IIM Lucknow (IIML IPMX) Interview
GMAT - 6XX,
Work Exp - 13+ (6yrs IT & 6+ yrs NON IT - Industrial Automation)
I was recently interviewed by IIM Lucknow (IIML) for IPMX programme
(Noida Campus). The interview letter I had received, mentioned about Written Ability Test (WAT) to be conducted prior to actual interview. They had also requested to carry all original certificates & work exp letters till date.
A small background - Written Ability Test - WAT
As if the entire GMAT & essays & application torture wasn't sufficient, IPMX IIML has one more test before the actual interview which makes the entire process long & stressful.
They give u a topic on which you will have to write 200 words in 20 minutes.
They make all the people sit together in a room and distribute plain paper wherein u will have to write your initials. Once done, one of the panelists looks at the watch & starts to dictate the topic (mine was - Confidence & Ignorance are the only two qualities to be successful in life) & while u note down the topic on the paper provided (it actually consumes answer space a gud 2 lines) the 20 mins countdown begins.
Trust me - never ever experienced that 20 mins was such a short span in my entire life.
I just took additional 2 mins to think about the topic, wrote 1 para each or both the qualities & tried to wrap up with a proof read once in 18 mins max.
So technically one gets only 15 mins to write. Just get thorough with writing skills since not many of us - especially in IT arent used to writing.
Next the spell check doesn't happen automatically
So pls get ur spelings thorugh - no tips here....just remind yourselves as to what worked for u in school - 1st & 2nd standard.
All I want to stress or advice here is that your focus & concentration should be entirely on the topic & not on spelling or counting the words. Just fill that paper provided (that shud suffice for 200 words) since i did not bother to count & neither would the examiners.
However the stress doesn't end there - Thanx to one of my earlier tragedies - had fractured my left leg a month before my interview. I had carried a walker to the interview room. So the panel tried to be more nice to me by asking me to carry with interview immediately in the same room.
The Panel consisted of 3 (2 Male & 1 Female) people.
Interview started with generic question -
Q1) Tell us about yourself & some more questions about work profile (make it a point to touch all your strong and positive points along with achievements so as to not miss them highlighting)
They specifically asked me about Q2) Business analytics role & if I had come across it (well though i heard abt it but didn't know much) i honestly replied saying I donno much about the profile & job requirements for such roles.
Then the female panelist posted another Q3) - can a political leader become a good business leader?
n before I cud put forth my views on why i answered negatively, I was bombarded & cross questioned a lot on this with questions with add on like Q4) why can't with some real names & examples & Q5) the differences between the two & Q6) analogy....
From here it drifted towards Q7) what are 3 best qualities would you see in a leader?
Q8) Why most female leaders from the banking industry can be seen in corporate sector?
And Q9) what are the qualities that make them reach the pinnacle there.
Q10) Is there any difference between a male leader and or a female leader? (My fav..but wasnt allowed to speak in much here at a length..interruptionsand distractions along with add on qns kept popping in.
ALso in between one of the male panelist was verifying my documents & had to cater to him. The female panelist was also constantly looking at the wall clock in the room every 5 mins which was kind of distraction for me.
The third panelist who was in the centre was just smiling all the time while i tried to keep the eye contact with all the 3 panelists during the interview.
Also I kept myself cool n relaxed for the entire interview duration which worked in my favour (by nature - its very easy for me to lose my patience & cool & whoever knows me vouches for it...so this was big personal achievement for me)
By this time the second panelist had done with my documents & he chipped in with array of questions:
Q11) Education & low grades - before i cud try to make an effort to answer this there was another qn from the female panelist.
Q12) Such a big exp is difficult to land a placement offer - I confidently answered them that unlike other typical IT guys with only IT experience, I had an edge & opportunity to join two different industry & wouldn't restrict myself for some particular role in particular industry due to varied nature of my experience & showed them that this would surely work in my favour.
However once I was out of that room after a total of approx 1 hr ( 30mins + 20 mins) I was totally exhausted with a feeling of that it did not go well & shouldn't be expecting much from this. Result : Admitted & Accepted
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