A proud tradition at Kelley has been Kelley Kick off (KKO) which in my opinion really sets apart Kelley as one of the top ranked business graduate schools.KKO is a unique exercise in which our first year MBA students are provided with an opportunity to interview with alumni/corporate recruiters in a "safe" environment which essentially means that these are mock interviews. As a follow-up to the event, the first years are then provided with detailed feedback after the interview which they can work on as they approach the internship season in spring.
KKO is traditionally scheduled for the second week of November and is organized by the professional development council - a student led body belonging to the MBA students association. Having experienced KKO last year, I found it to be an extremely useful checkpoint as I geared up for my internships. We had recruiters/alumni come in from Cummins, Deloitte, P&G, Kraft, Nestle, GE, Whirlpool and Philip Morris amongst other companies. The scope of companies coming in for KKO varies from year to year but it is ensured that students pursuing all majors i.e. finance, consumer marketing, business marketing, strategy have adequate choice in the list of companies on campus to choose from.
This early preparation afforded is one of the key factors that Kelley graduates are amongst the most sought in the country. On the flip side, it is a great way for recruiters to gauge the quality of students at one of the top business grad schools. Every year one or two firms use KKO as an avenue to get engaged with the school and talk to students.
I will be writing more about KKO once the event takes place. With the kind of firms we have lined up this year, it should be an amazing event. Look out for more on this on my MBA student blog after November 13th!