转一篇最新的Kellogg MBA面经(2010/Round I)

6已有 564 次阅读  2010-11-14 02:28   标签Round  MBA  Kellogg 
My interview was with an admissions officer on Kellogg’s campus. It lasted over 30 minutes (closer to 45). You are requested to give a copy of your resume to the admissions person who checks you in. Before the interview, several candidates were nervously waiting in the office lobby, and it helped calm my own nerves to be friendly and chat with them, as well as with some of the students who were coming in and out to escort prospective students to classes. Check the daily schedule on Kellogg’s website for the student-led tour times (twice a day), information sessions, and classes. I recommend going to one of these prior to/on the day of your interview so that your mind is kept focused on the school and not on being nervous.

The interview was more conversational in the beginning and at intervals in between, but the officer, while friendly, kept it down to business because of the time constraint. As you might already know, the person interviewing you will not have seen your application. My interviewer looked over my resume only very briefly before interviewing me. She took A LOT of notes, and at no point did she cut me off to ask further questions. This might tempt you to ramble, so I think you have to be well-prepared to say just enough, not too much more or less.

I prepared using the questions on this site, and it was an immensely useful exercise, even if I wasn’t asked some of the questions others had. I made sure to try to show different aspects of my personality in my answers, in case she didn’t ask pointed questions that would elicit those qualities. This was the general flow of the interview:

  1. Take me through your resume – then she asked me specific questions on my undergraduate studies, why I chose the grad program I attended, how I found my job (through on-campus recruiting), and about work experience I had during graduate school.
  2. What are the day-to-day duties of your current job? In addition to explaining the progression of my job functions to show growth, I talked about leadership experiences before she asked related questions, as she indicated she was looking for evidence of impact on my organization.
  3. What is some constructive feedback that your direct manager/s have given you, and how did you deal with it? I used an experience I had briefly talked about in Question 2 and elaborated on it.
  4. How do you think an MBA will help you achieve your goals? And why Kellogg, versus other top business schools? I detailed my short term and long term goals and how Kellogg’s offerings specifically address those goals, as well as activities and student clubs of interest. I also talked about my extracurricular activities here.
  5. She asked some specific questions about an entrepreneurial venture I’m working on.
  6. What do you see as your greatest strength?
  7. What questions do you have for me? She took an interest in the questions I asked, even though we were over time, and didn’t rush through answering them.

I agree with posters below that it’s important to stay positive and confident throughout the interview so that you can answer questions you might not expect. I sent my interviewer a note of thanks the next day and mentioned a few details from the interview. I don’t know the outcome of my interview and application review yet, but I hope the information above is useful to your preparation. Good luck!

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