Soojin Kwon Koh, Director of Admissions for Michigan/Ross, posted a number of useful tips for those preparing for the upcoming Ross interviews.
These tips are based on the key messages she has just given to the Ross on-campus interviewers.
Answer the “Why” Question
Interviews can be very effective at uncovering what matters to you as a candidate, how you think, and what drives you — all key questions that each school wants to understand. Be sure to address the “why” of a particular point, not just the “what” during your interviews.
Strong MBA applications and interviews require deep self-reflection by the candidate. Take the time to reflect on your life experiences thus far — both work and personal — and be able to describe what you have learned from these experiences.
Understand the Ross Program and Culture
Top schools are focused on admitting students who “fit” the culture of the school. Each school defines fit slightly differently but you need to be able to explain how your goals match what the school offers, as well as demonstrate a fit between your personality and the School. This really should be a two-way test: it is better for you to determine that a school isn’t a good fit now, rather than two years and many thousands of dollars later!
How Does Your Career Path, Goals, and an MBA from Ross Fit into Your Plans?
We tell MBA Prep School students time and time again that you need to be able to explain not just why you need an MBA, but why you need an MBA from that particular school. One of the strongest ways of achieving this is by being yourself during the interview — not who you think the interviewer wants to meet! In short, answer questions using your own experiences and viewpoints.
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