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I have a fuqua interview next week. I remember seeing a list of interview questions in one of the forums and can't get to it now. Can someone please point me to that resource or any other links in connection with interviews.
I tell you a little about my experience. I would note that it is probably different that many others - I had an alumni interview on the west coast while everyone not out west interviews on campus.
I would say that my interview with Fuqua was pretty neutral, plain, vanilla. The interviewer was a recent alum and had a list of questions (supplied by the school I presume) and took extensive notes throughout the interview. The problem is that this prevented her from becoming at all engaged in the interview. At some points, I had doubts as to whether she was paying attention, or just taking notes of my responses.
For my part, I think I did OK. I was prepared for the many teamwork type questions that Fuqua likes to ask, and I had some good stories about why I was interested in going there. You should also try to emphasize your interest (genuine or otherwise) in becoming part of team Fuqua - that's really big with them.
Overall, I think my interview had zero effect on the final outcome. Given the interview setup with a recent alum that was not an experienced interviewer, plain vanilla conversation and extensive note-taking that prevented the interviewer from getting engaged, lack of influence of the interviewer in the final decision, and a stale set of repetitive questions that the school wanted filled in, I don't think there was really any hope that the interview could have much effect - positive or negative. It was destined to be blah.
If you are interviewing on campus, if at all possible, try to interview with an Adcom. I don't know if you have any control over this though. For the actual canned set of questions you'll be asked, take a look at the clearadmit website.
Oh, I wanted to add, despite my message above I didn't have a bad interview with them; it was just a very sterile conversation that couldn't possibly have much bearing on the final outcome, and I was admitted because/in spite of the it.
What leadership skill do you want to develop/improve at Fuqua
Clubs/Activities you will get involved in
(when I rattled off about 5 clubs, including some esoteric ones, she got excited and seemed much more interested in the interview, and the rest of the interview was a breeze - thank goodness, I had read the list of clubs in the lounge area while waiting for the interview!)
Something at work, or book you've read, that challenged your perspective and way you view the world
(Ive spent the last six years practicing law with a special expertise in asylum, refugee, and deportation defense, and relief under VAWA. She was kinda going through a checklist of questions. As soon as she finished asking this question, she looked up and said, this question is probably too easy for you. You must have a lot. I was just glad she asked the question. I did have a lot to say for that one, and could say it with great sincerity.)
Those were the basic questions. I'm sure I left out a bunch, but those were the biggies and a couple suprises for me. It went about an hour.
PS I didn't get the what do you do with an under-performing teammate Q, but I hear it is very common at Fuqua.
PPS Get a good night sleep. I live near enough to Duke that I worked a half day, drove in (90 minutes), and had a four pm interview. I also only managed 2 hours sleep the night before (nerves). I was exhausted by the time of the interview, and I really thought I blew it. At least, I know I could have been more concise but in my exhaustion, I just rambled through the first half feeling unfocused. I was depressed for a long time afterward. But, all's well that ends well. I got in.
I interviewed at Fuqua earlier this year, and I think all interviews are done by students. Questions are pretty standard; why Fuqua, why mba, why now, etc. They asked examples of teamwork and leadership, so have a story ready for those.
I was surprised by two questions. First, what is my weakness as a leader and what will I do in business school to address it. Second, the interviewer asked how I would build a pro basketball team if able to choose any player. That was a fun question to think about and answer.
You'll enjoy the trip there. Make time to hit Chapel Hill, it's worth the trip and a great option for where to live. My wife and I would have lived there if Fuqua worked out.
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