Vince MBA Interview Intensive Seminar

Since 2008, we have offered a small group interactive seminar featuring peer-to-peer practice. We spend the three-hour seminar facilitating, listening, giving feedback, and providing model answers. You can learn more about the seminar here http://www.agos.co.jp/pdf/interviewqbq.pdf and in this video



 

Understand the "who, what, when, where, why, and how" of top-school MBA interviews

 

1. Who will interview you?

 

 


 

 


2. What are they checking?

 


3. What is fit?

  • Fit means student culture

  • Our successful clients spend at least 10 hours researching the student culture at each of their target schools

    • They meet as many as 40 alumni and current students

    • Even if you cannot visit campus before applying, you can contact alumni and current students to arrange informational interviews

  • When you meet alumni and current students, consider asking them these questions

    • How would you define the culture at the university and the business school?

    • Could you give me some examples or incidents that exemplify this school's culture?

    • How did you show admissions office readers and your student, alumni or admissions office interviewer that you represent a good fit for the school?

  • Before your interview, be ready to show that you understand and match this school's student culture

  • When showing and proving that you want to attend THIS school, be sure to use words like "best" and "only," like this:

  • "I could confirm my interest in School X through my ongoing conversations with Mr. FirstName LastName (Class of '07), who told me about (specific aspect of school). This perfectly fits my (specific goal /learning objective) because..."

    • Combine logic and emotion to convince them of your “fit” with the school.

    • Passion is SHOWN through detailed examples that prove you have done your homework.

    • Consider (and modify) this basic template to fit your situation

      • School X’s unique combination of

        • Professor(s) – one or two real names of professors whose research areas best match your goals

        • Programs – one or two extracurricular and/or experiential learning opportunities (like learning labs and on-site consulting / FIELD programs that best prepare to realize your goals

        • People – one or two unique aspects of this school's student culture that best prepare to develop the leadership and teamwork skills you need to realize your goals

        •  ...best prepares me to (restate goals)...because A, B, C

    • Click here for more "why this school" tips http://www.vinceprep.com/essays/ymba#ysx

 


4. When should you respond to interview invitations?

  • As soon as possible (see CBS interview tips page) http://www.vinceprep.com/interviews/columbia

    • Respond quickly. Once you get invited to interview, do NOT take too long in deciding whom to contact regarding for your Columbia Business School alumni interview. As CBS admissions says, "We strongly suggest that you arrange your interview within two weeks of this invitation and complete your interview within one month from today. Keep in mind that in a rolling admissions process, it will be to your advantage to schedule your interview for the earliest date convenient for both you and your Ambassador."

  • If you delay, they will think you are unprepared. If you are unprepared, they will assume you are not interested. If they assume you are not interested, why would they want to admit you?

 


5. When should you prepare?

  • As soon as you submit an application for your first school

    • That means NOW for those who applied in September / October

    • Otherwise, around 15 Jan for those applying for the second application deadline 

 


6. Where should you interview?

  • Close to decision makers

    • For HBS, MIT and Wharton, attend hub interviews with admissions officers

    • For Tuck (not covered today), visit campus and interview BEFORE you apply 

    • Other schools are case-by-case. Please ask your Consultant. Or, if time allows, Vince can share details during today's Q&A session.

 


7. Where can you practice?

 


8. Why do some Japanese applicants fail interviews?

  • Does what you say make sense? -- Do I understand you?

  • How you say it -- do I believe you? Do I care? 

  • Perhaps most importantly, does your answer convince me that understand my school's culture? Do I think what you want me to think? Do I see you as being a lifelong contributor to our alumni community? Will you work hard to build our school's brand?
  • It all comes down to preparation

    • Preparation does not mean memorization

      • Memorize bullet points (keywords), not word-for-word scripted answers 

  • Beyond preparing at home with a mirror and with alumni and current students who are willing to spend time working with you, our most successful clients meet one or more Agos Admissions Consultants for at least three school-specific one-to-one mock interviews

    • Because Agos Admissions Consultants are highly experienced and professionally trained interviews, we know what kinds of follow-up questions your interviewers are likely to ask

    • Follow up questions include well-timed "how" and "why" questions that force you to explain your logic and provide additional supporting examples 

    • Please watch this video to understand more about how our clients prepare to succeed at their MBA interviews 


 

 


9. Why does interview style reflect school culture?

  • Can you succeed at their school? 

  • Will you make lifelong contributions as an alumni member? 

 


10. How does interview style reflect school culture?

Interview style varies, school by school. Here are some highlights and hints for top schools we cover: 

 


HBS MBA


 

Stanford GSB MBA


 

Wharton MBA


 

MIT Sloan MBA


 

Kellogg MBA


 

Columbia Business School MBA


 

London Business School (LBS) MBA

  • London Business School (LBS) MBA interview tips  http://www.vinceprep.com/interviews/london-business-school

    • London Business School (LBS) MBA Interview Questions behind the Questions ▸ http://bitly.com/LBS_iQbQ
    • Key differentiating factors: interviewer has your essays, so she will dig deeper into what you have written, sometimes asking lots of "why" and "how" questions to check your logic and depth of knowledge about the school

      • Interviewers want to confirm that you know LOTS of alumni and current students; a former client reported that LBS sometimes only enrolls half (roughly 50%, one out of every two) Japanese that they admit. This is represents a lower "yield" than they expect from other countries. 

      • Impromptu presentation 

    • For reference, please click this link to see the scores and other info of recent Japanese LBS MBA candidates ▸ http://www.lbsjapan.com/archives/2487


 

INSEAD MBA

  • INSEAD MBA interview tips  http://www.vinceprep.com/interviews/insead

    • MBA Alumni Interview Questions behind the Questions http://bitly.com/MBA_alumni_interview_QbQ
    • Key differentiating factors: two interviews. Both alumni. Both have access to certain parts of your application (a six-page PDF sent by the school)

      • One interviewer checks professional activities and career goals. She tends to be more critical of what you have written, asking lots of "why" and "how" follow-up questions to what you have written in essays and what you say in answer to her questions (Hong Kong real estate finance woman example)

      • The other interviewer often emphasizes soft skills (leadership, teamwork, communication skills). This interviewer tends to be friendlier, less challenging of your answers. 

 

Berkeley-Haas MBA

  1. Question the Status Quo
  2. Confidence Without Attitude
  3. Students Always
  4. Beyond Yourself

 

Chicago Booth MBA

 


11. How can you succeed?

 


12. How can we help?

 

 


STAGE ONE

Small group seminars

For clients in Japan, we offer face-to-face mock interview training sessions at our Shibuya office. Clients have also requested small group interview seminars that include cold calls and live interactive practice, both with Vince and other applicants.

Our clients' experiences indicate that understanding formal MBA interview processes and typical questions PLUS mock interview trainings yield even better results. Therefore, we offer my special three-hour MBA Interview Questions behind the Questions Seminar. This class will cover four main topics:

1. How to use your resume and admissions essays to prepare for your interviews
 
2. How to answer basic questions like 
  • Tell me about yourself

  • Walk me through your resume

  • Why MBA / why now / what are your short and long-term goals? Why this school? 

  • How can you contribute to our school culture? 


3. How to ask good questions of your interviewer to leave a strong final impression

 


 

◆ Harvardインタビュー QbQ Seminars 

  • Curriculum ▸ http://bitly.com/HBS_iQbQ

    • Before our seminar, please feel free to print the file, as you like (NOTE: curriculum may continue to evolve so please be sure to check this link the night before the seminar for any changes)

  • NOTE: you MUST print and bring 8 copies of your resume to this session. You will share them with other participants when you introduce yourself / walk them through your resume. Seminar participants: please be sure to return all resume copies to the presenter after she is done!
 
 

◆ LBSインタビュー QbQ Seminars

  • Note: Only open to those invited to interview with LBS

  • Please contact us as soon as you get invited to interview because space is limited and this seminar sold out last year

  • Curriculum ▸ http://bitly.com/LBS_iQbQ

    • Before our seminar, please feel free to print the file, as you like (NOTE: curriculum may continue to evolve so please be sure to check this link the night before the seminar for any changes)

  • NOTE: you MUST print and bring 8 copies of your resume to this session. You will share them with other participants when you introduce yourself / walk them through your resume. Seminar participants: please be sure to return all resume copies to the presenter after she is done!
 

 

◆ Whartonインタビュー QbQ Seminars

  • Curriculum ▸ http://bitly.com/Wharton_iQbQ

    • Before our seminar, please feel free to print the file, as you like (NOTE: curriculum may continue to evolve so please be sure to check this link the night before the seminar for any changes)

  • NOTE: you MUST print and bring 8 copies of your resume to this session. You will share them with other participants when you introduce yourself / walk them through your resume. Seminar participants: please be sure to return all resume copies to the presenter after she is done!
 

 


STAGE TWO 

One-to-one mock interviews 

 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 



 

- Updated by Vince on Wed 28 Sep 2016

 

 


Results

 
 
Vince's clients
admitted since 2007
 
Kellogg  24
Stanford d.school 1
Tuck  8
Wharton  26

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