Why MBA?

This is a question that can make it or break it for you. It is the most common question, which will be asked almost 100% of the time in one form or the other.

What the interviewer actually wants to ask here is “Why an MBA is a crucial step for you, in order to achieve your career goals?” The above sentence really made it a little easy for you to answer the question, didn’t it? From now on, that’s how you should interpret this question.

The interviewer here wants to know the following three attributes about you:

1. Your short term goal
2. Your long term goal
3. Clarity of thought and logic

Point no 3 holds maximum weight-age.

Now, how do you answer such a crucial question?
Be assured that any answer you give will be cliched and nothing that your interviewer hasn’t heard before. So you know what I say, “Don’t go for unique. Go for smart and convincing.”

So what is smart and convincing?Why MBA_1
Most of the time, it’s the “Truth”. Most of you already know what is happening in the world around you and where would doing an MBA take you say after 10 years? I would like to suggest you have an introspective view of yourself, your profile, your goals and ambitions, likes and dislikes. This would play a major role in helping you come up with the most suitable answer.

But hey, don’t worry if that leads to nowhere because most of the MBA aspirants (not all) wants to do MBA because they feel that MBA combines the technical aspect of their job-field/academics/interests with its functional aspect leading to better job opportunities and obviously higher salaries.

Although that is the basic idea that you want to convey, you cannot actually say that to the interviewer. Your answer cannot reflect at all that the sole aim of your doing MBA is to get a job with a fat pay packet.

Unfortunately I do not have the answer for you. What I do have is a set of points that might just remind you why you wanted to do an MBA in the first place. The answer will have to be your own. I can only give example.

With MBA, you can :

Advance Your Career: Whether you’re a doctor, a CA, an engineer, or an editor for your local newspaper, a business degree will help you advance into managerial positions sooner. You have a very good leadership quality; you were your school captain;you were the team lead at work etc. You always wanted to be a leader. MBA will make sure you lead.

Why MBA_2Change Your Career: If your current career path is a less than perfect fit for your aptitudes and interests, an MBA can give you the opportunity to explore your options, and provide you with the training you need to change careers entirely. You have a very good convincing power, why not change your career to Marketing, instead of being a software engineer? You have a thing for numbers and data analysis, why not change your career to Finance, instead of being a CAD designer?

Set-up Your Own Business: An MBA can prepare you to do everything from writing a business plan to acquiring venture capital to launching an IPO and all the necessary expertise to launch a start-up in a high-growth industry! Research has shown that the failure rate for small businesses started by an MBA is about 50 percent less than the standard failure rate. An MBA will make sure that you thrive in the economy and continue to have the power to hire and fire as in your family business.

Develop Technical Skill & Business Knowledge: An MBA program will put you on the fast-track to career advancement by offering you the chance to develop a wide range of general business knowledge and a broad base of technical skill in a relatively short period of time.

Become a Leader in an Emerging Field: MBA can lead to an exciting career in a newly emerging field, such as brand management, e-commerce, mobile telecommunications, social media advertising, healthcare management, agricultural management, foreign trade, rural management, etc.
The following example does answer the question I talked about in the beginning of this article and is also inspired from some other points that I have mentioned in the article:

My current job profile majorly involves communicating with client, understanding their business requirements and analyzing the problems, opportunities, and risks involved to come up with a solution. While doing so, I have always felt the need to understand the business part better in order to come up with robust solutions. One way to learn them is to spend years in a company and other way is to learn them through an unparalleled degree course like MBA. I chose the later as it provides the combined benefit of both plus tremendous theoretical, analytic and inter-personal skills that would make me an impeccable resource in this highly competitive industry. In short, better career growth. In due course of time, I want to see myself setting up my own firm as I see a lot of potential in the various emerging technologies like eCommerce, social media advertising etc. MBA will equip me with the necessary skills and maturity that I lack now, in order to reach there.

Freshers will need to elaborate more on their interests and goals.

This is just an example guys. This article was supposed to ring a bell in there somewhere, so that you come up with your own answer. Just be convincing.

All the Best!!!

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31 thoughts on “Why MBA?

    1. Business Part includes everything that explains why you are doing what you have been asked to do. What advantage it has to the organisation as a whole? Was it a cost effective measure? How much cost is it saving for the organisation? Who will be benefited and how? The business workflows imvolved and so on. It could include a lot many things that has more to do with functional aspects of what you are doing.

    1. Effective people management, salesmanship, understanding the markets, basically anything that you aren't good at right now but are sure will not be problem after your MBA is over. Please read the strength and weakness articke to get a better picture.
      Wait I shouldn't be answering this, its for you to figure out. 🙂

  1. Thanks for the wonderful insight. I am doing my b. Tech from IIT Delhi in civil engineering. Obviously i want mba for changing my stream. But how can i defend that. I can't talk abt lack of opportunities or lack of challenges in core. Also how to defend the the so called "waste of an iit seat". Sir This is a common doubt that lot of us face. So please give few strong points.

    1. Tell them that getting into IIT was halua for you. Tell them that you belong to reserved category and before saying anything like "wasting and iit seat" they should think twice as they can be implicated in various acts and laws and may have to go to jail for putting up an unconfortable question to a reserved category student.

  2. sir is it neccesary to do a B.Pharma for joining a mba program under healthcare management ?If not,can a B.Tech(ECE) student do an mba in healthcare management?
    Also which are the best colleges offering an mba in this field?

  3. I am a SAS professional and I want to do MBA so that I can move towards analytics domain. Also I have plans of starting my own business.
    However, they may ask a lot of questions from analytics if i mention this…..I have a business idea so I can tackle the latter one..please suggest something

    1. You say you are a SAS professional. The chances are that your interviewer is not. Why afraid of questions on something that you do for a living? Why don't you say moving towards analytic domain as your short term goal and your very own business idea as your long term. Establish some link between the two.

  4. sir…How would one justify that u can achieve the same role in your current working organization?
    Why MBA for that? and So many Indian Businessmen were not MBA like Dhirubhai Ambani, Tatas etc., still they established great empire. U can also try the same.

    1. An MBA would provide you with a more wholistic approach of business management, whereas you job will be very specific to one particular or related area. So an MBA would make your basics strong. Second, an MBA would help you grow to that position faster than the job and with more wisdom. 🙂 Of course, you can look for inspiration from Dhirubhai Ambani, or Tatas, but that will be only limited to their characters and approach towards business and not their educational qualifications, as the later is changing everyday with time and need.

  5. Sir, I have done my graduation in b.tech (ec). But in my graduation, I devoted my ample time in music.. also released many songs worldwide.. Now, I want to start my own venture, a record label after my MBA. So, my ques. is.. how would I defend if asked by interviewer that.. why have you done eng. then..?? My query sounds silly but though..

    1. Who said music enthusiast don't do Engineering. Music can be their interest alongwith Computers or Robotics. I do not think you will be asked that question anyways. Say, you are passionate about your hobby (music n explain how) and you believe, its always better to earn by doing something that you are passionate about. An MBA could very well help you enhance your entrepreneurship skills, so that one day you will be able to open your own firm in the Music industry.

  6. Hi Sir ..Please review this…
    My current job profile mainly involves software development and deployment activities. For 2.5 years i have gained a quite good technical aptitude. I enjoy my work but i feel the current job is not perfect fit for my interests and aptitude. I have always felt the need to understand the business part better. One way to learn them is to spend years in a company and climbing the ladder step by step till i reach a managerial position. Other way is to learn them through an unparalleled degree course like MBA. I choose the later as it provides the combined benefit of both plus tremendous theoretical, analytic and inter-personal skills that would make me an impeccable resource.

    For this i have set some short and long term goals:
    Short term goals: Four – five years from now i would see myself working as a business analyst for some projects in an IT company. Being aware of the technical constraints which a developer faces i will be able to put my mind to it while interacting with clients and able to analyse better how the business will work. I will able to explain it to my clients and will be able to deal with it in a proper way with the help of my management degree. I will be able to judge what the project must achieve, and according to what quality measures. I will be able to describe what the system, process, or product/service must do to fulfil the business requirements.

    Long term Goals: I would be honest in saying this that i haven’t given a much thought about it. I will like to take it step by step. I do have in my mind that 15 years from now i see myself playing an important role in shaping up the business of an organization in a commanding way.

    1. This is by far, one of the best answer I have read, esp the short term and long term goal really works in your favour. But please be prepared to be asked questions on this:
      1. i feel the current job is not perfect fit for my interests and aptitude. What are your interests that could deem fit for a managerial education?
      2. Business part? What does that include. Can you be precise?
      3. What you say is all very selfish. Its all about you, you n you. Why should we take you? What benefit will we get?

      There is not one answer to these question. BUt since you have written this on your own. I am sure you will defintely come up with great answer!

  7. Sir, I am a final year B.A(Eng) student and I had commerce before that. However, I plan to go for an MBA now because of better job prospects. In all interviews the interviews I have faced till now, Why MBA after arts arts is the most common question to which I'm not really able to give a convincing answer. Please guide.

    1. Have a little insight. I am sure the job prospect is not the only reason you want to do MBA. Even if it is (its not good ! ), think of linking your interests (field of IT or maths or any specific domain where you have done well like communications etc) and MBA providing a medium to achieve that and that doing MBA is only your short term goal. Your long term is to open a PR firm or lead a major business unit, marketting lead of a mnc etc. So MBA basically opens up options to do something you want to do. You have learned the basics of …….. in your BA, and now you want to use that to reach your long term goal eventually. So for you, BA + MBA seems to be the prefect fit. Think in this direction. and do share what you come up with.

  8. hello sir i am a 2012 b.tech cse graduate but d problem is dat i hav 1 reappear for which result will be declared in may only, also having no interest in traditional it sector i have not goven campus interviews nd currently taking tutions at my home, how do i tackle why mba question???plz help

    1. Pratibha.. Changing streams is a very acceptable reason for doing MBA and noone will have any problems with you choosing an MBA in HR after doing Btech in Computers. You have not given any campus interviews, use that in your advantage, by saying that you were very determined to do an MBA as you feel its very important to have a basic but holistic business knowledge that MBA provides, that will help you in achieving your long term goal of…… the job on the other hand would have taken a lot of time and given you a very narrowed knowledge. Don't worry about 1 reappear as interviewers rarely ask questions on that. Even if they do, you can always say you are very hopeful of clearing it with better marks.

  9. sir. we get skill by both experiance & business degree.
    so why should i go for business degree. instead of going for experiance.
    For degree i will have to spend bt going for experiance will give me money simultiniously??
    sir pls clear my doubt..

    1. It has all to do with your long term goal. With a business degree, you will have the basic knowledge of the entire corporate world and its operations, while in the workplace, it will be limited to the job you are doing. Consequently, you are taking more time to reach your long term goal of achieving a commanding position in a reputed company ( I am talking of Board of Directors and not team lead) , opening your own firm or anything else. If you talk of money, consider the appraisal to be 15% in your company and calculate how much you make at the end of 15 years with what you are earning now. Now do the same calculation considering how much you pay for MBA degree and what you earn later for 15 years. You will realise that its more fruitful financially as well. Another reason is that MBA will give you a bigger playground to play.

    1. You should tackle this question saying "Its because you did Engineering, you are more suitable and interested in doing MBA" You are very good technically, now you are also interested to gain the business knowledge that drives the technology world. You consider it as a next step, not a different step. Having knowledge of both the worlds will empower you tackle challenging situations. You aspire for a techno-managerial role, hence MBA.

  10. I am a team lead in IT and I do not have anything unique to reflect in my work experience. Its same as of other IT professionals which includes client interactions, leading team and designing software. For the question, why should I take you when I have numerous others from IT, can I mention my personal strength(such as being socially responsible and making changes to other lives) rather than professional strength.

  11. Sir, I had done B.Pharma and currently pursuing MBA AgriBusiness. The basic question in interview or else where is why you choose MBA & MBA in Agri after doing B.Pharma.
    Please solve my problem I need a convincing answer and which is nearly correct in all case.

  12. I am in final year computer engg. If the interviewer asks me why mba right after b.tech or why you don't want to explore the technical aspects further by taking up a job then how should i defend myself?

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