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50 Most Frequently Asked Questions in an MBA Interview


In this video, you will be exposed to an exhaustive list of 50 most frequently asked questions that you may refer to during your MBA Interview Preparation. Preparing approach and answer to these shall confer immense confidence in your preparation and enable you to deliver to your maximum potential.


50 Most Frequently Asked Questions in an MBA Interview



Apart from the ten most frequently asked questions discussed in this video, MBA Admissions Consultants now discuss 50 most frequently asked questions in an MBA interview in this essay. Broadly, these questions can be divided into categories such as personality based questions, MBA program related questions, career goals related questions, industry or functional area related questions, situational, story based questions, questions on leadership or global perspective, and weakness or extenuating circumstances related questions. Below, we provide a broad list of the 50 most frequently asked questions.

Personality Based Questions


  1. How will you describe yourself in five terms?
  2. How will your colleagues/friends describe yourself in five terms?
  3. How will your supervisor describe yourself in five terms?
  4. What one quality or trait separates you from others?
  5. What is the first thing a person will notice about you when he/she meets you?
  6. What have been the three key decisions in your life?


MBA Program or School Related Questions

  1. What are the five key takeaways you expect from MBA?
  2. What students’ activities do you intend to engage in during your MBA?
  3. What steps have you taken to learn about our MBA program?
  4. How will you contribute to the MBA class?
  5. If you do not get selected, what will be your alternative?


Career Goals Related Questions

  1. Where do you see yourself 5, 10, and 15 years after graduation?
  2. How do your background and skills prepare you to meet your career goals?
  3. What impact do you wish to leave on your functional area/industry?
  4. Why don’t you pursue your career goals by staying in the job? Why invest time and money on MBA?
  5. What specific skills would you want to develop for the successful attainment of your post-MBA goals?
  6. If you are not successful in achieving your desired objective after MBA, what will be your Plan B?


Industry/Functional Area Related Questions

  1. Discuss three recent developments in your industry
  2. How do you see your industry panning out over the next decade? What are the major changes you foresee?
  3. What is the biggest challenge that your industry is facing?
  4. For the faced challenge, what solution do you propose?
  5. What are the five key skills needs for a successful manager in your work function?


Situational/Story-based Questions

  1. Describe one situation when you displayed leadership.
  2. Describe one situation when you faced an ethical dilemma. How did you resolve it?
  3. Describe one formative event. Why do you view it as such?
  4. Describe a failure and what you learned from it.
  5. Describe one situation when you faced adversity.
  6. Describe one situation when you faced interpersonal issues while working with a diverse group.


Leadership and Global Perspective Related Questions

  1. How will you describe?
  2. What, according to you, are five key qualities of an effective business leader?
  3. Which global leader do you admire the most? Why?
  4. In your opinion, how does a global perspective help a business manager in today’s world?
  5. How have the recent socio-economic trends affected you and your thought process?
  6. Which recent global phenomenon changed the way you perceive leadership? How?


Weaknesses/Extenuating Circumstance Related Questions

  1. Questions on shift in career
  2. Low GPA/GMAT/TOEFL
  3. Years of experience distant from the class average
  4. Choice of recommenders
  5. History of conviction or academic misconduct

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