Interview Sequences for 2+2 deferred MBA Programs

This is what I call the best discovery for anyone in his/her undergrad or A levels and is ready to play a long-term game way before anyone is even ready.

See, just like regular MBA programs, most deferred action programs require an admissions interview prior to the admissions committee’s final decision.

These interviews often follow a typical business school interview format and feature questions intended to create a more detailed image of who the applicant is and what their plans for the future are.

The following question sequences are from real HBS 2+2 Program interviews.

Note that interviews at other programs may differ from HBS’s style; therefore, these sequences are for demonstrative purpose only.

Some questions have been edited to ensure clarity and anonymity.

  Sequence 1

  1. How did you like the [application] process?
  2. Why did you study what you did?
  3. Tell me about your
  4. What challenges did you face in your first internship?
  5. How did you adjust to the new team?
  6. Why did you choose your second internship?
  7. What could you have done differently in the challenges you faced?
  8. What are your opinions about the future of your field?
  9. How do people describe you?

Sequence 2

  1. How are you feeling at this time in your life?
  2. What has been one thing that has surprised you during this period of reflection?
  3. What makes college stressful?
  4. What advice would you give to an incoming college freshman?
  5. Was there a time in college when a friend comforted you in a hard time?
  6. Why [X field]?
  7. What do you like about start-ups?
  8. How would you describe the culture at your start-up?
  9. What are drawbacks of start-ups?
  10. Have you spoken up at your start-up when you’ve disagreed with what they’re doing?
  11. What have you learned from working at your start-up?
  12. What did your start-up hire you to do?
  13. What is a hobby you like to do?
  14. What do you foresee yourself doing in the next one to two years?
  15. What else would you like to tell me

Sequence 3

  1. Tell me about your internship
  2. What do you think about [the company you interned with]?
  3. How are they developing?
  4. What are the differences from the [other] firm you interned with?
  5. How did that lead you to the job offer you accepted in a different industry?
  6. What exactly will you be doing at the firm you are joining?
  7. How did you finance your education?
  8. What are the tuition fees at [your university]?
  9. Tell me about your research
  10. Your recommender wrote that he tried to persuade you to pursue a Did you ever consider it?
  11. How has your personal background shaped you?

Sequence 4

  1. Tell me about your senior
  2. From your resume, it’s apparent that you balance a lot of How do you do it?
  3. What was your average day at [X company] like?
  4. What was your project at [X company]?
  5. What did you not like about [X company]?
  6. What kind of impact did you have at [Y company]?
  7. What are things that you need to get better at?
  8. What were some challenges you have faced with teaching?
  9. How did you get started at [X company]?
  10. What was the most challenging interview question you’ve received at [X company]?
  11. What do you wish I had asked you?

Sequence 5

  1. How did you learn about [X rotational program]?
  2. Why are you not joining [X company]?
  3. What would your fellow club members say is your greatest leadership weakness?
  4. Why did you participate in [X competition]?
  5. What do you love most about [your undergraduate university]?
  6. What technical news are you following right now?
  7. What business news are you following right now?
  8. Why did you do an internship at [Y company]?
  9. How did you learn about the internship?
  10. Please expand on your
  11. What are your plans post-MBA?


Muhammad Ali Tariq

Cofounder PrepVista

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