How Aleena Chishti cracked GD-PI-WAT to get IIM admission
Aleena Chishti secured 97.54 percentile in CAT 2013 and appeared for the GD-PI-WAT admission rounds of different IIM and B-school. With her elaborative technique and tricks, she cracked the GD-PI-WAT admission round and secured a management seat in IIM Raipur. Aleena is currently pursuing her Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGPM), she shares her tips and strategies to crack the GD-PI-WAT of the IIM admission process.
She shares key elements of a Group Discussion, which can let you tackle the challenges faced in a GD. Further, she reveals what exactly the interview panel seeks into a candidate, and how to enhance your admission chances in Top B-school or IIM’s.
Read here to know How Aleena overcome the GD-PI-WAT challenges and strategies
Careers360: What is the importance of GD in the admission process of IIM and B-school?
Aleena: After the CAT results are declared, it is of utmost importance that a candidate must start preparing for the GD-PI-WAT rounds of the admission process. GD is a vital part of this admission process as it judge you on certain criterion. Group discussion thoroughly focuses on your thought process, your ability of understanding the given topic, your team building skills and definitely your communication skills. One should always keep in mind that it’s the “group” discussion and not an argumentation session between two or three people.
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Careers360: How to tackle group discussion of B-school admission process?
Aleena: Always make sure that you allow your opponent to speak, but also make sure to not to let your point get supressed. Look around to make eye contact with everyone while speaking and try to bring newer perspective to the topic. Speak clearly, loudly as it isthe time to show your ultimate communication skills and try the best to communicate your thoughts properly. Initiate the discussion, only if you feel that you have adequate amount of knowledge on that particular topic and you can give direction to it, else, it’s better to speak later with much more confidence and concrete points. Follow these small guidelines and you will excel in this round.
Careers360: What are the key personality traits that the interview panel looks in a candidate during the Personal Interview round?
Aleena: People usually think that answering each and every question is the key to land in a premier B-school, but the reality is that the interview panel looks for a package, a bundle of knowledge, talent, skills and spark to learn. They look for a personality who has the capability to take their institute to an altogether different level.The interviewee should have a proper understanding of the topic being questioned on, whether it is the subjects that have been studied in college or any other area that you claim to have knowledge in (like your hobbies). Your ability to express your ideas clearly and concisely is an attribute that carries a lot of weightage in the interview, and this is something that the interviewers look for. Communication skills definitely add on to your personality, and you have to make ample efforts to make sure that you are able to communicate whatever you have in mind in an effective manner.
Careers360: What should be the strategy to clear this round of Interview?
Aleena: While preparing for PI, make sure that you don’t memorize the answers, rather, write them down on a piece of paper in a proper flow. Preparing these points will definitely help you to know yourself better and knowing the approach you should take in tackling different questions. Once you are clear with the points you would want to cover in your answer, the answer itself will be framed in the interview. Make sure that you do not go with the answers learnt or mugged up. For an experienced interviewer, it is very easy to make out that the answer is coming from memory and not spontaneously. The interviewers are also interested in knowing about your future plans. They want to be assured that you are not generally drifting in the sea of life and have come to their port not by chance but you are there by design and prior planning. The panel members are also likely to create real life situations to see how you will react to different situations. It is required in order to know your reaction without any additional time to think about them. In fact, if I have to describe what an interview is in one statement, it is all about how you think on your feet and react to situations.
Careers360: How a candidate is analysed on the basis of WAT, and how to prepare for WAT?
Aleena: WAT, not only checks the writing skills of the candidate but also the understanding of the issue by the candidate. Via WAT, the admission authorities try to check your thought process and your ability to express in words in this round.
To prepare for WAT, read different articles from newspaper, track the important news of each day and later write your thoughts about it. This practice not only makes you an efficient writer but also helps in building your vocabulary. The topic for my WAT was, Does working along with sending text messages from mobile phones makes one less productive?. Other topics were, Should cooking be a part of school curriculum?, Should women be allowed to drive?, Do you think Indian Government is doing enough for physically challenged citizens?. So, one can definitely depict that it’s the thought process which was the major testing of this round. And yes, for writing of about 400 words in 20 minutes, you don’t get time to think, so plan and write the moment you get the sheet.
Careers360: Any tips, guidance or suggestions for the students, who would be appearing in your B-school’s GD-PI-WAT rounds?
Aleena: The first and the foremost thing that you should always keep in mind, is to keep your mind fresh. Carry a positive attitude to the place of process. It will definitely add on to your confidence and hence will also be helpful to you in framing your answers, whether that is for GD or PI or WAT. Make sure to reach in time for the process and if it’s scheduled in the morning, make sure to have proper breakfast on the D-Day. Don’t forget to read the newspaper of that day; it might end up being your saviour. Also, avoid giving one word answers in the form of Yes or No, however, try giving short and crisp replies. So, just know yourself, be yourself, keep calm and carry a smile on your face. A smiling face will definitely act as a catalyst in fulfilling your dream of studying in an IIM.
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