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Oxford Said Interview Experience/Questions 2011 ( for class of 2012)

GMAT: 710

Profile: Indian/ Female, 4 years Software Engineer & analyst
I was interviewed by the head of admissions from Oxford. She was very pleasant and friendly. She made me feel quite comfortable and relaxed before starting with the interview. The interview began with introductions and it lasted for almost 45 mins. Here are the questions asked.

1. Tell me something about yourself
2. What are your major responsibilities at work?
3. What challenges you face in this role?
4. Why MBA and why Oxford?
5. What are your major strengths?
6. What makes you a good leader?
7. Tell me about a situation where you faced a challenging situation as a leader. How do you deal with people of different natures like an extremely introvert or an extremely extrovert person?
8. Tell me about a situation in which you helped a team member
9. What is the difference between a leader and a manager? Are you a leader or a manager?
10. What has been your biggest professional failure?
11. What are your weaknesses? What are you doing to improve upon your weaknesses.
12. What makes Oxford different from the other schools you are applying to?
13. Why do you want to get into consulting?
14. If not Oxford then what?
15. If you don’t a job after MBA what is your back up plan?
16. Where do you want to work after you MBA and why?
17. How do you deal with cultural differences in people?
18. What challenges do woman face in the corporate world?
19. Why should we accept you into Oxford? Give me 3 reasons?
20. Are you a better leader or better team player?
21. Any questions for us?

Chicago Booth 2011 Interview Experience/Questions ( for class of 2013)

GMAT : 740

Profile: 2 years IT, 2 years research

My interview was with very senior alum of the school in a hotel in Chennai for about 2 hrs.

The questions were mostly spontaneous – no regular questions on resume, work etc…

He had a good understanding of my industry and he was trying to get my views on the things happening around in my industry and on general corporate events.

He had questions on ethics, dilemmas at work.

Towards the end a quick 15 min session on std questions like what i can do to the school, how will i benefit classmates, and any questions for him – just the 3 standard questions.

Otherwise it was very conversational, he did not create stress.

CMU Tepper 2011 Interview Experience ( for class entering of 2013)

Interview 1:

GMAT: 740, Profile: IT 3 years

The questions for my interview (CMU Tepper / R1/ 11th November, 2010) were:

1. Discuss your profile work & responsibilities,

2.How does a typical work day looks like for you

3. Why MBA , why now.

4. Why Tepper

5. Some leadership experience

6. Something that you will like to share from outside work.

8. What will be your biggest contribution to Tepper community?

9. What do you think you have to gain most out of Tepper community?

10. Any questions for me.

My interview was with Krystal Brooks (from the admissions committee) and lasted around 25 minutes.

Interview 2:

GMAT: 710, Profile: Female, IT 4 years

Duration – 30 minutes

Interviewer – Krystal Brooks


1) Walk me through your resume – academically and professionally.

2) Why MBA and why now?

3) Why Tepper?

4) What plans immediately after Tepper

5) What do you do outside work?

6) How would you contribute to the collaborative team environment at Tepper?

7) Any questions for us?

Overall the interview was very relaxed. She was very encouraging while I was answering the questions.

IIMC PGPEX 2011 Interview experience/ Questions

Profile: IT/ Internet marketing Entrepreneur

I had my interview scheduled from 12:30 p.m. I reached the interview centre at 12:00 p.m. only to find that the interviews are running late by half an hour.

I had to wait for quite sometime and also got the chance to chat with people coming out of the interview hall. Everyone seemed helpless and frustrated.

Finally I was called up at around 1:00 p.m.

The interview was conducted in a big hall and the interviewers were sitting somewhat far away from me. They were two in number and both were the professors at IIMC. They started with my hobbies, interests, achievements and tried extremely hard to put me down. They moved to the current affairs and had asked a few questions before moving to General Knowledge questions. One of the two interviewers was always laughing while the other one was always serious and was trying to demotivate me. The demotivating one told me that as you have done your BE in Electrical Engg. and you are working in IT, you have wasted your 4 years, not only yours but also your teachers’ and your peers. I gave the answers to all the questions but when I came out, I was nowhere near being satisfied. I don’t know if I had done better as that was the format of the interview but I was certainly not confident.

Later after talking to many students I found out that everyone faced the same situation.


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