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Kellogg / Northwestern MBA Interview Questions & Report – Round 1 / Adcom / On-Campus

Northwestern Kellogg MBA Essays

The interview was fairly standard and conversational. The interviewer was an admissions committee member and had not viewed my application before. He appeared to be given a packet, of which one page was my resume, which he did not appear to have reviewed ahead of time (this was evident when I began my “tell me about yourself” answer and mentioned something and he interrupted asking where on my resume it was).

Questions that were asked were (in order):
– Walk me through your resume.
– Can you tell me about your day-to-day responsibilities in your current role?
– What has been your greatest accomplishment in this role?
– Did you work with your supervisor to accomplish this? What was your thought process as you approached this situation?
– Can you tell me about a situation in which you had to work with a diverse team? This can be the previous situation or a new one of your choosing.
– Can you tell me about a time when you failed or did not accomplish what you wanted?
– What would you say are some words your colleagues would use to describe your strengths as a leader?
– What are some areas of constructive criticism you’ve received in the past?
– As a team leader right now, what are some areas as a leader you would consider improvement areas?
– Why are you pursuing an MBA now?
– Why are you hoping to get into the MBA program at Kellogg specifically?
– How would you contribute to the Kellogg community if you were accepted here?
– Is there anything else you’d like me to know?
– Do you have any questions for me?

The interview was very relaxed and the interviewer put me at ease fairly easily. We talked a bit about the weather, my travel plans, and about my family/connections to Chicago. The only thing that surprised me was being asked about my weaknesses, and then in the next question being asked about my weaknesses as a leader. I had prepared my weaknesses ahead of time, and being asked a very similar question immediately afterward caught me off guard since I had to think of new things to say on the spot.

Otherwise, I enjoyed this interview and the interviewer very much.


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