Wednesday, March 31, 2010

IIM Ahmedabad interview

14th March 2010, IIFT Delhi

Morning 8:45 exactly around 28 call getters were divided into 4 panels .Then we were called in for writing our essays.

In ten minutes we were supposed to write an essay on "Is banning politicians with criminal records from contesting election violation of their rights?". At first I felt it was a bouncer, so I only had two choices, either duck down and give up or hook. I could not have played a defensive shot. It was a bouncer because I had to be sure that I don't mention any random political proper nouns in the essay which i could be questioned upon later in the interview. so very carefully i put forward two points, in a fairly structured way.
Firstly, that in india politicians are looked upon as leaders, and there is a need of immaculate integrity at the top.Secondly, if thousands of citizens' rights are at stake, we can forgo a chance of violating one politician's rights and if he is a true servant, he won't mind it. I thought the essay was fairly above average.

then after quite a long wait, i was called in for the interview. I was 5th.

Let me introduce the panels.
P1: an old professor, looked very systematic and rules driven
P2: a young prof. who did not speak much (and spoke nothing looking at me)

P1: So, you are doing Electrical Engineering. Is Electrical and Electronics same?
Me: Sir, in our college, there is only an Electrical Engineering as a major, but it has 4 streams we can choose from. There is telecommunications, VLSI, Power and automation.

P1: So what is your stream?
Me: Mine is VLSI (I was frightened now coz I knew nothing more than the full form of VLSI)

P1: Very Large Scale Integration ha! What is the difference between LSI and VLSI?
Me: The difference is in the density of transistors per unit area. VLSI works with very high density as compared to LSI

P1: So what is this trnasistor?
Me: I explained what it is and how and where it is used in both analog and digital domain

P1: How is it represented?
Me: Answered

P1:So how many transistors are there on this Pentium chip?
Me: Order of a million sir. But intel is coming up with a new chip named Gulf Town with a billion transistors

P1: OK. You talked about area. What is area of a circle?
Me: (I was surprised by the question and said hesitantly) sir, pi into r square?

P1: so how is it derived?
Me: (now its more like it)told him pi is experimentally calculated as circumference by diameter and derived the area by integrating a sector's area

P1: (somewhere he got confused or appeared to be and finally agreed that it was ok. I did not know why he did that)so why did you take sin d theta as d theta?
Me: at small angles sine theta is approx theta

P1: so is area of circle an approx formula
Me: no and explained why calculus is accurate and not approx...also mentioned sine law ...

P2: So you have been in Delhi for 4 years. you know about common wealth games?
Me: yes sir later this year.

P2: why are they played and why are they named so?
Me: CW nations are originally the British colonies. CWG are a good way to develop relations...blah blah

P2: is it worth spending so much on them?
Me: gave fundas on image of india, foreign money coming in, long term investment (i think i missed infrastructure development which he wanted to hear)

P2:So, if the money is directly given to orissa, their problems will be solved.can hosting CWG solve these problems
Me: gave random fundas

P2: OK.there is an uneasiness on why bankers are given bonuses. Why do you think it is?
Me: Gave fundas on recession and contrast

P2: even reliance people get so much money. why no easiness there? why only ankers?
Me: fundas of stereotype of bankers, and how they play wwith others' money

P2: (somehow managed to confuse me completely ) by comparing Reliance and Bankers (and either deliberately or not he was speaking in a very weird way, not looking at me while speaking and speaking in what cannot be called a clear voice)

Me: okay sir they are one and the same

P2: tell me something about railway budget
Me: (did not know enough so thought the best option was) not much aware about it sir.

P2: what do you know about green coal?
Me: (now surely he was testing me)it sounds like environmentally efficient coal, but i have not heard about it

P2: In delhi, what are the companies involved in electricity and energy sector?
Me: the companies are basically divided into Gencos, transcos and distribution companies.

P2: (interrupting) so what do you think, this triversification helped. what is the situation in delhi?
Me:I think, this move of triversificationis a move towards ideal working of things. it helps small players to enter independentlyinto any allows sharing of grid etc. in delhi the prices have not gone up, though they have also not gone down as expeced. But, i think we should give it time and it would work out eventually.

P1 and P2: Ok, thank you.

Me: (stood up and realised that i was not at all asked about my hobbies. My strengths are not even talked about. So what i did next was a gamble and i am still not sure whether i should have done that. but i had to take a decision then and i did take one without faltering)I would have liked if you had asked me about my hobbies sir (and handed over my file to P1. This file had a collection of the paintings and structures that i have made)

P1 looked at it very disinterestingly, though I explained each of my unconventional paintings (3d art, rubik's cube wall, took the opportunity to mention that i am ranked 16th in india for speedsolving rubik's cube, charcoal painting, ambigrams etc.) P2 got interested somewhere in between and offered me a chair. I sat down. P2 took the file and started enjoying it, but P1 was keen on sending me out."Ok thank you" he said and handed me a toffee.

Now people ask how did the interview go? Please comment!

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starsid said...

I like the part where you get a toffee in the end :-)

Piyush said...

I think that you turned out better than they expected. That is why they changed topics so frequently. They wanted to confuse you, but you never left your cool, which is definitely a good thing. Secondly, the part where you offer them your file, it may look a bit too desperate, but it contained no ordinary work and that is the reason that P2 got so interested in your work. According to me, tera IIM-A me admission pakka :)

tejesh kinariwala said...

@siddharth sadly toffee does not signify anything. its just a random gesture

@ piyush tere muh mein ghee shakkar

Ady said...

I would really say that you had good knowledge about loads of stuff man!!! They can virtually ask anything, I just knew about BSES and TATA being the power suppliers (distributors)..

Loads of other things too, amazing man. I am pretty sure you will make it through :)

surabhi kinariwala said...

u call this interview as bad?????
i cud have only answered 50% of these..
and they changed questions bcoz they were looking for a topic u probably wud not knw..but they failed in it and so probably told u to leave....

Novacaine said...

ha ha :D - good one Surabhi :)

minzy :-) said...

this certainly was a delightful read gujju..... i too was a little suprised by the questions that were asked ( and NOT asked :) )...

but u did a fantastic job as can be clearly seen....

and that end part was certainly daring.... ur request to them...!!!

my wishes are with u.... well done mate .... GUJJULAND beckons our stuf gujju now ..hehe

PS- results kab tak aayenge ???

tejesh kinariwala said...

thank you everyone ady, ranka, surabhi, minzy...hope all that you are saying is true and i get selected...i think results will be out by 15th of april

the dying immortal said...

Sounds like a good interview. Had I been P1, I would have looked at the file properly. Had I been P2, I would have looked at you more often. And had I been you, I don't think I would want to change anything in the interview. :)

Best of luck.

Nikhil Sheth said...

Wow, this was gr8!
Maybe it's because I'm not looking for things like these, but this is the first time I'm coming across a transcript of an interview for MBA.
The bit about the derivation of circle's area was a refresher - took me back.. way back ;)
All the very best.. and 1 question:
HOW the heck do u remember the whole thing ?!?

Siddharth Bhattacharya said...

So here is what I have to say:
The interview rocked (as in the questions, seems interesting to be giving interviews)!!
The Maths part totally turned me on, and again gave me the feeling Maths is so better than Elec.. (Electrical and Electronics)
That request of handling the file, made me remind of a stupidity I had done on a much smaller scale ( in MAN by AT sir, where when he asked me to sit down I commented "Sir I am not yet finished"

Bhushan Khandelwal said...

I think, you should have said something about the rail budget, as it was a matter in the air then! Also, if I get a toffee in the end, I would see it as a CONFIRMATION! :D Anyways, enough machaayi tune, itna koi nahi batata bey!:D And, I like the way you showed him what more you were in the end, apart from a VLSI specialist! :P \m/ If he was normal, you are done! :)

surabhi kinariwala said...

i told u ..u rocked in your interview....see i am never wrong.

tejesh kinariwala said...

you are never wrong dear!

Ankur said...

Nice interview buddy.. Congrats on your selection.