Advise to AIM interviewees

Professor Borommeo had listed few advices for all interviewees in India.

1. When interviewing candidates for our MBA, the first thing we want to see is whether two years down the road you can make a good first impression on a recruiter for a top multinational bank, consulting firm, FMCG, or manufacturer. Good grooming counts a lot towards making that first impression. Look fresh, like you just had a shower. Dress as if you’re applying for an investment-banking job in New York or Singapore. But wear your necktie properly. Get a haircut. You don’t need a manicure but your nails should be clean. Socks should match your suit and your shoes. They should cover your legs when you sit, and not sag. Shoes should not be dusty, muddy, or scuffed. Ladies should go for the “executive” look. Skirt or pants, blazer over white blouse, always works.

2. Arriving late for an interview is definitely bad form. It says you can’t plan ahead. Besides, all that running and huffing and puffing will make you sweat buckets, especially in Mumbai heat. That will ruin your appearance (see Item 1 above). But arriving too early (poor planning again?) can also be inconvenient for your interviewer unless you can stay out of sight, and out of his/her way, especially if s/he is busy having breakfast/lunch, or still preparing for the interview session.

3. Patience is a virtue.

Please mail me for the full interview report.


Harvard Business School opens in India

HBS today announced the launch of the new amphitheater-style classroom, built and owned by the Taj Lands End, owned by the Indian Hotels Limited. The new space replicates the classrooms on the School's Boston campus, giving participants and students a true Harvard Business School case method learning experience, for the first time in India. The launch of the classroom kicks off with a series of activities including research conferences and executive education programs. This is the latest milestone in the School's deepening engagement in India that over the last decade has produced a growing body of research on Indian companies and management practices.

HBS has historically strong ties to India through its faculty, students, and alumni. Over the last decade, HBS professors began traveling to India for research and teaching with increasing frequency.

Harvard Business School has historically strong ties to India through its faculty, students, and alumni. Over the last decade, HBS professors began traveling to India for research and teaching with increasing frequency.


MBA popularity increase in Asia

Economic growth in Asia has spurred a wave of eager young workers to pursue MBAs, a wellspring that has drawn interest from the world's top business schools and burnished the reputation of Asian institutions offering business classes.

In 2010, business schools in Asia received almost 43,100 GMAT score reports from prospective students, more than double the amount in 2007, according to the Graduate Management Admission Council, which administers the test.

Almost 1 out of 3 people who sat for the business school entrance exam last year came from Asia, up from 25% four years earlier. And, the share of the Asian test-takers who are women is fast approaching 50%.

"Demand is coming from both sides," said Insead Dean Dipak Jain. "Companies are asking for well-qualified MBAs and students are also thinking that an MBA would be a good way to get a job."

The strength of the Asian economy has also drawn MBA candidates from outside the region. Almost 900 U.S. residents sent GMAT scores to Asian institutions last year. Insead tries to manage applications so that no more than 10% of its students hail from a single country.

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