My Road to IIMB : GD/PI Experience of an IIM Bangalore Alumnus
"I wish to share my GD / Interview experience at IIMB. The views expressed here are my own and should not be generalized.
The GD / Interview was held on the 19th of March and it was my best bet, as I did not get a call from IIM-A. IIM Bangalore has a very peculiar and unique methodology for selection after the written stage...
When you get a call from IIMB, they send you a form, which has to be filled-up, and sent to them for their perusal.
The details asked in the form include:
1. Your past academic record...
2. Work experience...
3. Typical questions like: -
a) Why do you want to join IIMB?
b) Briefly describe your job responsibilities.
c) Statement of Purpose.
d) Why do you want a career in management?
The interview panel may/may not refer to your form...
From my experience, I can say it is best to be honest and straightforward while writing the answers to these questions... Also one should be very clear... The one thing about IIM interviews especially IIM A, B, C are that really expert people come to take these interviews.
So answers should NOT be framed in the engineering viva style. Be very honest with your answers, and if you don't know something, accept it with grace.
The GD at IIMB consists of 6-8 people (not more) and they give you ample time, about 18-20 minutes. The topic for my GD was - "A good business school graduate does not necessarily make a good manager".
The topic was a general one and this time at all the IIMs the topics have been pretty general except for IIMA and IIMK where they had case studies.
The point to note in a GD is: -
1. Do NOT make it a fish market. AND if it goes beyond control then at least you do not become the perpetrator...
2. State your points in a laconic and clear manner with authority.
3. Listen to others and appreciate his/her point of view.
4. Do NOT have a confrontational view of things.
My performance in the GD was pretty good and on a scale of 1-10, I would rate it to be 7.5. (FMS's was better).
The IIMB interview was an experience in itself.
Interview Panel: 2 person: One was a Professor at IIMB and I have no idea who the other person was.
I will give a chronological order of the Q/A here:
IIMB: Please sit down.
AP: Thank you, sir.
IIMB: What were you trying to say in the GD?
AP: Sir, the topic of the G.D was - "A good business school graduate need not be a good business manager" - and according to me, it is true. Being a good manager entails applying the methodologies you have learnt and implement them. The key words here are learnability and implementation. If you don't apply what you have learnt, then there is no point in being from a good business school.
IIMB: You have written in your form about quality? What do you think is a quality life?
AP: A quality life to me is a life in which you constantly learn from your mistakes. Every one makes mistakes but to accept them with grace and learn from them takes a lot of courage and honesty. To tell yourself that you were wrong is very difficult. So in simple words a life in which you learn constantly is a quality life to me.
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