I Overview Berkeley Haas MBA Interview

Each year the Berkeley Haas admissions committee invites a limited number of applicants to interview for its MBA program. Top MBA programs like Berkeley Haas generally interview 2-3 applicants for every available place in their upcoming MBA class. While an invite is sign that you’re in the running for an admit, you’re also now part of a highly competitive subset of the overall applicant pool. You can prepare for your interview with the help of this guide and, optionally, the Mock Interview Service.

Tip: Wondering if interview invites have already gone out? Check out MBA LiveWire for real-time updates.

Question Who conducts Berkeley Haas MBA interviews?

Berkeley Haas MBA interviews are conducted by students and alumni.

Question Are Berkeley Haas MBA interviews resume-based or application-based?

The Berkeley Haas MBA program conducts resume-based interviews. A resume-based MBA interview is one in which the interviewer has read your resume but has not read the the rest of your MBA application (recommendations, essays, short answers etc.).

If your MBA interview is in-person, we suggest bringing a paper copy of your resume to the interview location as a courtesy to the interviewer. If your interview takes place online then consider having a PDF copy of your resume handy should the interview request that it be sent via email. Sometimes a busy current student or alum MBA interviewer will not have spent much time reviewing the applicant’s resume before the interview. That’s why Berkeley Haas MBA applicants should be ready to give their interviewer a 2-minute overview of themselves (note that this is often the first interview question anyway, ‘So tell me about yourself…‘).

Question How important is the Berkeley Haas MBA interview?

The influence of the Berkeley Haas MBA interview on the admissions decision is low to moderate.
The reality is that a successful interview will not help you lock in an admit to Berkeley Haas’s incoming MBA class, but a failed interview can hurt your application. That’s because with so many students and alumni conducting interviews, it’s hard for the admissions committee to normalize positive feedback (one student interviewer might say Tom is ‘great’ while another might report that he’s ‘interesting’). That said, it’s still pretty easy for the admissions committee to take into account blatantly negative feedback “The candidate was totally unprepared to answer even simple questions.” “The candidate was rude.” “The candidate’s English was very difficult to understand.”

Your main goal when interviewing with a current student or alum is for them to like you and to feel that you have something to contribute to the school (both in terms of the professional perspective you will bring to the classroom and the contributions you’ll make within the student community).

II Mock MBA Interviews

In addition to practicing interview questions on your own, the mock interview service can be a great way to receive feedback on your professional stories (with a view to improving them). Typical MBA and EMBA interview questions include goals  (Tell me about yourself? What are your goals? Why MBA? Why school X?) on strengths/weaknesses, and behavioral questions (Tell me about a time when…?).

Below you can listen to former clients answer MBA interview questions and receive feedback on their answers. An audit professional answers the question Tell me about yourself in part 1 and receives feedback in part 2. An employee compensation consultant answers the behavioral question Tell me about a time when you mentored someone in part 1 and receives feedback in part 2.

III Berkeley Haas MBA Interview Questions

Note that a lot of schools have begun asking about diversity, equity, and inclusion during interviews. You should be prepared to talk about these issues and how diversity, equity, or inclusion have played out in your work.Here’s a list of core questions to practice before your Berkeley Haas MBA interview:

  1. Tell me about yourself.
  2. What are your short-term goals and how can Berkeley Haas help you achieve those goals?
  3. What would you get involved in outside the Berkeley Haas MBA classroom?
  4. What would others say are your two core strengths and one area for improvement (weakness)?
  5. + Prepare stories for at least 3-5 behavioral questions of your choice. You can access a list of behavioral interview questions organized by categorically at our sister website, resumeSTORY.builders An example would be: Tell me about a time when you encountered pushback. Tell me about a time when you worked in a professional setting that was diverse. What was one challenge you encountered? Tell me about a time when you received constructive feedback.
  6. Have you ever encountered a diversity issue in an organization?
  7. Is there anything you’d like to talk about that we didn’t cover?
  8. + Prepare two solid questions for the interviewer.

Here are some mock interview sequences for the Berkeley Haas MBA program. Studying the sequences will give you a sense of the questions Berkeley Haas interviewers tend to ask.

Example 1 Berkeley Haas MBA Interview Questions

  1. Tell me about yourself.
  2. (follow on question) How have you managed to advance so quickly within the company? What’s your secret?
  3. Seeing as you’re doing so well for yourself, why think about getting an MBA and why now?
  4. How would your colleagues describe you?
  5. Which Haas resources would benefit you?
  6. As a student, how would you contribute to the Berkeley Haas community?
  7. (Behavioral Question) Could you tell me about a time when you had to make a decision with imperfect information?
  8. (Behavioral Question) Tell me about a time when a team member wasn’t pulling his or her weight. What did you do?
  9. Any questions for me?

Example 2 Berkeley Haas MBA Interview Questions

  1. Tell me about yourself and specifically why you made the career switch? (Candidate had transitioned from marketing to corporate finance)
  2. Where do you see yourself in 5 years and why pursue an MBA?
  3. Why Haas?
  4. (Behavioral Question) Tell me about a time when you accomplished something that positively impacted an organization.
  5. Tell me about your volunteer work, specifically your involvement with ABC NGO.
  6. (follow on question) Do you think your community organizing will translate over to your time at Haas? What will you get involved with at Haas?
  7. (Behavioral Question) Tell me about a time when you failed to meet your goal.
  8. (Behavioral Question) Tell me about a time when you advocated for inclusiveness.
  9. Which of our defining principles at Berkeley Haas resonate with you? (Question the status quo. Confidence without attitude. Students always. Beyond yourself.)
  10. What questions can I answer for you about the program?

Example 3 Berkeley Haas MBA Interview Questions

  1. Tell me a little bit about yourself and the decisions that have led you to where you are now.
  2. Could you tell me about this particular consulting engagement? (From candidate’s resume)
  3. What are your short and long-term goals?
  4. Which resources and clubs at Haas would help you reach your short-term goal?
  5. (Behavioral Question) Tell me about a time when you didn’t see eye to eye with someone.
  6. (Behavioral Question) Tell me about a time when you mentored someone who was different from you.
  7. What would your colleagues like to change about you?
  8. Tell me about a company or a CEO that you really admire.
  9. What kind of blogs/online media do you read for industry news?
  10. Do you have questions for me?

Example 4 Berkeley Haas MBA Interview Questions

  1. Please walk me through your resume.
  2. What is one lesson you learned from your time working in India?
  3. What is the best thing about your current role and what is something you don’t enjoy very much?
  4. What are your goals immediately after completing an MBA program?
  5. Why Haas?
  6. What will your Haas classmates remember you for?
  7. (Behavioral Question) Is it possible to be creative in Finance? Tell me about a time when you used creativity on the the job.
  8. (Behavioral Question) Tell me about a time when you bolstered low team morale.
  9. (Behavioral Question) Tell me about a time you had to use analytical skills to solve a problem
  10. Outside of work, what are you involved in?
  11. Any questions?