IIM Shillong: Personal Interview 2015 Real Account; honesty in approach is key to success

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Updated on March 5, 2015
Real PI account and the subsequent tips will enable the candidates to know their strengths and weaknesses
There is nothing to hide and these sessions are opaque enough to enable other candidates to get ready for this enjoyable session

MBA Universe.com brings forth the real account of PI round held in March 2015 at IIM Shillong for the benefit of MBA aspirants going to appear in final admission round at the IIMs and other top rated B schools.


This real PI account and the subsequent tips will enable the candidates to know their strengths and weaknesses and will help them to boost their confidence level. In fact there is nothing to hide and these sessions are opaque enough to enable other candidates to get ready for this enjoyable session. The name of the candidate has been changed to protect the identity. 


Puneet is an engineering graduate and is a 99+  percentiler in CAT 2014 going for PI round. Puneet studied in a school affiliated to regional board although he has consistently good academic background to his credit. Puneet belongs to a simple middle class family and his father runs a small business in a town in Uttar Pradesh. He opted for Delhi as his preferred place for the Personal Interview 2015.


Puneet is slim, tall and smart person. He has come for the interview wearing blue suit  tucked in shirt but no tie as he doesn’t relish much wearing a tie. His black shoes are well polished. Reporting time for the interview was 1.45 PM but fearing traffic snags Puneet reached the venue around 1.15 PM. There was good seating arrangement for about 50 candidates and their guardians at the venue. At 1.30 the process of verification of documents began and was over in a few minutes.


There were 3 panels for conducting Personal Interviews and each panel had 3 panelists. Puneet was the fifth to be interviewed. He enters the room after politely asking for the permission from the panelists. He greets the panel bidding them good afternoon with a smile. The panelist sitting on the right asks him to take the seat which he does, not forgetting to convey note of thanks to the panelist.


P2 : How will you describe yourself?


Puneet: Sir, I belong to a middle class family. My father has a readymade garment shop in Hapur. My mother is a housewife. I have 2 siblings. I did B Tech from a lesser know Engineering college. After completing my B Tech I worked in Kerala and then switched over to a company in Noida.


P2: Why did you switch over to another company?


Puneet: Sir, I got a better opportunity there.


P2: What is the difference between manager and leader?


Puneet: Sir, Manager minimises the weakness of team while leader maximizes the strengths. Manager look at the work in hand only while leader looks for opportunities and other motivational points.


P3 (takes over): What are the key highlights of Budget 2015.


Puneet: Sir, the corporate sector has welcomed the budget. Stock prices also went up post budget. 2 new IIMs in Andhra Pradesh and Jammu and an IIT in Karnataka and 5 AIIMS like institutes have been announced. Service Tax has been increased from 12.36 to 14 percent.


P1 (takes over): What is your role in your present job?


Puneet: Explained his role profile as team lead


P1: What is Cryptography,give any example .


Puneet: Cryptography is a method of storing and transmitting data in an encrypted form so that only those for whom it is intended can read and process it. The term is most often associated with scrambling plaintext, I mean ordinary text into cipher text, then back again to plain text known as decryption.  Keeping the information in computers in some coded language, transferring money electronically through net banking could be cites as examples of Cryptography.


P1: What is the different security system?


Puneet: explained the software and hardware at length.


P1: What is Data Mining.


Puneet: Data mining is the computational process of discovering patterns in large data sets involving methods at the intersection of artificial intelligence, machine learning, statistics and database systems. The overall goal of the data mining process is to extract information from a data set and transform it into an understandable structure for further use.


P3: What have you learnt with your total work experience?


Puneet: Shared about my each and every project and learning from it. Then there was discussion over some academic topics.


P3: Thank you Puneet for coming. Have candy, your interview is over.


Feedback – The personal interview continued for 14 minutes. The candidate answered and attempted almost all the questions. Candidate has not tried to bluff the panelists. He has a positive approach and good subject knowledge. He has a vision for future as well.  He appears to have good leadership skill which needs to be groomed further Recommended.


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