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Kellogg favors applicants with at least two years of full-time work experience and goes to great lengths to tell applicants that full-time work experience is valued and expected.
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Evaluation criteria. Officially, Kellogg states on its website that the admissions committee evaluates candidates on scholastic ability, personal character, motivation, leadership ability, interpersonal skills, career performance, and management potential. These are pretty standard across any MBA program, although the term motivation points to the fact that Kellogg looks for candidates who absolutely love the school and have specific, well-thought-out motivations for applying.
Open list vs. closed list interviews. In an era when big recruiters wield a lot of power in the MBA recruiting process, Kellogg has worked hard to preserve opportunities for career switchers. At least half of a recruiter’s interview slots must be reserved for “open list” interviews. This means that students may bid points to secure an interview with an employer, even if their resume may not seem to fit with the role at first glance.
Where should I interview? Kellogg takes a unique approach to its interview process in that it requires all applicants request an interview date as part of their application package. Interviews may be requested on or off campus. If you’re located outside the Chicago area, it is recommended that you request an on-campus interview, as that is the best way to see the campus and experience firsthand what Kellogg is like.