Interview is the final round based on which your selection to a b-school is done. Most management schools do have preliminary rounds like written ability test, group discussions, case discussions, and group exercises before the interview round. During your interview, your academics, work experience (if any), extracurricular and everything else will be under scrutiny. Many b-schools even give extra 10-20% weightage to the interview process, which can ultimately brighten or dim your chances of selection. Hence, this is your one and only chance to know everything about the interview, types of interview, process in order to ace it. This article may help you out.
What is an Interview?
Interviews are kind of a structured conversation between the interviewer (the one who asks questions) and interviewee (one who answers those questions). Interviews can be done for various things but in the context of b-schools, interviews are done to see how you react and if you have the ability to think on your feet. Interviewers basically try to figure out and understand your thought process. In top b-schools, an interview is more like a test of attitude. As it's the aspirants ‘attitude’ towards various situations that will determine the level of success he/she will achieve in b-school and professional life.
Types of Interviews
Personal v/s Group
|Personal Interview||Group Interview|
Open v/s By-invitation
|Open Interviews||By- Invitation Interviews|
Non-Blind V/s Blind
|Non- Blind Interviews||Blind Interviews|
Stress v/s Non-Stress
- B-school interview is a formal event, so please dress according to the occasion.
- Try to control your body language (like shaking your leg, biting your lips, losing eye-contact). Don’t let the nervousness, anxiety, and inner turmoil come out.
- Try to be your natural self and don’t try to flaunt unnecessary business jargon.
- It might sometimes feel weird to talk about yourself. Hence, practice talking about yourself (especially your accomplishments) in front of the mirror, your parents, even your friends. This will help you get off the awkwardness and help you become more confident about yourself.
- Come up with 2 or 3 points which you will want the interviewer to remember you by.
- Finally, come up with a strong and convincing answer to "Why this school?”, and “Why MBA”? questions.
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Hope this article helped you understand different types of interviews and how should one prepare for it. Meanwhile, if you have any comments or suggestions then please comment down below.