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Duke / Fuqua Interview Questions & Reports: Round 1 / Second-year student / On-campus

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The following Duke / Fuqua MBA interview questions and report were submitted to Clear Admit by a Round 1 applicant who interviewed on-campus during Women’s weekend. Good luck to them!

I interviewed on campus with a student. I didn’t know who the interviewer would be until the interview. It was a blind interview with a tremendous focus on teamwork.

Interview Questions:

  • Highlight a couple of things from your resume and explain why are you here. (This question threw me off as I was expecting to do a typical walkthrough)
  • What Team Fuqua means to you?
  • Why Fuqua?
  • How Fuqua fits with your goals?
  • How do you intend to grow as a leader at Fuqua?
  • What 3 things are important for successful teamwork? Why? How do you ensure these attributes in your team?
  • How did you use your communication skills to ensure team success? (Or maybe to resolve failure, i don’t remember exact wording but I told a story about a colleague not contributing to the project)
  • Tell me about an accomplishment you are most proud of
  • What do you do when someone is not pulling their weight on a team?
  • How do you respond to feedback?
  • How do you give feedback to others?
  • How do you request feedback?
  • Do you request feedback from your subordinates? Do you do that formally?
  • How do you lead team?
  • How will you contribute to Fuqua?
  • What do you do outside of work?
  • Is there anything else you would like to share?
  • Any questions?


The interview was friendly and conversational, however I was shocked by the amount of similar questions. She grilled me with teamwork, feedback, and school-specific questions so much that I was running short of stories to tell. I actually had to go back to the same story and offer a different angle or more detail a couple of times. I am still not sure if I she was digging for specific, unsatisfied with my answers, or simply curious. She took a ton of notes, literally two full letter-size pages. Interview lasted about 45 minutes.


My advise to anyone interviewing at Fuqua: prepare at least 5 teamwork stories and make sure you know a lot about the school, including the correct pronunciation. They seem to be very sensitive about it…

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