Michigan Ross MBA Interviews
Michigan Ross MBA Interview is conducted blind, but since what you say in the interview will be checked against what you wrote, make certain that your oral and written presentations are consistent, especially in terms of your goals.
Length of Ross MBA interviews is usually 30 minutes with some going 45 minutes and few lasting an hour (these seem to be an exception). Campus interviews will most likely be 30 minutes. Given that this is a short interview, I think it is particularly important that you have a very clear idea about what you want to cover. The most frustrating thing about such an interview could easily be lack of time to cover your own perceived key points, so make sure that when you think about the likely questions, you have fully considered how you will use your answers as a vehicle to help your interviewer understand why you should be offered a place at Ross.
Interview tips from the Ross MBA adcom
Michigan Ross Frequently Asked Interview Questions
- Tell me something about yourself?
- Walk me through your resume?
- Why MBA? Why Michigan Ross school?
- Why MBA now or Why MBA at this stage of your career?
- What is your short & long term goals?
- What is your Plan B if consulting/Investment banking does not happen?
- What are your key strengths? Can you give some examples please?
- What is your biggest weakness ? Can you give some examples please?
- How can you add value to the Class?
- Why should we take you?
- One reason that we should not select you?
- Interests and Hobbies – Be prepared!.. questions as basic as “Why do you do poetry (or any other activity” may be asked.
- 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?
- 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?
- Do you have any Question for us?
Michigan Ross Interview Questions – 4
I met the interviewer at a coffee shop at one of Ross’ “Off-Campus Hubs.” Ross does a typical blind interview where the interviewer has only your résumé. My interviewer came on time and was able to immediately identify me (I was surprised by this as the coffee shop was full of people in business suits all around the same age). After we sat down I handed him a paper copy of my résumé and the interview began.
Questions were pretty straightforward. He started with a typical “walk me through your résumé” question, with the notable difference that he wanted me to bring me all the way up to my reasons for deciding to do an MBA. He stopped me at a few points to gain a better understanding so it was important to remember to where I left off. Thankfully the interviewer and I had a very similar background so my career moves and reasons for an MBA all made sense to him and he let me know that he knew where I was coming from.
Quickly we progressed into the “Why Ross” and “How do I plan to contribute at Ross” questions. Since I had researched the school very thoroughly, I was prepared for these questions. I chose to highlight a few things that made Ross very different and since my interviewer participated in these activities I began asking him questions about his experiences. When we got back to interviewing there was a situational question about working with diverse individuals, but that was all. The rest of the time I continued to ask him questions about his experience and he provided me with not only information about Ross, but also general MBA tips.
I was fortunate to have been interviewed by a number of schools in a number of settings, alumnus, 2nd year, and adcom. By far this was the most conversational, but also the one where I felt it was to my benefit to know Ross very thoroughly. Since I did an off-campus interview I was concerned I would be penalized for not being able to participate in the on-campus team based event or that my interview experience would somehow be “lesser-than” those who interview on-campus. I did not feel that this was the case at all and one of my biggest pieces of advice for future applicants would be to not worry about the quality of alumni interviewers from Ross. My interviewer was truly top notch and probably the best one I had during my application cycle.
My biggest takeaways from this interview for future applicants doing an off-campus interview with a Ross alumnus:
- Know the school inside and out. It isn’t sufficient to hope that you will get a lot of “situational” questions. Most of my conversation revolved around the school after we got through the typical resume – why MBA – why Ross — what do you hope to contribute questions.
- Do dig deep on the questions to your interviewer if he or she participated in any of the activities you want to participate in at Ross. I found that by doing so it not only helped build a rapport with the interviewer, but it also answered a lot of questions I had about the school.
- Do keep it conversational. My interviewer mentioned several times at the beginning that this was meant to be a “conversation”. I think one way to fail this interview is to be too formal. There should be a back and forth.
- Be prepared for it to go long. My interview lasted well over an hour. Don’t schedule your interview assuming it will last 30-40 minutes with a flight leaving shortly thereafter.
Michigan Ross Interview Questions – 5
The interview was rapid-fire questions, and not too much probing or follow-up on any answers. I stayed for team exercise afterwards which was much more pleasant and enjoyable than I had expected.
Here are the questions I was asked:
Tell me about yourself.
Why an MBA?
What kind of people would you pick to be on a team and why?
When is time you had to deal with a professional or personal change?
Talk about a mistake/failure you made or experienced.
Talk about a time you were in an ambiguous situation and how you dealt with it.
Talk about a time you used data to make a decision or propose a new initiative.
When is a time you led a team outside of work?
What is something not on your resume that I should know or that you’d like to share?
Share a fun fact about yourself.
Overall, it was a fairly straightforward behavioral interview with expected questions. Adcom members were very welcoming and engaged with prospective students. Current students showed up in huge numbers to support interview day and to talk to applicants, which I think speaks highly to their culture.
Michigan Ross Interview Questions – 6
Participated in a interview in early February during one of those weekend slots.
The day started with registration and breakfast, with a quick speech by Soojin, the admissions director.
After that, we got split into two groups, maize and blue which determined our interview slot.
Interviewed with a second year. He seemed more on the quiet side initially which made me a bit nervous as I couldn’t tell if the interview was going well. However, as the interview went on, I became more comfortable as he started smiling more as I answered more questions. Sample questions:
- Tell me about yourself
- Why Michigan Ross?
- How has your leadership style changed as you developed?
- Is there anything not covered in your application, you would like to share?
After that, I participated in the team exercise. You have to tell a story using two words given by a current student. Then you consolidate the words in your team to come up with a business problem and solution.
Michigan Ross Interview Questions – 9
The interview was by second year student which was extremely nice and feel like you have a conversation with your friend rather than an interviewer.
The interview starts exactly on time when he calls me via Skype.
Here are the questions:
Tell me about yourself.
Why do you want to have an MBA?
Why I want to do my shift in career?
Tell me about a leadership experience that you had.
Did you ever need to educated your subordinate? How you succeed in doing this?
What criteria you defined as to a good leader/manager?
After 35 minutes he asked me if I have any question, he told me about himself and his experience at Ross and why he chose this program.
I finished the interview with very good feeling, hope to hear good news.
Michigan Ross Interview Questions – 10
The individual interview was ~ 40 minutes, relaxed and conversational. Questions included the following:
- Tell me about yourself?
- Why do you want to get an MBA?
- What are your career goals?
- Describe a time when you led an organization
- Describe a time when you worked with a diverse team towards a common goal
- Describe a time when your team could not have succeeded without you
- Describe a time when you exceeded expectations
Pretty standard behavioral stuff. There was also a team exercise, which just involves working well with others and being a friendly person. Overall, a great campus visit and interview experience with Ross. The Admissions team does an awesome job of putting together compelling programming (networking session, student panel, campus tour, mock class) and allowing prospective students to interact with the Ross community, both students and faculty. They seem really committed to putting together the right incoming class.