Overview.
Dartmouth Tuck MBA Interview Experience.
Preparing for your Dartmouth Tuck MBA Interview.
Dartmouth Tuck MBA Interview Questions.


Overview.

Voluntary and Invitation-Only Interviews.

Tuck uses a dual approach to interviews, wherein candidates can freely request and schedule an interview before a given deadline, but after that deadline, applicants can interview only if invited. Tuck offers all candidates the opportunity to interview on campus, with interviews scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis beginning in September. If you are not able to travel to the school’s campus for your interview, the admissions committee may invite you to interview at another location.

Blind Interviews

Tuck interviews are ‘blind,’ which means that your interviewer will not have seen your entire application before the interview – just your resume. Your interviewer will therefore not know your GMAT score or GPA (unless this information is on your resume) or the content of your essays. This means that referencing anecdotes or examples that you used in other parts of your application is completely acceptable. Many of our past clients report that their Tuck interviewers limited the discussion primarily to topics pulled from their resume, with some deviation to touch on other subjects. In some cases, however, your interviewer may not have taken time to review your resume before your meeting, so be prepared to adjust accordingly and to provide a brief summary of your professional experience, in case he/she asks.

Where? Usually on-campus.

At Tuck, all applicant-initiated interviews and some school-initiated interviews are conducted face-to- face on the school’s campus. Although the location of your interview has no influence on your chances for admission, in-person interviews can sometimes feel more natural, with you and your interviewer sitting down together in a quiet space at the school to have a conversation about your candidacy. On-campus interviews also allow you to interact with students and admissions representatives during your visit.

For some school-initiated interviews, Tuck offers off-campus, face-to-face interviews, either in hub city locations to which admissions representatives travel or by engaging the school’s alumni network around the world. Depending on the specific arrangements, these interviews could be conducted in a more public place, like a coffee shop, or at the interviewer’s place of business.

For some school-initiated interviews, typically for candidates from outside the United States, Tuck offers Skype interviews. These interviews generally follow the same format and carry the same weight in the evaluation process as the other types of interviews the school offers, but some candidates may have difficulty establishing a connection with their interviewer when they are not physically face-to-face. If you do a Skype interview, treat it exactly as you would an in-person interview. Find a quiet place with are liable connection, remove any possible distractions, and dress the part!

With Whom? Usually with current students.

Although at some schools, admissions officers are the only people who interview candidates (both on and off campus), at Tuck, admissions officers share the job of conducting on-and off-campus interviews with other, carefully selected individuals. You therefore may or may not interview directly with a member of the admissions committee at Tuck.

Tuck also uses specially chosen second-year students, known as Tuck Admissions Associates (TA As), for some on- and off- campus interviews. These students have been selected and trained by the school’s admissions officers to interview candidates on the committee’s behalf.

Tuck alumni also conduct some of the school’s off-campus interviews. These individuals are graduates who have volunteered to perform this task and who have received some guidelines from the Admissions Office about howto conduct the interviews, including which or what kinds of questions to ask.


Dartmouth Tuck MBA Interview Experience.

Clients who interviewed with Tuck in the past few years consistently described their interview experience with the school as ‘friendly,’ ‘casual,’ ‘polite,’ and ‘conversational.’ Tuck is not interested in putting candidates on the spot or trying to stump them, but rather in making sure that applicants have a solid grasp of the ways the MBA program would benefit them and how they would fit with the school’s community. Clients relayed that their interviewer displayed a genuine interest in getting to know them and hearing what they had to say. Tuck’s interviewers are reportedly also very willing to answer questions about the school and share their own experiences with the MBA program, so interviewing with the school is clearly a valuable opportunity to gain insider information, in addition to showcasing your skills. Here is a sample of what our past clients have told us about their interview experience at Tuck:

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.

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. 

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.

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.


Preparing for your Dartmouth Tuck MBA Interview.

Although the focus and style of Tuck’s admissions interviews can vary, you should expect to be asked about your personal, professional, and academic experiences and – in most cases – will receive questions meant to reveal your knowledge about the school. Therefore,you must be ready to share your most impressive and/or interesting stories that demonstrate your proficiency in three areas:communications, leadership, and interpersonal relations. As Tuck’s website states, the school believes that interpersonal skills ‘are essential for success as a leader and a team member.’

Tuck’s interviews typically start with an open-ended question. This is your opportunity to offer a comprehensive overview of your profile and to touch on— very briefly—some of your major accomplishments, both professional and personal.

Our interview reports for Tuck indicate that ‘why you need an MBA’ is a topic that the school’s interviews almost always include, in addition to other career goals questions.

Tuck’s interviews consistently include very school-specific questions. Almost all our past clients noted that they were asked some variation of the question ‘Why Tuck?’ and often other Tuck-related queries as well. If you are not ready to answer these types of questions in detail, you must invest the time necessary to get to know Tuck thoroughly and to identify the programs, centers, clubs, classes, professors, extracurricular opportunities, and other resources it offers that relate directly to your plans and your personality.

Tuck wants to hear specifics about your professional accomplishments and leadership potential, so be prepared to provide detailed information and stories in these subject areas beyond what is presented in your resume.

Finally, because Tuck is trying to gauge candidates’ ‘fit’ with its small, close- knit community, the interview will often include personal questions to help the interviewer evaluate whether you would be a good match.

We strongly recommend that you practice vocalizing your responses rather than just writing them out on paper. Try using a timer to get a sense of how long you typically take to answer each question, and practice in front of a mirror to detect(and then practice minimizing) any facial tics or distracting hand gestures. Mock interviews can be particularly helpful and revealing; provide a friend or family member with your resume and a list of possible questions (see the next section), and then have him/her interview you for 30 minutes and give you feedback on your performance. Guard against preparing your responses word for word and memorizing them, however, so that you do not sound over-rehearsed and artificial.

Mock interviews can be particularly helpful way to prepare for your interview. Try using a timer to get a sense of how long you typically take to answer each question, and practice in front of a mirror. Don’t want to go it alone? Learn more about my Mock Interview Service here.

Listen to an excerpt from a mock interview. Question: Why an MBA?

Dartmouth Tuck MBA Interview Questions.

Although you can never be certain which questions you will receive, and questions will undoubtedly vary to some degree, these samples serve to illustrate how a Tuck MBA interview is likely to progress.

Dartmouth Tuck Mock Interview 1
  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
Dartmouth Tuck Mock Interview 2
  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.
Dartmouth Tuck Mock Interview 3
  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. Describe your experience leading people from diverse backgrounds.
  10. Questions for Interviewer
Dartmouth Tuck Mock Interview 4
  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
Dartmouth Tuck Mock Interview 5
  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
Dartmouth Tuck Mock Interview 6
  1. Tell me about yourself.
  2. 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 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?
Dartmouth Tuck Mock Interview 7
  1. Walk me through your resume.
  2. Why do you want an MBA?
  3. Why Tuck?
  4. What’s most unique about Tuck?
  5. What do you want to get involved with at Tuck outside the classroom?
  6. What unique qualities will you bring to Tuck?
  7. What do you want to do in the short-term?
  8. What kind of job would your short-term interest translate into?
  9. Have you had to work independently and as part of a team? Provide examples of each.
  10. What do you want to do in the long-term?
  11. How do you work with teams?
  12. (Behavioral Question) Describe a situation where you had a disagreement with someone senior to you. How did you handle it?
  13. Give me an example of a significant failure.
  14. Is there something that I didn’t ask about that you wanted me to ask about?
  15. Do you have any questions for me?

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