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Debrief posted on  Dec 23 2018 [#permalink] IMD, Full Time MBA
Off Campus with Adcom Interviewed on: May 18 2018 Final Decision: Denied with Interview

"Surprised to see no IMD assessment challenge interview details, so let me add my experience. In April 2018, IMD announced a "Mumbai Assessment challenge" in Mumbai, India. This was the first time IMD came over to India for a full day assessment. Many folks applied to it, some even without any idea about IMD MBA, since there was no application fees plus no recommendation as well :) 56 folks were chosen to come for a 2 day event. Day 1 evening and day 2 full day event. Day 1 evening : It was a networking event in the Trident Hotel, Mumbai. The alumni's were there - 1992 (Harsh Goenka), 2002 , 2016 and 2017 graduates. The adcoms and the dean of IMD MBA were also present. It was a nice enjoyable evening. When I asked the adcoms about the number of candidates they wanted to select out of 56, they told me it was not fixed, whereas the assessment challenge mentioned 4 folks were to be selected. Adcoms didn't disclose anything about what was supposed to happen the next day. Day 2 : The event started at 9 am and we were divided in a group of 6 on each round table. It was a big hall facing the sea (the view was awesome). There were 1 problem statement placed on each of the table ; 3 tables had one common problem. The overall process was as follows a. take the problem statement, discuss among the folks seated on your table. b. come up with a solution to the problem statement c. create a company for it. d. create a business model for the company. In short, it was more like a "capstone" project done in B schools, but done in a single day. Everything was organized smoothly and there was a framework to take your idea from concept to a company. It was pretty interesting to say the least. But we were here for an interview?? Sadly that didn't happen. There were no one-on-one interviews. So how did they choose 4 people out of 56? Well that is a mystery for everyone; even the ones who were selected. ( If someone asks the selected folks as to why they were selected they wont have a convincing answer for it. Read the IMD website for this part ;) ). There were 9 teams and only 6 judges to do the marking; looked like IMD adcoms missed out basic some calculations or may be some judges didn't turn up at the last moment. Anyways, The 6 judges moved from one table to another and kept marking against the criteria (no one knew what was the criteria). To make matter worse, the 6 judges would also talk among themselves, so at times teams would be discussing something very important and people would be making some solid points but there was no judge to listen to our conversations. Plus there was a lot of bias among judges; they would stay one table for 2 minutes and another for 20 minutes, where they personally found something interesting. In short, the overall marking was non transparent and left everyone with a feeling of disappointment. The results were supposed to be announced next day, as per initial communication but it took them 2 weeks to come up with 3 admits and 1 was announced some another couple of weeks later. Though I was dinged but when I talked to folks who were selected in on-campus interviews and even the alumni's ; all of them were surprised with "No personal interview" policy of IMD in this assessment, as it is not the case with usual on-campus interview. Everyone asked me the same question - "So how did IMD knew that they had selected the right candidate (in absence of an interview)". IMD is known for it's super personalized interviews and everyone believed that they had dropped the ball this time around."

VPGMAT from India
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Debrief posted on  Feb 01 2018 [#permalink] IMD
On Campus Interviewed on: Apr 23 2017 Final Decision: Admitted

"My Assessment Day experience from Round 1 for January 2018 Admissions The Assessment day started sharp at 7:50 AM with Antonio from the Admissions Committee and then we were given a tour of the lovely campus! After the tour, we gathered in a conference room where we were joined by the other admissions committee members. The day then started off with a brief introduction of the schedule of the day. The Assessment Day at IMD is almost a day long affair and nothing like any other MBA school’s interview. Each one of us had a separate schedule with a mix of individual and group activities lined up throughout the day. For me, it started with a personal interview with an Admissions Committee Member. It was a pleasant discussion and was more like a conversation than a very formal interview. The questions mostly revolved around my career progression so far, how particular skills have changed over time, why MBA, my most significant achievement/ challenge in that particular project, my strengths, weaknesses, some oddball questions about my past company, what do I do in my free time, what does my boss has to say about me, what does my husband has to say about me :-D , how do I plan to finance my MBA etc. Towards the end, she also gave me time to ask my questions. Post the interview, I came to the conference room and it was time for the impromptu presentation. I had gone through several case study frameworks and sample cases courtesy the material provided by one of the alumni to help prepare. The case was related to a German steel & engineering conglomerate and we had to identify the reasons which led to its failure in US & Brazil. We had been provided with A4 sheets, markers, pens, rough notes etc to put together a presentation in 35 minutes. I spent approx. 10 minutes in reading the case and making some quick notes, next 15 minutes in making a draft version of slides with points etc on a rough sheet and next ten minutes in making the final slides on the A4 sheets for a 4 minute presentation. At the end of the 35 minutes, all the material was taken away including the case itself. So unless if you have a fantastic memory, chances are that you may not remember what you decided to present when you have to do it later in the day :( A trick: make your notes in a rough sheets provided at the beginning of the day and not on the case pages as I did, so that you can use them for revision later.Post the impromptu presentation prep, we all gathered together in the conference room for the group case study discussion. The case had already been sent to us 2 weeks in advance. It was based on a Chinese multinational consumer electronics organization and how it transformed to one of the largest players in the world with its very innovative and disruptive management policies. I had spent a lot of time understanding the case, preparing my own notes, and putting it in a SWOT framework. The discussion was led by Professor Jennifer and it started with a quick round of introduction and short description of what has surprised us at IMD so far and anything different that we would want to share about ourselves with the group. We were then divided into two teams and asked to work on three questions. The ad-com members are always present and they observe our ability to work in a group as that’s a very important aspect of IMD life. At the end of 20 minutes, we all collected again and the case discussion started – it lasted for about an hour or so. The entire discussion was extremely enriching and stimulating and gave a very good peek into what kind of learning I could look forward to if I was granted admission. What is very important in any group activity and was literally hammered into my brain by every alumni and current student I spoke to was, don’t cut people, let others speak, interject at right times, be receptive to other’s ideas, put your point across but never overshadow any discussion as we Indians in general are supposed to be very competitive and find it hard to just actively listen. This could have been a bit worrisome, but the fact that we gelled together as a group and were quite respectful and mature did not lead to any such situation. Then it was time for lunch with a current student at the very famous IMD restaurant. Post lunch, it was time to gear up again for the rest of the day. We immediately got into the role play preparation. A situation was handed out and we had to write how we will handle it. After that, we had to enact the situation(actual role play) with another member of the ad-com as the disgruntled employee for 3 minutes. After this, we presented the impromptu case study (alone and then in a group together). What helped me handle that very strenuous eight hours was What helped me survive the eight hours was a combination of good preparation, positive attitude and knowing well my reasons for pursuing this career path and school. for full text of my review: https://gmatclub.com/forum/calling-all-imd-applicants-2017-intake-class-of-227685-80.html#p1839921"

neharika_p from India GMAT 710;
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