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New post 18 Feb 2016, 01:11
Are all bangalore invites done? :(

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Anyone going to/interviewing at Mohali on 23/24th?

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New post 19 Feb 2016, 05:32
I had a question pertaining to the guesstimate that may be asked in the interview - generally how much detail is a candidate expected to delve into while arriving at the final estimate (say, 3-5 mins or more than 10 mins)? or is it that the duration is completely dependent on the type of estimate the candidate is asked?

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I had a question pertaining to the guesstimate that may be asked in the interview - generally how much detail is a candidate expected to delve into while arriving at the final estimate (say, 3-5 mins or more than 10 mins)? or is it that the duration is completely dependent on the type of estimate the candidate is asked?


Bro the whole interview lasts for only 25 to 30 minutes.. So getting 10 min is out of question.. It would be mostly three to five min.. Take it as a game.. You get right answer or wrong answer doesnot matter.. Just show them your approach which is what they would look at.. And make sure to check that final answer l which should be logical.. This is what I do in the interview.. My interview is scheduled tomorrow at 4.15 p.m.

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krishank1808 wrote:
I had a question pertaining to the guesstimate that may be asked in the interview - generally how much detail is a candidate expected to delve into while arriving at the final estimate (say, 3-5 mins or more than 10 mins)? or is it that the duration is completely dependent on the type of estimate the candidate is asked?


Bro the whole interview lasts for only 25 to 30 minutes.. So getting 10 min is out of question.. It would be mostly three to five min.. Take it as a game.. You get right answer or wrong answer doesnot matter.. Just show them your approach which is what they would look at.. And make sure to check that final answer l which should be logical.. This is what I do in the interview.. My interview is scheduled tomorrow at 4.15 p.m.


Yeah that's true. Though some interviews do last somewhere between 40-45 mins as well. But I get your point. It doesn't really matter that the answer is elaborated over 3-5 mins or more than that as far as there is a structured approach to getting to the estimate (correct me if I'm wrong here). The thought process matters more than the time taken to get to the estimate.

Thanks for the inputs and all the very best for your interview tomorrow!

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Hi...Does anybody have any idea about the interview in Hyderbad...Invites are done ..or there is still hope ??

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I had my interview today. It was actually pretty stressful, contrary to the popular belief. I was asked to analyze two cases which nearly took 20 minutes. Then one more question related to group assignments, how to resolve conflict and what kind of task can be assigned to different team members based on their background. There were hardly any questions like what value would you add. How would you contribute at ISB and so on. The interviewers were stone faced. No smile. None of them even asserted whether I was right or wrong. So guys be ready for the worst. Maybe it all depends on the interview panel.

The interview lasted for 45 minutes. I lost hope but lets see what would happen.

All the best to all the remaining invitees.

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I had my interview today. It was actually pretty stressful, contrary to the popular belief. I was asked to analyze two cases which nearly took 20 minutes. Then one more question related to group assignments, how to resolve conflict and what kind of task can be assigned to different team members based on their background. There were hardly any questions like what value would you add. How would you contribute at ISB and so on. The interviewers were stone faced. No smile. None of them even asserted whether I was right or wrong. So guys be ready for the worst. Maybe it all depends on the interview panel.

The interview lasted for 45 minutes. I lost hope but lets see what would happen.

All the best to all the remaining invitees.


Which panel bro, also what were the cases you got ?

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New post 20 Feb 2016, 06:06
Done with Interview at Hyderabad. Interview was average, not bad nor too good.
No generic questions, only profile based questions. It lasted for 20 minute.

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New post 20 Feb 2016, 06:51
It's time for me to give my two cent's back to the community. I just finished with my interview today.

I was taken to the room by senior alum Ashish from 2005 batch. As soon as i entered the room i was greeted by adcom member. We exchanged greetings and i was asked to take my seat.

1) Intial question was that i have over 7 years experience with the company. Can i comment more on that.

The way question was framed i stumbled for first line and then picked on from there and completed the answer. midway through the answer halted by adcom. He asked sorry for the interruption.

2) Then i was asked why product management.

3) What kind of companies for product management.

4) Why cannot you become a product manager now.

They didnt look very convinced initially . Though i kept blabbering on my convictions and found a blank face.

5) what are your three biggest strengths which help you at work

6) what is your biggest failure at work.

I intially said on a feedback at work and then i was asked to listen to the question properly. I blabbered on one of my failure at work.. they didn't look much convinced.. or rather i found a blank face.

7) You have mentioned you want to be entreprenuer. can you mention why.

five minutes speech on my idea.

adcom - you have done a good homework, have you talked to investors. no because of certain reasons.

adcom - fair enough

adcom -any questions for us?

1) question open ended - got good answer.

2) question - adcom i am not aware of it . write mail to the club.

I was left with a feeling "why didn't i get a better question to ask"

Me - that's it. Thank you and greetings exchanged.

Take away - The whole interview lasted for only fifteen minutes. I found blank faces most of the time. Have no idea on my chances.

Thank you Krishna for all the support for my interview preparation.

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Done with interview too today in Hyderabad. I had the same feeling as what others said - pokers faces, just don't know how the interview went. Came out of it feeling bleh. Don't know what to make of it.


Good luck to others.

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Has any1 received fresh invites for Hyd location in last two days?

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New post 20 Feb 2016, 23:54
jojojoseph..... congrats for the interview invite and interview man.

I just wanted to know when you submitted the application and got the interview invite ...just to figure out if I can still hope for a interview call from ISB. And if you don't mind can you also share what other schools you applied.

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jojojoseph..... congrats for the interview invite and interview man.

I just wanted to know when you submitted the application and got the interview invite ...just to figure out if I can still hope for a interview call from ISB. And if you don't mind can you also share what other schools you applied.


Bro write to PGPAdmissions@isb.edu to know the exact status of your app. mention your application ref no.

I have applied on 14th jan and got invite on 9th feb. I have not applied to any schools other than ISB currently.

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Guys..
I heard they have this thing called one word essay.. As in... They give u one word and you have to form an essay around it... Anymore of such tricky surprises in store?

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I heard they have this thing called one word essay.. As in... They give u one word and you have to form an essay around it... Anymore of such tricky surprises in store?



if you are interviewed Face to face you get a one word essay. It is just to check whether are you the person who write your essays.

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I heard they have this thing called one word essay.. As in... They give u one word and you have to form an essay around it... Anymore of such tricky surprises in store?


It is not much of a surprise (regular affair at ISB interviews). And need not spend any time preparing for this part of the interview. Pretty straight forward thing - write whatever comes to mind, can google it out as well to some extent.

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I posted my debrief in some other forum as well but because GMATCLUB is the forum that helped me come this far... I owe my debrief and success(in case I get selected) to it...so here it goes(a little modified version of the debrief after I could recollect some more questions) :)

Interview location- Hyderabad, slot - 21st Feb, 2.45PM. Panel - 5, 3people not sure if they are alums, they didn't tell, I didn't ask. Don't remember their names, let's say P1,P2,P3.
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P1- Are you from Hyderabad?
Are you the only child?
What is the employee strength of your company? (also asked approx. count working from each of the two offices in India)
How many countries does your company operate from?
What are thsoe countries?(Told the major 4...I said I can't recollect the others)
Tell me the top 2 most important achievements of your Toastmasters club during your term as VPPR

P2- Everybody says this Toastmasters is so fancy but tell me what are its negatives, critically evaluate the program

P1- Tell me about what you wrote in your first essay, you told that it is your biggest achievement. Told him. Asked for more and more explanation.
P3- (Picked from what I said only) Asked me something business terminology related, I know the answers but I couldn't recollect, which I know is very bad.
P1- Little more grilling about essay-1
P3 asked me something in the middle while I was explaining but I am not sure if I got carried away or whether P1 cut me with another question making me get carried away.

P3- Again coming back to your Toastmasters thing..... ( I got so carried away answering this question that I don't remember what his question exactly was but I hope he asked about my learnings in Toastmasters?) Told him an incident and challenge I faced and what I learnt from it.

All- Any questions for us? - No thanks.
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P3 was so good at catching people off gaurd :)

No other regular questions at all. Interviews have an advantage of surprise element. They take us by surprise no matter how much we prepare. So, as long as you are aware of what's written in the application, it's better to stay calm and pray that you will be surprised in a pleasant way.

My feeling just after exiting the room was a positive one but as I retrospect I don't have a clue about what they decided about me. I am only scared whether I got carried away too much while answering(a severe problem I knew I had even before going to the interview room). However I performed or whatever the result might be, I will remain proud that I have been extremely confident and didn't feel nervous at all even after going through a lot of turmoil till yesterday.

I feel compelled to appreciate the interview panel for making the entire experience so stress free and beautiful. A clichéd but important suggestion to people who are yet to attend their interviews is, just stay relaxed and try not to get bogged down. It is going to be a stress free and nice experience. All the best!

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Looking forward to welcoming most of you in the R2 bandwagon onto the already rocking and crazy Whatsapp and Telegram groups..... Good luck and happy waiting....
It is going to be madness after the decisions, with hardly any time for the balance activities... deposit, loans, travel plans and what not.. apart from the group "discussions" on the social media!!!

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New post 22 Feb 2016, 20:50
So had my interview on the 21st, very different from b school interviews from abroad.

The panelists have already read your apps, so i got a bit of grilling on my essays. It was as if they didn't believe that A) that these things actually happened and B) that i actually did them

the conversation then generally went towards the business and industry in general before they asked some hypothetical questions such as
1)what are the top 5 things i'd do if i were ceo of my current org 2) What would i do i in my immediate role post ISB (have to say i fumbled a bit on this before coming up with a slightly underwhelming answer)

Through out the interview i kept providing examples and instances (sometimes they would prompt for an example, other times id volunteer the information) , usually met with blank faces and the occasional laugh.

Overall i don't think i could judge how the interview went or read their reactions. Hopefully its all good. The wait to know is annoying

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