P3: Tell me something about yourself in short andsweet
Though I was the first in line, professors started in reverse order. So the third person started speaking and I was listening. He went on for more than 5 minutes. I did notice that none of the professors were attentively listening or they were acting as if they are not interested. As he was continuing P2 politely interfered in the middle and asked me to speak but the person sitting in the middle said “Sir. Pardon me for interfering. Since we are following in an order can I do the same before he speaks”? P3 said ‘did you hear the question short/sweet”?” He said yes and P2 said “ok. Let see what you are made of “
As second candidate was speaking I was a getting a bit nervous and P1 noticed me. Since my nervousness was visible in my face he just gave me smile (I was surprised) and he said “ok. Thanks to second candidate”.
P1: I am not sure if you people understood the meaning of short and sweet. Then he asked me “I heard you met with an accident”
Me: Yes. Slipped while coming to the interview.
But I was wondering how he must have known. But then I realized that my bandage was clearly visible to everybody
P1: This shows your careless and improper planning
Me: Pardon me Sir
P1: how will you be able to manage hectic life in school?
Me: Sir. But please
P1: I think you should not waster our time.
Me: I started shivering. Just gathered my guts and prayed god from my heart
P1: So Mr. you seem to agree with me completely
Me: No Sir. I just wanted to listed to your views hence kept quiet
P2: So you think our professor who is specialized in reading people is wrong
Me: I did not mean it sir. I wanted to put my case forward
P3: But what is the use. You are already disqualified by our panel
Me: What. But on What basis
P2: Did you read the prospectus?
P1: They why are you asking
P2: Did you read “decision of panelist is final”
Me: Yes Sir.
P3 : did you read the mission, motto of this school
Me : Yes
P1, P2, P3 : Can you tell it to us
Me : Sir It talk about ethics, hardwork
P1: I am not asking your interpretation. We want exact definition
P2: Also Can you recollect if it is on Home Page
Me: Thinking “What is going on. Why am I being ragged so much”.
I just looked at other two colleagues. Both of them had smiling face. Probably they must be relaxed at me being whipped left and right with discussions
P2: let me offer you a olive branch. I will repeat a statement. Tell me what it is
P1 : P2 that is a nice idea. Laughing. What do you think P3
P3: Showing all this teeths. Let us help this guy. Anyways he is trying to prove his worth which we already know
As of all this was going I could not utter a single word. Maintaining my manners and cool
P1 : “Out institute has a wider context and is ‘Beyond MBA’ institution. We aspire to be a globally recognised ..” have you heard this
Me:Yes sir. The next part is “institute with concurrent presence in socially relevant segments of society”
P2 : P1, he seems to have guessed properly.
Me : Relaxed. My shivering body got some warmth with the word ‘Good’
Suddenly the person standing outside calls the professor. All the professor move out for some chat. I got some time and had the water infront of me. As I was gulping water, the people sitting besided me just said ‘Hard luck. You faced them bravely. They must be really inspired by you. So many questions and we are still lying without it”
Me : Buddy. I know what is going within me. Probably after this meeting I can express you what it is
Other candidates: We are doomed buddy. I think you have a very nice chance
Me : I can just say do not be pessimistic. You have come her for purpose. Be focused on it till and give the best chance. Even a small window can open a big opportunity.
“Even this situation I was able to give lectures. I was amazed how I was speaking”
Me : let not come to any conclusion.
“Probably I spoked to much. Both of them gave me half smile and bad looks. Were they Jealous. I do not know. But I knew what grinding I was going through and I did not want to evaluate myself”
Professor were back. P1 apologized for the break and told us that it was due to some administration issues they had to go off
All of us kept quiet and were listening
P2: Ok. Where were we
P3:Let us change topic.
Next 20 minutes were devoted to other colleagues of mine. They were asked
- Explain your work experience at business level
- What contribution your company is making to growth of country
- Why are different countries suffereing recession
- What is difference between recession and downturn
- Can you explain the difference between GDPS of two asian economies
All were very standard questions and the colleageus handled them very well. As I was waiting for my turn P3 asked me What do I want to do an MBA?
“The reputation of your school and learning that I get from colleagues will enhance my knowledge. I will get a chance to learn the skills of finance/consulting from professors who themselves have wroten so many cast studies and abundant of experiece..”
P3 : A bookish definition. Did you mug this from anywhere?
Me : No sir. I have not prepared for this
P3 : What? You did not prepare. Are you so much confident about yourself
Me : No sir. I meant I did not ready any website for this questions
P2: ok Guys. Now we are going to ask you questions which I want all of you to answer. Make a note that do not waste our time by repeating the same point of view again
“Finally there will be a question on which all of us evaluated. Thank god”
P1 : have you read Baghwadgits, bible or kuran. Can you explain difference or similarites
“this was a difficult question as I had read none of them. But I wanted to make an attempt in answering about Baghwadita”
My bad luck as whatever I knew was answered by my previous colleagues and when it came to me I just said “Nothing more to add”. I kept my head low
P2: There was a recent attack on Pub by some local political party because ladies were drinking. Will you allow ladies from your family to drink?
Both of my friends strongly said no. I also wanted to say no but my tongue slipped
Me: Sir it depends. If she had deeply interested in drinking and buys her some happiness then I might think about it. I do not want her to drink hiding from me
P1: Are you out of our mind?
P2: Are you married?
P3: that is the reason you are talking hypothetical answers. You have to be practical in your answers and not visionary
Me: but finally opinion is what I will frame my thought in actual life
P3: I would then say ‘all the best’ in your married life. P1, P2 do you have anything to ask
Both P1 and P2 said no
P3: Have any of you read any management books in last 2 -3 months
All of us said no politely.
P3: then better be prepared as you will have loads of it if you make it
P2: For sure you guys will find it tough in first 1 month
P3: let’s say you have given your wife an important appointment during your marriage anniversary. But suddenly your boss says that you need to come to office because there is an important meeting which needs your presence. What will u do?
All my other colleagues said that they will deny their boss. Then all eyes turned towards me
Me: “Sir. I will try to find a time during the day so that I can convince both the stakeholders. For instance in morning /evening I will attend office and during other half I will fulfill my wish. I am sure my better half will understand this”
P1, P2, and P3: All started laughing
I was feeling as if they were kidding. But I felt I said right statement
Then we filled some forms and then all of us were asked to leave. As I was about to leave P1/P2/P3 glanced at me and smiled back. I also reciprocated back.
P2 said “You will never forget this interview”
Me: Yes sir
P1: how many stitches you have?
P3: thanks for making it year. All the best for next year
“I understood that I am out”
Probably P3 realized what he said and immediately told “Next year you might be in our college or somewhere else”
I gathered some energy and asked “Sir. When will the results be out?”
P2: It will take at least 15 days. We will give our feedback and your profile score will be added and final decision arrived at
Me: Okay. Thank you sir.
All the professors said: All the best
I just came out and felt as if I had come out of an oven. Immediately removed my Suit and I realized how much stressed I was. I realized that by the time I reached out, what happened inside had already come out through my 2 colleagues who came out before me.
But somewhere my heart was hoping that I might have ‘0.01%’ hope but my dreams were shattered. Last 24 hours I probably had met the best people and learnt a lot of things. Finally we need to learn from life and its experiences and move forwards with positive. Every dog has its day and I will also have a day. I remembered Albert Einstein Quotes “You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else”