ShowStoppers Says... your partial experience too
Alright, you asked for it, so here is the boring part.
Experience: 7 years
Domain: IT security
- Co-Founder (1.5 years)
- Heading a practice now at another startup (since 3.5 years)
Reapplicant: According to the feedback last year, I missed it by a whisker. Yeah, sure! They were just being polite I guess.
Applied as Hyderabad (BLR) at 2330hrs on 30th November, 2011. The interview invite mail had Hyderabad (MUM) listed (okay, whatever works for ISB). Got invite on 6th Jan, 2012.
Interview Panel: 2
Scheduled for 1400hrs. I landed at 1130hrs and they asked me if I would like to go to Panel 2 at 1150hrs since some other candidate had not turned up (yes those who wait in agony, there is hope, for there are people who do not turn up!). Since there wasn't any save-the-planet crisis going on, I guessed a few hours early to the interview wouldn't hurt (just wanted to be done with it). I hung around for around 20 minutes when the woman from the Panel invited me to the guillotine, and I readily obliged.
Three people: One chap from the adcom (He hated me last year and I think he still does. Hatred at first sight, I guess. The feeling isn't mutual though).
Two alumni (a woman and a tall smart Alec).
Brief round of introductions (10 seconds), and then it was a feeding frenzy in wild, wild ISB (funny, I missed their machans!). It was all about:
- My earlier startup
- Things that I would have done differently if I wanted to do that again
- Why ISB
- Question about industry that I want to enter
- What if you don't get a job in that industry
- I am from one of those companies in that industry, pitch yourself to me and tell me why I should hire you over other ISB graduates
- Longer term goal
- What's your one advice to someone starting a company
- Any questions - I had none (there are certain benefits to being a self proclaimed know-it-all).
20 minutes of hell. I am sure 20 minutes of REC (foreign horror film) were more cordial. My guess is it was before lunch, their tummy was rumbling, and I was the catch.
Came out and got the word (I was so keen to do this - it was ages (a year) since I wrote something artistic). The word was "Sympathy". Wrote a kiddo poem about how humour hates sympathy because it kills all the fun! That would have freaked someone out with "social entrepreneurship" on their agenda.
Submitted the paper, got their signature on the gate pass, wished a guy best of luck and meant it, and left.
Overall, I think they had done their homework. For profiles similar to mine, I am pretty confident that you'll not come across any chit chat. You are already into your careers, possibly doing well, so they'll go to the core of why you want to do ISB, and are you really as good as you claim to be on paper?
Oh, and between today and tomorrow, enjoy the kite flying in Hyderabad.
Best of luck!