Application Insights From IIMB & IIMC Admit CO 21
Q 1. Please discuss your profile briefly.
I am primarily responsible for subsurface operations in an offshore field. As part of the job, I am also responsible for planning and execution along with implementation of development projects in the field. This also involves assessing techno-economic viability of the same.
I am also responsible for projections, budgeting, resource planning in operation of oil and gas fields. In that regard, I am involved in Short, Mid and Long term projections estimation of oil and gas fields.
Q 2. How did you shortlist the schools to apply to? What were the key points that you were looking for? What resources did you refer to while making the decision?
Primary reasons to shortlist the schools:
1. Ranking and Brand Value
3. Kind of resources available and courses in the course
4. Cost of the course and possible returns
Resources referred to:
3. Networking with seniors and peers
4. Financial Times ranking (and methodology)
Q 3. What do you think was the most important decision you took during your application process? And Why?
The most important decision was to stick to premier Indian schools while applying. Primary reason for the same was the course methodology and ranking along with the costs involved. Foreign courses tend to be more expensive. In this regard I also decided that I don't want to settle abroad.
Q4. What was the most challenging part of submitting your application to different schools? Please discuss how you handled these? Any pointers for future applicants?
The most difficult part was preparing the right pointers for the essays and profile preparation. Even though I knew what I had done, to capture it in the succinct manner top B-schools desire was a challenge.
For future applicants: The application process is not a one man show. Your application will definitely be not complete if you finish it without discussing the points. Talk to friends, family, peers, seniors or a consultant while finalizing.
Q 5. What was the interview experience like? Did you feel you were well prepared at the time of the interview? What all resources did you access to prepare for the interview? Which of these provided the most valuable inputs?
I had given only 2 interviews in my life before B-school interviews got lined up. So I did feel a bit handicapped in that regard and I referred to the ample resources available in the public domain regarding that.
I also took help of GoalISB in that regard.
In my opinion, It is better to not feel well prepared for the interview. I realized that most of the interviews are stress interviews and if standard answers are given during the stress situations, one loses out in standing out. Handling stress situations must be a bit extempore and that shows ingenuity to the interviewees also.
Q 6. What are some myths that every applicant must leave behind before they start the application process?
That my profile is not really up to the mark. Selection criterion cannot be specified. They are a mix of GMAT, profile, essays, how the application has been prepared, extra-curricular and also interviews.
Q 7. Any suggestions for future applicants as a person who has been there, done that successfully!
Be confident of your decision to do an MBA. As a current convert, I really feel I should have been more confident in handling situations during the finalization and application process