Once you are done with the application process and clicked on the 'Submit' button, the next bothering thing is the result. They are the determining factors for your selection to an MBA institution. But why do management universities conduct an interview, have you ever thought about this? No? Let's give you answers to those questions by FAQs!!!
WHY DO MANAGEMENT INSTITUTIONS CONDUCT THEIR INTERVIEW?
An interview is an integral part of the selection process that chooses the candidates on various platforms. They ensure if the candidates they are selecting are capable of handling stress or not, how will they reaction in a do or die situation.
Other important points
1. Weightage: 10% to 40% depending on the institution.
2. Stretch: 15-20 minutes.
3. Size of interview panel: 2-3 interviewers.
4. Certificates to carry: Original certificates (starting from 10th standard to till dates) + extra-curricular activities certificates + Photocopies
5. The medium of answering: English.
IS THERE ANY OTHER ROUND EXCEPT PERSONAL INTERVIEW?
Absolutely, there is. Most of the institutions conduct a Group Discussion to check your leadership qualities and how you perform in a group of people. Generally, it determines your mode of communication (correct way of conveying your thoughts, listening and language), content (effective and efficient) and your group behavior.
WHAT IS THE DRESS CODE?
Dress code helps in shaping your personalities.
* Light-colored shirt and dark-colored pants.
* Wear a less attractive tie.
* An oval-shaped (front) shoe with lace on it.
* Your shirt is properly tucked in.
* Shave in the morning.
* The belt should be decent, not attractive.
* Light-colored shirt and dark-colored pants/skirts.
* Wearing a saree is optional, it will be mentioned in your email.
* Tie your hair if they are long and if short keep it back of your ears.
* A dark-colored and oval-shaped (front) shoe with or without heels.
WHAT DOES THE INTERVIEWER LOOK IN THE CANDIDATES?
They are looking for a suitable candidate for the management course and is capable of taking up higher levels of responsibility in the future . They examine the candidates on the basis of knowledge and behavioral dimensions.
Plus, candidates can tune with the ethical and moral value framework of society. Measuring it in parameters, the interviewer looks at the following attributes: breadth of knowledge, depth of content, ability to discuss, the issue in a balanced manner, logical flow of ideas and the thought the process of the candidate.
WHAT ARE THE TYPES OF QUESTIONS?
An interview determines covers a different set of arenas making the interviewer aware of the personalities of candidates and ready to tackle any of these varieties.
The main areas/questions in interviews are:
1. Background- Family, native, Place, Self.
2. Academics/Work experiences/Internships
3. General Awareness
4. Personality related
WHAT IS A STRESS INTERVIEW?
Generally, the Interviewer makes the interviewee as comfortable as possible. However, in stress interviews, the candidates are put under tremendous pressure throughout the interview. They will probably not give enough time to the interviewee for any question like a rapid-fire question.
The strategy is to keep calm as the interviewer is putting you under severe stress, they will give you the doubt in case you are not able to answer the questions at all or give a wrong answer. Do not react to their taunting remarks. Just smile and say, "I understand that is your point of view, but my view is..." and focus on the questions they are asking out.
COMMON QUESTIONS THAT ARE ASKED:
Cracking an interview to a positive one is tricky but not impossible. There are some questions that are asked repetitively asked and can be prepared for it. These are the most frequent asked questions-
1. Tell me about yourself- It is the trickiest question you will ever face in an interview and there is no correct answer to it. You may begin it any way you like to, covering your educational background, your achievements and if working includes your company name, your designation and what you do. Answer in such a way that you convince the interviewer about YOU who is the salesperson and the commodity.
2. Why do you want to do an MBA?- To answer this question, focus on the long-term ambitions and after that connecting it to how this degree will be helpful for you to accomplish that goal. In this way, you describe your overall plan and a chance to get in. This question will also help to reaffirm your goals and choice of school.
3. Why do you choose this business school or program?- Similar to the above question, you should present your long and short-term ambitions and how that institution will be helpful to reach there.
4. Tell us about your leadership traits-To answer this question, you have to critically evaluate yourself and see where your leadership trait lie. Once you have analyzed yourself from top to bottom, jot down the points and add it with your 'tell me about yourself' column.
5. Tell us about your strengths and weaknesses- There is no "standard list" of strengths and weaknesses from which you can pick up. Basically, it is your own personality assess, the two sides of a coin. If one side discovers your strength, the other will be your weakness. The strengthening words are hard-working, congeniality, convincing ability, discipline, punctuality, goal-orientation approach, analytical approach to problem-solving, working well in a group, etc. Make your list and then cross-question yourself on the basis of that quality. The other side of the coin is a weakness. It is hard to decide but here the interviewer is interested in knowing how you present it and what you do to overcome this. Some of the common words used are lack of punctuality, impatience, impulsive decision-making, etc.
6. Do you have any questions about the business school or the program?- The answer can be yes and no, both. If you have a genuine question to ask, you may ask; if not, it won't make any difference. They have already marked you and asking questions won't improve you that much. Therefore, it is your call whether you have it or leave it.
TIPS FOR THE INTERVIEW
* Be proactive, not reactive.
* Understand the interview process of your target B-School.
* Be a story-teller.
* Arrive before the time.
* Maintain yourself and your dress.
* Be confident and calm.
* Expect the unexpected, yet better is to come.
* Ask a question. (if any)