IE Spain MBA Interview
Frequently Asked Interview Questions
Tell me about yourself?
Tell me about your greatest professional/Personal achievement?
Tell me about a time when you failed?
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 – Leadership, Situational questions, Behavioral questions, Cross questions based on your answers
Interview Transcript - 1
It was taken by an Admission committee member. She was friendly and understanding, in short, it was a pleasure to talk.
- Walk me through your resume.
- If you can go back in time and change one thing, what would it be?
- Some question about my current job
- Elevator-pitch to Donald Trump
- current events and its impact on the world.
- how was moving to Estonia from India? will there be similar challenges to move to Spain?
- If you leave everything now and start a business what would it be, what will be investment and business plan
- How many beer bottles will there be in your city on a Friday-evening?
- 20 years from now there is an article on you in a magazine. what will be the title and why?
- what will your friend say about you?
- what will someone who don’t like you say?
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I had my interview last week and it was very pleasant. I am from Germany and had no choice to do an interview on campus; therefore got an skype interview.
– Walk me through your CV and start with the first post graduate work experience
– What do you do at your current job?
– Why MBA?
– Some specific questions on my CV in terms of living abroad
– Question ie should have asked and I put in the application
– What country i would choise to travel and why?
– Situation: 6 person on a team, deadline for an assingment tomorrow morning, 3 agree with a approach to finish the assignment, 3 disagree, you are not able to catch the 3 people who disagree. What do you do?
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I got admitted in IE Business School last year. My interview was taken by the alumni of IE Business School. She was very friendly and it continued for about 40-45 minutes. I should say it was more than interview a conversation or general discussion in between us. Before the interview, there was a class and campus tour I was able to participate in. The students were extremely friendly (something IE Business School takes pride in because of the close knit community). I recommend doing some activities beforehand because it will help you during the interview.
IE Business School Interview questions asked by the IE admission Committee during the interview:
- Walk me through your resume.
- What is your Plan B if you are not selected for IE Business School?
- If I called up your supervisor, what would he say are your strengths and weaknesses?
- What do you think is the weakest part of your application? I guess this is not similar to a generic weakness question but weakness from the application perspective.
- What is it about your job that brings you stress?
- How did you choose your recommenders?
- Do you have any question for me?
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The application process was pretty straightforward. IE allows a lot of freedom with the essays.
They can be submitted through video, pictures, etc. All of mine were written though.
As for the interview, I only had one interview. I was very relaxed and around 40 minutes.
They asked about my CV, achievement, short and long terms goals, etc. Other than that
a couple of questions of any social work and projects. The most “out of the ordinary” question
was “what city would you say represents you and why?”.
If you have any follow-up question, feel free to get in touch.
All the best.
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My MBA personal interview was very conversational and the adcom who conducted my interview made me feel very relaxed and comfortable. For your MBA interview preparation you may refer below mnetioned IE b-school interview questions.
Below are some IE Business School interview questions asked me during my MBA personal interview:
- Tell me something about yourself which is not covered in your resume.
- What barriers will you face in switching careers? How do you plan to address them?
- Tell me more about your career goal, what made you decide to pursue it?
- What will be your biggest contribution to IE Business School community?
- IE Business School values leadership. Tell me about your leadership style. Mention an example where you displayed leadership?
- Any question for me?
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Interview was okay. My interview was with the Admissions Director for my country and we had communicated extensively before the interview through email so I had a fair idea of her personality.
It was primarily general questions Why MBA, why now, future goals, why Europe and why IE. I believe I had very convincing answers and did a very thorough job of convincing her that I’d done my research about IE.
My tips would be to make sure you have done your research about the program, spend at least 2 days going through the IE website. Find something to talk about from the website about the school/program that appeals to you particularly. Ideally it should be something relatively obscure that even the person interviewing you wouldn’t readily know that it exists on the school website.
Additionally, be honest if you are applying to other schools (and you should be). Provide a good reason why you are applying to the other school(s) and how it has/or is stronger in something that IE isn’t and why it appeals to you.
This makes you come across as a serious candidate who has done his/her research and knowing that you are also exploring other options, also puts a gentle pressure on the adcom to accept you in the program.
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I had a couple of STAR format questions but most of them focussed on my experiences and personality, which was refreshing. The interview itself was conversational and the Admissions Director is a very pleasant person to interview with. FIT was definitely the focus of the interview and it went pretty well I thought. IMBA program brochure was very helpful – I’m yet to see a brochure with so much info from any other schools.
I was also asked what other programs I applied to and which one I would choose if given admit in both! a lil awkward but I tried to give an honest answer.
I think IE is a very proactive and dynamic school and they are trying to do a lot of things! Hope to hear some good news soon!
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Thanks! As for the interview, it was with the Admissions Director out of the Toronto office that I had already been in contact with prior to submitting. There was also an IE event the day before where a visiting professor came to teach a class so I had a chance to meet her there in person. Some tips — be prepared for “traditional” interview questions in addition to “MBA” questions. I got some of the tried and true questions like “What has your biggest challenge been in your career?” “What would you say your strengths are?” etc. I had prepared mostly for “MBA” interview questions so these were a bit of a surprise for me. Also, they seem to be much more focused on fit than on your background. Make sure you can explain exactly what it is about IE that attracted you to it and take some time to go over the program structure in detail. Go over the website thoroughly and pick out a few things that interest you so you can mention them in the interview. I got an obvious response when I pointed out specifics in the program.
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I will be attending the September 2015 IMBA intake my self so I’ll see you there.
For those waiting for the interview result, I got mine in around a week but I’ve seen others wait for two or three weeks. I would be patient and I’m sure you did fine.
In my case it was a face to face meeting and the person interviewing me had completely different questions to what you would expect. He was very focused on the business side of my work experience. So be sure you know your numbers. Other than that relax and use the experience to learn. I asked a lot about IE and the program and I got honest answers. That cemented my love for the school and program.
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The first interview was via Skype with the Los Angeles office (I’m from the Western US) and was very straightforward. Questions like tell me about yourself were followed by a walkthrough of my resume. We had a brief talk about why IE, why now, and my career goals. The interviewer was very personable and easy to talk to. This interview was conversational in nature and flew by.
The second interview was via Skype with an admissions officer located on-campus in Madrid. This interview was more strenuous. He wanted some more info regarding my education and a small gap I have between my AA and BA degrees. He also dug deeper into my work experience and wanted a rundown of day-to-day duties I fulfill. He gave me a case to work out that involved production capabilities and demand and asked me to provide a recommendation for the fake client. We finished with him asking me how many wheels were at the local airport.
From what I’ve been told, the second interview was necessary due to my limited work experience. Both interviewers gave me very positive feedback during the interviews and I felt like they both went well, even the more strenuous second one. I think my work experience gives me a tough road to climb for an admit, but I’m looking forward to hearing from them with a decision.