SAI MiM Interview Questions
What is SAI?
SAI is a consortium of 5 Business Schools – HEC Paris, ESCP Europe, EMLYON Business School, Audencia Business School, and Skema Business School. It’s a great choice if you’re planning to apply to all of these schools as combined together they are a mix of Dream, Competitive and Safe schools. The Application and Interview Round is common for all 5 schools. Basically, you’ll be scored on many different parameters and these scores will be sent to each of these schools to make their own decision.
One of the best way to prepare for the Master in Management interviews is to have loads of mock interviews and enact the different scenarios that could take place.
Also, the SAI Interviews are pretty versatile in nature, ranging from formal interviews to stress interviews, where they’ll hit you up quickly with a bunch of questions to test your response under stress. Or in some cases, it might turn out to be a friendly interview where they’ll only ask you a few profile specific questions.
Below is a list of SAI Masters in Management Interview Questions, and an interview transcript of one of our founding members. Knowing some probable MiM interview questions will definitely help you get an edge over the other candidates.
SAI Interview Questions
So well I had this interview via the SAI selection process which is responsible for Masters in Management admissions to HEC, ESCP, Emlyon, Audencia Nantes and Skema.
The SAI interviews are usually taken by 3-4 panel members. My interview took place in Mumbai, India and was presided by 3 people. 1 gentleman who was an alumni from Audencia Nantes and was now starting a company in Pune. The other 2 were French ladies, one was a French teacher settled in India while the other was a professor from one of the SAI business school.
Format of Interview
Normal: Well my interview was pretty much the normal type with the panel members shooting questions at me while I answered them to the best of my abilities.
Stress Test: But, there have been instances of other interviews when panel members have a stress test. In such a scenario, a panel member asks a question and when the interviewee tries to answer, another panel member cuts him off before he can finish.
The questioning is then picked up by another panel member and so it continues.
It is basically to see how long can the candidate conduct his composure and not freak out. The best strategy to have in these kinds of interviews is to be calm and keep answering the questions even though you are kept getting cut you off. Try to draw connections between the different questions in a way such that you are able to indirectly answer all the questions asked. The questions being asked would be framed in such a way that if a little thought is put in answering them, a connection can be easily drawn. Being rude in any way, getting tearful or getting flustered and closing down, will only hurt your chances. One needs to remember the interviewers are just doing their job of selecting the best candidates, they are not inherently bad people.
Another type of interview technique that was used on one of our clients was that she was asked to give her thoughts on a particular topic, for example, European economy. After answering the question she was asked a more detailed follow up question, such as why is Greece being such a problem child. On answering the question by referring to fiscal policies and inflation, she was asked how does currency work exactly? And so on, until the interviewee is out of answers and is freaking out. This technique is another form of a stress test. Even though our client thought that the interview went really bad and she wasn’t able to answer all questions properly, she remained calm and composed and always had a smile on her face. When the final result came out she had secured a place at both ESCP and HEC.
Some questions asked in SAI MiM interviews are as follows:
- Please introduce yourself
- Why do you want to pursue this degree?
- Why not an MBA?
- Which of the 5 colleges do you want to target & why?
- Will you be able to cope up with the pressure of a hectic school schedule?
- How is your French?
- How do you plan to manage in France with such a limited level of French?
- Tell us about a time when you handled a difficult situation between co-workers
- Tell us something about the economy of France
- Tell us some French companies you admire or are interested in.
- Oh, so you are interested in Energy ( can be any sector)? Do you know the CEO of EDF or Areva?
- What are your future plans?
- How will a degree from our school, help you in your future
- What do you think would be your key take away from this degree
- Do you have any questions for us? (The last chance to impress them!!
Also if you are from a very different background such as Arts, Languages etc. be prepared for a number of questions concerning whether you would survive in the fast paced environment of business studies and manage your course work.
Well for me the interview lasted around 20 minutes and went fairly well.
When the results came out I had an admit to both HEC and ESCP! To make things sweeter ESCP was with a scholarship.
NOTE: Apart from the SAI admission process both ESCP and HEC have their own direct route of admission.
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