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The Ultimate Kellogg MBA Question Bank for the Kira Video Essay 2022

Introduction

Everything submitted. Application done. “Oh wait what?! There is some sort of  video requirement?”. Yes, that’s right you’ve just remembered you have to complete a video assessment – or video essay, as Kellogg calls it – as part of your application to proceed. You definitely don’t want this to derail your application.

We’ve researched an extensive, but not exhaustive, set of possible questions to help with your preparation – and guess what! All these prompts are all built into Voomer’s AI-powered video assessment tools here.

We recently made a video that goes over some of the things I’m going to discuss in this article.  Take a look at the video but read on for more!

Kellogg’s style

Kellogg is known for trying extending offers to applicants that have a good cultural fit.  Kellogg is located in the greater Chicago area, which in turn is in the US Mid-West.   Midwesterners are known for being very down to earth, genuinely friendly and upbeat.  Keep all that in mind when you answer the questions on Kellogg’s video essay.

OK so here we go! Brace yourself its a long list. As you know, there is much more to a strong performance than just being confident in potential questions – structure, performance, eye contact, vocal tone matter too – that’s why we created Voomer to empower you to communicate who you are more effectively.

2020 Kellogg Kira Video Essay Question Bank

 

1. Please introduce yourself to the admissions committee.
2. What path are you interested in pursuing, how will you get there, and why is this program right for you?
3. 2020 has been a year of seismic disruption — fighting the global COVID-19 pandemic, tragic deaths that have brought systemic racism and social justice issues to the forefront of long overdue conversations, and economic and political divides that are growing deeper and deeper. How has this unprecedented year challenged you and how have you faced that challenge?

That’s it?  Yes it appears so!  This year Kellogg has eschewed their usual question bank and will ask applicants to answer those three questions.  

However, if we take a look at the question bank from past years, we can see what I mentioned above – Kellogg is really looking for an applicant’s cultural fit, what attitudes they have to life, etc.  Overly bragging, boasting and exaggerating probably won’t get you very far.  

Kellogg Kira Video Essay Previous Year Question Bank

1. Why are you applying to Kellogg?
2. What makes you a great fit for Kellogg?
3. What is one thing you’ve always wanted to try?
4. What is one piece of technology you can’t live without?
5. What is the most interesting course you took as a student?
6. If you could meet anyone (living or dead), who would it be and why?
7. What is your most treasured possession and why?
8. What inspires you?
9. Why did you choose your college major?
10. What invention during your lifetime has had the biggest impact on you and why?
11. If you could teach a class on any subject, what would it be and why?
12. What is one interesting thing about you that you would want you future Kellogg classmates to know?
13. If you had an extra hour every day, what would you do with it?
14. What word describes you best and why?
15. Tell us about the first job you ever had?


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16. What’s the best book you have ever read and why?
17. When you have a problem, whom do you approach for advice and why?
18. What accomplishment are you really proud of?
19. What’s the best piece of advice you have ever received?
20. If you could witness any event..past present or future-what would it be?
21. Tell us about an organization or activity in which you have dedicated significant time. Why was it meaningful to you?
22. What good deed has anyone for you and how did you feel about it?
23. Tell us about the most interesting place you’ve traveled to. What did you enjoy most about it.
24. What invention during your lifetime has had the biggest impact on you and why?
25. If money was not a concern. what would you do?
26. What is the most meaningful thing anyone has done for you in your life?
27. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
28. What food do you like? Will you be able to eat that food everyday?
29. How have you changed in the last 5 years?
30. Whom do you respect most, and why?
31. What is your favorite motto or quote, and why
32. What risk have you taken and what did you learn? What impact do you have on your co-workers?

Conclusion

Well there you have it, our ultimate list of questions for the INSEAD Kira interview. If you feel we’ve left any out and would like us to update the list please email us: [email protected].

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Stanford GSB MBA interview questions and strategy 2022

Introduction

Congratulations on getting an invitation to a Stanford GSB interview!
The MBA from Haas is consistently ranked as one of the top three in the US, so though your test scores, grades, essays and letters of recommendation have gotten you this far, it pays not to be complacent and prep for the interview as intensely as you prepped for everything else so far.

The Stanford GSB interview format

Stanford GSB usually interviews applicant through its alumni pool.  Normally, those interviews can be in person, but given the current COVID-19 crisis, interviews are being done through Zoom/Skype and last anywhere between 45 to 60 minutes.

In either case, interviews are usually friendly and the interviewer will not have read your application, which means this is a blind interview.  This also means that there is little room for deep probing questions.  Probing questions – if they are asked at all – will usually be superficial and based on potential issues raised in your response.  

Questions will be split into three broad categories:

Firstly, classic MBA interview type questions (for example, “why do you want to get an MBA?”).  

Secondly, light probing questions that seek to shine some light on issues that the interviewer might have picked up in one of your verbal responses.  

And last but not least, behavioral questions – these are such a staple of MBA interviews that I have written an extensive article on how to deal with behavioral questions here.  Stanford GSB tends to focus on questions designed to probe how much of a team player you are.


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Stanford GSB MBA interview sample question list

  1. Tell me about yourself/walk me through your resume
  2. Why do you want an MBA?
  3. Why Stanford?
  4. Why is now a good time for you to go into an MBA program?
  5. How will you contribute to Stanford GSB?
  6. What was the toughest challenge you faced?
  7. What was the best piece of advice someone gave you?
  8. Tell me about a time you had uncooperative teammates
  9. Tell me about a time you were a champion for diversity
  10. Are you lucky?
  11. Tell me about a time you failed
  12. What do you plan to do after leaving Stanford GSB?

Conclusion

Even though Stanford GSB 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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Berkeley Haas MBA interview questions and strategy 2022

Introduction

Congratulations on getting an invitation to a Berkeley Haas interview!
The MBA from Haas is consistently ranked as one of the best in the US, so though your test scores, grades, essays and letters of recommendation have gotten you this far, it pays not to be complacent and prep for the interview as intensely as you prepped for everything else so far.

The Berkeley Haas interview format

Berkeley Hass usually interviews applicant through its alumni pool.  Normally, those interviews can be in person, but given the current COVID-19 crisis, interviews are being done through Zoom/Skype and last anywhere between 45 to 60 minutes.

If this were a normal year, on campus interviews would usually be led by second year MBA students.

In either case, interviews are usually friendly and the interviewer will not have read your application, which means this is a blind interview.  This also means that there is little room for deep probing questions.  Probing questions – if they are asked at all – will usually be superficial and based on potential issues raised in your response.  

Questions will be split into three broad categories:

Firstly, classic MBA interview type questions (for example, “why do you want to get an MBA?”).  

Secondly, light probing questions that seek to shine some light on issues that the interviewer might have picked up in one of your verbal responses.  

And last but not least, behavioral questions – these are such a staple of MBA interviews that I have written an extensive article on how to deal with behavioral questions here.  Berkeley Haas tends to focus on questions designed to probe how much of a team player you are.

Berkeley Haas MBA interview sample question list

  1. Tell me about yourself/walk me through your resume (usually the first question asked)
  2. Why do you want an MBA?
  3. Why Haas?
  4. Why is this the right time for you to get an MBA?
  5. What do you want to accomplish at Berkeley Haas?
  6. How will you contribute to Berkeley Haas?
  7. Tell me about a time you worked with a diverse team
  8. Tell me about a time you had to manage conflict
  9. Tell me about the greatest risk you took
  10. What was the most complex problem you’ve faced?
  11. Tell me about a time you had to lead a team or person
  12. What was the best piece of advice you received and why?

Conclusion

Even though Berkeley Haas 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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MBA admissions interviews in 2022

Introduction

Whether you are applying for the class of 2022 or 2023 (which means you are applying in early or late 2021) the unusual year of 2020 will cast a long shadow over your admissions process.

Economic crises tend to increase the amount of MBA applicants which means that the cohorts you are applying to will be tougher to get into.

On top of that, MBA programs in general strongly felt the effects of the COVID-19 crisis and had to quickly adapt to changing conditions.  The most obvious changes were on the academic side as class delivery shifted from a (mostly) classroom based, face to face process to one done virtually.  However, MBA admissions has also changed and expect to see those changes manifest themselves especially during the interview.

How are MBA interviews changing in 2021?

The most palpable change is how some MBA programs are rethinking their interviews.  Historically, there where three ways an applicant could sit for their interview:

  1. Travel to the campus where the MBA program is run for a face to face interview.  This usually means that admissions staff will interview you, though some programs use their current MBA students as interviewers.
  2. Go to one of many remote interview locations that are not on campus.  Depending on the amount of applicants a country has, someone from admissions may travel to that country and hold an “interview week”.  If a particular country or region has few applicants, some programs also hold face to face interview sessions in those places but in this case they are usually run by alumni.
  3. Connect through Zoom or Skype from wherever you are in the world for an interview with someone from admissions.

Under normal circumstances and when money was not an issue, candidate’s order of preference would be 1 then 2 then finally 3.  COVID-19 eliminated the possibility of 1 and 2, everyone was interviewed through Zoom and Skype.

While admissions claimed that they consider all interview types to be equal, the truth is that only the first option guaranteed a high quality interview and improved the chances of you forging a connection with your interviewer while also demonstrating to them how committed you are to getting into the program.

With all interviews being held virtually, admissions has realized that there are two benefits to this system – the playing field is leveled for all candidates (since money and time are no longer issues for getting to a face to face interview on campus) and they can interview more people per day and do so without having to depend on people ushering them in and out of the admissions department.

That means that preparing for interviews held virtually took on an extremely prominent role within all the prep an applicant has to go through for a successful MBA application, since virtual interviews are not a one-for-one replacement for face to face interviews.

What to expect on a MBA admissions interview in 2021?

2020 was a momentous year for every one on the planet.  If you are a serious applicant that has an interesting track record, you probably faced complex challenges during that year.  Admissions will definitively want to hear about what you faced and how you faced it – after all, COVID-19 was as close to a “universal equalizer” as we can hope for.

Prepare to answer how your world changed – and how you dealt with it – by using the PESTEL framework.

The PESTEL model helps applicants organize their thoughts and put forward a structured case of what they had to deal with during the COVID-19 crisis and all of its ramifications.

Each letter stands for a category that you can touch on when explaining what happened during that year:

  1. P – Political
  2. E – Economic
  3. S – Social
  4. T – Technological
  5. E – Environmental
  6. L – Legal

Think through each of those steps about how you and the people and organizations around you were affected in 2020.

Pick out the most interesting cases and articulate them in a compelling way for your interview with MBA admissions.


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Conclusion

For better or for worse, 2020 changed the MBA landscape.  From a higher number of applicants, to virtual classes, the standardization around virtual interviews and finally the inevitable questions about what you did in 2020 during your interview.

Take the time to properly think about those questions and make sure you do lots of practice runs so you are comfortable answering 2020 and COVID-19 questions.

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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HireVue: What is not on your CV?

Introduction

HireVue video interviews can sometimes throw a curveball question – but those are actually quite rare.

Most questions in a HireVue interview follow a pretty predictable pattern and the vast amount of questions apply to a wide variety of industries, roles and seniority levels. The same applies to similar platforms like Spark Hire or VidCruiter.

In this post, the team at Voomer – experts at HireVue prep – break down one of the most common HireVue interview questions: Tell me something about you that’s not on your CV.

The actual question being asked

Well they sure aren’t hoping you answer what your favorite color is. What they are getting at with this question is that you might have an interesting story to tell – but it just doesn’t fit into the narrative on your CV or you didn’t have a question on the HireVue interview where it made sense to tell that story.

That’s what’s being asked – tell us something interesting about you that makes you unique.

You should be very happy if this wide open question pops up on your HireVue, as it is a golden opportunity for you to stand out from all the other applicants.

How to answer

The best way to answer this question is to combine two things – a strong competency or great example from your career with your personal life.

You don’t have to give them too much information about your personal life, just enough for the interviewers to quickly understand how unique you are and easily recall your answer when discussing with the hiring team later.

With this answer, you could use the C-A-R answer method – but it isn’t required, only if you are leaning heavily on a results based example from your career.

Example answer

Lets take a look at a short example to illustrate the above section.

During the onboarding program at ACME Corp., I found out that they offered employees some interesting online classes. Programming caught my eye since I figured that it would help me the most at work.
I worked through the entire programming curriculum and got pretty proficient at it, with some people at work asking me for help with their programming bugs.
Though that is on my CV, the coolest thing I did with my programming knowledge was to automate the fish food dispenser for the aquarium I keep at home. That way, my fish will be fed on time even when I’m out of the house!

Above we see a simple, straightforward example that follows the C-A-R method and definitively gave made this applicant stand out against the crowd of other applicants.

Common mistakes

I’ve seen this time and time again – some applicants will simply say “nothing” when asked this question.

That is the worst possible answer.

It shows that you can’t think on your feet. Everyone has something unique about themselves. If you can’t quickly think of something unique, talk about one of your passions and how you integrate that into your life. Chances are it will be something unique – at least to the interviewer!

Conclusion

This question is a great opportunity to score easy points – so take it! Make sure you think of a strong example beforehand and practice on how to position it in a what that shines a light on how unique and interesting you are.

However, even with a great example memorized, many people stumble when doing their HireVue interviews. That’s why it makes a lot of sense to practice on a tool like Voomer. You’ll get asked questions that are extremely similar to your actual HireVue, broken down into company-specific categories. You’ll also get AI-powered feedback on answers so you can land that dream job!


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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.

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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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5 songs to get you ready to rock your recorded interview


If you are the type of person who loves music to get their blood pumping just before they have to perform their very best, we have our five top voted songs for getting you ready for Kira and HireVue interviews below. And for good luck we’ve also added one track to dance around and celebrate your success with!

Another way to get amped up for your interview is to drop by Voomer, where you can practice for your interview with company-specific questions and get AI-powered feedback on your answers.

#1 Guaranteed Hot Sh*t

We know that you are, you know that you are, now they need to know you are. Nothing less than Guaranteed Hot Sh*t by 215 Asasinz

Guaranteed Hot Sh*t by 215 Asasinz

#2 Roar

You are here to overcome the challenge, don’t hold back. Don’t whisper and instead Roar with Katy Perry

Roar by Katy Perry

#3 Remember the Name

Make sure they remember your name, and whatever you do you do not forget theirs! Remember the Name, Fort Minor.

Remember the Name, Fort Minor

#4 Easy Love

You’ve got this. You’ve put in the work, and now it is as simple as 1. 2. 3. Sigala with Easy Love.

Sigala with Easy Love

#5 The Final Countdown

5. And as that preparation time counter starts up, we couldn’t help ourselves but give you a classic – Europe slamming The Final Countdown

Europe – The Final Countdown

#🏆 I Feel Good

Success!

The interview is done, take a step back and reflect. You did it! Now let’s wait on that offer. And, when you are ready – it is time for you to feel good! James Brown – I feel good.


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Our Top 5 Songs to Rock Your Recorded Interview

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“Why do you want an MBA?” and “Why MBA?” in your interview

Introduction

Your interviewer will almost definitively ask this question during your interview. Though it seems like a simple, easy question, you’ll be surprised how many people stumble with their response, taking their chances of getting accepted.

Even if you have a great reason for applying to an MBA program inside your head, it pays to articulate that in a concise and compelling way that will make you a shoo-in applicant.

What is admissions looking for?

MBA applicants tend to focus on the requirements for getting into a particular program. That seems logical, since those requirements are usually listed on the admissions website (for example, GMAT ranges) and those requirements are used as a hard cut-off for applications – so they are extremely important.

They are also important for admissions, but think a little harder about who admissions wants in their program.

Admissions wants two things: People that have achieved great things in the past and will achieve even greater things in the future.

That’s why the “why do you want an MBA” question is so important. This gives the person interviewing a clue as to what you are going to do with your MBA. Every business school wants their alumni to go on to do great things – increasing the prestige of said business school.

How to answer “why do you want an MBA” on your interview?

Get all the reasons for applying to an MBA that are inside your head into words. Be forward thinking, reflect on what you want to accomplish next and how an MBA will help you get there.

Looking at all those reasons, pick out the one that makes sense with the narrative arc of your life and career while at the same time pointing to an exciting future.

So for example, if you worked all your life in big pharma and want to apply that knowledge to a small scale biotech – mention that! Compliment your answer with comments on how an MBA is key to fill in gaps in your knowledge and how you’ll be able to make connections with people from the science and medicine departments of the university – clearing a path for you to join a start up.

Another example is if you’ve worked in small non profits all your life and want to amplify your impact through a larger organization. Or you’re a career corporate warrior and want to take on more demanding and complex roles, potentially even starting new departments and leading culture shifts.

Mention your past, but focus your answer on the future and why an MBA will get you there.

What NOT to answer!

I’ve seen people mention this all the time when asked “why do you want an MBA” in an interview and they are all answers that will greatly diminish your chances of getting accepted:

  1. I want to increase my income
  2. This MBA program has a great ROI
  3. I already live in this city, so it is convenient
  4. I currently live in a foreign country and want to live in the country where the program is held
  5. I wasn’t accepted into the other programs I applied to
  6. I’ll only get a promotion if I have an MBA

These might very well be reasons for you to get an MBA, but they should never be the main reason. If you do what you love well, you’ll probably reach those goals as a consequence of going a great job.


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Conclusion

The question “why do you want an MBA” might seem trivial and you might think you have it squared away inside your head – actually articulating it in a compelling way to someone from admissions in an interview is a whole different ball game.

Take the time to properly think about this question and make sure you do lots of practice runs so you are comfortable answering “why do you want to do an MBA?”.

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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The Ultimate Oxford MFE Interview Question Bank

Introduction

Oxford’s MSc in Financial Economics (MFE) at Oxford’s Saïd Business School is a highly competitive, intense, full-time, nine-month long program that has become extremely sought after by people wanting to join the world of finance, private equity, venture capital and similar industries.

The program is very quant-focused and rigorous, don’t expect to talk your way through this program.  Unsurprisingly, the admissions process as a whole reflects this and the interview takes the pressure to another level.

For practice, take a look at a platform like Voomer, where you can practice your interview and get instant AI-powered feedback on your responses.

What MFE admissions is looking for

While MFE graduates certainly go on to be leaders in the organizations they work at, the focus of the MFE program is quite different from most other business-focused masters programs.  

MFE admissions are looking for people that will take the application and study of cutting-edge finance and economics to the next level.

 

Therefore, at the interview admissions expects you to be highly versed in the foundational quantitative tools you will need to progress in the program and contribute to class.  Expect a highly technical interview, usually with a short case study where you will need to work on some calculations.  

That being said, the interview is not all doom and gloom – if you have a solid quantitative background and studied some economics (microeconomics, macroeconomics, econometrics) and finance, the questions should not be particularly demanding.

On top of that, the MFE interview does have a classic motivational section (think “why do you want to do this program”) that will make the less quant-inclined applicants slightly more relaxed.  However, don’t underestimate the motivational section.  If the person interviewing you doesn’t think you have a good motive to join the MFE program, they won’t be that impressed with your calculus 3 grades.

You’ll also have to answer some questions on a virtual interview platform called Kira.  Questions on that platform are mostly behavioral with a few motivational questions thrown in.

For the few motivational and behavioral questions you’ll face, use the STAR method to frame your answers. That helps you keep track of what you said and also makes the interviewer’s life easier!


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Oxford Said MFE Interview Question Bank

Motivation questions:

1. Why do you want an MFE?
2. Why are you interested in the Oxford Said Business School?
3. How long have you been considering doing a MFE and why now is the right time?
4. What specific skills are you looking to gain at Oxford?
5. What is unique to Oxford MFE that you are attracted to?

Technical questions:

1. Assume 𝑈 (𝑥, 𝑦) = 4(𝑥)^0.5 + 10. What is the Marginal Rate of Substitution of y for x when x=2 and y=4?
2. Sally likes pork Ribs (R) and Chicken wings (C). Her utility function is 𝑈(𝑅, 𝐶) = 10𝑅^2𝐶. Her weekly income is $90 which she spends exclusively on R and C. The price for a slab of ribs is $10 and $5 for a piece chicken.  What is Sally’s consumer problem?
3. Given the above information, what is Sally’s optimal bundle?

4. Given the above, what is Sally’s demand function for ribs?
5. An investment is expected to yield $300 in 3 years, $500 in 5 years, and $300 in 7 years. What is the present value of this investment if our opportunity rate is 5%?
6. An initial investment of $400,000 will produce an end of year cash flow of $450,000. What is the NPV of the project at a discount rate of 10%?
7. In a certain country, GDP grows at the exact same rate every year. In 1990, GDP was at 100, and in 2000 it was at 200.  Will this country first reach four times the GDP of 2000, or twice the GDP of 2010?
8. Briefly explain the causes of the 2008-2009 financial crisis.

Conclusion

Well, there you have it, a list of questions for the Oxford Said MFE interview that will put you on the path to getting accepted there. If you feel we’ve left any out and would like us to update the list please email us: [email protected]

Besides knowing what the questions will look like, another way to increase your chances of getting in is by practicing.  Voomer is an AI-powered interview prep platform designed for interviews like the one you’ll face at Oxford’s MFE, both the live interview and the Kira interview.

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