Monday, December 9, 2019

MBA Interview Workshop in Tokyo on January 19, 2020

I am pleased to announce that Adam Markus and I will be hosting an interview workshop in Tokyo on January 19, 2020. The details follow and if you are interested in participating you can register at this email address -

John Couke

MBA Interview Workshop in Tokyo on January 19, 2020      
Interview preparation is a very, very important part of the MBA application process. Please join Adam Markus and John Couke for a highly interactive 3-hour workshop that will kick off your interview preparation.

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. 

1.      General Introduction: what is being assessed                  
2.      Active Listening Group Exercises
3.      Strengths and weaknesses                   
4.      Story-telling 
5.      Why MBA and why now                                
6.      Wrap-up (key messages and Q&A)                                                      

·     InstructorsAdam Markus, Graduate Admissions Guru and John Couke, MBA Admissions Consultant
·     Date & Time: Sunday, January 19th, 2020 from 13:30-16:30
·     Location:  C-Work Hanzomon (details:
·     Cost: 27,500 yen (including tax) paid in advance by bank transfer
·     PaymentPrepayment is due by January 16th, 2019, after this cash (29,900 yen including tax) will be accepted at the door
·     Seating Capacity: 30 people

To make a reservation and arrange for payment, please email

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. 

Monday, July 8, 2019

Women's Career Development and the MBA: a Seminar at Affinity on July 21st

On Sunday July 21st Affinity is hosting a seminar on women's career development and the role an MBA can play in that process. The event will be held in Tokyo and will feature a panel of MBA graduates. If you are interested more information can be found here.

John Couke