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A. Background Tell me about yourself. What would you like me to know about you that is not on your resume? What are the three most important events of your life? Where did you grow up? What are your three major accomplishments? What was an experience in your life that you would want to go back and change? B. Self Description How would your friends describe you? (proactive (e.g., sports secretary), aggressive (e.g. ,sportsman) and enthusiastic (e.g. generally events , participation, etc.,)) Give me three words to describe you. (simple, energetic, determined)
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C. Goals 1. What new goals have you established for yourself recently? 2. What are your five to ten year career goals? 3. What are your career and educational goals? 4. What are the attributes of an ideal job for you? If you could do “it” all over again, what would you do differently? 5. What are you looking for? 6. What is your ideal job? 7. What kind of boss would you prefer? 8. Why are you pursuing this field? 9. What would you like your lasting impression to be? 10. Do you have a final statement? D. Values What does “success” mean to you? What does “failure” mean to you? Which is more important to you: money or the type of job? Who do you admire? Why? What do you get passionate about? Who is your hero, and why? (DAD ………….. no doubt re baba !!! :D )(The greatest answer is if you can use a family member or friend, try to stay away from celebrities. And back it up with a good why!
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II. Management / Leadership Style 1. What is your management philosophy? 2. Define leadership. (When u have the energy and can pass that energy and passion to others too ..the rest will fall in place….etc.,) 3. Tell me about a time when you successfully resolved a conflict. 4. Give me an example of a leadership role you have held when not everything went as planned. (the relay in sports meet 2k5 ,,,choosing nithin over rathi) 5. What qualities should a successful manager possess? Do you have these attributes (of a good manager) ? (trransforamtional quality , empathy,etc.,) 6. What two attributes are most important in your job? 7. Give an example of a situation in which you provided a solution to an employer. 8. Give an example of a time in which you worked under deadline pressure. 9. Name a point in your life where you turned a negative into a positive. 10. Tell me about a decision you have made that you later regretted.
Are you creative? Give me an example. Extra Curriculars 1. 4. Interpersonal Skills How competitive are you? How do you work under pressure? (feel a kick and feel challenged . What extra-curricular school activities are you involved in? . What can you do for us that someone else cannot do? What was the most important thing you learned from your previous experience/internship? 9. 6. What are your strongest abilities? 3. What kinds of tasks and responsibilities motivate you the most? 18. Give me an example of how you manage multiple projects. 10. How long before you can make a contribution? In the past year. Give me an example of something that you have done that shows initiative. 4. What have you done that you consider creative? 2. 9. What makes you different from the other candidates for this position? 8. 6. 5. see it as the last lap of a race) Give me an example of a time when you successfully worked within a team. VI. 2. V. 6. What has been your greatest challenge? IV. 7. What major problem have you encountered and how did you deal with it? 13. Some applicants think that this makes you look better. Strengths / Weaknesses and Skills 1. How do your skills relate to our needs? What can you offer us? 10. 8. What have you disliked in your past jobs? 11. What kinds of people do you enjoy working with? What kinds of people frustrate you? Have you ever managed a conflict? How? Have you ever spoken before a group of people? How large? With what kind of people do you like to work? Education Why did you decide to get an MBA? Why IIMC? What made you decide to major in____? What have you learned at IIMC that will help you on this job? Do you hold any leadership positions? What electives have you taken? Which did you enjoy the most? What college classes did you like the least? Why? Why didn’t you attend (another school)? How do you balance the different priorities MBA student life presents? Did your grades accurately reflect your ability? Why/Why not? Describe the course that has had the greatest impact on your thinking. 5. Are you able to work on several assignments at once? 16. 13. but it seems that you not secure. what have you been dissatisfied about in your performance? 12.11. 1. 3. Have you ever had any failures? What did you learn from them? 14. 1. In what kind of work environment do you do your best work? 17. Why should we hire you? 5. 2. 11. What makes you stand out among your fellow students? 7. 9. How do you feel about working in a structured environment? 15. 7. 4. 10. 8. What is your biggest weakness? Never say that being a perfectionist is your biggest weakness. What types of people seem to rub you the wrong way? Define cooperation. How do you feel about working overtime? 12. 3. What would you say to a boss that has a sub-par idea? III.
9. 15. What particular expertise do you have that would lend itself well to this position? 14. 2. they know about the grade referendum. Given that you have no background in this field why are you interested in it? 6. Why are you interested in ______? / Why do you want to work for us? 2. 3. Company What are your company’s strengths and how do you capitalize on them? What are your companies weaknesses and how are you dealing with them? How have you strategically responded to the competition? Where will the major sources of your business be in the next 5 years? What challenges are facing this company? Do you think your company is reacting to them? Do you have plans for expansion? What are your growth projections for the next year? Have you cut your staff in the last three years? . 1. What makes you think you would be successful in _____? 4. 3. What concerns you about our company? 16. 8. Why selling debt vs. 4. 12. 10. How would you go about evaluating a business? 8. 7. Job / Company / Industry 1. You have five minutes to describe the most relevant and specific items in your background which show you are uniquely qualified for this position. What would you add to our firm? 13. What have you learned from your activities? Were your extracurricular activities worth the time you put into them? How did you become involved in your extracurricular activities? What do you enjoy doing outside of work-in your free time? What is your favorite book/movie/song/painting-or author/actor/singer/artist? Which magazines/newspapers do you read regularly? Which books have you read recently? Have you ever done volunteer activities? VII. 5. What do you predict is going to happen in this industry in the next 5 years? 7. 5.2. 11. 4. 2. 3. What do you think this job requires? 5. Sales And Trading What other firms have you talked to? What makes you think you can sell? Would you like to do sales or trading? Why? Tell me what you think a trader (or salesperson) does. 8. selling equity? Why not corporate finance? What do you think having an MBA does for you in this field? What particular markets or instruments are you interested in? Describe an instance where you persuaded someone to do something they initially didn’t want to do. 6. 5. VIII. Questions to Ask 1. What do you know about our company? 9. 7. 7. What do you believe are the key issues and problems in our industry today? A. 12. Do you know who are competitors are? 10.) Tell me a joke. 8. 6. A. 13. What about your personality will make you a good trader? How will you motivate yourself to make the calls you hate to make? What are your grades? (yes. What interests you most about this position? What parts of the job do you think you would find the least satisfying? 11. 6. 4. Demonstrate/illustrate skills that you can transfer from past experience. What makes you want to be a _____? 3.
6. 16. 20. 10. 17. . or should I contact you? D. 4. 13. 3. 14. 2. 21. Career Opportunities / Path / Training What are the best opportunities at your firm for new hires? How is worker performance measured and reviewed? Do you have a mentor program? How about formal training programs? Why do people leave? Why have you stayed with the company? Describe my initial assignments? If you hire me. 19. 7. 4. 3. what are the three most pressing issues you need resolved? What kinds of assignments might I expect during the first six months on the job? Are salary adjustments geared to the cost of living or job performance? In what ways is a career with your company better than one with your competitors? Please describe the duties of the job for me. 9. Does your company encourage further education? How often are performance reviews given? What is the usual promotional time frame? Has there been much turnover in this job area? Is there a lot of team/project work? Where does this position fit into the organizational structure? Do you fill positions from the outside or promote from within first? What skills are especially important for someone in this position? What qualities are you looking for in the candidate who fills this position? Will I have the opportunity to work on special projects? What is the next course of action? When should I expect to hear from you. 15. What is the largest single problem facing your staff/department right now? B. 18. 2.9. 22. 1. Industry What changes do you anticipate in the industry? What risks will your company face due to industry changes? What legislation is pending that will affect your firm? C. Culture What is your company’s management style? How do you feel about creativity and individuality? What do you like best about your job/company? What characteristics do the achievers in this company seem to share? 1. 11. 1. 2. 8. 5. 3. 12.