The interview is a key component of your overall executive MBA application. It provides you with another channel to demonstrate how your background and experience has prepared you to contribute to the program, and allows you to share much more information than your resume and essays.
So, what things should you consider?
Arrive prepared. While the interviewers won’t expect you to be an expert on all details of the program, you should be knowledgeable about the general information. In addition, review your resume and essays because you are likely to receive questions about the contents of your application. Business professional attire is recommended!
Emphasize teamwork. Executive MBA programs have many team-based activities, so the interviewer will want to ensure you can integrate effectively to this environment. Demonstrate your ability to succeed with others who may have diversity of thought, experience, background, culture, and nationality.
Manage weaknesses. If you can self-identify a weakness (e.g. fewer years of work experience, low test scores, etc.), think about your action plan to enter the program as prepared as possible. You may want to consider things such as shadowing a senior leader for a few days or taking self-study courses in specific areas.
Show school pride. Although the interviewer is evaluating you on your potential in the classroom, they are also evaluating you as a contributor to the UNC Kenan-Flagler community. Think about how you can demonstrate your commitment to the program and how you can add value to the overall mission.
Top 3 things. A typical interview can be 45 – 60 minutes with multiple topics discussed. Before you depart, be sure to highlight the most important aspects of your candidacy. Think about the top three things you think are most relevant for the committee to know as they evaluate your overall application.
Lastly, relax! The interviewer will want to learn about your background, but they’ll also seek to know you as a person. Be formal, but comfortable.