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Making the Most of your Admissions Interview

There are many components of your application that are somewhat out of your hands. Your undergraduate GPA has already been tabulated and recorded. Your professional experience and work history is just that: history. Fortunately, there are aspects of your application which are very much under your control, namely the admissions interview. This is why making the most of your admissions interview is so important.

The key to a successful admissions interview is preparation. You will want to take time to collect your thoughts and stories regarding your academic and professional experience, teamwork and leadership opportunities, and your short term and long term goals. We want to know how the MBA, specifically the Tepper MBA, will help you achieve those goals. Preparation will allow you to speak to your strengths while keeping your answers clear and concise.

The primary purpose of an interview is for our team to get to know you a bit better. For this to happen, you must first know yourself! Before your interview, be sure to review your resume and reflect on your academic and professional progression. Think about how you can best demonstrate your strengths and contribution to the MBA class of 2009.

When the admissions team evaluates candidates, we are primarily looking for a “fit” between the Tepper School and a candidate’s interests and profile. This fit is not only important for the interview, but also for your eventual success and satisfaction with your MBA program. Being able to communicate that fit is ultimately what makes an average interview outstanding.

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