The Wharton Admissions Committee has posted on its blog some information and tips for candidates invited for Round 2 interviews.
Interviews provide additional information about your candidacy that is included in the final
review of your application. As such, interviews are not the decisive factor in your admissions
decision. At Wharton, the person who interviews you will not have read your application.
Interviews are blind, which reduces bias as your interviewer will have no preconceived ideas of
your ability or personality based on your written application.
Interviews may include behavioral questions. Questions may center on specific examples or
detailed descriptions of events, projects, or experiences that demonstrate how situations you’ve
faced in the past have been handled and what you learned from them. Behavioral interviewing
assumes that past performance predicts future behavior.
All interviews carry equal weight. There is no advantage to interviewing on-campus or with an
admissions staff member. Arrange the type of interview that is most convenient for you.
The exact length of the interview does not indicate how well the interview went. While we
schedule 30 minute interviews, they may vary a bit. Deviations from the schedule are
unrelated to the candidate.
Do not expect the interviewer to give you feedback – literally or figuratively. Be careful to
avoid any interpretation of verbal or non-verbal communication, as both may mislead you.
Interviews are not a popularity contest. The interviewer is assessing your fit for the Wharton
MBA program, not whether or not the two of you would make good friends.
The key is to relax, be genuine, and enjoy the opportunity for us to get to know one another!”