Being liked and being selected are somewhere inter-related. Watch this interesting video to attain the right etiquette for MBA Interviews. The pointers discussed in this video will help your MBA Interview preparation, and, in turn, enable you to have a positive impact on your interviewer.
MBA Interview Etiquette
Before the Interview
Acknowledge the InvitationYou will most likely be extended the interview invitation through email, so make sure to regularly check whichever email account you will be using to maintain contact with the admissions committee and respond to all emails within two business days. When you acknowledge your invitation, make sure to thank the committee members for the opportunity to sit for the interview, and sound positive and inspired. Be flexible in suggesting a venue, date, and time for the interview; it is okay to suggest a venue, date, and time that you are comfortable with but do so very respectfully and politely.
A Sober Email IDThe email id that you use for communicating with the admission committee must have a very professional feel to it; avoid childish or cheesy email ids, the best email id format for you to employ would be something along the lines of email@example.com. Be sure to name yourself correctly; your first name and your surnames are both proper nouns and the first letter of each must be capitalized.
Email EtiquetteBegin every email to the admissions committee with a polite greeting. and by thanking them for their correspondence. Make sure to maintain that politeness throughout the email and get straight to the point, once you begin writing the main body of the email. Always be sure to acknowledge any email that you receive, even if it is just a confirmation of having received your email; even a simple "Thank You" will suffice. MBA interview etiquette demands that the final response in an email thread should be yours. In addition to the content of your emails, the presentation should also be appropriate; ensure proper formatting and use a nice font type, color, and size. Also, write your email with short, logically separated paragraphs and ensure that there are no grammatical errors, typos, or SMS language; these can be a major turn off.
Etiquette for the Day of the Interview
In Person Interview EtiquetteRemember, interview etiquette states that it is better to come across a shade too formal than a shade less formal and the same can be said about most MBA matters; so, make sure to dress formally for your interview. Make sure to carry a few copies of your resume and any other important documents, so that you can give one to each of your interviewers and any other officials that might be present. Get to the venue at least 30 minutes in advance and visit the powder room once, well before the interview begins.
Skype Interview EtiquetteEven if your interview is being held over Skype, you must present yourself as neatly and formally as you would in an in-person interview. Make sure to sit in a well-lit room with a sober, neat background that conveys a positive atmosphere; if possible, try to give the room the feel of a study room. It is very important that all the technology pieces that you will need for the interview, power supply, internet connectivity, Skype, camera, microphone, and speaker are all in perfect working condition; that is why you should also keep a backup for each piece and rehearse the entire process one day in advance. Essentially, you must be certain that there will be no technical issues on your end that will annoy the interviewer. Anything that keeps the interviewer waiting will be a major mark against you; punctuality is an important part of interview etiquette, and you must be ready at your computer 15 minutes before the scheduled time.
During the Interview
When You are Offered to Ask Questions
Do NotYour questions should not seem like a reverse interview; they should not get too personal. You must also avoid seeking counseling by asking for advice on your career plans; the interviewer's job is to judge you not guide you, seeking advice is a major MBA interview etiquette faux pas.
DoYour questions must convey that you have a thorough understanding of and a deep interest in the program that you are applying to. Ask questions pertaining to specific program offerings, such as peculiar program features and student activities.
Etiquette After the Interview