Personal alumni tips for the MBA interview from Valentin Mladenov
My name is Valentin and I am an alumnus of the MBA program of the WU Executive Academy. I would like to share with you some tips that I wish I had received before my MBA interview. For each of the burning questions about this interview, I tried to give my experience and tips based on it.
What is the purpose of the MBA interview?
The purpose of the MBA interview is twofold. First of all, it is a chance for you to meet your academic director, ask questions about the program and the curriculum and meet your potential future colleagues. Second of all, it is a chance for your academic director to meet you, get to know you better and learn about your future plans. At least this is what the interview looked like for my program – the Professional MBA with the specialization in Project Management at the Vienna University of Business and Economics.
My personal experience from my MBA interview was that I met some of my future colleagues. I heard them talk about their experience, their future plans, their goals and ambitions. I was always a bit scared before the interview that maybe I do not belong in the program. My fears were proved wrong during exactly this interview. I also met my academic director and we started building a student-to-teacher relationship even before the program started. Moreover, we also started a professional-to-professional relationship.
It may be possible that you get a feeling that this program is not the right one for your (or maybe only the specialization). I can only advise you to be honest with yourself and your academic director. I remember one of the other 2 people at my interview ended up switching their specialization, because they realized that they already had what the Project Management specialization was offering.
How should I prepare for my MBA interview in advance?
First of all – relax! This is not a job interview and your future does not depend on your performance. Your academic director is here to help you understand what you are up to and what you want. There are no questions about IQ or emotional intelligence.
I can give you the following tips: