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ISB Interview experiences 2012 ( for class entering in 2013)

ISB Interview experience 1

For Class of 2014, Round 1

GMAT score: 740

Profile: 3+ years in innovative materials industry

My One word essay topic- Surrealism

Interview panel consisted of two, one was a ISB alumnus and the other admissions official

Interview started with a line from Mahatma Gandhi that I had quoted in my first Essay. Then it moved to standard interview questions of why an MBA, why from ISB, why now and how I would add value to the class.

Afterwards I was questioned on my one word essay, 3M and my job responsibilities. At the end they gave me an opportunity to ask them questions which I politely passed.

Overall the interview was very relaxed and the panel members seemed genuinely interested to know about me as a candidate.

Final Result: Offered Admission


ISB Interview experience 2

For Class of 2014, Round 1

GMAT score: 720

Profile: MBBS, Heathcare industry

There were 3 people, 2 alums one of which was most probably a doctor.

Interview started before the scheduled time and lasted for 25-30 minutes. Overall experience was good. It didnt feel like an interview. It was like a chat. The doctor said it was a waste of my talent to be sitting there (I did really well in college)

Q1. So what is your current job?

Q2. What is the product that you have developed? Whats in it for the company? Whats in it for the concerned person?

Q3. What work can your company do in this field?

Q4. What are the challenges that the Indian healthcare sector faces/ What can you do?

Q5. What have been your challenges? What have you done to overcome them?

Q. They asked if there is such a shortage of doctors, should they work in the marketing department at pharma companies? I said that due to the mutual respect, doctors listen to doctors better and dont listen to the sales guys. So, doctors in marketing can be more effective . But I made it clear that everyone was free to do what he/she wants. ( in essence, its none of my business)

Q6. Any questions for us? I asked abt the WGCP and the electives for Healthcare, The Max Institute etc

Bottomline: Do your homework well. Be sure of the industry you’re in (you should know the stats and stuff) and what you want to do there.

Final Result: Offered Admission

ISB Interview experience 3

For Class of 2014, Round 1

GMAT score: 720

Profile: 7+ years in IT services , 5 years of international exposure

My interview was on 8th Nov, Delhi, 5:10PM .

Mine was the last slot of the day and the panel was running around 2 hours late. When I entered the room, there was only 1 lady in the panel. She appologized profusely for keeping me waiting. She also explained the the other member (1 guy from adcom) had left as they had misplaced the application of the guy interviewed just before me, and hence the additional delay (panel was running abt 1 hr late until 4PM).

1. When did you go to US and when did you return

2. Tell me about your profile

3. What do you like best about your international exp (I have about 5 yrs of experience in US)

4. If I liked it so much, then why did I come back

Gave my reasons

She said thats rare, since most people in my position would not return … more dicussion.. the conversation lasted pretty long here .. we ended up discussing work hour, exchange rate, bringing up kids in these 2 countries (I have a kid)

5. Difference in work culture in America, Europe, Asia – I had mentioned in my app that I have worked with teams across the globe

6. Explain anayltics (I work in Business Analytics )

7. Example of how Big Data can be used

8. How are you using analytics in your current job profile

9. How have you used analytics in a creative manner – example

10. Questions about my skiing experience (talked abt it in my essay) .. some technicalities of skiing (i did not expect the panel to discuss this, but apparently she knew skiing as well!) .. conversation veered to my sports achievements, extra curriculars …

11. Post mba which company you would like to work for

answered Google – she asked abt maps on iphone (recent iphone 5 maps issue) – talk about Google, Apple

12. Any questions for us –

Umm… I was surprised that it was getting over since we had not talked abt my management, leadership experience at all.

13. I guess she read my mind, as she then she asked how long have I managed teams

14. How do I motivate my team

15. How do I work with the reluctant/unwilling team member

Thats it … shook hands, she apologized again for the delay

The interview lasted about 40mins. Overall a very good experience, no stress, just conversational. The panel was very cordial, and very knowledgeable.

Final Result: Offered Admission

ISB Interview experience 4

For Class of 2014, Round 1

The interview was a 30 minute skype interview. Questions asked were

1. Why MBA

2. What do you plan to do after graduation

3. Why so early in your career?

4. Why do you want to come back to India

5. Tell me about yourself

6. 10 minutes of highly specific questions about my projects

7. Walk us through the difficulty of taking a higher responsibility so early in your career

Final Result: Offered Admission


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