Texas McCombs MBA Interview

As per the University of Texas McCombs’ website –

Texas McCombs MBA Interviews are by invitation only and can come at any time during the application Round. There are three different interview types: On-campus with a current student or admissions officer, off-campus in your local city or hub city location with an alumni interviewer or admissions officer, or via Skype with a current student or admissions officer. For each type (excluding alumni interviews) there is an online calendar from which you can select an interview slot that works with your schedule over a period of a few months. The School will inform you of the last date your interview needs to be completed. The only exception to this is that booking your alumni interview off-campus in your local city follows a slightly different process, but McCombs provides the step-by-step instructions if you decide to go that route.

You are not able to choose your individual interviewer, but rest assured all of our current student interviewers, alumni volunteer interviewers and admissions officers are fully trained and capable of conducting an interview that is professional, fair, impartial and helpful. Interviews typically last anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. All interviews are blind, which means the interviewer does not have access to anything about you or your application, except for your resume. Even so, it’s always a good idea to bring a copy for the interviewer to reference during the conversation.

Most McCombs MBA interviews follow the general framework of introductions, questions from the interviewer for you to answer, then some time is left at the end for you to ask your questions about the program and/or application process. Once the interview is completed, you are finished! There is nothing further you need to do and your application is considered complete. All that’s left is to wait patiently for the School’s final decision in the weeks that follow.

Texas Mcombs MBA Frequently Asked Interview Questions

  1. Why an MBA now? Why now?
  2. What do you want to see in your fellow students?
  3. How will you contribute to the class?
  4. What will your colleagues say about you?
  5. Tell of a time in your professional life when you worked with someone who was not pulling their weight?
  6. How do you want to be associated with McCombs 10 years after you graduate?
  7. How would your boss describe you? How would your co-workers describe you?
  8. What other colleges have you applied to?
  9. What are you most passionate about?
  10. Describe an achievement you accomplished in your professional life?
  11. What is the strongest part of your application?
  12. Is there anything you would do differently when you think about your college experience?
  13. What kind of internship opportunity are you looking for after your first year and with whom?

14. Is there anything you are not looking forward to about business school?

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  1. Date/Admissions Round:

Nov. 14, Round 1

  1. Description / location of visit and/or interview atmosphere:

I attended a prospective student luncheon at McCombs and interviewed later that afternoon. The luncheon was fairly casual and each table was a mix of candidates and current students. One of the deans spoke briefly and the rest of the time was casual Q&A at our tables.

My interview was in the admissions office with a second year student, and the atmosphere definitely reflected the friendly culture at McCombs. Overall the interview was very conversational; my interviewer would ask a question, I would respond, and my interviewer would follow up with any relevant experiences she had that related to my response.

  1. Type of interview (alum vs. adcom, blind vs. application-based):

I interviewed with a second-year student. She had my resume ahead of time, but I don’t know whether or not she had reviewed the rest of my application.

  1. List of interview questions:
  • Tell me about yourself
  • Why an MBA? Why now? Why McCombs?
  • Tell me about a time you led a team
  • Tell me about a time you had a conflict at work and how you resolved it
  • What kind of legacy do you hope to leave at McCombs?
  • What clubs are you interested in joining?
  • Are there any particular classes you’d like to take at McCombs?
  • What are your short term and long term career goals?
  • What is your backup plan if these goals don’t work out?
  • Is there anything else you’d like me to know that we didn’t cover here?
  1. Commentary (Did you receive your admissions decision? What did you think of the interview? What surprised you? What didn’t surprise you? What might you conclude about the school based on this experience?

I really enjoyed my interview and connected well with my interviewer. Students and faculty at McCombs talk a lot about how the program is already strong, but will continue to gain prestige. After interacting with students and seeing the new MBA facilities that are under construction, I definitely understood why this expectation exists. Everyone I met was enthusiastic about the program and beyond friendly.

I did receive my admissions decision.

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A very casual and conversational interview with a second-year student with good social skills.

  • Tell me about yourself
  • Why McCombs?
  • Why MBA/Why now?
  • S/T & L/T goals
  • How will you contribute here?
  • Describe a leadership experience
  • A time you disagreed with a superior or colleague
  • A time you solved a problem
  • What did you learn about yourself from this admissions process?

I think the interview went well, and it reflected the school’s collaborative student culture who all seem to be very happy and helpful individuals who love life in Austin.

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The interview started with a brief introduction about the interviewer and then the following questions were asked:

  1. Why MBA? and Why now?
  2. Why US? Where else have you applied?
  3. Tell me an experience when you demonstrated determination.
  4. How well do you work in teams? Give example
  5. How did you research about the school?
  6. What are your major strengths and weaknesses ?
  7. Give examples when you put your strengths into practice.
  8. What is your plan B if you can not achieve your dream employment?
  9. Would you like to continue working in USA or move back to your home country?
  10. How do you plan to contribute in the program?
  11. Tell me about one achievement from your résumé that you are proud of.

Then, I asked a couple of questions and received very good, insightful answers. The interview lasted for 45-50 minutes.

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The interview was in the current business school offices; the new offices were still in the final phases of being built right across the street. The interview followed a very long, static script. The interview was blind, though I believe that my interviewer read through it briefly before we started. My interviewer asked me these questions in no particular order.

Questions

1) Tell me about yourself / walk me through your resume.
2) Why MBA? Why now? Why McCombs?
3) How have you displayed leadership in your roles (could be professional or personally)?
4) What qualities have you already displayed that show you are a good fit for business school?
5) What was an instance that you encountered relating to diversity in the workplace that was challenging and how did you handle it?
6) What would be your three qualities that you think your colleagues would say about you?
7) What is your proudest accomplishment?
8) How do you think McCombs would help you reach your goals?
9) What is your plan B?
10) Any questions for us?

It was basically an amalgam of what people have already posted on this forum; in fact, the earlier posts were a great help. Though, question 4 threw me for a loop, as I am coming in from a non-traditional background.

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Very conversational interview – highlight of the questions below.

  • Tell me about yourself
  • Why is now the right time to get an MBA?
  • What are your short and long-term goals?
  • What or who put McCombs on your radar and why McCombs?
  • What do you plan on being involved in at McCombs?
  • How do you plan on contributing while at McCombs, how will you leave your mark?
  • What did you learn about yourself during the application process?
  • What accomplishment are you most proud of at work?
  • Give me a time of when you had to lead or work with a diverse team?
  • Give me a time when you had to convince someone else
  • What’s one piece of recent professional feedback you received and what have you done to address it?
  • Where else are you applying and where does McCombs rank?

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The interview was in the program office in Austin. The interviewer (a second year student), had a list of questions to ask, and walked us back to a smaller room. There he introduced himself, his professional background/future interests, and MBA involvement.

We then dove into a series of questions, and the interviewer did a terrific job making notes, and listening to my responses.

The following were questions he asked:

  1. Walk me through your background.
  2. Why McCombs, and why now?
  3. Tell me about a time when you had to convince a team.
  4. Give me an example of a time when you had to resolve a conflict.
  5. What are your long term goals?
  6. How do you see yourself being involved at McCombs?

There wasn’t much of a back-and-forth, the interviewer did not need to ask for clarifications, or push back on any of my responses. So the interview process was quite amiable, and to the point.

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My interview with was an alumni who graduated about 4 years ago. He currently works at an investment bank.

Blind interview, so I provided him my résumé, which he walked through. He mentioned my score and high quant score. He asked about my work experience and what I did after graduating from undergrad. Talked about interests.

Spent a little over an hour in a casual restaurant setting.

Specific questions he focused and reiterated on:

  • What do I plan on doing with an MBA? (Entrepreneurial aspirations)
  • Why McCombs?
  • Why MBA? Can I achieve my entrepreneurial goals without an MBA/dropping 100K+?

Afterwards, he recommended classes/professors he recommended I take if I got accepted. Also he suggested I make a push for any increased scholarship money. Overall, he had my interests in mind, and was a great interviewer.

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This was a straightforward behavioral interview with a very friendly second-year student. We spoke for ~45 minutes and including my follow-up questions. Questions asked of me included the following:

  • Tell me about your background
  • Why MBA?
  • Why McCombs?
  • Short-term and Long-term career goals?
  • What if your long-term career goals don’t pan out?
  • Tell me about a time you led a team and had to make an unpopular decision. How did you deal with that?
  • Describe a time you worked in a diverse team
  • What have you learned about your leadership style from the first time you led a team?
  • Describe a time when you came up with a creative solution to a problem
  • Describe a time when you encountered a challenge. How did you adjust?
  • What is one experience you’re proud of?
  • How will you make McCombs better?

We spent a substantial portion of the interview talking about my extracurricular involvement and times I’ve worked with and led a team. This interview went really well, and I was admitted to McCombs in Round One. I definitely think this conversation was pivotal in my process with the school. The laid-back feel of the interview and interviewer definitely put me at ease and helped me perform better–this is in keeping with McCombs approachable and personable program. Great interview experience!

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The interview was conducted over skype with a second-year student. The interview was relaxed and conversational. The interviewer was just provided with my resume ahead of the interview. My interviewer asked th3. e following questions:

  1. Walk me through your résumé and experience
  2. Why an MBA? Why now? Why McCombs?
  3. How would you engage with your classmates and on campus?
  4. What are you short term and long term goals?
  5. Do you have a back-up plan or other thoughts if your goals do not work out?
  6. Please describe a time where you resolved a conflict at work.
  7. What are 2 of your strengths and 2 of your weaknesses
  8. Any questions for me (the interviewer)

The interview went relatively as expected. My interviewer was friendly and seemed genuinely interested in my decision to pursue an MBA.

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Interview was on campus with MAC 2nd year student volunteer. Based on our initial informal discussion, we had similar pre-MBA industries, which I am sure was not a coincidence. The interview was pretty informal/conversational, with some regular back and forth, rather than me just talking the whole time. As I was one of only a few students interviewing that day, I had a full hour. We covered the following:

  1. Walk me through you résumé.
  2. Why an MBA / Why now?
  3. Short term / long term goals?
  4. Why McCombs?
  5. Tell me about a time you have worked on a diverse team?
  6. Tell me about a time you developed an innovative solution at work?
  7. What is your leadership style (w/ an example)?

Overall pretty low stress and very similar to other school interviews. No curve balls, as each interviewer has a pre-set list of questions to asked that are generated by admissions.

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This was a blind interview, and I actually interviewed with the Director of the evening program. We spoke briefly in a casual manner about my travels to the campus, and about any site seeing I’d done before coming in for the interview., about a 5 minute chat, then the interview began.

Questions

  • Tell me about yourself.
  • Why MBA? My McCombs?
  • How would your Supervisor describe you? (3 words and why)
  • What is your plan B?
  • Tell me about a time when you’ve led a team.
  • Tell me about a time you were directly in a conflict at work
  • What do you like to do in your free time?
  • What concerns do you have about pursuing your MBA?
  • What questions do you have for me?

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The interview was very conversational and very relaxed. It lasted for 35-40 minutes. My interviewer had a very friendly personality so that really helped calm my nerves. I had prepped in advance for all the typical questions so I was able to deliver them confidently and clearly. I also made it a point to not take more than 3-4 minutes to answer a question. I was dressed in a full suit. My interviewer was casually dressed. She was taking down notes during all my answers. I sent her a thank you note 4-5 hours after the interview and she was quick to reply.

These were the questions she asked me (in the same order):

  • Résumé walk-through
  • Short-term/long-term goals
  • Why MBA is the next step in my career?
  • Why McCombs?
  • Leadership Experience Example
  • Multi-cultural/diverse team experience Example
  • How I would contribute to my cohort
  • What the application experience taught me
  • Anything I’d like to share
  • Questions for the interviewer

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