Interview Tips

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Frequently Asked Interview Questions

The following interview tips should give you a good idea of the kinds of questions you may be asked in the job search process. It is important to be able to articulate your responses to each question. Remember, preparation is the key to reducing the anxiety often associated with interviewing.

Open-Ended Questions

Interview Tips: Describe a continuum of skill development. Illustrate why the integration of your education, life experience, work experience, and personal attributes qualifies you for this particular position. Be able to explain why the job you are interviewing for is the logical next step for you career wise.

  • Tell me about yourself.
  • Walk me through your resume.
  • Tell me about a time in your life when you have made a difference.
  • What are you proudest of?


  • Describe your most rewarding business school experience.
  • Why did you select your college or university? Don’t say because your friends went there or because it was close to home – Focus on the Academic Program Credentials
  • What led you to choose your field of major study?
  • If you were planning to go into business, why did you major in history (or some other non-business major) at the undergraduate level?
  • Which subjects in college or business school did you like best?
  • Do you think your grades are a good indication of your academic achievement?
  • What have you learned from participation in extracurricular activities?
  • Tell me about a favorite extra curricular activity.


  • Do you have a geographical preference? Why?
  • Will you relocate? Does relocation bother you?
  • Are you willing to travel?
  • How do you keep abreast of current events?
  • What do you do for fun?
  • If you could have lunch with anyone living or dead, who would it be and why?
  • What do you read?
  • What excites you?

Self Assessment

  • Why an MBA? Why Kellogg?
  • Why do you want to be a ________ (position interviewing for)?
  • What makes you think you will be successful in business?
  • What do you consider to be your greatest strengths/weaknesses?
  • Tell me about your oral and written communication skills.
  • Have you ever failed? What did you learn from it?
  • How would you describe yourself? Are you a leader, creative? Give examples.
  • How competitive are you?
  • How would a friend or professor who knows you well describe you?
  • How well do you work independently? With others?
  • How do you work under pressure?
  • What two or three accomplishments have given you the most satisfaction?
  • What makes you a good investment?

Corporate Assessment

Be prepared for industry-specific questions, problems, and hypothetical cases.

  • How did you decide to seek a position with this company?
  • What criteria are you using to evaluate the company for which you hope to work?
  • Why do you want to work for us?
  • Why are you interested in this industry? This particular company?
  • What have you read about our company, or our products lately, outside of regular recruiting material?
  • In what kind of work environment are you most comfortable?
  • Why is the lifestyle of this job right for you?
  • How do you foresee the future of our industry? What action do you think industry leaders should take?
  • How would you compare our firm (industry) with others you are interested in?

Work Experience

  • What was your most significant work accomplishment?
  • Tell me about a time when you had to analyze or interpret numerical or financial information.
  • What did you learn from your work experience?
  • What did you do in your job?
  • Tell me about a boss you especially liked and why.
  • What are the attributes of an ideal job for you?
  • How would your most recent boss describe you?
  • What was your biggest work problem?
  • What did you like least about your last job?

Specific Functional Interview Tips

Skill Summary Questions

  • Why should I hire you?
  • In what way do you think you can make a contribution to our company?
  • What distinguishes you from the other people I am interviewing today?
  • What qualifications do you have that make you think you will be successful in your career?
  • What do you want me to remember about you?

Career Direction

  • What did you like most/least about your last job?
  • Did you get an offer from your summer employer? Why or why not? What other organizations are you talking to?
  • What would you like to accomplish in the first 3-5 years on the job?
  • Are you interested in line management or a staff position?
  • What are your short- and long-term goals and objectives? Have they changed since you have been in business school? If so, how?
  • How has your business school experience prepared you for your career?