When prospective MBA students visit schools and participate in their admissions interviews, there are several things they can do to set themselves apart from the other applicants. These interviews are an opportunity for students to show off their chops in the "hot seat," as well as their ability to prepare for meetings. During preparation it is important to formulate a few good questions to ask admissions officers.
"It's a chance for candidates to show they've made the effort to dig a little deeper, that they care and have genuine interest in our program and faculty research," Christine Sneva, director of admissions and financial aid at a business school, told U.S. News & World Report*.
Below are few suggestions the website has for the right questions aspiring business degree students should ask during their admissions interviews.
"Why did you choose to work with this program?"
Much like the question most admissions officers ask, "Why do you want to come here?" prospective students can flip the script with this question and figure out what sets the school apart from other institutions. This could elicit some great information on why this particular MBA program may be the right fit for a particular student.
"What's the best thing this MBA program has to offer?"
Admissions officers want to bring in the best students to their school, so this question is an opportunity for them to brag a little bit and share all of the best things about the business school. It may be hard for admissions officers to point to the greatest asset of the school, but the question can definitely get the ball rolling on a conversation that leads to some things that can get the student excited about attending the school.
"What advice do you have for success here?"
Concluding the interview, prospective students have an opportunity to close with a question to show the admissions officer they are serious about success in the MBA program. By asking about the best ways to achieve success, admissions officers may offer some insider knowledge on what students can do to be a top performer in the business school. This question can also show admissions officers that a student is humble, and they don't believe they have all the answers in order to be successful.