Saturday, May 22, 2010

IIM Indore Interview Experience

IIMI Interview was the last one to go on 5th April 9 am (First Day First Show).I had infact preponed my interview date as my leaves were getting exhausted.Indore interview process was the strictest amongst all iims in the sense if you didnt have candidate identification affidavit with you there,you were not allowed to participate in the process at all .

Anyways,the process began with essay writing and the topic was 'Democracy comes in way of India's economic growth as compared to China'.
Time : 20 mins Page : 1 side only Rough Paper given to jot down points

After that,a sheet was given where you needed to rate yourself on personality based questions,some 50 questions were there I guess.

At the end of this,we were all asked to wait in a room for the phone to ring through which they would call the candidates ..This was the funniest part :)..We used to keep checking whether the phone receiver has been placed correctly or not if it didnt ring for a long time

Also,people were grilled on everything about oneself- form writeup,acads,extra-currics,work-ex,hobbies,essay,five most important certificates,etc.

Panelist: 3 male Profs P1,P2,P3 but when I entered,there were only 2.
Q.Tell me about yourself.
Q.What does Amdocs mean?
Q.What did you learn in your team?
Q.What is that you didnt expect in the corporate workplace?
A.Told about casual dress code,very informal and lively team,no training.
Q.Are you a foodie? What do you cook?(As I had mentioned cooking in the form).
Q.Where do you invest your savings?
Q.Dont you trade in stock market?
A.Yeah Sir,that is also a good option but you always need to track the market and I didnt find much time to spare for that.
Q.What is your opinion about Gold as an investment?
A.Yes Sir,even that is good since its value is appreciating a lot nowadays .Told about ETF also
Q.Then,P2 interrupted and came to acads and told he will ask on Semiconductors(voila !! ...this is the only subject for which we had no class in college and I was surprised Prof picked up that subject only :( ).
A.Told them the truth.
Q.But P1 interrupted you have got good grades.
A.Yes,Sir that is because I had read the content just before the exam day .
Q.Ok,So you have one internship at IISc.What are the different kinds of network?
Q.Asked some questions on that ...not able to recollect now but I answered them.
Q.What does a router do?
Q.How will you connect a desktop and a laptop in a room?
Q.What all facilities can you avail by connecting the devices above?
A.File Sharing,Internet Sharing,Printer Sharing.
Q.What is noise measured in?
Q.Did you see supercomputers in SERC?
A.I told about Param,IBM BlueGene and that I was lucky to have access to the server room.
Dont remember what else he asked.Jotted down whatever I remembered.
At the end,both seemed satisfied and then I left the room.

I was quite happy as the PI went well and the string of interviews finally came to an end and I was free now :)

IIM Lucknow Interview Experience

I was so fed up of giving interviews that I just wanted things to end as fast as possible.IIM Lucknow interview was one of my best interviews among all the IIMs. It was scheduled on the 2nd of April at Dadar,Mumbai,2:00 pm slot.(All my iim interviews were slotted 2 pm :( ).

Here the group size was again 9 and I was the last but one to go for the PI.

Essay Topic for our group: If we suffer from great pains,then we should have the right to end our lives. (Time : 20 mins, 1 page (both sides)).
Then the papers were collected and we were asked to speak on the same topic as part of our group discussion.
Spoke about euthanasia and different types of pains (mental,social,physical) but some people in the group were deviating from the topic.Overall,it was not a good GD even if it wasnt a fish market.

Panelist: Two male Profs P1(Seemed to be a Professor on Organizational Behavior)
P2(Seemed to be a Professor on Marketing ..a jolly Prof..kept smiling all the time)

Q.Tell me about yourself.
Q.Have you looked at IIM Lucknow website?
A.Yes Sir.
Q.What do you like about the site?
Q.U told IIML has lots of clubs and u have done social service work,do you know the name of the social service club of Lucknow?
Q.Ok,do you know what activities they do generally?
A.No,Sir .I just went through the clubs at a glance on the site.
Q.Can you name some journals/research papers on the lucknow site?
A.No,Sir.Didnt see the site in such details.
Q.You are good at both scholastic aptitude and extra-currics.What do you think,should scholastic aptitude be given more weightage?
A.Sir,I feel both are equally important .Also told that one who is not academically excellent in his school days should not be barred from getting iim calls even if he has perfomed well in CAT but his grades arent so high.Both should be balanced I feel.
Q.What are the things you think you require while working in a team?
Q.Your mother is a B.Ed Lecturer.What do you learn from her?
Q.P2 interrupted now and asked to name some latest telecom service providers.
Q.Asked to name TSP 's in last two years.
A.Told but didnt mention Virgin Mobile which he wanted me to say,so he popped in the name and asked do you know the marketing model of Virgin Mobile regarding their strategy of 'Getting paid for receiving calls'.
A.I told I can guess so and so but he interrupted and told if you dont know then we will not discuss.It's ok.
Q.What does TRAI stand for and what is it?
Q.Tell the controversies it is involved in ?
A.Told.(Then he told odnt you think the Telecom ministry is more involved in 3G auction than TRAI and started laughing looking at other prof joking about A.Raja)
Q.What is spectrum?
Q.How does the ministry of Defence come into the picture?
A.Told about Spread Spectrum Technology,CDMA
Q.Which is the party in power in your state Orissa?
Q.Which alliance is it Cong or NDA?
A.Third Front(Answered it very confdently :) ).
Ok,Sangeeta Thanks
As I was leaving,he asked me how many calls you have?
Told and left.

I really felt happy at the end having answered most of the questions apart from the beginning ones but was very hopeful of converting it.

Verdict: Converted

IIM Kozikhode Interview Experience

26th March,HMATC,Dadar,2 pm
It began with an essay writing and the topic was 'All fools and fanatics are so certain about themselves but wise people always think so much'.(Time given : 20 mins,2-3 pages)
After this got over,we were grouped into slots of 9 and moved to the respective panels.

GD Topic: A case study on Water and its Price.(5 lines were written on Water).
Discussed a lot of topics on water use and misuse ,mumbai water shortage,pipe's bursting,water harvesting,world water day celebrated on 22nd march,water conservation,water management courses,awareness programmes both in rural and urban areas,water tax and many more points pitched in which I am not able to recollect now).GD went pretty good as everyone was speaking except two.

Panelist: 3 male Profs(one of them was an electronics engineer i guess as he asked electronics questions to everyone).

My interview began again with the eternal question of tell me about your origin and they tried to link me in every way with Gujarat.
Q.Tell me about yourself.
Q.Then asked about short term and long term goals.
Q.What is your aim in life?
A.Gave some gyan on it.
Q.As I told I have learnt German,I was asked what is my fluency level and rate yourself on ability to speak,write,read German.
Q.Why would you like to go for Ph.D in the long run?
Q.What have you learnt from your mother ,she being a B.Ed lecturer?
Q.What is the difference between IIR and FIR filter?
Q.Why is doping done?
Q.What is Fourier Transform?
Q.Can you desing an analog circuit using K-map?
Q.Do you want to ask us anything?

And then the interview ended .It was a pretty short interview for me as it lasted for about 15 mins.But in general,other people in my group had 30 mins interview with factual questions on GK,finance and based on your hobbies.

Verdict: Converted :)

The college of my dreams :)

After having to wait for one long year toiling hard balancing work pressure and CAT prep,finally I got through IIMB .

3rd April,Hotel Sea Princess,2 pm: I was ready to face yet another set of people and yet another interview in the line.Most of the faces were already familiar and I started conversing with them whom I had already met at other interviews.As usual,I started chit-chatting listening to other people's interview experiences.

We were a group of 9 people.We were first called for the Essay writing which was of duration 35 minutes.

Topic: Private participation will help solve India's infrastructure problems.

When I saw this topic,I realised all my chances of getting through IIMB is over.I didnt have much knowledge about infrastructure sector of our country ,forget about the problems,companies,private players.Still I tried my level best to put some facts and figures and some points I knew about infrastructure and how privatisation would help.I wrote precisely in good handwriting and was able to complete in one page.You will be given only one side of the paper to write.

After this,we were sent back to waiting room and our rolls were called.I was the last but one to go.

In the meantime,I enjoyed tea,cookies,discovery channel with some show of Bruce Lee and talking with guys there.

Panelist: 2 Profs(Srinivasan Mam (P1)and a male prof(P2)),1 Alumnus(P3)

My interview duration was the shortest one of all ,around 10 mins whereas others had it around 20-30 minutes.

As I entered the room, P2 started talking to me in Gujarati and then I had to again convince him that I am not.He went through my form thoroughly and then P3 popped in.He started asking me about my work-experience.What is my role and what exactly is the process involved in the product I work in?(in short,he grilled on that for a while).

After a while,P1 came in with snacks and asked me what are your hobbies?
I answered reading novels and drawing.
Then both P2 and P3 said "All people good at drawing come towards the end of the interview process".
As i said sketching,mam then asked me to sketch her face and asked me how much time i would take .I said around 5-10 mins and then she gave me a yellow paper.
The panelists were talking among themselves that one of mam's students had sketched mam's face and it looked like manisha koirala and so they were teasing Mam :)
I kept drawing looking at mam's face and finally she took the paper from me after some time and said the sketch is not looking like her :( :( But she told she will keep it as a souvenir with her. :)

After this,P2 asked me 'Why MBA?'
I answered in brief 2 lines.
P2 looked satisfied and looked towards P1 and asked her "Do you want to ask her anything ?"
She nodded 'No'
And then my interview ended !

I felt satisfied with my interview but since it was quite short one as compared to others,I was a bit apprehensive but then all's well that ends well.