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CMU Tepper MBA Interviews

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CMU Tepper MBA Interviews

Tepper School of Business attracts many Indian applicants. It has a high average GMAT of 690.

CMU Tepper interviews are generally conducted over a skype call if the applicant is outside U.S. or the alumnus and on campus interviews. Tepper interviews are taken by the admissions committee member.

Tepper Interviews are generally held for about 30-40 minutes. The interviews at CMU Tepper held very casually and the interviews panel makes the candidate very comfortable during the interview.

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

Like most business schools, the CMU Tepper  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.

CMU Tepper 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 CMU Tepper?
  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.

CMU Tepper MBA Interview Questions – 1

I applied to second round and was invited on 15th of January. Originally I was invited to interview in hub cities with Adcom but I could not arrange the trip due to visa issue. So I ended up schedule interview with another Adcom via Skype. My interview was on 12th of February. It was very conversational and he seemed to be very professional in keeping the interview interesting and moving it forward. He did not take note at all. Overall, he looked for how much I had researched about Tepper and why I want Tepper.

Here were the questions.

– Why MBA? (I did not get “Walk through resume”)

– Short-term goal

– How I did research on Tepper?

– What is the important trait of leader?

– When work in team, how do you interact with other function?

– How do you solve conflict?

– What do you prefer outside work?

– What is challenge in your work?

– What is your strength as leader?

– Do you want to work abroad?

I had an issue with Skype at the start of interview. I was 10 minutes late when I could connect with him. He was so kind waiting me and did not mind about my problem.

CMU Tepper MBA Interview Questions – 2

Scheduled the interview on the 14th October with Emily Archambeault.

She was very kind and started off with a pep talk about the weekends, travel plan etc. We even discussed about my marriage and came to know that she is about to get married very soon. She told me that she had not gone through my complete application and just had my resume with her.

Then started the typical conversation. Would list down the questions.

  1. Why MBA

Related to it my present experience and aspired role. How MBA will helpme and How Tepper will help me

  1. Why Tepper

Interdisciplinary approach

Nobel laurets

Consulting Club- Boot camp, Sunday Night interviews, Consulting Trek

Small class size. Stron relationship with faculty and students.

  1. Job roles and Responsibilities
  2. What difficulty is your organization facing
  3. One incident where you worked with senior team. How did you work and how did you learn
  4. Cultural Differences faced in organization
  5. What if not Management Consulting
  6. Conflicting Situation. How you handled it
  7. Extracurricular activities.
  8. Name of students you interacted with. How was the experience.
  9. Do you have anything to ask.

Asked about the typical day at Tepper and about Scholarship.

She told that she would connect me with the students and the financial aid team

I think that is pretty much it. It lasted for half an hour exact.

Feel free to ask any questions. Would be glad to help out.

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CMU Tepper MBA Interview Questions – 3

Had my interview with Ms. Jones on the 14th via Skype. It flowed naturally and was over in exactly 30 minutes.

She started with some key points about Tepper and told me that this was a blind interview so I shouldn’t worry about mentioning things that might be there in other parts of the application.

The questions were:

  1. Tell me about what you’ve been doing since your UG.
  2. What’s your post MBA goal?
  3. Alternate post MBA goal
  4. Tell me about a time when you helped other people attain their goals.
  5. How do you handle criticism as a leader/manage conflict?
  6. How did you learn things that your job demanded but undergrad didn’t provide?
  7. What kind of international experience have you had?
  8. Why Tepper?

One thing that the interviewer did was sort of summarize my answers after I uttered them. Eg: “So its very nice to know that you took out time from work to do…”.

I don’t know what that means. I hope it was only a way to make the conversation seem like a chat rather than an interview and not that I wasn’t ending my answers properly. Let’s see.

CMU Tepper MBA Interview Questions – 4

My interview was scheduled for today with Emily Archambeault.

She came across as very friendly and warm person. Started by making me comfortable, asked me about the correct pronunciation of my name and what it means etc. The interview was very conversational in general and she was making notes throughout.

The questions were pretty basic in nature:

Why MBA.

How MBA seems to be the next step to what I am doing currently.

Post MBA plan.

Alternate plan if immediate plan does not work out.

What do I know about Tepper and how that interests me.

My work and any interesting experience that I had with clients.

Any conflicting situation at work, culturally or otherwise. How I handled it.

My key takeaways from working in a multi-cultural organization.

Any situation where I worked over something I had little knowledge about. How did I cope with it.

Any situation where the client did not seem too happy with the kind of solutions provided. What was my learning there. How did I handle the situation. What could I have done differently.

What are my personal hobbies.

I had mentioned during the discussion that I am involved in diversity team. Asked me to describe my experience.

I realized I spoke a lot, despite my mind going completely blank the moment the Skype call started

However she was extremely patient and listened intently, while making notes all the time.

She ended with asking me if I had questions for her. In the end wanted me to ask her “one last question”, despite the call crossing 35 minutes by then. I wonder what made her.

Overall it was far better than I was dreading, considering this was my first ever interview. In hindsight I realized I could have mentioned some other things that I totally forgot about.

My suggestion: Do not try to over sell yourself, definitely not talk about what you haven’t done. They are not looking for your achievements and awards but want to know if you will fit well with the kind of culture the Tepper community has to offer.

CMU Tepper MBA Interview Questions – 5

I scheduled my Skype interview online with the Tepper adcom – MJ Wrobleski. The interview started just a few minutes late. I was freaking out when I did not get a Skype invite on the dot, so I searched for my interviewer on Skype and added her to my contact list and sent her a reminder that we have an interview scheduled.

For those with invites, I’d recommend you wait if your interview has not yet started. It could be that the previous interview ran long or the adcom might be busy with something else for a few minutes. Unless it’s WAY past interview time (15 minutes past), and you have still not received word from the adcom, you can then reach out. But otherwise, I’d say give them the benefit of doubt and keep calm.

Anyway, my interviewer was chirpy and friendly and I was at ease a few minutes into the interview. The questions I got asked were fairly standard, so you should have no surprises as long as you are prepared with the standard list of interview questions.

These are the questions that I got asked:

What are your career goals?

Why MBA?

Talk about a time you had to take an unpopular decision at work. How did it affect you and your team?

Talk about a time you motivated your team to work towards a common goal.

Talk about a time you didn’t have the skills required to do a particular job so you had to ask for help.

[I took about 30 seconds or so to think about an answer to this question, as I wasn’t prepared for this.]

Talk about a time you had to work with someone you had cultural differences with. How did you resolve these


Talk about a time you had a disagreement at work (maybe you gave an idea that was not implemented) and you had to compromise.

Why Tepper?

That was pretty much it. Overall it took just about 20 minutes to answer all the above questions.

Then we had about 5 minutes for Q&A where I asked:

Are there any facts you feel like prospective applicants should know about Tepper but don’t?

What’s it like living in Pittsburg?

CMU Tepper MBA Interview Questions – 6

I had an interview with Gina from the admission committee. She had already reviewed my entire application, including my resume, essays, and video. The interview was friendly and felt like a casual conversation. Gina asked me some common questions like “Tell me about yourself,” “Why do you want to pursue an MBA?” and “Why did you choose Tepper?” She also allowed me to share anything else I hadn’t mentioned before. However, what stood out were the behavioral questions, which were specifically tailored to my work experience. Gina asked me about my management style, a time when I had to step back on a project and what I learned from it, and a situation where I didn’t achieve the desired result and had to ask for help. The interview lasted about 30 minutes, and there was an additional 10 minutes for follow-up questions. I wish you the best of luck!

CMU Tepper MBA Interview Questions – 7

I had an interview with Megan Grady from Second Year. The interview lasted for about 40 minutes, and it was not an anonymous interview. Megan had reviewed my essay and video beforehand, so our conversation was more informal. During the interview, Megan asked me a few questions. Firstly, she wanted to know “Tell me about yourself” (TMAY), then shared her background and professional experience. Next, she asked me why I wanted to pursue an MBA and what criteria I used to select a business school. She also inquired about my post-MBA goals. We then discussed the topic of diversity and inclusivity. Megan asked me what these concepts meant and how they influenced my professional and personal life. She also asked me to share a time when I faced failure and what I learned from that experience.

Additionally, Megan wanted to know about a situation where I used my strengths to help a team or a teammate succeed. Toward the end of the interview, Megan asked if there was anything else I wanted to add that I had yet to share during the interview or in my application. Finally, she allowed me to ask any questions I had for her. The primary interview lasted 25 minutes, and there was an additional 15-minute follow-up question session.

CMU Tepper MBA Interview Questions – 8

I had an interview with Ryan Astor. The interview lasted for precisely 40 minutes. Ryan had a copy of my resume and occasionally made brief notes on paper. We started the interview with a quick introduction from Ryan. He used to be a member of the Tepper admissions committee but currently works part-time. During the interview, Ryan asked me the following questions:

1. Can you tell me a bit about yourself? 

2. your resume shows you have experience working with Australian offices. Can you provide more details about that? 

3. Considering your success in the technical field, why are you interested in pursuing an MBA? 

4. What explicitly attracts you to Tepper? 

5. When it comes to leadership, what are your strengths and areas for improvement? 6. Have you ever been to the US? How does your family feel about your plans to move there? 

7. are you involved in community services or activities besides work? 

8. How are you preparing for the MBA journey in the meantime? 

9. Do you have any questions for me? Overall, it was a friendly conversation.

CMU Tepper MBA Interview Questions – 9

My interview was with Jackson Otto; she was friendly and engaged throughout our conversation. We started by casually discussing her experiences in the city where I currently live. During the interview, she asked me several questions:

  1. She asked me to walk her through my resume, essentially wanting me to explain my work experience and background.
  2. She inquired about my short-term goals after completing my MBA.
  3. She asked me to provide an example of a time when I helped my team or company (TMAT).
  4. She wanted to know about my challenge and how I overcame it.
  5. She asked how I continue to learn and improve professionally.
  6. She asked about my activities outside of work.
  7. Considering my globalized profile, she wanted me to share some of my experiences with diversity.
  8. She asked why I chose Tepper (presumably referring to a school or program).
  9. Lastly, she asked if I had any questions for her.

Overall, I enjoyed the interview and felt a personal connection with Jackson. Regardless of the outcome, I found the conversation valuable.

CMU Tepper MBA Interview Questions – 10

The interviewer introduced herself during the interview and mentioned that she only had my resume with her. The interview’s overall tone was casual and lasted for 30 minutes. The last 10 minutes were dedicated for me to ask questions. Most of the questions I asked were related to specific situations. Here are some examples: 

1. Can you tell me about your recent project since you were promoted? 

2. What are your plans after completing your MBA? 

3. Tell me about when you had to compromise on a project. What was the situation? 

4. Share when your team was against you and how you convinced them. 

5. Describe a situation when a client had certain expectations you couldn’t meet. How did you handle it? 

6. Have you ever worked with a diverse group of people? If so, what did you learn from that experience? 

7. When given a project, how do you fill in the gaps or address any missing information? 

8. Do you have any questions for the interviewer? 

I hope this clarifies your doubts about the interview.

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