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Texas McCombs MBA Interviews

Texas McCombs MBA Interviews

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.

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

Like most business schools, the Texas McCombs 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.

Texas McCombs MBA Frequently Asked Interview Questions

Professional experience-related questions

  1. Tell me something about yourself, or Walk me through your resume.
  2. What are your short-term and long-term goals?
  3. Why MBA? or Why now? or Why an MBA at this stage of your career?
  4. Why Texas McCombs?
  5. What is your Plan B? in case your primary goal does not happen?

Personal qualities-related questions

  1. What are your key strengths? Can you give some examples, please?
  2. What are your key weaknesses? Can you give some examples, please?
  3. How can you add value to the Class? or Why should we take you?
  4. Any reasons why we should not select you?
  5. Interests and Hobbies related questions – why do you do it, what have you achieved/learned?

Frequently Asked Situational & Behavioral Questions

  1. What is your leadership style? Can you give an example of a project you led?
  2. What would you describe are your greatest achievement to date?
  3. Give me an example of a time you failed.
  4. Give me an example of a time you faced a conflict. How did you handle that?
  5. Give me an example of a time when you did not meet a client’s expectations. What happened, and how did you attempt to rectify the situation?

The last one – Do you have any questions for us?

  1. Can you please tell me how international exchange students and schools are assigned?
  2. How club leadership is selected?
  3. Any other questions you may have in regards to the program.

Texas McCombs Interview Questions – 1

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.

Texas McCombs Interview Questions – 2

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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Texas McCombs Interview Questions – 3

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!

 Texas McCombs Interview Questions – 4

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.

Texas McCombs Interview Questions – 5

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

Texas McCombs Interview Questions – 6

I had an interview scheduled with a second-year student that lasted 45 minutes. Before diving into the questions, we discussed Diwali and Halloween. Unlike other interviews I’ve heard about, he didn’t ask me too many behavioral questions. Instead, we ended up discussing other topics. The interview was smooth and conversational, and I enjoyed it.

Here are some of the questions I remember:

The interviewer said he had reviewed my resume the previous night and asked me to walk him through it.

He questioned why I wanted to pursue an MBA if my startup did well.

He inquired about my short-term and long-term goals and asked what other options I would have if my startup were to fail.

He wanted to know how I would describe leadership and asked for an example of how I had led a group through an uncertain time.

He asked about my reasons for choosing McCombs and why I didn’t consider other business schools.

As I am a travel blogger, he asked a couple of questions related to my travels, such as my favorite country and why it is special to me. He also wanted suggestions for places to visit in Asia.

He inquired about the leadership roles I would take at McCombs and how I envisioned getting involved on campus.

He asked about the strongest and weakest parts of my application.

He wanted to know what I had learned about myself during the application process.

He asked what I do in my free time, though the question was framed differently.

He mentioned that I had many stories to tell and asked if there was anything else I wanted to share that could be valuable for my candidacy.

The interviewer stated that he had gathered all the essential information about me that he could provide to the admissions committee and asked if I had any questions for him.

I hope this information is helpful to you. Good luck with your interview!

Texas McCombs Interview Questions – 7

I had a 45-minute interview with Paul Peterson, a second-year student and veteran. It was a great conversation, and Paul had only seen my resume before our discussion. He asked me the following set of questions:

  1. Please introduce yourself and tell me more about your current role.
  2. Share a time when you worked in a diverse culture. What did you learn from that experience?
  3. Why do you want to pursue an MBA, and why is now the right time for you?
  4. What attracts you to McCombs (the specific business school)?
  5. What are your short-term and long-term goals?
  6. How do you plan to contribute to McCombs?
  7. Are there any specific clubs or organizations at McCombs that you wish to be associated with?
  8. Name three companies you want to work for after completing your MBA at McCombs.
  9. Do you have a backup plan (Plan B) if your original career plans don’t work out?
  10. Please share if you have a specific company in mind for your backup plan.
  11. What do you consider to be the strongest and weakest parts of your application?
  12. What have you learned about yourself during the application process?
  13. Can you share a time when you worked in a challenging situation?
  14. Have you ever mentored or helped someone? If so, please tell me about that experience.
  15. Do you have any questions for me?

That’s all. Best of luck with your interview!

Texas McCombs Interview Questions – 8

I had an interview with an MBA2 Admissions Ambassador. He started by introducing himself and mentioned that he would be asking me a list of questions. He also told me he would type my responses to forward them to the Admissions Committee. He mentioned that the interview was scheduled for 45 minutes but was open to extending it if needed.

Here are the questions he asked me:

  1. Can you tell me about your work experience and what motivated you along that path?
  2. What led you to switch to the industry you are currently working in?
  3. Share a time when you faced an issue and resolved it using your skills.
  4. What was the most challenging moment in your career, and how did you handle it?
  5. What are your short-term and long-term goals?
  6. Why do you want to pursue an MBA?
  7. Which other schools are you applying to, and why have you chosen McCombs?
  8. Are there any specific clubs or organizations you plan to join at McCombs?
  9. Do you have a backup plan (Plan B)? (The question was framed differently.)
  10. McCombs values diversity. Can you share when you interacted with someone from a different culture or identity in a professional setting? What did you learn from that experience?
  11. What are your passions outside of work?
  12. Is there anything else you would like the admissions committee to know about you?
  13. What excites you the most about the industry you are currently working in?
  14. Do you have any questions for me?

Overall, it was a good experience and the best of all my interviews.

Texas McCombs Interview Questions – 9

I had an interview with a second-year student, and the format was very conversational. We discussed the questions: They asked me to tell them about myself. They wanted to know why I am pursuing an MBA, my short-term and long-term goals, and why. We had a follow-up question about my long-term goal, and we spent a lot of time discussing it. They asked me about my leadership style. I was asked to share a time when I gave feedback to someone. They wanted to know why I specifically chose McCombs.They asked if I had spoken to any alumni and what they said about McCombs.They asked me about my planned contribution to the McCombs community, and I reiterated what I had written in my essay. Overall, it was a good experience and probably the best interview. Best of luck to everyone!

Texas McCombs Interview Questions – 10

I had my interview with a second-year student, and it lasted 45 minutes. Before diving into the questions, we chatted about Diwali and Halloween, which was nice. The interview was very smooth and conversational, and I enjoyed it. The questions I remember are: The interviewer asked me to walk them through my resume after going through it the previous night. They questioned why I still want to pursue an MBA if my startup is doing well. We discussed my long-term and short-term goals and alternative options in case my startup were to fail. They asked me to describe leadership and shared an example of how I have led a group through an uncertain time. They were curious about why I chose McCombs and didn’t consider other business schools. Since I’m a travel blogger, they asked a few questions about my travels, such as my favorite country and recommendations for visiting places in Asia. They inquired about the leadership roles I would take at McCombs and how I envision getting involved on campus. They asked about the strongest and weakest parts of my application. They were interested in what I had learned about myself during the application process. They asked what I do in my free time, although the question was framed differently. They mentioned that I likely had many stories to share and asked if there was anything else I wanted to share that could be valuable for my candidacy. They assured me that they had gathered all the essential information about me that they could provide to the Adcoms and then asked if I had any questions for them. Overall, it was a helpful and enjoyable experience. I hope this summary helps!

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