Looking for help getting into Wharton?

The first step is tackling the Wharton Interview.

What should I expect from the Wharton Interview? Wharton uses a unique Team Based Discussion (TBD) interview format. While the Wharton interview is nothing to worry about, it does require a very specific kind of preparation that is quite different from your standard MBA interview preparation. 

The Wharton interview is required and includes the following three components:

  1. First, each candidate will give a one-minute introduction, providing everyone in the group an opportunity to get to know one another. This will cover the first five minutes of the interview. 
  2. Second, there will be a 35-minute team discussion, based on a topic Wharton releases in advance. During this portion of the TBD, you present the results of your discussion to the interviewers. Part of this is delivering your “pitch” and part is the broader team chat.
  3. Finally, the group exercise is followed by a brief, individual 1:1 interview. This will give you the opportunity to discuss a couple of aspects of your profile and your interest in Wharton.

Let a former Wharton TBD interviewer prepare you! Personal MBA Coach’s interviewers conducted interviews at Wharton for over 70 applicants last year. They offer clients unique and targeted interview preparation tips. Wharton students and admissions directors are looking for you to demonstrate certain qualities in the interview. We will teach you how to weave these qualities into your responses so you can stand out from the crowd. We will conduct a group TBD mock interview over Google Hangout/Zoom with 4-6 other applicants.

​84% of our interviewees were accepted last year!

Note: Please purchase interview prep below (Zelle is also accepted and encouraged) and email your resume and mock interview slot preference to scott@personalmbacoach.com. 

Important Wharton Interview Tips

Wharton Interview Tip 1. Do not be the loudest participant.

Many candidates dominate the conversation in an attempt to stand out. We do not advise this approach. The group interview is a great way for Wharton to assess how a candidate is likely to act in classroom discussions and during group meetings. Admissions committee members are looking for leaders who are able to actively contribute, but they are not interested in someone who will talk over their peers.

Wharton Interview Tip 2. Look for ways to add to others’ ideas.

Top leaders collaborate with their teams, and this skill is equally important in the business school classroom. Looking for ways to build off another idea or suggestion will show the evaluator that you know how to work with a team or a group.

Wharton Interview Tip 3. Respect your peers.

This should be obvious. Remain open to diverse points of view. Bringing in observations does not mean debunking what others have to say. If you disagree with someone in the interview, politely add another perspective without being critical or rude.

Wharton Interview Tip 4. Plan ahead by doing your research.

As with all interviews, adequate preparation is key. You will receive the topic in advance, giving candidates the opportunity to prepare for your Wharton interview. Arrive with specific and well-researched talking points. However, also be prepared to pivot as needed.

Wharton TBD Round Two Dates

Monday, February 15
Tuesday, February 16
Tuesday, February 18
Saturday, February 20
Sunday, February 21
Tuesday, February 23
Thursday, February 25
Saturday, February 27
Sunday, February 28
28 - 12 PM EST - 3 Spots Left
Monday, March 1

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Wharton Group Interview Prep - 1 Session

What Clients Say About Personal MBA Coach’s Wharton Interview Prep:

The interview prep, specifically for Wharton’s TBD, helped me ease my nerves before the actual interviews. I have so much respect for Scott and his team at Personal MBA Coach…I am extremely excited and proud to be following in Scott’s footsteps by attending Wharton this fall!! Read More

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The interview prep is the best part about working with Personal MBA Coach. My mock interviews were super important in making sure that I do well on the day! In fact, without them I am confident I would not have been nearly as good.

— Wharton

There was a helpful overview packet and list of questions to prepare for which gave great guidance. The simulation also had the perfect amount of people in it to get a true idea of what it would be like at the actual TBD interview. I highly suggest investing the time and money for this. It... Read More

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The simulation that Personal MBA Coach was extremely helpful — the proctor was an experienced interviewer and observer for Wharton and gave constructive feedback. I felt prepared for the actual day of the interview. Read More

— Anonymous

Personal MBA Coach went above and beyond with my interview prep for top schools. Multiple practice sessions with other applicants fully prepared me for the real thing. Tips and tricks specific to each school helped me tailor my message to resonate differently with each school. The Wharton practice interviews were especially helpful because Wharton’s group... Read More

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I decided to work with Scott after doing consultations with four other firms. I was very disillusioned about the industry and wasn’t sure if I even wanted to work with anyone. Upon speaking with him, I was very pleasantly surprised by our natural chemistry and his easygoing nature. Rather than pushing a cookie-cutter narrative for... Read More

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