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NYU Stern MBA Interviews

As per the website of NYU Stern School of Business

Interviews are by invitation only and are an important part of the application process. You must interview to be admitted to NYU Stern’s Full-time MBA, Tech MBA, or Fashion & Luxury MBA.

A member of the Admissions Committee will conduct your interview. In most cases, this is a member of the MBA Admissions team. In some instances, your interview may be conducted by another Stern administrator or an alumnus/alumna of the MBA program who has been selected and trained to conduct admissions interviews. These individuals are also official members of the Admissions Committee.

The NYU Stern MBA interview will last approximately 30 minutes.

Plan to arrive early, as you will need to sign in at the security desk in the lobby prior to coming to the MBA Admissions office. The security desk will require photo identification. If you cannot travel to NYU Stern, you may inquire about interviewing at one of our offsite locations in March. These interviews are typically held in London, India and China. Priority consideration is given to applicants who apply by October 15. Email for more information. Phone/skype interviews are almost never granted and reserved for extreme circumstances.

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NYU Stern Frequently Asked Interview Questions

  1. Tell me something about yourself?
  2. Walk me through your resume?
  3. Why MBA? Why NYU Stern 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?

NYU Stern Interview Questions – 1

My interview lasted 35 min. More or less anticipated the questions:

Please describe your career progress.

Describe conflict situation at work and how you resolved it.

Why Stern?

What are your expectations? How are you planning to use your MBA?

What are you bringing to the table? What experiences could you share to contribute to student body at NYU?

I have attended the info night at the campus the day before and was able to speak to how I relate to issues brought up by the panel of current students – coming to work early, studying at lunch. Using days off to prepare for finals, etc.

NYU Stern Interview Questions – 2

Very casual interview. Adcom is super nice. Very standard MBA interview.


  1. Tell me about your current role
  2. Why MBA now?
  3. What do you do besides work?
  4. Leadership experience/greatest accomplishment
  5. Strengths and weakness
  6. What do you expect from Stern?

NYU Stern Interview Questions – 3

Was a very easy going interview with a number of standard questions. Started off with an icebreaker about my undergrad experience. From there we went all over the place with some standard questions and some I hadn’t considered but were interesting:
• Questions about résumé items
• Why MBA?
• Short Term Goal after MBA?
• Why Stern?
• Give me a 15 second elevator pitch for consulting (my short term goal)
• After 2 years, what do you want your fellow students to say about you?
Conversation was 20 minutes and then left 10 minutes for me to ask questions and discussion.

NYU Stern Interview Questions – 4

Total interview time: 30 minutes


Tell me about your move to New York.

Why do you like New York?

Walk me through your résumé.

How would your co-workers describe you?

Why do you want an MBA?

Post grad goals?

Three companies you want to work for?

What do you do for fun?

It was the most basic, ridiculously shallow interview. I felt like I did not have the opportunity to really show who I was and why I was special because the questions did not leave room for that. It was like they had a book of questions to choose from and they chose them completely at random, so the interview was all over the place. And the adcom was not at all interested, or receptive, seemed like they wanted to be somewhere else, and I was a terrible inconvenience on them. Like talking to a wall. When I asked questions at the end I was given the most canned, rehearsed, unthoughtful answers.

It was a terrible interview overall and makes me really wonder how they get good candidates. But maybe they just hated me. On the other hand, super easy interview to do.

NYU Stern Interview Questions – 5

Type of interview: application based interview. I had the feeling that the interviewer had a very detailed knowledge of my application file, as she referred several times to my answers in the applications, to elements of my essays and to very detailed data points of my résumé.

List of interview questions:

Why MBA? Why now? Why Stern?

Please explain why did you decide to choose X as your current job + around 6-7 follow-up questions regarding my current job.

What do you see yourself in 5-10 years?

Describe an occurrence in which you managed a workplace conflict/made a positive impact?

How would you contribute at Stern?

The interview was rather formal. There was almost no small talk, and the interviewer was really deep diving into her questions. She was really pushing me and bringing me out of my comfort zone as she was really burying me with questions and constantly asking for details.

Outcome: admitted for R3 with merit scholarship.


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