Personal Interview Skills
Friday, February 23rd, 2018
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:
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
Clarity of thought/ ability to think
Ability to handle stress
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 the Common Personal Interview Questions Other posts related to Personal Interview
How to Present Yourself during the Personal Interview
The Homework before the Personal Interview
Seven Deadly Sins of Personal Interview, and the Eighth Free Online Class on ‘How to Start Preparation for CAT 2018?’
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