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  • Preparing for your interview

    Type of interview

    The MIT Sloan MBA Admissions Committee conducts behavioral event-based interviews. The concept behind the BEI is that past behavior is a reliable indicator of the future response in a similar situation. The BEI is different from traditional screening interviews in the following ways:

    • The interview will be a structured process that will concentrate on areas that are important to the interviewer, rather than focusing on areas that the interviewee may feel are important.
    • Instead of asking how the interviewee would behave in a particular situation, the interviewer will ask how he or she did behave.
    • Expect the interviewer to ask for additional detail.
    • The interviewer will not allow the interviewee to theorize or generalize about several events.
    • The interviewee may not have the opportunity to deliver any prepared stories.
    • Most interviewers will be taking copious notes throughout the interview.

    What the Admissions Committee looks for:

    The interviewer will be looking for concrete and specific examples that reveal one or several of the following traits:

    • Influential leadership
    • Ability to build relationships
    • Drive and motivation

    Preparing for BEI

    • Recall recent positive situations involving work experience, leadership, professional relationships, teamwork, and planning.
    • Prepare short descriptions of each situation; be ready to give details when asked.
    • Focus on examples not found in your application.
    • Ensure the story has a beginning, a middle, and an end.
    • Be honest: don’t embellish or omit any part of the story.
    • Be specific: don’t generalize about several events; give a detailed accounting of one event.

    Please note:

    • If you are interviewing in Cambridge, MA, the Admissions Office does not open until 8:30 a.m. 
    • We have limited space for luggage in the Admissions Office so please plan alternative arrangements for belongings.

    Following your interview

    You may send a note to the interviewer via email or postal mail to the following address:

    Name of Interviewer
    MIT Sloan School of Management
    238 Main Street, E48-500
    Cambridge, MA  02142-1347
    adcom@sloan.mit.edu

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