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Debrief posted on  Oct 01 2021 [#permalink] IESE, Full Time MBA
Off Campus with Adcom Interviewed on: Sep 30 2021 Final Decision: Interviewed

"My interview was with the adcom member and it was conversational in the truest sense. It was about 50 mins long. It started off with basic housekeeping rules and then she dived into the interview: 1. Tell me about yourself - your family and your hobbies 2. What has been your most significant professional achievement 3. 3 words your friends would use to define you 4. Why MBA 5. Why IESE + what other schools have you applied to and why 6. Tell me about a time you were in a leadership role 7. Tell me about a time you used data to make a decision at work 8. Tell me about a time you were in a difficult situation 9. If you could choose to be anyone for one who would that be 10. Why MBA now and not after a year 11. How do you plan to finance your MBA 12. Do you have any ques for me"

This user wants to stay Private from India WE: 72 months; Consulting
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Debrief posted on  Dec 07 2020 [#permalink] IESE, Full Time MBA
Skype Interviewed on: Nov 01 2020 Final Decision: Admitted

"I think it went really well! Super conversational. For reference, I am from the US looking to work in pharma/healthcare in countries with single-payer systems. Here’s what I remember about the interview: Interview - 50 minutes 1) Tell me about yourself 2) What do you think has led to your success so far academically and professionally? 3) Tell me about a time you had to have a difficult conversation at work (asked a follow-up question here related to my story) 4) Tell me about your most intellectually challenging project 5) If you were given the opportunity to redesign the US healthcare system, what would your plan be? 6) [Provided brief overview of SUS, Brazil’s public healthcare system] In Brazil, they are considering privatizing certain services provided by SUS. What would be the potential consequences if this passed? 7) You mentioned a few pharma companies in one of your essays. Why would they want to hire you? 8) Tell me about a time you faced an ethical dilemma 9) Why MBA & Why IESE? 10) How are you going to make the decision between IESE and other schools I applied to? 11) What does your partner plan to do in Spain while you pursue your MBA? Q&A - 20 minutes (last interview of the day so went a little over)"

alekgt from United States GMAT 750;
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Debrief posted on  Dec 07 2020 [#permalink] IESE, Full Time MBA
Skype Interviewed on: Oct 28 2020 Final Decision: Admitted

"My interview was a pleasant experience: very conversational and candid. Total duration: 90 minutes First 10 min: small talk about Spain/ weather/ COVID Questions: 1) Tell me about your family - what’s your background like/ where you grew up/ what do your parents and siblings do? >> we realised we had lived in a few common cities so spoke about that 2) Tell me about yourself + what motivates you? 3) Asked about the different languages I speak (this was mentioned in my resume) 4) Challenges faced as an entrepreneur 5) Biggest successes in life 6) Post MBA goals: plan A and plan B+ follow up questions 7) Why MBA + Why IESE 8) How will you contribute to the class 9) How will you finance your Mba + follow up questions 10) Give me a final sales pitch as to why we should admit you/ give you a scholarship 11) We wrapped up by me asking him a few questions: - what the alum experience is like - partner experience and managing that alongside school - founding and running a club in IESE The whole interview was like an extremely insightful coffee chat! A lot of back and forth conversation and follow up questions, and an overall easy flow. He even recommended professors/ alums to reach out to. Notes: 1) The interviewer will have your resume printed with him/ her during the interview, so make sure you know it inside out! Especially the extracurriculars section 2) Send the interviewer a thank you email following the interview 3) Speak to lots of students and alums and mention this in your interview. Talk about what you learned from the students and alums, how the networking helped you/ influenced your decisions etc"

ReshChan from India GMAT 710; WE: 75 months; Non-Profit and Government
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Debrief posted on  Dec 07 2020 [#permalink] IESE, Full Time MBA
Skype Interviewed on: Oct 19 2020 Final Decision: Admitted

"I had 2 interviews as I applied in the Early action round and they were not having the assessment day at that time. Interview 1 ( End of Sep) The first interview was with the Associate Director of admissions in my region and was focused only on my motivation and fit for the program. - It was a very conversational and zero pressure kind of environment ( Introduce yourself, work experience) - The interviewer tried to understand me as a person ( Talk about your childhood, family/kids, where you grew up, etc) - Fit evaluation ( How did you know about IESE, your Interactions with IESE, Why IESE, Why MBA) - Career ( Asked me to open the CV on my PC and spent 15 mins on it understanding each role and transition in detail with key achievements and learnings, Immediate career goals, PLAN B and PLAN C also incase you have to come back to your own country post-IESE MBA. your Plan B should also be worked out in detail including target companies, roles and geographies as well). - My Preparation and mindset ( Ability to Fund the MBA and financial planning in detail, My understanding of the culture and teaching methodology at IESE. What other schools have you applied to, compare other top EU schools with IESE if you took a few names). Summary- - Speak to as many people as possible and mention their names and what unique points did you take from them ( 1st and 2nd-year students, recent Alums, and some Alums who have been working for some time now in your target companies/geographies for getting broad perspectives) - Attend Info sessions, country-specific webinars and Open days. These 2 points will be most critical in understanding the culture and will also build a strong case for you about your preparation and intent to join the school. - Financial plan is Important ( how will you take care of tuition, stay, networking travel, exchange, Misc etc- You should have worked out everything) - Show your passion for the school. You need to be well versed with the Fit, culture, and DNA of the school. IESE is very particular about that. ( You will be asked to give specific reasons for choosing IESE over others let's say HEC/ LBS/ INSEAD etc. Be very specific. For other schools, it's generally understood that you will choose IESE over them anyway.) - Ask strong and forward-looking questions to your interviewers. My second interview also covered most of the above but was very detailed and functional in nature. My second interviewer was an associate admissions director of another region and Ex. McKinsey. We spoke mostly about my career goals and fit ( since I had put consulting on my career goals). I was asked situational questions for my past roles with the kind of conversations I had with stakeholders and how I handled tough situations. He even asked me case interview questions to understand my fit with consulting. Overall, try to be as honest as possible and show your passion for your career goals, IESE, and motivation to do an MBA at this stage. Other than this the above points should give a good indication of preparation required and approach towards the interview. All the very best !"

Vichitra from India GMAT 720; WE: 100 months; Manufacturing
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Debrief posted on  Jun 09 2020 [#permalink] IESE, Full Time MBA
Skype Interviewed on: Jun 01 2020 Final Decision: Admitted

"I had 2 interviews, both with members of the Admissions Committee. I had scheduled both on the same day. The first was a classic behavioural interview (Behavioural interviews are becoming the norm across institutions and industries). Some of the questions I was asked were: 1) Tell me about yourself. Talk about your career choices and the rationale behind those choices. 2) Why MBA? What would be your career options post MBA? 3) I see you have applied to other schools (HEC, IMD, INSEAD, and LBS). What was the rationale behind applying to these schools? 4) Why IESE? What do you think IESE has to offer for you? 5) Consulting is a highly sought-after profession post MBA. If you don’t end up in consulting, what is your plan-B? 6) Tell me about a time when you had to resolve a conflict. How did you do it? 7) Tell me about a time when you had experienced culture shock. 8) Was there a time you have changed your mind after receiving feedback from someone? What was the feedback and why did you change your mind? 9) Would you prefer to stay in the EU or return to your home country post MBA? (Do your research for such questions) 10) How do you plan to finance your MBA? 11) What are some of the soft skills you would pick up from now till the start of the program? 12) You are slightly older than the average IESEian. Do you think you would be able to blend in? 13) What are some clubs/committees in IESE you would want to join? (Do not cook up answers for such questions) 14) Have you visited Spain or Western Europe before? What memories do you have? 15) Have you told your family about your interest in pursuing an MBA? What was their reaction? Some reflections on the first interview: This one was a clinical interview and the interviewer clearly wanted to understand the strength of my candidature, my motivation for applying to the MBA program, and how I would contribute to the class. The second was more of an exploratory interview. Some of the questions I was asked were: 1) Tell me about yourself – Talk about those aspects that are not covered in your CV. 2) Walk me through your resume and talk about what you did in each of your professional roles. Explain it as you would to your grandmother. 3) Why have you applied so late in the process? (I applied in R4 and I understand scholarships are much harder to come by in R4). 4) What would you say is your biggest weakness? 5) Which 3 words would your friends use to describe you? 6) How would you finance your MBA? (Although this was a repeat, this interviewer wanted to understand all the details) 7) Have you spoken to some of the alumni? (I had) What was their feedback about the program? 8) What are some of the factors based on which you would evaluate which MBA program to pursue? Some reflections on the second interview: The interviewer happened to be the regional admission director for the MBA program. Since I had already interacted with this interviewer (and also had my profile evaluated by her), it was more conversational, and I could let my guard down. But this was by no means a formality and I could not afford to appear flippant or superficial. I did have a good couple of questions to ask both the interviewers (I had checked their profiles on LinkedIn and had done my research about their career paths et al, so that came of use). Overall, I did not really feel I had done extraordinarily well in the interviews but was definitely my genuine and authentic self. I believe that helped me secure an admit!"

ReadingRaccoon from India GMAT 730; WE: 122 months; Manufacturing
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Debrief posted on  Nov 16 2019 [#permalink] IESE, Full Time MBA
Off Campus with Adcom Interviewed on: Nov 15 2019 Final Decision: Admitted

"Interviewed yesterday at IESE's NYC campus with one of the adcoms for the AsiaPacific region, Tomofumi Nishida. I attended the open day and assessment day the following afternoon. Interview was very conversational. It was almost split into two sections -- the first focused on why MBA, why IESE, why now, what will you bring to IESE as a student, etc. Everything was pretty standard but there was one question that threw me a bit, but Tomo asked me "if you were the dean of IESE what would you change"? After that, we transitioned a bit to my background experience. Tell me about a time... when you had a personal conflict, when you led a group... when you had to give bad news... etc. Overall, the questions were not exceedingly difficult and it was a pleasant experience overall"

onekpat GMAT 710; WE: 40 months; Pharmaceuticals and Biotech
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Debrief posted on  Feb 28 2019 [#permalink] IESE, Full Time MBA
On Campus Interviewed on: Feb 20 2019 Final Decision: Admitted

"Hi, My interview was on campus post the AD. It was very conversational but also felt a bit like a rapid fire round as the duration of the interview was on the shorter side.Some of the questions that came up included: 1. What did I want to do with my life when I was 15? 2. Why did I choose what I chose to study? 3. What would I find challenging about the MBA programme? 4. What types of people do I find challenging to work with? 5. What is the biggest risk I have taken in my life? 6. Something I would like to start doing, stop doing, and continue doing?"

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Debrief posted on  Jan 27 2019 [#permalink] IESE, Full Time MBA
Skype Interviewed on: Jan 22 2019 Final Decision: Admitted

"Hi all, My interview was over 3 days ago and it was a good experience. Interview happened over WebEx for about 45 min. 1. Overall experience was cool as it was more like a conversation. 2. Expect all basic questions of an MBA interview. You need to have clear answers for all questions like why MBA? why IESE? etc. 3. Something that was unexpected during the interview was related to professional experience. Seems that interviewer is familiar with my job profile and hence there were several in-depth questions related to job profile. I would suggest to prepare very well to present your achievements, international exposure and learnings when you talk about your professional experience. Hope this helps to someone whose interview is scheduled in next few days. Quick Intro - I am Krishna, an Indian staying in Thailand."

krishna1988 from Thailand GMAT 650;
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Debrief posted on  Oct 18 2018 [#permalink] IESE
Skype Interviewed on: Oct 04 2018 Final Decision: Admitted

"My interview was through Webex and it was mainly a conversation that lasted for about 1h20m. There were some of the usual questions, like: -Tell me about yourself -Why an MBA and why now -Why IESE -Which schools I applied and why -Why the career change -What's the rationale behind your choice -Further detail about work experience -Three important moments in your life -Further information on hobbies -How do you plan to finance the MBA -What are the chances you go back to do what you are doing now after the MBA but they weren't put with that text above, all of them filled the context during the conversation, it wasn't like the interviewer was reading the questions from a paper or form. That made the whole thing go very naturally! This kind of interview has two sides for me, the good one is that you probably won't feel nervous as it's very natural and you can reach answers in a "non-robotic" way, the bad one is that you may think you forgot to tell something that may be important, as the questions are made during the conversation they all depend on were the conversation is going and sometimes you won't reach, or even remember, an answer that you feel is important in your application. It will always depend on the path of the conversation, as most who have been interviewed will say, just be yourself as there aren't wrong answers."

reduce from Brazil
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Debrief posted on  Sep 29 2018 [#permalink] IESE
Skype Interviewed on: Sep 28 2018 Final Decision: Waitlisted with Interview

"I had two interviews with IESE Adcom and I scheduled both of them on the same day with a gap of 5 hours between each. Both were Skype. 1st Interview: The first one went on for almost 1h15m and she said we are over the scheduled time so had to wrap up with a couple of questions I had. I wouldn't call this a conversational interview at all except the first 3-4 questions and the questions were scattered criss cross with no particular order. Below are the questions I was asked in the order mentioned (at least of what I remember) Tell me about yourself Didn't you want to stay back in the US? (I moved from US to India after 7 years) Tell me more about the app (I had founded a US based non-profit mobile app taking inspiration from Ellen Degeneres) Why not make this app for India? Tell me about the size of your current company When is your current company founded? How did you get this role and what is the best thing about your job? What do you like and what do you not like about managing people? In the few months you moved from US to India, what are some of the culture shocks you experienced? Did you travel outside of India in the last few months? What things do you want to improve upon when you come to IESE? Why do we want you in our team at IESE? Tell me about a difficult time you had in life. What other careers did you research about for a career change? How did you know it is Consulting? How do you plan to finance IESE? How did you research your schools and how did you end up with IESE? How will you choose if you have multiple admits? What if you do not break into Consulting at IESE? What other options have you thought about? Tell me about a difficult member you had to manage. What kind of a leader do you want to become? How do you plan to prepare for moving to Spain? What will you do from now until start of program? 2nd interview: This was more relaxed and I was actually at ease and confidence. The questions below in the order asked: Walk me through your CV like you're talking to your grandmother Why IESE? Why Consulting? Tell me about the XYZ detail about your start up. What if Consulting does not happen? What does your day to day job look like? Tell me about a time when you faced resistance. Tell me about a time when you worked in teams. How would your friends describe you? Tell me about your biggest accomplishment. How do you plan to finance? What if you have to come back to India after your MBA? Any questions for me?"

tarun2040 from India
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Debrief posted on  Sep 24 2018 [#permalink] IESE
On Campus Interviewed on: Sep 21 2018 Final Decision: Admitted

"I'm a reapplicant: last time I interviewed it was just answering a bunch of questions, but this time it was completely different: - it was a much more conversational setting. - I was welcomed in the seating area and we exchanged some small talk about the trip and the weather as we walked to the office we'd be in. - he stressed several times I shouldn't be nervous, that this is just a conversation (I wasn't, I'm the person that gets nervous prior to something but not during) - It started with him giving me his business card, and me returning mine (handed over with both hands, as is customary in Asian culture). - My interviewer started asking about the company I work for, what we do, to explain the workings of the technology behind it, basically, it felt like we were talking for 20 minutes about the company and pretty much anything except for me. - after about 5 minutes I started working in some personal things that I knew I wanted to mention during my interview. which I continued doing throughout the rest of the interview. - I was further asked about different aspects of my applications: --why my MBA, why now, especially since I have a lot of years of experience -- asked about me: a short overview of my hobbies, my career -- questioned if I would consider going into the consulting, and if I'm 100% set on Spain, just to see my reasoning and whether it's solid -- talked about an example I gave in my essay -- talked about various point in my essays. -- asked questions which I guess came from points raised in my letters of recommendations, talked about my recommenders and why they are not my current bosses. etc etc. overall a very positive experience. in the end, after I asked whether I was to expect any news between now and my Assessment Day, he was surprised I had an Assessment Day. (I do because I'm a reapplicant) He told me he would check, and let me know, and invited me to connect on LinkedIn. He stated he thought it was a great interview (which I thought also) total interview time was 1h20 minutes, and we would probably have kept talking if he did not have another interview scheduled"

aeon86 from Belgium GMAT 750; WE: 118 months; Aerospace and Defense
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Debrief posted on  Feb 07 2018 [#permalink] IESE
Skype Interviewed on: Feb 06 2018 Final Decision: Admitted

"I have just had my interview over Webex with IESE. It was not a blind interview, so she already knew much about my professional background, so it was really fit-oriented, much more than I was already expecting. The questions I recall answering are: -3 Main drivers in my life -Motivations in life -If IESE was a person, how would you describe it? -Plan B if my goals didn't materialize -Other schools I applied to and why -Something I would start, continue and stop -A difficult decission I had taken -A time I had to give feedback to someone -A strenght and a weakness your best friend would say about you -How I was planning to finance my MBA -Summarize in one phrase what I want AdCom to get from my interview Then proceed to a couple of minutes for my questions."

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Debrief posted on  Feb 01 2018 [#permalink] IESE
Skype Interviewed on: Dec 26 2016 Final Decision: Interviewed

"Just had a video interview. Sharing here my interview experience for those who are interviewing in next few weeks. Interview lasted for 45mins. They asked me to tell more about myself, what values I hold dear, what makes me special, why IESE, what are the backup options if my first career choice after graduation doesn't work out, how will I finance my education, sell myself to the admission committee in less a minute. I don't know how I did, the last question makes me feel like I didn't do so well through the rest of the interview. Will keep you guys updated on any developments ."

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Debrief posted on  Feb 01 2018 [#permalink] IESE
On Campus Interviewed on: Nov 26 2016 Final Decision: Interviewed

"I just thought I will share my experience with the school I have met Adcom yesterday .. I can't tell u how happy I was that I decided to apply to IESE Just a brief background about me- I am a consultant who graduated in 2009 from IIT, with not one of the 700s GMATs ,with multiple attempts, I worked over 7 years more than 2.5 years of living abroad in different countries and moved to C level executive roles pretty quickly I have focused my application truly on what kind of person I am and why I think school is a fit for me... for me its not a tool its a journey so i highlighted that in each part of my communication... I was badly nervous as I screwed another adcom interview just before that.. but the best part about this institute is they understand that u are human in the end So here is what I remember frm my interview- It was for 1:15 hrs ( I met couple of people who have it for 2 hrs... :roll: ) Two people from adcom mostly usual question and deep dive into each.. tell me about yourself... why mba.. why now... wht post mba...practical aspects like funding and then detailed discussion on each... what they wish to understand is whether u are a fit to their school or not ...there is no set profile ... please don't try to mug up the facts ..they know how to get u in tht ..just be aware abt it.. I think wht I learnt frm my experience was be honest... know what u wish to do now and post mba ... whether achievable or not be realistic abt it..open abt it.. in case you wish to change your mind post mba... they will help you.. meet them if possible.. speak with an alumni... it helps trust me ..not for application for knowing the school ...and in the end if you can enjoy the conversation in your interview and you learn something about the other person, urself and school ..that's all interviews are for :).... sorry for philosophy ... still emotional :cry:"

Meenal87 from India
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