IIM Interview 3 - IIM Bangalore
We were called for a group discussion to start with. The group had 8 guys in all and we had a discussion on "whether foreign companies be allowed to establish centers in India". We got 10 mins to read the caselet and put down points on a paper. Then a vocal discussion followed where I chipped in 5-6 times with 2-3 good points, that I believe were good at that time :) At the end we were asked to wait outside and were called for interview in order as we were called for discussion. Guys went and came out and unlike all other interviews (IIM Indore and IIM Kozhikode ones), no-one seemed to be any helpful to guess what was going on inside. The maximum they could yield was a bit of probability and no idea after that. This was enough to frighten in most of the candidates in itself. I was the last guy in the row and hence had to undergo a wait untill 1'o clock to be grilled.
Finally came the moment and I was called in and then started the dreaded interaction with the two highly intellectual beings for the moment.
Panelist - Introduce yourself!
Me - Blurted out the prepared one
Panelist - Ambition in life?
Me - The usual me globe-tutter blah blah..
Panelist - Why to go for an MBA now?
Me - ..fundas
Panelist - ...coaching for MBA?
Me - ..further fundas involving around lack of time and opportunities in a residential campus
Panelist - (now ready to throw a blooper and grill me to their best)...If no coaching then
Me - Strictly speaking, no sir.
Me - Yes Sir in fourth semester we have a specialized course on probabilities and related concepts.
Panelist - ...What were you taught there?
Me - Answered.
Panelist - So how do you define random process..random variable..?
Me - Some arbit yet relevant stuff was my reply.
Panelist - Then what is area under a pdf?
Me - Sir 1 (enough perturbed by the grilling and not sure of the answer only thing I knew was there is only one answer when a specific number is asked in a probability question).
Panelist - Okay..something about your hobbies..
Me - Finally the relief!
Panelist - Do you wish to tell us something?
Me - No sir (I just want to run out of here and take some air..:D)
Thus ended the seemingly long grilling session and my third interview. God knows if it was a stress interview or were they really pissed off by my stereotypes and the company I was placed with.