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# Calling all Kellogg Applicants (2016 Intake) Class of 2018!!

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02 Feb 2016, 03:50
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popov wrote:
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Yeah. The set of assumptions sounds logical, except one unanswered question.
Why reject an Applicants, if none of this alum n adcom matching worked by the deadline. From operational point of view this is still ok, as adcom cant wait indefinitely for all candidates to get done with interviews. But from candidates perspective, it sounds like because of someone's unavailability one got rejected!!

Now I have to ask you to not over analyse it. During my one on one discussion with an adcom member she repeatedly told me that they want to interview each and every candidate. In fact she said that's one point that distinguishes Kellogg. Quite a good story to hear - how Kellogg came into the top schools league with this unique admission process. I am quite confident that you will receive an invite sooner than later. Moreover the deadline is still a month away. I'm sure they would have set deadlines for alum responses beyond which they wouldn't wait and just go ahead with adcom interviews. That said , in the mean time while they still wait for alums to respond and while trying to pair you up with someone, they want to effectively use that time to interview other applicants.

Another thing I observed is that Kellogg has the most extensive and insightful application process of all the schools that I've applied to. They will definitely take time to carefully read all the applications. May be they are still doing that. Deadlines are still away.

If you don't mind can I ask you where you are located and what field you are interested to pursue?

Oh! they have already started review of applications!! I was under impression that they do review only those who are done interviewing.

I am from Mumbai. With consulting background in finance. Goal is to switch or move forward towards strategy consulting.
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02 Feb 2016, 03:55
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woraphotk wrote:
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Yeah. The set of assumptions sounds logical, except one unanswered question.
Why reject an Applicants, if none of this alum n adcom matching worked by the deadline. From operational point of view this is still ok, as adcom cant wait indefinitely for all candidates to get done with interviews. But from candidates perspective, it sounds like because of someone's unavailability one got rejected!!

I think not making it to the interview won't be the sole basis of rejection. I believe it is stated in the web that a person may receive in interview waiver and still has a chance of being admitted. To my understanding, the face-to-face interview provides the adcom the evidence of the candidate's likability and ability to work in team - if you have already covered that in the application and did well in the video essay that shouldn't be a problem. What do you think?

Sounds technically correct but a bit too idealistic. I would definitely love to see an applicant that got admitted without an interview. In today's times when the consultants are on rampage, I don't think adcoms will be content with just essays and resume. They want to meet the applicant before offering admission. Coming to the video essays, as one of them was already known in advance, the actual time the candidate spent in thinking and responding is only 60 sec. That is too little to admit anyone. Do you know anyone who pulled the feat w/o interview.?

yeah you have the point. I personally don't know anyone that managed to get admitted w/o interview. I too agree that there are plenty of times left for the interview invites and that they would love to meet everyone, but just in an unlikely case that the time runs out, a candidate will still has a good chance to represent themselves in the video - which is still better than nothing comparing to other schools because in that one minute they allow you to be candid and express yourself.

But I can share this. From discussion with alums, at least in my country, aside from deciding whether you are the person you portrayed in the resume, many of them would put a hat to imagine you as a potential team member. At the end of the day, they will decide if they want to work with you or not - and that's a part of the basis behind 'recommended' and 'not recommended'. So good luck everyone on the interviews!
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02 Feb 2016, 03:57
popov wrote:

Oh! they have already started review of applications!! I was under impression that they do review only those who are done interviewing.

I am from Mumbai. With consulting background in finance. Goal is to switch or move forward towards strategy consulting.

If my theory is right, you will mostly likely get to meet an alum and present your case.
Amazing opportunity as you can carry your personality too when you meet him/her. Better than skype on any day.
Best of luck! Also, on a personal note, I can say that given your background they definitely want to interview you. Chill.
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Updated on: 02 Feb 2016, 14:25
Hi everybody,

I applied in December for R2, got an email about my transcripts and had an status update email in January, saying that I was all set.

After that, I didn't hear anything from the school. I live in Brasília, Brazil, but I asked in my application to have my interview in Rio de Janeiro.

Any Brazilian here who received an interview invite?

Best of luck to you all!

Best,
Mabel

Originally posted by MaryBelBr on 02 Feb 2016, 11:52.
Last edited by MaryBelBr on 02 Feb 2016, 14:25, edited 3 times in total.
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Updated on: 19 Mar 2016, 14:52
Hello!
. Be patient, I am pretty sure they will send you yours. =)

Good luck!

Originally posted by ubii88 on 02 Feb 2016, 14:08.
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02 Feb 2016, 14:31
popov wrote:
hawksight wrote:

Now I have to ask you to not over analyse it. During my one on one discussion with an adcom member she repeatedly told me that they want to interview each and every candidate. In fact she said that's one point that distinguishes Kellogg. Quite a good story to hear - how Kellogg came into the top schools league with this unique admission process. I am quite confident that you will receive an invite sooner than later. Moreover the deadline is still a month away. I'm sure they would have set deadlines for alum responses beyond which they wouldn't wait and just go ahead with adcom interviews. That said , in the mean time while they still wait for alums to respond and while trying to pair you up with someone, they want to effectively use that time to interview other applicants.

Another thing I observed is that Kellogg has the most extensive and insightful application process of all the schools that I've applied to. They will definitely take time to carefully read all the applications. May be they are still doing that. Deadlines are still away.

If you don't mind can I ask you where you are located and what field you are interested to pursue?

Oh! they have already started review of applications!! I was under impression that they do review only those who are done interviewing.

I am from Mumbai. With consulting background in finance. Goal is to switch or move forward towards strategy consulting.

You people are spending way too much time on this analysis. As a R1 admit to Kellogg, I can say for sure couple of things about Kellogg's process:

1. They will invite most if not all the applicants for interviews. Sometimes the numbers from the initial review of the applications for some of them will not add up for even an interview call. Again, all the top bschools have to maintain that 'selectivity'. It might sound rude or condescending but it is the truth.

2. Interviews give the adcoms another data point to analyse the application and to provide the interviewee an opportunity to evaluate the fit with the school during the interview. I have not heard of anyone getting into the top 10 bschools without an interview. Although Kellogg mentions on its site that exceptional cases will be admitted without interviews or with interview waivers, I have not seen such 'exceptional' cases.

3. Kellogg keeps sending out interview invites till the very end of the interview window. Additionally, 'waivers' are sent out so that adcoms can start reading the application files of students who have not been paired with an alumnus. There were a few instances of people getting interviewed after being 'waived' in R1.

I understand that you are anxious for the invite but do trust the process and have confidence in your application.

Good luck.
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02 Feb 2016, 14:45
Engr2012 wrote:
popov wrote:
hawksight wrote:

Now I have to ask you to not over analyse it. During my one on one discussion with an adcom member she repeatedly told me that they want to interview each and every candidate. In fact she said that's one point that distinguishes Kellogg. Quite a good story to hear - how Kellogg came into the top schools league with this unique admission process. I am quite confident that you will receive an invite sooner than later. Moreover the deadline is still a month away. I'm sure they would have set deadlines for alum responses beyond which they wouldn't wait and just go ahead with adcom interviews. That said , in the mean time while they still wait for alums to respond and while trying to pair you up with someone, they want to effectively use that time to interview other applicants.

Another thing I observed is that Kellogg has the most extensive and insightful application process of all the schools that I've applied to. They will definitely take time to carefully read all the applications. May be they are still doing that. Deadlines are still away.

If you don't mind can I ask you where you are located and what field you are interested to pursue?

Oh! they have already started review of applications!! I was under impression that they do review only those who are done interviewing.

I am from Mumbai. With consulting background in finance. Goal is to switch or move forward towards strategy consulting.

You people are spending way too much time on this analysis. As a R1 admit to Kellogg, I can say for sure couple of things about Kellogg's process:

1. They will invite most if not all the applicants for interviews. Sometimes the numbers from their initial applications will not add up for even an interview call. Again, all the top bschools have to maintain that 'selectivity'. It might sound rude or condescending but it is the truth.

2. Interviews give the adcoms another data point to analyse the application and to provide the interviewee an opportunity to evaluate the fit with the school during the interview. I have not heard of anyone getting into the top 10 bschools without an interview. Although Kellogg mentions on its site that exceptional cases will be admitted without interviews or with interview waivers, I have not seen such 'exceptional' cases.

3. Kellogg keeps sending out interview invites till the very end of the interview window. Additionally, 'waivers' are sent out so that adcoms can start reading the application files of students who have not been paired with an alumnus. There were a few instances of people getting interviewed after being 'waived'.

I understand that you are anxious for the invite but do trust the process and have confidence in your application.

Good luck.

Very well said. People shouldn't be worried about getting that interview from Kellogg, cause, virtually everyone will get it. I't just a question of time. Kellogg clearly stated that they intend to interview everyone, which is one reason i don't even believe we should report the fact we got an interview from them.
Also, they interviewing everyone explains the fact that only 33% of application get admitted after getting interviewed (cause everyone gets interviewed)
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03 Feb 2016, 00:00
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Hey Indian applicant here based out of chennai,

had my interview last night (around midnight) with a member of the adcom.. It was my first ever MBA interview so i dont have any basis to compare this experience against. But overall felt like a lot of questions, maybe 20+ questions in a 30 to 33 min interview. Personally don't think i performed to best of my ability. anyway... wish the rest of you all the luck in your applications!!
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03 Feb 2016, 00:20
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Hey Indian applicant here based out of chennai,

had my interview last night (around midnight) with a member of the adcom.. It was my first ever MBA interview so i dont have any basis to compare this experience against. But overall felt like a lot of questions, maybe 20+ questions in a 30 to 33 min interview. Personally don't think i performed to best of my ability. anyway... wish the rest of you all the luck in your applications!!

Hey, congratulations on completing your interview!

I am guessing this was a Skype interview. The number of questions seems like a lot. It would be really helpful if you could post the kind of questions that you were asked.

Also was it a "blind interview" by the ad-com or did you feel the interviewer had reviewed all portions of your application?
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03 Feb 2016, 00:29
Hi all

Good to see the momentum in apps.

However, any MMM applicants here? Any leads anyone?
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03 Feb 2016, 00:46
Dhananjai1990 wrote:
Hey Indian applicant here based out of chennai,

had my interview last night (around midnight) with a member of the adcom.. It was my first ever MBA interview so i dont have any basis to compare this experience against. But overall felt like a lot of questions, maybe 20+ questions in a 30 to 33 min interview. Personally don't think i performed to best of my ability. anyway... wish the rest of you all the luck in your applications!!

Don't worry. I am sure you would have performed well. We cram a million things into our heads and when we don't get opportunity to say them in interview it's natural to feel a bit low. Well, I still haven't given my Kellogg interview but I gave another a couple of days ago. I can definitely relate your feelings with mine. Wish you luck.
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03 Feb 2016, 00:47
seeratvedvyas wrote:
Still haven't received an interview-invite. I'm based in New Delhi, India. Really tense!
Does anybody have an idea whether there is a typical time-frame/date by end of which Kellogg would complete sending-out all interview-invites for R2 for international applicants, especially Indians?

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03 Feb 2016, 01:06
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seeratvedvyas wrote:
Dhananjai1990 wrote:
Hey Indian applicant here based out of chennai,

had my interview last night (around midnight) with a member of the adcom.. It was my first ever MBA interview so i dont have any basis to compare this experience against. But overall felt like a lot of questions, maybe 20+ questions in a 30 to 33 min interview. Personally don't think i performed to best of my ability. anyway... wish the rest of you all the luck in your applications!!

Hey, congratulations on completing your interview!

I am guessing this was a Skype interview. The number of questions seems like a lot. It would be really helpful if you could post the kind of questions that you were asked.

Also was it a "blind interview" by the ad-com or did you feel the interviewer had reviewed all portions of your application?

oh yeah it was a blind interview, she was upfront about that . She said it was so that different view points could be brought to make the final decision. She asked questions solely of my resume. And yeah i agree it felt like a lot of questions and personally felt the urge to hurry up cause of the pace at which she asked the questions.

So i cant remember all the questions but broadly they were in 3 catergories

1. My educational back ground, why i choose the college and my major. My favourite subjects and if my degree was useful in my actual job

2. second set of questions were about my work experience, and why as an engineer i decided to choose a marketing role, and whether i choose that out

3. as a subset of my work experience, there were plenty of questions on team work, working in teams, As my role is technically an individual contributor role , i felt she was looking for proof that i could thrive in a team environment

4. standard questions on why mba, why kellogg, how would i contribute to the comunity and finally i requested if i could convey more on why i applied for the MMM program as i felt it wasnt really addressed in the previous questions
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03 Feb 2016, 01:16
hawksight wrote:
Dhananjai1990 wrote:
Hey Indian applicant here based out of chennai,

had my interview last night (around midnight) with a member of the adcom.. It was my first ever MBA interview so i dont have any basis to compare this experience against. But overall felt like a lot of questions, maybe 20+ questions in a 30 to 33 min interview. Personally don't think i performed to best of my ability. anyway... wish the rest of you all the luck in your applications!!

Don't worry. I am sure you would have performed well. We cram a million things into our heads and when we don't get opportunity to say them in interview it's natural to feel a bit low. Well, I still haven't given my Kellogg interview but I gave another a couple of days ago. I can definitely relate your feelings with mine. Wish you luck.

Yeah ,defintely started to perform better around the half way point once i settled into the interview. Best of luck to you as well.
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04 Feb 2016, 07:34
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popov wrote:
hawksight wrote:
Received an invite yesterday for skype call with an adcom member. Scheduled it for Feb 9. looks like only Tuesdays are available. Best of luck to everyone!

Congrats hawksight!!

Is there any pattern for interview invite?

Have a theory. In the application, we submit our choice of interview locations. Specifically they want you to meet alumni. So my assumption is that they try to pair you preferably with an alum instead of an adcom member.

I think they first run through the list of alums at your location that match your profile/ goals and check with them about their availability. Since they are generally busy (alums+adcom) they take sometime to acknowledge and respond. Those who get early confirmations from alums receive interview invites sooner - depending on how soon alums respond and how soon adcom acknowledges their responses. Those candidates (like me) who can't be matched with any alum also get invites from adcom sooner.
Then there is the third group that have potential matches with alums but alums take their time to respond. Say you are from Chennai or calcutta. This process may be quicker to you because there aren't many alums living there to run you through. If an alum isn't available you get invite from adcom.
This is not the case for Bombay or Bangalore. If some alum doesn't respond then they can contact another one because I'm sure there will be more than just one match. Then may be they try again. If that doesn't work either then you will receive invite.

A lot of assumptions but convincing to me. What do you think?

PS: I believe I got it earlier -one because I work in Chennai that is my location preference - where many alums aren't there. Again an assumption as this is not Bombay.
Next even if some are there I'm fairly confident that since I work for a hedge fund not many alums that match my profile are around here. Again it is not Bombay.

I have given my choice of interview location as Chennai. I am still waiting for a reply from the adcom.
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04 Feb 2016, 09:37
Hi all

Good to see the momentum in apps.

However, any MMM applicants here? Any leads anyone?

MMM applicant here in Phoenix, AZ (US). No news yet regarding an interview.
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04 Feb 2016, 14:59
Anyone mind sharing any on campus interview experience? Was the interview from AdCom or from current students ?

Thanks,
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