7th November, 2008 – 8:45 AM EST, Telephonic interview
This is how an interview should be. Like an interview. Allocate a fixed time for everyone, ask them standard questions, see how their replies differ.
I had the standard Ross telephonic interview a few hours back which lasted for exactly 30 minutes. The interviewer was a 2Y student who first introduced himself, and then began with the questions. There were no interruptions and no surprises. It was a very professional interview and I’m happy with my answers and the way I carried it through. It did complement my essays and gave me a chance to speak about almost everything that I was expecting from the interview.
The questions –
– What do you expect to gain from an MBA. (2-3 min)
– What do you know about Ross and speak about your association with the Ross community. (3-4 min)
– Speak about your current role at work.(1-2 min)
– Speak about your experience in managing a team.(2-3 min)
– How would you contribute uniquely at Ross.(3-4 min)
– Talk about a time when a member of your team was not performing and what did you do to rectify that. (2-3 min)
– Your most significant achievement, what skills you brought forward, and what skills do you hope to develop.(4-5 min)
– What is the most difficult feedback that you’ve received (2-3 min)
Thats the entire list of questions. I think I spoke faster than I usually do, but managed to cover every point that I had in mind. We were done in about 22 minutes, and then he asked me whether I have any questions and I asked him 2. I also asked him whether he’s allowed to give any feedback and he said diplomatically that interview is just one component and the candidacy is judged with all the parameters together.
The thing went very fast and I think we raced through the interview. Since I was speaking 99% of the time, there was hardly any time to stop and think since the next question used to pop up immediately. There wasn’t a single question which hasn’t been asked before in other Ross interviews.
I could feel that my voice modulation wasn’t the best at all times, but apart from that I think I handled it well. So there. It either begins or ends my association with Ross, and I’m hopeful it’ll be the former!
Tip – Be well prepared. You know all the questions that can be asked. But it goes at a breakneck speed. And the more questions you can cover the better cos they’re all standard questions and will give them a better idea about you.