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The Kellogg Full-Time MBA Interview Process

by Christy Heaton, associate director of admissions

As the associate director for our Two-Year and JD-MBA Programs, I’ve seen thousands of incredible people come through Kellogg. I appreciate how they really push themselves to stretch and grow while they are in the program, and I am constantly inspired by the amazing things they accomplish during their time with us. But I’m also here to remind you that every single one of them was once in your shoes at one point, researching programs, finishing applications and getting ready for their interviews.

Kellogg is unique because we seek to interview as many applicants as we can. We know how much thought goes into an application, which is why we want to hear from as many candidates as possible so you can share your stories with us. Giving you this opportunity to connect with us in a one-on-one context is an important part of our admissions process and who we are as a school.

The MBA interview process

Let’s talk a little bit about how the process works. Ordinarily, we offer both on- and off-campus interviews, but the past year and a half being what it was, we are currently only conducting interviews virtually. All of the interviews are based on the resume alone, and the person you interview with will not have read your application nor will they. This is a chance for us to get to know you a little better and for you to share or elaborate on some of the many life experiences that led you to Kellogg. 

How to prepare

What’s the interview really like? How should you prepare? Our interviews are behavioral-based. So, I would suggest getting familiar with this model of interview if you are not already. 

  • Practice good methods to answer these types of questions. (Google the STAR method, for example.) 
  • Practice giving your answers to potential questions in this format. I would also suggest thinking through your own story and experiences. Make sure you have a range and variety of stories to share (not just those you wrote about in the essays) from various points in your career.
  • Be your authentic self.  There is a difference between being prepared with lots of examples and stories top of mind to share and being scripted or repeating memorized answers that don’t really address the questions asked.

The last thing I want to emphasize is how the interview fits in with the overall evaluation process. The interview is one component of the application; it is important, but it really is just one part. We will look at the interview along with all other parts of the application. Our evaluation process is holistic in nature and there is not one part of any application that makes or breaks it.

My sincere hope for each of you is that the Kellogg interview is one you enjoy!