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 Great Lakes Chennai 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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which is better for marketing. PGDM at NMIMS Bangalore or PGDM at Great Lakes Chennai
PGDM (Post Graduation Diploma in Management) in marketing at NMIMS (Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies), Bangalore
The faculty staffs are very good. Placement rate is satisfactory. It is really a great college and very good for marketing. It is AICTE approved. The total fees is around INR 16.50 Lakh. The course duration is 2 years. Course level is PG Diploma. According to NAAC It got A+ grade. The number of total seat is 60. The infrastructure of this college is great. It is one of the best institute for marketing. It has a market value, flexible learning method.
PGDM (Post Graduation Diploma in Management) in marketing at Great Lakes, Chennai
You must have work experience of 18 to 16 months, if you found to be exceptionally good in this field. This institute only accepts CAT, XAT, GMAT, MAT or CMAT scores. It is really worthy institute for PGDM in marketing. There is international faculty, business ready manages, diversified industry interaction, rich peer learning and really strong alumni network. That is why it is worth going for it. There is no management quota in this institute. Here admissions are done on merit basis only. This institute is approved by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). AICTE is a statutory body under Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. It is a premier B school of the country and it is always tough to get into such schools as the number of applicants are very high. Good preparation is needed to be successful in the selection process.
Both of the institutes are private. NMIMS, Bangalore will be a better choice for a newbie and Great Lakes, Chennai is a better choice for the Experienced one. But the candidate must have at least work experience of two years. NMIMS is good for 2 years MBA course. The placement rate of NMIMS, Bangalore is better than that of Great Lakes, Chennai. But there is no doubt that Great Lakes provides much strong education than NMIMS, Bangalore. Otherwise both are very nice place to study and helpful for career. I wish you all the best for your future.
I have a friend who has scored 84.5%le in CMAT 2021. She is a NC-OBC category candidate based out in Delhi NCR with 1.2 years of experience. Which are the good colleges she can get in? What are the chances of Great Lakes Chennai/ Gurgaon, Welingkar Mumbai, etc. ?
Below I have provided a link stating the cut off of Cmat for different colleges last year. You can refer to link if you want detailed cut off.
As your friend has score 84+ percentile so the colleges to which he is eligible are,
Jaipuria Institute of Management,
Dr DY Patil College, Pune,
Welinkar School of Management,
Amity University, and many more.
Because of the category he also might be qualified for other good collegea.
Hope that helps.
Which college should i prefer for MBA/PGDM? . GLIM-C PGDM vs KJ CORE ? PLease do help and suggest
As per the rankings of NIRF, Great Lakes Institute of Management is at 23rd whereas KJ Somaiya Institute of Management is at 56th position.
The Placement Record of GLIM is that 95% of students were placed within 9 months in 2020 whereas 100% students were placed in 2019 in KJ Somaiya Institute.
Both the college's are good, the choice is yours which one you should prefer, the rankings and placement records will be a guiding factor for you.
Hope the information is helpful to you.
How good is Great lakes,chennai for pursuing career in Human resources?
Great Lakes Chennai is one of the better Private HR Campuses in India after XLRI, SPJIMR, IMT Ghaziabad and MDI Gurgaon. The Institute has good infrastructure, faculty and a strong employer outlook. Being located near Corporate Hubs at Chennai and nearby Bangalore and Hyderabad provide huge scope and impetus to training and placements.
To know more about Great Lakes Chennai do follow the link below
In what range is the CMAT cut of for Great lakes Chennai and Goa Institute of management?
The previous year CMAT cutoff for Goa Institute of Management, Goa was 99.8 percentile which means you need a score of 300+ and as far as Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai is concerned , you need a score of 280+. The cutoff percentile has always been 90+. But note that Great Lakes always considers other factors like past academic records, work experience (if any), interview equal importance ,so the selection will be done in an holistic manner.
You may checkout the below link for CMAT cutoffs of various colleges:
All the best