Interview Prep Tips

Alternatives to mock interviews for MBA applicants

Background – The importance of prepping

Congratulations!  If you’ve been invited for an interview, that means you’ve made the first cut.  Your test scores are in the range that the MBA program you selected is looking for, your GPA is good enough and your essays are compelling.  However, all of that is now in the past. Whether you get in or not now depends on only one thing – the dreaded MBA interview.  Admissions isn’t just listening to what you have to say, they are also listening to how you say things, which under certain circumstances can be more important than the former. Preparing for your interview is of paramount importance.  Not all MBA programs are looking for the same type of applicant.  They all have different sets of priorities for their class profiles and they use the interview to confirm what they read in your written submission packet, make a call on someone who they might be on the fence about or choose between two or more candidates with extremely similar qualifications and profiles. Different schools interview in different ways, with some using asynchronous and synchronous interviews, others only using synchronous interviews.

How to prep – mock interviews

Mock interviews are a very common way applicants prepare for interviews.  However, they have a few flaws, which means they might not be for you.

Mock interviews always depend on another person to interview you and give feedback on your performance.  That means that scheduling times that make sense for you and your mock interviewers isn’t the most trivial matter.  Some applicants we talked to rank this as one of the worst problems with mock interviews, and this frequently limits the amount of time they spend practicing due to scheduling conflicts with their mock interviewers.

Two people doing a mock interview.
Mock interviews have been the go-to way to prep for MBA interviews till now.

Quality assurance is also an issue since friends that help you out with mock interviews may not always be aware of the finer points of the program you are applying to or they might stray from the question bank.  Not to mention the most critical issue – coming up with quality feedback that helps you improve. The scheduling and quality control issues are not done away when using fellow applicants or MBA consultants since ultimately, these are humans.  They have scheduling issues and depending on how they feel on a certain day, their feedback might also set you on a wrong track. If you are looking for a way to prep for your MBA video interview while not dealing with any of the problems that mock interviews have, look no further – use Voomer.

How to prep – mock interview alternatives

Voomer is a MBA video interview prep platform that does away with those issues since it is fully automated.  Artificial intelligence powers the video and audio analysis to ensure that you prep for your interview in the most efficient and effective way possible.

Voomer focuses on your verbal and nonverbal communication to deliver a holistic analysis of your interview prep performance.  Individual scores for each component of your interview allow you to zero in on what is holding you back and suggests personalized next steps to help you improve as fast as possible.  The objective nature of the analysis algorithm ensures you are measuring your progress in a consistent manner, which helps to make your progress clear and keeps you motivated. Since Voomer is fully automated, you don’t rely on others to sync up their schedules with you.  You can prep anytime, anywhere.  After submitting one or more videos for analysis, our algorithms run through your videos to deliver results as fast as possible so you can keep improving on your time.

By David Anderton-Yang

David Anderton-Yang is the CEO and co-founder of Voomer where AI as a force for good, helping people be more confident on video.

He is a former researcher at the MIT Media Lab, Forbes 30 Under 30 honoree.

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