I Overview Dartmouth Tuck MBA Interview

Each year the Dartmouth Tuck admissions committee invites a limited number of applicants to interview for its MBA program. Top MBA programs like Dartmouth Tuck 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.

Question Who conducts Dartmouth Tuck MBA interviews?

Dartmouth Tuck MBA interviews are conducted by students and admissions committee members.

Question Are Dartmouth Tuck MBA interviews resume-based or application-based?

The Dartmouth Tuck MBA program conducts resume-based interviews, where the interviewer has reviewed your resume but has not examined the rest of your MBA application (recommendations, essays, short answers, etc.).

For in-person interviews, it’s recommended to bring a paper copy of your resume to the interview location as a courtesy to the interviewer. In the case of online interviews, applicants should have a PDF copy of their resume readily available in case it’s requested via email. Sometimes, a busy current student or alum MBA interviewer may not have had much time to review the applicant’s resume beforehand. Therefore, Dartmouth Tuck MBA applicants should be prepared to provide a brief, two-minute overview of themselves at the beginning of the interview if prompted. This introductory summary often serves as the first interview question asked (“So, tell me about yourself…”).

Question How important is the Dartmouth Tuck MBA interview?

The influence of the Dartmouth Tuck MBA interview on the admissions decision is low to moderate.

Tuck’s admissions committee members are trained in conducting interviews. Its student interviewers are likewise trained (albeit to a lesser extent). Admissions committee member-led interviews are probably more likely to influence admissions decision than student-led interviews which have only a moderate influence on admissions decisions. With so many students conducting interviews it can be difficult for the admissions committee to normalize positive feedback (one student interviewer might say Tom is ‘great’ while another might report that he’s ‘interesting’).

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 Dartmouth Tuck 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 Dartmouth Tuck MBA interview:

  1. Tell me about yourself.
  2. What are your short-term goals and how can Dartmouth Tuck help you achieve those goals?
  3. What would you get involved in outside the Dartmouth Tuck 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 Dartmouth Tuck MBA program. Studying the sequences will give you a sense of the questions Dartmouth Tuck interviewers tend to ask.

Example 1 Dartmouth Tuck MBA Interview Questions

  1. Could you please walk me through your resume?
  2. Why are you pursuing an MBA? Why do you feel that you need an MBA?
  3. Why Tuck?
  4. Short- and long-term goals
  5. What is your greatest accomplishment?
  6. (Behavioral Question) Describe a time when a project wasn’t going well.
  7. (Behavioral Question)Tell me about a time when you failed.
  8. What does Tuck’s motto mean to you?
  9. How are you in a group dynamic?
  10. How do you motivate people? How would you apply this in a small team setting?
  11. What constructive criticism have your teammates/managers given you in the past?
  12. Questions for Interviewer

Example 2 Dartmouth Tuck MBA Interview Questions

  1. Walk me though your resume.
  2. What is your short term goal? Why are you interested in that career?
  3. Why MBA?
  4. Why Tuck?
  5. How do you want to get involved in Tuck community?
  6. What can you uniquely contribute to Tuck?
  7. (Behavioral Question) Tell me about a time when you worked on a team.
  8. What would be your role within study group?
  9. What do you think leadership is?
  10. (Behavioral Question) Tell me about a time when you took on a leadership role.

Example 3 Dartmouth Tuck MBA Interview Questions

  1. Walk me through your resume
  2. Why Tuck?
  3. Why are you pursuing an MBA now?
  4. What will you contribute to Tuck?
  5. What classes do you look forward to taking at Tuck?
  6. What will your legacy at Tuck be?
  7. (Behavioral Question) Tell me about at time you made a mistake at work. How did you handle it?
  8. What would your friends say about you in one word?
  9. (Behavioral Question) Describe your experience leading people from diverse backgrounds.
  10. Questions for Interviewer

Example 4 Dartmouth Tuck MBA Interview Questions

  1. Walk me through your resume
  2. Why MBA/Why Tuck?
  3. (Behavioral Question) Describe a leadership experience
  4. (Behavioral Question) Describe a time when you had to motivate someone
  5. What would your teammates say about you – both good/bad?
  6. Who do you know who has shown great leadership ability, and how have they done it?
  7. What have you learned from them and incorporated into your own leadership style?
  8. What is your greatest accomplishment?
  9. Questions for Interviewer

Example 5 Dartmouth Tuck MBA Interview Questions

  1. What was the best thing that happened to you this year/last year?
  2. Why MBA?
  3. Why an MBA now?
  4. Why not an EMBA?
  5. How do you think your Tuck classmates will remember you?
  6. (Behavioral Question) Tell me about a time when you worked as part of a team to accomplish something, but not as the leader.
  7. (Behavioral Question) Tell me about a time when you worked on a project that failed.
  8. (Behavioral Question) Tell me about a time when you had a disagreement with a colleague.
  9. What will you bring to Tuck?
  10. When you’re at Tuck in a study group, what will your study-mates say about you?
  11. What will your weaknesses be working in a study group?
  12. What 3 things do you want me to tell the admissions director about you?
  13. Anything else/other stories you want to talk about?
  14. Questions for Interviewer

Example 6 Dartmouth Tuck MBA Interview Questions

  1. Tell me about yourself.
  2. (Behavioral Question) Can you give me more detail on a time when one of your projects didn’t go as planned?
  3. What are your short and long-term goals?
  4. What is one of your strengths?
  5. What is one of your weaknesses?
  6. Why do you want to switch fields after graduation and not continue in your current field?
  7. What will you contribute to Tuck?
  8. How do you work as a leader?
  9. Why Tuck?
  10. What do you want to get involved with at Tuck outside the classroom?
  11. Is there something that I didn’t ask about that you wanted me to ask about?
  12. Do you have any questions for me?