How to prepare for MBA interview ?
As we have already discussed in the previous blogs, getting a call from a top B-school is dependent upon an overall score derived from certain elements which include:
Graduation Marks-Work Experience
In this blog, we will discuss the interview process that one has to undergo after getting a B school call. We must remember that interview has a direct impact on admission, so it is important to dedicate time and attention to this section. Posting this well in advance, so that you can get immense time to improvise upon your profile, but also remember, you will get a call only “if you get good CAT percentile.” So, never take CAT preparation for granted while improving your profile.
Basically, an interview is conducted to find out if a candidate is a perfect fit for an institution. Make sure that you work hard to create a better profile with no stones left unturn, when you reach that stage. I have already posted a list of certification courses one can undergo to enhance their resume and learn more about the career path, they intend to choose. You can go through that list and choose wisely.
Remember that there are thousands of aspirants, fighting for that one seat, so You need to sell yourself to the interviewer with the best skill set. It is better to define a few key parameters that you can use during the interview, enhance them thoroughly until your interview so that you can illustrate your points easily. These skills should define your strengths, personality, soft skills (leadership potential, teamwork skills), and career goals. Also, be ready with your short stories to back your illustrations. Practice speaking about your accomplishments while citing some examples to showcase your achievements.
Just for reference, this starts with tell me about yourself, give your brief introduction, or “walk me through your resume”. These are some of the most asked questions in an interview, so it is better to frame an answer beforehand. These questions want you to summarize everything you have done at every job briefly and discuss your accomplishments. Sketch out some thoughts on paper, practice with a video recording, and then give a demo to any friend or a mentor.
One important thing here is that you need to work on your verbal as well as non-verbal cues. There is a special person in an interview appointed to judge your body language throughout the interview. So, talk in an enthusiastic and motivating way while keeping yourself natural with a calm tone. They usually do this to check if you would be able to perform in an MBA setting where interaction is essential. It would be best if you sound, grounded, intellectual, and thoughtful at the same time.
The interview questions will be behavioral, intellectual, analytical, or personal, to judge you on various aspects, including communication skills, leadership quality, career ambitions, goals, honesty, and integrity. They are looking for a creative, motivated, analytical, career-oriented candidate with low self-esteem. SO, they sense you in and out, and you should work on every aspect.
Beyond the standard questions, you have to prepare to be calm while facing any tricky or unexpected questions ( for example – MDI tricks you on every part of the interview ) . Don’t lose confidence. Take a deep breath, carry on. If you think, that you did any mishap, correct yourself. This shows self-reflection and confidence.
We will have a detailed discussion regarding every question in future; this article was to give a short reminder that you need to work on this part too, apart from your regular CAT preparations.
Some tips from the toppers –
1) Don’t doubt yourself. Sometimes candidates lose confidence by just noticing other people’s nervousness. If you have worked hard, you will sail through it easily.
2) Do remember interviewers are human beings too, they are not going to eat you. So, be confident and friendly.
3)Be clear about why do you want to do an MBA. They will judge you on this; your career goals should be intact.
4) Say no to the questions for which you don’t have a clear answer.
5) Don’t let them grill you. If you have work experience, try to turn them towards your work-related questions. If you have a skill, try to divert the topic in that direction.
6) Current affairs are ESSENTIAL; every interview contains several current affairs or logical questions. This would also help you in your W.A.T. and G.D.P.I.
You can also go through various interviews uploaded on this website, to have a clear view about the interview process and different questions asked in interviews.