Profile: Indian/ Female, 5 years PR & Communications
There were two people who conducted the interview- a lady from Adcom and the Prof. Nitin (the academic head) and both were equally involved in posing questions and evaluating. The lady from Ad Com was taking notes while Prof Nitin was judging the communication skills and body language.
The interview was pretty different from expected. There were no questions around Tell us something about yourself, why do you wish to pursue an MBA etc.
I was told by the interviewers that they have no sense of my profile and that all they had seen were my essays. Apparently, it was a blind interview, although towards the end they did ask me about my one of my client projects and what different did i manage for them.
The first question was from my essay that I wrote on offshoring the production base. They asked me questions around:
- If you had to choose a destination which one would it be and why? I answered India
- Why not China? What will be the comparative advantage if it was China and disadvantage too?
The next question was posed by Prof Nitin on a professional failure and how did I overcome that/learnings? I was not prepared for this and took a few seconds to answer. In the meanwhile, he asked if there have been no professional failures? Which I handled by saying- thats a rare possibility and then quickly made something up.
They were ready to wrap up my interview in fifteen minutes and asked if i have some questions for them. I managed to pull the conversation by saying please let me know if you have a few questions related to my profile as i would not get a chance to speak with you again.
Post this there were a few questions around my profile- Why I chose the profession I am pursuing, what excites me in it, the work that i did for one of my clients, the adcom lady also asked me a question on what keeps me going apart from work.
Towards the end there was also a question on how my experience has been on working with international clients and what I learnt from them.
The last bit of the conversation was my question to NUS.
The interview lasted for 30 minutes and overall was quite comfortable and more of a conversation than questions and cross questions.