Questions You May Be Asked During a Grad School Admissions Interview

Asking Questions

You should treat your graduate admissions interview with the same importance as a professional job interview, and that means being prepared. Practice answering questions so you appear more confident during your interview and are not thrown off by the unexpected question.

Below are common questions asked by our admissions team during a graduate school interview for a professional business program. You should be able to provide a short, but detailed, response to each.

  • Take about a minute to tell me what I should really know about you?
  • Why are you interested in this degree?
  • What interests you about the _______ field?
  • Why did you choose this school?
  • How did you find out about this program?
  • Tell me about your current professional position and what you do.
  • If you are currently employed, what are the issues your organization is facing? What keeps senior management up at night?
  • What was your best/greatest professional success? What are you most proud of professionally?
  • Tell me about a time when you failed. How did you recover from that?
  • Provide an example of a time when you worked with a difficult colleague/employee/fellow student. How did you handle that situation?
  • Do you prefer to work on a team or individually?
  • What is the one thing you would like to improve about yourself?
  • What is your dream job and why?
  • What do you do for fun? What are some of your hobbies?
  • What skills are you specifically looking to develop through our program?
  • What courses intrigue you in our curriculum?
  • What would you do if you were part of a high level meeting and you received a very important client call in the middle of it?
  • How do you like to receive feedback?
  • Why should you be admitted to our program? What do you bring to the table?
  • How do you manage stress and competing priorities in your life?
  • What questions do you have for us? (Be sure to be prepared with questions to ask your interview team that will impress them.)

John Adamski

Director, Graduate Admissions

John has over 30 years experience as a sales and marketing executive in the information management industry. As the Director of Graduate Admissions at LeBow, he has reviewed thousands of graduate school applications as a member of the admissions and scholarship review committees.