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What do you want to learn from an applicant in a personal interview?

Stephanie Kluth

Answer by Stephanie Kluth

Our personal interview is very similar to a job interview. We ask clarification questions from the application documents. We ask further questions to get a better understanding of the applicant’s personality. We also access the applicant’s communication skills, their ability to express complex topics in English, and their intercultural adaptability.


Head of Admissions, ESMT - European School of Management and Technology GmbH, Schlossplatz 1, 10178 Berlin, Germany, Tel. +49 30 21231 1402, email:

Peggy van der Wallen

Answer by Peggy van der Wallen

Mainly how this candidate sees him/herself...

  • Are the right expectations in place regarding the St. Gallen MBA?
  • What career path does the candidate sees for him/herself? 
  • Does that fit for us? 
  • How do they present themselves, communication skills? 
  • Does this person have the potential to be successful in company interviews and presentations?
  • How motivated is he/she to come to us, and how does he/she brings this across?


Peggy van der Wallen, University of St. Gallen, Admissions Manager MBA

Sabine Prillmann

Answer by Sabine Prillmann

The focus of the personal interview is on working experience, leadership skills and motivation. The applicant has to prove that he or she is a motivated, engaged, enthusiastic, capable and mature, but most of all, honest personality that can also contribute to the program. In addition, we are working with case studies, which the applicant prepares in advance and then presents the results during the interview. We also use real-life cases from our MBA programs in order to get a feeling for team capability, solution-orientation and problem-solving capacities and leadership skills.


Sabine Prillmann, WU Executive Academy, Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien Vienna University of Economics and Business, Nordbergstrasse 15, 1090 Vienna, Austria, Tel. +43 1 313 36 4327, email:

Christoph Jaugstetter

Answer by Christoph Jaugstetter

First of all we want to get to know the applicant. We want to know about his/her experiences, skills, and motivation. Within an interview it's all about getting to know each other to ensure the applicant fits with the MBA program, but also the program meets the expectations an applicant has.


Dipl.-Kfm. Christoph Jaugstetter, Executive Master of Business Administration (MBA), Universität Würzburg, Josef-Stangl-Platz 2, D-97070 Würzburg, Phone: +49 (931) 3501-250, Fax: +49 (931) 3182955,,

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