MIT Sloan MBA Interview Overview.
Influence of interview on admissions decision? High.
When a school relies primarily on students and alumni to conduct interviews, the interview carries less weight in the admissions decision process (relative to admissions committee-led interviews). By extension, the written application takes on greater importance. MBA programs with student or alumni-led interviews include: Berkeley Haas, Chicago Booth, Columbia, Dartmouth Tuck, Duke Fuqua, INSEAD, Kellogg, London Business School, Michigan Ross, Stanford, UCLA Anderson, Wharton, and Yale.
When a school relies exclusively (or nearly exclusively) on a small group of trained admissions committee members to conduct interviews, the interview plays a greater role in the admissions process (relative to student/alumni-led interviews). MBA programs with admissions committee-led interviews include: Harvard Business School, MIT Sloan, UVA Darden and NYU Stern.
MIT Sloan MBA & LGO Pre-Interview Essay
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MIT Sloan asks candidates invited to interview to complete a short essay and submit it at least 24 hours before their interview.
The prompt during the 2018-19 season was: In 250 words or less, please describe how you, as a member of the MIT Sloan community, would work to create a campus that is welcoming, inclusive and increasingly diverse.
This essay is asking about actual diversity issues (LGBTQ, Women, Minorities). The biggest mistake I noticed last year is that a lot of interviewees were misinterpreting the word ‘diversity’. They would write about how their professional experience in X industry or their interest in the stock market would contribute to diversity on campus. That’s probably not what the MIT Sloan admissions committee was look for.
Mock MBA Interview.
While each MBA program has a slightly different approach to the types of questions asked in interview, generally speaking there are no big surprises. The goal of your MIT Sloan interviewer isn’t to throw you curve balls but to offer up questions that give you the opportunity to highlight your professional and personal accomplishments, your strengths/weaknesses, your decision to pursue an MBA and why MIT Sloan is of interest to you in particular.
MIT Sloan has long been of the opinion that past behavior is an excellent predictor of future behavior. That’s why the school likes to focus on asking behavioral event-based interview questions like Tell me about a time when a team you were on struggled. Tell me about a time when you didn’t see eye to eye with your boss.
MIT Sloan’s trained admissions officers will spend time reading through your application (resume, essays and recommendations) before interviewing you. If there is an obvious weakness or point of interrogation in an application, there will usually be one behavioral interview question which addresses it. For example, Tell me about a time you had to ask for help. if your resume paints you as overly self-sufficient.
With an impending MIT Sloan MBA interview, you may be tempted to scour the internet and amass an exhaustive list of interview questions. What will you do with all those questions? Most MIT Sloan MBA interviewees will think through answers to each and every one in their head. Sometimes they’ll write out their exact answers on paper and then practice them verbatim. The problem with those approaches is that the first one isn’t very efficient and then second one will leave you sounding robotic when you rattle off your answer out loud.
When I work with MIT Sloan MBA candidates we do delve into more traditional MBA interview questions like Tell me about yourself? What are your goals? Why MBA? Why school X?, Strengths/Weakness? but the main focus is on behavioral questions Tell me about a time when…? to develop a core set of stories. Most people have just 4-6 core stories. I teach clients to leverage a single story to answer multiple interview questions.
Below you can listen to a former client receive feedback on his answer to Why an MBA?. You can earn more about my Mock Interview Service here ($150 for 1.5-hour session).
MIT Sloan (Leaders for Global Operations) LGO Interview Questions.
Below you’ll find mock interview sequences from MIT Sloan LGO interviews. Studying the sequences will give you a sense of what sort of questions tend to come up.
During your LGO interview, you should be prepared to answer the questions that frequently come up in LGO interviews:
- Why MIT?
- Why MIT Sloan?
- Why an MBA/Engineering degree? Why now?
- Why LGO?
- Why department X? (whichever LGO core you applied to)
- Which partner companies would you like to work for? Why?
MIT Sloan LGO Interview Questions 1
- Any updates since you submitted your application?
- Is there something you would like to highlight? It can be something already on your resume or not.
- What made you decide to found your own nonprofit in college?
- Why LGO and why the specific interest in the Chemical Engineering Core?
- Which partner companies would you most like to work for and why?
- (Behavioral Question) Tell me about a time when you pushed yourself and your team too hard.
- (Behavioral Question) Tell me about a time you changed a culture.
- What do you like to do for fun?
- Any questions or concerns?
MIT Sloan LGO Interview Questions 2
- Any updates since you submitted your application?
- Why are you a New York Yankees fan?
- One of your recommenders described you as a quiet leader. What are your thoughts on that?
- (Behavioral Question) Tell me about a time your team faced low morale.
- Do you have any mentors at work? What about mentees?
- What advice would you give a new hire about prioritizing his or her work at Amazon?
- (Behavioral Question) Tell me about a time when you failed.
- Why MIT Sloan?
- Why LGO?
- Which partner companies are you most interested in?
- Anything you thought I might bring up that I didn’t?
- Any questions for me?
MIT Sloan LGO Interview Questions 3
- In the last 3-6 months, what are you most proud of?
- It seems like you’re doing very well for yourself at Nike with a lot of responsibility for important projects. Walk me through your thought process around applying to LGO.
- Why not apply to a more traditional MBA program?
- Moving around to so many locations must have been challenging. Can you tell me about a time when you had to integrate yourself into a group or team that was already established?
- How did you convince people to change their production strategy? Did you meet with push back?
- (Behavioral Question) Tell me about a time when you advocated for something that didn’t go through / meet with approval.
- One of your recommenders wrote that you were an excellent team player, but also very autonomous. Why do you think she would say that?
- (Behavioral Question) Tell me about a time you received unexpected feedback?
- Questions for me?
MIT Sloan Behavioral Event-based Interviews BEI.
Type of Interview
The MIT Sloan MBA Admissions Committee conducts Behavioral Event-Based Interviews. The concept behind Behavioral Event Interviews (BEI) is past behavior is a reliable indicator of future response in a similar situation. BEI is different from the traditional screening interviews:
- Instead of asking how you would behave in a particular situation, the interviewer will ask you how you did behave.
- Expect your interviewer to question and probe your answers.
- The interviewer will ask you to provide details and will not allow you to theorize or generalize about several events.
- The interview will be a structured process that will concentrate on areas that are important to the interviewer, rather than allowing you to concentrate on areas that you may feel are important.
- You may not get a chance to deliver any prepared stories.
- Most interviewers will be taking copious notes throughout the interview.
What the admissions committee is looking for
The interviewer will be looking for concrete and specific examples revealing one or several of the following traits during the interview:
- Influencing others: the ability to influence a person, group or organization.
- Relationship building: the ability to build and maintain professional relationships.
- Drive: the ability to set an objective and achieve it.
Preparing for BEI
- Recall a recent situation that showed favorable behaviors or actions, especially involving work experience, leadership, professional relationships, teamwork, planning, etc.
- Prepare short descriptions of each situation; be ready to give details when asked.
- Be sure the story has a beginning, a middle and an end.
- Be honest; don’t embellish or omit any part of the story.
- Be specific. Don’t generalize about several events; give a detailed accounting of one event. The interviewer will not give you the benefit of the doubt if there is something missing from your story.