REAL ISB INTERVIEW EXPERIENCES
Consulting and Analytics / 3 years 5 months
|Interview Duration||30 minutes|
|Interviewers’ Profile||3 panelists|
1) Give us a brief introduction of yourself and your work
I was a bit slow to get started, but once I reached the core aspects of my work, I found my groove. This initial answer went on for about 3-4 minutes and helped me gain confidence for the rest of the interview, as it didn’t require much thinking on my part and was about things I had done earlier.
2) What did you do in ZS Associates?
Somehow they had a perception that ZS was only about pharma sales force consulting. Explained that now it is not just about that, though that segment continues to be the biggest. Spoke about my work in research and in analytics.
3) Tell us about a specific project you worked on
I covered this easily. Then they came back with a couple of questions asking me to define my role within the project and not the entire project. Then, a googly – they asked if someone else in the same role would have performed as well as me or worse, along with reasons. I explained what I had brought to that project, but also said that as ZS is a big company, I am sure had I not been there, they could have found someone else to fill my shoes, but that this did not diminish my contribution in any way, I felt. The main interviewer smiled at this and seemed convinced.
4) I had written about automating processes. They asked me about details. How had I achieved the automation? What could I have done better?
I went into the details of the project. To my surprise, they were conversant with the technical parts, and asked me questions on those too. I was able to answer.
5) Tell us about a conflict you faced at work and how you resolved it.
The first example that popped up in my mind here was that of a situation in which I had failed to resolve a conflict, and ZS actually lost the client. Fortunately, I had prepared well for situations like this (i.e. what to do when one has used an example that was not the best for the situation) and handled it. They asked some questions asking about what I learnt and why ZS did not punish me. Explained.
6) Why wasn’t this automated process used earlier in your organization? The client may, say, ask you to remove (human) resources? Then what will you do?
Had a bit of a discussion with them on this. I spoke about how the march of technology inevitably means that resources will be reduced, but they asked about how this would affect ZS margins. I had to put in a long explanation of how ZS would ultimately make up those margins. Some views were (politely and with smiles) exchanged on the virtues and vices of technology.
7) What motivated you to social service? What other social service did you do apart from what is mentioned in your application?
Explained that social service was not something I did for any benefits or credit but it was a part of who I am. At this, one of the panelists said that every interviewer says the same thing. I laughed, but also explained why I had said it, and gave examples to back my points. They did not object or ask any further questions on this.
8) Any questions for us?
Asked about Advaita and how it helps students. They gave a patient hearing to the question and answered it quickly. I thanked them and left.
Business Technology Analyst / 2 years 6 months
|Interview Duration||30 minutes|
|Interviewers’ Profile||2 panelists (one 2010 alumni (M) and other 2016 alumni (F))|
1) Tell me something about yourself
Gave a 3 mins introduction, talking about my upbringing and tried including my strengths, professional and personal achievements along with my hobbies
2) Follow up question on the project I had mentioned in the essay
Explained in detail about that and the kind of work I did , and how I managed my team
3) Major learnings from the project
Gave 3 major learnings all followed by an example
4) What are you looking forward to learn at ISB
Answered this, mostly revolved around how I was looking forward to learning from industries best experts in the form of alumni spread across 41 countries and learn about their industries how they work in it, and the daily challenges they face. Other than this, also want to know how we approach a basic business problem , what are all the data analysis, market research is involved in this and the different risk assessment involved
5) As everyone is so busy, How will you interact with these industry experts and your peer group
Talked about consulting club, and the mentor mentee program and the peer group program in it
6) Was further asked about the organization of testing cycles that I am involved in and the kind of work deloitte does
7) You have done a lot of things, of all things mentioned in your profile what is the thing that you are most proud of
Answered how I learned basic Korean by myself by watching television dramas and how it was in my bucket list to talk to someone in Korean, and how I got the same chance with a Partner at the firm a
8) Further questions were asked on this, as in how the interest developed
Answered them properly, and also informed them how I have expanded my domain from Korean to Chinese, Japanese dramas and how I am currently more involved in European dramas
9) What is in your bucket list
Talked about my passion to travel and how I wanted to do backpacking across Europe and skydiving in new Zealand
10) How will you manage stress at the class?
Informed them about how stress is part of our every day life and how yoga has helped in coping with that
11) Many further questions were asked on this – like what if you don’t get to yoga any day or other than yoga what do you do to manage stress
Answered them all
12) Any questions for us
Asked them about the arrangement and the function that was taking place outside the admission office
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