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Dartmouth Tuck MBA Interviews

Dartmouth Tuck School of Business offers interviews with the expectation that they should not be drill sessions, but should be conversations so that Tuck can get to know the applicant on a personal level and the applicant can get to know Tuck so remember to ask your interviewer questions. Applicants will be evaluated on criteria such as leadership, self-awareness, interpersonal skills and ability to get involved in the Tuck community. Applicants who do well in the interview will showcase these skills and qualities in the interview. They will have high energy and show a passion for what they are talking about. In addition, if you are an international student, your ability to communicate in English will also be evaluated.

Dartmouth Tuck MBA interviews are either applicant initiated on-campus or Admissions initiated after an initial review of your application. Interviews are considered one data point in the application and will not make or break your application. It is to your benefit to schedule your interview after you have done your campus visit/tour. If you cannot schedule your interview for after the visit, try to talk to students. Many applicants lament that they have a better understanding of Tuck after they have had the chance to visit or talk with students.

The majority of on-campus interviews are given by Second-Year students. These students are chosen for their leadership on campus and their commitment to Tuck. This means these students love Tuck and have had a great experience and will want to talk about how great Tuck is. They are also a great resource to you! You should dress for your interview, regardless of location, in business dress. I know this can be a challenge in the cold weather in Hanover, but presentation counts.

Tuck MBA Frequently Asked Interview Questions

  1. Tell me something about yourself?
  2. Walk me through your resume?
  3. Why MBA? Why Tuck school?
  4. Why MBA now or Why MBA at this stage of your career?
  5. What is your short & long term goals?
  6. What is your Plan B if consulting/Investment banking does not happen?
  7. What are your key strengths? Can you give some examples please?
  8. What is your biggest weakness ? Can you give some examples please?
  9. How can you add value to the Class?
  10. Why should we take you?
  11. One reason that we should not select you?
  12. Interests and Hobbies – Be prepared!.. questions as basic as “Why do you do poetry (or any other activity” may be asked.
  13. Some Situational & Behavioral Question
    • What would you describe are your greatest achievement to date?
    • Give me an example of a time you faced a conflict while working on a team. How did you handle that?
    • Give me an example of a time when you did not meet a client’s expectation. What happened, and how did you attempt to rectify the situation?
  14. Case questions are fairly common in MBA interview especially for consulting aspirants. Below are a few sample for to practice for:
    • How many Golf balls can fit in a Boeing 747?
    • What’s the global market size for smartphones?
  15. Do you have any Question for us?

Tuck MBA Interview Questions – 1

The interviewer was a 2nd year MBA student. She was very nice and made me feel relaxed and comfortable from the get-go. She escorted me to the conference room where the interview was held. On the walk there, we briefly talked about where I was traveling from, and the weather (It was raining a lot that day, and was messy). The interview questions were as follows:

1) Walk me through your résumé, and explain any transitions in work

2) Why do you need an MBA at this stage?

3) Why an MBA at Tuck as opposed to other schools?

4) How do you plan to contribute and engage yourself at Tuck?

After these intro questions, several behavioral questions were asked:

5) What would your current supervisor say about you?

6) What are some of your weaknesses?

7) Tell me about a time where you solved a problem at work.

8) What are you involved in outside of work? (extracurriculars)

9) Anything else that I should know about you?

Tuck MBA Interview Questions – 6

Straightforward interview, but my interviewer asked several detailed follow-up questions:

  1. Tell me about you.
  2. Resume questions (pick & probe): I work in fixed-income but seek to transition into a totally different industry hence she asked my why not fixed income & details
  3. Why MBA?
  4. Career goals
  5. Why Tuck?
  6. How do you see yourself get involve in Tuck?
  7. Tell me a time when you have to deal with conflicts.
  8. Questions about my hobby.
  9. Any questions for me?

Tuck MBA Interview Questions – 7

Had an afternoon interview that didn’t include a class, but showed up early and ran into someone i knew, and he took me to class.

I spent the night prior and day of in Hanover, walking around town. Probably that nicest, most outgoing group of grad students on earth. Lines up with the tuck rotating reputation.

Interview was, as everyone says, very casual and conversational.

She asked:

  • Go over my resume
  • What am i most proud of
  • What role do i fill in a group
  • A mistake I’ve made

Nothing odd. Lasted 30 minutes.

Tuck MBA Interview Questions – 10

My interview was with a second year student who was very polite and nice. She set the stage at the beginning of the interview, noting that it was going to be about 30 minutes and she will ask me a series of questions about my past experiences. The questions were fairly straight forward:

  • Walk me through your résumé.
  • Why an MBA?
  • Why Tuck?
  • What would you get involved in at Tuck?
  • Tell me about a time when you failed
  • After your first semester at Tuck, what would your study group teammates say about you? (one positive and one negative)

Then we had time for a few questions at the end and it lasted for about 40 minutes total.

Tuck MBA Interview Questions – 11

The total culture is supportive. For the class visits, there will be current students to escort you, and the professor might be ask you to introduce yourself as well. The school is beautiful (but a little bit cold at night). It takes around 3 hours to drive from Boston and 5 hours to drive from NYC, really far. But save for that, everything was perfect! The admission director even dropped by to say hello to us.

The interviewer was nice. The interview was more like a casual conversation. Questions were:

  1. Walk through the résumé.
  2. Why MBA? Why Tuck?
  3. Which clubs are you interested in Tuck?
  4. One teamwork experience you had.
  5. How to deal with conflicts? and examples.
  6. One time you showed initiative.
  7. One feedback you received from your supervisor and how did you respond.
  8. Q&A.

I guess the interviews are similar for everyone. I suggest you visit the schools to check out the culture, location, weather, etc. to see whether it’s fit.


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