Personal Interview Process
- Time limit: 15-30 minutes
- Sequence: After WAT or GD round
- Panelist: 2-3
- Weightage: 30-50%
- Scoring parameters: body language, structured thinking, communication skills, problem solving, people orientation etc.
Types of Personal Interviews
- Stress Interview: In this type of interview, the interviewers ask tough questions to build up pressure on the candidate to see how well they handle stress.
- Conversational: Interviewers generally have a normal conversation with candidates and ask questions.
- Application/Resume based: The interview is mainly focused on the resume/application and the questions are around the same.
- Others: Any other type of interview style would be clubbed under others.
Personal Interview Preparation Tips
- Mock Interviews: Give as many mock interviews as possible to prepare. Make sure you take mocks from different people so that you experience different interview styles.
- Current Affairs: Make sure you’re well read on current affairs as questions around the same can be asked.
- Double Check: Familiarise yourself with your resume/application. So that in case you get questions from your resume/application you’re better prepared to answer.
- Personalised Prep: In case you’re going for a specialised MBA like International Business or PGDM in Marketing, make sure you prep accordingly. You should be well versed with the basics and current trends of your chosen specialisation.
- College Research: It’s better to read up about the college you’re interviewing for. You should know their history, faculty, programs, top alumni, recent events, what are they famous for etc. This can give you an edge in your interviews as you can use this information tactically in your answers.
Interview Best Practises
- Body Language: Even though you might be giving an interview over zoom, you have to maintain a good body language.
- Setup and lighting: In case of remote interviews make sure you have proper lighting as well as a good webcam.
- Listening: This is where I have seen a lot of candidates making mistakes. Remember there is no rush, always listen to each question carefully before answering. Do not interject while the interviewer is asking you any question.
- Communication: Your communication game should be on-point. There is no shame in asking for time to think before you answer. Similarly your answers should be articulated very well and have a logical structure.
Top Interview Questions
- Tell me about yourself
- Tell me something about yourself which is not in your application/resume
- Why MBA?
- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
- What are your life goals?
- What are some of the biggest challenges you faced in your life?
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