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HireVue: Tell me about a tough challenge you faced.

Introduction

Barely anyone enjoys taking a HireVue interview, but they are getting increasing popular with organizations and if you are here, it probably means you have one coming up!

Therefore, it makes a lot of sense to prepare for your upcoming HireVue. The questions on HireVue interviews tend to follow a pattern – and that pattern applies to almost all industries, roles and seniority levels. The same applies to other platforms like Spark Hire and VidCruiter.

In this post, the team at Voomer – experts at HireVue prep – break down one of the most common questions on HireVue interviews: Tell me about a tough challenge you faced.

The actual question being asked

As we’ve discussed in our other “common HireVue questions” blog posts, you should not take this question at face value.

Think about a tough challenge you’ve faced. It was probably something you knew little about, or it was a large, daunting challenge that took time to solve. What do all those have in common? A need to break up the challenge into smaller parts and prioritize what you tackle first.

That’s what this question is asking about – your ability to break things down and prioritize.

How to answer “tell me about a tough challenge you faced”

  1. Learn the C-A-R method for answering questions. That’s Context, Action, Result. We have a great blog post that explains this method in detail here.
  2. Establish context, set the scene for the interviewer. Briefly explain what the challenge was. Try and pick an example for your answer that had multiple issues that were best dealt with in stages.
  3. Show what actions you took. Explain to your interviewer how you broke up the challenge into smaller, more manageable parts. After that, explain how you decided what task to prioritize and how to tackled the most important tasks.
  4. Finally, explain the results you achieved with the preceding actions. While you could talk about the results of each individual task you mentioned above, the best answer here will discuss the overall results of that big, complex challenge you mentioned in point 2.

Example answer

The example answer below is a short and simple one – pay attention to the structure, not the content. If you learn the structure, you can apply it to any example you use when answering this question.

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See? Follow the structure and you’ll have a solid answer.

Watch out

Many people freeze on this question, racking their brains looking for “the absolute toughest challenge” they’ve faced.

Don’t sweat it – answering with a well thought out structure, keeping calm and staying confident is far more important than finding the perfect example.

Conclusion

Don’t freak out! This HireVue question won’t be the toughest challenge you’ll ever face. Just understand what they are really asking you about (how you prioritize) follow the C-A-R structure and you’ll do just fine.

Keep in mind that HireVue interviews can be surprisingly stressful, so consider preparing with a tool like Voomer. You’ll gain access to company-specific questions, pratice in an environment almost identical to HireVue’s and get AI-powered feedback on your answers so you can land that dream job!


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Questions to ask your interviewer

Introduction

You applied for a sales-related job, landed an interview and your interviewer asks the inevitable question: “So, do you have any questions for me?”.

Your answer to this question should always be “yes”!

Interview follow-up questions are a great opportunity for you to highlight strong points that for whatever reason weren’t probed in the interview and also to demonstrate to your interviewer that you actually care about the job or organization you are applying for.

So make sure you ask questions after an interview – if you do it right, it will definitively boost your chances.  We’ll show you how.

Assessing the first part of the interview

Before diving into the follow-up questions, you should take a second to assess how the first part of the interview was – when the interviewer asks you the questions.

Was it a great interview and you only want to end on a high note?  Was it an interview where you aren’t sure you did your best?  Or was it an interview where you didn’t perform at your best and it needs to be salvaged ASAP?

The questions you’ll ask depend a lot on your assessment of the first part of the interview.  Unfortunately, I can’t give you a hard and fast answer to the questions you need to ask – you need to think about which questions would benefit you the most.

Below are some questions split up into broad categories to keep in mind as you wrap up your interview.  Mix and match those questions to maximize your chances of getting hired.

Questions about the organization and the role you are applying for

  1. What is the culture at this organization?
  2. What is the culture in this department?
  3. What can you tell me about the team I’ll work with?
  4. What do the people who work here love the most about this organization?
  5. What is the leadership team at this organization focused on fixing right now?
  6. How does this role fit within the broader organization?  Is it a strategic role?
  7. What is the process for giving feedback in this organization?
  8. How is success measured for the person in this job?
  9. Do I have a say in setting my targets and goals?
  10. Does the organization expect evolution or revolution when it comes to this role?

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Questions about the work that has to be done

  1. What’s the biggest challenge facing the person that takes this job?
  2. What kind of resources would I have available?
  3. In how much time does the organization expect results from my work?
  4. Do you feel the biggest challenge facing this role is internal or external?
  5. How much freedom do I have in setting up my workflow?
  6. What are the organization’s biggest competitors?
  7. What is the organization’s biggest challenge?
  8. What common mistakes have people in this role done?
  9. Is there a product or initiative pipeline?  How does it look?
  10. How much attention will I get from my immediate superior?


Questions about long term commitment

  1. What kind of training and development opportunities are available?
  2. Does this organization do broadening assignments?
  3. What do I need to do to advance my career here?
  4. Is this company profitable/growing?  Only ask this in case the information is not publicly available.
  5. Ask about benefits if this information hasn’t been provided yet.
  6. Do you see this role having expanded responsibilities in the future?
  7. Does the company have a long-term vision?
  8. Does the company have plans to go public (in case this is a privately held company)?
  9. How transparent is upper management with the rest of the employees?
  10. What is the company’s employee churn rate?


Questions you should not ask in an interview!

  1. Did I get the job?
  2. How did I do?
  3. How did I do compared to the other candidates?
  4. How soon can I request days off?
  5. How soon can I ask for a raise?

Closing the interview

While asking follow-up questions is absolutely crucial for a successful interview, don’t go overboard.  You might have allocated a whole afternoon to an interview, but your interviewer might have only 30 minutes!

Therefore, you have to play things by ear and gauge how much time the interviewer has leftover for your questions.  In some cases, you’ll only be able to ask one question, while in others (especially for jobs higher up in the organization), it is not unheard of chatting for hours after the formal interview is over.  Though keep in mind that the person you are chatting with will definitively still be in “interview mode”!

One last question you must ask the interviewer is pretty straightforward: What are the next steps following this interview?  This shows you are interested in the job and it will also help you feel less stressed while waiting for an answer.

Practice for your interview!  Here’s how:

Interviews are very stressful and can break down even the most confident applicants.  One way to make sure your confidence is solid is to practice your interview.

Prepare for the interview appropriately and practice with a platform like Voomer – you’ll be able to practice and receive feedback on those very questions listed above (and more!) in an environment that is very similar to the real interview.

If you are curious about how Voomer’s AI-powered video assessment tools can help you to prepare thoroughly for your upcoming video essays click below to get started!

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Interview questions for sales managers

Introduction

Applying for a sales manager or business development job can be very stressful. As a sales manager, you’re expected to think on your feet, deal with any unexpected issues gracefully and wrap up conversations with customers on a high note.

As a former hiring manager myself and a sales veteran, I can attest to the fact that hiring managers are very likely to turn up the pressure during your interview to 11 – precisely because sales roles and high pressure usually go hand in hand!

Therefore, even if you have lots of sales experience or if you are looking for a job upgrade into management, it is always a good idea to thoroughly prepare for a sales manager interview!

The sales manager’s role

It is important to keep in mind what the role of a sales manager is, as that is what the hiring manager is looking for in an applicant.

If we could choose only one word, it would be “results”. It is extremely important you keep this in mind during the entire interview as every question you answer is an opportunity for you to mention something you did that resulted in concrete, positive results for the organization you worked for.

That being said, the term “manager” is also a big clue to keep in mind. You’ll have to manage several resources to reach the goals the organization sets out for your role (and that you set out for yourself!). Chief among them is people. Money and assets such as cars, phones, laptops, etc follow closely behind and enable you and your team to reach their goals.

What the hiring manager wants to hear – and hire!

First and foremost, they want to be sure you match the job description. So make sure you tailor your CV and cover letter to that. Also, prepare for your interview with that job description in mind.

But that’s obvious, what else does the hiring manager expect?

Most people at higher levels in an organization are extremely busy. If you can show them you are driven and have initiative (while presenting good results of course), that’s most of the battle already won.

The best way to demonstrate initiative while delivering results is to use the CAR method when answering questions. CAR stands for context, action, result – all of your answers should be structured that way. In more detail:

  • Context – What was the situation you faced at the time? Tell the interviewer what was going on. The interviewer is going to be interested in how you assess and deconstruct problems.
  • Action – What did you do about that situation? This is where you show the interviewer you can put actions into words and do something positive!
  • Results – How did your context change due to the results of your actions? If things got worse or didn’t work out as planned – that’s OK. The interviewer is also looking for signs you can do an honest self-assessment of your actions. However, if you have an example to share with great results, try and use that first!

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Before the interview / Plan and prepare for the interview

Don’t just jump into an interview without preparing for it. As a former hiring manager, it is painfully obvious when an applicant hasn’t taken the time to prepare.

Take some time to research the company, the business and the role. There are lots of great resources for that such as Wikipedia and Glassdoor, the latter works well even for smaller organizations.

Write out questions you want to ask the person interviewing you. Keep in mind that this is another great opportunity for you to shine – a well-thought-out two or three questions help to make you a memorable applicant. Take a look at this article where I go into detail about how to come up with great post-interview questions.

Just before you head into the interview, put your mind in the right place. For some people that might mean a few minutes of quiet meditation, for others, it might mean listening to some tracks that will pump you up. David from Team Voomer put together a great playlist for the latter group.

Interviewing on video (Zoom/Skype/HireVue/Spark Hire/etc)

If your interview is going to be done on video (either a live interview on Zoom or a recorded one on a platform such as a HireVue or Spark Hire) you must be aware of some extra steps in your preparation.

Since you are going to be on camera, special attention must be paid to your hardware, surroundings, lighting, framing, etc. I recently wrote an article covering most of these steps here, so make sure to check that out.

Another thing you must do is practice – interviews on camera are completely different from face-to-face interviews and many people underestimate how unnerving it can be to do a video interview. Build your confidence with a platform like Voomer that simulates the look and feel of a video interview.

Small talk

52% of interviewers make a decision on whether to hire a candidate between 5 and 15 minutes into the interview. What does that mean?

That means that the seemingly innocuous small talk before your interview “really” starts is as or more important than the “real” interview itself!

Small talk helps you set the mood and pace for the rest of the interview and you want to set that up in a way that benefits you the most. Do you want to come across as a cheerful, approachable person? Or as a “let’s get down to business” pragmatist that doesn’t beat around the bush? You are the best judge of which persona is best for you and the job you are applying for – just be deliberate with your small talk.

Behavioral interview questions

  1. What was the most complex problem you ever had to solve?
  2. Tell me about a time you had to train someone else.
  3. Tell me about a situation where you had to fill your manager’s shoes.
  4. What was the strongest disagreement you had with your manager?
  5. What was the strongest disagreement you had with a teammate?
  6. Tell me about a time you noticed something in the market you were in, or in the organization you worked at, that no one else noticed.
  7. Tell me about a time you empowered someone at work.
  8. Tell me about a situation where you implemented a change at work.
  9. What was the harshest criticism you received?
  10. What was the toughest decision you ever made under extreme time pressure?

Sales knowledge interview questions

  1. How did you organize the workflow in your previous job? Why did you choose that setup?
  2. What type of support did you request from other departments in your previous job? How did you integrate that into the sales process?
  3. What type of support do you predict you’ll need from other departments?
  4. Pitch your cell phone to me, pretend I am a customer.
  5. Walk me through your objection management process.
  6. Walk me through your path-to-purchase process at your previous job.
  7. Which CRM systems are you familiar with and how did you use them?
  8. Tell me about a time you were able to reactivate a dormant customer.
  9. Tell me about a time that you failed a customer.
  10. What was the toughest deal of your career?

Motivational interview questions

  1. Why are you applying to this company?
  2. Why are you applying for this role?
  3. What inspires you?
  4. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years?
  5. Why did you choose a career in sales?

CV based questions

Since these questions are based on an individual’s CV, there isn’t a list of questions we can show you – it all depends on what on your CV or resume piques the interviewer’s interest.

However, under certain circumstances, there are some common questions that do come up. Look at your resume and ask yourself if these questions are likely to come up:

  1. Explain this large gap in your resume
  2. Explain why you left company X.
  3. Explain why you left your previous role.
  4. Tell me why you decided to change careers.
  5. Why did you change roles within sales?
  6. Why does it look like you had a demotion?
  7. Why did you decide to work for this (potentially morally objectionable) company?
  8. Why did you spend so much time in a certain role? This is usually the case when a person hasn’t been able to get a promotion.
  9. It says on your CV that you are familiar with a certain ERP or CRM platform – prove it.
  10. You don’t have the necessary experience for this job, why should we hire you?

Unexpected interview questions

Some interviewers like to ask questions that don’t really fit any of the above categories. Sometimes they are used as icebreaker questions or they might even be asked to deliberately confuse you. Regardless of the reason behind the question, take a look at the below examples to be prepared!

  1. What is one thing you’ve always wanted to try?
  2. What is one piece of technology you can’t live without?
  3. What is the most interesting course you took as a student?
  4. If you could meet anyone (living or dead), who would it be and why?
  5. What is your most treasured possession and why?
  6. If you had an extra hour every day, what would you do with it?
  7. What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
  8. How many barbers are there in New York City ?
  9. What’s the best book you have ever read and why?
  10. Tell us about the most interesting place you’ve traveled to. What did you enjoy most about it?

How to answer these questions?

For all the above questions, stick to the CAR methodology I mentioned earlier – as long as it makes sense! For a question where you have to answer with dry facts, that methodology might not make sense and it is more appropriate to simply answer the question in a straightforward manner.

Be careful with the vocabulary you use. For questions that revolve around teamwork, make sure to use the word “we” a lot, highlighting how the group was able to work together to achieve a certain goal. Yet when the interviewer is exploring your individual capabilities, make sure to use “I”.

Conclusion

Interviews for sales manager jobs can be tough. While it can be very rewarding, sales is usually a very rough environment where results are expected and excuses are frowned upon.

This translates into how interviews are conducted, so make sure you prepare for the interview appropriately and practice with a platform like Voomer – you’ll be able to practice and receive feedback on those very questions listed above (and more!) in an environment that is very similar to the real interview.

If you are curious about how Voomer’s AI-powered video assessment tools can help you to prepare thoroughly for your upcoming video essays click below to get started!

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Stockholm School of Economics Interview Questions

Introduction

If you are looking for information on the Stockholm School of Economics (HHS) interview questions – that’s a great sign!  It means you’ve already been through the most tedious part of the application process and now it is time for you to put your best foot forward to the admissions committee.

The interview is a key part of your application and preparing for it is always worth it.  So let’s dive right into it!

After you are done reading this article, make sure to swing by Voomer to practice for your interview and get AI-powered feedback on your answers.

HHS’s style

HHS wants its interviews to be relatively informal and more of a conversation.  It is not uncommon that admissions officers will ask some light personal questions as well to break the ice.

Depending on the program you are interviewing, you might have to answer a case study style interview.  On those types of interviews, you will be asked to read some materials and you’ll be asked questions on the situation presented and what course of action you’d suggest to the parties in the case study.

To keep things simple – don’t be nervous and treat the interview as a friendly conversation, which it will be!


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Stockholm School of Economics Interview Questions

Motivation questions:

1. Why an MBA (or masters/PhD/bachelor)?
2. Why did you apply to the Stockholm School of Economics?
3. How long have you been considering this program and why now is the right time?
4. What specific skills are you looking to gain at HHS?
5. What is unique to HHS that you are attracted to?
6. What are you going to do with the knowledge you gain at HHS?

Competency questions:

1. What is the most significant personal weakness that you have identified, what did you do about it and what was the result?
2. Imagine you are proposing an innovation idea for a class project and the audience is not interested. What would you do?
3. Discuss what you would do if you and your teammates cannot come to an agreement on a project decision.

4. Discuss a time that you and your teammates were on a tight timeline.
5. Tell us about a time you asked for help and how did it go?
6. Tell us about a time you were overloaded with work, how did you handle it?
7. Tell us a time where you had an idea and had to convince your project team.
8. Tell us about your most interesting international experience.
9. Tell us about a time you had to take control of a team.
10. Tell us something about you that is not on your written application.

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How to do well on the interview?

There are quite a few ways you can ace the interview, and most of the advice also applies to virtual interviews (either face to face or though Skype or Zoom).

Take a look at these other resources we’ve put together for more information:

  1. How to introduce yourself
  2. How to answer “why do you want to do program X”
  3. How to use the right technique when answering interview questions
  4. If your interview is via, Skype or Zoom, how to get set up for a video interview
  5. For the big day, 5 tracks to get your mind ready for the interview!

The other great way to get prepared is to pratice, practice and practice some more.  Voomer is a great resource for that since you the above questions and more are loaded into our system and you can practice in an environment that is nearly identical to the one you’ll face on the actual interview!

On Voomer, you’ll also get AI-powered feedback on your performance so you can rapidly improve your skills.

Conclusion

There you go!  The Stockholm School of Economics is a great school and competition is tough – make sure you prep for the challenging interview!

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How to introduce yourself in an MBA interview

Introduction

The vast majority of MBA programs that require an interview will ask applicants to introduce themselves in the interview. That is almost a certainty in live interviews with someone from admissions opposite you (either face to face or via Skype/Zoom/etc).

Even asynchronous interviews – sometimes called video essays, video interview or video questions, where the applicant has to record their answers and for later viewing by admissions – will usually have a question that requires the applicant to introduce themselves.

Therefore, it pays to prepare for this very important question since it will set the scene for the interview. Both for the interviewer who will have a better understanding of who you are after listening to the response and for you! A great response will certainly make you more at ease for the rest of the interview and boost your confidence – improving your chances of getting accepted.

Make sure you practice for this question and a great place for that is Voomer, where you’ll get AI-powered feedback on your answers.

What admissions is looking for

What admissions is looking for depends on whether the interview is blind or not blind.

In a blind interview, the interviewer will not have access to your application materials. They might have access to your CV but that’s about it. So in the question “please introduce yourself”, admissions wants to quickly get a run down of who you are since they are probably learning about you for the first time in that very interview. This question helps them quickly sketch out who you are and sets the stage for follow up questions.

In a non-blind, or traditional interview, the interviewer will have access to your entire application package – so on top of your CV they will be able to read your essays, transcripts, letters of recommendation and any other materials you submitted. In this case, admissions is checking for consistency with the rest of your application package.

Something to keep in mind is that in both cases, admissions asks you that question as part of an ice breaking exercise. “Please introduce yourself” is a pretty standard introductory question that warms you up for the inevitable harder questions.

How to answer “please introduce yourself”

There is no set formula for answering this question – it obviously depends a lot on who you are, what you’ve done and most importantly, what is important to you.

However, there is a structure that works very well which can be used by anyone answering this question in an MBA interview:

  1. Have a concise and engaging opening sentence that summarizes who you are. If you’ve held several wildly different jobs you could open with “I’m a jack of all trades”. If your volunteer work is tremendously important to you, a potential opener is “I believe in taking direct, personal action to change the world”. A lot of nuance is lost in those sentences but it doesn’t matter, you want to deliver a one liner that helps your interviewer quickly understand the broad strokes of who you are. Despite our best efforts, humans are lazy – a well thought out opening sentence helps your interviewer quickly understand who you are.
  2. Based on the above point, briefly describe your career’s narrative arc so far. Do not get bogged down in promotions, titles, specific tasks you had to accomplish and the like – focus on what motivated the major changes in your life. Your interviewer will be on the look out for those anyway, so it makes sense to serve those upfront.
  3. Close with a forward looking statement. Similar to my first point, keep this as a short one liner that captures what you want to do next – preferably as the logical next step in your career (if you set up a compelling career narrative arc!). You don’t have to also answer in detail how the MBA fits into that – your interviewer will almost definitively ask that as a separate question.

Potential pitfalls

Keep in mind the “please introduce yourself” question can take on many different forms.

When I did my first MBA interview, a trap I fell into was hearing the question “walk me through your resume” and taking it literally instead of correctly interpreting it as a “please introduce yourself” question.

The consequence of that was that I walked my interviewer in chronological order through my resume – completely losing her since my resume is pretty convoluted! She did not approve my application into that program. However, after I noticed the trap I fell into, at all subsequent programs I interviewed at, I was very well prepared for the “please introduce yourself” question, nailing them. Ultimately, I got accepted into all other programs I applied to.

Make sure you see the question for what it is and answer in a way that is helpful to the interviewer.

Conclusion

Nailing this question in your MBA interview is absolutely key. It will help your interviewer quickly understand what you are about as well as calming your nerves and setting you up for success with the rest of the interview.

Make sure you do lots of practice runs so you are comfortable answering “please introduce yourself”.

Voomer is a great way to get that practice since it was built from the ground up with this scenario in mind.

Questions on Voomer match what you’ll get on the interview of your dream school. After going through a set of questions, you’ll get an artificial intelligence-powered report on your results with specific, actionable steps you can take to improve your performance.

Your response is broken down into multiple components and analyzed individually and then as a whole. From delivery to content to body language and camera position, multiple data points are analyzed to ensure you have the best MBA video interview prep available.

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STAR method for MBA interview questions

Introduction

MBA admissions season is now in full swing, with several round 1 decisions already posted and round 2 decisions coming up shortly.

You’ve picked up that GMAT or GRE score, dotted every “i” and crossed every “t” on your essays. You’ve badgered your former managers for letters of recommendation and submitted that huge packet of data to your dream school’s admissions department. If you really put in the effort, you’ll get a video interview.

Once you are finished with this article, take a look at Voomer, a place where you can practice for your interview and get AI-powered feedback on your answers.

Video interview format

Video interviews are fast becoming the norm during these crazy COVID months and it looks like for some schools this is here to stay. Stanford GSB for example only uses video interviews for some of its programs.

MBA video interviews typically involve a mix of questions. Some of them are very limited in scope, where, for example, admissions wants to understand something that isn’t clear on your CV. Or they can be extremely broad behavioral questions which give you a lot of leeway in how to answer – up to a certain point. When discussing software-based video interviews, like the ones hosted by Kira, you’ll typically get a lot of behavioral questions.

What is a behavioral question?

A behavioral question is one that tries to understand how you’ve handled (or how you behaved – surprise, surprise) certain situations or circumstances. They should be based on past events and therefore completely grounded in facts.

Do not even think of making up something on the spot or stretching the facts of your answer – admissions can easily pick out inconsistencies across your entire application package and probing questions are bound to uncover exaggerations.

How do I answer a behavioral question?

Given the above description of a behavioral question, your answer should be based on examples of things that happened to you at work or in your personal life.

There are two main methods for answering these questions, the CAR method and the STAR method. Those two methods are virtually identical.

The CAR method helps you structure your answer in three stages: Context. Action. Result.

Conversely, the STAR method helps you structure your answer in four stages: Situation. Task. Action. Result.

The only major difference is that the STAR method splits out the “task” from the “action”. Defining the task you were assigned to the interviewer is helpful especially in situations where you went way beyond the strict definition of the task and over-delivered.

 

Answering an MBA interview question using the STAR method

“Situation” is precisely that – what was the situation you faced at your job or in your personal life. This helps admissions get situated for what comes next and set expectations. Remember admissions reviews a huge amount of highly qualified applicants, so context is important – or else you’ve lost them right out of the gate and you are now at a disadvantage. Typically, the context you are giving is one of a problem at work. Either sales targets aren’t being hit, there are quality control issues, or just plain dysfunction among team members. The stage is being set for you to come in and save the day.

“Task” is the job you were given by a manager to resolve or improve the situation you described above. If the task was not assigned by a manager, you can explain how you decided on accomplishing the task yourself – which is actually a great opportunity since this will show the interviewer how you have the initiative to go beyond the discrete tasks assigned to you by a higher up.

“Action” is what you did to remedy that situation. Did you come up with a plan to turn sales around? Did you come up with some innovative manufacturing method that eliminated quality control issues? Did you talk to and motivate your team members to work constructively as a group? Make sure to tell admissions how you did all that, this is what they are really looking for.

Behavioral question prep on MBA video interviews
MBA video interview prep – make sure you don’t forget this key step!

Before moving on to the last letter in STAR, there is one word in the above paragraph that is extremely important – “you”. We’ve seen this mistake being made over and over again, even with well-prepared applicants. Admissions does not care what the “team” did – they want to know specifically what YOU did. They want to understand how much of a force for positive change you are, how you exercise your leadership skills and how you go about implementing all that.

“Results” is the conclusion to your answer. Given the above context and given what you did to remedy it – what happened? Did those sales numbers really go up? Did those quality issues really go away? Did those people really start getting along? The important thing to remember here is to add data when possible. If you are discussing recent events and you still remember the numbers, mention those in your answer. If you don’t, mention that, and give your best estimate.

Keep your best examples top of mind

When interview time comes, you’ll likely be nervous and you might even get “caught in the headlights” with a question you didn’t expect. That’s why it’s so important to keep around 5 to 7 examples of interesting things that happened in your career or personal life top of mind. A truly interesting example is also versatile and can be adapte d to answer a broad range of behavioral MBA interview questions.

Conclusion

First, make sure you are clear on the STAR response format. Think of all your answers to behavioral questions using that structure – make admissions life easy, they are looking for precisely those things in an answer.

Second, think of a handful of examples that are really compelling and keep those top of mind. When you get hit with behavioral questions you can adapt those to answer almost anything.

Last but not least in third is to remember who is doing the things in your answer. It should be YOU, not the team, not your manager. If you were a bystander in the actions you are describing, look for a better, more compelling example.

Make sure you do lots of practice runs to familiarize yourself with recording video without anybody else on the other end.

Voomer is a great way to get that practice since it was built from the ground up with this scenario in mind.

Questions on Voomer match what you’ll get on the interview of your dream school. After going through a set of questions, you’ll get an artificial intelligence-powered report on your results with specific, actionable steps you can take to improve your performance.

Your response is broken down into multiple components and analyzed individually and then as a whole. From delivery to content to body language and camera position, multiple data points are analyzed to ensure you have the best MBA video interview prep available.

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Rotman MBA interview questions and strategy

Introduction

Congratulations on getting an invitation to a University of Toronto Rotman School of Management interview!

The MBA at Rotman is one of Canada’s – and the world’s – most prestigious and competitive programs.  You’ve made the right choice looking for more information on how to ace the Rotman MBA interview.

Keep in mind that Rotman uses two types of interviews.  The “regular”, face to face (or Skype/Zoom) interview and an asynchronous interview, which Rotman calls the “video essay“, which is done on a platform called Kira Talent.  More details on that one towards the end of the article.

After reading this article, make sure you stop by Voomer to practice for your interview.  You’ll also get AI-powered feedback on your answers to make sure you nail the actual interview.

Rotman’s interview style

Rotman’s interview process is relatively standard for MBA interviews.  

You’ll be interviewed by someone from Rotman’s admissions committee and they will have access to your entire application – test scores, essays and letters of recommendation.  Make sure to re-read your application since you will probably be asked some probing questions.

Despite the above, Rotman interviews are generally conducted in an amicable way, usually lasting between 30 and 40 minutes.

 

 

Rotman’s video essay, or Kira style interview

Rotman also has a video essay requirement, which is very similar to an interview, with the notable difference that there is no one asking questions – you’ll be shown pre-recorded videos with questions from the admissions team.  Then, you have to record yourself answering them.

The main issue with the video essay is that people usually get very uncomfortable recording themselves.  The best solution here is to practice with a platform like Voomer, that replicates the experience very well, so you won’t be surprised when you have to record your actual responses.


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Rotman MBA interview questions:

Keep in mind that these questions can be asked either on the regular interview and on the video essay, so be prepared!

  1. If you can have a gap year after your MBA, what would you do?
  2. If you can choose a color to represent you, what would you choose?
  3. Why do you want an MBA?
  4. Why do you want to come to Rotman?
  5. Why do you want an MBA now?
  6. What would you like to tell your future classmates?
  7. Tell me about an activity you enjoy.
  8. What was the greatest advice your first boss gave you?

 

9.  What was the biggest risk you’ve taken so far?

10.  How would your co-workers describe you?

11.  Identify an influential figure in your lives, and why

12.  What do you do for fun?

13.  What are your passions, interests, and hobbies?

14.  What would you do on a rainy Sunday afternoon?

15.  How have you handled a difficult interaction? What did you learn from it?

16.  Tell me about a time you failed.

17.  Tell me about a time when you were pushed to your limits at work.

18.  How would your friends describe you?

Conclusion

Even though Rotman does not stray too far from the norm when it comes to its MBA interviews, it pays to practice – and practice a lot.  Ultimately, it is repetition that will make you feel more at ease with the format, the questions and answering them in a clear, concise and convincing way.

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