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.

Indiana Kelley MBA 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

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I’ll share my interview experience too. Very conversational with a 2nd-year student. The interview lasted about 20 minutes and we spent about 10 minutes on my questions/chatting.
I hope it helps future applicants!

1. Walk me through your resume
2. Why MBA
3. Why Kelley
4. Goals
5. What’s your leadership style?
6. How do you contribute to the team?
7. What do you do in your free time?
8. Failure
9. Any questions to the student?

I’m sure there were 2-3 more questions but I do not remember what they were. There was no curveball or off-guard questions.
Good luck!

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I’ll share my interview experience too. Very conversational with a 2nd-year student. The interview lasted about 20 minutes and we spent about 10 minutes on my questions/chatting.
I hope it helps future applicants!

1. Walk me through your resume
2. Why MBA
3. Why Kelley
4. Goals
5. What’s your leadership style?
6. How do you contribute to the team?
7. What do you do in your free time?
8. Failure
9. Any questions to the student?

I’m sure there were 2-3 more questions but I do not remember what they were. There was no curveball or off-guard questions.
Good luck!

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1. Walk me through your résumé.

2. Why an MBA? Or Career Goals

3. Why Kelley? Or how will a Kelley MBA help me achieve my career goal?

4. Why now?
5. Strengths and improvement areas.

6. How will you contribute to your Kelley team?

7. What will you learn from them?

8. What do you do in your personal time?

9. Anything else you want me to know?

10. Any apprehensions about doing an MBA?

11. Any questions for me?

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Some notes on my interview. This was a blind interview, the adcom only had my resume.
It was very conversational. The adcom spend a considerable time talking up Kelley.

Questions I was asked

1. Why do you want an MBA? Why now?
2. Why have you chosen this career path?
3. Why Kelley? 
4. What is something positive your colleagues or manager would say about you?
5. What is something they would say you need to work on?
6. What is something you would change about your professional journey?
7. Do you have any concerns about getting an MBA?
8. Anything else you would like me to know?
9. Questions for the adcom

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Okay, done with Kelley interview. It lasted for 38 minutes with lots of questions.

1. Why MBA , why now?
2. Why Kelley?
3. Strengthens
4. Weaknesses
5. How will you contribute to Kelly team
6. What will you learn from them?
7. What motivates you for healthcare?
8. What motivates you to be a good mentor and leader?
9. How will you compare the healthcare insurance in India with US?
10. Do you want to tell anything else?
11. Do you want to ask me something?
12. What is the biggest challenge you faced?
13. what do you enjoy the most?
14. I talked about healthcare club and he asked how will you contribute to it. 
15. We face alot of challenges in healthcare in US. Infact, I don’t know alot about my plans. What do you think can be improved?
16. Goals after MBA?

I was just keep on talking because it was really alot.

It ended with you will know the results by mid of December. 

P.S: The order of the questions was obviously different.

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Just had my interview with Jim a couple of hours ago. Great list on this page. Almost all of the questions he asked are listed on this page. Just 2 new ones –
1) Tell me something about your experience in leading teams (I think he asked me because I’ve a lot of team leading pointers on my CV. He even started with “Since, you have managed a lot of teams…”)
2) What motivates you?

As others have mentioned, Jim is really easy to talk to and keeps the conversation flowing. He gives you quite a few chances to mould the interview your way.
One last thing. Although pretty accommodating, Jim is punctual (and rightly so :) ). I kept on talking a bit during the end, and he had to interrupt and remind me of the time. So keep an eye out during the last 10 mins and close nicely (unlike me :P ).

All the very best everyone!

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Interview experience:
– Why MBA , Why Kelley
– Any Apprehensions before you go for an MBA
– Have you ever visited US before ? How was the experience like ? – Followed up with a conversation
– Anything else you want to tell me about which we didn’t talk ?
– What strengths do you have which you will contribute to the peers at Kelley
– What would you learn from them ?
– What do you like to do outside work? – Lead to a conversation
– Any questions for me ?

Very pleasant and a nice experience with Jim !

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Hey Guys!

I had my interview today at Gurgaon (Delhi) with Jim. It was a fairly conversational interview. Jim is an extremely chilled out person.

The interview lasted for ~25 minutes. The questions were the same as mentioned on previous year’s threads.
1. Why MBA? Why now?
2. Why I have chosen my mentioned career goal?
3. Why Kelley?
4. Strengths and improvement areas.
5. How will you contribute to your Kelley team?
6. What will you learn from them?
7. What do you do in your personal time?
8. Anything else you want me to know?
9. Any apprehensions about doing an MBA?
10. Any questions for me?

All the best folks!

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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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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.

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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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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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