This is the real ISB interview experience of a candidate who has 6 years 2 months of work experience in IT Consulting.
The ISB interview was conducted on February 10, 2019. As per the candidate’s information, there were three alumni in the interview panel. In his/her opinion, the interview was mainly focused on the professional life.
|10th Feb, 2019
|Affluent Global Services | Accenture | TCS
|P1 – Alum
P2 – Alum
P3 – Faculty/Alum
|Your Opinion on the approach of the interviewers and their key focus
|It was a friendly discussion. They didn’t ask any general questions like Why MBA, Why You? They didn’t even touch on my extra-curricular skills. It was a 40-45-minute discussion on majorly my professional life.
|Suggestions and Preparation Tips for Prospective Students
|I would simply say be very prepared with your application. It is very unlikely that the panel will ask you anything out of the blue.
Qn: Take us through your profile
A: I started with my whereabouts and progressed to my career goals and my aspirations. I also showcased my extracurricular skills on which they asked me on which level have I played.
Qn: Why did you leave Accenture as it could have given you better exposure for Product Management?
A: I answered:
- It will take longer for me to take the product manager role in Accenture since it has many prerequisites before taking up any role.
- The company where I am working right now gave me a role (Solution Architecture) which was my short term goal and a way to get closer to my long term goal.
Note: The interviewers seemed convinced on my first point.
Follow-up Qn: Why do you want to become a Product Manager?
A: I demonstrated some of the scenarios in my career where I ended up developing new products that were used across my organizations. I gave three examples of the same. And I showed my desire to take the skills that I have to a product manager level.
Follow-up Qn: What’s the work of a product manager?
A: Answered it well.
Follow-up Qn: How much revenue did I make/save after delivering my products?
A: I answered by saying that I saved many team’s efforts (Justified this) but I did not give them any numbers on the same.
Qn: Where do you see a loophole in India where technology can play a part?
A: In the healthcare department, I gave them an example of Ayushman Bharat scheme and how it could be driven with the help of a centrally hosted electronic media. Had a very detailed discussion on this for about 15-20 minutes.
Follow-up Qn: How would you launch and market the product where there is no infrastructure (He was talking about my home town – Raipur)?
A: I said there are many strategies that would include, but are not restricted to, agents, free medical campaigns with the help of a trusted hospital. At last, he said that we don’t expect you to give a full proof solution, but you have some idea on it.
Qn: They asked about my project and my IOA team in Accenture.
A: I answered in detail. There were a lot of technical questions too.
Qn: The interviewer asked me if I had any conflicts with any of my team member.
A: I took some time for it on which he said its ok if you didn’t have any. I said I am trying to recollect the most influential one. I explained them a scenario on how I had a conflict with my project manager for technical implementation feasibility. On which they gave me a task that I should not use any technical word in explaining the conflict to them.
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