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Kellogg MBA Admission Interview Tips

Kellogg MBA Admission Interview TipsKellogg requires all MBA Applicants to request for an Interview. Please bear in mind that requesting for an off-campus interview does not guarantee an invitation for the same. For on-campus Interview, expect a response within 2 Business days. For off-campus Interview, it can take up to eight weeks depending upon the demand and location.

Process: There are two parts for Kellogg MBA Application with the Interview part being the first. While requesting for the interview you have to submit your resume and request for either On-Campus or Off-Campus interview. If an interview is not scheduled within the deadline, the interview will be waived.  Your candidacy is evaluated based on GMAT Score, Essays, Recommendation letter and Interview.

Duration: 30 Minutes to 1 Hour

Interview Style: Friendly and conversational

Interview Conducted by: Alumni, Admissions Officer or Current Student (Decision based on feedback from all three sections of the admission committee. Equal priority given to all decision makers)


1) Create an Effective Resume
Kellogg MBA Admission interviews are based completely on your resume. The interviewer does not read your application so you have to highlight your achievements and leadership skills in your resume. Download Essay Resume Guide and use it as a reference to create an effective resume.

2) Read you resume several times
Since the interview is completely based on your resume. Read it several times and have a story on each section of the resume – achievements, extra-curricular and job details.

3)Bring a Copy/Send resume via e-mail
For on-campus interview, bring a hard copy of your resume, while for off-campus interviews, send a copy via e-mail

4) Be prepared with Leadership and Goal Questions
Kellogg School of Management values leadership. When you describe your job responsibilities focus on your leadership attributes in each of the roles that you have mentioned in your resume.

Kellogg MBA Admissions team is also keen to learn about your short-term and long-term goals. They want to know how your goals fit with what Kellogg MBA can offer.

5) Having a Closing Question
Be prepared and have a good closing question for your MBA Admissions interview. Ask questions about the program that can only be answered by an alumnus/current student or MBA Admissions officer.

Kellogg MBA Admission Interview Guide Include

Kellogg MBA Interview Guide
1) Qualities that Kellogg is seeking
2) Format and style of a typical interview
3) Typical questions accompanied by sample answers
4) Interview preparation Exercises
5) Real interview transcripts 
Over 150 sample interview questions.

Download Kellogg MBA Admission Interview Guide 


1) Don’t be Late
Like other interviews reach for your interview, 15 minutes before the scheduled time.  By reaching early for your interview, you will get time to settle down and that will ease your nerves.

2) Don’t dress in Casuals
Although the interview is conversational and friendly, do not dress in casuals. Here is the preferred attire for the interview:

Men: Suit and tie
Women: Pants, Suit or a skirt suit

3) Don’t be Overconfident or nervous
Normally candidates become nervous and to mask the nervousness act a little overconfident. Remember, the interviewer has not read your application. They have a copy of your resume. Think of the interview as an opportunity to tell your interesting application stories

4) Don’t come to the interview unprepared
The interviewer would like to know how well you would fit in the Kellogg community. Do your research. Talk to alumni and current students before the interview. You should have a clear idea on what you would mention as your contribution for the Kellogg MBA class.

Learn about various clubs and activities in Kellogg School of Management. You should successfully convey how your job experience, extra-curricular and goals would align with your contribution for the Kellogg MBA class.

Mock Interviews: Do mock interviews with your friends

Key Kellogg MBA Admission Interview Questions

1. Walk me through your resume.
2. Why MBA and why now?
3. Why Kellogg?
4. What are your short term and long term goals?
5. Details of your current job. Challenges in the current job. What you like about current job?
6. How did you navigate through the challenges in the current job? What did you do in such situations? What results did you achieve with your actions? What interpersonal skills did you demonstrate during such challenge?
7. What is your greatest accomplishment in your professional career?
8. What will be your contribution for Kellogg School of Management?
9. What three things will you learn from Kellogg?
10. Where do you see yourself after Kellogg
11. What clubs are you interested in?
12. What areas of study do you want to focus on?
13. Which other schools have you applied to?
14. Tell me about your contribution for the team(from Work perspective)
15. Are you a leader or a team player? What risks did you take?
16. What you do for fun? (Extra-curricular)
17. What would your teammates say about you? (Strengths and Weakness)
18. What is one negative thing they would say about you? (Weakness)
19. What is your leadership style?
20. What has been your most significant leadership experience?
21. Tell me a difficult situation you have faced with your team.
22. How many people did you supervise?
23. What are the things that you have struggled with, while managing people?
24. What is one misconception people could have about you?
25. Any failures you have experienced as a team and how you handled it.
26. Is there anything you would like to point out that is negative within your application? Any concerns in application would like to address
27. Do you have any questions for me?

Get Sample answers for the above questions

MBA Admission Interview Guide

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