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MBA & EMBA Mock Interview Service

$200.00

The goal of the MBA and EMBA Mock Interview Service is to help applicants a) develop and refine their interview material and b) improve their delivery.

MBA & EMBA Mock Interview Service

$200.00

The goal of the MBA and EMBA Mock Interview Service is to help applicants a) develop and refine their interview material and b) improve their delivery.

An interview is a performance, and, as any actor will tell you, a good performance boils down to material (the actor’s lines) + delivery (the acting). The goal of a mock interview is to help you a) develop and refine your ‘lines’ or content and then b) improve your ‘acting’ or delivery of that content. Typically one or two mock interviews will get you where you need to be to walk into your MBA or EMBA interview with confidence.

mbaSTORY.builders understands that not every top MBA and EMBA program takes the same approach to interviewing applicants. Some programs use student or alumni interviewers while at others adcom members conduct interviews. Additionally, some schools have a ‘blind’ interview format (in which the interviwer has not read the candidate’s application) and other schools use an application-based approach. You may already know that a HBS interview is drastically different from a Stanford interview, and that both differ from the MIT Sloan interview.

Mock MBA and EMBA interviews can be conducted over the phone or Zoom/Skype. If clients wish, the mock interview can be recorded for future reference (something many past clients have found helpful).

The purpose of your written application is to secure you an interview. The purpose of an interview is for admissions committee to gain insight into a) your interpersonal skills, b) your ability to lead/persuade others, c) how you think and tackle issues (your cognitive abilities) and d) your capacity to think laterally/creatively and finally e) whether you’ll add value to their community.

In a good interview, you’ll provide logical and well-thought-out answers to the practical and behavioral questions put to you. In a great interview you’ll also manage to:

  • Control any insecurities
  • Radiate a positive attitude and polish/executive presence
  • Demonstrate that you will bring value to the school and the employers that recruit there
  • Crush any negative judgments or pre-conceived ideas the interviewer may have about you

Deliverable: Mock interviews last 90 minutes and are conducted over the phone or via a video conferencing platform like Zoom or Skype. At the end of your mock interview, candidates can opt to receive an audio recording of the call for future reference.

Process:

Before the mock interview the client is contacted to confirm what type of mock interview is the best fit (school-specific? behavioral? traditional?)  → The client emails any relevant documents (such as your application, resume, etc.) → 90-minute mock MBA or EMBA interview → Client receives an audio recording of their session.

Mock Interview Focus: Content Development and Delivery

  • Content Development: Your consultant will help you develop and refine material to answer interview questions.
  • Content Delivery: Your consultant will look for ways to improve your body language, eye contact, and the cadence of your speech.

Mock Interview Questions: Behavioral vs. Traditional

  • Behavioral Interview Questions: Behavioral interviews use questions about past situations and behaviors to predict future performance. Behavioral interview questions are easy to recognize because they usually begin with some variation of ‘Tell me about a time when…’ Here are some examples: ‘Tell me about a time when…you were part of a team that was under-performing? … you mentored someone? … you received unexpected feedback? … you persuaded someone to see things from your point of view? …. you were forced to compromise? etc.
  • Traditional Interview Questions: Tell me about yourself. What are your strengths and weaknesses? Why are you interested in pursuing an MBA at Wharton? How will you contribute to the MBA community at Stanford? Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years? etc.
  • 50/50 Mix: These interviews contain a mix of traditional and behavioral interview questions.

Payment and discount-related questions are answered here.

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.

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