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Personal Characteristics
1. Tell me who you are.
2. Discuss yourself
3. Walk me through your resume
4. Convince us in 5 minutes that you are a fit for ISB
5. Name three words or phrases to describe yourself to others
6. What three words would your team members use to describe you
7. What are most people surprised to learn about you?
8. Strengths (your perspective)
9. Strengths (others' perspectives)
10. Name three qualities that do not describe you
11. What is one thing that you are glad that we didn't ask?
12. What is the area of business that you are not interested in?
13. What distinguishes you from others?
14. What makes you unique?
15. What is an activity you are involved in? Why is it important to you?
16. What contributions would you make to a group?
17. What do you do to relieve stress
18. Whos the leader you admire most? Another leader and why!
19. A book you'd recommend that you've read recently.
20. How comfortable are you speaking up in front of large groups of people?
21. Why do you think you are successful at what you do
22. Misperception about you/first impressions
23. If you could write a book on anything what would it be on?
24. What kind of books do you like to read?
25. What are your extracurricular interests?
26. On a scale of to 1 to 10, compared to your peers, rank yourself in analytical
ability. In drive? In confidence? In being better than people?
27. How do you think you are as a contributor to the community?
28. Most significant non-work, personal achievements?
29. Day in a life of you.
30. What do you like to do outside of work?
31. What inspires you the most and why?
32. What are you most proud of and why?
33. How do you define success?
34. When was your belief (any belief) challenged?
35. How would your friends/family describe you?
36. What are some misperceptions of you?
37. Tell me something you learned yesterday.
38. Why should we choose you?
39. What is your unique perspective/background
40. Anything else we want to touch on?
41. Tell me about a time when you were overwhelmed and asked others for help
42. Tell me about a time when you had to collaborate with a diverse group to solve a
non-work related problem?
43. How are you analytical, at work and outside of work?
44. Discuss any experiences you have had abroad?

Why MBA?
1. Why MBA? Why now?
2. Why do you need an MBA to achieve your goals?
3. Defining moment for deciding to get an MBA.
4. What will you do if not accepted?
5. Why are you applying to business school?
6. With all of your experience, why do you need an MBA?
7. What concerns do you have about the school?
8. Why a general MBA program?
9. Why dont you try for 1-year executive MBA? (if the experience is more than 7- 8
years)
10. What will be your biggest academic challenge?

Why School?
1. Why does this school appeal to you?
2. Have you thought of other schools?
3. How is this school weak compared to others you are applying to?
4. Have you thought of other schools? How does this school compare?
5. What was your first impression of the school when visiting?
6. What personal characteristics or qualities are you looking to develop at school
7. What can you contribute to the school? (During and after)
8. What will be your biggest challenge at school?
9. Where else have you applied and what was the result
10. Activities at SCHOOL you would participate in. What you can bring to them?
11. What do you think will be your biggest challenge at SCHOOL?
12. What will be the biggest challenge for you in adjusting to life at SCHOOL?
13. What are you looking to get from the school outside of the classroom?
14. Clubs you are interested in
15. Classes you are interested in
Other MBA
1. Why do you want to be in senior executive role?
2. Would you have any regrets if the market tanked next year and you were unable
to get a premier job
3. What part of the MBA program will you struggle with most?
4. What do you specifically have to bring to the classroom versus the many others
who have done XXX career?
5. What would you uniquely add to the class?
6. What do you think the risks are for SCHOOL if we admit you?
7. What would you do if not accepted?

Career Aspirations
1. Short-term and long-term goals (career and personal), and how does MBA (from
this specific school) help?
2. How will you succeed in your career vision?
3. What can cause a change to the goals?
4. Why do you want to enter a certain industry?
5. How do you see the future for your industry?
6. How do you want to affect the world? What kind of legacy do you want to leave?
7. Why do you want to be in a management role?
8. What's a goal you've set for yourself in the last 2 years?
9. What do you want to do (in regard to business function, industry, location)?
10. Talk about experiences you have had at work.
11. Discuss any experience you have had abroad.
12. What challenges do you think you will face as you move through this career
path?
13. What strategic issues would you want to tackle if you were running a company in
your chosen field?
14. What do you not want to do?

General Leadership
1. How do you define success?
2. How are you a leader in your job
3. What is your leadership style?
4. How would you describe your leadership style; collaborative or direct?
5. What are the pros/cons of your style?
6. Give an example of leadership that you didn't discuss in your essays
7. What leader in history do you admire most?
8. What makes someone a leader?
9. How do you motivate someone?

Leadership Stories
1. Tell me about a time you helped someone else succeed.
2. Tell me about a time you helped someone else develop
3. Give examples of how you have demonstrated leadership inside and outside the
work environment
4. Time when you've been challenged as a leader and what you learned from it.
5. Tell me about a specific situation in your professional career where you solved
an important problem.
6. Tell me about a time when you exhibited leadership.
7. How had your leadership style evolved from Position X through today?
8. Give a leadership example outside of work, after college.
9. Tell me about a leadership experience that you did not mention in your essays.
10. Since submitting your application, how have you continued to take leadership
roles?
11. What would your colleagues say are your strengths and weaknesses as a
leader?
12. Give me your leadership resume, starting when you feel is appropriate and
demonstrating your growth as a leader.
13. Give an example of when you took the initiative.
14. Give another example of a situation in which you showed leadership in the face
of adversity.
15. Tell me about a decision you have faced, not that you necessarily regret but you
are more interested in the decision point.
16. What leadership skills do you expect to gain/develop from the school?
17. Examples of recent leadership experiences
18. Other leadership examples in and out of work
19. How you've overcome issues in leadership/team situations?
20. How do you lead a team comprised of people senior and junior to you?
21. Tell me about a time you mentor someone?
22. Example of a time you helped someone to succeed.
23. How do you spot opportunities?
24. What is the hardest part about leading a team?
25. Who is your favorite leader? Why? Have plenty of info on the leader.
26. Name a CEO you admire.
27. Another CEO you admire.
28. Give examples of a good and bad organization.

Lessons Learned
1. What did you learn from experience XYZ (that was discussed in your essays)
2. Tell me about a time you had to deal with conflict in the workplace
3. Time when you've been challenged as a leader and what you learned from it.

Team Environment
1. Have you worked in a team environment? What were your contributions to the
effort?
2. What would you do if a team member isn't pulling his/her own weight?
3. What accomplishment are you most proud of?
4. How do you work in teams?
5. What would your colleagues miss least about you?
6. What role do you usually take in a team setting?
7. When did you lead a team? What is the hardest part of leading a team
8. Tell me about how you manage teams
9. Example of time working with a diverse team
10. Best achievement despite obstacles within a team.
11. When have you turned a bad team situation into a good one?
12. Tell me about a time you led a team to a solution.
13. Tell me about a time you had to sell an idea/viewpoint.
14. Tell me about a time your idea was rejected.
15. What role do you usually take in a team setting?
16. What contributions would you make to a group?
17. How do you handle conflict?
18. How do you handle the situation when your team meets obstacles at work?
19. Tell me about a time you had to deal with someone who was overstepping
his/her bounds.
20. Tell me about a time when you butted heads with a co-worker/client/employee
21. Tell me about a time when you were part of a team that had poor dynamics/didn't
get along well (say what you did, of course)
22. How do you create accountability and create a strong team?
23. Tell me about a leadership experience where you had to depend upon another
person/other people for success
24. Give an example of when you had to lead people?

Challenging Situation

1. Describe a situation where you brought an idea forward, and it failed.


2. Talk about a time you encountered a problem you had to overcome.
3. Time when a leader fell short and you had to step up and lead.
4. Time when you wanted to give up and how you motivated yourself to keep going.
5. Tell me about a time when you had to interact with people in a difficult situation.
6. Tell me about a time when you were challenged at work.
7. Time when you wanted to give up and how you motivated yourself to keep going.
8. Tell me about an instance where you had to negotiate something on the job. How
did you convince your counterparts?

Undergrad
1. (If you have a low GMAT score/ poor GPA) Is your GMAT score/ GPA a
reflection of your academic abilities?
2. What are some learnings from your undergraduate degree that you can use
during MBA?
3. Why did you choose your undergraduate major?
4. Tell me about a standout academic experience.
5. What was your favorite class in college?
6. Synopsis of undergrad experience.
7. Why did you choose that college?
8. Why did you choose that major?
9. What were the positives and negatives of the program?
10. What classes did you enjoy the most and why?
11. Tell me about a standout academic experience?
12. Tell me an important thing you learned from your school experiences?
13. What extracurricular did you do in college?

Career Progression
1. Discuss your career progression
2. Tell me an important thing that you learned from your work and school
experiences.
3. How did you choose your job after college
4. Tell me a decision you made in your career you wish you could have done
differently.
5. What challenges do you think you will face as you move through this career
path?
6. What would be your dream job (if you had no considerations for money etc.)?
7. Explain your career path to date; why did you choose the jobs you have had?

Current Job
1. Tell me what you do in your daily job
2. What do you do at work?
3. What do you/dont you like regarding your job
4. Tell me about your job. How is your most recent project going?
5. What exactly do you do at your current job, how is the group structured, do you
have any direct reports?
6. Take me through an interesting project you have worked on recently.
7. If I promoted you today at your job, what change would you implement?
8. Take me through an interesting project you have worked on recently.
9. What would you do to improve your company (pretend you've been promoted)?
10. Describe a typical work day
11. What is most frustrating at work?
12. Synopsis/walkthrough of professional experience
13. Most significant professional achievements?
14. How has your shown career progression?
15. How have you been able to get promoted so fast?
16. How/why is your company successful?
17. What have you been doing in your position recently?
18. What are the challenges in my current role? How do I handle them?
19. Why is your job satisfying?
20. What is most frustrating at work?
21. Example of a time you made a decision without enough information
22. Tell me about a time at work that you had to choose among many different
options.
23. Tell me about a time you demonstrated creativity in arriving at a solution to a
problem.
24. Idea defending
25. Tell me about a time when you went above and beyond what you were assigned
26. Plan execution
27. Time when you took a risk without consulting your supervisor?
28. What have you learned from a project?
29. Describe an ethical dilemma at work.
30. Tell me about an important thing you learned from your work experiences?
31. Tell me about a specific instance in which you solved an important problem?
32. Tell me about a time when you had to set aside preconceived notions and take
an unorthodox approach to solving a problem?
33. What skills have you developed at work, with examples?
34. When you leave, what will your manager miss most about you?
35. How would co-workers describe you?
36. What will your colleagues miss most about you?
37. What will your colleagues miss least about you?
Failure
1. Biggest failure? Second largest, third largest failure
2. Tell me about the time when you let your team down.
3. Describe a situation when something went totally awry
4. What do you consider your biggest fault is at work, why do you think you have it
and what are you doing about it.
5. Have you planned something that did not go through?
6. Tell me a decision you made in your career you wish you could have done
differently.
7. Tell me about a time where you failed at your first job
8. Weaknesses (your perspective)
9. Weaknesses (others' perspectives)
10. Biggest failure? What you learned?
11. Second biggest failure? What you learned?
12. Third biggest failure? What you learned?
13. How you've handled and what you've learned from setbacks/criticism
14. Describe a difficult time at work
15. Examples of a success that still had room for improvement?
16. What do you think the risks are if we accept you?

Cultural / International
1. "Culture shock" and "outsider" stories
2. International experiences and their challenges/rewards.
3. How do I adjust to other cultures?

Ethical Decision
1. Talk about a time when your values were challenged and you had to consult your
moral compass.
2. When was your belief challenged?
3. What part did you play in the ethical concern you mentioned in your essay? How
did the higher ups react to this situation?

Difficult People
1. Tell me about a time when you developed a person / dealt with a difficult person
at work. What did you do?
2. Tell me about a time you faced conflict at work- either between you and another
person or between two co-workers and how did you deal with it.
3. Tell me about a time when you had a bad leader.
4. Give me an instance where you handled a difficult subordinate at work

Other
1. A latest dilemma you had between good options.
2. Tell me about a time when you saw the solution before someone else?
3. Do you have any decisions you regret?
4. Why did you pick your recommenders?
5. What do you think your recommenders said about your strengths & weaknesses?
6. What are your strengths and weaknesses?
7. What would your colleagues say is your strengths and weaknesses as a leader?

Guesstimate
1. How will you estimate the market size of LCD TVs in India?
2. How many stars are there in the sky?
3. How many barbers are there in Bangalore?
4.

Bouncers
1. Here is a XYZ situation. How will you approach it?
2. Case study on music marketing and event management
3. What were the 3 things you were doing while waiting your turn for interview
outside?
4. Case Study: Take a start up and analyze it for funding (VC industry)
5. Case Study on infrastructure issues of India
6. Role Reversal: Applicant is client and a MNC approaches to implement a ERP
solution.
7. Case Study: A company is planning to start power plant in Orissa. Explain how
would you help to raise capital
8. If we meet in 2021, what will be the situation?
9. Think about a word and speak for a minute
10. What latest news caught your attention?
11. Role play: Sell XYZ product to interview panel
12. We think you should reconsider doing an MBA!
13. What are the challenges of retail sector in India?

Closing
1. Do you have any questions for us (interview panel)?
2. What questions do you have for me?
3. Anything you wished we had asked?

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