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Debrief posted on  Apr 23 2021 [#permalink] Goizueta, Full Time MBA
Off Campus with Adcom Interviewed on: Apr 23 2021 Final Decision: Admitted

"Interviewer: Susan Mellage, adcom member. Absolutely conversational and she had the most comforting smile. Pro tip: Be as natural and engaging as you can. Tone modulation when you describe your story, ups and downs is very imp. Smile, smile, smile! 1. Introduction and professional background 2. How would MBA help you grow in your career? (Explain post MBA goals and make sure to emphasize on what made you realise that an MBA is imperative to achieve those goals) 3. What are you looking to get from Goizueta MBA? -Bonus points if you can find your resume twin and paint a picture of their path and thereby you have a good chance to follow similar-ish career path. -For internationals: STEM is an attraction -I’m from healthcare background and made sure to bring up cross-collaboration opportunities with Emory healthcare centre and dual degree public policy students -Also mentioned about 1-2 professors of interest (Little nuances like these rather than just saying clubs of interest [e.g. be specific which event at the club or what activity of that club excites you] really impress adcoms tht you’ve done good homework about schools 4. Describe the most successful project that you worked on and what did you learn about yourself from it? 5. Outside work what excites you or keeps you occupied? Interview time: Approx 45 mins including 5 minutes to answer my questions. Good luck!"

jyo107 from India WE: 49 months; Health Care
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Debrief posted on  Apr 26 2021 [#permalink] Northeastern, Full Time MBA
Skype Interviewed on: Apr 22 2021

"30 minutes interview in zoom, very friendly with smile 1. Intro 2. MBA career goal 3. why school 4. what can u do when you are in the MBA class 5. study in which field 6. three words your colleagues describe you 7. an experience about the leadership 8. Q&A I hope they can be interested in me. Well, Good luck everyone!"

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Debrief posted on  Apr 16 2021 [#permalink] SDA Bocconi, Full Time MBA
Skype Interviewed on: Apr 16 2021 Final Decision: Interviewed

"Questions asked were as follows :- 1) Why MBA and why Bocconi? Why now? 2) How much work experience do you have, how many people report to you? 3) Where else have you applied, what is your target school? 4) Where do you want to work after the program? Which industry? 5) 2 strengths and 2 weaknesses? 6) How is your relationship with your reporting manager? Does he ever ask you to do something you don't want to do? 7) Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Where do you see yourself in 10 years? 8) How do you perceive the emotional aspect of a work environment? 9) Have you given the GMAT? Score? 10) Hobbies? 11) What would you do if you do not gain admission? Then some general questions; 12) Where do you live? 13) Do you enjoy travelling? Have you ever been to Milan? 14) How is the social situation in your home country? How is the economy? 15) How is the Covid situation in your home country? I may have missed some minor questions but these are the primary ones asked. Timespan was ~ 35-40 mins"

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Debrief posted on  Apr 13 2021 [#permalink] IE, September Intake Class of
Off Campus with Adcom Interviewed on: Apr 12 2021 Final Decision: Admitted

"So I had my interview yesterday with the associate director of admissions. It was a good discussion and very well conducted. There was no "tell me about yourself" which I appreciated immensely as it did seem like he had went through my profile. Started off with what values of IE I identified with. Why IE? Discussion about IMBA and TechMBA. Some questions around my interest in tech. AI/ML related questions - how to explain to a grandparent, how will you get them to invest, what will be the benefits. Few questions on digital transformation - what are some successful examples and what will be some obstacles if I were to be charge of such an activity. That's all I remember sadly, I have poor memory but the interviewer was great. I was open and honest and he seemed to appreciate that. Finally I was given time to ask questions. All in all it took an hour although at the beginning the expectation was to wrap up in 40 mins. The interview debrief here really helped me. I didn't do any other preparation - my job workload did not allow me to as well. But they are not looking for right answers but trying to judge the thought process and critical thinking ability. The interview was a fun experience, I was nervous going into it and credit to the interviewer to put me at ease from the beginning by not being intimidating and properly introducing himself and setting the tone of the discussion at the beginning. Edit: oh there were also questions on what I thought were gaps in my application/skillset and what would make me a good batchmate and what an ideal batchmate would be from my perspective. Edit 2: and on startup and entrepreneurship.. I am editing this as I recall more stuff :-)"

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Debrief posted on  Apr 05 2021 [#permalink] NUS Singapore, Full Time MBA
Skype Interviewed on: Apr 06 2021 Final Decision: Admitted

"The interview was with an AdCom member and a Careers Centre staff. The AdCom member asked mostly about myself and my plans during the programme. The questions were more or less these: - Tell us about yourself and why you are a good fit for the programme. - How are you going to take part in various clubs and activities? - What drives you in life? - What is your greatest achievement to date? - How have you used technology to your benefit in your current or previous job roles? - What are the skills you are most hoping to get from the programme? - What do you think could be your greatest challenge during the programme? (answer: some heavily quantitative modules) - follow-up question: Are you willing to brush up on your quantitative skills before the programme? How? The Careers Centre member asked for my career plans and pushed me to be as specific as possible: - Can you tell me 3 important current trends in education technology? (as that's my target sector) - What is going to be your route to get your desired position post-MBA? - If you want to do business development at a Company X, what exactly does that mean to you? What do you think you will be doing in that role? - Which technologies do you think will impact education in the near future, and how? - You started your own company in the past. Why did you leave it eventually? In general, be ready for the interviewers knowing your application in-and-out, and to be asked for specific details."

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Debrief posted on  Apr 01 2021 [#permalink] SDA Bocconi, Full Time MBA
Skype Interviewed on: Mar 27 2021 Final Decision: Interviewed

"I had my interview on March 27th. The alumnus was focusing a lot on my weaknesses, what challenges I faced, the times when I failed. Following were the questions that she asked. - How long have you been working in your company? - What is it that you do in your day to day job? What do you like about your job? What do you hate about your job? - Tell me about a time in your life when you thought you failed. How did you deal with it? - Tell me something which you really want to improve about yourself? - If you had to do it all over again, what would you want to choose as a career path? - What is your long term dream? What do you aim to become? - If you get into the program, what do you think will be a challenge? - What is that you will are scared of, about the MBA? Overall, I believe I did it well. Hoping for the best! Fingers crossed."

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Debrief posted on  Apr 08 2021 [#permalink] NUS Singapore, Part Time MBA
Skype Interviewed on: Mar 25 2021 Final Decision: Admitted

"Questions: 1. Quick introduction & why NUS MBA, why now 2. Interests outside of work (this scared me as I don't have much social work exp to talk about, but I turned it into a question about my hobby :D) 3. What is 'leadership' to you? 4. What kind of leader are you/do you want to become? 5. Who is a business leader you look up to, and why? (I took an example at my company - as they said it's not necessarily a 'famous' leader) 6. What was the last book that I read, and why does it resonate to me (I chose 'The art of happiness' - I don't think they will judge me if I don't choose a 'business' book). 7. Any questions for them (I just asked about why my list of uploaded documents still had some crosses, but the lady from Adcom said doc status was updated manually, and it didn't affect my application) Finally, they said they would get back to me in 1-2 weeks (which they did exactly 2 weeks after my interview). Interviewers: 1 from AdCom and 1 from Career Sevs. Overall, I found this a good experience."

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Debrief posted on  Apr 13 2021 [#permalink] SDA Bocconi, Full Time MBA
Skype Interviewed on: Mar 24 2021 Final Decision: Admitted

"Super friendly interview with a member of the admissions team over MS teams platform. A few of the Questions: 1) Where have I joined from? 2) Introduction about myself. 3) Branched off questions from my response to previous one such as: What was my role in that project? 4) Short term and long term goals. 5) Obstacles that I may face to meet the short term goals. 6) Did I speak with any alumnus? What did they tell me about the programme? 7) What other schools did I apply to and why would I choose SDAB among them? 8) What would my boss say would be my weaknesses? 9) What do I do in my free time? 10) Subjects that I liked in my undergrad. 11) Why do I want to do an MBA? I felt quite comfortable during the interview, the interviewer put me ease right at the beginning stating that it was going to be easy. At the same time, some of the questions such as “Why SDAB” and “What are your weaknesses” were asked in a challenging way as can be seen in question no. 7 and 8. No curveball questions like, “tell me about a time when you handled conflict in your team.” Tips to future candidates: 1) Speak slowly as the interviewer is not a native English speaker and your accent may not be understandable to them. 2) Be ready with a few more stories or points for each of the answer, apart from the main one, in case the interviewer asks for more. The interview lasted 45 minutes which included a question that I had asked and was discussed in detail, and two other questions which I had asked but were tabled for later. Best wishes to future candidates! Reach out to me if you need help."

Yaser94 WE: 60 months; Manufacturing
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Debrief posted on  Mar 24 2021 [#permalink] Weatherhead, Full Time MBA
Off Campus with Adcom Interviewed on: Mar 23 2021 Final Decision: Interviewed

"I had my interview yesterday. It was with Steve and he really interacted in a very conversational way. Most of the time he talked and informed about Weatherhead or Cleveland and about cohort size and composition. Asked few questions too such as how you came to know about Weatherhead, how many schools you applied into, reasons for low GPA in undergrad and some very basic questions. Overall it way very insightful and he seems quite impressed by my profile particularly my professional career experience and my future goals."

Arunabh 12345 from India WE: 84 months; Computer Software
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Debrief posted on  Mar 20 2021 [#permalink] ISB, Full Time MBA
Skype Interviewed on: Mar 20 2021 Final Decision: Waitlisted with Interview

"Interview Time: 12 PM Panel Members: 2 Alums (CO'13) + 1(Video Off) Q: Tell me about yourself. Q: How did I help my previous firm grow (picked up from my essay) Q:3 Follow up questions on the answers I had given to understand the details of it Q: How did I bring a degrowing category in growth in my current job (picked up from essay) Q: Follow up question with the answer I gave; To consider them as my management and pitch in the changes which I suggested Q: Difference between UAE retail market and Indian Retail market (based on my work experience) Q: How would MBA help me in my short term goal which I had stated in my essay Q : Follow up questions with how would I not able to learn those things while working in my current role also Q: Plan B if it does not work out for the short term goal I am striving for Q: Any questions for us? Q: Before ending Do you play any instrument or sing (picked up from my hobby) The interview went on for about 30 mins. The interview was conversational. They were keen to know about projects undertaken and my role and how will an MBA help me achieving those goal, it was not stressful at all. I think it went well. I had my answers ready to their questions and they were asking a few follow ups. I had taken help from Strategy4GMAT for mocks and they helped me understand the prospective of the interviewer and how to structure my answers to make them impactful, took 3 mocks from them and each one had different questions and it helped me quite a lot as I already had answered the questions asked in the actual interview and with the feedback in mocks was able to make them a lot better. Fingers Crossed"

ankitj111 from India GMAT 680; WE: 104 months; Retail
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Debrief posted on  Apr 06 2021 [#permalink] ISB, Full Time MBA
Off Campus with Alumni Interviewed on: Mar 20 2021 Final Decision: Admitted

"Panel - 2 alumni (males) + 1 adcom member (video off) My interview lasted for around 45 minutes and was very conversational in nature. Both the alumni were extremely attentive and friendly. They introduced themselves at the very beginning of the interview. A majority of my interview was centered around my work experience. They asked me detailed questions about different kinds of projects I had worked on - my role, interactions with other team members, conflicts (if any), impact of the project, skills gained, etc. I even received a few counter questions on the work I had done. They then asked me about my short and long term goals and why ISB. They asked me a few questions about my family and a few of the extra curriculars I had mentioned in my application. The interview ended with them asking me if I had any questions. The overall interview experience was good. Both alumni made me feel very comfortable and showed a very keen interest in my work and hobbies. Prior to my interview, I booked an hour-long interview training session with Preppie. The training was really helpful as they provided me with specific questions to prepare well for. The one hour session with the ISB alumni was extremely useful since I received detailed feedback and tips on each point usually covered in an interview. The session prepared me to handle any curveballs that came my way. I would highly recommend Preppie for ISB aspirants"

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Debrief posted on  Mar 21 2021 [#permalink] ISB, Full Time MBA
Skype Interviewed on: Mar 20 2021 Final Decision: Interviewed

"3 Alums (2002, 2004, 2017) The interview was very interactive and a fun experience. Questions: - Tell us about yourself - I had mentioned about my love for fashion, so a woman from the panel asked how am I planning to inculcate in my career. - Why ISB and why now? - Why can't I just continue with my job and maybe my company will sponsor my education further and reach where I want to? - Quite a few questions on my long term goal, how is that going to make a difference. - What role does relationships play in a woman's life? - What are the challenges faced by women in our society? - My current role and how does it make an impact on the bigger picture. - Two negative experiences. - What is the different quality that I bring to the table. - Asked about a automation tool which I made at my work - What do I think consultants do? The interview ended with, do you have any questions for us. I am not sure how did the interview go but I certainly enjoyed it. I took a mock interview from Preppie which really really helped."

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Debrief posted on  Mar 21 2021 [#permalink] ISB, Full Time MBA
Skype Interviewed on: Mar 20 2021 Final Decision: Interviewed

"- 2 Alums: Senior Consultant (Co’10) & Entrepreneur (Co’18) - Duration: 1 hour 10 mins (interview started 30 mins after scheduled time) Questions: 1. Let’s dive into your current experience - what does your current organisation do and what is your role? 2. Did you interact with farmers? What challenges did they face? 3. In light of the farm act, how is your organisation’s intervention going to help farmers? 4. How are farmers incentivised to take your help as opposed to approaching Mandis? 5. What learnings or strengths have you brought from your previous job that helps you with your current role? 6. Why did you transition from your previous organisation to your current one? Was it your choice? 7. What did you do at your previous job? 8. Your previous organisation has acquired an e-commerce platform - what are your thoughts on that? 9. Where do you think your previous organisation is headed wrt to the new verticals that have come up? 10. What kind of data crunching did you do in your sales role? 11. Did you manage a team? How many people? 12. Given that you worked with distributors from different regions, how did you measure the performance of your team? 13. What steps did you take to understand the different regions you worked in? 14. Case: if you had to launch a new product (eg:water) in Mumbai and Chhattisgarh, what parameters would you use to measure the consumer type in both regions? (Delved deeper into this case) 15. Given you’ve had this kind of experience, why do you want an MBA? Why not continue in your current for a few more years? What is your short-term goal? 16. What do you hope to take away from ISB and contribute to ISB? - I mentioned ELP and the follow up question was: you’ve had far more valuable experience than the ELP can offer so why MBA? 17. Specifically Net Impact and Marketing clubs - what do you hope to contribute and leverage? (I mentioned these two clubs) 18. Going back to your work experience, what challenges and learnings did you have in your first job? 19. What do you think is the pro and con of technology in education? (Question related to the sector of my first job - Education/non-profit) 20. Are you still associated with your first organisation as a volunteer? 21. Are you currently volunteering with any organisation? 22. Where did you grow up? How has that shaped you? 23. What are your interests? How have your interests changed you? 24. You said you’ve lived in Mumbai for the past 15 years - what changes have you seen in this city over this time? Are these changes good or bad according to you? 25. What questions do you have for us? The tone was largely conversational, I was asked a lot of questions around my current and previous work experience. One alum continuously interjected while the other one asked the main questions. I did not expect to work on a case but that happened during the interview and I took it as a learning opportunity. Overall, I was able to provide some answer for every question and I didn’t blank out or get flustered. I was a little thrown off by the case but I asked clarifying questions to get a handle on it. The case was specific to the regions I had handled in my previous role. The energy of the interview was positive from start to finish."

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Debrief posted on  Apr 22 2021 [#permalink] Kenan-Flagler, Full Time MBA
Skype Interviewed on: Mar 20 2021 Final Decision: Admitted

"The interview experience was delightful! It was with a representative of UNC K-F (not an Adcom, Alumni, or current student). The call started with a quick intro about herself and the school. Questions asked: (Not in the same order) 1. Background: Personal and Professional 2. How was your experience working in diverse cultures, and how will you apply that in KF? 3. Why MBA? Why KF? 4. What values are important to you and why? 5. If I spoke to your team, how would they describe you? 6. Post-MBA goals? Immediate goal? 7. What is your secondary goal? 8. What will you bring to KF? 9. An instance where you managed a difference of opinion in your team 10. Do you have any questions for me? (asked 2 important questions, which were impressive according to the interviewer) Most important thing: RESEACRH RESEARCH RESEARCH! I loved the school and was prepared for it, research about the school as much as you can and be prepared! Total interview duration: ~30mins"

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Debrief posted on  Mar 26 2021 [#permalink] Sauder, Full Time MBA
Skype Interviewed on: Mar 19 2021 Final Decision: Denied with Interview

"After rescheduling thrice (the school portal was down for a few days), I managed to get an interview with Ms Vivian Tran. These are the questions I can recall (not necessarily in order): Questions on resume. ( I had some gaps in my cv). Why Sauder? Why now? What roles/industries are you looking at in the short/long term? Why those? Would you be willing to work in cities apart from Vancouver? (This was a segue from my previous answer. The companies I mentioned were Vancouver based) What other schools did you apply to? Where are they located? (Not sure why that last part was relevant) What qualities were you looking for in a school when you decided on which ones to apply to? Questions about my low GPA. (My GRE scores were good so the difference must have raised eyebrows. I was working throughout my degree and struggling with a bunch of personal issues so this was easy to explain. My academic performance before and after was always above average.) What qualities would your friends use to describe you? Which of those is least truthful? ( I countered by saying I wouldn't have mentioned any that were untrue but could choose one I'd most likely compromise on if forced to) Is there anything on the academic front that you think might be a challenge during the MBA? (I mentioned probability/permutations. As an ex navigational officer with a degree in nautical science, math doesn't faze me but some subjects are new given my background. I quickly followed up my mentioning some extra courses I took on Coursera/Udemy) What would you say is your biggest weakness? (Mention how you are addressing it) What is the most important piece of advice you ever got? What do you hope to learn from your cohort? What do you bring to the table? How would you contribute to the school network after the MBA? What do you do to take care of your mental health? (Thank the pandemic for this one) Anything you'd like the adcom to know but isn't mentioned in your CV? Any questions for me? (I had a few) Vivian was lovely to talk to and I enjoyed our conversation. The 60 minutes went by in a blur. It helped that I'd seen her before in webinars hosted by the school. She did take a LOT of notes while we spoke. That's either a good thing or very bad. I suppose time will tell. General advice: Come prepared. Know the finer details of the program and in particular why they speak to YOU specifically. Specifics are important. I would recommend going for a couple of mock interviews if possible. I recorded myself answering the most common questions and went through those videos ruthlessly. You are a human being with strengths and weaknesses. They know this. You are expected to know the same. Show them that you see where you need to improve and demonstrate what you've done/are doing to address your faults. Above all, relax, this isn't an inquisition. That fact that you scored an interview shows that they are interested. All you need to do is give them further evidence of your intent and fit. Good luck. EDIT: Well, I have to admit this rejection came as a bit of a shock. I wish there was a way of eliciting some feedback from the school. At the very least it would help in deciding if reapplying makes sense. In any event, hope the debrief helps someone."

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Debrief posted on  Apr 01 2021 [#permalink] Naveen Jindal, Full Time MBA
Off Campus with Adcom Interviewed on: Mar 17 2021 Final Decision: Interviewed

"I was interviewed twice. Once by Adcom and another time by Alum. Both interviews were done almost a week apart. 17th March: Adcom Interview Questions asked by Adcom were: 1. Tell me about yourself 2. Why MBA and why UTD? 3. Challenges that you will face if admitted to the UTD MBA program 4. Any leadership roles that I have taken up in my professional career so far. 5.How UTD MBA curriculum will help me achieve my future career goals. 6. Any other schools or programs that I have applied to. Last but not least she asked if I had any questions for her. The interview lasted for about 15 minutes and Adcom was very supportive throughout the interview process. She asked me to stay put and wait for an alum interview if everything went okay. After 3-4 days, I received an email from alum to schedule a meeting. 24th March: Alum interview Questions asked were: 1. Tell me about yourself 2. Why UTD and why MBA now 3. My vision towards my future career goals. 4. Any questions if I had for Alum. The interview lasted for about 10 to 12 minutes and was more on an informal note."

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Debrief posted on  Mar 17 2021 [#permalink] Marshall, Full Time MBA
Skype Interviewed on: Mar 16 2021 Final Decision: Admitted

"Interviewed by Nirav Mehta (Senior Associate Director, MBA Admissions). I t was very conversational and yet a bit Kira like. I could tell he had a set of questions that he wanted to go through. Very standard MAB questions nothing out of the blue. Started with a casual conversation. Then he wanted me to run down my resume. My suggestion would be to summarize your experience from education to professional experiences. I walked him through my undergrad and then my job and why I joined that company. what I do at that company what I've accomplished and such. • Then he asked me the following questions. • What's your biggest achievement? • 3 Qualities do you see in a leader? One of mine was adaptability. (I know quite the cliche, but hey so are their questions!) So the next question was kind of transitioned accordingly. • Give me an example of when you had to adapt. Based on this answer he asked me several other questions specific to me, so I won't go in detail. • Short-term / long-term goals? • Why MBA? Why Marshall? (definitely do your research into their program, classes, resources. Their youtube channel has some great videos about Why Marshall) • If I had any questions? I asked a couple. It lasted about 30 or so minutes. I had some internet problems (obviously). He also said that they will probably respond with a result earlier than 3/31 (result date on their website). Don't know if that's a good thing."

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Debrief posted on  Mar 26 2021 [#permalink] NTU Nanyang, Full Time MBA
Skype Interviewed on: Mar 15 2021 Final Decision: Admitted

"Hi All, This is Saksham. I had over 4.5 years of experience in EY as a Technology Risk Consultant. My interview happened on March 15th. There were 4 interviewers including Assistant Dean, Graduate Studies Office (Elison Lim) and Senior Career Consultant (Thomas Seet). The interview was scheduled at 11:40 am IST. It started on 11:50 am and went on for around 15 min. It was a very friendly conversation. The following questions were asked by the admissions team. Q1. Tell me about yourself and your future goals? Q2. Followup Question - Type of technology companies you want to apply post MBA? Q3. Followup Question - What do you mean by customer centric products? Q4. Followup Question - What all food do you cook? Q5. What if you don’t find a job in Singapore? Q6. Have you been to Singapore before? Q7. Do you have any questions for the admissions committee members? I answered the questions confidently as I practiced most of these in my mock interviews with an admission consultant (Experts' Global) and I also got some insights from NTU Alums."

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Debrief posted on  Mar 15 2021 [#permalink] Haas, Full Time MBA
Skype Interviewed on: Mar 15 2021 Final Decision: Interviewed

"Hi!! I just did mine for R2 Class of 2023 - 5 questions. 45 sec prep + 3 mins answer 1) What do you wanna get out of your MBA & Why Haas 2) A DEI example that will enhance your contribution to Haas 3) A time when you lead a cross-functional team, what you did, how that made you feel 4) A time when you get a team to align 5) Anything else to add Everyone gets #1,#2 and #3 are random. Please note you will have 3 mins to answer so don't sweat too much - I read previous posts and spent so much time trying to fit all my answers to 1.5 mins."

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Debrief posted on  Mar 17 2021 [#permalink] ISB, Full Time MBA
Skype Interviewed on: Mar 13 2021 Final Decision: Interviewed

"Interview Date: March 13 Interview Time: 11 AM Panel Members: 4 Alum + 1 ISB Adcom(Video Off) Interview Type: Conversational Q1. Tell me about yourself Q2. Follow up question on my diverse roles and what work I did, impact. Q3. Follow up question on revenue recognition and a project experience on it since I was working as a Project Manager. Q4. Why do you want join ISB - why MBA? Q5. Why not pursue your post MBA goal within your current company since I have transitioned across roles? Q6. How would ISB enable you? Q7. Question from Essay - a life example that I mentioned Q8. Question on initiatives that I am running(I mentioned in my essay) Overall Interview experience was okay. *My panel didn't introduce themselves so I greeted them individually when they took turns questioning me* Sources used to prepare for Interview: Preppie(Mock)"

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Debrief posted on  Mar 13 2021 [#permalink] ISB, Full Time MBA
Off Campus with Alumni Interviewed on: Mar 13 2021 Final Decision: Denied with Interview

"3 Alumns - 2004, 2013, 2016 batch 1 good boy, 1 bad boy and 1 neutral (who was supposed to be just the tech guy but ended up asking the most questions) Grilling, Kind of stress. On top of it they were really short on time. We started with me explaining my career progression with my current entrepreneurial experience as a focus. Few cross questions here and there. Grilled me a lot on Entrepreneurship. Why MBA suddenly after just a year of entrepreneurship. What did you learn through this journey. What conflicts did you go through. How would you handle conflicts with your peers during your MBA course. -- "Bad boy" wasn't convinced with my answers. What is the one thing you would take from PGP at ISB - I mentioned Credibility - They respected this honest answer What Else? I said Networking - What kind of people would you look to network with - Entrepreneurs, Mfg/Operations guys, those interested in Adventure sport activities. What is that one thing looking at which one would never say this task has been taken up by me. - Inventory Management Are you a loner? What would you say you are - introvert or extrovert? I said - Extrovert of all the introverts - which they liked :) What kind of legacy would you leave behind - Friendships A lot of cross questioning on my long-term goal of Electric Vehicles. We literally finished on an agreement that the interview was intentionally made stressful and that I handled it well. :) My experience wasn't as similar as to other guys but could be because I have more years of experience but you never know. Not practicing does help I guess."

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Debrief posted on  Mar 13 2021 [#permalink] Rotman, Full Time MBA
Skype Interviewed on: Mar 13 2021 Final Decision: Admitted

"Just gave my interview today. The interview was for about 60 mins. I was interviewed by Imran Kanga via zoom. We started with a very casual conversation and then went over my resume. I was asked the following : 1. Walk me through the highlights of your resume. 2. Why did you choose Rotman? 3. What are the other programs you've applied to? 4. What is your biggest achievement and what was its impact? 5. Out of all the extracurricular activities you've engaged in, which was the most meaningful/ which impacted you the most? 6. How will a foreign environment help you succeed? 7. Tell me about a time wherein a new employee was introduced to your team in the middle of the project. How did you help him integrate with the team? 8. Imagine yourself having coffee with the Dean of Rotman. What are the 3 questions you would ask him? 9. What are your post-MBA goals? 10. What is your biggest failure? 11. Do you have any questions for me? All in all, it was a good interview. I was also asked a few follow-up questions based on the answers I gave to the previous questions. He said that the decision would be made within 4 weeks. Having your narratives in place is beneficial. It helps you organize your flow of thoughts and ideas. Make sure you prepare a couple of questions for the admission committee. All the best!"

This user wants to stay Private from India GMAT 700; WE: 45 months; Computer Software
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Debrief posted on  Mar 14 2021 [#permalink] ISB, Full Time MBA
Skype Interviewed on: Mar 13 2021 Final Decision: Denied with Interview

"3 Alumnis (2003 (super-entho and asked alot of questions), 2012 (asked alot questions in the start) & 2015 (not much from her, asked only her prepared questions, i'm assuming)). All of them were product/marketing managers. The sequence of questions wasn't that surprising. - They started with asking about a project I'm most proud of and one project that was a failure. I had this prepared so went well. - Then they followup with leadership and learning related questions on projects mentioned explained earlier. - They dug further into my leadership style through behavioral questions. - Then they moved on to more behavioral questions about project management/event management/ my industry/ how covid has impacted it. - Then the why MBA, Goals and what am i looking to get out of ISB. - After this they were mainly digging into why I want to move industries/roles. They thought the role and industry/role I'm in is quite exciting and hand-on but my goals are more strategy/backend/thinking work. - At the end they asked me if I had any questions. The interview went on for 35 mins. The 2003 and 2012 Alumni were the ones asking most of the questions after the prepared questions were done. They had definitely decided amongst themselves as to who will ask what, barring the followups. Interview was super conversational and wasn't as stressful as I had built up in my head. Till the time your story from now, to MBA, to goals is making sense you should be able to handle the interview. For me I think it went well. I has answers to all their questions and they were asking quite a few followups, which I think is generally good. That said, the panel was putting quite a poker face and I didn't get a clear sentiment from them. Fingers crossed"

dhrjain from India GMAT 660; WE: 74 months; Advertising and PR
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Debrief posted on  Mar 22 2021 [#permalink] NUS Singapore, Part Time MBA
Skype Interviewed on: Mar 11 2021 Final Decision: Admitted

"Interview was with 1 Adcom member and 1 Campus faculty. 1. Tell me about yourself. 2. Why MBA? 3. Why MBA now? 4. How will you achieve the Product Manager role? (Since I had said that's my short term goal) 5. If you're asked to give a Ted talk in Sandbox, what will be your chosen topic (Spoke on this for 3-4 mins, mine was Competing in the Age of AI) Interview was super chill, and went like a casual conversation. They just need to know if you're confident on your choices and the decision for doing MBA."

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Debrief posted on  Mar 11 2021 [#permalink] NUS Singapore, Full Time MBA
Off Campus with Adcom Interviewed on: Mar 09 2021 Final Decision: Interviewed

"It was with an Adcom member and someone from career services. Duration ~ 30 minutes. 1. What are your unique strengths (this was asked 3/4 times in different ways - If I were to ask your boss, what unique he will say about you?, how do you standout? and bit of cross questioning around these things to get sharp examples) 2. If at the end of your MBA, I ask your classmates how did she make an impact, what will they say? 3. How will you plan your MBA financially? 4. Why MBA 5. I name dropped couple of students and alumni so they asked me about it what did you research about us, what they tell you etc. Hope this helps"

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