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Kenan Flagler MBA Interviews

Kenan Flagler MBA interview process occurs between a highly competitive pool of students just as in any other top B-School . The applicants need to work hard on their Kenan Flagler application essays and GMAT scores(average GMAT score is 690) to get an interview call.

Kenan Flagler MBA admissions committee does not issue interview invitations. Applicants themselves have to approach adcom and schedule interview by the deadlines corresponds to the application round. Kenan Flagler interviews are generally conducted over a skype call if the applicant is outside U.S. or the alumnus.

Alumnus (off campus interview), Adcom (campus interview) take the interview generally. Average time per interview is 30-40 minutes.

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

Like most business schools, the Kenan Flagler 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.

Kenan Flagler 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 Kenan Flagler?
  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.

UNC Kenan Flagler Interview Questions – 1

Round 3 Applicant. Interview was 45 minutes and surprisingly had fewer behavioral questions than I expected. Most of the discussion was about post-MBA goals.

  1. Where did you grow up? Where were you before college?
  2. Why did you choose your major?
  3. What was your most significant accomplishment in your first job after college?
  4. Why did you choose to leave this job for the second job?
  5. What do you want to do post-MBA?
  6. Where do you see yourself in 30 years?
  7. What are some companies you want to recruit for?
  8. Why UNC?
  9. What do you hope to contribute to UNC?
  10. What extracurriculars did you participate in during college?
  11. Would you say your GMAT/GRE is reflective of you as a person? If not, what does it say about you and how would you describe your score?
  12. If I were to call your recommender right now, what’s two strengths and a weakness that he would tell me about you?
  13. What types of opportunities are you looking for at UNC? And job-wise?

UNC Kenan Flagler Interview Questions – 2

Round 2 applicant. The blind interview was conducted by AdCom over Skype, lasting approximately 40 minutes. The interview was very conversational, as the interviewer often interspersed and followed-up my responses with narratives and anecdotes. This made the overall experience very positive, as I was more at ease and could respond without over-relying on the script in my head.
This proved helpful because the questions were somewhat not typical and required one to think on their feet. The focus, I believe, was more to understand your rationale behind your decisions and overall thought process.

Questions:

  1. Where did you grow up and how did that influence you?
  2. Which high-school did you go to and what activities were you part of?
  3. Why did you choose your particular undergraduate major?
  4. How did that lead to your first job upon graduation? How did it help you in your first job and thereafter?
  5. In your current role, how many people do you manage, directly and indirectly? Follow-up: What are your lessons about qualities a leader should possess?
  6. What are your immediate post MBA goals?
  7. Why pursue an MBA at UNC? What specifically attracted you to the program?
  8. How have you researched the program? How will you contribute?
  9. Does your current supervisor support your MBA decision?
  10. Putting yourself in your supervisor’s shoes, if I were to call your supervisor up, what 2 words would be used to describe you?
  11. Similarly, what major point of feedback would your supervisor mention?
  12. Without revealing your GMAT score, do you believe it best represents your abilities?
  13. Any questions for me?

UNC Kenan Flagler Interview Questions – 3

Interview was conducted in the office of an admission committee member.

45 minute interview

  • How did you pick your college major?
  • What sparked your interest in your major?
  • What clubs do you see yourself participating at UNC?
  • Why UNC?
  • What kind of interactions have you had with the UNC community?
  • Behavioral questions regarding group based work environment. How did you resolve a conflict in this situation? or How did you go about in receiving constructive criticism?
  • Why healthcare specialization at UNC?
  • 5-10 minutes allocated for questions to ask the committee member.

Very friendly and relaxing interview. Time goes by very quickly.

UNC Kenan Flagler Interview Questions – 4

Mine was in-person and was blind if I remember correctly. Unfortunately I cannot say 100% one way or the other how the Skype interviews are conducted. I do know that all the interviews are very casual in content (dress is still business professional) but they really want to see how you portray yourself, if you can effectively communicate your strengths, and if you are the kind of person who would fit in with the school culture. This is also a good time to address any glaring flaws in your application (like if you haven’t taking a math class since 8th grade algebra but plan on taking stats at a local college in the coming months).

I was extremely nervous going into mine since it was my first b-school interview. I fumbled a few places, but my interviewer didn’t seem to mind and helped move the interview along such that she could get the info she needed. Depending on the interviewer there might be a behavioral interview question. The interviewers are not there to sabotage you. They want to see you succeed, so be friendly, put honest effort into the interview, know your story, and do your research – make sure you can answer the most common questions, such as “why UNC K-F?”, “why an MBA?”, “why an MBA now?”, “where do you see yourself in 5 years? In 15?”, etc. I’d suggest you find 2 or 3 things that really draw you to the school and be ready to talk about those

UNC Kenan Flagler Interview Questions – 5

Had an interview at UNC on-campus. Lasted for about 40 mins.No surprise questions. Interviewer made me feel relaxed and was friendly and conversational.

The questions were more about getting to know me… why MBA, why now, why UNC, strengths, weakness, what motivates you etc.

My already great impression about the school was improved further with a campus visit and I would suggest taking on-campus interview as you get to talk to the admissions team member directly. Very different than some of the other schools where you interview with SY student. I experienced at one school a SY student busy taking notes and not paying attention to your answers.

Anyway, hoping for the best result now and awaiting interview invitations from other schools…

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UNC Kenan Flagler Interview Questions – 6

Right dot on time. Very friendly and easy.
Questions were varied and fun.
– Who is your inspiration?
– Why UNC and what you expect to gain from UNC MBA?
– Why MBA and what are your short-term goals?
– What is your plan B?
– Explain your volunteer work.
– What is your proudest accomplishment – professionally and personally?
– Anything you want to add?
– Questions for me.

UNC Kenan Flagler Interview Questions – 7

The interview started about 20 minutes late and lasted for about 20 minutes. It was a casual conversation, but the interviewer didn’t speak much. However, she took a lot of notes while I was talking. There was also a surprise question. Here are the questions she asked:

1. Why do you want to pursue an MBA? Why is now the right time for you? And why did you choose KF (university name)? She combined these three questions into one.

2. She asked me to discuss my work experience in different roles: as an individual, as a team member, and as a leader. She wanted to know how my colleagues or teammates would describe me, and she also asked me to share a specific time when I led a team and what I learned from it.

3. She asked me to discuss one achievement from my resume that I consider my proudest.

4. She presented me with KF’s values and asked me to explain what these values mean to me and what I expect from a business school with these values. This question caught me off guard, especially the second part.

5. She allowed me to discuss any aspects of my profile that weren’t covered in my application or the interview.

6. She asked if I had any questions for her. I inquired about scholarships and finances, but her response was quite generic: “You will receive more information once a decision has been made.” This made me suspect that she might be an external reviewer or consultant. I hope this helps, and good luck with your interview!

UNC Kenan Flagler Interview Questions – 8

I had an interview with someone who works for the school as an interviewer. They have been in this role for over a year. They asked me to talk about myself and go through my resume. They wanted to know why I wanted to pursue an MBA and why I chose this time. They also asked why I specifically chose UNC. They were interested in knowing my short-term and long-term goals, my experience with leadership, and my leadership style. They wanted to know about the values that are important to me and if I had any constructive feedback for them. They asked me about something I’m looking forward to learning during the program and how I plan to contribute to and strengthen the class. Lastly, they wanted to know if there was anything else I wanted them to know and if I had any questions. This explanation helps clarify the questions asked during the interview.

UNC Kenan Flagler Interview Questions – 9

The person who interviewed me was a former student of KF. She completed her MBA from a different place. She was a volunteer for the admissions committee. Can you take me through your resume and explain your experiences and qualifications? Why do you want to pursue an MBA? What are your short-term goals? What are your long-term goals? What makes you interested in Cornell? How do you plan to contribute to Cornell? What kind of support or assistance are you expecting from Cornell regarding job opportunities? How would you describe your leadership style? Is there anything else you would like me to share with the admissions committee about you? Overall, the interview was a positive experience and the best I’ve had. Good luck to you!

UNC Kenan Flagler Interview Questions – 10

I had an interview with a second-year student that lasted 45 minutes. He provided feedback and asked additional questions based on my answers. Instead of following a specific set of predetermined questions, our conversation had a natural flow. Here are his questions: Can you tell me something about yourself? Why do you want to pursue an MBA? Why is now the right time for you to pursue an MBA? What attracts you to KF (the specific business school)? What are your short-term and long-term goals? He asked a question about my CV, specifically how I entered my industry and what motivated me. How will the feedback you received from your supervisor help you as a leader? Can you share a leadership experience from your work history that you’d like to discuss? Have you ever faced a stressful situation at work? How did you handle it? Can you describe a situation where you or someone else experienced marginalization? What did you do to create an inclusive environment? He followed up on the previous question by asking how I plan to create an inclusive environment as a leader in the future. Do you have any questions for me? The interviewer was friendly and created a comfortable atmosphere during the interview. It felt like a natural conversation rather than a formal interrogation.

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