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Profile evaluation: 680 GMAT for Kellogg (good talk)

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Profile evaluation: 680 GMAT for Kellogg (good talk) [#permalink] New post 06 Feb 2013, 10:45
I just had an interview for Kellogg and I am curious about others' opinion on my chances.

Background:
- 680 GMAT (48/35) / 101 TOEFL
- 5-year experience as a quant in an investment bank (derivatives quantitative modeling). It has 100 thousand employees worldwide
- I also have leadership experiences
- Latin american Male
- 29 years
- Engineering (2006) from top latin-american school
- M.Sc. with honors in economics (in 2012) from top latin-american school while working full-time
- Paper published in the an USA conference in Finance
- No GPA
- Excellent community experiences (3 different experiences, 3.5 years total). For example: teacher of martial arts for poor children (1.5 years)
- Target: Kellogg in Finance (also applying to Cornell, Yale and Michigan). Already invited to interview for Yale
- Already applied for Round 2 for the 2013 intake
--> Main objective: M&A

The talk:
The interviewer is an alumnus and is the president of Kellogg's Alumni Club of my country and has a recommendation from Phillip Kotler. He is native in my language, but 100% of the interview was in English

He said in the e-mail that the talk should take 60-90 minutes, but it took 150 minutes (yes, 2.5 hours).

The interviewer mostly didn't ask much about the usual questions (walk me through your resume, blablabla).
He did ask why kellogg and what was my main objective.
The chat was awesome and he did say that he hoped to see me next month (when the admitted students meet themselves). To be honest, I think he said this from his heart (not just an elevator talk)
To my luck, we had a lot of things in common (for example, we both came from a poor family of immigrants).


As he didn't arrive by car, I drove him home and we continued to talk along the way. He said informally that my English skill is well above the average of people he usually interviews.

So, what do you guys think?
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Well, it sounds great to me, the way you present things! Looking at your profile, where you come from and your scores, I would say you have a shot, even if your GMAt is a bit on the low side. Coming from Latin America for sure helps, cause they don't see that many Latin American candidates, and the fact that you're in IB is great.

That having been said, be careful of counting your chickens before they hatch. Having a good interview and getting positive feedback from your interview doesn't necessarily mean you get it. So you gotta cross your fingers and wait for their answer. I wish you the best of luck, and don't forget to post an update here, when you hear anything from anyone.
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