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Arizona WP Carey MBA Interview

As per Arizona State University WP Carey School of Business ,“You have people here that are going to challenge you, that are going to be your advocates and going to give you that personal attention. We have such a commitment to quality… not only a strong academic foundation but also to our outcomes – ensuring that you are well-connected, that you have incredible faculty, students and staff that are truly dedicated to you.”

The Arizona WP Carey MBA interview is less about sharing particular experience (since your resume takes care of that) and more about introducing the admissions committee to the real you and what you can bring to the program and your classmates. That is what the Arizona WP Carey MBA Interview is all about.

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

Like most business schools, the W.P. Carey interview is taken by a Career Management Team. The interview is usually done by one member from the team. 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.

W.P. Carey MBA Frequently Asked Interview Questions

Professional experience-related questions

  1. Tell me something about yourself, or Walk me through your resume.
  2. What are your short-term and long-term goals?
  3. Why MBA? or Why now? or Why an MBA at this stage of your career?
  4. Why W.P. Carey?
  5. What is your Plan B? in case your primary goal does not happen?

Personal qualities-related questions

  1. What are your key strengths? Can you give some examples, please?
  2. What are your key weaknesses? Can you give some examples, please?
  3. How can you add value to the Class? or Why should we take you?
  4. Any reasons why we should not select you?
  5. Interests and Hobbies related questions – why do you do it, what have you achieved/learned?

Frequently Asked Situational & Behavioral Questions

  1. What is your leadership style? Can you give an example of a project you led?
  2. What would you describe are your greatest achievement to date?
  3. Give me an example of a time you failed.
  4. Give me an example of a time you faced a conflict. How did you handle that?
  5. Give me an example of a time when you did not meet a client’s expectations. What happened, and how did you attempt to rectify the situation?

The last one – Do you have any questions for us?

  1. Can you please tell me how international exchange students and schools are assigned?
  2. How club leadership is selected?
  3. Any other questions you may have in regards to the program.

Arizona WP Carey MBA Interview Questions – 1

Just had my interview with an admissions team member and current student. Indeed very friendly atmosphere, and great experience ! I feel i could have done better in a couple of questions, and especially in a business case where i had a small brain freeze :oops: which is double shame for me since i am an entrepeneur, but we are all humans after all 8-)

Although i cannot disclose the exact questions, my general advice would be the following: be prepared for non-standard questions, think outside the box, think big picture. I am not an admissions expert, but in my opinion the school is really trying to weave its innovative spirit into the interview approach, and allows candidates to show their creative thinking and their personality. i also asked three questions and the answeres were very detailed. Decisions will be released on Dec, 8.

hope this helps, and good luck with your interviews people!

Arizona WP Carey MBA Interview Questions – 2

My interview was over Skype and pretty similar. The atmosphere was really friendly and my interviewers were relaxed, I didn’t feel any pressure or tense moments at all, quite the opposite in fact !

My advice would be to do mock interviews with a friend before to practice and to be prepared as much as you can. Once it start, just be yourself and don’t overthink the questions. Even if you are surprised by the question, you still have some time to think about your answers. Overall, I felt like the settings of the interview was positive and that the interviewers made me feel confortable during the interview process.

Good luck with your interviews !

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Arizona WP Carey MBA Interview Questions – 3

Congrats to everyone who received an invite !

Skype vs in-person interview should be the same mostly, mine was on skype and there was 1 adcom person and 1 first-year student. If your in-person interview is not in the US there will most likely be only adcom people but if you have the opportunity, I think you should opt for the in-person one.

Mine lasted around 45 mins, a few generic questions and some behavioral questions if I remember correctly. There was also a small case with 3-4 questions but it’s not complicated. Finally I had 5-10 mins to ask questions myself. You should skim the previous years’ discussions on this forum to see if there’s more details about the interview but overall I felt it was a standard interview.

Good luck to all of you !

Arizona WP Carey MBA Interview Questions – 4

Some users have posted their interview experiences in the thread earlier. I would suggest you to understand how Carey can help you specifically and focus on behavioural questions and instances from your experience that show major traits that schools look out for such as leadership, teamwork, failure etc. It is a relaxed interview if you keep control of your nerves. The trick is to know what exactly they are asking in the long worded questions.
Also, they give a small case question in the end that is totally random and you just have to walk them through your thought process while trying to solve it. Cliched but “there is no right or wrong answer”. Hope this helps. Let me know if you have any more questions

Arizona WP Carey MBA Interview Questions – 5

Hey Guys, these were the questions I got (as a part of round 4 Video interview on the KIRA platform- I’m an international applicant) :
1. Tell me something about yourself that wasn’t covered in the essay questions and you would like the admission committee to know.
2. What do you think is the most important attribute a person must possess to work in a team?
3. Written question : What are the steps you have taken to ensure that you are prepared for an MBA?

Really REALLY hope to hear back from them with positive news.

Arizona WP Carey MBA Interview Questions – 6

There are 3 questions. Two one minute video responses (how do you choose a team and out of office achievement) and one four minute written response (what are you doing to get accustomed to a new culture or environment).

Just be cool and attend this video thing. Nothing new they are asking. Absolutely no need of preparation. I am 100% sure they are not interested in content, all they can assess from these two one minute videos and one 4 minute written response is 1) make a broad impression from our body language and delivery 2) Check if we indeed wrote those essays! :lol:
The practice offered by Kira is cool and exactly same as the actual recording. So, ATB for all those Video interview ppl

Arizona WP Carey MBA Interview Questions – 7

I had my interview on 22nd OCT. It lasted 1 hr for me. The interview was pretty good. To me common questions like Why ASU? Why MBA? Why Now? were NOT asked. They were just asking questions related to my professional experience.

Arizona WP Carey MBA Interview Questions – 8

As others have also pointed out, there were no usual MBA interview questions like why MBA probably because they have read your profile and essays. The questions were related to my professional experience. There was an adcom member and a second year student and the interview lasted for 50 minutes. Neither I am too satisfied nor too unsatisfied so not sure what to expect…Keeping fingers crossed for now !

Arizona WP Carey MBA Interview Questions – 9

I had my interview yesterday. basic questions. why mba, what specialization and why, examples of collaboration and reaction to changes, example of innovative idea, what other colleges i’m applying to..etc..nothing out of the ordinary…lasted around 50 minutes…

Arizona WP Carey MBA Interview Questions – 10

I had my interview yesterday with an adcom member and a 2nd year student. It was a fairly relaxed interview, which lasted around 50 minutes. They asked me usual questions like why MBA, why Carey, other schools I am applying to, some behavioral questions – reaction to change, conflict etc. I was also given a brief case study to solve.

Overall a very good experience. Fingers crossed!

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