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Elizabeth Davis

How to Nail your Admissions Interview

by Elizabeth Davis Friday, February 23, 2018

The time has finally come. You’ve crushed your GMAT, submitted your application and narrowed down your prospective schools. Now comes the moment where you can truly show our admissions team who you are and what you’ll bring to the table: the admissions interview.

The admissions interview allows the admissions committee an opportunity to speak with candidates about their interest in the program, and how they view business school as a platform that launches their success. At the Wisconsin MBA Program official admissions interviews are by invitation only, and only when an application is complete. Here are a few tips to ace your interview:

  1. Review your application. The admissions committee knows your qualities as a MBA candidate through the materials you’ve presented in your application. Before your interview, take some time to look through your essays and resume. This will allow you an opportunity to reflect on your motivations for attending business school and why you’re interested in the Wisconsin MBA in particular.
  2. Prepare for clarifying questions. The admissions committee will likely ask you to clarify a few pieces of your application, in particular if there’s an aspect that raises questions such as a poor undergraduate academic performance or gap in work history. Please know that your interviewer is asking you questions not to embarrass you, but rather to understand the circumstances that led to the final outcome. When answering these questions, be truthful and open while focusing on what you learned from that experience.
  3. Identify what makes you a unique candidate. The admissions committee looks to build a diverse class with unique personal and professional experiences. Think about what distinctive experiences you’ve had in your career and prepare these as examples for common behavioral questions. This way, you’re highlighting your best self and identifying what you can bring to the Class of 2020. Candidates who do this well are some of the most memorable.
  4. Prepare thoughtful questions: The admissions interview isn’t solely used for the benefit of our admissions team; it’s also to see if we are a good fit for you. Asking questions not only provides you with helpful information, but shows our admissions team you’re serious about the Wisconsin MBA Program.
  5. Be yourself: The admissions committee wants to get to know who you are as a person. There’s nothing specific we are looking for in the interview other than to understand your interest in an MBA Program and career goals. Be your authentic self!

The admissions interview is a great opportunity that allows you and our admissions team to get to know each other better. With our third deadline nearing, put the finishing touches on your application before the deadline on March 1, 2018. Continue working on your application today!