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Kellogg MBA Admissions Interview Questions: Round 2 / Alumnus / Off-Campus

I’m an American living abroad. I met with my alum interviewer at a Starbucks. The location wasn’t ideal because it was a bit noisy and he spoke softly, so I had trouble hearing him. Plus, my interviewer was 10 min late and had to leave a bit early, so we were pressed for time. So it wasn’t the best of circumstances. Also, all my other school interviews had asked for verification of my ID at the beginning so I assumed Kellogg wanted to see that too.  I had just dropped off my passport at the embassy so I explained that I didn’t have it but that I did have my driver’s license. I later realized that Kellogg hadn’t asked for it and there I was making a big stink about it, which probably didn’t start us on the right foot.

Anyway, the questions tended to be kind of vague, so it was hard for me to tell how I was doing. Plus, he didn’t start by asking about my experience or resume, which made it difficult for me to refer to good examples since they required a lot of contextual explanation. But overall he was very encouraging and smiley, expressly said that the interview went well and complimented some of my replies. So I’m not sure what impression I made. Anyway here’s what I remember of what he asked:

1. Tell me about your experience and why you chose Kellogg – this took me way too long to answer because it’s like 3 questions in 1!

2. What do you see yourself doing in the future – I guess this is a vague way to ask about goals

3. He asked about why I didn’t just stay with my company to get where I’m going instead of leaving to move abroad.

4. What do you want to learn at Kellogg (or something)

5. 15 years from now, how do you want people to view you? What do you want your life to be like? – I’m not even sure if this is the exact question but it was some sort of vague question like this. I talked about how I want to come across at work. I emphasized teamwork. I talked about having a life outside of work. But then I think he clarified by saying “I know retirement is a long way off but what do you want people to say about you?” So I answered more of my general strengths.

6. Tell me about the biggest achievement from your job.

7. Tell me about a time you worked with a team and had a big achievement.

8. How would you define a leader? How has your leadership changed from 5 years ago to today? – I actually thought this was a great question even though I hadn’t prepared for it.

9. What soft skills do you want to develop at Kellogg?

10. Tell me about a time when you disagreed with your team.

11. What can I bring to the Kellogg community – I thought he was talking about extracurriculars so I discussed the clubs I was interested in. Then he clarified by saying “No, what is unique about you that you bring to Kellogg?”

Then I asked him a few questions but he seemed pressed for time so I felt like I needed to let him go. He said the interview went well, but I felt like it didn’t go great. I’ll find out soon, I guess!

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