Does it make sense to prepare for interviews from now itself?
I have seen on InsideIIM that many people who get shortlisted for interviews have a vast knowledge of many things. They also have a strategy to answer key questions like
“Why MBA”, “Which was your favourite graduation subject and why”, “tell us about your political views” etc.
Would it make sense to read up on all this from now itself? Or should I worry about this post-CAT?
I think it makes a sense because reading articles on diverse topics will not only help you to gain control over the verbal section of CAT exam but also it will increase your knowledge on different topics which will be required during the interviews. Also after the CAT exam till XAT you might be busy with preparation itself and after that, there is very less time to prepare for the interviews. So it is better to make a start with CAT preparation itself.
I think preparing for CAT requires a technical approach. You stick to a strategy, change it as per your weak/strong points and practice. Amongst all these technical approaches, I feel it is necessary to familiarize yourself with the non-technical aspects like the questions that are asked in an interview. It might not be advisable to prioritize more on the interview preparation before you take the CAT/XAT exams but, spending a fraction of your preparation time on soft-skills and knowing yourself would not only help you beat the monotonous cycle but also steadily help you gain confidence for the 2nd rounds of b-school admissions. That way, some of the answers may not seem too constructed and the interviewers might be able to see the honesty behind them.
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