So, you’ve just received the email from HEC inviting you for an interview! Congratulations! You know how many other applicants were wishing for that moment and you made it. Now let’s get well prepared for it.
✓Skyrocket GMAT is not a ticket for MSc in Marketing
You’ve got an incredible, blow minding GMAT score. Congrats! But definitely that doesn’t guarantee your admission. Undoubtedly, GMAT can tell a lot about your analytical skills and reasoning but something that cannot be depicted in that test is your personality. As you imagine, this is equally important for the interviewers when they have to choose among a big pool of prospect students. Therefore, try to demonstrate your personality throughout the interview, state clearly what are your goals and what you want to achieve through this Master and then let the interviewers discover what a gem you are!
✓ Get ready to be challenged
What HEC is looking for is the leaders of tomorrow. Given a long tradition of very successful alumni, HEC wants to recruit students that have equally potentials of succeeding in life. Therefore during the interview you will be challenged for your motivation, background and even failures that you’ve had. It’s not always easy to defend your past decisions hence my advice is to reflect on what you’ve achieved the past few years, the mistakes you’ve made and the learning experiences you’ve had because of them. This exercise will give you a thorough guide on how to argument concerning your background.
✓ Not scientists, but well-rounded personalities
A highlighted interest in Marketing can be expressed by talking about current trends of marketing, success stories in the business world, your vision about it in the future, your contribution etc… However, interviewers would like to see a lot more than that when they will meet you. What they’re looking for is a well-rounded personality. So, apart from being updated concerning Marketing you should also be aware of what is going on in the world. More precisely politics, social challenges, innovations in related sciences might also be part of your interview. Be prepared for it!
✓ It’s Marketing after all
It’s Marketing after all…that means you have to successfully sell your candidacy to the interviewers. Be true to what you are, confident and decided to ace the interview and don’t forget to demonstrate your USP (aka unique selling proposition). What is that makes you special? What would be your contribution to the program that they won’t be able to find to other applicants? That is your USP and that is what you should make sure that they will fully understand during your interview.