Personal Interview or PI is the last test that candidate have to compete to enter the top B-Schools for MBA programme. The pattern of an interview can never be assumed by the candidates after months of preparations. PI for B-Schools is having the duration of 10-30 minutes depending on how interesting you are during the process. PI is awarded highest weightage in admission criteria of final selection round. The PI round is one to one communication round that tests you on your skill along with your attitude, interest in surrounding events and way of presentation.
After the initial screening of the applications based on your entrance Score and your credentials, B-Schools calls for the next round of selection. In the final stages of their selection process, many Business Schools have either Group Discussion (GD) or Writing Ability Test (WAT) or added another component like Group Exercise or Case Discussion but Personal Interview has remained intact as the key component of the selection process during MBA admissions.
So, what is Personal Interview??…. “A personal interview is the last step to get to know the candidate well. Personality traits that cannot be uncovered through Entrance tests, GD are evaluated here. The selectors try to understand the attitude of the candidate has, what are his/her interests, motivation, aspirations etc.”
PI is a test of your presence of mind, approach the answer logically and make your thought process visible to the panellists. The way you work things out in a situation which you don’t know about or have limited knowledge of, is the best and most efficient way to make your mark.
So we are here to give you some tips on how to crack personal interview for B-schools admission and also appearing for any job. Below are the important tips from AfterGraduation:-
Improve Communication Skills
Our English communication skills are very important to be improved because we use to feel shy to speak English in public places as we all know that our biggest fear is “Sab se bada rog, kya kahenge log”.
Stay Calm and be Polite
You should always stay calm and positive and never look stressed in the interview. Your polite attitude will create a positive impression on the interviewer during the interview. Sometimes, in the interview, the interviewers also have some wrong information, but you should not directly point it out. Instead of that, you should try to convince them politely about the correct information.
Be Confident and Honest with Yourself
The main base of any PI is your confidence. You should have to answer all the question confidently without any hesitation. The interviewers always try to cross-question you even on your right answers, just to check your confidence level.
Be natural and honest in the interview; don’t pretend to be something different because interviewers are more experienced than the applicant. During your interview, your honest approach to the questions also makes your responses natural. You should be fully prepared with arguments and cross questions to justify for your reply, whatever you think is right.
There is no right or wrong answer in an interview; it depends on how the candidate offers his responses. If you are not sure about any topic it is better to skip the question, the interviewers expect honest answers without any bluffing.
Some Commonly Asked Questions in Personal Interview
You should be well prepared with the commonly asked questions revolving around your thought process about your academics, career, life and ambitions.
- Tell us about yourself?
- Why do you want to do an MBA?
- Relevance of Your work experience (if any) with MBA
- Where do you see yourself five years from now?
- Take away from the programme/Course
- What are your hobbies, interests, strengths & weaknesses?
- Why do you want to join the particular Institute?
These are the commonly asked questions in the personal interview. Apart from this, the interviewers can ask questions on the basis of your CV. They can ask questions related to your GD (Group Discussion) if they have taken your GD round nowadays the GDs are replaced by the WAT (Written Ability Test).
Body Language and Approach
During the interview, your body language, expressions should reflect positivity and approach should be constructive. An interviewer will see that how you are sitting, your dressing sense, your way of talking, did you ask before to sit or not, you don’t have to be harsh here, you don’t have to raise your voice. If you’re interrupted, nicely request to be allowed to finish. This is the most important thing that candidate must have to be prepared for.
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Positive Attitude, Body language, communication skills, and a good sense of humour can take you to better places in an interview. Your overall performance during the interview besides normal etiquettes like formal dressing, punctuality, may make or break your chance into your dream B-school’s MBA programme.
The final tip or advice for all the candidates who are going to fight the personal interview is, prepare well for the interview, don’t expect something good if you are not prepared because confidence and endurance will come only if you are well prepared.
All the very Best to aspirants for Management Programme..!! Here you got the Tips for succeeding Personal Interview for MBA Admission and also for a Job interview. Please post your Feedback or queries regarding this, on our Aftergraduation Forum or in below comment box. Stay in touch with us for more on higher education, Professional course, entrance exams update, Career Guidance among other information through Linkedin, Facebook, and Twitter.