Tuck MBA Interview Questions

I Intro
II Sample Dartmouth Tuck MBA Interviews
III Insights From Past Dartmouth Tuck MBA Interviewees

I Intro

The vast majority (about 99%) of Tuck interviews are conducted by second-year MBA students. Most interviews last about 45 minutes and oftentimes second-year students are as eager to both learn more about you and share their own experiences as a Tuck MBA with you.

When a school has students interviewing candidates it serves the purpose of ‘selling’ the school and the student experience to the applicant. That’s right. You probably think of interviews as being unidirectional – an opportunity for the school to evaluate YOU. In reality, interviews are also marketing tools for the school in order to increase their yield of offers extended/offers accepted each round.

Because Tuck relies on second-year students to conduct interviews, the admissions committee is really only able to screen for three things 1) Do you have realistic and convincing answers for the Why MBA/Why Tuck/Career Goals questions? 2) Are you able to connect with your interviewer? Do you demonstrate good social skills and project an outgoing disposition? 3) Are you able to convincingly convey your excitement for and knowledge of Tuck, its community and its MBA program? Remember, admissions committees only want to extend offers to candidates who they believe WILL enrol in their program (and keep their yield high… Yield = offers extended/offers accepted each round).


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II Sample Dartmouth Tuck MBA Interviews

During a Tuck interview you’re definitely going to get the three most typical interview questions out there: ‘Walk me through your resume’, ‘Why are you pursuing an MBA’ and ‘Tell me about your career goals’. Typically there will be one behavioural question like ‘Tell me about a time…when you struggled to meet a deadline’. The remaining questions will probe into how you view yourself or a past experience. Be sure to have a few classes and clubs you’re particularly interested in participating in top of mind when you walk into the interview. Likewise, be prepared to talk about what you will contribute back to the Tuck community (while a student) – will you get involved in leading a club? start your own activity or trek? etc.

mba interview one

  • Could you please walk me through your resume?
  • Why are you pursuing an MBA? Why do you feel that you need an MBA?
  • Why Tuck?
  • Short- and long-term goals
  • What is your greatest accomplishment?
  • (Behavioral Question) Describe a time when a project wasn’t going well
  • How are you in a group dynamic?
  • How do you motivate people? How would you apply this in a small team setting?
  • What constructive criticism have your teammates/managers given you in the past?
  • Questions for Interviewer

mba interview two

  • Walk me through your resume – what have you been doing lately?
  • Why do you want to pursue an MBA now?
  • Why Tuck?
  • What are your career goals?
  • Tell me your views on leadership… give me an example of you in a leadership position you’ve had.
  • The Candidate spoke about his leadership style and then the Interviewer asked for a specific example when the Candidate used his leadership style at work/in real life.
  • What will I bring to campus
  • Anything else worth noting about my personal/professional life?
  • Questions for Interviewer

mba interview three

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

mba interview four

  • Walk me through your resume
  • Why MBA/Why Tuck?
  • (Behavioral Question) Describe a leadership experience
  • (Behavioral Question) Describe a time when you had to motivate someone
  • What would your teammates say about you – both good/bad?
  • What is your greatest accomplishment?
  • Questions for Interviewer

mba interview five

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


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III Insights From Past Dartmouth Tuck MBA Interviewees

It was a fairly laid-back and relaxed environment. Although she made sure to ask all the necessary questions, it felt more like a discussion than a formal interview. It lasted approximately 35 minutes. The interview was more of a dialogue in which her questions would serve as a follow-up to my responses. She was friendly and wanted to share her own experiences as much as she wanted to ask me about why I wanted to go to business school and particularly Tuck. Make sure you have thought about your responses and really understand why you want to pursue MBA and particularly why Tuck is the best fit for you.
 Interviewed by current Tuck student on campus

The interview consisted of questions you would expect and was generally straightforward, moving from one question to the next, rather than me answering one question and then being asked a series of related follow-ups. The interviewer was taking lots of notes. There were about 20-25 minutes of interview questions followed by 5-10 minutes of me asking the interviewer questions. The interviewer was not trying to be intimidating and gave me positive reinforcement through facial expressions. As mentioned above, she knew which key questions she wanted to get through and moved through those one by one. We did not spend too much time discussing multiple angles/tangents related to the same question or example. I felt prepared for the interview by knowing my story and being able to answer key questions that you would expect (about resume, goals, why Tuck), so I suggest that future applicants think through these key areas in advance.
 Interviewed by current Tuck student on campus

Make bullet points of each possible question but DON’T memorize your answers and repeat them verbatim. Instead try to speak from your heart. Some questions may put you in the spot, which may cause you to reveal an unconfident side of yourself. Always think that you need to show confidence.
Interviewed by current Tuck student on campus

My student interviewer was much older than I expected.  He completed over 20 years in the Marines before going to grad school.  He did not introduce himself as military, although I quickly caught on in the interview that he understood all my military language.   He was extremely talkative: the first 15 minutes of our conversation were in regards to topics in the “personal” section of my resume that we had in common, not interview questions. Other observations: -The entire day’s event at Tuck was relaxed and well done; -The Armed Forces Alumni Association is very tightly knit and likes to meet the military applicants; -There were 20+ applicants at Tuck that day alone for interviews and 5 were military.
Interviewed by current Tuck student on campus

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