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Re: Toughest/Interesting question you've had [#permalink] New post 11 Mar 2009, 18:10
"If you could stand on a soap box and address America for 5 minutes, what would you say?"
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Re: Toughest/Interesting question you've had [#permalink] New post 11 Mar 2009, 18:43
"What's the job you would least want and why?"

The entire time I was thinking: ...please don't say your dad's a lawyer, please don't say your dad's a lawyer...
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Re: Toughest/Interesting question you've had [#permalink] New post 12 Mar 2009, 08:05
This is a really good story. The first question was a relative gimme.

"What do you think you can contribute to the X program." (I don't want to use names right now in case admissions is trolling. I know totally paranoid.)

Next question: "Okay, well how about the school, how will you contribute to the learning environment at X"
At that point I had already used up my contributions so I stared blankly thinking to myself, what the hell, is this a trick question. I just re-iterated what I had said in response to the first question. I was annoyed by it.

During the same interview I got the following questions?

"What will you do if you don't get accepted?"
I am unemployed so I stated my intent to obtain a job or internship in the field that I want to go into post-MBA.

Then she says "Since you have little experience in that sub-sector how will you convince an employer to hire you and set aside their doubts?"
Nailed that one too.

Then she says "Well, what if you can't get a job?"
Hmm let's see do you want me to tell you that I will sell my body for crack on the street??? What kind of question is that. I just stated that I would be persistant in my search efforts and re-evaluate my plans at that point.

Okay I am going to rant - I hated this interview. Also asked:

Three words your boss would use to describe you?
Three words your colleagues would use to describe you?
Three words your friends would use to describe you?

By the middle of this series I had exhausted a decent number of adjectives. I thought it was totally unprofessional and a complete joke!!!
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Re: Toughest/Interesting question you've had [#permalink] New post 12 Mar 2009, 08:12
You probably had a lot more than 3 words to describe the interviewer. :lol:
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Re: Toughest/Interesting question you've had [#permalink] New post 12 Mar 2009, 11:15
I was fully prepared for the standard MBA interview questions at one of my interviews and it was clear from the first question..."why the hell do you want an MBA right now?" that nothing about the interview was going to be standard.

Other questions from the same interivew: "your GPA is kinda lame do you think you could really cut it at xxx?" "since I graduated from xxx, over 12,000 students have been through the program, take the other top 10 schools and you've got close to 120,000...most of whom (cited multiple trends/statistics) are currently looking for a job right now. So, tell me again why the hell you want an MBA?" "how have you handled a difficult situation? And, don't give me the same crap you talked about in your essays." "Do you have money in savings? If so, why don't you buy into the company you've helped build instead of going to bschool?"

It was a very different approach but, somehow, I was able to roll with the punches and I got through it. He would have murdered anyone trying to enter the standard post-MBA job market.
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Re: Toughest/Interesting question you've had [#permalink] New post 12 Mar 2009, 11:20
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I was fully prepared for the standard MBA interview questions at one of my interviews and it was clear from the first question..."why the hell do you want an MBA right now?" that nothing about the interview was going to be standard.

Other questions from the same interivew: "your GPA is kinda lame do you think you could really cut it at xxx?" "since I graduated from xxx, over 12,000 students have been through the program, take the other top 10 schools and you've got close to 120,000...most of whom (cited multiple trends/statistics) are currently looking for a job right now. So, tell me again why the hell you want an MBA?" "how have you handled a difficult situation? And, don't give me the same crap you talked about in your essays." "Do you have money in savings? If so, why don't you buy into the company you've helped build instead of going to bschool?"

It was a very different approach but, somehow, I was able to roll with the punches and I got through it. He would have murdered anyone trying to enter the standard post-MBA job market.


I wonder how I would have reacted. "hell", "lame"...interesting!
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Re: Toughest/Interesting question you've had [#permalink] New post 12 Mar 2009, 11:26
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I was fully prepared for the standard MBA interview questions at one of my interviews and it was clear from the first question..."why the hell do you want an MBA right now?" that nothing about the interview was going to be standard.

Other questions from the same interivew: "your GPA is kinda lame do you think you could really cut it at xxx?" "since I graduated from xxx, over 12,000 students have been through the program, take the other top 10 schools and you've got close to 120,000...most of whom (cited multiple trends/statistics) are currently looking for a job right now. So, tell me again why the hell you want an MBA?" "how have you handled a difficult situation? And, don't give me the same crap you talked about in your essays." "Do you have money in savings? If so, why don't you buy into the company you've helped build instead of going to bschool?"

It was a very different approach but, somehow, I was able to roll with the punches and I got through it. He would have murdered anyone trying to enter the standard post-MBA job market.


:shock: :shock: :shock:
Were these questions asked in a joking manner or was this more confrontational?
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Re: Toughest/Interesting question you've had [#permalink] New post 12 Mar 2009, 11:33
Confrontational. It actually worked out very well. For instance, I followed the lame comment by explaining that I spent the majority of one semester in the training room because I suffered a major injury...I told him it was funny that he used the word lame because I was "physically lame" and that brought my gpa down. followed by pointing out my gpa progression.
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Re: Toughest/Interesting question you've had [#permalink] New post 12 Mar 2009, 15:15
i guess any school that uses the confrontational interview style on me will probably get rejected by me first, hahaha :P
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Re: Toughest/Interesting question you've had [#permalink] New post 12 Mar 2009, 15:22
kryzak wrote:
i guess any school that uses the confrontational interview style on me will probably get rejected by me first, hahaha :P



I think it was the interviewer's style...not the school's style. Felt more like an exec-level job interview.
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Re: Toughest/Interesting question you've had [#permalink] New post 12 Mar 2009, 15:33
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. Felt more like an exec-level job interview.

It takes a ridiculously unprofessional executive to say that something about the interviewee is lame.
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Re: Toughest/Interesting question you've had [#permalink] New post 12 Mar 2009, 16:15
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pguard wrote:
. Felt more like an exec-level job interview.

It takes a ridiculously unprofessional executive to say that something about the interviewee is lame.


agreed. That would reflect very poorly on a school if their interviewers interview like that (and it wasn't the school's intention to).
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Re: Toughest/Interesting question you've had [#permalink] New post 19 Mar 2009, 11:42
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pguard wrote:
. Felt more like an exec-level job interview.

It takes a ridiculously unprofessional executive to say that something about the interviewee is lame.


Agreed this definitely reflects on the school. I once had quite a similar experience at a job interview and after the interview I just walked out not bothering to attend the next rounds. Confrontational tone that too with a lot of negativity is just demeaning.

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Re: Toughest/Interesting question you've had [#permalink] New post 19 Mar 2009, 11:45
togafoot wrote:
As the topic says. Just wondering what the toughest or interesting question you've had so far. Not after an interview review, looking for anecdotal experiences and how you handled the question.

Probably the toughest question i had so far, was from HKUST -
Can't remember the exact question but it goes along the lines of :-

"You're 33 with no financial background so unlikely to be recruited by i-banks, can't speak Mandarin so are competing against people who can for marketing, consulting and management jobs, what type of career opportunities do you think you have in Hong Kong?"

Was a toughie due to its negative slant. I talked about my international experience and the globalisation of companies.

Most Interesting was from NUS -
"Economically, how do you see India and China in 30 years time?"

I focused on China and it's historical GDP in terms of ratio to world GDP. Then brought in the opium wars and cultural revolution to explain the downturn, and how the upturn in GDP should allow it to eventually reach its historical ratio based on the premise of political stability and improved infrastructure and population. I also transferred the last 3 criteria to explain that India also has the same potential.

Probably should have cited post-second world war Japan as an example of a country which developed quickly to become an economic superpower. In fact 19th century Japan is a good example as it was closed off to the world for over 100 hundred years, thereby missing the industrial revolution in the west. After it's ports were re-opened by the Americans for trade, they advanced so quickly to become a military superpower in the region.


u should have said that people in hong kong dont speak mandarin as well but cantonese. they dont understand each other, saw it with my own eyes
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Re: Toughest/Interesting question you've had [#permalink] New post 19 Mar 2009, 21:19
Not mine, but a friend was asked, "What are the two places you would like to work after your MBA and why?"

Naming the two places weren't that hard for him, but I think justifying it in a manner that sells himself as an appealing MBA candidate was a little trickier.

I would have chosen London (for personal reasons) and Vancouver (for professional reasons)
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Re: Toughest/Interesting question you've had [#permalink] New post 20 Mar 2009, 04:15
spiridon wrote:

u should have said that people in hong kong dont speak mandarin as well but cantonese. they dont understand each other, saw it with my own eyes


Actually, most university educated people in Hong Kong speak Mandarin perfectly fine. It's the less educated who don't.
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Re: Toughest/Interesting question you've had [#permalink] New post 20 Mar 2009, 10:45
togafoot wrote:
spiridon wrote:

u should have said that people in hong kong dont speak mandarin as well but cantonese. they dont understand each other, saw it with my own eyes


Actually, most university educated people in Hong Kong speak Mandarin perfectly fine. It's the less educated who don't.


I met several highly educated ppl from HK and neither one understood mandarin. They stick with cantonese and english.
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