This is perhaps the most standard MBA question, yet most people end up messing it up. The reason why professors usually ask the “Why MBA?” question is to try and understand whether you have thought out your career goals or are just joining a B-School for the sake of it. The best way to answer this question is to think how your profile and current experience can be benefited by an MBA degree. In an ideal case, this should be the exact same answer as your real reason to do an MBA, but if you don’t have a noble reason to do an MBA or have a wrong reason to do an MBA, then this page will guide you to an ‘ideal’ answer.Professors ask the 'Why MBA?' question to know whether you have clear career goals. Click To Tweet
If you have done anything related to marketing, finance, operations as part of your graduation or as part of your work, answering this question becomes easy.
Why MBA Answer for MBA Operations
e.g. My last project was building a SCM module for an automobile manufacturer. The complexities and challenges in ensuring an efficient supply chain were very interesting and stimulating at the same time and that is what fuels the desire to learn about operations in detail, and hence my choice to do an MBA.
Of course after this you should be prepared to talk in-depth about your project and the challenges in managing supply chains.
It would be a good idea to usually also follow-up with a proposed career path.
For e.g. 1 above, you can continue the answer by saying: Post my MBA, I aspire to join the supply chain management function in the manufacturing industry, preferably in one of the leading automotive companies like Maruti Suzuki or Tata Motors.
Why MBA Answer for MBA Finance
e.g. 2. I always had a keen interest in finance. Even at my current job, I am doing a project for the equity research arms of one of the largest banks in UK. I found the concepts of company valuation, PE rations and asset-ratios and how they related to a company’s share price really interesting. That experience further increased my inclination towards pursuing finance as a career option and that’s the reason I want to pursue an MBA. I would like to join a multi-national bank in their equity research division after my MBA.
Of course, be prepared to explain your answer – i.e. what the ratios are and how they related to the company’s stock price.
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