This is the real ISB interview experience of a candidate who has 1 year 8 months of work experience in IT Consulting.
As per the candidate’s information, there were three alumni in the interview panel. In his opinion, the interview was mainly focused on the profile and based on your responses.
|Work Profile||IT Consulting, Cisco Systems, 1 year 8 months of Work Ex|
|Interviewers’ Profile||P1- Alum|
|Your Opinion on the approach of the interviewers and their key focus||Conversation based approach, lots of cross questioning on my essays to verify whatever I had mentioned, focus on clarity and vision as well stress handling.|
Qn: Tell us about the last nightmare you had?
A: I had a nightmare a couple of weeks ago, I saw that I didn’t get an interview call for ISB.
Qn: You mentioned you had applied for YLP as well, what has changed in your application since?
A: There were a few things that went against me the last time I applied, I didn’t have as much clarity on why I wanted the ISB MBA…I have matured as an individual, gained some quality work experience and improved upon my GMAT score too.
Follow-up Qn: Why ISB ?
A: There were a few core factors that helped me select ISB as a potential choice for my MBA…The focus on entrepreneurial initiatives like start up first also helped me make my decision. ROI was also a major factor.
Qn: You plan to be an entrepreneur eventually, tell us about your plan ?
A: I’d like to learn the ropes right after ISB by getting into a product management /development role in a young company and gaining some insight and cross functional experience . I have plans of delving into the domain of IoT and coming up with a product on those lines.
Follow-up Qn: Have you thought of any product, give us a brief market analysis.
A: Talked about my product and gave a market analysis and revenue projection.
Follow-up Qn: What would be some companies you look forward to work for after ISB, to gain the insight ?
Qn: Your essay talks about your passion for music, tell us more about it?
A: I talked about my band in college and the places we used to perform at.
Follow-up Qn: Why not do something in music itself ?
A: Talked about how I have previously played professionally and developed an aversion of playing under pressure rather than just a hobby. Also talked about how my prime focus was technology now.
Qn: Your essays sound so bright but talking to you in person isn’t as we expected?
A: I told them I was great at creative content writing and if I could match my written ability to my spoken I’d be the happiest person alive. Also added I had 3 months to rework my essays and right now am speaking impromptu, that might be a reason too.
Qn: Tell me the third line of the 2nd paragraph of your 2nd essay ?
A: I pointed out the exact context and they were pretty impressed.
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