What questions should I be asking an interviewer when the interview concludes?
While answering “Why MBA” or “Tell me about yourself” is challenging but doable, one element of a B-School interview that completely stumps me are the questions that we are allowed to ask at the end of an interview.
What kind of questions can one ask? How does it affect one’s chances of selection?
And what are the repercussions if I do not have anything to ask?
In terms of b-school interviews, I think it’s a good idea to ask questions related to the B-school which you have applied for. It can be as simple as asking about the application process itself in order to understand what exactly the interviewers are looking for and what are the expectations from a student once he/she joins, or about some events or seminars that are conducted every year or every semester. It demonstrates that you are really interested in the college and want to be the best fit possible.
E.g- What are your expectations for an incoming fresher like me?
-I read/saw this ABC event of college XYZ on social media and got some insights from current students. What are your views on it? How do the students and professors get benefitted from it?
Some of my seniors have advised me to be an active listener throughout the process and pay attention to certain topics the interviewer might have brought up during the interview. For example, if he/she discusses a mentoring program in the campus, you may ask if he/she was involved and how the students responded to it and what did they gain out of it?
Your questions can be as practical as ‘an information regarding a program/event’ to as friendly as ‘the typical campus life’. but make sure it ain’t too personal to the interviewer.
I have also come across people who did not choose to ask any questions in the end, but I guess it was because the interview went genuinely good with both the interviewer & the Interviewee satisfied with the answers. One shouldn’t try to ask forced questions too.
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