My Judge MBA Interview: Retail Banker’s View

I was  a retail banker at a very well-known international bank. I had been working for 6 years and received 3 promotions two of which were ahead of schedule. But I realized that by now I had saturated my promotion potential and getting an MBA was the best bet to catalyse my ascent. Judge is a big name in the UK, and I thought getting an MBA from there would be quite an investment. I applied and got an interview invite.

My Background: British male, undergrad from a top-tier UK university in finance. Good GMAT (700+) and a First-Class Honours bachelor’s. Had 3 promotions as part of my 6-year stint at the retail banking giant.

Judge MBA Interview Questions

My Interview Prep: I did most of the typical prep: getting mock interviews, training with previous years’ questions and going through my app.Nothing extra-ordinary.

My Interview: The interview was on campus with a faculty member at Judge. The interviewer seemed to be an expert in corporate finance. From the start the interviewer ensured there was a casual yet professional atmosphere. He was very keen on hearing from me and seemed to know my background inside out, at first this unnerved me a little, but ultimately I was very impressed at the amount of work that goes in at selecting students at Judge. There were other activities throughout the day that really helped get acquainted with Judge. Overall I think Judge is a great place to get an MBA from, and though isn’t very popular like Harvard/Stanford internationally, I think Judge very well portrays the Cambridge brand. The small class-sizes at Judge is also a very big positive. The interview questions were:

  1. What aspects of retail banking impress you? What are the qualities a retail banker must have to succeed?
  2. What is your leadership style? How would you manage a difficult colleague?
  3. Why is Judge the best place to help you achieve your stated post-MBA goals?
  4. What concerns you the most on the role of retail banking in the global economy?
  5. What is your biggest weakness and what steps have you been taking to resolve it?
  6. Tell me of a time when you overcame a difficult situation to accomplish something you thought was never possible? How did you do this?


Author: Homer

Homer has an MBA from a top-three US B-School. An Indian engineering graduate from a non-IIT (IITs are Indian equivalents of our tech schools such as Caltech and MIT), Homer is hope for all non-IITians looking to get into Harvard/Wharton/Stan. Homer has a BE degree in mechanical engineering from a college in the south Indian city of Bangalore. Homer says that he was never a great student in his earlier days or at engineering school. What then worked in his favor? Well he founded a mechanical engineering startup after working for a couple of years at a renowned German automobile company. Homer has the longest pre-MBA work experience in our family - 4 yrs at his first job in a no-name mechanical engineering firm + 2 yrs at the German automobile maker + 3 yrs at his startup. Homer sold his startup back to his former employer and is now a top consultant (MBB consulting). Watch out for posts by Homer (to avoid them, of course!).

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