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LBS MBA Interviews

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London Business School MBA Interviews

LBS does the interview slightly differently to most other schools. Everyone at LBS is interviewed by an Alumni – secondly those alumni are ‘paired’ to you, meaning they will try to find one that has a similar background or interests or work experience, and is potentially working in your target exit industry.

This therefore takes a bit of time as they need to ‘profile’ you – then identify an alumni that meets some of your profile – before reaching out to them to confirm they can undertake the interview within the next couple of weeks.

This obviously gives you the best possible opportunity to make an impression as you don’t get landed with someone who doesn’t understand where you came from or where you want to go. It also gives you a great opportunity to really get under the skin of what the school is like from someone in your shoes potentially only a few years before.

So it can seem quite slow but i thoroughly enjoyed my interview – even the dreaded presentation which my interview decided to try and grill me on (but in a nice way)!

It is important to remember that your interviewer, an alumnus, will have read your application file. London Business School relies on its alumni to do a thorough job vetting applicants.  Based on numerous reports I have read from my own clients, this interview, while it can often be very friendly, is not to be taken lightly.  A bad interview (as reported by the applicant soon after the interview)  is, at least from what I can observe, a really good indicator of rejection.  While good interviews (again as reported by the applicant immediately after the interview) can surely result in waiting list, at least amongst my own clients, such interviews typically result in admission.

It is especially important that applicants be prepared to explain why LBS is their top choice and to demonstrate some knowledge about the program.   As should have been clear from preparing your essays, LBS expects applicants to be very well informed about the program.  If you have not visited and/or talked with current students, and/or alumni I would highly recommend doing so.

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

Like most Business schools, the LBS 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.

LBS MBA Frequently Asked Interview Questions

  1. Tell me something about yourself?
  2. Walk me through your resume?
  3. Why MBA? Why LBS 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?
  • on part a bit challenging but I know someone working in consulting would find it very straightforward.

I guess LBS interview isn’t blind because the moment we sat down, interviewer commented that he liked my application. In all, the conversation was smooth and delightful.

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LBS MBA Interview Questions – 1

LBS is my second interview this year. The interviewer is an asset manager at Beijing.

  • One minute self-introduction.
  • About my first start-up experience. Asked in detail how I managed to convince people to join our start-up.
  • About my second start-up experience. Asked about my roles and responsibilities.
  • About my current job: The company’s business and my roles.
  • The three Whys: Why MBA/ Why now/ Why LBS
  • Questioned closely about how my current work experience relates to my investor relationship management goals.
  • Extracurricular activities that I plan to attend in LBS.
  • 5-minute presentation: I found the presentation part a bit challenging but I know someone working in consulting would find it very straightforward.

I guess LBS interview isn’t blind because the moment we sat down, interviewer commented that he liked my application. In all, the conversation was smooth and delightful.

LBS MBA Interview Questions – 2

Well, just had my interview. In the end I couldn’t really gauge how well it went but I think more on the positive side.

All-in-all it was very conversational. First question was the classic “tell me about yourself?” which I probably spent too long on but at least tried to stick some motivations in there in terms of wanting an international career and wanting to go into consulting.

Other questions:

  1. What words would your friends/ colleagues use to describe you
  2. It doesn’t look like you’re really changing industries in the end, why do you need an mba?
  3. Where do you want to work when you finish, why? (commented about how it’s more difficult to find a spot in London and should be open to other cities)
  4. What things would you contribute to your study group and what would you hope to get out of it?
  5. Tell me about a time you failed?
  6. How is your team structured?
  7. Tell me about the average day in your job ?
  8. Tell me about the biggest threats and opportunities you see to the industry?
  9. Do you have any management experience?
  10. Tell me about your experience with different cultures approaching things differently?
  11. What are some of these things you need to develop / you think you would struggle with during the MBA?
  12. Tell me about a weakness of yours?

In the middle we had the case/presentation which was quite easy – I think they just want to check how you think when approached with an ambiguous problem.

She offered a lot of information about financing, the culture of LBS, the career center and moving into the consulting industry. She also offered advice on which school to chose (if not LBS) from the other ones I applied for, that kind of concerned me.

She didn’t really ask “Why LBS” so I had to fit it into my answers. I then had about 10 minutes to ask questions. The whole interview took a little over 90 minutes. Now all I can do is wait till November to see the results! Good luck to everyone.

LBS MBA Interview Questions – 3

Interview went well (I think). Was a positive experience, the almunus was professional and asked some difficult questions about my experience and related goals.

The major questions were the general ones that you would expect with some pre-discussion about resume and background:

1)Filled gaps about resume/essays and extensively went through experience and achievements (this was fairly difficult and I recommend that you know your achievements inside and out and be prepared to explain thoroughly).

2)Why MBA

3)Why now

4)Why LBS – Be prepared to have a very solid understanding and reasoning to behind why LBS and how it differentiates from other MBA programs. I found myself defending my reasoning quite a lot, and doing extensive research prior to the interview helped with this tremendously. Link the reasoning to your goals and your prior experience and how it directly correlates.

5)I’m concentraing on entrepreneurship and there was frequent discussion/questioning about why I’d want a MBA and why not go down the path without one if I could seek VC now.

There weren’t any other formal questions directly asked in any sequence following these above, however there were more ‘soft’ questions throughout our conversation in between those major questions above.

LBS MBA Interview Questions – 4

Had my interview this past Sunday with a class of ’11 alum currently working in PE. Below is a debrief:

– Interview was held at his office and lasted about 1.5 hrs
– Started with his background, career progression and his reasons for starting an MBA
– He was very honest about what he liked and disliked about his experience which I appreciated. He did very a good job of selling the school
– Standard questions were asked (why MBA, LBS and now etc.). He did drill down on a few of my answers which I enjoyed discussing
– Presentation was on incentivizing employees of a start up (aligned with my career and post MBA plans)
– Ended with my questions about his time at LBS, his career and hobbies
– There were a couple others working in the office and he went out of his way to introduce me to his boss who was also an LBS alum, which I appreciated

Overall I thought it went quite well. No real hiccups or really tough questions. Probably wasn’t as polished on the presentation as I could have been but no huge red flags. Fingers crossed. Good luck everyone on their interviews![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

LBS MBA Interview Questions – 5

Hi I had my interview yesterday.. The interview was very conversational. Most of the questions were based on my resume.

  1. Why MBA
  2. Why LBS
  3. Why not Insead
  4. Why Not US B schools
  5. Leadership experience
  6. how would your friend describe you
  7. Strength
  8. International experience
  9. Questions about my work – like how does the organization work – what exactly they do etc

Pretty peaceful. Only bad thing was that I was not prepared for it.. In hindsight, I could have done better.

LBS MBA Interview Questions – 6

Had my interview some few days ago.

It was definitely the most exhaustive MBA interview I’ve had by far. My interviewer had all of my information, specific things that LBS had requested he should find out, and he even knew to which schools I had applied!! (I guess they get this information from the GMAT report)

Overall it was a very complete and exhaustive conversation, where I felt I was permanently pushed to see whether I’d fit at LBS (I definitely think I do). The case was simple, nothing to worry about (Can’t share the contents of it)

I would recommend for everyone to be really prepared for this interview. Have a clear story, career path, electives you want to do, LBS activities on which you want to participate, etc

Clients Testimonials

LBS MBA Interview Questions – 7

Off Campus, with Former Students Interview Date: April 21st, 2020 Final Decision: Admitted

Interviewed for the full-time MBA program  at LBS with an LBS alumnus who was serving as the interviewer. In total, the duration of the interview was approximately 75 minutes. The interviewer briefed me at the beginning on the structure of the interview and allotted approximately fifteen to twenty minutes at the end for me to ask questions.

I would say that the questions were quite normal across the board; we went over my history and each of my positions, and I was asked to elaborate on a couple projects in particular. The interviewer had a number of questions on personalities linked to that topic because they were interested in understanding my leadership style as well as how I deal with difficult situations and surroundings that include teams. In addition, they are very interested in learning about your career aspirations and the reasons why you think LBS will be the best program for you. They will ask you why you are interested in LBS and what other activities you want to participate in while you are enrolled in the program me.

In the middle of everything, we had the case project. This is a straightforward business-related question that is intended to learn more about your analytical and communicative abilities than anything else. I had five minutes to prepare my argument, and then I had another five minutes to convey it. If you have previous experience working in consulting or interviewing for consulting positions, I don’t think you’ll find this to be too challenging. In the event that you have not done so, on the other hand, I would suggest that you do some preparation on how to arrange the case, as this is significantly more important than the actual answer.

Following the discussion of the case, we went right back into the interview with a few additional questions pertaining to my professional aspirations and hobbies. It was obvious that the person conducting the interview had reviewed my application in advance, including my career aspirations and credentials, as we discussed it in some detail during the interview.

As was stated earlier, the door was left ajar for questions at the end. I believe I questioned the interviewer about their experience at LBS around six times, and each time we went into some depth answering those questions.

The majority of the questions asked during the interview are ones that you are likely to be prepared for, and the interviewer will have the opportunity to ask follow-up questions regarding various motivations and other topics. Because of the case, which takes a total of roughly 10 to 15 minutes to complete (including preparation, instructions, and presentation), the interview is a little longer than most other MBA interviews; in fact, it can take as long as two hours for some candidates. However, if you are familiar with your background, the institution you plan to attend, and the reasons why an MBA will assist you in reaching your goals, I have no doubt that you will do well.

LBS MBA Interview Questions – 8

Off Campus, with Former Students ,the interview took place on March 3, 2020. The Ultimate Decision: Interviewed
“”Location and time: At the interviewer’s office, and it lasted around two hours (1.30 hours for the questions and case from the interviewer’s side, and the rest for my questions)””
The interview: It was quite like a chat; the interviewer informed me that he had been in my shoes before, so he attempted to make me relax before he started the interview by allowing me to ask questions about his job and previous experience. 
The following is a list of all the questions that I can recall at the moment.
 
1. Please tell me about your background.
2. Follow up questioning on my favorite achievements.
3. If I managed to be enrolled into the LBS, for which classes or courses would I be responsible for leading the study group?
4. Please tell me about your experience working in other countries, and which of the European and Asian continents do you find more appealing to collaborate with?
5. How should you interact with members of your team who do not contribute in any way?
6. a list of three strengths and shortcomings
7. Do you have any present ideas for my company?
8. Some inquiries concerning my interests in my application materials. (Referring to AI)
 
The scenario: The interviewer chose a topic that is pertinent to both my prior professional experience and my work while completing my MBA. I felt a deep sense of gratitude for what he had done. However, I was instructed to keep the question to myself and not discuss it with anybody else. I would argue that the school is interested in evaluating how logically you present your solution to them.
 
The video assessment: Everyone got 2 questions. The answer to the first question will always be provided in advance, while the answer to the second question will be chosen at random. Regarding the study group, I posed the query that I had. You should be aware of your speaking speed in order to provide the most effective delivery, and you should then prepare the answer with the right word count according to your speed.
 
My two cents: Before the interview as well as the video assessment, you should prepare answers to the maximum number of questions that are likely to be asked and then practice those answers the maximum number of times that you can. More importantly, your answers should be applicable to more than one question whenever possible. This will help you save a significant amount of time preparing for the interview. For instance, the response to the question “”Tell me about your rewarding experience”” could also be the response to the question “”Tell me about the time you contribute to the team.”” In conclusion, throughout the interview, you should exude a sense of calm, self-assurance, vivacity, and positivity, as far as I can tell.
 
By the way, I apologies for my poor command of the English language. This is the first time I have ever posted anything. I offer this briefing in the hope that it may be of some use.

LBS MBA Interview Questions – 9

My Interview was Conducted Online on January 2, 2023 Admission Offered as a Final Decision. 
“”Questions that were included on the recommendation form for alumni””
Obviously, these are the inquiries that are being asked after:
 
1. How long have you known the applicant and in what capacity did you first get acquainted with them?
2. Please explain the reasons that lead you to believe that the candidate would be successful in the MBA curriculum at London Business School.
3. According to your estimation, how would the candidate contribute to:
a. The atmosphere of the study session and the classroom
b. Student organisations in addition to the larger School community
c. The network of former students
4. If you have any other remarks that you would like the Admissions Committee to consider, please include them here.

LBS MBA Interview Questions – 10

I was Online Interviewed on: Feb 26 2023. 
“”Had a two-hour interview with a 2019 graduate of the London Business School who was also a doctor. I suppose that my long-term objective, which is to found a health technology firm, played a role in the interviewer selection process. We began with some background information and an overview of my resume.
 
1. Why an MBA, why now, and why LBS?
This step takes approximately 20-25 minutes. A significant number of follow-up questions. Putting all of the presumptions about ‘why LBS and not any other school’ under intense scrutiny.
After that, inquiries based on my application took up the next 20–25 minutes.
 
2. The standard of medical care in the United States is higher. If so, why then UK?
3. Please tell me about your past business venture.
4. How do I intend to handle my opportunities for growth while I’m participating in LBS?
5. How will I determine which LBS operations should take precedence?
6. How do the challenges that your father faced in business impact your aspirations for the future to launch your own company?
 
After that, there will be some questions regarding how you behave (for twenty minutes).
7. How assertive am I?
8. Would winning a scholarship be the deciding factor in your application?
9. Have you ever put together a group before? How did things turn out?
10. What does your team think of you, generally speaking?
11. In what ways can you contribute to the LBS community? What is the main difference?
A presentation on the case study (15 minutes).
Finally, ten minutes are allotted for questions for the interviewer.
I really hope this helps. Best of luck!

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