My interview was in the morning slot and I was very nervous, just like the other students praying to get into NMIMS. NM releases its shortlist way before other colleges and I was scared about losing this opportunity.
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The first round was a Case Discussion round. A lot of amazing points were put across by the students from different parts of the country. It helped me understand how people from different regions have different perspectives.
Personal Interview. Before my turn, there was one girl who was nervously walking up and down and that left me palpitating. I was called next and my panel consisted of 3 people: A middle aged woman, an aged lady and an aged sir. The aged lady hardly asked me anything and I realised she was just an observer. (Probably observing how stupid I was acting)
Interview started with first question: Tell me about yourself.
Now I was somehow prepared for this answer but yes, I did stammer. Focus well on this because this is what drives the entire interview.
They asked me why MBA? (My actual answer would be to change my Stream, but I had to put it across smartly)
As I answered this, I felt that I myself didn’t know what I was talking about.
She appreciated me for my marks in 10th, 12th and B.E. and for my consistency. (I didn’t know what to say, yes ma’am I’ve had a boring life throughout)
They asked me a bit about my work ex. Where I work? What does my company do? What was your role? What did you contribute to your company? I could answer these well.
The serious silent lady asked me (She talks also!), if I were to give you a water bottle what could you use it for, apart from its normal use. I thought for about 30 seconds and saw her holding a pen and my answer was “Pen Stand”. Her expression changed and I think she thought I was obviously stupid.
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I tried to still sound enthusiastic and supported my “Pen Stand” answer.
Next, a few technical questions were asked. They asked me which branch of MBA would you be interested in? Though I wasn’t too sure I ended up saying Information systems (I will be specializing in Marketing). The middle-aged lady asked me about new technology and buzzwords due to IT background. Cloud, Big data, Data mining, Data analytics, Artificial Intelligence were some areas of about which questions were asked to me. Then I do not remember how but she asked me the difference between UPI and PayTm. I could answer this in a very simple way (I use UPI, so I could answer in my own unprofessional way)
She also asked me about my hobbies. I had mentioned travelling and she asked me about the places near Bangalore one can visit (excluding the cliché ones like Coorg, Ooty, etc). I had gone for trekking and road trips to certain places, so I could answer this as well.
Overall, I would give my performance a 6/10 and would like to admit that I thought I had no choice of getting into this prestigious college.
I guess, Luck favoured.
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