As Associate Director of Admissions at the Tuck School of Business in Dartmouth, I have met and assessed thousands of applicants. Most were well prepared and professional, but a surprising number of candidates made mistakes which excluded them from any further consideration. Although they may seem obvious, each of these errors has occurred more than once.
Here are some of the worst MBA interview mistakes I’ve seen – still things to avoid, even now when the majority of interviews are virtual.
You absolutely have to be on time. Even five minutes late is enough to create a bad impression. Make sure to check the time zone and triple check your tech is working. If something really unforeseen and verifiable happens (like you’re stuck in a broken elevator with no cell service), you can share it – but definitely don’t say you’re late because you’ve encountered one of. your brothers in brotherhood and lost track of time catching up. Better yet, don’t be late.
Choose caution. This is a professional setting, and if you wouldn’t be wearing it to a job interview, it’s probably not appropriate for your business school interview. Please wear a tie and avoid see-through clothing, sequins, and anything else that might work well in a bar.
Talk on your mobile phone, send text messages or check your emails
Yes, it did happen in interviews – more than once. It goes without saying that your phone should be completely turned off, not just muted, and hidden from view during a conversation. So, shut up your notifications and make sure you stay focused on the interviewer, not social media.
It is not a good idea to chew gum, put your feet on the desk, or go around in circles. Also, please leave your shoes on your feet.
While applicants are encouraged to be honest, please choose your stories wisely. Stories of devastating breakups, cheating on tests, and lies to employers won’t improve your application. Also, avoid using the question and answer section to blurt out unnecessary truths, like the fact that you are not very interested in their school.
During your interview, they assess your judgment, as well as whether you will represent the school well to recruiters. The curse is a remarkably bad indicator of these two factors and will not reflect well.
Karen has over 12 years of experience in assessing applicants for admission to Dartmouth College and the Tuck School of Business in Dartmouth. Since the foundation North Star Admission Board in 2012, she helped applicants gain admission to top schools nationwide including Stanford, Harvard, Wharton, MIT, Tuck, Columbia, Kellogg, Yale, Booth, Haas, Duke, Johnson, Ross, NYU, UNC, UCLA , Georgetown and Suite. Its clients have received over $ 36 million in scholarships and over 98% of them have entered one of their schools of choice.