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(Often Overlooked) Interview Tip for Kellogg!

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(Often Overlooked) Interview Tip for Kellogg! [#permalink] New post 02 Apr 2014, 20:59

I gave my Kellogg Interview some time back. There are a few things I would like to share about Kellogg Interview.

Kellogg interviews virtually everyone, so dont be overtly excited about being interviewed. Since you will get the questions anywhere, I will drive home a few points that I overlooked.

1. You have the flexibility to schedule the interview. Time it to the most energetic part of the day.
The interviewer has to ask questions, and LISTEN to the answers, write them down and send it back to the college. I accidentally timed it post lunch. It was plain bad timing. The interviewer was a CEO level person and had clearly had a good lunch. He was fighting yawns, ordering tea and was constantly losing focus of the conversation. There was a clear interest in my stories, and he was tempted to relate his own stories, but I clearly saw the interview digressing a lot, and never coming back to the core questions mentioned in the various blogs.

2. Interviewer has to send notes back. And a good whole lot has to be written. So the interviewer has to have answers to the standard questions mentioned everywhere on the net for Kellogg questions.
I believe even if the interview went well, and you could relate professionally or personally to the interviewer, the interview should have answered all questions for the interviewer and he should ideally have taken notes. In my case the interviewer did not pick up the pen to write down notes. Coupled with his lost focus and intermittent yawns, I felt I dominated the interview and caught the interviewer missing points I mentioned earlier in the conversation to which the interviewer was clearly embarrassed. We shared our own stories and I felt I was better than him at times. However, at the end of the interview, I clearly felt he had missed asking a few questions, and would be short of material while answering questions for the institute.

3. Try and not veer too much from the clear cut answers if the interviewer is not paying/ not able to pay attention.
I am not trying to be patronizing or condescending here. But the questions are usually standard and it is possible for a candidate to be very well prepared. It is not the same at the side of the interviewer who may take his/her job leniently, and has to listen carefully where all applicants are different. But his line of thinking might be - After all he or she has to ask just a few questions; How difficult can it be. So, at times, I have felt the interviewer overawed by my experience (eg in case of USC Marshall where she[Adcom member] floundered and stammered throughout the interview, and eventually I was not selected). In case of Kellogg, the interviewer was not overawed, he was fatigued. Either way, when I tried and inserted answers (such as Long term goals) into answers for other questions, it kind of backfired because one, he was not paying attention and two, he was no longer sure which questions had already been answered. We ended up sharing our stories, talking a bit about alumni activity instead. And I knew he was not taking notes. My point in the whole matter is, it is your duty as well to make the interviewer comfortable.

At the end of it all, mostly you dont get through because you are not a good fit for the college. So if you see the interview happening outside the laid out domains, either you are a clear fit or you are a clear reject, which allows the interviewer to veer off the conventional lines of questioning.
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(Often Overlooked) Interview Tip for Kellogg!   [#permalink] 02 Apr 2014, 20:59
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