MBA Admissions Interview Insights

For those of you preparing for interviews, our goal is to meet you and get to know you better. We are looking to collect as much information as possible to supplement your application and to help support your candidacy for MIT Sloan.

We use a Behavioral Event Interview (BEI) model to assess candidates for the MBA program. Our interviewer will spend 30-45 minutes asking questions about your past experiences to better learn how you think, act, and reflect. It’s important to come prepared with stories and examples that you did not discuss within your written application. Keep in mind your interviewer will have reviewed your application prior to meeting with you.

Check out this video of Jen Barba, Associate Director of Admissions, with tips on what to expect during the interview.

This Round we are travelling to 20 different cities to meet with you. If you are visiting campus for your interview, we encourage you to take advantage of the programming we’ve put together to help you learn more about us – you’ll have a chance to visit class and/or join current students for lunch.

Here’s a quick recap with some important tips on the interview:

  • Ask important & thoughtful questions that are meaningful to you!
  • Do your research prior to the interview!…We are not only assessing your past experiences but also your fit with, and enthusiasm for MIT Sloan.
  • Be professional. Dress in business attire.

As a reminder, we will continue to send interview invitations until November 1st. By that date, every R1 applicant will receive an updated decision status.

Tips for the MIT Sloan MBA Interview

MIT Sloan Whiteboards
Messages our students wrote for applicants interviewing on campus

Now that interviews for Round One are underway, I have a few final tips for our applicants. As we shared in the powerpoint in this post, this year we are asking interview invitees to submit a short essay before their interview takes place. The essay asks about how your past aligns with our mission statement, and is a great place to highlight your experiences and strengths.

During the interview, be prepared to talk about any updates you might have since you pressed submit on your application. A current student, Valerie Russell MBA’16, offers this advice: “As you go through the application process, my greatest advice is to be yourself. Take the questions, think about them, and tell your story. I know that you’ll hear this a lot, but I just find that to be so true. I reflected on my life and where I wanted to go.”

This video featuring Jen Barba, our Associate Director of Admissions, has some further tips.

Best of luck to everyone interviewing. We look forward to learning more about you!

The MIT Sloan Admissions staff is busy reviewing MBA Round 2 applications.

We will send Round 2 interview invitations beginning the week of February 16th.

Interviews will take place on campus in Cambridge, as well as in 15 additional cities in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia. Specific dates and locations are forthcoming, and interviewees will receive at least one week notice before their interview. You will have the option to either meet us in the location closest to your current address, or join us on campus in Cambridge. Interviews are conducted by the MIT Sloan Admissions staff—not by students or alumni. The email invitation will include more detailed information about the interview process.

The behavioral-based interview will have three components:

You may be asked follow-up questions from your application. For example, your interviewer might ask you to elaborate on your academic and/or professional experiences, or provide more detail on a specific example.
You will be asked behavioral questions that will give evidence of certain competencies. For example: “Describe a situation where you had a conflict with another individual, and how did you deal with it?”
Finally, we will give you the opportunity to ask us any questions.

If you are not invited for an interview, you will receive a final decision from us by March 6th. We appreciate your patience as you wait for your decision.