What questions to ask the interviewer after your MBA interview

Towards the end of an MBA interview, applicants get the chance to ask their own questions. These are crucial questions, and it is possible to go wrong with them. Find out how to ask the right questions to make a great impression.

The questions that you are asked during your MBA interview at an overseas business school in the UK, US, Canada, Australia, Singapore etcetera will tell the interviewer about your brainpower, experience and inventiveness and whether you fit in with the B-school's culture. But the questions that you ask them are also important. They will indicate just how prepared you really are for the program and how committed you are. God forbid you turn up for an MBA interview without having researched the school or interviewer!

Your interviewer will almost always ask you whether you have any questions, and if there is anything more they can tell you about the school. If you do not ask a question, it will be automatically understood that you are not too interested. Here are some tips on how to ask the right questions in the crucial final minutes of your interview.

Tips to ask the right questions

First, go prepared with at least three questions that you can ask your interviewer, relating directly to you and your goals. During the interview, if they say something that you have questions about, keep it in mind and ask them about it at the end. This will show your active engagement.

Do not ask questions that can be easily answered by checking the school website; this can irritate the interviewer. Also, the questions should be appropriate to the interviewer – whether they are a current student, an alumnus or a professional staff/Adcom. The most impressive questions are those that are specific to the interviewee.

Questions to ask the Adcom

  • Ask about any future plans or trends, or any mission that directly relates to your case or goals for the future.
  • Ask about the school's alumni, and if there is a way you can make your contributions as an alumnus later.
  • Find out if there are ways that you can contribute case studies based on the experience that you have had in the work sphere.
  • Ask them about their opinion on what really sets the school apart, after offering them your opinion on a specific aspect of the school that you have read about and been impressed by.
  • You are also entitled to ask about career prospects when you are spending a large amount on an MBA program.
  • It is okay and even recommended to ask about job prospects, but tactfully and with a positive, enthusiastic approach. This means asking "I've heard good things about the job prospects and alumni network" rather than "Can the school find me a job?"

Questions to ask Current or Former Student Interviewer

  • Do they have any advice for you as a student or alumnus, based on their experiences during and/or after their term at your "dream school"?
  • Why did they choose this school? What surprised them most after enrolling?
  • How have they leveraged the alumni network in their professional and personal lives?
  • What has been/was their most valuable academic and/or non-academic experience at the school?
  • What was their favourite class and/or favourite professors?
  • What is a typical day at the school like?

Always be smart, engaging and positive in your body language and questions to both Adcoms and current/former students. When being interviewed by the latter, do not sound sceptical, but seek their advice in the manner of a like-minded interviewee seeking insider information for better integration into a school you expect to benefit from.

Remember, before you get to the end of the interview, you will have to go through the behavioral event based interview questions. Get the answers right, to get a good evaluation report.

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