二月に入り、メールアカウントにInterview Invitationの案内が届いている方々も多いのではないでしょうか。面接対策を本格化させていくうえで、Cornell Johnson SchoolのAdmissions Blog上の”Five tips on how to ace the in person MBA interview”記事を引用させていただきます。
- Always be on time, no matter what. So plan ahead when it comes to allotting time to leave for traffic and logistics. Make sure that you know the location of the interview, where to park and always leave extra time in case there are delays. If you are running behind, let your interviewer know as soon as possible. If interviewing on campus, previous candidates recommend that you arrive in Sage Hall early to soak up some of the energy in the Atrium prior to your interview.
- Dress professionally. You’ve heard it before but first impressions are key. Your dress for MBA interviews is business professional which means suit and ties for men and suits, for women, a pantsuit, a skirt and jacket combination or a structured (and modest) dress. You may be wearing a great outfit, but remember to take the time to groom your hair and accessorize appropriately as well.
- Be Prepared. Take time to review possible questions that you may be asked and review your resume to jog your memory. Students can often find sample questions online. I always recommend doing an internet search for “Johnson interview questions” or “MBA interview questions” and you will find sample questions to help you prepare. Practice interviewing with another MBA candidate or a colleague who has earned an MBA – they can give you valuable feedback that can help you strengthen your interview skills.
- Know your goals. Reread your goals essay so that you can articulate well about major points you would like to make. Make sure you can explain why you want to earn an MBA and why the school you have applied to can help you achieve your goals. If you want to transition into a new career, have some examples of transferable skills that make the career transition possible. Remember to stick with specifics and stay on point.
- Pick three examples of your achievements or leadership to highlight during the interview. The examples should not be a rehash of your essay. Remember that giving specific examples and anecdotes will be an advantage and help tell the story of who you are. Try to pull recent examples of leadership or accomplishments, if your example is more than 3 years old, it’s not relevant.