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Duke Fuqua MBA Interviews

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Duke Fuqua MBA Interview

The Duke Fuqua MBA interview questions include questions related to a candidate’s personal, professional and leadership experiences. As during their MBA programs, Duke Fuqua focusses a lot on a candidate’s leadership potential. Be ready with the best leadership examples and questions around the same during the Fuqua MBA interview. The interviews are generally pretty conversational and last approximately 30-45 minutes.

Fuqua’s interviews are not hard when compared to those of other top schools.  As you will see from the questions, below, Fuqua interview questions are very typical MBA interview questions. If you are preparing for interviews for other schools, you will surely see overlap here.

You need to know your resume completely as you will likely be asked about content in it. Review it carefully and consider what your interviewer might ask you to explain more thoroughly. If it is on your resume, it is fair game. That said, don’t be surprised if the interviewer is using a standardized list of questions.

Who will interview you, and how long will the interview last?

Like most Business schools, the Duke interview is taken by a Career Management Team. The interview is usually done by one member from the team. The interview typically lasts for 25-30 minutes or may extend to 35-40 minutes in some instances.

Will the interviewer have read my application?

It is always safer to assume that the Panel members have access to your complete application. In most instances, they would have read it completely. Unless the school specifically says that it will be an blind interview. Mostly North American Business schools in US and Canada have an  Blind interviews, European and SE Asian schools conduct interviews via Alums or panels which have full access to your entire application. 

How can you prepare for your interview?

Like most MBA Interviews, your interview will mainly revolve around a pretty similar set of MBA interview questions. You can never predict what questions will be asked, but with enough research, you can predict what are the most commonly asked questions in these interviews. We have created a short FAQ list below to get you a jump start, and we also have a free guide linked below to help you prepare for these commonly asked interview questions.

Duke Fuqua MBA Frequently Asked Interview Questions

Professional experience-related questions

  1. Tell me something about yourself, or Walk me through your resume.
  2. What are your short-term and long-term goals?
  3. Why MBA? or Why now? or Why an MBA at this stage of your career?
  4. Why Duke Fuqua?
  5. What is your Plan B? in case your primary goal does not happen?

Personal qualities-related questions

  1. What are your key strengths? Can you give some examples, please?
  2. What are your key weaknesses? Can you give some examples, please?
  3. How can you add value to the Class? or Why should we take you?
  4. Any reasons why we should not select you?
  5. Interests and Hobbies related questions – why do you do it, what have you achieved/learned?

Frequently Asked Situational & Behavioral Questions

  1. What is your leadership style? Can you give an example of a project you led?
  2. What would you describe are your greatest achievement to date?
  3. Give me an example of a time you failed.
  4. Give me an example of a time you faced a conflict. How did you handle that?
  5. Give me an example of a time when you did not meet a client’s expectations. What happened, and how did you attempt to rectify the situation?

The last one – Do you have any questions for us?

  1. Can you please tell me how international exchange students and schools are assigned?
  2. How club leadership is selected?
  3. Any other questions you may have in regards to the program.

Duke Fuqua MBA Interview Questions – 1

So I finished my interview yesterday and it went better than I thought it would! I had to fly in to a different city so I flew in on the 14th, spent the night, woke up well rested and headed for the interview which was scheduled comfortably at 10.15 a.m on the 15th. I was actually a full 25 minutes early, but it worked out great since my interviewer showed up early too! He was a young-ish guy, about mid to late 30s if I had to guess. After a few minutes of small talk, he jumped right in. Questions asked included:

  • Tell me about yourself
  • Tell me about your current role at work
  • Why MBA
  • Why Duke
  • Tell me about some constructive feedback that you received
  • Tell me about the time you showed your leadership skills (in and out of work)
  • What do you think makes a team successful
  • What is your role in a team
  • Tell me about a time you handled a conflict in a team
  • What kind of a leader are you
  • What are your career goals
  • Why do you think this is the right time for an MBA
  • Which other schools have you applied to

The interview lasted about 40-45 minutes, including the questions I asked him at the end. Initially, I didn’t think he was very responsive but as I found my groove, I saw him nodding and agreeing with stuff I said. I didn’t have any issues coming up with stories and I was very well prepared with my answers to why Duke and why an MBA. He opened up when I started asking him questions about the Duke experience and by then, we had a good rapport. He even told me to call him if I ever needed any help regarding Duke or even otherwise.

Overall, a nice friendly chat with a chilled out vibe. No curve balls and no unexpected questions. I was kind of flipping out right before because some guy (interviewing in the same city as I was) was asked a case question and grilled for 1.5 hours, so I guess I got lucky. I think I did my  best and there isn’t much I would change about the interview. I guess only time will tell now! Good luck to everyone else interviewing at Fuqua!

Duke Fuqua MBA Interview Questions – 2

I had scheduled a skype interview. Had it on 13th. Had a great experience. The interviewer was a 2nd yr, really nice person. He appeared to have some standard set of questions.

Walk me through your resume.

Leadership experience in a team where you faced difficulties.

Teamwork experiences (conflict situation)

An achievement as a leader.

A time when you failed at something.

Most constructive feedback that you have received, how did you react to it? A second situation where you applied the learning from that feedback.

What differentiates you from other applicants?

Your biggest weakness (one) and how are you working on it?

What past experiences have prepared you for your future ambitions and how fuqua will help you?

What does team Fuqua mean to you?

How will you build further on your leadership skills at fuqua?

What clubs/activities are you looking forward to?

Any questions from me?

Experience was great as I mentioned earlier. He was very friendly and we started off with a chat about how I was staying back in office for the interview and then a bit about Tata group after which we started with the questions. We had a few light moments as well! In the end, he also told me that I did well and wished me best for other parts of the process.

Duke Fuqua MBA Interview Questions – 3

Very friendly and casual interview. Standard questions:
1) Tell me about yourself?
2) How does Fuqua help you achieve your career goal?
3) How will you contribute to Fuqua?
4) What does team Fuqua mean to you? and Why?
5) Tell me about a time when you receive constructive feedback and how do you apply it?
6) Tell me about the achievement you most proud of outside of work?
7) What do you want to improve on in your leadership at Fuqua?
8) One minute pitch to adcom

Duke Fuqua MBA Interview Questions – 4

I just finished with my interview. I interviewed with a 2nd year student. He was super-friendly. The whole interaction took about an hour, although I anticipated 45min per the email. The questions were pretty much the ‘traditional’ questions. Why MBA, Why Fuqua, What do you bring to the MBA class? What extra-curricula activities will you pursue whiles in Fuqua, Two strengths and weaknesses. What courses in the program will be helpful for me. At the end of the questions, he gave me the chance to ask him questions and I got some very good insight from his answers.

I hope the above helps.

Good luck to anyone interviewing in the coming days.

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Duke Fuqua MBA Interview Questions – 5

Just got done with my Fuqua Round 1 interview with an alumnus in India. I’ll be honest: it wasn’t my best interview.

Although the interview questions were fairly standard, the interviewer’s reactions to my responses seemed far from encouraging. I felt that a lot more questions than usual were focused on my weaknesses, preconceived notions about me, and criticisms. Other questions included Why MBA, Why particularly in the US, Why Fuqua, Contribution to Fuqua, Career Goals, and a lot of behavioural questions. The interview lasted about 50 minutes.

At this point, I’m not sure I can expect too much from Fuqua; but I’m not ruling it off just yet.

Good luck to the others.

Duke Fuqua MBA Interview Questions – 6

I was interviewed by an Indian alum over Skype. Most guys in India were interviewed by either Alums over skype or in person.

The questions are fairly standard: going through your profile, why MBA, why now, Why Fuqua, your achievements, ST/LT goals, your leadership experiences, your biggest challenge, how would your team describe you, what are your strengths/weaknesses etc.

There are no major curve balls and the interview is more of a conversation. Fuqua is generally looking for achievers who are personable, and I can see that in most of my future batch mates I have interacted with so far. As long as you have a good story to tell and you are clear in presenting it, you should be fine.

Duke Fuqua MBA Interview Questions – 7

My interview was with a second year student on campus. I waited in the waiting area with other interviewees then was taken to a small two person interview room. Brief introductions and chatter. Talked about the recent basketball camp out. Interviewer did not look at my resume beforehand. Asked me to walk through my resume. I was then asked many, many questions, I believe my interviewer was looking to get enough material to write his/her review. Questions were standard such as why mba, why fuqua, pitch yourself to admissions, name a weakness/strength, what makes you stand out etc. Interviewer was very pleasant throughout, at no time did I feel grilled. Interviewer ended interview by handing over card and stating that he/she was there to help and to reach out with any questions. Total time of about 40 minutes.

I was worried about a couple things but neither hurt me: scheduled an interview only and skipped tour and class due to workload, dressed more towards consultant than banker attire (on the casual side) <-I think this actually fit the culture

Tips: Prep some versatile examples for standard behavioral interview questions and research basics on Fuqua program/culture and probably most importantly, be yourself.

Duke Fuqua MBA Interview Questions – 8

Hey, folks! I just had my in-person, off-site interview with a Fuqua alum (class of 2015). Similar to my Kellogg in-person interview, the questions were not your typical cookie-cutter “Walk me through your resume”, “What are your short- / long-term goals”, etc. These were a lot more behavioral, and I found myself talking a lot about lessons I had learned working in teams – both as a leader and as a follower. The questions require a lot more introspection, and it is very difficult to provide canned responses to them (and I actually like their method).

Some of the bang-on questions you would have seen shared already include:

  1. What does Team Fuqua mean to you and why?
  2. What differentiates you from other applicants?
  3. If admitted, what will you bring to Fuqua as a student? In what ways will you contribute?
  4. What qualities of mine am I most proud of? (and after I gave a response to those, there were follow-up questions on specific examples of times when I exhibited those qualities.)
  5. Give me an example of constructive feedback you have received and tell me about a specific instance of where you have applied that.
  6. What surprised you most from your most recent performance review?

I think that to do well in this interview, one needs to have at least five good stories with multiple lessons that you can call on if needed. Thinking back, I don’t even think I talked about my short- or long-term goals at all. When I realized the pattern the interview was taking, I wove in some of my long-term goals and reasons I like Fuqua into some of my responses to other questions.

All said, I think it went well. I didn’t have time for questions in the end, but we did have a chat about class specializations, switching careers, Dan Ariely, and Duke sports.

All the best to everyone preparing for their Fuqua interviews!

Duke Fuqua MBA Interview Questions – 9

I am here to share my experience of Duke MBA program which was very relaxed and casual. I spoke with a second-year student, and it lasted for about an hour. The interviewees introduced themselves before asking me questions. How has your week been going so far? They asked me about my transition from my previous employer to my home country, and how I ended up finding my current startup. They also asked me about the biggest challenge I’ve faced at my current startup. Then, they wanted to know about my future dream and what I aspire to achieve. We discussed what diversity means to me and my personal opinion on the matter. They surprised me a little by asking about the gender breakdown at my current startup. I shared the most important lesson I’ve learned during my time at the startup. After discussing my startup experience and future aspirations, they asked me about my plans for the future and how Fuqua fits into them. Since we both cheered for US college sports, they asked about school athletics. They inquired if I have ever visited another major city in my home country. We also discussed whether there are stereotypes between different cities in my country.

Update: I received the exciting news that I have been accepted as a Fuqua Impact Scholar! I’m super-excited about this opportunity and want to wish everyone else good luck too!

Duke Fuqua MBA Interview Questions – 10

My interviewer for the Duke MBA program was a second-year student. The interview lasted for about 50 minutes, and during the last 20 minutes, I had the opportunity to ask the interviewer some questions about their experience at Fuqua. This interview felt different compared to other alumni interviews I’ve had because the interviewer shared their thoughts and comments after each question. It felt casual, like a friendly conversation, which helped me feel more relaxed. Here is the list of questions I was asked:

  1. Tell me about yourself.
  2. Why do you want to pursue an MBA, and what are your short-term and long-term goals? Why is now the right time for you?
  3. I followed up with a question about your long-term goal, and we spent quite a bit of time discussing it.
  4. Can you tell me about your leadership style?
  5. Share an experience when you had to give feedback to someone.
  6. Why did you specifically choose Fuqua?
  7. Have you spoken to any Fuqua alumni? What did they say about the school?
  8. What contributions do you plan to make to the Fuqua community? (I basically just reiterated what I wrote in my essay).

While it wasn’t very structured, I enjoyed the overall conversation, and I believe the interviewer did too. My advice would be to build rapport with the interviewer and try to put them in a good mood so that they can assess you more effectively. Also, make sure to have some questions about Fuqua ready, as it shows that you have researched the school thoroughly. Good luck to everyone!

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