Tips To Ace a B-School Interview Process

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Tips To Ace a B-School Interview Process

To get into your dream B-School for pursuing a post-graduate management program, management aspirants are expected to cross several hurdles. Before finalizing the admission of a student, every B - school conducts various rounds of assessments e.g. Interviews, Group Discussions, Case Studies, and many more, to check the capabilities of a candidate.

Every B-school conducts a Personal Interview to gauge your interpersonal skills, confidence, knowledge, and mindset/attitude. The interview panelist may ask questions / give you any situations to check your approach and your responses in such situations. It is imperative to be confident, and you should be able to support your answer to every question.

Here we are listing some of the important tips to help you to crack a B-School interview round with confidence

Ready with ‘Must Know Questions’
The candidates should be ready and well-versed with the basic questions about:

  • Career goals
  • Tell me about yourself
  • Life and ambitions
  • Strengths and weaknesses
  • Hobbies and Interests
  • Achievements and Failures
  • Why MBA/PGDM
  • Why do you want to join a particular institute
  • How MBA/PGDM will help you to achieve your goal
  • Where do you see yourself in the next five or 10 years
Additionally, if you have work experience then you must be ready to be grilled on questions related to your work domain, your job role, key learnings, etc.

Reflect Confidence
It’s very difficult to say ‘No’ to a confident person. During the interview process, be confident enough in whatever you say (answer). If the interviewer cross-questions, don’t panic, be assertive and answer the questions confidently.

The interviewer may also take your stress interview to check the amount of pressure you can handle with confidence. It is important to show your presence of mind, your logical approach towards the questions, and your thought process must be visible to the panelists. You should be confident and clear in delivering your answers.

Maintain your poise and smile all the time!

Be Honest to Yourself and Interviewers
Being honest is extremely important, as the interviewer has the capability to gauge the candidate and you can avoid cutting a sorry figure. The panelists are well experienced and it will not take a minute to catch your bluff. You must know that your body language speaks a lot and it is tough to bluff the interviewer. There is no right or wrong answer in an interview (especially skill-based questions), it clearly depends on the candidate’s approach to a particular situation.

It is absolutely alright if you don't know the answer to a question you can easily say ‘Sorry, I don't know the answer’ OR you could say ‘I am not sure if I am correct, but I would like to give it a try’. It is not necessary for you to know all the answers but it is important to be confident and honest.

Be Polite
Sometimes, Listening is more important than Speaking. Politeness during the interview also brings a positive impression on the interviewers. Candidates should listen and understand attentively what the interviewer is trying to say or ask and put forward their response with a better argument.

If you need time to think before you answer a question you should definitely ask for it by saying ‘Sir, may I please take a minute or so to think and answer you in a better way’. Do not hesitate in keeping your points forward but at the same time, you must ensure that you sound polite and professional.

Drive the Interview Towards Your Strengths
The interviewer asks different questions to different candidates, in that case, you should know how to gradually take the interview towards your area of expertise as the interview progresses.
As the interviewer mostly asks questions based on your answers therefore you should be well-versed with the basic questions. You should be able to drive the interview with your explanation of the previous questions.

Positive Body Language
Mind your posture, as your Body Language says it all! Your approach and your body language in the interview must show positivity. Experts say that sharp responses and intelligent answers are supported by powerful and positive expressions, a practical approach, and the proactive nature of candidates during the interview
Maintain good eye contact and appropriate use of hand gestures.
Sitting posture should be formal throughout the interview. Make sure you are dressed appropriately. It is also important to exhibit a positive attitude as sometimes the interviewer evaluates your potential to be a future leader.

Be Thorough With What You Write In Your CV
During the interview, the interviewer may also ask questions based on the information provided in your CV/Resume. The interviewer expects that the candidate is well versed with the information provided in the CV.
You must keep yourself abreast with current affairs, general knowledge, and domain knowledge.

Know the institute
Evaluate the interviewer and the institute s/he represents. An interview is a two-way street. Conduct yourself cordially and respectfully, while thinking critically about the way you are treated and the values and priorities of the institute.
Have intelligent questions prepared to ask the interviewer. Having done your research about the institute in advance, ask questions which you did not find answered in your research.
Make sure you understand the institute's next step in the admission process; know when and from whom you should expect to hear next. Know what action you are expected to take next, if any.

Conclusion
Personal Interview is one of the most important rounds that decide your selection in your dream B-School therefore it is important to give your best in those 15-30 minutes. Keep in mind the above-mentioned tips to be at best prepared for questions asked during the interview.
All the Best!!

Fatema Abbas

Fatema Abbas is a result driven senior training and development professional with 18+ years of rich experience in the field of training, coaching, mentoring and counseling. Her area of expertize lie in Business Communication, Culture sensitizing, Matrix leadership, Personality development and Life skills. She is an MBA–HR and currently works in the capacity of an HOD–Business Communication & Soft Skills Cell at a premium management institute–PIBM.
Along with publishing her book “Skills needed at modern Work place”, she has also published a couple of research papers and written various articles in leading journals / magazines.
Apart from being passionate about her work she strongly believes in keeping one’s skills current. She is curious as a person, social worker by choice and enthusiastic about life.