Summer Placement IIM

Summer Placement IIM Interview is always tough task as the Interviewers always expect more from IIM students and their expectations make students nervous and anxious for best interview performance.

In Ms. Vaishnavi Deshpande words

Company Name : DCM Shriram Ltd.

 Reason of Interview: Summer Internship

 3 Questions asked during this Interview :

Why did you decide to pursue MBA?

What did you select as your specialization and why?

What differentiates you from the other candidates?

Answers for those Interview questions


I have completed my graduation in Computer Engineering. Having worked as a software engineer for over 2.5 years, I realized that my knowledge about the business problem is very limited. I have keen interest in understanding the process that is followed in order to provide an end to end solution to the customer. At the same time, the factors that contribute to the profitability of the project or as a bigger picture, the company, make me curious. As an attempt to develop this business understanding, I decided to pursue MBA.


I selected Analytics and Finance as my specializations. This is because the major driving force for business is flow of funds. As a result, a thorough understanding of finance is of utmost importance no matter what career path you choose. Being from a technology background, a little bit of coding and data analysis gives me an adrenaline rush. Also, the Fintech space and its growing expanse are what I see myself starting my career in. Hence, I chose these two as my majors.


I have a technology background and proficiency in mathematics. At the same time, I am a quick learner. This can be elucidated by my expertise in not only academics, but also extra curricular activities. I have excellent communication skills which landed me a spot in the Media and PR Cell of the Institute. I also hold a position of responsibility in the Quizzing Club of my institute. I have an all-round personality as I engage in weight lifting, music and dance and this helps me to stay active and motivated round the clock. This has a positive impact on my productivity levels and I believe this differentiates me from others.

What is the most important factor to Ace Summer Placement IIM Interview ?

The most important factor to ace an interview is clarity and preparation. You have to possess clarity regarding the position you are applying for, and a purpose regarding how it will be a milestone in your career. If it fits like a correct piece of the puzzle, you can succeed at the interview.

How should a person prepare for the Summer Placement IIM Interview ?

Summer internship interviews do not focus on intense technical questions. The only expectation is that you need to convince the interviewer that you are genuinely interested in the offered profile and that you are a passionate, driven b-school student, motivated to make a positive contribution to the organization. You can prepare by running through your CV, being well-versed with your introduction, with the space the company is in and where you see yourself in the next 5 years.

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Do you think Interview preparation matters?

Interview preparation matters because every company is different and unless you show genuine interest in the functioning of the company or its business, the interviewer will not take you seriously. Also, you need to project confidence in your plan for yourself by medium of the internship.

What Interviewers look for in a Candidate?

Interviewers look for confidence, good communication skills and a purpose driven interview. If you are focused on your long term goal, and can articulate your goals to the interviewer, you can create a positive result.

Please provide marks out of 100 on below skills to ace an interview

Confidence 90

Communication Skills 80

Body Language 50 (we had telephonic interviews)

Attitude 80

Subject Knowledge 50 (technical questions were rarely asked)

Summer Placement IIM interview experience is a guest article shared by Ms Vaishnavi Deshpande, an IIM Alumni

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