose of the project and your role. *For PhD applicants
    Tip: Organize your thoughts and be brief. Know exactly what you did at each step and why. You may be asked difficult questions to assess your knowledge in the research so be well prepared. Display enthusiasm when you describe the projects you have engaged in.
  26. What area of research will you like to specialize in? *For PhD applicants
    Tip: Make sure you have some ideas as to areas you are interested in delving into. Do some research, read and make sure you are knowledgeable in these areas.
  27. Which faculty member will you like to research with? *For PhD applicants
    Tip: Make sure you have an idea of the faculty member’s work that interests you. Know exactly what they research. You may read his/her publications and talk about it to show your interest in his/her work. The school’s website may be a way to get some information on this.
  28. What are your career goals and where do you see yourself in ten years?
  29. What company will you like to work for? Why?
  30. What is your back up plan if you don’t work in your desired job role?
    Tip: Make sure you have a back-up plan, but re-iterate that you will work very hard in graduate school and beyond to achieve your desired job role. This shows a type of commitment that business schools like in students.
  31. What has been your greatest achievement?
  32. How do you spend your time outside of work? What are your hobbies?
    Tip: Sports? Reading? Biking? Basically activities that interest you. Business schools want to see that you engage in certain activities besides academic activities. Many schools may want to see that you are sociable and able to deal and work with people.
  33. Do you think there is anything else we should know?
    Tip: You can discuss issues that you want to get across, but were not asked during the interview. Make sure that you discuss issues that make a great impression about you, not issues that will decrease your chances of being accepted.
  34. Any Questions?
    Tip: It is important to ask intelligent question(s). Don’t ask questions that can be easily answered by the school website. Questions should be important for your graduate study in business administration.

NOTE: These are very relevant questions that may help in the interview. Questions may be asked in a random fashion. Questions not included on this page may be asked during the interview.