A personal interview is a face-to-face interaction between the interviewer (called the panel)
and the interviewee (called the candidate) with the objective of assessing the interviewee's
skills and suitability for an MBA program in their institution. Candidates are tested on parameters
like initiative, team skills, task orientation, and willingness to learn, leadership capabilities,
goal clarity and stress management.
MBA Interview Preparation
MBA interviews are similar to campus interviews. They include questions regarding the candidate's
academic profile, work experience, general awareness, career, extracurricular activities and achievements. They may also include questions related to your reason for doing MBA, about your dream MBA institute, your long-term career goals etc.
Interview Strategy and Tips
What are the popular " Do's " in a Personal Interview?
- Use a strong voice, clear diction and correct grammar.
- Dress appropriately for the PI.
- Establish and maintain eye contact with the interviewer, but do not stare!
- Equip yourself with sufficient knowledge about the B-school you are seeking admission in.
- Take criticism gracefully.
- In case of prior work experience, be well versed with your key responsibilities and role in the organization.
- Exhibit a mixture of self-confidence, grace and poise.
- Have concrete goals in terms of your career.
- Revise the basic concepts of your graduation stream.
- Revisit the details of key projects & papers undertaken by you during your graduation and/or job.
- Do support your answers with examples, wherever possible.
What are the popular " Don'ts " in a personal interview?
- Don't be arrogant, overaggressive or vain.
- Don't show a lack of attention or energy.
- Don't make excuses for adverse conditions in your record, such as below average marks.
- Don't condemn past institutions of education; keep your comments positive.
- Don't be uncertain and indecisive in your thoughts.
- Don't display prejudice or bias.
- Don't contradict your own answers.
- Don't glorify experiences dating back to formative years of schooling.