In the final article in MBA Prep School’s 5-part MBA Admissions Interview Best Practices series, we will share a few last tips that will ensure you excel in your MBA interview. Taken together, the articles in this series will be a valuable part of your MBA interview preparation program.
The final three MBA interview best practices are:
- Prove you fit
- Keep an interview journal
- Send a thank you letter
Prove You Fit
Because many candidates are qualified, objectively speaking, your goal is to provide evidence to the interviewer that you are a better fit than the competition. The way to do so is to highlight your Fit Qualities. In your MBA interview preparation, you need to identify the qualities that the MBA program you are interviewing with values above all others. These could be things like leadership potential, creativity, or emotional intelligence. Use your knowledge of the school’s Fit Qualities to choose interview stories that prove you are an amazing fit!
Keep an interview journal
As soon as possible after the interview, write a brief summary of how things went. Make notes on any follow-up action you should take. Also make notes about your attitude and the way you answered the questions. Did you ask intelligent questions? Is there a particular story that needs to be thrown out or refined? Write your impressions down right away so that you won’t forget them.
Send a thank you letter
It is common courtesy to send a thank you letter, and it reminds your interviewer of the time the two of you shared together. Your thank you letter should be brief, no more than about 250 words. Restate your skills and how you plan to enrich next year’s class if given the opportunity. Email is acceptable, but following up with a written note will set you apart from others.
We hope you’ve enjoyed MBA Prep School’s series on MBA Admissions Interview Best Practices. Best of luck on your “final exam”!