G1. What was your approach for preparing for interviews?
Many people royally ^*#(((@ up their first interview, generally by not preparing sufficiently. Very few people are such natural interviewers that they can waltz in.
Most MBAs emphasize that you need to have very clear recall on your resume and the rest of your application. Have all your stories ready and top of mind.
For both your own peace of mind and for the interview, have very clear, succinct, and deeply thought answers to "Why an MBA? Why now? Why this school?". It's the same set of meta-questions that is crucial for the application.
There is a long tail of additional tactics here - pick and choose the ones that make sense to you.
Review your resume/application, prepare stories
Have an elevator pitch for everything in your resume: what was it, why was it interesting, what were the results?
Why an MBA? Why now? Why this school?
Create list of questions (look online), prepare answers
Wharton has a particular process; generic and formulaic, but you have to come across as un-rehearsed
Reinforce that the school is a great fit for you
Think about why you want to go to that school; find the reasons they might not take you, and answer those
Be authentic, likable, engaging
I do interviews for UCLA; refresh your memory of the school, know what you're talking about; be likable
Reinforce the themes from your application
Elizabeth De Montigny
I reviewed my application and determined which themes I wanted to convey in the interview
Do mock interviews
Use the interview to fill holes in your application
First interview was a disaster, or I got really lucky
Didn't prepare for first interview and it was a disaster; preparation takes the edge off your nerves
I was completely unprepared; I should have reiterated the qualities in my application; don't use the same story in your essay
I bought a new, conservative suit! Believed that interviewing was a strength, which was hubris; don't bank on rapport with the interviewer