Tips for the admission interview
If you are preparing for the interview, congratulations! Getting to this point is not easy.
Now, in order to achieve a satisfactory result, good preparation is important to communicate your strengths and minimize your weaknesses. Following these five tips will be useful not only to make a good impression with the admissions committee, but also while interviewing for a job after you complete the MBA.
You should be informed about what happens in other countries. You do not have to know everything that happens around the entire world, but you must have a notion of what is most important and how it affects the industrial sector or your career field.
This is perhaps the most important tip, you have to ask yourself what is it that you are passionate about both professional and personal. Each person is different, but if you are clear about your competitive advantages and your motivations, it will be easier for you to answer the interview questions. Be clear that there is a difference between the things you do well professionally and the things that you are passionate about.
On the internet there are many tests that will help you have a better understanding of who you are, such as the one created by Katherine Cook Briggs. They can help you identify passions and those areas in which you are not so good at.
Self-knowledge also implies being aware of your own weaknesses. If the interviewer asks you, you have to be honest; but do not bring up the subject if you have not been asked. Think about them beforehand and relate them to what you want to do in the future and how the MBA can help you improve them.
Are you clear about what you want to do professionally in the short, medium and long term? This will help you identify what benefits you will get from the MBA. Maybe you want a career change, better income or reinforce something you already know, or are you interested in being a Manager, Entrepreneur, Director or Consultant?
More important than the goal itself, is that you have it clear and that it aligns with your professional vision and mission. It is likely that the interviewer will ask about your future career goal -after completing the master's degree- so, think about which industry, functional area, company or country you would like to be part of.
To what degree do you directly or indirectly accept change? Change will be constant in INCAE, in your future work, in your country and everywhere. Showing adaptability and flexibility will be beneficial.
On the other hand, it is also important that you define what is the change you have to do, to get more prepared for the interview and when you will do it. Maybe it's resolving your current work situation, or defining your career goals…Whatever it is, do it!
Defining a path to follow and taking action is a practice that you should adopt permanently and not only when you prepare for interviews.
Use your experience in your favor, if you have extensive work experience it will be a plus, especially if it is in multidisciplinary areas and multinational companies. However, experience goes much further than that.
Mention the experience you have working in a team, working with people from other countries or your experiences generating impact in your community or through social responsibility and sustainable development. Share everything that adds value to your profile and it’s related to the position.
These tips will undoubtedly help you. But you must be clear that there are no magic formulas for success and the end result will depend on yourself. Honesty and confidence will be your allies to perform in the best way.
This article is based on the webinar "Tips for the admission interview", by the consultant Niels Camacho.
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