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HKUST MBA Interviews

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HKUST MBA Interviews

HKUST MBA interviews are mostly conversational. Interviews are mostly held on Skype but if the adcom is traveling and happens to be in your neighborhood, you might as well be called for an in-person interview. Use the interviews to show your interest in HKUST and also to gather information around the school. The adcom likes to gauge your interest in the school and this is one easy way to pull up your score.


  1. Tell me something about yourself?
  2. Walk me through your resume?
  3. Why MBA? Why HKUST school?
  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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HKUST MBA Interview Questions – 1

Interview debrief – R1 candidate (admitted)

My first interview was with a current student. It was a normal conversation. He asked about work profile. Reason to do MBA. Plans post MBA. Why HKUST and what do you intend to gain from the program. Just basic Q & A and you can use the opportunity to get answers to any queries that you may have. The interview lasted for ~25 mins.

The second interview was with two AdComs. Normal Q&A. Your professional journey so far, why MBA, why HUST, why Hong Kong, post-MBA plans. The interview lasted for ~20 mins.

Overall it was a pleasant experience. Be thorough with your past work ex and where you want to go post-HKUST and how HKUST will help you achieve your professional goals.

Since I am not from HK, I just had the option to pick up the skype interview dates. If you want to opt for a one-one interview, you can get in touch with the adCom.

Good luck with interviews and if there is anything you may need help with, do get in touch.

HKUST MBA Interview Questions – 2

I just finished my 2nd interview, with the Adcom. There were 2 members on the panel, but only one of them was asking all the questions. I don’t think it went very well as I was a little anxious. She started by asking about my interaction with the student a week back and asked about the things that we had discussed. Then she went on to ask the normal questions (Why HK, why HKUST, future goals). I was also asked 2 unexpected questions that had me stumped:

  1. Explain your role, past experience and work profile to an 8 year old.
  2. How would you describe a consulting profile/business to an 8 year old?

I don’t think I answered the 2nd question very well. They said they would get back with a decision in 3-4 weeks.

HKUST MBA Interview Questions – 3

I was interviewed by the current student recently (2/6/2017). I received the interview invite on 1/16/2017. My first interview (with Adcom members) happened on 1/26/2017.

The Part A (with the student) interview happened in a very relaxed environment. The questions were mainly about my work experience, and how my past experiences would align with the post-MBA goals. The student who interviewed me was very cordial. The whole interview was conversational, and we spoke about our lives and work. The first interview (Part B) was conducted by adcom members. The questions were mainly traditional (Why MBA, Why HKUST, TMAY, Cultural Diversity, etc.).

So with this, I have taken both my interviews, and my experience so far has been brilliant. The way HKUST has handled the process has been professional. Everything happened in a time bound fashion. The way a college goes about its business, too, has its impact on the decision an applicant eventually takes. In my case, experience has been really good.

Wish everyone all the luck (we all need tons of it )!

HKUST MBA Interview Questions – 4

Nov-2018 – “Two members from HKUST interviewed me, one from AdCom and the other was a current full-time MBA student.

The interview started with them asking you to introduce yourself and why you want to pursue an MBA in HK. Next, they asked if there were specific companies or industries you wanted to work after your MBA. It ended with me asking them a couple of questions related to securing an internship and if there were challenges to job hunting.

Overall, it was a very straight forward and relaxed conversation. As long as you’ve thought through your goals and motivations in pursuing an MBA and can articulate it well then there should be no problems.

It was just one round of interview for me and the interview lasted about 30 minutes.”

HKUST MBA Interview Questions – 5

Skype Interviewed on: Feb 15 2019 Final Decision: Admitted

“The interview was quite smooth and interactive.

  1. introduce yourself including walk through your resume
  2. Why MBA? why now ? Why HKU?
  3. How you increased market share ?
  4. Who others are competitors in my industry?
  5. Indian economy present status.
  6. What my fellow mates can learn from me?
  7. Questions for adcom.”

HKUST MBA Interview Questions – 6

Skype Interviewed on: Jan 23 2019 Final Decision: Admitted

“I was invited for a skype interview on 23rd January. Interview started on time and went on for 30 mins. There was only one interviewer named Sachin who was friendly. He asked me a few generic and profile related questions. Specific questions asked were:

  1. Walk me through your resume.
  2. What does your company do?
  3. How does it work, selling jewelry online, isn’t it a little far fetched? (my company sells precious jewelry online)
  4. How does it promote itself?
  5. What do you think of Ecommerce market in India, how do you think they can move pass the obstacles?
  6. Name a couple of ecommerce companies that you think have done well in Asia.
  7. What motivates you?
  8. How would you define your personality?
  9. What do you like to do aside work?
  10. Why Aisa and why HKU?
  11. Do you have any questions for me?

Do a little research on your industry and be updated. Be confident and you are good to go. :)”

HKUST MBA Interview Questions – 7

You would have two interviews – one will be taken by a current student or an alum and the second one will be conducted directly by the Admissions Team at HKUST. Both interviews follow similar patterns – they are conversation based and questions are asked to better understand your communication style, leadership style(s) and most importantly your reasons for choosing Hong Kong as a destination and HKUST as a school.

HKUST MBA Interview Questions – 8

1st Interview: My interview today went horribly. The interviewer was not only egoistic but also racist (both I and him are Indians). The whole point of this conversation he told me at the start of the interview was to gauge me as a potential classmate. Unfortunately, he completely forgot that I would also be doing the same. Sample this: the interview scheduled for 2.30 pm started at 2.45 without much ado from his side, he stopped the interview in between to take a personal call, and I kid you not send a chat reply. Throughout the interview, his intention was only somehow to show the flaw in my reasoning and thinking. If you think his intention was to grill me, then that was also not the case because, after my response, he would give his views and move on to the next question without allowing me to revert. He was extremely condescending about the companies I have worked in as he had no idea about their workings. When I explained about the niche products these companies had developed and their revenues streams, his response was “huh..ok”. I am not kidding; this was happening in my MBA interview, I simply could not believe it and was left flabbergasted. I somehow kept my composure and at the end came the time for me to ask questions. I asked him about his experience so far at hkust, and he answered this query for a total of 12 mins without giving me the chance to intervene. These 12 mins covered such unnecessary sub-topics as how people in his old company could not believe that he went for an MBA because he was earning big time. Also included were topics like how European students enjoy their weekends partying and he did not approve their behaviour. Also, his feeling about the Indian batchmates was that he just could not believe that those people were Indians because of their behaviour and so on. At this point, if you are thinking huh??, then just imagine my state of mind when I was going through one of the most important interviews of my life. To keep this message short, I am going to skip talking about his opinions on my goals and the FT ranking of HKUST!

The interview went on for 47 mins, and at the end of it, I was left thinking whether I should just withdraw my application before the next interview on the 6th of Feb. I am not exaggerating; it was a horrendous experience. The interviewer is the vice president of a prestigious club at HKUST, and if he represents the students there, I am wondering if I should even consider joining such an institution.

Do not get me wrong. I am no superstar candidate who the colleges are lining up to take in and in fact, have no offer on my plate currently, but still I am seriously considering withdrawing my application. It pains that this stupidity had to happen at such an important institution as HKUST.

2nd Interview: Just had my 2nd interview an hour ago. Contrary to my interview with a current student, this interview with 2 ad-com members went very well.

It was a friendly but very thorough interview that lasted for half an hour and more than made up for my bad experience in the first interview.

In addition to the standard MBA interview questions, an unusual and unexpected question asked was: “Describe the product that you conceptualised and your role in the start-up to an eight-year-old. ” The question had me stumped, and I made two attempts to ans the question. My first attempt was the usual description of my role, and all of us knew that I had not answered their question correctly.

At this point, we had a big laugh, and I asked them to give me another opportunity to ans the same, and they did. The interviewer’s response at this moment is why I say it was a good interview because they could have very easily given me a bad feedback for this ans and gone ahead or grilled me for my fallacy. Instead, they gave me a chance to make amends.

At the end of the interview, I had to tell them that I have an offer from NUS and have to accept it by the 15th. So, I requested them to kindly let me know the result of my application by then. The panel told me that they are interviewing a lot of candidates during this period, but they will update the ad-com of my situation.

Overall, to all prospective candidates (some of whom have pinged me and were concerned about their interviews because of my bad experience in the 1st interview) – Do not worry and just go into the interview with an open mind and put in your best effort. Everyone’s experience is different; this two-round interview process is considerably fair and gives us an opportunity to come back if things do not go according to our plans.

Best of luck, do well!

I had my first interview with a current student on Saturday and the second interview with two ad-com members yesterday. My experience of both these interviews was positive. I had met this current student before the interview, during a coffee chat in Mumbai and I found him to be very friendly and helpful. Both the ad-com members were also very pleasant to talk to.

While in the first interview I was asked typical MBA interview questions, the second interview had some variation. I was asked to explain what I do, at the leadership magazine I work for, to an eight year old. I was also asked for my response to a hypothetical situation of conflict between two of my team-mates. At the end of the interview, I was told that they will get back to me with a decision in two weeks.

Wish you all, the very best with your applications.

HKUST MBA Interview Questions – 9

On-campus Interview Date: October 24, 2019

The interviewer was quite kind, and we spent a lot of time discussing my credentials. What did you do, how did you get engaged, and why did you do it were typical queries for any given issue.

Justify the relevance of your field and present position.

After I wrote about a setback in my article, he questioned me on my assessment of that failure.

He had me rate myself in three (I forget which) categories.

The Problems I’m Currently Facing at Work

The trait I wrote about in my essay that didn’t fit in with my management style prompted his inquiry.

Where did I get my HKUST knowledge? The source of my knowledge is. When would I see success? In what ways would I be tested?

I was interviewed, and he questioned a pastime I listed on my resume.

A query I had hoped he would have posed.

The total duration of the interview, including time for me to ask questions, was around 50 minutes. The interviewer only probed for depth with follow-up questions after the three aforementioned behavioural inquiries.


HKUST MBA Interview Questions – 10

Adcom Off Campus

Date of Interview: 2/8/2019 

The interview consisted of a casual discussion. The bulk of the questions focused on my professional experience and goals in pursuing an MBA.

One) Why would someone want to major in actuarial science? (Actuarial science was my major in college.)

1) Why Get an MBA? So why now? 

2) How come you choose HKUST? Why Would a Canadian Want to Attend University in Hong Kong?

3) What did your referee tell us about you, in your opinion?

4) What is the current situation of the Canadian economy? (This is a common interview question, so it’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with the state of the economy in your country before you go in for the interview.)

5) What have you taught your coworkers?

6. AdCom Questions

Advice: The pace of the interview was really quick. So, be honest and add evidence once you’ve answered the questions.

Maintain your composure and deliver replies (even when you’re nervous) that demonstrate your many strengths.

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