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Preparing for Your MIT Sloan Interview
Type of Interview
The MIT Sloan MBA Admissions Committee conducts Behavioral event-based interviews. The concept behind the Behavioral event-based interview (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:
- The interview will be a structured process that will concentrate on areas that are important to the interviewer, rather than allowing you to concentrate on areas that you may feel are important.
- Instead of asking how you would behave in a particular situation, the interviewer will ask how you did behave.
- Expect your interviewer to question and probe your answers.
- The interviewer will ask you to provide details and will not allow you to theorize or generalize about several events.
- You may not get a chance 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:
- Influencing others: the ability to influence a person, group, or organization.
- Relationship building: the ability to build and maintain professional relationships.
- Drive: the ability to set an objective and achieve it.
Preparing for BEI
- Recall the recent situation that showed favorable behaviors or actions, especially 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.
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
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