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IIMA PGPX Interview Experience 1

For class entering in 2017

Profile: Engineering from IIT, Indian Male with 7+ years of Intellectual Property Experience

There were two professors in the interview panel. The interview started with the extempore. The topic for my extempore was “Progress in Information and Communication Technology has failed to bridge the real digital divide”. I was given two minutes to think over the topic and present my views. The interviewers listened to the points I put across and put in their points as well. Post the extempore, I was asked the basic MBA questions:
1. What is my work profile and what kind of clients I handle?
2. Where are your most of the US client based? East coast or west coast? (Since I mentioned that I mostly deal with US clients)
3. Why did I choose to work in this field after my graduation?
4. What are my post MBA goals and how does PGPX fit into the whole picture?


At this point, one of the interviewers asked me about my hobbies. He seemed to have a common interest in reading Classic literature (one of the hobby I mentioned) and next 15 minutes focused on what are my favorite books and what books have I read recently. I had recently finished Crime and Punishment and the interviewer was interested in my take on the main character of the novel. Finally, the interview ended and they offered me sweets/candy. Overall, I have a positive feeling about the interview and am looking forward to the results.

 

IIMA PGPX Interview Experience 2

For class entering in 2017

Panel: 3 People

1. What do you do Mr ABC.
2. Why are you looking to do an MBA.

Then they went on to the extempore topic.

Extempore topic : Any idea is cranky before it finds success.
He gave me a minute to think.

I spoke how many ideas are mocked initially but later find when they find success people eventually praise them. Gave historical evidences on how people would thing the world was flat but when someone pointed out that the world isnt flat the church thorougly opposed it. Gave other examples.

Then they asked me counter questions such as:
1. So you seem to believe in this theory.
2. There are some ideas which you can verify such as the world is flat. But how do you verify conceptual ideas and say that it will be success such as say nationalism, capitalism etc.
3. Do you think guys like Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos or Steve Job were cranky.
4. Is every new idea worth giving a shot. What if someone has a really crazy or stupid idea.
5. Suppose you are the CEO of an organization and someone comes up with a new idea and you have absolutely no idea about it. What will your reaction to it.
6. Marissa Mayor the CEO of yahoo only took 2 weeks of maternity leave. Now someone can point out if she can manage with only 2 weeks why is it required to give 6 months to female employees as part of maternity leave, what do you have to say to that.
7. Say you have to implement the maternity leave policy of your organization how will you go about it.

So they asked me a lot of other questions in between based on the responses i gave them. The discussion literally went on for 20-25 minutes. It was a bit grilling. In hindsight i feel i could have given better argument.

In the they asked me.
1. You have applied twice earlier. Why arent you looking at other options. Why only IIMA.
I said i already have an admit but IIMA is my 1st choice and I gave them my reasons for choosing IIMA.
2. Are you sure you want to do an MBA from the other school in case we dont select you this time around.

 

IIMA PGPX Interview Experience 3

For class entering in 2015

Profile: Indian, IT, Male

My interview was mainly profile based. They explored more on the work I had done, the responsibilities I handled, initiatives taken, few things on my current company and why MBA.

It started off with asking me with what my current responsibilities were and then they started dwelling on the people management aspects of my role. They asked if I had contacted IIM B Alumni. Further they probed onto why I had continued in the current job for so long and what I enjoyed about it. Few things again on how the people management aspects had changed at Infosys over the last decade.

Then they moved on the why MBA part and why now and finally ended up enquiring on my personal life(family etc). Ended with a question from my side which they tried their best to answer.

Final Result : Admitted

 

IIMA PGPX Interview Experience 4

Profile: IIT, 10+ years of technology experience incl. international experience

There were 2 interviewers in the panel. They were true gentlemen, very calm and polite. They made the whole process smooth like butter and my interview was over before any stress could set in. When I was waiting in the waiting area, one of them called me to the room. On our way to the interview room, we had few informal conversations such has how their day have been, about the weather etc. Once we entered the room, he took his seat and the other panelist asked me to take my seat. I think both of them were professors. There was no alumnus in the panel.

My extempore topic was lying in a piece of paper in the desk. It was ‘Recession is the mother of innovation’. I was asked to think for 2 mins then talk on the topic for a while. I gathered my thought and was ready to start with in a minute. I started to speak in favor of the topic, at the same time did not rule out other factors leading to innovation. The 2nd panelist countered me by saying that the word ‘ Mother of’ implies that it was the ONLY reason for the innovation. I realized my mistake and changed by stand by saying that ‘Recession leads to innovation, but not necessarily the only reason for the innovation. I was cross-questioned few times and was asked to sight some examples when recession happened in recession and when it happened in No recession. This process continued for a while before the panelist moved to other questions.

The other panelist shot some regular questions,

The other panelist shot some regular questions,
1. Since how long I have been in the USA?’
2. Before coming to USA where was I working?’
3. ‘Who is my Client and what he does?’
4. What is the nature of my work?
5. Why I want to do MBA and where do I see myself in next 5 years.

While I answered these questions, other panelist asked me about my onsite experience in Sweden, which was my first onsite experience. I discussed in detail about my experience. The mood of the room was relaxed and tension free; we were in more of a discussion mode. They seemed to have liked my experience in Sweden.

He then enquired about current scenario of mess workers in my college. I was General Secretary of Mess and this probably had caught his attention.

We then talked about Indian political scenario and my views. I, being avid followers of current affairs, discussed it in detail.

At the end, it was over; I shook hands with both of them. One of them did mention liking the conversation with me. Overall, I am happy about the whole process and I am optimistic about the prospect. Finger crossed.

Final Result : Admitted

 

IIMA PGPX Interview Experience 5

Profile: MS from US, 10+ years of experience in Sales, Marketing, BD etc

My PGPX interview process was in my opinion far superior than EPGP interview process. The two man PGPX panel focused on a friendly, polite, conversational style of interview. I was given a topic and asked to speak about it. When I made my first mistake the interviewer stopped and corrected me and used it as a take-off point for the conversation. He even helpfully drew my attention to a particular aspect he wanted me to focus on. Topics discussed during the interview ranged from the Chinese president to my thoughts on a good development model for India. Throughout the process I got the feeling that the moment I strayed away from the topic the interviewers drew me further away and it was up to me to bring it back on topic.

Final Result : Admitted

 

IIMA PGPX Interview Experience 6

Profile: IIT, 20+ years of experience incl. international experience

I just had my interview yesterday. The extempore topic was ' What should India do to win 200 medals in the 2020 olympics'. Other than that, it was about the current company, work and the hobbies that I had mentioned in the application. A question about Mary kom. Why I wanted to do the program at this stage and a few questions about past work experiences. They talked to me about the program and wanted me to know that it is quite intense and placements are not 100%(not the same as the 2 year pgp program).

Final Result : Admitted

 

IIMA PGPX Interview Experience 7

GMAT score: 690

Profile: 6 years Indian Army, 1 year HR

There were 2 interviewers both were IIMA profs. Interview was conducted in IIMA campus on 30-09-12.

Q1 So you asked the other interviewees what is being asked in the interview?
Ans No. Not much. Rather current students were there and I asked them many questions.

Q2 What did you ask them?
Answered

Q3 Where all were you posted in Army?
Ans I said my first posting was in Allahabad then there were questions on what all is there in Allahabad. There is a famous church in Allahabad and I knew who build it and why it was build in Allahabad. One prof asked me whether I know what Allahabad University was earlier. I said I do not know.

Q4 You have done BBA and Certificate program in Management then why you need to go for PGPX?
Ans I answered that objective of PGPX and other programs which I did earlier is different and I elaborated it a bit.

Q5 Why you want to go into Retail or Real estate industry (I have written in my essay that I want to get into operations role in these industries)?

Q6 Do you think you will be able to survive in Real estate industry where there are lot of unethical practices?
Ans I said I will keep my ethical standards intact. After this they gave me extempore topic and one Prof glanced through my documents. While seeing the certificates she asked why you did MSc in Applied Psychology. I answered it and this led to a discussion between two profs.

Q7 What are the five things that corporates can learn from Army?
Answered

Final Result: Offered Admission

 

IIMA PGPX Interview Experience 8

GMAT score: 720

Profile: 16+ years in Apparel industry

I was the first candidate of the day, 8.30 AM slot. I was directed to Panel-3. There were 2 profs.
I shook hands and exchanged pleasantries.

Q1: Walk us through the resume - I kept it short and started from latest assignment and moved backwards all the way towards 12th class. In the process I highlighted significant achievements at each stage . This lasted for 5-6 minutes.
Prof no.1 was scanning my originals which were neatly put in a folder in serial order.

Q2: Why MBA /Why now

Q3: Future of textile industry,

Q4: What will you do for textile industry

Q5: How has China changed the landscape in textiles & apparel industry

Q6: Surprise question : I had indicated that I am fluent in Tamil, so they asked me to recite “Thirukkural” - I could remember one of the couplet studied 3 decades back, I recited it well with meaning.

Q7: They informed that the course is tough and would call from tremendous dedication, I told them that I am prepared etc etc ..

Final Result: Offered admission

 

IIMA PGPX Interview Experience 9

Location: IIMA PGPX campus.

Time: 3PM

Interview panel No: 3

Interviewers: 2 one smiling (let’s say A) and another not smiling (let’s say B)

1. A - so when did you arrive? (ice-breaker)
Answer - Yesterday in Ahmedabad city. Today at 1:50 out here.

2. A - Gave me a topic. Asked to think and speak - Space Tourism.
Answer - Frankly could not remember much except Richard Branson, Virgin Atlantic is saying he will invest. Good to have research on how to do it cheap.

3. B - not smiling. Wants me to speak about what I do - Presales.
Answer - some stuff .. Also made mistake - did not practice this answer well.

4. B - asks about ERP business today (I do presales for ERP).

B - So is ERP dead today?

Answer - No! More and more businesses are moving to it.

5. A - asks about why MBA
Answer - told him some well practiced stuff.

6. A - define strategic leadership, if you were to go back to your company what role will you play? How will MBA help?
Answer - Again, some practiced stuff.

7. A - Asks about strengths as an IT guy - 4 or 5.
Answer - God! I did make this one up on the spot.. Bet he understood!! Luckily did not BS much. Even “Prof Smiling A” did not seem too impressed though.

8. A - Why is Europe in such a bad shape today?
Answer - funds arrived in the Euro Zone. Ireland is good study in failure. Everyone thought they had access to it. So funds were mismanaged and misappropriated. spoke too much as well L

9. A - Max team you have lead? Currently?
Answer - Some facts and figures.

10. A - What else can you tell me about yourself?
Answer - Interested in Tae Kwon Do. Etc.. etc..

B - So you still do Tae Kwon Do?
Answer - Yes.

11. A - Any question for us?
Answer - A practiced question ... Nothing tremendous.

12. A - anything else you want to ask us?
Answer - There was a student that we were talking to outside. He answered most other things I had to ask. Thanks!

 

Results speak: More than 5 admits to IIM A PGPX Class starting in 2017.

  • ISB success story-Sunny

    Sunny Goel IIMA PGPX 2017 Admit

  • ISB success story-Naveen SG

    Naveen SG IIMA PGPX 2017 Admit

  • ISB success story-Shalini Tiwari

    Shalini Tiwari IIMA PGPX 2017 Admit

  • ISB success story-Bhanu Pandey

    Bhanu Pandey IIMA PGPX 2017 Admit

 

Results speak: More than 5 admits to IIM A PGPX Class starting in 2016.

  • ISB success story-amit

    Suman Saha IIMA PGPX 2016 Admit

  • ISB success story-sujay

    Abhinav Gaiha IIMA PGPX 2016 Admit

  • ISB success story-amit

    Rupesh Singh IIMA PGPX 2016 Admit

  • ISB success story-sujay

    Sumit Srivastava IIMA PGPX 2016 Admit

  • ISB success story-amit

    Tushar Shankar IIMA PGPX 2016 Admit