I Overview London Business School MBA Interview

Each year the LBS admissions committee invites a limited number of applicants to interview for its MBA program. Top MBA programs like LBS 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 London Business School MBA interviews?

LBS MBA interviews are conducted by alumni.

Question Are LBS MBA interviews resume-based or application-based?

The LBS MBA program conducts application-based interviews. That means that your alumni interviewer will have access to your entire application before meeting with you but the extent to which your interviewer will take the time to read through your entire application is variable. Most interviewers will have at least read a candidate’s resume and goals statement (What are your post-MBA goals and how will your prior experience and the London Business School programme contribute towards these?). That’s why we suggest that you prepare a 2-minute overview of yourself for the beginning of the interview (note that a common first interview question is ‘So tell me about yourself…‘).

Question How important is the London Business School MBA interview?

The influence of the London Business School 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 LBS’s incoming MBA class, but a failed interview can hurt your application. That’s because with so many alumni conducting interviews, it’s hard for the admissions committee to normalize positive feedback (one alum 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 an 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.

Part 1. Candidate answers the mock interview question Tell me about yourself. The candidate responds by giving a chronological overview of his work experience (which is a common approach people take to this interview question).
Part 2. Feeback on candidate's response to the mock interview question Tell me about yourself. The candidate learns to structure his answer to this question in terms of professional growth (rather than chronologically).
Part 1. Candidate answers the behavioral mock interview question Tell me about a time when you mentored someone. The candidate gives a lengthy response (listen to part 2 for feedback).
Part 2. Feedback on candidate's response to the mock behavioral interview question Tell me about a time when you mentored someone. The candidate learns to provide necessary background information and a broader sense of the candidate's philosophy of mentoring.

III LBS 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 LBS MBA interview:

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

Example 1 London Business School MBA Interview Questions

  1. Tell me about yourself.
  2. What are your short term/long term goals?
  3. What exactly attracts you to operational management and specifically in Asia given that your experience to date has been in Europe?
  4. Have you had any difficult cultural experiences being European and working in Europe? Do you anticipate any in Asia?
  5. What is something that your colleagues/clients really like about you?
  6. What is your leadership style?
  7. (Behavioral Question) Can you tell me about a time when a team member was underperforming? What did you do?
  8. What do you like to do for fun?
  9. Any questions for me?

Example 2 LBS MBA Interview Questions

  1. Can you walk me through your work experience?
  2. What did the Innovation Team you were a part of do during the merger?
  3. It seems like you’re on a really great career track at your current employer. Why leave for an MBA?
  4. Why LBS specifically and which non-academic activities would you pursue at LBS?
  5. (Behavioral Question) Can you tell me about a time when more than one person in a group wanted to lead the group or project? (i.e. several people competing for one leadership role)
  6. Can you talk about your leadership responsibilities within the projects you manage?
  7. Can you tell me about a company you admire and why?
  8. What is your proudest accomplishment?
  9. (Behavioral Question) Tell me about a time when you wish you could get in a time machine, go back, and have a ‘do over’. (i.e. change history)
  10. (asked in second language) How would you compare North American culture to Spanish culture?
  11. (asked in second language) Do you have any questions for me?

Example 3 London Business School MBA Interview Questions

  1. Walk me through your resume.
  2. Why did you opt for the international rotational program? How did you adjust to a new culture so quickly?
  3. What is your secret to managing others? (Question is akin to, Tell me about your leadership style.)
  4. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? in 15 years?
  5. Why an MBA now, if you really want to be an entrepreneur you could start your own business without one?
  6. Why LBS?
  7. What is the most challenging part of your current job?
  8. What is your international experience?
  9. (Behavioral Question) Tell me about a time when you had to convince someone senior to you of your idea.
  10. Could you tell me about the extracurricular project/activity that you are most passionate about?
  11. Can I answer any questions about LBS for you?

Example 4 LBS MBA Interview Questions

  1. Tell me about your background.
  2. What are your short-term goals?
  3. Why an MBA? Why LBS?
  4. What professors and activities are you drawn to in LBS?
  5. Why not London Business Schoool or HEC?
  6. Explain the business model of the startup you would like to build.
  7. (Behavioral Question) Tell me about a time when you experienced conflict in the workplace.
  8. How do you find time to do all that you do? Could you tell me more about your work with the ABC Foundation?
  9. Could you share one strength and one weakness with me?
  10. What question do you wish I would have asked you?
  11. Any questions for me?

Example 5 LBS MBA Interview Questions

  1. Tell me about yourself.
  2. What was your gap year in South America like? There must be a lot of differences between Argentina and Canada.
  3. How have your nonprofit experiences shaped your career goals?
  4. Do you think you will benefit from an LBS MBA even if most people in your class have a more traditional business background? (i.e. a background different from the candidate’s)
  5. ’s program given that not many of your classmates will have a similar background to you?
  6. (Behavioral Question) Tell me about a time when you led a team of peers (i.e. without direct authority).
  7. (Behavioral Question) Tell me about a time when you didn’t have all the resources you needed to complete a project or task.
  8. How do you handle situations when you have to think on your feet (little time to prepare)?
  9. Are you considering other MBA programs or alternative graduate programs?
  10. You mentioned that you interviewed at Yale’s MBA program. Yale has a much stronger nonprofit program than LBS. Why would you choose LBS over Yale (assuming you were admitted to both programs)?
  11. What do you like to read and what is one trend that you’ve been reading/thinking about recently?
  12. What do you hope to get out of your LBS experience?
  13. I’m happy to answer any questions you might have!

Example 6 London Business School MBA Interview Questions

  1. Tell me about yourself?
  2. Why an MBA? Why LBS?
  3. Why not do an MBA in India (the candidate currently lives in India and plans to return to his home country)?
  4. What are your short term and long-term goals.
  5. Please describe two strengths and two weaknesses?
  6. Have you managed people and what did you enjoy about it? dislike about it?
  7. (Behavioral Question) Tell me about a time when you coached someone.
  8. (Behavioral Question) Tell me about a time when a team you were a part of was underperforming.
  9. Any questions for me?