Friday, September 11, 2015

MBA Interview Workshop held in Tokyo during October 2015 - sign up now!

Interview preparation is a very, very important part of the MBA application process. I am happy to announce that I will be co-hosting an interactive MBA Interview Workshop with my colleague Adam Markus during the month of October.

The workshop is titled Proactive Interview Preparation and Active Listening and we will hold this on Sunday, October 11th, 3:00pm-6:00pm.

Location: E4TG     
Isshin Building 5F, 2-11-7 Yaesu Chuo-ku, Tokyo 
東京都中央区八重洲  2-11-7 一新ビル 5

Proactive Interview Preparation:
In the first part of the workshop, we will describe and practice (in groups and with instructors) a method of interview preparation that many applicants have used to gain admission to the world’s top MBA programs. 

Our objective is that you become better at preparing for MBA interviews, by focusing on your own stories and key points and practicing those, rather than working from a script. At its core, proactive interview preparation is based on thinking about your message, no matter what the question. You don’t know what you will be asked, but you do know your message. Being ready for the unexpected is thus incorporated into the very method itself because you don’t focus on preparing for answering specific questions, but rather for knowing things you want to discuss about yourself. 

For more about proactive interview preparation, see

Active Listening:
We will then focus on enhancing your ability to listen and engage with others during an interview. While it is important to know what you want to say, it is equally important to focus on having a conversation during an interview. Based on our experience, interviewees don’t always actively listen enough. Sometimes they just focus on speaking and speaking too much at once. By focusing as much as on what the other person is saying as on what you want to say, you can better connect with an interviewer, which is critical for making a positive impression. For some kinds of interviews, such as Wharton’s Group Interview, active listening is critical because you have to engage with other members of your interview group. 

After a brief introduction, there will be active listening group exercises monitored by both instructors.

16,200 yen paid in advance by bank transfer
19,000 yen if paid in cash on the day of the event. (all prices are inclusive of 8% sales tax)

Prepayment is mandatory and is due by October 5th. If we cannot confirm your payment by the due date, you will need to pay in cash on the day of the event. 

Recording: We encourage you to audio record the workshop. To protect your personal information please do not reveal anything about yourself that you would be uncomfortable having recorded by others. Therefore changing the name of your company, clients, etc. is highly advised during participatory parts of the workshop. 

To make a reservation and arrange for payment, please email John Couke at

John Couke