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IESE MBA Interviews

Interview Questions collected from Past clients

IESE Spain MBA Interviews

Besides the good old recipe for success of great GMAT + fantastic GPA at a great school + strong work experience, IESE is building a name for itself in the area of Entrepreneurship. So it is a particularly good destination for candidates who either come from or intend to go into entrepreneurship (family business counts too!).

Also, given that the school is an initiative of the Catholic Church’s Opus Dei, it should come as no surprise that IESE considers ethics to be a fundamental part of the business school studies and experience. So if you can work that into your overall profile in some way, that’s gonna help you show your fit with IESE in a very strong (and organic!) way.

IESE also likes students who are well-rounded, who have lives and interests that extend beyond their work experience. What instruments can you play? Were you ever a pro sports player? Show a bit of general culture and diversity and it can go a long way.

Leadership, and especially international leadership is also highly regarded, although not a necessary prerequisite like it might be at schools like INSEAD, LBS, etc.

IESE in general has 1 interview which lasts for an hour but sometimes it invites candidates to the Assessment Day in Spain or Singapore. Assessment Day is a day long event where the candidate is given 3-4 minutes to introduce him/herself and then is required to work with a team of 6-8 other candidates on a case, the solution of which is required to be presented in the end by the team.

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

Like most Business schools, the Duke 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.

IESE MBA Frequently Asked Interview Questions

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

The interview lasted for an hour. Questions were asked from all my spheres of life and general awareness about world economy, globalization and work experience. The interviewer really made me feel comfortable, which made the environment of the interview relaxed. It’s important to be relaxed during an interview. They just want to know more about you as a person and your thoughts behind doing MBA and its fit with your long-term goals of career.

  • Tell about experience to date?
  • Why MBA? Why now?
  • Why IESE?
  • At work, most interesting project?
  • How do I compare NYC, LA, and Chicago (since I’ve worked in all)?
  • What interests me outside of work?
  • How am I funding my MBA?
  • Am I applying to other schools?
  • She asked about some courses in college which were weaker.
  • She asked what podcasts I like to listen to? Since I mentioned podcasts in an essay
IESE MBA Interview Questions – 2

It is quite formal. I got the interview with Patrik Wallen in his office. The interview was supposed to last 60 minutes but I stayed for 90 minutes. He had my complete application file (resume, essays, etc…) with him.

First, we introduced each other and then we talked about my education, my profesionnal career, my current job and why I wanted to do an MBA at IESE (my motivation, my goals, why IESE,…). Try to prepare this part to the perfection because I think that this question will arise with every interviewer. You have to convince him that you are the right person for that.
Then he wanted to know how I react to different situation such as a conflict with my boss or a college/a problem in my current job/…This part is a little bit tricky as it is not very easy to be prepared. IESE has a strong human approach that you won’t find in other schools so I suggest to consider the “human” factor in your answers.
Finally, at the end of the interview, make sure to have some questions to ask. It will be very weird if you have nothing to ask.
In conclusion, my advices are :
1) Be prepared to talk about yourself (education, career, etc…);
2) Be sure to know why you want to come to IESE and not to the another business schools;
3) Stay relax and be yourself 🙂 it sounds a little cheesy but I think that is really important  😀

For the AD, it is quite formal as well.
First, you have to do a brief presentation of yourself in 2-3 minutes and explain an unique thing about you.
Then, you’ll be working on a case study in a group of 6-8 people. At the end, you have to do a presentation of your work with your group. There is no “right” answer to the case study, whatever the path that your group might choose, be convincing!!!
My best advice for the AD is to stay focus all day even though it is long and exhausting. The Adcom members will observe the students all day so try to give a good impression. Be open and don’t be shy.

Good luck everyone

IESE MBA Interview Questions – 3

I just had my interview last wednesday, and the questions were pretty much the same as what you would google (IESE personal interview questions)

Really revolves around this:

Describe your childhood until the beginning of university. What was your greatest achievement during this time?

Why did you choose your university?

Describe your undergraduate experience

Describe your employment history

Why an MBA? Why now?

Why IESE?

What other schools have you applied to?

What are your short-term and long-term career goals?

Name three firms you’d like to work for after the MBA.

Have you visited the campus? Have you spoken with any alumni?

Describe a situation where you used your network to achieve something.

Is there anything else you’d like the Adcom to know about you?

also, What value can you bring to the school?

and, since you’ll be with teams throughout your first year stay, what role do you see yourself playing in the team?

My interview was through a videocall and it was a very very light and casual conversation.

Just be yourself during the interview. Im sure they can tell whether or not you really want to be admitted into the school or not

PS, just got invited to the AD in singapore on the 29th of Nov. Who’ll be there?

IESE MBA Interview Questions – 4

Interviewer: Itziar De Ros

Location: NYC

Time: 4pm

I was schedule for 4pm with Jessica Smith but perhaps due to changes in schedules/availability Itziar-admissions director- interviewed me. (be prepared for such things in case you research on your interviewer beforehand and someone else shows up)

She introduced herself, gave a brief background and opened up the interview:

– Tell me about yourself

– Walk me through your choice of school, career path and experience

– Why MBA

– Why IESE

– How are you planning to achieve your short-term long term goal?

– what other schools have you applied to?

– Leadership situation

– manage conflict situation

– deliver bad news situation

– how do you plan to finance your education

– What do you like to do outside work/hobbies etc.

Although these look less number of questions but there were continual follow-ups throughout.

I did not experience anything unexpected except the way the questions were structured sometimes could be tricky and not straightforward as “tell me about yourself” etc. So I strongly advice all of you to direct your interviewer to the questions you want to be asked and lead the conversation. (start off with whatever being asked but end with something that naturally prompts the interviewer for the next question)

Overall, I think it went OK for me. I did not get a good read of the interviewer. I didn’t connect with her completely nor was she disengaged. I would rate my performance as mediocre since I stumbled through a couple of follow up questions.

Regardless, looking forward to the assessment day!

IESE MBA Interview Questions – 5

1.tell me about your childhood & who influences you a lot?

2.why did you choose your major in university?

3.what kind of activity or club you join after work?

4.biggest challenge

5.leadership experience

6.use 4 words to describe yourself

7.teamwork experience

8.use 1 min to introduce yourself to the adcom

9.talk about your cross cultural experience

10.your biggest weakness that you can never win others

11.why MBA / why now / why IESE

12.how do you finance yourself

13.long term & short term goal

14.Name 3 companies you want to work after MBA

15.What if you are not admitted?

16.how do you define success?

17.What do you believe in your life?

18.Any questions?

I’m in Korea to do F2F and just finish it. Hope someone will fly to Singapore

as well and we can have a meet. My adcom is Dongmei Song. I haven’t received the assessment day email.

Clients Testimonials

IESE MBA Interview Questions – 6

Off Campus, with Former Students. Date of interview: January 30th, 2023. The Ultimate Decision: Interviewed

“I had my interview with the former members of the group. It was in the form of a dialogue. The individual had obviously gone through my entire application quite carefully, as I was prompted with questions on practically every single part that I had filled out.

1. Please tell me about your background.

2. Why an MBA now, and why IESE specifically?

3. Which factors do you consider when selecting a business school, and how did you weigh those factors?

4. Experience in a leadership role, along with certain behaviors regarding it.

5. Current job positions & duties.

6. I’d like to hear some more detailed questions concerning the extracurricular activities I stated earlier.

7. What is the process of working in a group, and what are some examples of this?

8. Why are schools in Europe and not in the United States or any other region?

The duration was approximately one hour in total. Very satisfying in every way.


IESE MBA Interview Questions – 7

Interview Conducted Online on November 18th, 2022 Admission Granted as a Final Decision
“Because the admissions director had reviewed every part of my application, there were no standard questions.”

1. Tell me about your passion?
2. Why did you choose your undergraduate degree? Why Choose IESE?
3. How are you going to explain to other automotive engineers what it is that you do for a living?
4. Could you tell me about the research paper that you turned in when you were an undergraduate? Which issue was resolved as a result?
5. Goals for the short term and the long term, as well as follow-up questions on those topics, including inquiries about the sector, function, geographic area, target companies, and specific visa requirements.
6. What IESE?
7. In addition to these schools, can you please explain why you chose those schools?
8. What are my hobbies, and do I still play tennis? 

I wrote a thank-you note to both of the people who interviewed me following the interview.

IESE MBA Interview Questions – 8


Interview Conducted Online on November 4th, 2022 Admission Granted as a Final Decision

The interview lasted approximately half an hour and was more of a conversation than anything else. The following is a selection of the questions:

1. Please tell me about your background.
2. What aspects of the world of startups appeal to you the most?
3. What was the most important thing you learned from your first job?
4. What was the most difficult task you had to complete during your first job?
5. How would you describe your approach to leadership?
6. Please tell me about a time when you had a disagreement with someone else and how you chose to handle the situation.
7. Tell me about a moment you can’t meet your deliverable. What actions did you take in response to it?
8. Considering the level of difficulty in the class, how well do you handle pressure?
9. Have you applied to any other schools except this one? and what makes IESE stand out from the rest?
10. Why an MBA at this time?
11. What are the most important criteria that you considered when selecting the schools for your final list?

IESE MBA Interview Questions – 9


Away from the Campus with Advisory committee. Date of interview: October 6, 2022 The Ultimate Choice: Admitted

“My interview experience was also extremely conversational, which was quite similar to the experiences of many other candidates who shared their debriefs. The interviewer began by providing an overview of what to expect during the course of the conversation, and then he moved on to asking questions that were extremely personalized to my professional and academic experiences, focusing mostly on the significant choices I had to make at both my workplace and my school. Because he had already gone through all of my application documents in great detail, the only question he had for me was concerning something that was not addressed in those materials.

– You have thirty seconds to tell me about yourself.

-What was it that made you want to get up so early in the morning to go swimming practice?

– What got you started playing volleyball in the first place?

Do you think that playing volleyball helps you become more outgoing as a person?

– Why did you choose to switch companies while you were contemplating enrolling in an MBA program (my present position is barely a year old at this point)?

-In terms of your post-MBA career ambition, how will it be different from the work that you have been performing in the past, in addition to the change in location?

What kind of software-based technology companies are you interested in working for in the future?

– Why did you decide to do your exchange program in Finland, and did you find that there was any kind of cultural shock?

-How do you handle a challenging coworker at work? (He asked me to give an example that was not included in my essay.)

Are there any other factors that contributed to your decision to attend IESE in addition to those that were discussed in the essay?

-What made you desire to participate in the exchange program at NUS? (in his opinion, it does not occur all that frequently)

Have you submitted your application to any other programs? How far along are you in the application process, and what do you believe the main difference to be between IESE and INSEAD?

If you aren’t awarded a scholarship, how do you intend to pay for your Master of Business Administration degree?

IESE MBA Interview Questions – 10


Interview Conducted Online on October 5, 2022 Determination of Admission Granted

“There was a lot of back and forth during the interview, and some of the questions were tailored specifically to my application.” It lasted for approximately an hour all together.

1. As someone who is highly sensitive, what are some of the positive qualities that you bring to the group that you work with?

2. What made you decide to work for the particular company that you do?

3. Please elaborate on your time spent earning your undergraduate degree; in what ways did you develop personally?

4. What characteristics of people make it challenging for you to collaborate with them?

5. Who or what in your life taught you the importance of having compassion for others?

6. What is the IESE?

7. What makes you interested in finding work in Europe?

8. Do you have a contingency plan in place?

9. If you get an MBA, how will you pay for it?

10. Have you applied to any other schools except this one? How did you decide which ones to use?

11. The second year of college is often easier in terms of the amount of work that is required. How do you plan to organize your second academic year?

12. Is there anything more you were hoping I would ask? I’ve already talked about what I can bring to the learning team and how I can contribute at IESE.

13. Any questions for me?

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