Nanyang MBA interviews are typically conducted invitation-only and require a separate invitation from the admissions committee. Some interviews may be done on Skype or Zoom, but most are held in person by a member of the MBA admissions committee.

Interviews are usually done after the application deadline and last about 20 minutes. The interview is designed to assess a candidate’s fit with the MBA program, their ability to communicate, and whether they have thought through their short- and long-term goals.

Nanyang MBA interview questions 

Based on our experience in preparing candidates for admission to Nanyang Business School, we have compiled some of the most common questions asked during their interviews.

  • Introduce yourself and explain your career path so far
  • Why do you need an MBA, and why do you want one now?
  • How would you rate your networking skills? Give some examples.
  • What motivated/inspired you to pursue an MBA? Did you discuss it with a mentor, senior, or family member? 
  • What is your plan for the next 5-8 years? Have you created any routes?
  • What kind of leader are you? How will your family, the company, and your customers benefit from this? 
  • How have you managed problems and challenges in your professional life?
  • What skills from your career do you bring relevant to your future career?
  • Which other schools have you applied to? How is Nanyang different?
  • What is your career plan after completing your MBA? What is your ideal job profile, and what would be your first step towards that plan?
  • Tell me about your work experience/internships/projects. (Discuss them in detail.)
  • Discuss a situation where you were under pressure at work (or during any other activity). How did you manage it, and how was the outcome?
  • Discuss a situation where you had to make a difficult decision, and how did you go about it? What were the challenges; how did you face them? Was the outcome as expected or not? Why or why not?
  • What are some of your long-term and short-term goals, and how do you plan to achieve them as part of this program at Nanyang Business School?
  • Describe a situation where you had to work with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Describe a situation where others took credit for your work, and what did you do to resolve it?

Things to keep in mind when preparing for Nanyang MBA interviews

Be prepared and research the NBS MBA

Ensure that you have researched the school, the program, and what you want to do with it. Know why this particular program will help you achieve your goals instead of any other one. Clearly explain what differentiates this MBA program from others and why it’s right for you. For example, why would you choose a program in Singapore and not in India or elsewhere in Asia? What makes the Nanyang MBA distinctive for you?

Be bold: The interviewer wants to hear about your strengths — both professional and personal — and how you’ve been able to leverage them in previous situations, whether that was at work or outside of work. Use specific examples instead of general statements to demonstrate your abilities rather than talk about things on your resume.

Be ready for surprises: The Nanyang MBA interview can occasionally include ‘surprise’ questions that cannot be prepared for in advance, so be prepared to deliver good answers while thinking on your feet. These can consist of questions ranging from current affairs to mini business problems that require analysis.

Nanyang MBA interview debrief 1 

Two people interviewed me, and here are the questions:

  • Introduce yourself.
  • Why MBA?
  • Why Nanyang? How did you get to know about us?
  • How will you contribute to the class?
  • What is your biggest failure, and how did you overcome it?
  • What is your greatest strength, and how does it help you in your career progression?
  • Why marketing? What do you like/dislike about marketing?
  • If I gave you a chance to do another profession, what would it be and why?
  • How do you see yourselves in 5 years?

Nanyang MBA interview debrief 2

I applied for the Nanyang MBA at the beginning of January and had my interview at the end of the month. Two people from the Nanyang MBA interviewed me. They were both very friendly and put me at ease during the interview.

They went through my resume and asked questions about my work experience, related to what I want to study in business school, why I want to do an MBA, where I want to work after graduation, and so on. After talking about my resume, they asked me more personal questions like where I am from, what I like to do outside of work (my hobbies), etc.

I would say that it was quite a relaxed interview. They wanted to know me better as a person and see if I would be a good fit for their program. After the interview, they spent another 15-20 minutes telling me about the school and the program and answering my questions patiently.

While the interview experience was good, I would not have done very well had I not prepared because they don’t take your answers at face value and have multiple follow-up questions. My interview training with GyanOne paid off for me.

A few weeks later, I received the admit from Nanyang and plan to begin my MBA there soon.

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