After the IIFT 2018 results, the immediate focus now shifts to preparation for GD-PI and Essay Writing stage. The second round of IIFT 2019 Selection Procedure includes Group Discussion (GD), Personal Interview (PI) and Essay Writing rounds. The final IIFT 2019 Selection Procedure will be based on the combined scores of IIFT exam and performance in GD, PI and Essay Writing and Profile which includes past academic records, work experience, and extracurricular activities. IIFT GD-WAT-PI process is conducted between January-February 2019 and the below experiences were shared by IIFT first call getters.

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IIFT Interview

IIFT Interview process 1

WAT Topic (20 minutes): The highest use of capital is not to make more money, but to make money do more for the betterment of life.

GD Topic: GD was a caselet. 5 minutes to think, 1-1.5 minutes to speak. Post which the floor was open for discussion for around 15 minutes.

Caselet: An FMCG MNC has a strong foothold in the urban Indian market. It wants to penetrate the rural markets as their research has shown that the demand for consumer goods is increasing at twice the rate as compared to that in the urban areas. Devise a marketing strategy for the company to set base in the rural markets.

Personal Interview (25-30 minutes):

It started with the classic question “Tell me about yourself”. From then on, the questions followed. Not many technical questions were asked. They were somewhat along the following lines:

  • What books have you read? (As a follow-up question to “Tell me about yourself”)
  • Any Marathi authors you have read/heard of?
  • What was P. L. Deshpande famous for? (Based on my response to the previous question) What was the impact of demonetization in Mumbai considering it is the commercial and financial capital of India?
  • What newspapers do you read? 
  • Was it right for Sasikala to take reigns into her hands without being democratically elected?
  • What do you think about the politics in Maharashtra?
  • Why IIFT? Have you gone through the courses offered/syllabus?
  • Why are you doing an MBA in spite of earning a good salary? Is it not a risk? Don’t you think it would have been beneficial to do it right after college?
  • What is air pollution measured in?
  • You are into Quality Assurance. What are the methodologies used? When are they used?
  • Any questions for the panel? End of interview.

IIFT Interview process 2

WAT Topic: Bollywood to Hollywood: Journey of Indian actors

GD was a Case Discussion: Singapore government has implemented a new educational system which tests the aptitude of students instead of exams. Data of OECD shows that this change has made Singapore children of 15 years brighter than the rest of the world. Also Singapore economy is service- based. Their public sector has also scrapped its traditional system of selecting employees based on their qualifications.

Personal Interview:

  • Classic question “Tell me about yourself”.
  • What is the reaction of students who just got out of the interview? What are they telling about the panel?
  • Why IIFT? You mentioned that you like numbers. How can IIFT help you in that regard?
  • You play both cricket and kabaddi…. How can we commercialize kabaddi and make it Olympics sport?
  • You have written that everything can be modelled in mathematics. How can you use numbers to check if demonetization was successful or not?
  • You are from a computer background. Can you use big data?
  • If your company wants to expand internationally, what factors will be considering?
  • The interview lasted for about 15-20 minutes!

IIFT Interview process 3

WAT Topic: SMART cities

Group Discussion: Can the world economy rely on India for its growth?

Personal Interview: 

The interview began with a “Tell me about yourself” question and proceeded further. As far as the interview is concerned I was tested a lot on general knowledge. A few questions from my work experience as to how I handled stress and displayed teamwork and while explaining what work you do in your organization please do not use jargon (They hate that). As GST was a hot topic last year and it still is, I was grilled extensively on that. The panel counter questioned me on a lot of things I had written in my form.

IIFT Interview Process 4

WAT Topic: By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.

Case Discussion: Increasing economic ties with Africa by changing the mindset.

Personal Interview: 

  • Tell me about yourself along with your strengths and weaknesses.
  • What did you do after passing out from college?
  • What are your interest areas? Do you read newspapers?
  • Then about Tata-Mistry and Infosys fiasco?
  • How will this management degree help you in your future career?
  • Do you know about the listed companies in the stock market?
  • Sensex, Nifty, BSE, NSE, Commodities Exchange market?
  • How many companies are there in BSE and how are they chosen?
  • The interview lasted for about 20-25 minutes!

IIFT Interview Process 5

WAT Topic: The illiterate of the 21st century are not those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.

GD Topic: Google knows more about you than what your mother does. 

Personal Interview: 

  • Introduction about yourself.
  • Questions based on work experience.
  • Samsung Note 7 Crisis.
  • Questions around market share of Mobile Phones.
  • What is Digital India?
  • Reliance Jio free internet strategy- Profitable or not?
  • One good and one bad thing about work experience in the company.
  • CPEC (one thing that will change the face of business).

GD-PI and WAT are an integral part of every MBA admission process. These are basically a personality assessment test to assess a candidate’s leadership skills, communication ability, and problem-solving skills which are essential to succeed as a good manager. 

The rationale behind this is that when a group of people are given a task to accomplish within an unstructured situation, they will try to accomplish it by establishing some order or a structure. By this, they will reveal some of their personality characteristics.

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