This guide is designed to help Johnson MBA applicants to prepare for their interview, complete with a list of the most common Cornell MBA interview questions. The typical Johnson MBA interview is 30 to 50 minutes long. It can be given by either a second year student, alumni or an admissions committee member. It is even possible to get an interview with an adcom member while a second year student is observing for interview training purposes. Interviews can take place on campus, off-campus or over Skype. Expect the interview to be semi-blind, which means that they have seen your resume but probably nothing else. The Cornell MBA interview questions below are organized from most common question to least common, with the frequency it is asked in parenthesis.
Mr. Goizueta was a remarkable individual and a highly successful leader of The Coca-Cola Company. With his legacy in mind, our goal is to enroll and educate principled leaders for global enterprise. Therefore, we are very interested in how you have demonstrated leadership, either in a work or community setting. Please be specific about the situation, the manner in which you assumed or required to take on a leadership role and how your role made a difference in this situation and to your organization. It is also helpful if you add what you learned from this leadership experience and how it has influenced your actions going forward.
An MBA graduate of Harvard Business School, Ms. Maun has advised applicants who gained admission to top-tier MBA programs including Harvard, Stanford, Wharton, Kellogg, and Columbia. In addition to her role with The MBA Exchange, she currently serves Harvard University as an interviewer assessing undergraduate applicants. Ms. Maun worked at McKinsey & Company advising clients in the media, retail, medical device, and non-profit industries. She also served in strategic planning and business development for MTV Networks and Time Warner Interactive. Ms. Maun holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences from Northwestern University. She has traveled to over 25 countries worldwide.