This is the real ISB interview experience of a candidate who has 5 years of work experience in IT Consulting.
The ISB interview was conducted on October 22, 2016. As per the candidate’s information, there were two alumni and one admissions manager in the interview panel. In his/her opinion, the interview was mainly focused on the profile and based on your responses.
|Interview Date||22nd Oct, 2016|
|Work Profile||Banking sales/2.5 years – IT consulting|
2 yrs Current Job – SAP Consultant
|Interviewers’ Profile||P1 – ISB Admin|
P2 – Alum
P3 – Alum
|Your Opinion on the approach of the interviewers and their key focus||1 member of the panel was very aggressive, who rebutted almost every point made. The 2nd was very calm, and would listen to every point and nod in agreement. So I think it was basically a good cop/bad cap approach. The third member was a silent observer.|
Qn: We have gone through your profile. Let us directly address the elephant in the room. Why 2nd MBA?
A: I had done my earlier MBA without any work experience and the purpose of that MBA was to get into business-related roles, which I did. I have got results that I wanted from the 1st MBA. However, a lot has changed in the last 5 years. After working in IT consulting for last 2 years, I now want to move into a bigger consulting role. In a consulting role, I think it is very necessary to look at a business problem from different perspectives and to come up with an innovative solution. In a school like ISB where students come from diverse backgrounds and with diverse work experience, I will get an opportunity to develop this different perspective, and with the global curriculum that ISB offers, I will develop a global view and approach that I think is very important.
Followup Qn: Things will always keep on changing, I have done my MBA 7 years back, do you mean to say, I will need another MBA?
A: Yes. I agree. Things will keep changing. We will always come up with innovative ways of doing business and we need to keep ourselves updated, MBA is just one way of doing that. I currently keep myself updated with the latest technologies by doing certain certifications. But to move to a consulting company and to work with the likes of Bain & AT Kearny, I think an MBA at this point of time is very necessary for me.
Qn: I think you want to do an MBA from ISB just for a better job and a better salary.
A: No. That’s not the case. My focus has always been to acquire the skills required for a business. First 2 years of my career were in the banking industry where I understood the nuances of sales and I got an experience of handling a team and I had a good career progression. But my long term goal was to get into consulting. I made a switch to IT consulting. I would not have made this switch if I was merely looking for a salary increase. The same is the case with doing an MBA now. The idea is to acquire the skills necessary for my career in consulting.
Qn: You already have an MBA and have worked in the wealth management sector, I want you to discuss the total wealth management market in India, the players and the market sectors. You can use the whiteboard.
Qn: What would you do in the next 1 year in ISB to get close to your goal of consulting?
A: I would make complete use of clubs like the Consulting club and Business technology clubs. I would also try to gain from the unique ELP program offered by ISB.
Qn: Do you have any questions for us?
A: No. Thank you for the opportunity.
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