Personal Interview Skills

Tuesday, January 5th, 2021

Personal Interview Skills

In this post I would like to cover some of the basic ideas about personal interviews. Since brevity is the soul of wit, and tediousness the limbs and outward flourishes, I will try to be brief.

Whom do the interviewers select?

The candidate they “like” – so your job is to be “liked” by the panel.

Attributes that normal panels like:

  1. Honesty
  • Be ruthlessly honest with your answers
  • You should know your subject
  • You should understand your immediate environ
  • Your answering should demonstrate analysis
  • Listen to the words and the body language
  • Answer the question asked
  • Panels dislike arrogance
  1. Knowledge
  1. Clarity of thought/ ability to think
  1. Listening skills
  1. Ability to handle stress
  2. Humility

Questions address the following areas:


  • Academic and family background
  • Hobbies and interests
  • Ideal person/ greatest achievement


  • Why MBA? Specialization?
  • 5/ 10 years from now?
  • Current job role/ reasons for leaving


  • Major in undergraduate
  • Emphasis on fundamentals


  • Opinions on reservation
  • Stand on ethics

What can you do?

Prepare, prepare, prepare

1)      Find out everything about the Business School

2)      Prepare answers to typical questions like

  • Tell us something about yourself
  • Where do you see yourself 5/10 years from now?
  • Why do you want to do an MBA?
  • Why from our school?

3)      Bring yourself up to date on events around the globe

4)      Prepare questions that you can ask the interviewers

5)      Learn to answer open-ended questions in a way that guides the interview to your area o strength

6)      Remember, an interview is an interaction

You don’t want to

  • Answer without letting the interviewer finish his/her question
  • Volunteer more information than asked for
  • “Guess” – this is not a multiple choice situation
  • Get into an argument with the panel
  • Come across as opinionated and judgmental
  • Appear to be in a hurry

You want to

  • Take your time: think before you answer
  • Be pleasant and courteous

You can also see How to Approach an Abstract Group Discussion

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