10 Tips to Ace MBA Interview
With the admission season starting soon, here we share ten tips to ace an MBA interview, shared by Great Lakes Institute of Management Admissions Director, Gautam Lakhamraju. These tips will guide you about the steps to follow in order to crack the selection process.
You must have appeared in some of the top MBA entrance exams by now, like CAT, IIFT, MICAT, but, the battle is not over yet- in fact, it has just started. Now comes the time for the most critical part- the Selection Rounds, and importantly the Personal Interview (PI) round.
The PI is the most crucial component of the admission process and if you have received a call from a business school. However, it is still too early to celebrate as one needs to do well in the interviews to get a final call irrespective of how strong their application is.
So, how can you impress the school during the PI round? Here are some tips that might help you in your MBA interview.
1) Preparation is the Key to Success: It might sound like a no-brainer, but the key to successfully cracking a PI round lies in how well you prepare for it. Prepare your answers for the generic questions like, why do you want to pursue MBA, why choose this particular school, what do you bring to the school community, your past achievements, etc. You’ll have to train yourself to give informative answers naturally and confidently and for this you’ll have to review your application thoroughly. Even a little bit of hesitation or a hint of rehearsed speech can create a negative impression.
2) Build a Great Story: It is important to make a list of at least 5 key points that you wish to convey to the interviewer. Then, strike them off of a mental checklist as you talk about them as the interview progresses. Preparing for this ahead of time ensures that you don’t leave the interview room regretting about missing out on a key aspect that could have been crucial for your selection. An MBA interview is like a business transaction, you have to make sure that the customer (interviewer) knows about your Unique Selling Proposition and for that, you’ll have to be proactive instead of waiting for them to pull the information out of you.
3) Practice your Answers: The interviewers are highly experienced professionals and can easily identify whether your answers are genuine or you are just reciting the crammed up phrases taken from all the prep sites. Therefore, practice the common interview questions with your friends. Mock interviews will help you reach the stage where you are clear and comfortable about the point that you wish to make but are no longer struggling to find the right words. This will help you interact naturally with the interviewer and you can expect a lot of good questions from him/her that will enhance the chances of your selection.
4) Listen to Understand and not just to Reply: It is easy to get excited about the great answer you are going to give even when you have listened to just half of the question. In that excitement, candidates generally make the mistake of giving a confused or incomplete response. So, instead of jumping ahead to answer the question, first listen to the question carefully and then prepare your response. Even taking a moment or two to compose your response is no crime in the eyes of the interviewer. On the contrary, it gives an impression of a calm and thoughtful candidate.
5) Develop a Rapport with the Interviewer: The chances of you getting selected in an interview increase exponentially if you strike the right chord with the interviewer/s. But, a seamless conversation does not mean that you can get casual with your responses nor does a friendly environment mean that you can lower your guard. Try to be as professional and confident as you can possibly be without sounding arrogant. The trick to build a rapport with the interviewer is to answer the questions honestly and sincerely while making them interesting. And if you are able to successfully do that, half the battle is won.
6) Lead the Conversation towards your Strengths: A strong candidate is the one who can direct the conversation to his strengths without the interviewer realising it. In order to do this successfully, you answer a question in such a manner that it briefly refers to something you can showcase – achievements, strengths, recognitions, etc. Then, there is a high chance that the follow up question will address that subject and you’ll gain the control to shape the interview. However, it is advisable to do this carefully and not give absurd or completely off-topic references and responses.
7) Stay Calm in Adversity: Remember the fact that you have been called for an interview because the school believes you can be a great addition to its student base, but there can be a couple of issues that they might want to clarify in detail. So, keep calm and keep giving confident and positive responses if questions keep coming back towards one particular issue. Some schools want to see how you react when directly confronted with a weak point or how you behave under pressure. So, be ready for confrontation, but do not lose your composure. Again, identifying those weak areas and having a convincing answer on how you worked on them can actually help you turn adversity into opportunity.
8) Don’t lie in your CV: Again, this might sound like a no brainer but you’ll be surprised at the number of students who make this mistake and it effectively leads to their rejection. As mentioned earlier, the interviewers are experienced professionals and they can see right through most of the lies. If you are unable to back up the facts mentioned in your CV, then that will be the end of your interview and even a slightest bit of hesitation while answering a question in which you are supposed to be good at (as per your CV) will be enough to raise red flags.
9) Ask Intelligent Questions: An MBA interview is a two-way process and your failure to ask relevant and intelligent question about the school and the program can work against you. You can discuss your interests, relevant hobbies and community activities and how the institute can help you in pursuing them. You can also ask about the faculty, research or networking opportunities in the area that concerns your studies. Whatever you do, make the conversation interesting and let the interviewers know that you are serious about this program.
10) The Basics: Just like any professional interview, it is important to reach the venue before time to efficiently collect your thoughts and get freshen up, so that you don’t appear shabby due to the travelling. Also, it goes without saying that you must be dressed in your best professional business attire and must have a confident and positive body language. The handshake must be firm and do conclude the interview with a polite thank you!
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pls provide last year cutoff of great lake for cat and cmat
Cut off of a specific college can differ every year. It depends upon various factors such as total number of aspirants, highest scorer, number of seats, difficulty level.
If we take previous year records , the expected cut-off of CAT for Great lakes was 80% and of CMAT was 85-90%.
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Which colleges should i prefer Great lakes chennai Pgdm or kj somaiya International business?
Great lakes chennai has 4.3/5 rating from the students of the campus. it indicates that college has done it's best in all the factors. Fee structure over 10lakhs with additional charges which is bit higher for 2 year course. fee structure vary as per stream/domain. for admission, institute accepts CAT, XAT and GMAT. even MAT score is accepted for admission.
Other facility like Infrastructure, library, space for extra-curricular work is good and best. You will get good enough space to use and test yourself to find what you are good at. Faculty are well experienced holding PhD degree. They do best to teach student and make them learn.
KJ Somaiya International Business:- well service provider for well recognized for one of the best B-school in India. Infrastructure is good. experienced faculty, placement is best as students gets placed in top fortune 400 MNCs. It offers PGDM specialization in streams like HR, operation, Finance and marketing.
entrance exam considered :- CAT/XAT/GMAT/ CMAT. fee structure is 14.93lakh approximately. Highest package offered is 27lpa.
considering fee structure as a factor, KJ somaiya will be better option. for rest term of factors, both the campus are same. You can choose any one you find interesting.
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I have 22 months of work experience in automobile sector and i have recieved a call from Great Lakes Chennai. I also recieved a call from KJ Somaiya Institute. Which Institute should i go for considering placements and my current work experience.
Both the colleges are highly demanded and good reviewed college. Rating given by the students indicates college provides best environment and support of faculties for improvement of students skills and knowledge. You can choose anyone which you find suitable for you.
On the basis of placement, you can choose Great Lake college as it has good placement performance and as per the statistics, it increases every year.
for more information, please visit the link below:- https://www.careers360.com/colleges/kj-somaiya-college-of-engineering-mumbai
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Hello!Can I Know About the Weight age given for Academics?
Please mention about which stream you want to know.
If you are asking in general then it is just a bar which is kept as eligibility criteria by college , institutes and organizations for selection or admission. So it is important to score above 60% which is quite stable and makes easy to go through the process. There are institutes like IIT and NIT where you can take admission only if you have 75% in 12th
Many MNCs hire candidates with eligibility criteria above 65 -75 also.
But there are many other option also where your skills will be considered over your academics score.
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is it worth persuing PGPM from great lakes chennai after having 4.5 years of work experience?
Great lakes institute of management, Chennai has great placement record for pgpm courses. Every year, almost 98% students placed in different reputed companies like Dell, HCL, ITC, EY, Cognizant, Genpact, KPMG, Snapdeal, TCs etc with median packages around is 8 to 9 lakhs. A multinational Consulting Firm made the highest offer with a CTC of 28.6 lakhs per annum. The college infrastructure is really good. Overall, it is an excellent B school if you exclude the IIMs.