The admissions interview serves as an opportunity for you to bring your application to life and to connect in a more personal way to the admissions committee. Former Associate Director of Admission at Chicago's Booth School of Business, Cindy Sullivan, offers valuable tips and advice for success in the interview process. Cindy is currently a senior consultant with AdmissionsConsultants.
Hi, my name is Cindy Sullivan and I am a Senior Consultant with Admissions Consultants, a consultancy firm for aspiring graduate; law school, medical school, college, and business school applicants. I'm going to answer some common questions about the business school application process. But first I would like to tell you a little bit about myself. I have a graduate degree in Human Services and Counseling from Tupelo University where I graduated with distinction. After spending just over two years as an Assistant Director for Tupelo’s Calstock graduate school of Business, I joined the University of Chicago graduate school of business and then Associate Director of evening MBA program. During my two and a half years at the University of Chicago, I made literally hundreds of exact reject and wait list recommendations for the graduate school of business. The interview is a critical part of the business school application process. This is your opportunity to bring your application to life and connect and in a more personal way with the Admissions Committee. You need to embrace this opportunity to showcase your excellent communication skills and help interviewers see that you are the perfect candidate for their program. The most prepared applicants come across as professional, personable and interesting. Interviews that are often squeezed into 30-minute lacks of time really expose your ability to articulate ideas clearly and concisely. Show evidence of your strong communication skills, intellectual curiosity, social skills, your self-confidence, team work success, work ethic, independence and adoptability. You must demonstrate these qualities for clear examples. In my experience interviewing applicants, the superior interviewees remain undaunted and answered all the questions precisely while providing an examples and background to illustrate their responses. You can impress your interviewer by setting yourself apart and highlighting your unique qualities. You also need to know all about that program and how you are fit with that program. This is so important. This level of preparation takes a lot of thoughtfulness and practice, I can't say enough. How you need to practice, practice, practice, you can practice with friends and family. But most importantly try to conduct a mock interview with the professional who can actually give you constructive feedback. The mock interview can help you highlight your strength and address potential areas of concern. Before you're interview, you really need to organize a lot of information about yourself. So that you are not repetitive throughout the interview, for example, of common burst question is, “Tell me about yourself”. This question presents an opportunity to sort of plant the seeds of your strength to cultivate interest of the beginning of your interview. And as the interview moves along, you should be able to surprise your interviewer a few times by giving them something you new they’d consider. When answering questions like describe your strengths, what are you passionate about? How would your colleagues describe you, you have the opportunity to offer fresh and diverse aspects of your character. Whereas some people make the mistakes of sort of repeating their strengths over and over, in response to this questions. Also to maximize the impact of your answers always be sure to backup your claims with examples and making your qualities unique and authentic and bring them to life.