Yale SOM MBA Interview
Updated: Feb 3
Yale put on an entire day of events for the students on campus to interview (everyone there was invited to interview). I interviewed in the morning slot, so they provided some breakfast and refreshments as we could socialize before our interview. My interview lasted 30 minutes. It was the most formal feeling interview of the schools that I interviewed with 2nd year students (all similar rank to SOM). The interviewer started out by stating that it would last 30 minutes and we had a set of questions to work through. Here they are:
Describe your current role. Walk me through your progression at your company. Why an MBA? What’s your career goal immediately following business school? What’s your proudest accomplishment leading a team? What’s a time you made a mistake and how did you fix it? Why SOM? How did you research your career goal and SOM? What clubs do you plan to be in while at SOM? You had to submit a quote prior to your interview. What was it and can you tell me a little about it? Is there anything else you would like me to know? Do you have any questions for me?
The most surprising thing to me was the amount of questions that were asked. There wasn’t much time for discussion-based on the amount of questions we got through. I think SOM is looking for a candidate who is very strong intellectually and collaboratively. After the interview, there was a full day of activities ranging from tours to professors talking about courses and curriculum.
1. Tell me about yourself/walk me through your resume 2. Why MBA, why now? 3. Why Yale SOM? 4. What do you want to get involved in at Yale SOM? 5. Leadership questions – I don’t remember the specifics 6. Tell me about your quote 7. Is there anything else you’d like to discuss that we didn’t cover? 8. Do you have any questions for me?
I appreciated that my interviewer explained why he was writing, told me not to look into it. He also stuck to the timing pretty closely.
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