MIT’s admissions committee published an update on its blog about the school’s process of evaluating MBA candidates:
“We evaluate characteristics on two dimensions: Demonstrated Success and Personal Attributes. For Demonstrated Success we look for evidence of academic abilities and professional success. Personal Attributes we look for include; ability to work on a team, ability to challenge the status quo or solve complex problems, innovative ways to make an impact, and a drive to achieve goals.
Our evaluation process, which includes a required face-to-face interview by invitation only, helps us to get to know you and to give us a better idea of how you have acted, felt or thought in specific situations. It also gives you an opportunity to get to know us better as well.
We take a holistic approach to reviewing applications. We have a professional Admissions Committee (no students or faculty). They will read your entire application. We encourage you to respond to the optional question to tell us more about yourself.”