GMAT – 700
Work-ex – 7 years
Industry – IT in BankingHEC Paris MBA Interview
There were 2 interviews, both with Alums.
1st Interview started with me going through a presentation. The presentation topic I had chosen was partially work-related and partially a hobby - Future of Consumer technology. Rest were the usual interview questions
Why HEC? Why not LBS or INSEAD?
Have you applied to other business schools
Tell me about your leadership experiences
Have you ever dealt with a difficult team member?
How will you manage being in a multi-cultural environment?
This lasted about 20 minutes. Then I asked the interviewer a couple of questions, and we then just chatted about the school and the interviewer’s experiences. This lasted about another 30 minutes. In fact it was these last 30 minutes, which gave me the confidence that I had a very good interview.
The 2nd interview was held on a Saturday and was very similar to the first interview. The interview was completed within 30 mins and the interviewer straight away told me that he was going to give me a positive review. We then chatted about his experiences for another hour or so.
Both were really chilled interview. At no point did I feel that it was an interview, instead a casual chat.Result - AdmittedMBA Interview Tips
- Do your research on every school. Find at least 5 current/ex students from the school, and make sure to speak to president of the various societies.
- Try and build a rapport with the interview. Check out their Linkedin profile beforehand (even facebook
, and no its not stalking). The interviews are very relaxed, so no need to be too uptight. Use your body language to your advantage.
- For the presentation, pick a topic that you know and can talk about without stopping. Even if it is about Sachin Tendulkar or your favorite drink. It ought to be fun, and should excite you and consequently engage the audience.Indian School of Business ISB
It was a/v interview over Skype. There were two interviewers. The interviewers went straight to the questions after introducing themselves.
- Why MBA? Why ISB?
- Why do you intend to get into consulting?
- Why come back to India after doing your bachelors abroad?
- Do you want to return to the UK?
- Explain you role in your bank. (Didn’t explain this too well, so they asked me to repeat my explanation. A few follow up questions on this)
- What are your leadership experiences
- What do you do outside work? Your extra curricular activities?
- What Golf events have you organized?
- Which Golf course did you organize this event at (I guess this question was asked to check if I know anything of golf. Still, I do not get the point of this question. Does the interviewer know all the golf courses in London? )
Then I asked the interviewer a couple of questions, and the interview ended straightaway. The whole thing lasted about 35 mins.
It was a fairly tough interview, and the interviewers were poker faced all this while. Of my interviews, this was the least fun. Felt as if I was being questioned for a criminal offence. But I guess, the interviewer does not care about making it fun. They want to get to know you.Result - Waitlisted (Rejected Later)
- The interview was quite tough, so prepare your answers well for probing questions. I personally find face to face interviews much easier. Also I found this extremely formal.
- Practice, practice, practice