Carnegie Mellon University

Interviewing for the Tepper MBA Program

Find out what to expect from our admissions interview process and tips to help you prepare.

Following submission of your application, you may be invited to interview with a member of our MBA Admissions team. Our evaluative interviews are by invitation only and are required.

We begin to invite applicants to interview within one week of the application deadline. However, you may receive an invitation any time prior to the decision notification date.

If you are invited for an interview, you may arrange an on-campus or Skype interview with a member of our admissions team. Please note that our admissions committee prefers an on-campus interview, if possible.

How We Conduct Admissions Interviews

At the Tepper School, the Admissions team conducts behavioral interviews. The behavioral interview technique is used to review a candidate’s specific experiences and behaviors in an attempt to predict his or her potential for success at the Tepper School.

We are particularly interested in learning about candidates' skills and perspectives on teamwork, leadership, success, and failure. To prepare, we suggest that you:

  • Reflect on and clarify your short-term goals and your transition plan.
  • Think about specific questions related to how you might advance toward your future goals.
  • Identify specific examples when you have worked in a team, led a team, were challenged, succeeded, or learned something new.

You can check out a post by our admissions director, Kelly Wilson, for more interview tips.

Also, consider signing up for an application workshop in the fall to get tips on how to ace the interview.