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October 28, 2008
Lighting it up

Lighting it up

Today is Diwali, the Indian festival of lights. As a gift I have two interview invites, one from ISB and the other from Ross.

ISB’s on 4th, while I need to schedule the one with Ross. To say that I’m excited would be understating how glad I’m feeling now. 2 schools so far read my essays, went through my application, and decided that I fit the bill for the interview. I know it ain’t easy for ISB, ppl with stellar profiles have managed to evade its adcom’s eyes before. As for Ross, its beginning to grow upon me like A R Rahman’s music; not as melodious at first, but refreshingly good for the ears and soul upon subsequent hearings.

I expect ISB’s interview to be the toughest. ISB becomes the natural choice for me as its the only affordable mba left as of now 🙂 , that I’d like to be a part of. ISB’s results would be out by 20th November, and I hope I make it! More on ISB after my interview.

Ross. Its beginning to give a direct competition to Kellogg, my top choice. Aren’t both schools a lot different when it comes to the right fit? I think they are. But so are the facets of our personalities. We aren’t always what we think we are. Again, more on this when the dust settles down!

Ross gives me the option for an alum interview or a telephonic one. I’d like to go for a telephonic interview cos I’d like to interview directly with the adcom than an alum. Unless a telephonic interview is also conducted by alums!! Guys, any suggestions on which is a wiser option, interviewing with the adcom or an alum, supposing that both happen over the telephone ?

As for Kellogg, my interviewer is waiting anxiously to meet me at 2pm on the coming Monday. He waves at me and gives an encouraging smile the moment he sees me, treats me like a VIP, offers me some snacks and tea. We have a great discussion, since after all, Kellogg is my future and his past! I’ve asked him more about his experience than he’s had the chance to interview me, and suddenly he looks at his watch and exclaims that its already over 2 hours!! He offers to get me escorted to the airport for my flight in his brand new car, and wishes me good luck. His last words that I remember are that he wished he could go back to school with me, but I’d have to enjoy my stay at Kellogg without him!

Some dreams may or may not come true. But its important to keep believing in them.

Good luck to fellow applicants. May the adcom’s blessings be on all of us.

12 Comments leave one →
  1. saahil permalink
    October 28, 2008 10:46 pm

    awesomm! guess u ve got the vindication u had been so badly looking for! 🙂 can actually imagine the relief and happiness!! all the very best n do well!

  2. October 28, 2008 11:14 pm

    Hey, congrats on the interview!
    I’m sorry I don’t know a lot about the interview process, so I can’t tell you which is better…
    I’d say do whatever you are more comfortable with, either way. You want to be best able to express yourself to the interviewer, and you will know whether that is over the phone or in person!

    Keep updating, and make sure you talk with your interviewers about the “fit” or community at each school. You definitely want to find the best place to spend two years, wherever you decide.


  3. October 28, 2008 11:59 pm

    Congrats on the Kellogg interview, man! I am feeling very positive things about Kellogg as well. I mean, besides it being a good school, Chicago is the greatest city on earth, which hopefully you’ll learn first-hand in a few months! 🙂

    Happy Diwali!

  4. October 29, 2008 1:05 am

    Congratulations on the interview calls!

    By the way, are you working in Hyderabad? I’d like to know if anyone here in Hyderabad has received a call from ISB.

    I am still to hear from both these schools. My fingers are crossed…

  5. October 29, 2008 1:07 am

    Wait a minute…did you say Nov 4th? Then guess you’ll be interviewing at Kolkata…ATB mate!

  6. October 29, 2008 7:52 am

    Hey, congrats on your interview calls. I haven’t heard anything from Ross yet and am keeping my fingers crossed.

    Coming to your problem of telephonic with adcom Vs F2F with Alum, I’ll pick the latter. I am not a big fan of telephonic interviews. But that’s just me!

    What ever decision you make, All the Best for your Interviews…

  7. ahembeea permalink*
    October 30, 2008 7:46 am

    Thanks everyone!

    Raghu – Chennai is the only option for an alum interview, so I would opt for a telephonic one in this case.

  8. Arvind permalink
    October 30, 2008 7:14 pm

    Congrats on the calls. I have one question if you could answer, whats the process at Ross, do they give out interview calls in batches or at once.

    Tx & ATB

  9. October 30, 2008 7:18 pm

    Arvind – yes Ross does it in batches.

  10. October 31, 2008 8:15 pm

    Yeah, I’d go with whatever is more comfortable — phone or face to face. Either one will work out fine if you rock it. 🙂

    P.S. Ross and Kellogg are waaaaaaaayyyy different places. I would usually say Michigan’s football team is always better, for one, but not this year. 😉

  11. ahembeea permalink*
    October 31, 2008 8:27 pm

    M@ – thx for visiting and leaving a comment. I’m a regular at your blog, it gives me a good idea of what to expect(and what not to!) at Ross 🙂


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