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Interviews

If you are invited to interview, we will have the opportunity to learn more about you, as you learn more about Stanford GSB. During your interview, a trained member of our global MBA alumni community or admissions staff will ask questions to evaluate your candidacy and answer your questions so you can assess whether the Stanford MBA Program is right for you.

We expect to interview roughly 1,000 applicants this year. Every candidate who ultimately receives an offer of admission will be interviewed. You may, however, be offered a place in the waitpool without an interview during the round in which you apply. In this case, you may be invited to interview in a later round, after you have accepted your spot in the waitpool.

All interviews are by invitation only. Please do not contact the MBA Admission Office to request an interview.

What We Seek to Learn

The interview focuses on past actions rather than on hypothetical situations. The primary questions revolve around attitudes, behaviors, and skills that we believe are key to good citizenship in the Stanford community and vital to high-impact leadership post-MBA.

We ask you to reflect on your personal and professional experiences, what you’ve learned about yourself, and how best to lead people and manage situations. Take advantage of this opportunity to think about the people, situations, and events that have shaped you.

We do not provide feedback during, or after, the interview.

Where We Interview

Interviews take place all over the world, typically near where you live or work. We do not accept requests to interview on campus.

On the rare occasion that we do not have an alumni interviewer available in your location at the time needed, or if you will be in a particularly remote location, you have the option to travel to another city or to interview by phone. All interviews are weighted equally, whether you interview in person or by phone.

Interview Process

  1. The MBA Admissions Office contacts you via email to invite you to interview.
  2. You and your interviewer will work together to schedule the interview, generally within 10 days.
  3. You and your interviewer conduct the interview as scheduled.
  4. Your interviewer submits a written assessment to the MBA Admissions Office.
  5. The MBA Admissions Office considers your interview in context with your entire application and continues to evaluate your candidacy.

Interview Schedule

For Rounds 1 and 2, we distribute interview invitations in a four- to five-week window. We will send you a more specific timetable after your deadline. For Round 3, we begin inviting candidates to interview approximately a week after the application deadline and continue issuing invitations until a week before the decision notification date for that round.

  • Round 1: mid October to late November
  • Round 2: early February to mid March
  • Round 3: mid-April to early May
Last Updated 24 Oct 2016