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Alliance Manchester MBA Interviews

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Alliance Manchester Interview Questions

Alliance Manchester Business School has started including a video assessment as part of their application process.  

They believe that the traditional essays and test scores only tell us part of your ‘story’.  The video assessment provides one with an opportunity to share what they will bring to their unique MBA in a more personal way, with a hope the video assessment will bring to life the person we have learned about on paper from your application.

For details on Alliance Manchester MBA application process and guide, visit their homepage.

The Alliance Manchester Interview panel will evaluate each candidate’s performance in terms of quality of work experience, diversity, leadership qualities, social sensitivity, and multifacetedness.

As a general approach to selecting a candidate for the program, a multi-factor model is used. These factors include academic track record, GMAT/GRE scores, quality of work experience, performance in the interview, and writing ability test. A composite total score will be calculated for each applicant using the multi-factor model. A merit list is prepared based on the composite total score. The offer of admission will be made to a certain percentage of applicants on the merit list. The number of offers made will depend on the availability of seats. The number of offers will be further subject to the candidate meeting a minimum cutoff in terms of the composite score and/or for any other factor score that the admissions committee may decide on

Who will interview you, and how long will the interview last?

Like most B-schools, the Alliance Manchester interview is taken by a Panel. The Panel usually consists of 2-3 professors. The interview typically lasts for 25-30 minutes or may extend to 35-40 minutes in some instances.

Will the interviewer have read my application?

It is always safer to assume that the Panel members have access to your complete application. In most instances, they would have read it completely. Unless the school specifically says that it will be an blind interview. Mostly North American Business schools in US and Canada have an  Blind interviews, European and SE Asian schools conduct interviews via Alums or panels which have full access to your entire application. 

How can you prepare for your interview?

Like most MBA Interviews, your interview will mainly revolve around a pretty similar set of MBA interview questions. You can never predict what questions will be asked, but with enough research, you can predict what are the most commonly asked questions in these interviews. We have created a short FAQ list below to get you a jump start, and we also have a free guide linked below to help you prepare for these commonly asked interview questions.

Alliance Manchester Frequently Asked Interview Questions

  1. Tell me something about yourself?
  2. Walk me through your resume?
  3. Why MBA? Why Manchester?
  4. Why MBA now or Why MBA at this stage of your career?
  5. What is your short & long term goals?
  6. What is your Plan B if consulting/Investment banking does not happen?
  7. What are your key strengths? Can you give some examples please?
  8. What is your biggest weakness ? Can you give some examples please?
  9. How can you add value to the Class?
  10. Why should we take you?
  11. One reason that we should not select you?
  12. Interests and Hobbies – Be prepared!.. questions as basic as “Why do you do poetry (or any other activity” may be asked.
  13. Some Situational & Behavioral Question
    • What would you describe are your greatest achievement to date?
    • Give me an example of a time you faced a conflict while working on a team. How did you handle that?
    • Give me an example of a time when you did not meet a client’s expectation. What happened, and how did you attempt to rectify the situation?
  14. Case questions are fairly common in MBA interview especially for consulting aspirants. Below are a few sample for to practice for:
    • How many Golf balls can fit in a Boeing 747?
    • What’s the global market size for smartphones?
  15. Do you have any Question for us?

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Alliance Manchester Interview Example – 1

Hi guys, just finished the interview with Mrs. Spiro. The questions were:

1. Why choose your job
2. Career progression
3. Why MBA
4. Why Manchester
5. What can u offer to the team-work based community in manchester
6. Something in the presentation, just explain it
7. What will you do just after finish the MBA program
8. Any negative and positive feedback from your boss
9. Anything related to the resume
10. How would I approach a teammate that is underperforming
11. How do I add value to the cohort professionally and personally
12. Duration program I choose and why
13. Any questions to her

Hope this will help.

Alliance Manchester Interview Example – 2

Hi guys, I have just had my Skype interview with Dr. Heather Spiro, I really enjoyed the interview, she is friendly and conducts the interview in a way that makes you feel comfortable.

The questions I was asked were pretty much the same as the ones that were shared in this forum:

1. Why MBA? Why now?
2. Career Progression
3. Post-MBA goals and how do I plan to achieve them
4. 2 reasons why people want to work with me in a team
5. 2 reasons why people not want to work with me in a team
6. How would I approach a teammate that is underperforming
7. How do I add value to the cohort professionally and personally
8. Finally she asked me about what programme duration I was most interested and told me that they will be doing a final review towards the end of February.

Hope this helps! Good luck to you all!

Alliance Manchester Interview Example – 3

I just got done, interesting interview. I was interviewed by Dr. Spiro.

1.Remember to be yourself

2.why do you want an MBA

3.why now

4.why MBS.

Alliance Manchester Interview Example – 4

The interview went well, it took about 40 mins. Heather asked about your cv, essays, and presentation. I think you should prepare about your strengths and weaknesses. Most importantly, why MBA and why Manchester. what are you really excited about the program!

Good luck!

Alliance Manchester Interview Example – 5

My interview was very friendly and lasted about an hour. She asked questions about my work experience and more details on my short and long-term goals. There were also a few typical interview questions like what role do you usually play when you are part of a team, how have you dealt with conflict in a team setting, and what are some of your strengths and weaknesses? Then we spent the last 20 minutes discussing my questions about the program.

Good luck!!

Alliance Manchester Interview Example – 6

Its all about team management since it is very crucial during and after MBA. What challenges did you face and how did you resolve. You have to be confident in what you say. If you are a football fan then you can talk about that also…Otherwise its std questions.. how will you bring value to MBS…. try to know more about competitions… What are you good at sports… Try to find our more about MBAT… Hope you will do well…. Its a great to school to be … you will learn a lot…


Alliance Manchester Interview Example – 7

I had an interview with Fran Johnson. Prior to the interview, I’ve search her profile and she used to be a risk consultant, hence I’m not afraid to get technical during the interview. The interview question:

– Walk me through your resume. My advice is not just read your resume but thoroughly explain what is your main responsibilities
– Short term goals. Make sure that MBS will help you achieve your short term goals
– Behavioral question. This will depend on your previous answer. Fran realized that I’m a very well structured guy and loves to take control of the situation so she asked me what will you do if you can’t control the situation during the consultancy projects? I don’t think I answered this correctly though

The whole interview lasts 51 minutes, I don’t ask many questions because I already met one of their representative during his visit to Indonesia. Fran said that an admission committee meeting will be held this week so probably you guys should receive the decision soon.

Alliance Manchester Interview Example – 8

I had an interview with Heather Spiro. The interview was about 45 minutes long, she mostly asked questions about “interesting points” of my application. Honestly, she was super friendly and put me at ease. I generally do not consider myself a good interviewer but this interview felt very relaxed and she was very personable. It was a great experience. Feel free to ask for more specific details if you have anything you are curious about!

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Alliance Manchester Interview Example – 9

I was interviewed online on Skype. My Interview date was the 16th of June 2021. Conclusion and Decision: I accepted

Both interviews were casual conversations, and it was interesting to note that neither of them was with someone from my field.

The First Interview:

a) The customary opening remarks, which typically include “walk me through your life” and “resume”

b) Why get an MBA? Why study at Alliance Manchester? Why now? What is it about Alliance Manchester in particular that appeals to you (NOT the typical international/diversity, one-year time-frame, etc.)?

c) A few questions based on the circumstances, such as:

Please tell me about a time when your organization fell short.

– Please tell me about a period in your life when things did not turn out the way you had hoped they would.

—A situation in which you were successful in persuading someone; what was the outcome?

d) A few questions that require you to think on your feet, such as:

– What are your plans if the coal industry doesn’t pan out? If you couldn’t work in consulting, finance, or technology as most people do after getting an MBA, what would be your ideal job?

-In addition to the typical extracurricular activities, academic work, and networking opportunities, what are you most looking forward to during your time at school?

Interview number two:

a) The customary opening remarks, which typically include “walk me through your life” and “resume”

b) Why get an MBA? Why study at Alliance Manchester? Why now?

c) Strengths/Weaknesses

d) A restatement of my application, in some fashion, with regard to both my successes and my failures

Both of them required approximately 1 hour (45–50 minutes, plus 10–15 minutes of casual conversation, during which I asked questions

Alliance Manchester Interview Example – 10

My Interview was conducted online on October 20th, 2021 Admission Granted as a Final Decision. 

I had two different interviews; both of them were fairly conversational, but one was a little bit more informal while the other was more structured.

My first meeting was with a Portfolio Manager from a private equity firm in the city where I currently reside. To my astonishment, this interview was conducted in a very laid-back and informal manner. He quizzed me on the nation in which I was raised, the activities that I enjoy, and the long-term objectives that I have. After that, we just ended up having a free-flowing talk about current events and how he always tries to help individuals who are not originally from this country adjust to the culture here.

I attempted to put the conversation back on track, but he just responded by saying, “I will be recommending you for admission, so you can stop trying to impress me.” After that, all I could do was smile, and I couldn’t help but feel a bit better. Last but not least, I inquired for particulars pertaining to Alliance Manchester.

During my second interview, I spoke with a person who worked in Marketing and Strategy for a large healthcare company. This was a more traditional interview, and it was a really heated one.

1.What is the point of an MBA? Why Would You Choose Manchester Alliance?

2. A scenario in which you worked with a group to find a solution to an issue, either in a professional or a non-professional setting.

3. Considering that you have no prior experience in the field in which you wish to pursue a career in the long run, how do you intend to accomplish the goals that you have set for yourself? How do you intend to make up for this difference?

4. Could you please explain your decision to go with Alliance Manchester?

5. If you continue in the role that you are currently in, what would you be doing in the future?

Even though I did stutter a bit when giving my answers during this interview, which caused me some fear, the interviewer turned out to be really pleasant and easy to talk to, so everything worked out well in the end. I never once felt uncomfortable or out of place.

The length of each interview was approximately an hour.

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