mba-interview-By now, you should have heard from most of the business schools you applied to in Round 2 to find out if you’ve been invited to interview. If you’re lucky enough to be interviewing over the next few weeks, you won’t want to miss our recent blog posts covering MBA interviews, including whether you should interview on campus, what to ask your interviewers, and MBA interviews 101.

To begin wrapping your head around the Dos and Don’ts, here are a few items to keep in mind as you prepare:

  • Remember the basics of interviewing: dress to impress, make eye contact, speak slowly and concisely, and smile.
  • Bring hard copies of your resume. Business cards are not necessary.
  • Be friendly, positive, and courteous to EVERYONE you meet: student ambassadors, interviewers, and the receptionist.
  • Be prepared to interview with someone other than who you were expecting.
  • Know your own story inside and out. It should be consistent with what you wrote in your application.
  • Listen to the question. Answer exactly as it was asked.
  • A good framework to set up your examples is: situation, actions, results, takeaways.
  • Demonstrate your passion for the school. If you’re not accepted anywhere else, it may quickly become your top choice.
  • Avoid asking questions that can be answered on the school’s website. Better topics are your areas of interest, school initiatives and your interviewers’ experiences.
  • Write a thank-you note. Emails are fine. (Arguably your best bet, if you can have it in your interviewer’s inbox that night.)

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© Shine / MBA Admissions Consulting, February 2 2015, 11:00am MT