Interviews

After we have reviewed your application, we may invite you to interview. Our interviews are designed to help us learn more about you and for you to learn more about Stanford GSB.

During your interview, a trained member of our global MBA alumni community or an MBA admissions officer will ask you questions that enable us to evaluate your candidacy. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions in order to assess whether the Stanford MBA Program is right for you.

The interview complements your written application with essential insights for our evaluation process. We require all candidates to interview before receiving an offer of admission. While being invited to interview is a positive sign, it does not guarantee your admission. We generally interview two to three candidates per available seat in the class. Interviews are by invitation only.

What We Seek to Learn

We conduct a structured behavioral interview to gain a deeper understanding of what you have done and how you have done it. We focus on your past actions, rather than on hypothetical situations, and invite you to discuss meaningful professional or community-based experiences you’ve had in the past few years.

How We Interview

If we invite you to interview, we will match you with a member of our interview team, which is made up of a small subset of our alumni community and MBA admissions officers. Interviews may take place remotely or in person. We do not have an on-campus interview program and do not accept requests to interview on campus. We treat all interviews equally in our evaluation process, and the location, date, and mode of your interview will not impact your candidacy. 

Interview Process

We recommend business attire for your interview.

Interview Schedule

Interviews take place in the following time windows:

  • Round 1: late September to late November
  • Round 2: mid-January to mid-March
  • Round 3: late April to mid-May

We will send you a more specific timetable after you have submitted your application.

How to Prepare for Interviews
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How to Prepare for Interviews
Kirsten Moss, assistant dean and director of MBA admissions and financial aid, talks about the interview process.