The MIT Sloan MBA Interview
Got a Sloan Interview? Congratulations! You are invited to interview with one of the world’s most prestigious MBA programs. Getting an interview invite is already a major achievement. But there is one last challenge to pass before you can get that sought after letter of acceptance.
MIT Sloan is one of the unique schools where you are often interviewed by the admission committee, and not alumni. Every year the MIT Admission committee travels around the world to interview typically less than half the candidates in each country. But this changes from country to country.
We interviewed MIT Sloan graduates and students, including graduates who had been interviewed by MIT Sloan more than once before being admitted. Here are our insights:
1. Behavioral interview
MIT Sloan does not typically ask you about your future plans. You’ll probably practice this for other interviews. However, unless the interviewer asks you about the future plans, they are likely less interested. MIT admissions strongly believe in past examples as predictors’ of future success.
2. MIT Sloan is Methodical
At the end of the interview the interviewer will (privately) rank you on different categories. Our guess is that these include categories such as. leadership, teammate, smart, nice, hands-on. Rank your own stories in your practice to make sure you hit high on these categories.
3. MIT looks for actions that prove that you fit the culture
MIT is a grounds up culture. Students are involved with any aspect of the school. To succeed in MIT you must show you have been involved in your own communities in the same way. Reading a book that a superstar MIT Sloan professor such as Andrew Lo wrote, or quoting a superstar MIT Sloan professor such as Roberto Rigobon can go a long way. However, you should also be ready to show how involvement or volunteer work you had done in the past can work with the MIT Eco-system. Have you done work that can help the Martin Trust Center for Entrepreneurship such as organizing a Hackathon or competition? Are you involved in sports or arts and can help with the Sports Analytics conference or Hacking Arts?
4. You can be asked about the same question twice
While less frequent, we have heard a couple of examples of an interviewer asking the same behavioral question twice. One graduate was asked “Tell me about a time you dealt with a difficult team member” twice in an interview. While he felt bad during the interview for being asked the same question twice, he was admitted. The interviewer simply wanted to hear more about how that candidate deals with difficult situations with teammates.
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