Interview News for MIT Sloan MBA Round 2 Applicants

Our Admissions Committee is busy reviewing Round 2 applications for the Class of 2019! The interview is an important next step in our admissions process as we interview everyone who is admitted into our community. The goal of the interview is to personally get to know you better and to hear more about your professional stories and background.

Here are some key interview invitation dates to be aware of:

  • Tuesday, February 21st – First batch of interview invitations will be sent
  • Friday, February 24th – Second batch of interview invitations will be sent
  • Wednesday, March 1st – Third batch of interview invitations will be sent
  • Friday, March 3rd – Fourth and final batch of interview invitations will be sent

By March 3rd, all Round 2 applicants will receive either an interview invitation or updated decision status by the end of the business day.

Round 2 interviews kick-off Monday, February 27th and will continue through Monday, March 27th. We expect to interview approximately 20% of the Round 2 applicant pool. Please keep in mind that interview invitations are sent based on our interviewers’ travel schedules, and not in any preferential order.

For Round 2 we plan to conduct interviews in 13 cities including Cambridge, Bangkok, Dallas, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Paris, San Francisco, Santiago, São Paulo, Seoul, Shanghai, and Tokyo. The location of the interview will not be a decision factor, but for those who can make it to campus, we host special programming for interviewees, including lunch with current students and a class visit. Please note that all applicants invited to interview have the option to come to Cambridge for their interview.

If invited for an interview, you will receive an MIT Sloan Interview Guide with details on how to best prepare for the Behavioral Event Interview (BEI).

Please contact us if you have any further questions!

MIT Sloan Master of Finance (MFin): Interview Tips & Updates

Congratulations to those of you who have submitted an application for our Master of Finance (MFin) program! Our admissions team is busy reading your applications, and we are excited to learn more about you!

A critical part of our evaluation process is the interview. It is an opportunity to bring your application to life and for us to get to know you a little better. In addition, the interview is an important time for us (and you!) to assess your fit with the MIT Sloan community. I encourage you to look at the attached interview guide with information to help you prepare. Since many of you are asking, here is what to expect:

  • Interviews are by invitation only and are a requirement for admission.
  • Interview invitations will begin going out on Monday, January 23rd and will continue to be sent on a rolling basis.  We make every effort to send interview invitations at least 1 week prior to your interview date.  The timing of your interview invitation is not a reflection of the strength of your candidacy. It’s about ensuring the quality and consistency of reviews and to ensure things go smoothly with interview sign-ups.
  • Interviews will be held from January 30 – February 22.
  • Interviews will be conducted in person in several key locations around the globe including Cambridge MA, London, Mumbai, Santiago, Singapore, Beijing, and Shanghai.
  • Candidates who are invited to interview will sign up for a 45-minute to 1-hour time block and will meet with 1-2 interviewers.
  • The interview will consist of both a behavioral assessment and a career assessment.
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View our MFin Interview Guide here

For more information, please join Kim Ebeling, Assistant Director of Admissions, for a series of admissions interview tip videos.  Upcoming videos will be posted on our MIT Sloan Admissions Facebook page and will highlight some important interview tips!

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.

MBA Round 1 Interview Updates

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Our Admissions Committee is busy reviewing Round 1 applications for the Class of 2019! We have already begun sending interview invitations to Round 1 candidates, and will continue to send them until November 1st. By November 1st, every R1 applicant will receive an updated decision status.

Round 1 interviews begin next week in Asia and will continue through early December. We will give applicants as much notice as possible when scheduling interviews, and candidates will have the choice of interviewing on campus, or in a city closer to their current location. We plan to visit approximately 15 cities, both within the US and abroad.  The location of the interview will not be a decision factor, but for those who can make it to Cambridge, we host a special program for interviewees, including lunch with current students and a class visit. Please note that all applicants invited to interview have the option to come to campus for their interview.

Final decisions for candidates who had an interview will be released on December 19, 2016. Applications for our Round 2 deadline are due January 17, 2017. Please contact us if you have any further questions!

 

Master of Finance Interviews and Updates

Tips for the MIT Sloan MBA Interview

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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!

Historic Snowfalls and MIT Sloan Interview Update

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As you may have heard, Boston has been hit with historic snowfalls over the past few weeks. MIT has been closed for at least one day each of the past three weeks and is closed today, Tuesday, February 10. The Admissions Team will contact those of you who have interviews on campus to reschedule. We hope to proceed as normal for the rest of the week, but we will be in touch if Mother Nature has other plans. We look forward to learning more about our applicants’ achievements!

Despite all the snow, we are getting back into the swing of things here on campus. The MIT Sloan conference season has begun, as our students hone their leadership skills by hosting almost 20 conferences each year. Highlights include the annual Sloan Women in Management conference, which took place last Friday, as well as the upcoming Sports Analytics Conference and the Sustainability Summit.

The next few months are going to be busy and exciting—and the city looks beautiful in the snow. Please come visit us here on campus!