MBA Interview Preparation: Personal Interview is the most important part of the final selection process not only for the MBA programmes at IIMs, FMS, IIFT or other top MBA colleges but also in any top-level job. IIMs award the highest weightage to this component in the final selection process in a range from 30 to 50 percent. All the top MBA colleges in India including IIMs, XLRI, FMS, SPJIMR, MDI among the others conduct Personal Interview round as the final selection round for their admission. The PI round is the test of your verbal communication skill, presence of mind and how you present your views and knowledge skillfully to convince the others.

The significance of MBA interview has never been greater. As the business schools focusing more on the interpersonal skills of candidates, there is an increased emphasis on interviewing. Interviews play a very critical role in the MBA Admission Process. They can make or break the decision to admit a prospective candidate. So, it is very crucial for any applicant to know what are the types of interviews he/she can face in the interview room. 

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MBA Interview Preparation

MBA Interview Preparation: Key Points

  • Introduce yourself in a very brief and a formal way.
  • Limit introduction to entirely yourself. Do not speak about your parents, siblings, and family, unless asked by the interviewer.
  • Give straight and simple answers to the questions asked by the panelists.
  • Answer in small sentences.
  • To the point and precise answers are far better than beating around the bush.
  • Don’t be aggressive or overconfident. And definitely, do not try to impress the panelists by using some cheesy mugged up lines. It won’t work.
  • Dress formally.

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MBA Colleges conducting Personal Interview

PI Round Colleges/Institutes
IIMs IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore, IIM Calcutta, IIM Lucknow, IIM Indore, IIM Kozhikode, IIM Shillong.
CAP Process (New IIMs) IIM Kashipur, IIM Raipur, IIM Ranchi, IIM Rohtak, IIM Tiruchirappalli, IIM Udaipur, IIM Amritsar, IIM Bodhgaya, IIM Sambalpur, IIM Jammu, IIM Bodhgaya, IIM Sirmaur.
Others FMS Delhi, SPJIMR Mumbai, XLRI Jamshedpur, MDI Gurgaon, IIFT, IMI New Delhi, IMT Ghaziabad, NITIE Mumbai, SIBM Pune, GIM Goa, IRMA, MICA.

MBA Interview Preparation: Structured Interview 

Structured Interviews are mostly formal and very organized in nature. These kinds of interviews will begin with an “icebreaker” question. The main purpose of an icebreaker is to relax you before the more serious questions that are followed. The most frequently asked question is “Tell me something about yourself.”

Next, the interviewer may want to know why you want to pursue an MBA, which may be followed by a series of questions regarding your past academics, co-curricular, and work experiences. In conclusion, the interviewer may ask if you have questions for them. You should always have one or two questions prepared for the same.

MBA Interview Preparation: Behavioural Interview

Behavioural interviewing is another widely used method. The hypothesis behind this methodology is that the past performance is the best predictor of future behaviour. Therefore, behavioural interview questions are designed to probe your experiences from the past in order to determine how you might behave in similar situations that might come in the future. Behavioural interview questions generally like how you handled a particular situation or how you reacted for the incident etc. These types of questions require you to recount stories from the past. These accounts will be evaluated for evidence of your intellectual competence, motivation, technical abilities and skills like leadership, teamwork, communication, and administration.

To prepare for a behavioural interview, you must first identify your own strengths and weaknesses. Next, reflect on your past experiences to identify the situations in which you demonstrated the identified strengths. During the interview, you must be able to recount these circumstances and, in a manner, which displays your strengths. A thorough answer should depict the Situation, the Tasks with which you were charged, the Action you took, and the Result or outcome of your action. This method of responding to behavioural interview questions is called the STAR method.

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MBA Interview Preparation: Problem Solving or Case Interview

Interviewers utilize this style to test the candidate’s analytical abilities and communication skills. Amid the interview, you will be given a real problem to contemplate and crack it. You are not necessarily expected to arrive at the “right answer” as the interviewer is more focused on your entire thought process. So be sure to “think out loud” when responding to these type of questions. An effective answer is one which showcases your ability to break a problem into manageable pieces and to think clearly under pressure.

MBA Interview Preparation: Panel Interview

In many interviews, there will be around 3 to 4 members in the panel who will interview you. The primary purpose behind this is that they would want to know the views of several members of their committee before the final selection. In a panel interview, while answering, focus on the one who asked you the question, but make appropriate eye contact with the others too. Panel interviews can differ in style and tone, but generally, they will be more formal and will include mostly behavioural based questions.

MBA Interview Preparation: Stress Interview

This style is in vogue and used by many interviewers during the final selection process. Mostly the questions in a stress interview are the same which might be asked during a structured interview. However, there may be a difference in the behaviour of the interviewer. The interviewer may appear distracted, contrary, or indifferent to you. The primary purpose of this stress interviews is to assess the reaction of the candidate towards the pressure of indifference, rejection, and the overall stress. To sail through the interview, it is highly recommended that you concentrate on the question and not the manner in which it is being asked.

Strange questions are the hallmark of a stress interview. The interviewer can ask you any strange and off the topic questions during the interview. Remember to stay calm throughout the entire interview, because that is what the interviewer is looking for a candidate who can remain cool, calm and collected.

MBA Interview Preparation: Group Interview

Candidates form groups, and one group together will be interviewed at one time. It is a sort of group discussion. The person’s ability to lead, their presence of mind and communication can be evaluated under this type of interview technique. This is premeditated to see how the candidates react to each other. All the candidates are brought together and then interviewed. The candidates may, alternatively, be given topic for discussion and be observed as to who will lead the discussion first, how they will present their views and react to each other’s views and the entire presentation. So, remember to put your opinions with facts in a very lucid and poised manner.

Majorly these are the types of interviews that one can face in the final selection process. In many of the cases, interviewers may choose to utilize a combination of different styles. But as long as you have prepared well for the interview, you will be able to adapt to the situation they present to you. Just be confident and honest while answering all the questions. That’s all that matters!

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