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Chicago Booth MBA Interview

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Chicago Booth MBA Interview

Chicago Booth has a rich tradition of alumni and second-year students conducting admissions interviews. If your interview is on-campus, there is a high chance your interview will take place with a second-year student. If you’re interviewing off-campus, you will most likely interview with an alumnus.

The Chicago Booth interview is blind and generally lasts for about 45 to 60 minutes.

“Since 1898, we have produced ideas and leaders that shape the world of business. Today, we empower bold thinkers and inquisitive minds to dig deeper, discover more, and shape the future.” says the Chicago Booth MBA Interview adcom.

Booth looks beyond demonstrated brain power and breaks down what they look for in applicants into three categories: curriculum, community, and career.

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

The Chicago Booth MBA program interview is  usually conducted by one of the panel members. 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?

The Panel member has access to your complete application. In most instances, they would have read it completely.

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.

Chicago Booth MBA Frequently Asked Interview Questions

  1. Explain your career path. / Take me through your resume / Tell me about yourself
  2. What are your short-term and long-term career plans?
  3. Have you considered other career alternatives?
  4. Why are you seeking an MBA?
  5. What do you need to learn from an MBA program that you can’t learn working?
  6. Why now?
  7. Why Booth?
  8. What courses will you take at Booth?
  9. Where else did you apply?
  10. How will you decide which program to attend?
  11. What will you do if you do not pass in any business school this year?
  12. What is your impression of Chicago Booth’s culture?
  13. What would you contribute to Booth both academically and in the community?
  14. ell me about your undergraduate experience.
    1. Looking back, would you do anything differently?
    2. Would you choose the same school and major?
  15. What are you currently reading?
  16. Where do you get most of your news from?
  17. What do you think about X in the news recently? (make sure you’re up to date on global headlines)
  18. What do you do outside of work?
    1. What has this taught you about yourself?
    2. Does this experience inform your professional life in any way?

Chicago Booth MBA Interview Questions – 1

On Campus Interviewed on: Feb 18 2019 Final Decision: Admitted

“Booth is in Hyde Park, which, for those (like me) who are not familiar with Chicago, is not very close to much else in Chicago. The first thing I would note is to give yourself plenty of time to get there! I was staying in Hyde Park, so I was close, but the weather was pretty bad the weekend I went (my flight to Chicago was delayed by 2.5 hours!) so this is something to just keep in mind for logistics.

Booth gives you the option to do a whole day of programming, but if you visited campus previously, it will be the same programming (tour, going to class, info session). I did an official visit when I visited Booth a few months ago, so I opted to only go to campus for my interview. You will likely hang around a little bit in the admissions room, where you’ll get to know some current students and other interviewees. I really enjoyed this part, actually! It helps put you in a relaxed state of mind.

My interview was with a current second-year student. She had a list of questions she was asking and they were all pretty typical questions.

– Why MBA? Why now?

– What are your post MBA plans?

– How did you become interested in XYZ?

– Tell me about a professional success

– Tell me about a professional failure

– What do you like to do outside of work?

– Why Booth?

My interview was 45 minutes long and there were a few minutes at the end to ask questions.

Overall, not a stressful experience – this interview is really about getting to know you and about fit – no tricky questions here!”

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Chicago Booth MBA Interview Questions – 2

Off Campus with Alumni Interviewed on: Feb 14 2019 Final Decision: Waitlisted with Interview

“As others have stated, generally a very casual interview.

My interviewer was fairly happy to speak so it really was conversational and we’d typically have few minutes of related conversation after each question and we barely got through any of the more standard interview questions.

Main ones I remember being asked below. The others were just follow-ons from these.

– Walk me through your resume

– Why MBA

– Why now

– How do you handle unfamiliar situations / tell me about a time you dealt with an unfamiliar situation (the context being that I’m looking to career switch)

– Questions for the interviewer

Notably he did not ask why Booth (this was slightly annoying as it made me wish I’d weaved some of this into my earlier responses) / how do you think you’ll contribute to Booth etc. And there was only the one behavioral type question.

But yea overall fairly chill interview. He was really happy to chat. It lasted an hour and I feel like if I kept asking questions he would have been happy to continue.”

Chicago Booth MBA Interview Questions – 3

Off Campus with Alumni Interviewed on: Feb 08 2019 Final Decision: Admitted

“Very casual and fun interview with an alum! My interviewer told me to wear whatever I was comfortable in so I dressed business casual, they were dressed more informally.

Questions along the lines of:

– Tell me your story

– Why pursue an MBA now?

– ST/LT goals — really dug in here

– Why Booth?

– How do you think you’d fit into Booth’s culture?

– What would you contribute to Booth?

– Tell me about a time you demonstrated leadership

– Tell me about a time you dealt with a high-stress situation

– Questions for interviewer

Overall, I really enjoyed the interview! It definitely felt like they were gauging fit and motivations. Excited for the final decision!”

Chicago Booth MBA Interview Questions – 4

On Campus Interviewed on: Jan 27 2019 Final Decision: Matriculating

“My interview was during the polar vortex (-20F) on campus in Chicago, so that created an interesting dynamic and conversation starter!

I was interviewed by a 2nd year female student. The entire interview was about 30 minutes. It was incredibly casual, and as soon as we started she emphasized that she would prefer to keep it as casual as possible so the questions were a bit more natural and flowed well with our dialogue. They weren’t direct questions since they were leading off from my answers, so I’ll try my best to summarize the questions she was asking.

Tell me about yourself (I used this to not talk about my resume and more about myself personally).

Walk me through your resume (Next four questions were lumped into one answer for me since it was more conversational but I could tell this was what she was interested in).

Why MBA now?

Why Booth?

Short-term/Long-term goals with MBA.

What role do you play in a group setting/group project?

How would your friends describe you in one word?

What do you like to do in your free time?

Any questions for her?

During our banter, I asked several questions naturally between these “questions” and provided information in that direction as well. Such as, what classes I would like to take. I asked her what her favorite classes were while we were on the “Why Booth?” part. She was part of clubs that I was interested in so we chatted about that heavily. I asked how much interaction she had with FT and weekend/weekday students, etc.

I definitely recommend emphasizing why you want Booth specifically and knowing what makes them stand apart from the others, and coming prepared with questions that show a specific genuine interest deeper than just information you can find online about the program. Find a club or professor/class that interests you! Also knowing what you can contribute and provide to their program as well. I specifically spoke with several Booth alumni to find the answers to these questions, and to create a better picture of what student life would truly be like if I were to attend.

Overall, I was genuinely interested since this was my number one choice and she was very easy to speak to, so the conversation flowed very well and it was highly enjoyable. My favorite interview from the schools I interviewed at!

Good luck, everyone!”

Client Testimonials

 

Chicago Booth MBA Interview Questions – 5

Off Campus with current Student Interviewed on: Nov 18 2018 Final Decision: Waitlisted with Interview

“interviewed with 2nd year on Monday, went really well I’d say. Nothing surprising.

Resume walk through

Post-MBA Goals

Why MBA, why now.

Why Booth?

What is special about Booth’s culture?

Tell me about a failure.

Tell me about a time you influenced someone.

3 strengths, 1 weakness

3 things a friend would say about you.”

Chicago Booth MBA Interview Questions – 6

On Campus Interviewed on: Nov 10 2018 Final Decision: Interviewed

“We started from personal questions (what are you doing outside of work) and went to why mba, why now, why booth, weakness, strength, whom you admire and why, and behavioral ( could not sell your idea or convince someone). Was no question WMTYR, so I tried to insert my story into one of the answers. he was super nice and I felt we connected well on a personal level, we talked in details about every question – he asked a lot of follow-ups. I asked him about his experience of experiential learning and how he stays connected after graduation (he is alum). In the end I added how I will contribute to Booth.”

Chicago Booth MBA Interview Questions – 7

On Campus Interviewed on: Nov 06 2018 Final Decision: Admitted

“I had my interview on-campus with a second year student. He arrived promptly and we interviewed in a small room in the admissions office.

After a brief introduction he asked me to introduce myself, then we spent ~30 minutes on various questions, followed by five minutes of questions for him. The questions were fairly standard, and included:

What other activity (other than what I covered in my intro) would you want to highlight?

What are your long term career goals?

Why Booth?

Why an MBA? Why now?

Tell me about a time when you failed to meet a personal or professional goal

What classes are you particularly looking forward to?

What specifically do you hope to gain in terms of leadership?

What do you hope to gain from the Booth MBA?

Describe your ideal MBA environment?

Anything else you wished we’d covered?

Overall, he was very friendly and put me at ease. It was a very conversational interview and he even chimed in from time to time to affirm / comment on my responses. Was very focused on Booth and what I hope to gain and less on my career goals.”

Chicago Booth MBA Interview Questions – 8

Off Campus with Alumni Interviewed on: Nov 03 2018 Final Decision: Waitlisted with Interview

“Off-campus interview with an Alumni. Met in a small-cafe in the morning. Started out fairly conversational, first he told me a little bit about his experience, how he got into Booth etc. Afterwards we started with resume:

Tell me about yourself? Resume walk through

Why MBA? Why Booth? What is your goals?

What is your biggest achievement? What is your biggest non-work achievement?

What do you like to do outside work?

Hobbies?

Went into specifics about each job, asked detailed questions about the bullet points I had listed on the resume.

Questions about the time I failed, or things did not go as planned.

Spend the last 10 minutes with my questions. He was very friendly, submitted the report the same day.”

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Chicago Booth MBA Interview Questions – 9

Off Campus with Alumni Interviewed on: Nov 03 2018 Final Decision: Waitlisted with Interview

“Off-campus interview with an Alumni. Met in a small-cafe in the morning. Started out fairly conversational, first he told me a little bit about his experience, how he got into Booth etc. Afterwards we started with resume:

Tell me about yourself? Resume walk through.

Why MBA? Why Booth? What is your goals?

What is your biggest achievement? What is your biggest non-work achievement?

What do you like to do outside work?

Hobbies?

Went into specifics about each job, asked detailed questions about the bullet points I had listed on the resume.

Questions about the time I failed, or things did not go as planned.

Spend the last 10 minutes with my questions. He was very friendly, submitted the report the same day.”

Chicago Booth MBA Interview Questions – 10

On Campus Interviewed on: Nov 14 2016 Final Decision: Denied with Interview

“Interviewed on campus today.

My interviewer was an extremely nice second year student. She made me feel very comfortable and it was overall an enjoyable experience.

She introduced herself and then went through the following questions with a little bit of chit-chat in between questions:

1) Tell me about yourself

2) Why MBA?

3) Why Booth?

4) Short and long term goals

5) Define your leadership style

6) Tell me about a time when you failed

7) How did you transition from that failure to your next endeavour

8) Tell me about a time you worked for or with someone that you didn’t like

That is pretty much all I remember.”

Chicago Booth MBA Interview Questions – 11

Skype Interviewed on: Nov 09 2016 Final Decision: Waitlisted with Interview

“The interview itself was very conversational, competency questions and understanding my strengths. Really just wanted to know how I would fit into Booth,

– why MBA,

– why now,

– why Booth,

– why USA.

After every question we conversed about it casually.

Hope this helps!”

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