Wednesday, April 18, 2007


My lone IIM call.. after all those arduous AIMCATS... toppin them, working hard.. and even managing a 99.36 percentile in CAT. what do i get?? One single IIM call!! IIM - Lucknow. Reason - My slightly low percentile in Verbal ability section.

Anyways, no use crying over spilt milk. Gave it all my might. A hard competition to all. It was scheduled on 17th feb at 2PM at Hotel Monarch, bangalore.

me in panel 2 numbered 9( y does it always have 2 b ??)

Was called in 4 the GD and essay at about 3. They were two panel members and 12 of us in the group. IIML is known for giving abstract topics and it maintained its reputation with us 2. Topic - The most effective way to eradicate poverty is through effective governance. As soon as it was dictated, we were asked to write a small essay on the topic, in about 150 words within 5 minutes. after the stipulated 5 mins, the papers were taken away leaving us to discuss. With such an open ended topic thrown in... it was literally a fish fight in the beginning. everyone hurling in whatever facts they had in hand. Me no less. Chirped in quite a number of times during the process. Overall it was a pretty good GD, but could have been better.

The interview :
the interviews were quite short for everyone, and my turn came pretty early at 4 : 30 itself.
I walked in. It was the same two people who were there for the GD.

My interview went on for about 6 minutes overall.

As i entered in i was asked if i would like to join the agro-business mgmt( ABM) offered by the institute. I initially relented and then informed them that i would like to keep it as my second option. From here started my unpreparedness!!!

initially, was asked the clinched question. tell me about yourself
answered it pretty decently highlighting hobbies, blogging, basketball, CR, etc..

Was asked some questions on Statistics, probability and simple mathematics. Answered them quite well, but surprisingly got confused in a basic concept of Probability. Told the definition of independent events when asked for disjoint events. Mixed up the two even when asked for an example of a disjoint set. Was so confused that they had to explain it to me. All because of unwarranted tense state. The lack of comfort showed so much on my face that one of the panel members actually had to say - Don't feel tensed. Be cool. It is not a stress interview.

Was asked what do i do in free time? said about sports, and then luckily mentioned Blogging.
The younger guy of the two seemed to get interested. He queried on the content of the blog, and also noted down my blog address!! the only feel good factor of the interview. hope he sees it before deciding my fate!!

With this my interview ended, with them asking if i had any questions for them. i replied no.
bid them a thank you, and left the room confidently.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Finally.. the IIFT interview!!!

This is a long impending post.. but my laziness to actually sit and type the whole thing right from my diary on to this box, using a not so friendle slate( the keyboard!!) kept me away. now finally when i have exams going on, so relatively free, i am doin this sacred job.

As i have already told, this interview experience is not for me.. but the few people who are to attend ant forthcoming interview would find it beneficial. So next time people, U know where to look for any such kind of experiences???.. "google Search"!!! he he..

K, without any more bullshitting lemme copy paste the thin..

30th jan.. at around 12 noon.. I was the 9th guy but as one did not turn up, was called in 8th in sequence. Spent the time till then chattin to fellow aspirants, reading the newspapers in the lobby and jus ogling at the magnificent hotel!!
As soon as i entered in.. made it a point to wish each one of them. they were four in total, waitin to slaughter me. n this was my first MBA interview.
let me call them Panel - P, as i don't really remember who asked asked who.( Tol U ' kal kare jo aaj kar.. aaj kare jo abhi!!' )

bj - gud morning
p - gud morning, plz take ur seat.
p - Som you are Bharat Jhurani.
p - Bharat, i saw that you were interacting well with people outside??

BJ - Kind off sir.

p - u know them before coming here??
bj - No sir.

p - So, u mingle with people very easily ha!!
bj - smile in afirmative

p - k, they must have told you what questions we are asking. Give us our feedback on the whole process?
bj - Sir, the whole process is being conducted very well, especially the exchanging of the panels for GD n Interview is an excellent idea.

p - So, U must be knowing what questions we are asking? what different should we ask you??
bj - Sir, according to the inputs i hav got, it appears that you are asking a different set of questions to each. But if you insist, I would suggest asking on Hobbies as that would be unique to that person.

Some questions on Hobbies. My answer - blogging, reading, music, Writing articles.. n was grilled a little on them,

then was asked a few questions on general awareness - inflation def., present rate, y is it increasing, what implications, etc..

Was also grilled on the fact that i am a fresher. Said that "Any college should strive to attain a balance between Freshers and work-ex people so that we compliment each other's learnings"'..

then was asked a few questions on Acads - Wht subjects in final sem? Fibre optics.. n stuff( Moi from ECE)

The interview lasted for about 8-10 mins, and was pretty satisfied with it over all..

That is reproduced from my diary dated feb 4th. Was sitting bored in the class, and so wrote tht.

other interviews on the way. Still five more to go.. will come as and when i have borin xams going on. Else my mind would crave for better things in life... he he..