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Interesting Kellogg PT Questions [#permalink] New post 14 Jan 2010, 20:14
Many essay questions in the PT MBA program at Kellogg resemble the FT questions
there are however 2 which I think are singularly unique to this particular program:

1. Describe the most difficult personal dilemma you have encountered thus far in life and what you learned from it. (750 words maximum)

2. You are about to launch your own company. Considering your own strengths, what personality traits you would look for as you hire an executive team of three to help in your venture? (750 words maximum)




I was wondering if anybody had thoughts on these questions... for the first question I was contemplating describing a complicated family situation and the stuff I learned from it.... Would a professional story be a better idea?? How about a story about how one of my colleagues was about to be fired and I found out about it before he did and how I tried to subtly convince him to mend his ways and how I talked to mgmt to reconsider? Lot of interesting lessons in this one....


I really don't know how to approach the 2nd one. Should I mention specific positions and qualities I would look for? Would putting in a story about how I learned about the importance of specific skills... How about mentioning real people I would want in my organization?? Any help would be appreciated!!!! Really stressing about with the whole app process!!!!
Thanks!!!

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Re: Interesting Kellogg PT Questions [#permalink] New post 14 Jan 2010, 20:47
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#2: You have skill 'B', but you need A, B, C & D skills to properly run the company, so you go find people with the other three skills.
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Re: Interesting Kellogg PT Questions [#permalink] New post 15 Jan 2010, 15:57
Thanks a ton!!!!!
Jivana wrote:
#2: You have skill 'B', but you need A, B, C & D skills to properly run the company, so you go find people with the other three skills.


Anybody else want to throw in their 2 centimes/paisas/cents???
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Re: Interesting Kellogg PT Questions [#permalink] New post 15 Jan 2010, 21:52
alijafri80 wrote:

I was wondering if anybody had thoughts on these questions... for the first question I was contemplating describing a complicated family situation and the stuff I learned from it.... Would a professional story be a better idea?? How about a story about how one of my colleagues was about to be fired and I found out about it before he did and how I tried to subtly convince him to mend his ways and how I talked to mgmt to reconsider? Lot of interesting lessons in this one....



I like the family one more if you can easily transfer the lessons to your work life. That said, if you have time, try writing them both and asking around.

No matter what advice you get from this forum, I don't think there is any substitute from writing the essay the way you envision it and getting feedback from someone who quasi knows you (sibling's friend, co-worker from another department, parent's friend).
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Re: Interesting Kellogg PT Questions [#permalink] New post 10 Apr 2010, 16:18
How did you end up responding to the hiring of the executive committee? I face that question now!
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