MBA interviews: What we want to know

Posted by MMU on 09-May-2016 09:50:56

Before you are accepted onto any MBA programme, the university will want to meet with you in order to assess whether you are a good fit for the course. Manchester Met is no different.

We meet all potential MBA candidates before accepting their application. This is not something we want you to worry about. In fact, we thought we’d help you out with your preparation a little.

Of course, we’re not here to give you all the answers. We don’t want everyone coming in and telling us the same thing. What we want is to gain an honest impression of you. To help you give a good account of yourself, here are a few areas you might want to focus on prior to your interview.

Who are you?

Obviously, we’re looking for more than a name here. Think of this question as something along the lines of: “Why should we admit you?”

What made you choose a career in business, for example? What have you done so far that has been successful? What has your previous experience taught you?

Crucially, we want to hear about your aspirations for the future. After all, this is what your MBA is working towards. Why do you feel an MBA is important to help you get where you want to go? Make sure you arrive with a realistic outline of what you want to achieve after graduating.

Why Manchester Met?


Let’s face it, there are a lot of business schools out there. We want you to explain why you’ve chosen our MBA programme.

This will reveal the extent to which you have studied the course outline and the business school itself, and will also show us that you are really passionate about achieving your goals with Manchester Met.

What are your strengths?

This question should come as no surprise to you. Knowledge of your strong points will be key to our assessment of whether you are a good fit for a Manchester Met MBA, so it’s important you answer the question well.

For many candidates, an MBA is a stepping stone to career progression. Demonstrating your leadership abilities will show us how you might use your MBA to further your ambitions.

Talking about attributes such as organisation, planning ability, determination and any other skills you have that lend themselves well to a career in business. Crucially, make sure you have practical examples to back up your claims.

What are your weaknesses?

Everyone has them. There’s no point in pretending otherwise, and we want to know what yours are. Most job interview advice will suggest you try to turn your weaknesses into positives, and that holds true here too.

We might also ask you about a time you’ve failed. We know that many people who enroll in our MBA programmes are already well underway with their business career, and there will almost certainly have been times where things haven’t worked out as you hoped. How did you respond to this?

Do you have any questions for us?

This comes back to showing that you’ve thought about your potential course and the opportunities provided by Manchester Met.

Our website contains plenty of information about a range of topics, including course structure, timetables, funding options and our alumni. There is little value in asking us questions about information that is already freely available.

Your questions should be linked to your goals and spark a discussion as to how studying at Manchester Met will help you reach them. You can also ask us questions about aspects such as the culture and environment at the university - remember, it’s not just about convincing us you’re right for the course, you also want to be sure that Manchester Met is the right place for you.

Good luck

Hopefully, the advice we have included here will give you the confidence you need to perform well when you meet us for the first time.

We look forward to meeting you!


Topics: MBA