CEIBS MBA Interview 30 Sample Questions & Tips

As the CEIBS increases in the rankings each year, there has been an increase in the number of students applying. It is becoming increasingly competitive to get accepted by CEIBS.

The interview in person is required for all students in mainland China. Those outside can take an interview by teleconference.

The interview is one of the most important parts of the assessment process and preparation is extremely important. Here we have collected a number of questions to help you prepare. While it’s important to prepare, it’s also important to be natural.

The interview is normally conducted by two people; one from the admissions team and one professor.

What have you done, why is it meaningful for you? How has that prepared you for the future?
Be prepared to be asked some deep questions. Also be prepared to ask the interviewer some questions

Popular Questions

  1. Walk me through your resume.
  2. Tell us about your work experience?
  3. You don’t have any international experience, how does it affect you?
  4. What are you short-term career goals? Long term?
  5. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
  6. Tell us about your strengths?
  7. How will you contribute to CEIBS?
  8. Since you don’t know mandarin, you will be considered as minority in China after your MBA, how do you overcome this?
  9. How will you finance your MBA?
  10. Why do you need an MBA?
  11. Why now?
  12. What’s your leadership style? Give an example.
  13. What are your greatest success and your greatest failure?
  14. How do you handle stress?
  15. Tell me 3 of your strengths.
  16. Tell me your 2 of your weaknesses.
  17. How would your colleagues describe you?
  18. If I wanted to invest in your industry/company, what are the things I should consider?
  19. Do you have any questions for me?
  20. You don’t seem to have experience/specialisation in any industry. How do you compensate for it?
  21. Take us through your work profile
  22. Tell us about one challenging project you have worked on? What were the challenges and the outcome?
  23. How did your advice benefit the client from Indian tax regulatory perspective (for clients from the finance industry).
  24. What is your immediate goal?
  25. You don’t speak Chinese, how will you survive in China?
  26. At time of interview, most candidates say that they would want to stay in China. But upon graduation only 50 per cent stay. Which category will you belong to and why?
  27. How will you make a career in China?
  28. If a Chinese company sets up an operation in your country, will you join that company and move back to your country?
  29. How should we view your graduation marks – upper side /lower side since it’s not a GPA
  30. What is one thing you are passionate about?
  31. How is the standard of living in your country? Do you see any change?
  32. Any other questions for us?

What is the most common reason for being rejected?

Below is a transcript of an interview with James Kent, Assistant Marketing Manager at China Europe International Business School (CEIBS)”

We are approached by students who have applied to top schools on their own and the application gets rejected. What advice would you give aspiring students?

“It’s an interesting question.  I’m also on the interview committee for CEIBS MBA program.  And it tends to be when we do a lot of these feedback sessions for re-applicants, great GMAT, really enthusiastic, they’ve done a lot of research on their essays.  The reason why it tends to fall down is because they’ve really not identified solid resources at CEIBS that can really help their career. I mean, it could be that you could kind of plug and drop the name of any business school in terms of their answers.

Whereas, that gives some level of insight, we’re really looking for deeper than that.  at the end of the day, us and everybody at the school, we want to know that we have the right resources to help you go where you want to go.  If you come to us and you’ve got a 780 on GMAT but you tell us you want to fly a rocket ship to the moon, we’re going to say we can’t help with that, we don’t have the right things in place.  We really people to go out of their way to research the elab, to speak to alumni, to find out with pinpoint accuracy exactly what resources, what kind of network, what facilities we have on campus and at CEIBS that can help you take your career to where you want to go.

With that, we just go into it with a lot more confidence that you’re the right fit, that you’ve got your expectations right about what you can get out of the program.  We welcome re-applicants, we tell them to go away, think about other alumni connections, think about coming to China, think about the challenges you’re going to face here on the language side and then we’ve had people that have been successful from that.  Obviously some aren’t but it’s kind of the way it goes.”

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