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I arrived about 15 minutes early and chatted with some of the other interviewees. Everyone was very nice and friendly. We were called into three different rooms in groups of 5 or so, and my group was called last.
We were read the prompt, told our time constraint, and then asked to start. Everyone shared their idea, and then I summarized the key deliverables we were trying to work towards and offered to play the role of timekeeper and offered a general structure for how the time should go. We settled very quickly on our topic, and then spent some time discussing the method of delivery. I think that we did a really good job of incorporating each other’s ideas, and building off everyone. My key role was to try and place some of the more divergent ideas into a larger framework, ask clarifying questions, and then synthesize. At the end, we decided to present and split up sections of the presentation amongst ourselves. We then asked the students to stand on one side of the room, who had previously been sitting behind us in opposite corners of the room, and we stood on the other side.
Afterwards, we had an individual interview where we were asked to reflect on our experience. For five minutes, the interviewer asked me questions such as -
- Did your behavior reflect how you normally are?
- What is something that your group could have done better?
- What do you want to say to the admissions committee based on this experience?
- Do you have any updates to your application?
Overall, a very interesting and positive experience. I’m not sure how it would be for someone who was less comfortable jumping into the fray, and I think its also highly dependent on group composition.
The interview was in a coffee shop with a recent alumnus who apparently conducts many interviews in the Washington D.C. area.
She followed very closely to a set of questions she was given, starting off with walking her through my resume. She had also not seen my application at all.
She also asked:
1) What’s an accomplishment you’re proud of?
2) What’s a difficult obstacle you had to overcome as part of a team?
3) When did you creatively solve a problem?
4) What’s a difficult task you don’t enjoy doing?
5) What kind of leaders do you like to work with?
6) Why MBA?
7) Why Kellogg?
8) Short-term and long-term career goals?
9) Does your GPA or GMAT score reflect your academic performance?
10) What unique contributions would you have to Kellogg?
I think I lucked out because she was friendlier and seemed like a pretty positive person.
I received the interview invitation around 30 days after submitting my application to round 2, with my interviewer (alumnus) contact details. The interviewer was very prompt in replying and offering flexible dates to schedule the interview, which took place 10 days after the initial contact.
Overall, the interview was very friendly and established a personal contact in the first few minutes. He had already had access to my complete application package.
Main questions were:
1) Walk me through your resume. Focus on your most significant challenges and the accomplishments that make you most proud.
2) Tell me about a failure in your professional history. How did you overcome it? What did you learn?
3) What do you want to do after the MBA?
3) Why LBS?
4) How will you help your group/class? How will you contribute to the school?
- It was the final portion of the interview. I had 5 minutes to read through the materials, 5 minutes to prepare, 5 to present. Theme was around a new strategy for a PE group. I believe setting out a clear structure, speaking clearly and breaking down the presentation into its components was even more important than the content itself.
Firstly, I’d like to thank everyone who’s contributed here. These interview reports were very helpful. I hope this one helps future applicants too. We met at the interviewer’s offices. He was all things Kellogg – driven but warm and friendly. I don’t think he’d read my application beforehand.
The questions were :
1. Why Kellogg? I put this in context of what my long-term plans were, why MBA, and finally the school. We spent quite a long time on this question.
2. Talk me through one project where you had to lead. What is your leadership style?
3. Talk me through a challenge you faced on a project.
4. Is the GMAT representative of your intellectual ability? (he mentioned he had no idea what my score was)
5. What sort of courses, clubs, and activities would you want to pursue at Kellogg?
6. If there was one word or phrase that your classmates would use to describe you at the end of 2 years, what would it be?
7. What questions do you have for me?
We spent a lot of time across topics and on the final questions I had for him. The interview lasted almost an hour.
The interviewer was very nice. The interview took place over a Skype call. The interviewer began by introducing herself and explaining her role at Kellogg.
1. Tell me about your education. Why did you choose your majors?
2. Can you tell me about one class from your past that really made you learn how to critically think?
3. Walk me through your resume (employment only).
4. Why do you want an MBA? What are your career goals after your MBA?
5. Can you provide me reasons for why you want to go into this particular field after getting your MBA? What makes you sure that you will stay motivated and interested in this field?
6. Why choose Kellogg for your MBA?
7. What type of leadership style do you have? Can you provide me with an example of how you executed this leadership style?
8. What is your biggest accomplishment to date at your current position?
9. How will you contribute to our program?
10. What are your hobbies?
11. Is there anything else you would like me to know?
12. Do you have any questions for me?
The conversational interview was very comfortable and pleasant. The interviewer was very good at setting the tone.
The interview took place on campus. Many other applicants were there for interviews that day. I also participated in a full day of activities (tour, class, lunch, panels, etc.). Overall, the students and staff at Kellogg were extremely welcoming.
The interviewer launched straight into the interview without much small talk and without introducing herself (beyond her name), so I actually didn’t know what her relationship to the school was when I was responding to her questions (based on her age, I assumed she was on the Adcom, but I had heard that alumni interviewed as well).
- Tell me about your educational background and why you chose your undergrad institution.
- Walk me through your resume (she asked a lot of questions while I was responding so we quite literally walked through it)
- What accomplishment are you most proud of?
- Career goals, why an MBA and why Kellogg?
- What role do you typically take within a team?
- What’s a piece of constructive criticism you’ve received?
- Tell me about an example where you showed initiative.
- How will you contribute?
I had the opportunity to ask her a few questions after. My interviewer seemed very pleasant, but the interview was not as conversational as I had expected based on what I had heard about interviewing at Kellogg. She took notes and generally looked at her clipboard except when asking me questions, which made it difficult to establish a conversational tone. Out of all my interviews, I felt most grilled at Kellogg. I was admitted.
My interview was on-campus, and I arrived one hour before my scheduled time as I was worried about getting late. There were other students too who came there for the interview. The interview atmosphere was not as tense as I thought it would be and the interviewer talked nicely and professionally. The interview went pretty fine and it took almost half an hour. I was asked these questions:
* I was asked to tell briefly about my educational history.
* Then I was asked why am I going for NYU Stern.
* Then he asked if I considered any other schools too.
* He also wanted to know if I worked anywhere before and how was my relation with co-workers.
* He then asked me if I ever helped anyone solve their problems.
* I was also asked about my goal and what I would be doing to make sure I achieve my goal.
* He then asked me if I get a chance to make NYU Stern better, what I would do from my side.
It was not so tough and later on I was admitted. Those who are going for an interview must know what their goal is.
I reached the interview site early and was ushered in 10 minutes before the scheduled interview time as I was the first candidate being interviewed. The interview lasted 30 minutes and was pretty informal–more of a conversation than an interview. The interviewer seemed to know about my goals and was looking to gain greater perception about my motivations/interests.
1. How did you come about securing a job just after graduation (undergrad)? Tell me a bit about your education.
2. How did you come to know of your second job? What factors made you take it up?
3. Why do you think you are ready for an MBA at this point of time?
4. How will you differentiate yourself from other students at Stern? What will you contribute to the class?
5. During the first few months at Stern, what strategy will you adopt?
6. Which firms are you targeting and which firm is your dream employer? Why?
(I listed many firms – some that hold campus sessions and others more niche to my segment)
Follow-up question – for the smaller niche firms, how will you go about applying for internship/placement?
7. Why Stern? How can Stern help in your chosen industry?
8. Why do you want to change your industry? (I had mentioned the same in my essay)
After about 20 minutes, he asked me if I had any questions I wanted to ask (I asked a couple). He replied in detail and the conversation forked out further into how best I can leverage the school’s resources. I knew the interview is always informal and chatty but was still surprised as I was given a lot of opportunity to speak my mind and the interviewer listened patiently to what I had to say. Key takeaway – get as much firsthand information about the school as possible over and above those mentioned on the website. Knowing key programs, quirks, strengths and distinctive characteristics of the school makes for good appendages to your answers. Tying in Stern’s resources to your story and how you can benefit (and also how you will contribute) is key to acing the interview. I was told to wait for about 2 weeks for the decision. Received mine in about 1.5 weeks. [Admit]
The interview was a fairly relaxed, one-on-one conversation. It was a blind interview and some questions my interviewer asked were:
1) Walk me through your resume
2) Tell me about a challenge at work
3) Tell me about a time you failed at work
4) Why an MBA, Why now?
5) Tell me about a time you worked in a team setting and what you would bring to the learning community
I thoroughly enjoyed my interview. It was very conversational and she seemed genuinely interested in getting to know me.
Accepted in Dec 2013
My interview, which was blind, felt pretty relaxed and conversational. It was much more of a conversation about my resume and interests. My interviewer asked standard questions such as:
1. Why business school / why now?
2. Talk about a challenge at work.
3. Talk about a time I failed at work.
4. Talk about a time I worked as part of a team.
My interview took place at a very casual site during breakfast. The interviewer was an alumni and currently works as a management consultant (like me). Apparently, the interviewer did not have access to my full application, but only to the résumé that I brought with me.
Main questions asked:
- Walk me through your resume/stories/decisions.
- What are you most proud of? What was the largest challenge you had to overcome and how has that changed you?
- Tell me about a failure and how you coped with it.
- What attracts you about Kellogg?
Overall, the interview had a very conversational aspect without much pressure-testing. It only reinforced my view of nice people at Kellogg!