that's great zerocool!!! all the best for the mba admissions then!!
I had the interview with Prof Tarun Ramadorai in Delhi yesterday. I haven't done any preparation for the interview. I was under the impression that the interview will be more about my career plans etc, and so I just read the personal statement that I had sent along with my application.
The interview was technical. (But I dont think it would've helped even if I had prepared for the interview). It was more like a general discussion, and less like I was being questioned. As soon as I got into the room, he asked me to explain a project on the application of neural networks in predicting stock prices (that I had done 4 years ago), and after about 15 minutes, we were still talking about that!!! I realized that time was running out, and that I might not get the chance to speak about my interests and what I had done in the next 4 years, but then, based on the kind of questions he asked, I understood that he was trying to analyze my thought process, and so I co-operated. The questions about the project ranged from what I've done, why I've done that, and why I didn't use a different way to do what I've done. I was so confused, but I was trying to appear confident and give him an impression that I am very clear about what I am saying. He appeared to have been satisfied by what I've said, and then asked me about the next project in my list - something on mutual funds. This time, after I had explained about the project, the discussion went in the direction of appraising a fund managers performance, what are the factors that should be taken into consideration etc. And as soon as I said the word "risk", the discussion again took a turn and went into how one measures risk, what are the components of beta and what exactly do those components mean. This was followed by a 1 min discussion on whether I've done any research in anything else. Then he asked me about what I'm doing in my current company(he didn't appear interested when I replied, so i didn't spend too much time telling him about my currently boring career). And then he asked me whether I have any questions about the programme. I had a lot of questions on my mind, but by the time I asked a couple of questions, the time was up.
some other areas which he briefly touched were
1. why i want to take up this programme after I've done finance at the undergraduate level(i gave him an *obvious reason* answer)
2. where else I have applied to (I told him about the lse offer, but quickly added that the MFE has a better course curriculum. But he cut me short by indicating that he wasn't interested in listening to my pros and cons now)
3. What exactly I've done in one of my internships in a bank (fortunately he didn't ask me a second question about this (coz I haven't done much))
Overall, my impression is that they're just seeing whether the candidate is able to sustain a thought provoking discussion.
I am not satisfied about how the interview went, but neither am I disappointed. There were a lot of other things in my profile that are comparitively more impressive,and I'd have been delighted even if he had mentioned any one of them. Having said that, I am happy he didn't ask me anything in mathematics and economics coz I hardly know/remember a thing.
Ps: As I was replaying the interview in my mind after coming out of the room, the answer to one of the questions he repeatedly kept asking suddenly dawned on me, and I felt really bad because the answer was very very obvious. But I think he knew that I know the answer, and that i just didn't realize that I knew it at that particular point of time (probably my mind just didn't recall it due to some unknown reason)