How to fare well in B-school interviews

Succeeding in the Common Admission Test (CAT) only amounts to half the battle won when attempting to take admission to the top business schools in India. The group discussion and personal interview sessions that follow play an equally important role in selecting which candidates should be admitted into an Indian Institute of Management or other top B-schools. It would be incorrect to consider these sessions merely interviews. In reality, what B-schools carry out in these sessions is a personal assessment.

The starting point for any interview preparation is to try and understand oneself. It is very important to be aware of your own personality, likes, dislikes, strengths and weaknesses. There is also the need to be calm, confident and honest while facing difficult and tricky questions. One’s personality and he or she carries him/herself plays a major role.

The focus of B-school interview can range from specific questions about your job to broad discussion on life. Try to be sharp, charming and natural self. Interviewers will be able to see through you if you are fake or try to hide your true identity. Students, faculty staff, admissions personnel and alumni conduct interviews. Don’t dismiss the students lightly.

It is important to have a good idea of what you consider to be your greatest strengths before you go to an interview. Also ensure you are able to explain why and provide some examples that demonstrate your strength. Don’t waste time discussing things that are already indicated in your application. Remember that the first impression you create is very important. When asked to say something about yourself, most candidates just blurt out their educational history, marks achieved and qualifications received. This is already present on your application form. Why tell the interviewrs something they already know.

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