Kellogg MBA Interviews
Kellogg’s MBA Program is for students who want to gain the confidence to lead boldly and challenge conventional thinking in the global marketplace. With a start date in September, you’ll begin to build core management skills and then move on to specialized electives that reflect your areas of interest. Both inside and outside the classroom, you’ll learn to lead by practicing in an environment that gives you an opportunity to try new things.
Who will interview you, and how long will the interview last?
The Kellogg MBA program interview is usually conducted by one of the panel members. 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?
The Panel member has access to your complete application. In most instances, they would have read it completely.
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.
Kellogg MBA Frequently Asked Interview Questions
- Tell me something about yourself?
- Walk me through your resume?
- Why MBA? Why Kellogg?
- Why MBA now or Why MBA at this stage of your career?
- What is your short & long term goals?
- What is your Plan B if consulting/Investment banking does not happen?
- What are your key strengths? Can you give some examples please?
- What is your biggest weakness ? Can you give some examples please?
- How can you add value to the Class?
- Why should we take you?
- One reason that we should not select you?
- Interests and Hobbies – Be prepared!.. questions as basic as “Why do you do poetry (or any other activity” may be asked.
- Some Situational & Behavioral Question
- What would you describe are your greatest achievement to date?
- Give me an example of a time you faced a conflict while working on a team. How did you handle that?
- Give me an example of a time when you did not meet a client’s expectation. What happened, and how did you attempt to rectify the situation?
- Case questions are fairly common in MBA interview especially for consulting aspirants. Below are a few sample for to practice for:
- How many Golf balls can fit in a Boeing 747?
- What’s the global market size for smartphones?
- Do you have any Question for us?
Kellogg MBA Interview Question – 1
Just finished my interview. It was fairly conversational but with the interviewer taking a lot of notes in between. It lasted about 30 minutes with standard questions.
1.Walk me through your resume (a couple of follow ups to this)
2. What has been your most significant accomplishment?
3. Describe an instance when you overcame an obstacle?
4. Describe your leadership style?
5. What are your two main strengths?
6. What would your team say your one weakness is?
7. What are your goals? Why the particular choice of short term goals? (I said Management Consulting as my short term)
8. Why MBA?
9. Why Kellogg?
10. What would your contributions to Kellogg be?
11. What clubs are you interested in at Kellogg?
12. Any thing else you feel we haven’t covered so far.
13.Time to ask my questions. (We spend a good bit of time on this. He was really passionate about the school)
Overall, I think it went well. However, have never given a B-School interview before. So, cannot really know if it went really good or not. Only time will tell. Hoping for the best!
To Preparing for your B-school Interview
Kellogg MBA Interview Question – 2
I had my interview with an alumini. My background: Indian working in Kuala Lumpur, applying for the 1-year MBA.
Interviewer was a very senior alum from 2006 batch (1-yr MBA). He is former country head of BCG Malaysia and currently EVP at a government agency.
1. Walk me through your resume
2.Explain a bit more about your current role. Type of projects, team size, your responsibilities, etc.
3.Explain rationale of career path and job choices
4. What do you like the most and hate the most about your current job?
5. Your most significant achievement
6. Short-term and long-term goals
7. Why MBA? Why Kellogg?
8. Two criticisms you have received at work and how did you work on them?
9. Example of when you led a diverse team. What did you learn?
10.Describe a situation when someone from your team wasn’t giving his best. What did you do to fix it?
11.What do you think is the weakest part of your application?
12. What is unique about you as a candidate?
13. Anything you would like to discuss which was not touched?
14. Any questions about Kellogg?
It was a pretty casual interview. Lasted half an hour. Interviewer never cut my answers or cross-questioned. He asked the questions and listened to my answers, taking notes at times.
Cheers and good luck!
Kellogg MBA Interview Question – 3
I was interviewed by an alum and the interviewer was very warm and friendly. The whole interview lasted for 30-40 minutes and he asked me the below standard questions.
1. Walk me through your resume
2. Which was your favorite work experience among all the jobs you held
3. Best achievement at work?
4. The time when you led a team and things did not go well
5. Time when you worked with a diverse team
6. Tell me about the constructive feedback you have received
8. If you could redo, will you choose a different career path?
9. What do you think your weakness is in the whole application?
10. What type of leader are you?
11. How would your colleagues describe you? in three words?
12. What’s your leadership style?
13. Time when you were not a designated team lead but had to lead the team? What were the reasons?
14. Why Kellogg?
15. Short and long term goals?
16. What clubs will you join in Kellogg?
17. How do you see yourself contributing to the class?
18. Do you want to add anything else?
19. Questions for me?
Kellogg MBA Interview Question – 4
Thought I should post my interview experience. I’m an international applicant based out of the US and I submitted my application a couple of weeks before the deadline. My interview was taken by an alum. Interview was very conversational and she asked a lot of follow-up questions. Some of the questions asked were:
3.What do i currently do outside of work
6.What courses/clubs I would be interested in after coming to Kellogg etc.
She kept writing a lot of notes as I answered all her questions. It is good to prepare for all probable questions in advance as a lot of them would be asked during the interview.
Kellogg MBA Interview Question – 5
I got asked about a personal weakness, not just application, but still similar question. I don’t think there is a “right” or “good” answer, answer truthfully. Then try to explain that you are aware of this weakness and either are currently or planning on working on it. I think a huge sign of maturity is being able to clearly identify a small area of weakness and have some example to back it up.
Regardless all the possible problems in the conversation, I could fairly say that this is my best interview so far. The interviewer was very straightforward and friendly. We had a constructive conversation, no condescension, no traps. He was not trying to challenge me or corner me with some humiliating questions. He was very supportive, candor, and respectful. The whole process was very consistent with what I always expect from Kellogg graduates.
Kellogg MBA Interview Question – 6
My interview lasted 50 minutes, with a 2011 alumni. He runs a start-up and was really laid back. Got the general questions:
4.Long and short career plans
I was asked a lot of follow-ups and would deep-dive into a lot of answers, but remained friendly. Overall conversational, no real surprise
Kellogg MBA Interview Question – 7
For my interview which I had recently on campus they focused on the following:
1.Initial explanation of my positions. Since I am a nonstandard applicant they wanted details and explanation of selectivity for each position.
2.Why an MBA
3.Short and long term goals
4.How co-workers describe you, good and bad
They then switched to ask more leadership questions
1.How leadership style has changed throughout career
2.Explain a time where you were resilent as a leader
3.Anything else we should know.
Be prepared for questions on your leadership and have some solid examples of each. Should be easy since you have your whole application to pull from so reinforcing those examples probably would help as it strengthens them with a fresh perspective. The interviewer will not be reviewing your application before or after so keep that in mind as you prepare. Of course who is interviewing you matters too. As long as you practice the questions available from the debriefs from various sites and the ones above you should do great. Best of luck to everyone going for the interview!
Kellogg MBA Interview Question – 8
“My interview was during the polar vortex (-20F) on campus in Chicago, so that created an interesting dynamic and conversation starter!
I was interviewed by a senior admissions member for 30 minutes. The interview was very warm and casual. She let me know as soon as we started that the interview was blind, in that she has not seen anything in my application. It started off with the “Tell me about yourself” prompt but quickly became more natural after that. The questions flowed very well with our dialogue. They weren’t direct questions since they were leading off from my answers, so I’ll try my best to summarize the questions she was asking.
1.Tell me about yourself (I used this to not talk about my resume and more about myself personally).
2.Walk me through your resume (Next four questions were lumped into one answer for me since it was more conversational but I could tell this was what she was interested in).
3.Why MBA now? Why Kellogg? Short-term/Long-term goals with MBA.
4.What role do you play in a group setting/group project? (I really enjoyed this question since it was different)
5.Tell me about a time you lead a team.
6.How would your friends describe you?
7.What clubs would you like to join?
8.Any questions for her?
I highly recommend focusing on having strong examples of teamwork and leadership since I could tell this was a huge component of their questions and answers they were looking. Also what sets them apart from other schools.
During our banter, I asked several questions naturally between these “questions” and provided information in that direction as well. Such as, what classes I would like to take. I asked her what clubs Kellogg offered that are geared towards the start-up industry, since majority of my background is that, while we were on the “Why Kellogg?” part. She was very interested in the companies I had worked for along with the stories I had so we chatted about that heavily. I was able to naturally add stories in that were able to answer a lot of her questions organically with true enthusiasm due to her natural interest.
I definitely recommend emphasizing why you want Kellogg specifically and knowing what makes them stand apart from the others, and coming prepared with questions that show a specific genuine interest deeper than just information you can find online about the program. Find a club or professor/class that interests you! Also knowing what you can contribute and provide to their program as well. I specifically spoke with several Kellogg alumni and attended several events to find the answers to these questions, and to create a better picture of what student life would truly be like if I were to attend.
Overall, I was genuinely interested since she was very warm and easy to speak to, so the conversation flowed very well and it was highly enjoyable. One of my more enjoyable interviews from the schools I interviewed at! Good luck, everyone!”
Kellogg MBA Interview Question – 9
I got my interview invite about a week after the 2nd round deadline. My interviewer was super responsive to my emails and mentioned during the interview that most of the alum registered to be admission interviewers because they actually enjoy doing it.
As mentioned by other people on this platform, the interview was very casual and conversational. It was conducted in a coffee shop (of my choice). The flow of the interview was natural, starting with a standard WMTYR, then a lot of follow-up questions on what I mentioned in the resume, then based on my past experiences, what do I expect to develop in a (Kellogg) MBA. My interviewer was a very nice person and seemed genuinely interested in what I had to say. My questions were as follows:
- Walk me through your resume.
- Why did you choose your undergrad major?
- Some questions about my undergrad extra-curricular, like what was the organization for, what leadership role I had within the organization, what was the composition of my teams, etc. The interviewer was from my industry ((Corporate) Finance) so he asked a lot of detailed questions about some of the academic clubs I was in (for example, “What valuation method did you use for the pricing research?”, etc.)
- Questions about what did/do I do at my jobs. This went on for more than 30 minutes as he was very specific with lots of follow-up about my companies’ organization chart, how many people from other departments do I have to interact with on a weekly basis, what reports do I have to produce and on what frequency. You get the idea.
- Why did I make some career choices (resign/change function, etc.)
- He noticed a weakness in my past experience (being in large and mature organizations, I have limited chances for big promotions), so a question about what have I done to compensate for that.
- What is my post-MBA career goal? How can Kellogg help me to achieve that? Why MBA? Why now? Why Kellogg?
- Any question for him? Overall the interview lasted for about 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Towards the end my interviewer got very excited when I asked some questions about his personal experience at Kellogg (“It was the best 2 years of my life”).
He got me very excited about the school. I left the interview feeling pretty good, even though I felt like I could have done a better job on some questions. Well, that’s life. Good luck with your interview!”
Kellogg MBA Interview Question – 10
It was a skype interview taken by an AdCom. My interviewer was a very nice lady and helped me bring out my whole profile to the table. It was very conversational. She asked me a mix bag of questions – the usual questions that are already posted here:
3.How will you contribute
4.Questions about my work and extracurricular activities
5.A few behavioral questions and a few interesting questions – common misconception that people have about you, a time when you were intellectually challenged, anything that you have done at the creative front.
The behavioral questions were highly focused on team work and leadership experiences and style. Lastly, the interview ended with the following two questions – anything that you would want to add and any questions for me. Hope this helps someone. All the best to everyone
Kellogg MBA Interview Question – 11
I had my off-campus interview today in Delhi (India). Quite the usual Kellogg interview everyone speaks about. We had a general discussion for a little over an hour. I got asked the standard questions:
1.Walk me through your CV
2.A couple of questions on some of the consulting engagements I had mentioned
3.What’s the size of team managed? How do I effectively manage a geographically dispersed team? (My reports are spread across India, Poland & China)
4.Why MBA? Why now? Why the 1-year program?
5.How does Kellogg fit into my career objectives?
6.What’s my leadership style?
7.How do I manage conflicts in my teams?
8.How will I contribute to Kellogg?
9.How would your batchmates at Kellogg describe you as a person? What unique aspects will I bring to the community?
10.Any Questions for me?
In between, he kept on sharing his perspectives on how Kellogg truly differentiates itself from the other B-Schools when it comes to team bonding, companionship, collaboration etc. I could clearly see the passion and emotional connect he had with Kellogg. Truly inspiring!
Kellogg MBA Interview Question – 12
I had my Kellogg interview on campus with an admissions committee member. It was 35 minutes long and very cordial.
1.Tell me about yourself.
2.Why did you choose your undergraduate school? Why did you choose your major?
3.What has been your experience leading teams at work?
4.Tell us about a time when you resolved conflict on a team.
5.What are your favorite activities outside of work?
6.Why Kellogg? Why MBA? Why now?
7.Tell us about any experience you may have working with colleagues abroad. What are the challenges / benefits?
8.Do you have any questions for me?
I am still unsure of how Kellogg factors in interviews in their admissions process considering they interview 90% of their applicant pool. Anyway, we shall see. Hope this post helps
Kellogg MBA Interview Question – 13
I had my Kellogg MBA interview last evening and was surprised that the interview was completed in 20 mins. The interviewer, who was a staff walked in and started right away (no chatting or light conversation). I was asked walk me through my resume, a few behavioral questions and then she asked me if I had any questions for her. I was a bit shocked, since we had just started. I am assuming that, since my interview was past the deadline, everyone must have been busy ( Making myself feel better). Not sure what to make of this. My essays are stellar and I have a 670 GMAT with 8 years of Work Experience.
Kellogg MBA Interview Question – 14
I am an International applicant and I had my off-campus interview last week with a former Kellogg student. Since it was a blind interview, you just need to talk about yourself and be confident (my advice: rehearse a lot). The conversation was flowing and she gave me great insights of the school and its atmosphere. Our discussion really made me excited about joining the school! Now it’s the wait and see game but I look forward to the results!
Best of luck to all of you