Each year, admissions committee members at Harvard interview a little over 2,000 applicants to its MBA program, with the 30-minute interviews usually occurring on campus. The comprehensive questions usually cover all aspects to the candidate’s background, from undergraduate studies through leadership skills.
The majority of questions are commonplace and foreseeable – Why do you need an MBA? Why specifically at Harvard? What are your strengths and weaknesses? How did you choose your undergraduate major and why?
However, there are usually some surprising questions designed to catch the applicant off guard and help the admissions committee to select about 1,100 applicants for acceptance from over 2,000 interviewees and 9,315 applicants in total.
Below are the most surprising questions asked in HBS interviews:
Explain to me something you’re working on as if I were an eight-year-old?
Describe something that you should start doing, do more of, and do less of?
What’s the one thing you’ll never be as good at as others?
What are the two best pieces of advice you have been given, and why?
What do you want to be remembered as?
What is your definition of a leader? How do you fit that definition?
How do you make big decisions?
How would your parents describe you when you were twelve?
What is one thing I’d never have guessed about you, even after reading your application?
What is the one thing you would like me to remember about you?