XLRI Interview Experience 2019: The Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) is a national level management entrance exam which was conducted on January 6, 2019. The XAT 2019 Exam was conducted by the XLRI Jamshedpur between 10 am- 1 pm on behalf of the XAMI (Xavier Labour Relations Institute). Notably, the XAT exam is conducted by the XLRI for over 60 years at an all-Indian level so as to select the brightest students for management education. The XAT score is used by over 150 management institutes for securing admissions. The PGDM Programme offered by XLRI has been ranking as of the top management courses in the country.
XLRI Selection Process 2019
The XLRI Selection Process is a two-step process wherein the first stage comprises of shortlisting through the XAT 2019/GMAT 2019 scores and the second stage is towards the final selection process comprising of a WAT-GD-PI round.
In the first stage, applicants are shortlisted on the basis of XAT or GMAT overall and sectional scores. Academic profile, gender diversity and relevant and quality work experience are also attribute string weightage in the XLRI Selection Process. Post the first stage, the shortlisted candidates are supposed to participate in a Personal Interview round for securing admission in PGDM (BM), PGDM (HRM) and PGDM (GM) programs respectively. The final selection list is then prepared after careful consideration of the composite score, XAT/GMAT scores, work experience and PI round performance. XLRI releases the final admission list in the month of April/May 2019 and the new session commences in the middle of June 2019.
Given below is the XLRI Interview Experience 2019 of a General Engineer Female with a XAT score of 98.97 percentile and over 1.5 years of previous work experience.
XLRI Interview Experience 2019
XLRI allows the shortlisted candidates to book an interview slot of their own choice, so the lady in question chose March 1, 2019 at 9 am for her interview. There were 3 interview panels- 2 for BM and 1 for HRM. Soon enough, the seating order was given to students for the Group Discussion round.
XLRI Interview Experience 2019: WAT-GD Rounds
Topic: The topic for the WAT+GD for the HRM panel was ‘It is absolutely correct to engage in corruption if it’s being done for a good cause.’
Candidates were given single sheets of paper and eventually the GD round was taken using the same topic. Fortunately, the GD round goes smoothly with everyone making their own points and others listening patiently with no interruptions whatsoever.
XLRI Interview Experience 2019: Personal Interview
I was the first one in my panel for PI, so I felt confident but had butterflies in my stomach as well. There were 3 interviewers in my panel. A middle-aged lady professor (L) and 2 middle-aged male professors (M1 and M2). I was offered a seat and M1 started checking up my application on his laptop. No one asked me about the folder I was carrying.
L: So you have two years of work experience?
Me: No ma’am, it’s 1 year and 5 months.
L: Which company did you work for?
Me: Infosys Limited, Mangalore Development Centre
L: Are you a Computer Engineer?
Me: No, ma’am. I graduated in Electronics and Telecommunications. But I enjoy Programming and so I joined Infosys.
L: Tell me about your Project at Infosys.
Me: I work in the Support and Maintenance team of the HR applications of my client company. My client is one of the biggest tech product companies in the world. (I did not name my client as I thought that would not be ethical.)
L: What about your college project? Can you describe the same to me considering I know nothing about electronics?
Me: As a group of 3, I built my engineering project which was an automated pet feeder. (I explained the project in layman terms for about 3 minutes. I couldn’t see any facial expressions on all three interviewers. This made me a little nervous.)
M1: So you are from IIIT Bangalore?
Me: No Sir. I studied at IIIT Pune.
M2: Tell me about the shortcomings of the HR applications that you support.
Me: (Started explaining a technical one and got interrupted.)
M2: Do not think of it from an end-user perspective. Look at it from the HR perspective of the company.
Me: (Gave two shortcomings and this lasted for around a couple of minutes)
M2: You work at Infosys right? Tell me how the Vishal Sikka issue impacted employees like you?
Me: Sir, I was still in my final year of engineering when this issue came up. I had already been placed at Infosys and there was a sense of fear among all placed students as to whether this issue will affect our call letters. Usually, Infosys starts calling the placed students for the training at Mysore right from June. But that year they started only in October. As a result, several students who were placed at Infosys ultimately joined other companies to do away with the waiting.
M2: So you can say you were affected too?
Me: Yes, sir. I was.
M1: Tell me other than your hobbies, what other things are you interested in?
Me: (with a smile) Sir, I’m interested in Human Resources Management
M1: (Still poker-faced) Can you prove that?
Me: Yes, sir. I did a work from home internship in Human Resources with a company called FlairTales. I did this while I was waiting for my call letter from Infosys. (Since everyone was silent, I continued) At this internship, I was taking care of recruiting interns for positions like Social Media Marketing and Graphic Designing. I was handling the Internshala account of the company for this.
M1: So you took interviews for the applicants?
Me: Yes Sir. Telephonic interviews.
M1: What are the disadvantages of a telephonic interview over a F2F one?
Me: One of the biggest difficulties I faced while taking telephonic interviews was that I couldn’t come to know if people were reading out answers to certain questions. Also in telephonic interviews, we cannot judge a person’s attitude and confidence.
M1: Tell me about a mistake you made while recruiting a candidate.
Me: (Started explaining a situation and was interrupted in between.)
M1: (looking at M2 and L) I’m done asking questions. Shall we let her go?
(They all agree in unison)
M2: You can leave now.
When I came out of the interview panel, a guy told me that my interview was very short, and added, “Only the folks with longer interviews have a chance at getting selected.”
Boy, was he wrong.
Result: I converted the XLRI (HM) program.
Tips to prepare for XLRI Interviews
- Where GD is concerned, a candidate can earn brownie points on introducing the topic well. However, you should be careful of not blabbering or jumping the gun just to gain an edge over your peers. A safe bet is to go second that in case the first candidate makes a mess in his introductory statement, you can clarify it for him or else express your disagreement and fulfill the role as a first speaker, Same would be the case with the closing statement, as gthe moderator is only looking for a quick summary and numerous new points in the existing statement or a poorly framed conclusion.
- In case you want to chip in between the GD, make sure you have something worthwhile to add, else the chances of you being forgotten by the panel shoot up.
- Display a positive body language and interject with reason and refrain from out-shouting anyone or venting your frustration.
- A fish market GD is a common scenario, so try to be attentive and a little quiet. Generally, contributing two points is enough to be noticed by panelists.
- For PI, you must refrain from fidgeting with your pen, sleeve or anything else. Maintain good eye contact with the interviewer(s), but do not stare. Talk confidently.
- The table belongs to the interviewer, so you must keep your hands away from it. Do not try to bluff if you do not know an answer and rather admit the same.
- Prepare a good ‘Tell me about yourself’ answer, ‘Why X institute’ answer and a ‘why MBA’ answer among others. It should include relevant points and should not sound like a boring answer.
- In case you are making a career shift, like from engineering to HR or Finance, you should justify it properly. Do not go by template answers and instead frame your own post some introspection about your past endeavors and how you want to fare well in the future.