Indian School of Business (ISB)

Sample ISB interview questions

  • Walk me through your resume starting with choice of college
  • Tell me about yourself
  • So, why are you here?
  • Tell me about the decisions you have made to get to the point where you are at
  • Walk me through your post undergraduate work experience and describe the transitions you have made
  • Tell me about the person with whom you have least enjoyed working. How did this relationship function
  • What are some of the frustrations/rewards you have experienced as a manager?
  • What are your plans if you are not accepted into a program of your choice?
  • Of what accomplishment at work are you most proud?
  • Describe your ideal work environment
  • How do you vent work related stress?
  • How does your current job relate to your goals and where does a management program fit in?
  • Where do you see yourself in 5/10 years?
  • How did you move to each of your jobs and why?
  • What are the future trends in your line of work?
  • Ever disagreed with your manager?
  • How do you define success for your company? For yourself?
  • Tell me about a time when you faced an ethical dilemma
  • What other career path would you have chosen if not this one?
  • Leadership and teamwork examples from your professional career
  • What are your career goals?
  • What are your plans after getting a management education?
  • What are your long-term career goals?
  • Tell me about a time when you faced conflict and how you resolved it?
  • What role do you usually take on in a team setting?
  • Tell me about a time when you exhibited leadership?
  • What is your job description?
  • Tell me about a team experience that was a failure?
  • Tell me about a specific situation in your professional career when you solved an important problem?
  • Did you face a skeptical/angry senior manager and how did you deal with that situation?
  • Describe a situation where you were the team leader and had to face a difficult situation. What factors were involved and how did you resolve it? Finally what did you learn from it?
  • How do you retain the employees in your company?
  • How has your work experience changed the way you perceive things today?
  • Describe a negative situation while dealing with your subordinates. How did you handle it?
  • What do you enjoy the most about your job?
  • What made you decide on your present firm?
  • Tell me about the person with whom you have least enjoyed working. How did this relationship function?
  • Of what accomplishment at work are you most proud?
  • Describe your ideal work environment
  • How do you deal with clients that are uncooperative?
  • Tell me about a conflict you had with a coworker? How was it resolved?
  • Tell me about specific situations where you have had a leadership role
  • How would others describe your leadership style? Would you agree with this assessment?
  • Describe a situation where you have had a positive impact on the team
  • Tell me about the decision to get here – to apply for a management education.
  • Why now?
  • Why do you feel you are a good fit for the school and vice versa?
  • What kind of value ad do you believe you can add to the school?
  • What can you contribute to the school outside academics?
  • What would this school do for you that no other program can?
  • If we give you an offer would you accept it? Why?
  • What other schools are you applying to?
  • What would you concentrate in at the school?
  • What is your backup plan if you don’t get admitted this year?
  • Describe a difficult team environment you have been in and how have you responded to the same?
  • What role do you usually play in a group? Give me some examples.
  • What happens when you strongly believe in an idea and majority of your team is against it?
  • If you suddenly had an afternoon off , what would you do?
  • In what non job related activities do you participate? Describe your involvement?
  • Describe the real you outside work?
  • How would your workmates/friends/subordinates/family describe you?
  • If two managers were describing you what would they be saying?
  • What do you get out of your extracurricular activities in terms of personal development?
  • What are the books that you are currently reading? Which is your favorite book?
  • What is your most significant development need?
  • What would your classmates at this management program remember you as?
  • What would your colleagues miss least about you?
  • What makes you unique?
  • If you could go anywhere for a holiday, where would you go and why?
  • How would your supervisor describe your strengths and weaknesses?
  • Describe a great leader you know. What qualities of this leader do you wish to imbibe in yourself?
  • What do you consider as your dream opportunity? Personal/professional?
  • What was your best mistake?
  • What are the three most important innovations of the past 1000 years?
  • If you had power to use as you pleased, what would you do?
  • What is the one and only thing you want me to know about you?
  • How are you unique as compared to other applicants?
  • Assume you are a borderline candidate. Give me the two best reasons to let you in?
  • If you could have lunch with anyone who would it be?
  • What is your leadership style? Give examples of incidences when you have used this leadership style?
  • What makes you succeed in team projects?
  • If you could choose members of your study cohort what qualities would you look for?
  • What will you change in your life if you can?
  • How do you deal with instability?
  • What do you regret doing?
  • If you have a learning team member who came to the school only to get a ‘stamp of approval’ degree how would you get him to cooperate?
  • What will be the most challenging thing for you once you enroll at the school?
  • What courses are you most interested in?
  • Why did you go to school X and why did you major in your field?
  • Tell me about a standout academic experience?
  • Tell me an important thing you learned from your academic experiences?
  • Describe a leadership example at college
  • Is there anything else you would like the admissions committee to know about you?
  • Is there anything else you would have liked me to ask that I didn’t?
  • What would you say is the greatest weakness in your application?
  • What questions do you have for me?

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