What is the Process?
Book and schedule your session with either Carin or Maria via the links below.
Send us your resume (full app if doing a non-blind interview) and any specific questions you’d like to practice. Instructions will be included in your confirmation email.
At your session time, we’ll meet via Skype or Google and spend 30-40 minutes on mock questions. We’ll go all the way through without breaking (just like a real interview), and will be taking notes the whole time.
We’ll then spend 30-40 minutes giving you feedback (live!) based on the aforementioned notes.
We’ll be recording everything – you’ll get one video of the interview and a second of the feedback session.
After your session (note that it can take a few hours to process the videos), you’ll get:
Links to view your videos so that you can re-watch them as much as you want.
The approximate timing in each video when each question was addressed so that you can easily skip around to the questions/feedback you most want to review.
Chicago Booth MBA, 2008
Northwestern, BA, 2003
Carin has over 15 years of experience in marketing and client management roles at companies like Bain, McKinsey, and Mattersight (a SaaS analytics company based in Chicago) and has conducted countless interviews as a hiring manager and admissions consultant.
Carin joined the Lab in early 2018 and has been personally trained by Maria.
Book with Carin if you’re prepping for a “blind” interview (how most schools approach interviews).
Harvard MBA, 2005
Princeton, BSE, 1998
Despite being swamped with all other facets of building & running the Lab, our founder Maria is available for limited interview practice.
Starting as a volunteer with the admissions office at HBS, Maria has been giving admissions advice since 2003.
Book with Maria if you want to do a “non-blind” mock interview (for HBS or MIT) .
A “blind” interview is done only off of the resume – your interviewer does not have your full application. Interviews at most schools are “blind.”
In a “non-blind” interview, your interviewer has your full application. HBS and MIT are two schools that do “non-blind” interviews.
You’ll receive feedback on your interview DURING your booked session. Immediately after finishing the mock interview, we’ll review our feedback with you. You’ll receive links to your video files of both the interview itself and also the feedback session usually within about 4 – 6 hours after the scheduled window but at the very latest within 24 hours.
We advise you to book your session ASAP… In previous years, the 2-5 days prior to the big deadlines has filled up weeks in advance.
Doing mock interviews takes up an ENORMOUS amount of mental energy (listening + writing + analyzing + thinking of improvements all at once). We also have to spend additional time outside of the time we spend talking with you to prepare (both before to review your resume and after to prepare the videos and time notes).
Non-blind interviews require significantly more prep time and thus are more expensive.
Aha! One nice thing about the system being used here is that it will not let you book a time-slot unless it’s available!
This should be a strong motivator to AVOID PROCRASTINATION. Unfortunately, we can not be held responsible if you leave things until the last minute and then discover that the time slots are all booked. So sign up and book your mock interview ASAP!
Any sessions cancelled prior to 48 hrs before the scheduled time can be refunded (ie, if you’re booked for 3 pm on a Wednesday, you can cancel up to 3 pm on a Monday with no penalty); please email us and we’ll get you squared away!
Help!! I want to book a mock interview but can't find a time that works for me!! What are my options?
I don’t want to say “we told you you should book early” but, well, we did. Just like you, we have busy schedules and there are only so many hours in the day!
That being said, if you’re looking a few weeks out and can’t find anything that works (on account of time zones, work schedules, etc), drop us a note at [email protected] and we’ll see if we can make something work for you.