Indiana Kelley MBA Interview

Indiana  Kelley is extremely accommodating to applicant’s schedule. The Indiana Kelley MBA interview takes place in one of the MBA offices unless it’s a telephonic one. Alumni, admissions or administrative staff take the interview.

Students generally receive a campus tour, if the Indiana Kelley MBA interview is on campus. Be prepared. Be clear about your prior work experience. Be honest with your answers. Don’t lie because you might not be able to defend it later. Finally, relax. It’s just an interview not the end of the world. The interview typically lasts for 30-45 minutes.

Kelley’s inclusive culture and social community is where students feel most impressed. The Kelley students are different. All are in professional attire and are truly eager to show off the school.

Frequently Asked Interview Questions

  1. Introduce yourself
  2. Tel us 3 key learnings from your work experience.
  3. Why MBA
  4. Why do you want to do MBA at this stage in your life/ career
  5. One reason that we should not select you?
  6. What are your short- and long-term career goals? Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
  7. Tell us about a challenging situation that you faced? How did you resolve it?
  8. What are your greatest strengths? Give examples
  9. What are your weaknesses? Give examples
  10. What would you describe are your greatest achievement to date?
  11. Interests and Hobbies – Be prepared!.. questions as basic as “Why do you do poetry (or any other activity” may be asked.
  12. Do you have any questions for us?

For more questions please visit Kelley’s official interview guide

Interview Transcript - 1

  • Introduce yourself
  • Career goals
  • Why Kelley
  • Describe an obstacle you faced at workplace, how did you overcome it
  • Did you receive any feedback early on in your career which has helped you
  • Describe instances of leadership outside work

Interview Transcript - 2

The interview took place in a small meeting room in the admissions office and was conducted by a second year student. There were no surprising questions and the interviewer was very enthusiastic about the program.

  1. Walk me through your résumé.
  2. Why an MBA? Why Kelley? Why now?
  3. Tell me about a time you received criticism. How did you react?
  4. What kind of leader am I?
  5. Where do I usually find myself on a team?
  6. Was there anything else I wanted to add to my file?

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Interview Transcript - 3

I opened the bullets I had made for my last interview only about half an hour prior to the interview. I was still going through the points I wanted to convey during the interview when the Skype call came and suddenly it was go time.

My interviewer, a second year student at Kelley, greeted me and told me that the interview would be for about 20 minutes. He only had a copy of my resume and his tone was very friendly. I immediately relaxed feeling none of the anxiety I had felt in my last interview for Tuck. The questions were all very standard affair:

1) Please walk me through your résumé. When I told him about my international experience he asked a couple of follow up questions about the demographic and language in the countries. Again, the way he asked, he sounded curious rather than probing.

2) Why do I want an MBA now?

3) Which skills I think I would be taught in an MBA program that would be essential to reach my goals.

4) Have I ever received constructive criticism and a follow up on the experience I described- a little more detail into the circumstances of the situation I had described.

5) Accomplishment I am most proud of.

After 20 minutes, he asked me if I had any questions for him. We talked for another 8 minutes about the Academies, Me Inc., and how the Kelley alumni are a great resource. So, in my experience, the interview was very conversational and laid back. Wish it were longer though. Was a little surprised how quickly the 20 minutes flew by.

I never had his email address so I asked another student at Kelley for it and sent him a thank you mail after a few days.

Interview Transcript - 4

Arrived early and waited in the hotel lobby’s lounge, which was where the interview took place. Interviewer arrived 15 minutes early and asked if we could get started because he had a cancellation. Interview lasted about about 50 minutes because of the early start. Interviewer took notes and mentioned he had only reviewed my résumé. The interview was relaxed and felt like a conversation, rather than an interrogation, and the interviewer asked a lot of follow-up questions, after the standard questions.

1) Why an MBA? Why now?

2) Any geographic region you’d like to live in post-graduation?

3) Where are you originally from?

3) What would your co-workers say they like most about you? what would they say you can improve?

4) How did you hear about Kelley?

5) Anything you’d like to tell me about yourself that’s not on your resume? (last question)

Overall, I enjoyed the interview and thought IU / Kelley was trying to figure me out as a person more than professional because of the collaborative experience the school offers. Lastly, because of the casual nature of the interview I was able to learn a lot more about the school.


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Interview Transcript - 5

This was a very informal interview which took place in a small meeting room adjacent to the admissions office. The interview was conducted by a second year student who seemed very enthusiastic about the program. Questions were very straight-forward with an emphasis on personal fit and career objectives. The student seemed very much impressed and wrote quite a bit when I brought up conversation points on Kelley’s academy program, as this is a favorite amongst students. I would not stress all too much about preparation as there is nothing in this interview that would not be covered in other b-school admissions discussions.

In the campus tour aspect, it seemed like Kelley was doing a strong job of selling itself to potential students. It came off as a strong Midwestern school that lacked pretension and instead focused on providing a welcoming learning environment. Overall, I was very satisfied with my Kelley experience.

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