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MBA Interview Questions: What Can I Expect In 2020-21?

Wondering what MBA interview questions might be in store for you this application season? David White of Menlo Coaching explains what you can expect, and how to prepare

Tue Oct 20 2020


The coronavirus pandemic has led to significant changes in the MBA admissions process. Most campuses are closed to visitors, while information sessions, networking events, and interviews have moved online. But what about the MBA interview questions themselves—will there be any changes in 2020? The short answer is: maybe. 

Several top b-schools have added admission essay prompts that require applicants to reflect on the social and political events of 2020, and questions of this nature may come up during the MBA interview. 

New MBA interview questions for 2020-21

Here are a few examples of new questions to come up this year.

Northwestern Kellogg:

“2020 has been a year of seismic disruption—fighting the global COVID-19 pandemic, tragic deaths that have brought systemic racism and social justice issues to the forefront of long overdue conversations, and economic and political divides that are growing deeper and deeper. How has this unprecedented year challenged you and how have you faced that challenge?” 

UCLA Anderson

“How have events of the past year influenced the impact you would like to make in your community, career, or both?”

UNC Kenan-Flagler

“2020 brought many defining experiences, including: a global pandemic, changes to learning and working environments, and calls for social justice and racial equity. [...] What have you learned about diversity, equity and inclusion in 2020?” 

Although these questions may arise, interview preparation depends mainly on the basic interview questions that are asked every year, including this year.

How to prepare for MBA interviews this season

Knowing how to answer basic MBA interview questions with precision and clarity is the best way to make a good impression on your interviewers. 

As a result, your MBA interview preparation should revolve around honing your answers to the four most common questions asked in an MBA interview, which are described in some detail below. 

Additionally, you could seek professional help for MBA interview preparation, in which you practice communication strategies and interview techniques that boost your confidence and calm your nerves.

4 Common MBA interview questions