Emory Goizueta MBA Interview

The admissions Emory Goizueta MBA interview offers the opportunity to candidates applying for Emory MBA to explain more in depth educational and career experiences. Emory Goizueta interviews are an important part of the admission process. The Emory Goizueta admission committee offers on-campus interviews in selected cities around the world.

The interviewer is interested in candidate’s professional accomplishments as well as leadership and community achievements. The interviews last for 30-35 minutes. As per Emory, “The admissions interview offers you the opportunity to explain more in depth your educational and career experiences to date, and to elaborate on your post-MBA career plans. We are interested in your professional accomplishments, but also your leadership and community achievements.”

Frequently Asked Interview Questions

Tell me about yourself?
Tell me about your greatest professional/Personal achievement/failure?

Why MBA? Why MBA?
Why Goizueta? 
What is your short-term goal after MBA or 5-year goal? What is your long-term goal?
How can you add value to our class? Why should we select you and not anyone else?
Do you have any questions for us/me?

Other areas touched upon are – Situational questions, Behavioral questions, Cross questions based on your answers

Interview Transcript - 1

I attended the Super Saturday event which was set up to help connect prospective students with current students as well as faculty. During the day, I blind-interviewed with an alum for 30 minutes. The questions were pretty standard and we had a nice conversation.

Questions asked:

  • Take me through your résumé and your career path to date.
  • Why are you looking for an MBA, what are your post-MBA goals, and why Goizueta?
  • How would groups that you have worked in describe you?
  • Tell me about your greatest accomplishment at work.
  • What would you contribute to the Goizueta Program?
  • Do you have any questions?

The only surprise was that there seemed to be less interest in my background and more focus on my goals and my specific interests and contribution to the program.

Interview Transcript - 2

Had a pretty straight forward interview with no surprise questions and it turned into a conversation. General questions were as follows:

  • How would your co-workers describe you with three character traits? The three traits caught me a little off guard but was able to put something together.
  • Why MBA, why now, why Goizueta?
  • Post MBA plan, and how will Goizueta help you achieve them?
  • Professional advice I’ve received.

We had a pretty good conversation about the leadership development program, class size, travel opportunities, etc.

Personally, I thought the the interview was extremely average — a little self conscious about some of my answers, but I heard on Thursday that I was admitted! Huge relief.


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Interview Transcript - 3

I attended Emory’s Super Saturday campus visit event, which was very well done as an opportunity to engage with students, professors and AdCom members. I greatly appreciated that AdCom members were friendly, which they haven’t always been at some other schools. After a lot of planned activities applicants who had scheduled an interview were led to the career services center. I met with an alum, as it seemed most everyone else did that day too.

The interview questions were quite traditional:

  • Walk me through your résumé.
  • Why do you want an MBA and why Goizueta?
  • What are your long term goals?
  • What will you contribute to the community?
  • Tell me about a time you failed at something and what you learned from it.
  • Do you have any questions?

The only surprise to me was that towards the end it really felt like a pretty frank conversation between us about how the school could help me achieve my goals, and how plausible my goals are, rather than a formal interview. He even gave constructive feedback. Overall I was left a felt a bit uncertain at the end especially since it was my first school interview, but I did get accepted so I guess I didn’t botch it.

My sense was that they’re really looking to fill their class with people bringing unique dynamics, and since it’s a particularly small program, they really hand pick them more than focus too much on candidate data points.

Interview Transcript - 4

  1. Introduce yourself
  2. Why did you leave your job in company X?
  3. Tell me how you went about getting a job in company Y.
  4. Tell me about your current project.
  5. Business School is a lot like this, you get to meet a lot of people and you need to start off as soon as you join. How do you react to such situation?
  6. Why MBA? Why now? What after MBA?
  7. What do you look in a school when you consider applying to it?
  8. One reason that we should not select you?
  9. What would you contribute to Goizueta community? Which clubs would interest you?
  10. What do you know about Atlanta?
  11. What would you describe are your greatest achievement to date?
  12. One word that your (a ) Boss (b) colleagues (c) extra-curricular group members (d) family and friends would use to describe you.
  13. Do you have any questions for us?

Frequently asked Situational and Behavioural interview questions

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Interview Transcript - 5

I had off-campus Emory goizueta business school interview with Emory Alumnus as I was an international applicant. The interviewer was very generous and offered me a cup of coffee. My interview lasted for 35 minutes. The questions asked by her were mostly standard:

  • Where are you working? What are your job responsibilities?
  • Tell me about a time when you dealt conflict with peer group or co-worker.
  • Tell me about your leadership experience.
  • If you don’t get into business school, what will you do?
  • What do you want to do after MBA?
  • What clubs will you join in Emory Goizueta.
  • How will you contribute to Emory society?

Interview Transcript - 6

My emory goizueta business school interview was in a large conference room at the admission office and was being conducted by a second year student. The interview was more of conversational and he made me feel very comfortable. It was 30 minutes of detailed discussion with the student. And my MBA interview preparation was good enough. He asked me following question:

  • Tell me you story beginning with college until now.
  • What did your company do?
  • How do you behave in a team where there is no official leader?
  • What is your biggest achievement?
  • What would your employers say about you?
  • Why Emory and what will you give back to Emory?
  • What are the core classes you would like to focus on while at Emory?
  • Do you have any questions for me?

Interview Transcript - 7

Just finished with my interview. Quite short, about 35 minutes. Neutral feelings about how it went. Trying desperately to stop the mental playback.

These were the questions I got asked:

Walk me through your resume, with emphasis on choice of degree and career transitions

Why MBA now?

Why Goizueta?

What companies are you targeting for your internship?

What in your opinion is important for teams to function at their best?

Describe a time when you effected change in your organization

Describe a time when you received constructive feedback from your superiors.

Are you open to working internationally?

If you could go back and change something about your career, would you?

She then asked me if I wanted to add anything. I touched upon my potential contributions to the school.

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