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Preparing for Your MIT Sloan Interview
Type of Interview
A portion of the MIT Sloan MFin interview will be Behavioral Event-Based (BEI). The concept behind BEI is past behavior is a reliable indicator of future response in a similar situation. BEI is different from the traditional screening interviews:
- You may be asked follow-up questions from your application. For example, your interviewer might ask you to elaborate on your academic and/or professional experiences, or provide more detail on a specific example from your application.
Instead of asking how you would behave in a particular situation, the interviewer will ask you 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.
The interview will be a structured process with the interviewer driving the majority of the conversation. At the end, you will be given the opportunity to ask your own questions (and we encourage you to have a few prepared).
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 is Looking For
The interviewer will be looking for concrete and specific examples revealing one or several of the following traits during the interview:
- 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 a recent situation that showed favorable behaviors or actions, especially involving work experience, leadership, professional relationships, teamwork, planning, etc.
- Prepare short descriptions of each situation; be ready to give details when asked.
- Be sure to focus on examples not found in your application.
- Be sure 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. The interviewer will not give you the benefit of the doubt if there is something missing from your story.
- At your interview you will be asked to present a valid passport (preferred) or photo ID. Please make sure your name is printed in English.
- Business attire is expected.
You may send a thank-you through 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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