Interview Tips - Kelley

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Interview pattern at Kelley

Why Kelley School of Business?

Entrepreneurship: The Kelley School is the No. 1 business school for entrepreneurship according to U.S. News and World Report's undergraduate and graduate rankings for public universities and its objective is to be the hub for cross campus entrepreneurial initiatives in the life sciences, biotechnology, informatics, law, music, and other entrepreneurial departments fostering the development of entrepreneurial research or commercially viable enterprises.

Faculty: Kelley faculties are award winners, groundbreaking researchers, corporate board members, sought-after consultants, often-quoted experts, textbook authors, and-most of all-teachers. Over 200 Bloomington faculty members are at work shaping scholarship and teaching methods in nearly every aspect of business. They are authors of some of the best-selling business textbooks used in colleges and universities around the world, and major corporations and individual donors support their research.

Kelly faculty ranks 7th in the nation on faculty scholarship by The Chronicle of Higher Education and ranks 4th among public universities and 18th in the nation for having the most frequently downloaded research publications, according to a recent Social Science Research Network (SSRN) study. They have served on more than 30 corporate boards and published more than 2,000 articles in more than 300 leading business journals and 200 books.

Career Path: In 2007, more than 90 percent of our MBA and specialized master's degree students received a job offer by graduation and the average starting salaries for most Kelley undergraduate majors range from 3 to 13 percent above the national average.

It's no secret that top employers worldwide seek to hire Kelley students. More than 440 companies hired Kelley students for full-time positions in 2006-07, and hundreds more recruited and posted jobs with us. The Kelley School's career services are considered among the best in the country. In Business Week's 2008 undergraduate rankings, Kelley earned an A+ for job placement.

Marketing and Finance: In a recent study of academic research productivity by 'The Chronicle of Higher Education', Kelley faculty ranked 5th in marketing and 10th in finance.

Kelley marketing graduates have found their niche, challenge, and lifeblood in such companies as Target, Procter & Gamble, General Mills, Ford, Caterpillar, among many others. The Kelley School prepares you to excel with these companies and others through the Academy experience. Marketing majors apply their business acumen to real-world problems by choosing the Business Marketing, Consumer Marketing, Consulting, Entrepreneurial Management, or Supply Chain and Global Management Academy.

Some Kelley finance MBAs choose to broaden their opportunities by selecting the Consulting Academy. Others choose to go deep, pairing their classroom learning with in-depth career insights from the Investment Banking, Investment Management, or Corporate Finance Academy. Kelley finance MBAs have landed jobs with such diverse companies Goldman Sachs, Toyota Financial Services, and the Intel Corporation.

Most Frequently Asked Interview Questions during Kelley MBA personal interview &Kelley interview tips:

  • Why US for MBA? Why MBA? Why Kelley?
  • Describe your ideal team?
  • What is your ideal working environment?
  • Describe a time when you failed
  • Describe a good leader from personal experience. Describe a bad leader.
  • How did you lead your team? How did you assign work?
  • How did you get into a leadership position at work?
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • If I ask your supervisor what are your weaknesses, what would he say?
  • What will your teammates/colleagues miss the most when you leave?
  • What motivates you?
  • Have you traveled abroad at all?
  • When in a team, what role do you usually play?
  • Suppose you have a manufacturing capability for golf balls and suddenly government puts a ban on golf and you are left with millions of balls. What would you do?
  • How do you solve a complex problem ?
  • Difficult interaction with anyone in the team?
  • Have you ever faced any conflict or difference of opinion in your professional life?

Ethical Dilemma:

  • What do you do in free time? Which Book did you last read? How did you find it and why?
  • What do you do for fun?
  • How did you set a benchmark for myself in my professional career? How do you judge myself against this benchmark everyday.
  • How did you choose your first job and why did you choose that company?
  • What do you plan to specialize in, and why?
  • Where do you see yourself immediately after MBA? Which company?

Interview Information and feedback from Students:

Were you given options for the date of the interview?
Yes - Indiana is extremely accommodating to applicant's schedule.

Could you choose the MBA personal interview location?
No - The MBA personal interview takes place in one of the MBA offices unless it's a telephonic one.

How many interviews are scheduled?
One.

Who were the interviewers?
Alumni, admissions or administrative staff.

Do students receive a campus tour?
Yes, students generally receive a campus tour.

Advice to future interviewees.
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.

How long is the interview?
30-45 minutes. Happy that my BA interview preparation was good enough.

Opinion of Faculty and Students.
This was where students feel most impressed. The Kelley students are different. All are in professional attire and seemed truly eager to show off the school. Testimony of an applicant "We had three students escort the two of us around the building. Then we had four different students take us to lunch. Finally, one of the students found out some of my interests and hooked me up with another student for dinner (who had identical interests to mine). This is where I got sold on Kelley".

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  • Discussing candidate's background, profile, career plans and interests and getting the list of schools (limited to one) to which the candidate wants the interview preparation service.
  • Discussing with the candidate, the most suitable answers to the likely questions to be asked in the interview of a particular school, given the candidate's profile and career plans.
  • One Mock Interview after the candidate is well prepared with the answers to the suggested questions.
  • Detailed feedback on the interview performance and suggested answers
  • All discussions will be done either by emails or over the phone. Mock interviews will be over Phone or Skype /G-Talk /Yahoo Talk.
  • Personal sessions possible if the candidate is in Delhi/Bangalore/Paris/Boston/London.

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  • One 45 minutes long mock interview with the candidate for a B-School of his/her choice. Candidate would send us in advance, his/her resume and some notes on his/her background and career plans via mail.
  • The interview would contain questions most likely to be asked in the MBA interview for the mentioned school, given the candidate's profile and career interests.
  • Detailed feedback on the interview performance and suggested answers.
  • Mock interviews will be over Phone or Skype/G-Talk/Yahoo Talk.
  • Personal sessions possible if the candidate is in Bangalore/ Paris/ Boston/ London.
     
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