We know many BSers are going to be getting interview invitations soon* and so we’re going to offer a quick list of, errm, things not to do. So that you don’t accidentally step on your own chances in this all-important day!
In no particular order…
- Chew gum. You’d think this would be obvious — but then again, you’d think that all of these things would be obvious. Yet we’ve heard admissions directors talk about each and every one of these things happen in real life, in an MBA interview situation.
- Have chicken parmigiano for lunch beforehand. Or shrimp scampi. Or garlic mashed potatoes. Or anything with garlic or onions.
- Be rude to the receptionist.
- Bite your nails.
- Wear jeans.
- Wear perfume or cologne. Or any heavily scented body products.
- Not wear deodorant. Scent should be fine for this category! As long as scent isn’t its main selling feature.
- Leave your phone on. Even on vibrate, it’s going to be a distraction if someone texts or calls or Facebook alerts. Turn it totally off before you go into the interview.
- Ask your interviewer how you did. As tempting as it may be, you’ve got to resist the urge to ask, “How are my chances?” Trust the process. If you’ve prepared appropriately, and you know why you want an MBA, and you’ve applied to this school for a reason — and now here they are, interviewing you — then you’ve done well. There is literally nothing that an interviewer will be able to say in response to a “What are my chances?” question. Either they lie and tell you did great, or they tell the truth and say you did fine (but “fine” doesn’t always make it in), or they grimace and wish you hadn’t asked, because there’s nothing they can give you at that stage. Or, you’re asking someone who’s opinion doesn’t really matter that much. If you’re interviewing with a student or alumnus/a, they’re going to submit their report on your conversation, but they’re not making the decision. So even if you did great, it doesn’t mean you’ll get in, and the opposite is also 100% true. Lots of candidates who feel that they bombed the interview end up with an admit. There’s not that much that can be read from these particular tea leaves. So bite your teeth and prevent yourself from asking the “What are my chances?” question. It does nothing for you except possibly make the interviewer uncomfortable.
- Not read EssaySnark’s guide to preparing for your MBA interview (sorry couldn’t help it – it’s really quite valuable and we’re betting you find a lot of use in it!)
Are you interviewing? Please let us know! You can update your status on the School Targets section of My SnarkCenter. We can’t wait to hear how it goes!
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*How do we know this? Because we worked with some BSers who put together some smokin’ apps this season.