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Scheduling an Interview [#permalink] New post 12 Oct 2010, 10:23
Hi all, I got the email yesterday from Kellogg with the interviewer's information to schedule a time. This is the first one I am setting up, just a few questions:

-Is it preferable to call their work number, cell number, or email to make the initial contact? Even though they list the home phone as well, I don't think it is really appropriate to call them at home.

-I assume they will answer professionally with their name, but how should I address them when I first call if I only have a first initial and last name?

-The email said you must complete your interview within 21 days of receiving the email, is it reasonable to request an interview in the last week or will this signal I am unprepared? I was originally planning on applying R1, but have decided to work with an admissions consultant on my essays and push back to R2 instead.

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Re: Scheduling an Interview [#permalink] New post 12 Oct 2010, 11:29
Michmax3 wrote:
Hi all, I got the email yesterday from Kellogg with the interviewer's information to schedule a time. This is the first one I am setting up, just a few questions:

-Is it preferable to call their work number, cell number, or email to make the initial contact? Even though they list the home phone as well, I don't think it is really appropriate to call them at home.

-I assume they will answer professionally with their name, but how should I address them when I first call if I only have a first initial and last name?

-The email said you must complete your interview within 21 days of receiving the email, is it reasonable to request an interview in the last week or will this signal I am unprepared? I was originally planning on applying R1, but have decided to work with an admissions consultant on my essays and push back to R2 instead.

Thank you!



I'd email as soon as you get the invite. Email the interviewer, be formal in your interview. Dress business formal.

Before the interview, read as much as possible about the school (A-Z), and do some research on quirky parts of the school (I watched youtube videos of CBS follies skits for instance).

Know genuinely why an MBA and why Kellogg and don't script your answers. Be honest, relaxed and make it a conversation. Biggest tip: enjoy the conversation and make a strong case as to why you're different and why you fit.
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Re: Scheduling an Interview [#permalink] New post 12 Oct 2010, 12:37
I'd second that, email sooner than later. At most 48 hours after that email is dispatched to you?
I'd address it to Mr. last name or Ms. last name until they say otherwise.
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Re: Scheduling an Interview [#permalink] New post 12 Oct 2010, 13:05
Well I already screwed that up. Decided to call, he didn't answer so instead of leaving a message figured I'd email him and attach my resume, since their email said we needed to get them our resume. Well he called back before I had a chance to send it and now I look like an idiot for not leaving a message and I don't do well on the phone to begin with. It was kind definitely an awkward call. Plus he suggested to meet this Sunday afternoon and I accepted even though it is only a few days away. I was really nervous and don't think I handled that very well at all :(

Will a great interview make up for acting like an idiot on the phone? I know this was the first impression and it was not so great, this whole application process has turned me into a walking ball of stress...but I am really good in person and will definately prepare well.
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Re: Scheduling an Interview [#permalink] New post 12 Oct 2010, 13:21
Michmax3 wrote:
Well I already screwed that up. Decided to call, he didn't answer so instead of leaving a message figured I'd email him and attach my resume, since their email said we needed to get them our resume. Well he called back before I had a chance to send it and now I look like an idiot for not leaving a message and I don't do well on the phone to begin with. It was kind definitely an awkward call. Plus he suggested to meet this Sunday afternoon and I accepted even though it is only a few days away. I was really nervous and don't think I handled that very well at all :(

Will a great interview make up for acting like an idiot on the phone? I know this was the first impression and it was not so great, this whole application process has turned me into a walking ball of stress...but I am really good in person and will definately prepare well.


Don't think it's a big deal. He's prob interviewed other people and knows that there's alot of stress associated with interviews. Just make sure that the interview is casual and relaxed. Don't let this bug you.

Some more tips:
Look him up on linkedin...but do not bring this up in the interview. It'd be good to know his background and anticipate his questions.
Also, know that the interviewer will sometimes throw out a few curveballs to see how you think. View these as an invitation and not as a trap. It's a chance for your to showcase you as an applicant. Good luck!
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Re: Scheduling an Interview [#permalink] New post 12 Oct 2010, 14:12
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Look him up on linkedin...but do not bring this up in the interview. It'd be good to know his background and anticipate his questions.


Great advice in my opinion. First thing I did upon getting my interviewers name.
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Hi all, had my interview last night...yes, last night at 7:30 pm at a coffee shop, wanted to share my feedback. I agonized over what to wear all day, I didn't want to overdress since it was at a coffee shop, but I didn't want to be unprofessional either. I went with a business skirt and blouse, with no jacket. Well, he showed up in cargo shorts and flip flops lol. Very laid back and casual, honestly I don't think he even read my resume. I was nervous at first and stumbled a bit on some questions but started to loosen up. I think he was more evaluating me personality-wise than anything else. I think it went pretty well. He kept saying things like "oh when you're there you will have to do..." so I take that as a good sign.
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Re: Scheduling an Interview [#permalink] New post 18 Oct 2010, 19:51
Michmax3 wrote:
Hi all, had my interview last night...yes, last night at 7:30 pm at a coffee shop, wanted to share my feedback. I agonized over what to wear all day, I didn't want to overdress since it was at a coffee shop, but I didn't want to be unprofessional either. I went with a business skirt and blouse, with no jacket. Well, he showed up in cargo shorts and flip flops lol. Very laid back and casual, honestly I don't think he even read my resume. I was nervous at first and stumbled a bit on some questions but started to loosen up. I think he was more evaluating me personality-wise than anything else. I think it went pretty well. He kept saying things like "oh when you're there you will have to do..." so I take that as a good sign.


Glad it went well. Don't overthink now that it's over. Just be glad it's done and it went well and move on to your next app.
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