Start an Early Preparation for CAT Personal Interviews

The following post shares some useful tips for cracking a personal interview round. Every student aspiring to pursue a degree in MBA must have given 100% in the CAT exam. Now, when CAT result for seeking admissions to various B-schools in India are expected to be declared, the candidates are left with less time to prepare for the next level of admission process, it is the right time to start preparation for personal interview rounds.

How to Ace a Personal Interview Round?

The goal of getting into a top management college does not end at scoring good marks in CAT exam. With the increasing competition for the limited number of seats offered by the IIMs and other prestigious B-schools, it becomes imperative to perform well in all the other levels of admission process. Personal interview is an integral part of your admission and selection process to your dream MBA College.

PI round in B-schools not only includes facing the panel confidently, but also outshine in it to be shortlisted amongst the best students.

Here we share some important areas that need your attention to perform well in an interview round:

Clarity of Career Goal

To be able to perform well in personal interview round of any MBA institute, it is important to have clarity of your career goal to answer and ask the questions in the PI round. If you know that why you want to pursue an MBA degree, which specialization you want to study or what you want to do after an MBA program, you will never find difficulty in answering any question.

Communication Skills

Personal interviews are a way to test how effectively an applicant can convey his ideas and career motives to the selection panel. Since, management courses are designed to create future managers, it is vital for all the MBA aspirants to possess excellent communication skills. So, the success mantra to perform well in interview round is to learn to communicate properly.

Knowledge

Since MBA programs in different specializations are much demanding in nature and want the students with strong knowledge of different fields. Hence, it is vital to possess the complete knowledge about the field you are interested in pursuing a career in, such as finance, marketing, human resource, operations and IT.

Research about the Institute

It is important to research about the college you are going to appear for an interview. The knowledge of the institute makes you feel more confident to be ready to answer any one of the related questions in the interview such as why you want to pursue an MBA degree in this college.

Apart from the above areas, it is also helpful to get prepared to answer some of the common questions such as:

Strengths and weakness
Why MBA?
Study strategy
Career plans, etc.

So, do not wait for CAT results as this is the best time to start your preparation to find yourself studying in one of the top ranking B-schools in India!

All the Best!