This is the real ISB interview experience of a candidate who has 3 years 8 months of work experience in Telecom industry.
The ISB interview was conducted on February 21, 2016. As per the candidate’s information, there were two alumni in the interview panel. In his/her opinion, the interview was mainly focused on the career goals and commonly asked questions.
|Interview Date||21st February, 2016|
|Work Profile||Ericsson, Number of years of experience – 3 years 8 months|
|Interviewers’ Profile||P1 – Alum|
P2 – Alum
|Your Opinion on the approach of the interviewers and their key focus||It was relaxed interview. By their approach, they asked standard questions and throw in a bit of queries on my goals.|
Qn: Tell us about your work experience
A: Provided a brief Introduction. Expanded on my areas of work, my awards in work, my onsite experience, my promotion etc
Qn: Where do you see the telecom market heading to?
A: Spoke about marginal revenue from data increasing compared to voice; Elaborated on Necessity of data-driven services; Alliances between telecom and adjacent verticals (media, healthcare, finance); Digital companies and Digital Transformation of companies enabled with ICT solutions.
Qn: Why an MBA from ISB?
A: Mentioned my goal to be a consultant in ICT space (Digital Transformation) in Ericsson or other companies in this domain. MBA is needed to acquire knowledge on functional areas like corporate finance/market research to complement my tech experience. Elaborated on the advantages of doing an MBA in India which is a huge potential in telecom. Focus on research in SRITNE and Innovative programs like ELP/FIRP.
Followup Qn: Why not take market insights from the internet when Data is available so easily?
A: Said market data might be Domain/company-specific and under unknown assumptions. You cannot rely on such inputs unless you can fully understand all assumptions made.
Qn: Why not join a startup? You can get lots of learnings and you will not be restricted because of not having an MBA as is the case in MNCs.
A: True, working in a start-up will help me amass good knowledge on diverse business functional areas. But developing a good product is not sufficient. You need to have a good distribution model in place to get your product/solution out of the door. Ericsson has global reach and end-to-end skills.
Qn: What are your hobbies?
A: Had mentioned football gossip and speculating transfers as my hobby.
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