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How to Prepare for a Successful Informational Interview

by Taylor Anderson Thursday, October 25, 2018
Informational interviews are an important aspect of any graduate school search. Why? Well, there are a few reasons. These meetings provide an opportunity for you to ask the questions more important to you in a low stress environment. Most candidates use the meeting to discuss questions they have about the application process or specific to their individual candidacy for business school. 

It’s important to prepare effectively for an informational interview and this starts with researching your program of interest. Start your research process with the school’s website as it will have a lot of general information about the application process and program structure. This will lay a strong foundation of knowledge that can show the admissions committee that you are taking this process seriously.

After researching your program of interest, begin crafting questions specific to your candidacy for business school. You are welcome to use this blog post to start the brainstorming process.

Be sure to bring an updated copy of your resume to your informational interview. The path to graduate school is unique for every prospective student, and your resume should outline your story. It is important to realize that your resume is meant to be an outline and not an entire narrative. Keeping your resume to one side of a page is standard, and you are welcome to use the Wisconsin MBA Program’s template here

Finally, going into an informational interview, you should know your “why.” Why do you want to go to graduate school?  Why do you need this degree for your career path? What are your short-term and long-term goals? The answers to these questions help the admissions committee better understand your path to business school and how the Wisconsin MBA Program can be a launchpad for your future professional success.

Take your research, your list of questions and your enthusiasm, and go get your graduate school questions answered! To set up an informational interview with a member of the Wisconsin MBA Admissions Team, please email us.