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A Master Guidebook To Crack The Toughest Cornell Interview Questions

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In case of Cornell University, the interview will be a skype one and could be taken by an alumni or someone from the admission committee. The interview is pretty friendly and usually covers your work, personal life, motivations for applying to the course and current affairs.

Take A Look At Cornell University Interview Questions Compiled from our Successful Clients

Set 1

Q1: Tell me about a time when you failed

Q2: Why Cornell/Johnson?

Q3: What does leadership mean to you?

Q4: What new thing have you been doing since/as a result of COVID?

Q5: Is there anything extra you want to share with the admission committee?

Q6: Do you have any questions for me?

Q7: What is your leadership style?

Q8: Which other company apart from BCG in consulting would you like to apply for.

Q9: What’s your plan B?

Q10: Which values of Cornell you associate with most?

Set 2

Q1: Walk me through your résumé.

Q2: Why Program X? and Why now?

Q3: Who did you speak with to learn about Johnson?

Q4: What is your strategy in achieving plan A?

Q5: What if you cannot be successful in achieving plan A.

Q6: Give me an example of a time you were under a time crunch and performed successfully.

Q7: Something you would like to tell me that we have not covered.

Q8: Why are you a good fit for Johnson?

Q9: Tell me about a challenging situation at work or work conflict.

Q10: How will you contribute to Johnson?

Set 3

Q1: Describe a time when you managed or led other people?

Q2: What is your biggest weakness?

Q3: Why did you make the XYZ transition?

Q4: What is your leadership style?

Q5: Have you applied to any other schools? What do they have in common with Johnson?

Q6: Is there anything else you want me to know?

Q7: Tell me about a successful team project. What role did you play on this team?

Q8: What was your favorite class outside of your major?

Q9: What is your most relevant experience for this position? Why?

Q10: What did you like most or least about your last experience?

Set 4

Q1: What is your communication style?

Q2: Tell me about a time you had to convince your team members to follow a plan or idea you created?

Q3: Tell me an example of when things didn’t work out as you planned. How did you adjust?

Q4: Tell me about a time when you were pushed to your limits at work.

Q5: How would your friends describe you?

Q6: Please tell me about a time you failed. What did you learn?

Q7: Tell me who you are in one sentence.

Q8: What is the biggest challenge you have overcome in your career?

Q9: What has been your biggest achievement in your career thus far?

Q10: What question should we have put in the application and why?

Crack The Cornell University Interview By Mastering Each Category Questions

Do you know there are Certain Categories of Questions You have to Master before Confidently Sitting for the Cornell University Interview? Have a look at the questions below to know what kind of questions you might encounter.

Competency Based Questions

  • What type of leader are you?
  • When have you been a leader?
  • Have you ever failed as a leader?
  • What do you think are the core qualities of a team player?
  • According to you, what is the best way of delegating work within a team?
  • Tell me about a time you worked on a team project.
  • Tell me about a time when you faced difficulty. How did you deal with it?
  • When you have multiple tasks due at the same time, what strategies do you use to ensure that all tasks are completed on time?
  • Give an example of a “let down” and what did you do to make up for it?
  • Tell me about a time when you faced difficulty. How did you deal with it?
  • When you have multiple tasks due at the same time, what strategies do you use to ensure that all tasks are completed on time?

Exploratory Questions


  • If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would you meet?
  • People are motivated by altruism than self-interest. Do you agree or disagree? Why?
  • Is a picture worth a thousand words?

Goal Based Questions

  • What are short term and long term goals?
  • Why do you want to pursue ‘<‘degree name’>’?
  • How will the program help you achieve your career goals?
  • Where do you see yourself 5 years down the lane?
  • Why do you want to study in <country_name>?

Domain Specific Questions

  • Tell me about a company that shows entrepreneurial spirit.
  • What significant challenges are businesses facing at the moment?
  • What are the key elements of a good marketing plan?
  • What are the biggest challenges in the industry you want to get into?

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