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Duke / Fuqua Interview Questions & Reports: Early Action / Alumnus / Off-campus

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The following Duke / Fuqua interview questions and report were submitted to Clear Admit by an Early Action Round applicant. Good luck to them!

I received an invitation from Duke to interview with them last week and just got done with my interview yesterday. Duke is my top choice and receiving an invitation from them got me really excited, yet nervous at the same time. I got an email from the regional manager, stating that he will soon connect me with a local alumnus who will be conducting my interview. Next day, the regional manager connected me to my interviewer to finalize the date and time.

I arrived at his office at 10:45 a.m. for an interview scheduled at 11:30 a.m. (P.S. I cannot stress enough how important it is to reach at least 15 mins before your actual interview time). The staff at reception seated me in a conference room, while I waited for my interviewer to come. All the while I was sitting there, my anxiety kept on increasing, and I kept revising the pointers for standard interview questions in my head. Then, after roughly 20 minutes, he entered the room and introduced himself. We had a casual chat in the beginning before we got started with the interview. Honestly, he made me feel so comfortable, that all my anxiety just vanished and the entire interview became a good conversation. I had a great time talking to him, and I didn’t even realize when did an hour pass away.

I don’t remember the exact order and may have missed a question or two, but below is the list of questions to the best of my ability (FYI, no “Walk me through your résumé” or “Tell me about yourself”)

  1. My interviewer glanced thru my résumé and asked me 2-3 things from the résumé on which I elaborated.
  2. Talk about your professional and personal achievements
  3. Who is your role model and why?
  4. Tell me about a time when you had a teammate, who was very quiet and feeling low in the team.
  5. How did you handle the situation?
  6. Describe a time when you failed? (P.S. While answering this, I continued to answer this question to describe my greatest team experience too)
  7. Why Duke?
  8. Why do you think you will fit well in the Duke community? How will you contribute to the community?
  9. Why do you want to do MBA now?
  10. What is your most significant leadership experience?

In the end, he asked me if I had any questions for him. I asked 3-4 questions, to which he responded very candidly.

Overall, I had a great time interviewing with my interviewer. Now, I wait for the D-day to hear back from Duke! Fingers Crossed! All the best to fellow applicants and future applicants! May the force be with you!!

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