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Top questions to prepare for personal interview round1

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Personal Interview round for B-schools is the most integral part of the selection procedure. In many of the top B-schools, the weightage of PI rounds for generating merit list is highest.

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Top questions to prepare for personal interview round1

  1. 1. 1 Top Questions to prepare for Personal Interview rounds Personal Interview round for B-schools is the most integral part of the selection procedure. In many of the top B-schools, the weightage of PI rounds for generating merit list is highest. While facing the interview is a tough challenge for some MBA aspirants, it is important for candidates to give their best in PI as this round can make or break your admission chances. As you start your planning for Personal Interview round, you should be very well aware and familiar with the question types which are most generally asked by the panelists. This article gives you the regular inquiries as proposed by the specialists and toppers so you can be set up for your interaction with the B-School admission interview boards.
  2. 2. 2 Common Questions and Topics for PI Here we bring to you the top questions for Personal Interview rounds: Tell us about yourself  What is the meaning of your name? (Typically used as an ice breaker and if you have an uncommon name)  Why do you wish to do an MBA?  What are your plans after an MBA?  How will your MBA support your goal?  How does your academic background relate to your goal?  What are your strengths, give examples?  What are your weaknesses, give examples?  What are your short-term long term goals?  Elaborate on your work experience.  How relevant is your experience?  Why do you want to join a particular institute?  Which specialization do you want to opt for?  What are your hobbies/interests? (Technical questions on the same)  The other topics which are common in PI include the following:  Current affairs – Politics, Economics, Business, Social events, demographics, Sports, Literature, Entertainment, Awards and Recognition  Educational background  Social background  Work experience  Hobbies and interests  Your performance or points presented in Group Discussion/Written Ability Test  Your CV or SOP
  3. 3. 3 Read Also - Not eligible for IIMs? Check out Top colleges accepting CAT score apart from IIMs Toppers’ Experience during Personal Interview While these are some of the common questions, the toppers share the questions which were asked to them at premiere B-schools. Here a student of IIM Lucknow, Samir jaju shares his interview experience as, "They mostly asked me questions on statistics since I have worked as a Business Analysist. The panel, somehow, sensed my preparedness or enthusiasm about stats from my introduction that they were led to ask questions on it. Either way, if there is an interest or a hobby that you think helps you think better as an engineer, student, employee, human, etc., do bring it up." Tackling Tricky Questions
  4. 4. 4 Sharing an interesting, yet tricky situation in the PI round, Raghav Pandey, an IIFT Delhi student says, "I want to open an restaurant that serves Awadhi cuisine in Lucknow, in future. I had said it in the SOP and the interviewer asked me whether I was a vegetarian. I admitted. So he asked me, 'Pandey ji, agar aapka client aapse kebab ki quality pe sawaal karega and demand karega that you taste it, will you do it?' He killed my interview with the question." You should be prepared for any unforeseen question on any topic under the sun. In these circumstances, the way you handle the question matters rather than the accuracy. IIM Rohtak student Aamir Khan shares his predicament, "There was a question on evaluating the number of 100 rupee notes in every one of the ATMs of the nation. I found this question bit tough since I didn't know about the technique for noting such guesstimate questions at that time however it was fun analyzing the same. At last I understood that it was not the answer that mattered but rather the approach I took to arrive to a reply. Talking about such question, Shubhra Pratim Halder, another IIM Lucknow student shares how he handled such unexpected question, "I was asked a question on the phenomena behind lightning and thunder, which came as a sudden jar to me. Never in my preparations, had I expected a question of this genre. However, I kept my quiet and explained the same in an extremely layman terms and politely conveyed on that I was not able recall it. The panel asked me to keep thinking on those lines and come up with better clarification of the same. It is always advised to keep calm when one gets a jar of the blue during the interview. The facts might confirm that the panel members are planning to check your behavioral aspects more than your reply. So, just be yourself and stay rationally mentally prepared for possibilities."
  5. 5. 5 Your geographical background can lead to a plenty of questions. Hence, obtain some basic information on your state, for example, historical relevance, political or social scenario, about famous personality belonging to the center etc. You may also be questioned regards to the improvement of your state or city. Jyotsna Chadha, an student of IIM Rohtak, who belongs to kanpur, Uttar Pradesh was asked 'In what manner can cleanliness be achieved in Kanpur?' She also shares, "In an interview I was asked some about the population of inhabitants in UP. I couldn't give a logical estimate. The figure that you quote is not important, thought process is more important. For e.g., in this case, one might say that population of India is 1 billion and 20% of that lives in UP." Pleasant Surprises Although interview rounds are intended to be serious affairs and we generally picture grumpy faced professors as interviewers, at times they also make questions to break the ice and help the disposition of the stressed candidates. For e.g. they ask you questions on your interests or other territories in which you are comfortable in. A few questions can interesting too which allow you to answer confidently. Talking about his Group Interview at SPJIMR Mumbai, Shray Khurana, a first year student shares, "Our interviewers asked us, if we had a bucket list and today is our last day on the world, what the 1 thing we'd need to do is? This induced a great deal of interesting answers from every one of the applicants, some said they'd play a musical instrument they never played, some said they would visit Ladakh, some said they'd go partying etc. It made every one quite relaxed and starting there on the interview saw a lot of passionate discussion from everyone."

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