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How to Crack GD-PI-WAT: Shailav Goel a student at MDI Gurgaon who started preparing for his GD PI-WAT a month before the commencement of the interview process says that a proper preparation strategy is required to improve on ones ability to structure their thought and concepts on the given topic.
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Shailav appeared for the selection process of both IIMs and non IIM institutes and found the procedure to be similar. He shares with Careers360 his best PI session which revolved around applications of his learning at workplace in an entirely different scenario along with a discussion around life experiences.
Excerpts from the interview
Careers360: What is the selection procedure at MDI Gurgaon?
Shailav: They called candidates based on the CAT score and profile after which there is a Written Ability Test and Group Discussion followed by personal interview. The topic of WAT and GD remains the same.
Careers360: Could you share in detail your overall experience of attending the selection procedure at MDI?
Shailav: It was a really good experience with a different set of questions asked in the interview. The questions tested not only the academic proficiency but also the life experiences of the candidate.
Careers360: Which other B-Schools’ selection procedure did you appear for? How was your experience in other institutes in contrast to MDI Gurgaon?
Shailav: Apart from MDI, I appeared for IIM Kozhikode, SPJIMR Mumbai, FMS Delhi, and IIM Shillong interviews.
Careers360: What was the WAT topic given to you? How did you structure it? How did you find the difficulty level of the topic?
Shailav: The topic given was “The issues in the Indian Education sector”. It was an easy topic and the time given was sufficient to gather and structure my thoughts and concepts.
Careers360: How did you prepare for WAT? When did you start your preparations for the selection rounds?
Shailav: The preparation focused around general reading and keeping in touch with the current happenings in and around the world. I prepared for about a month before the interviews.
Careers360: Do you think that a separate preparation strategy is required for WAT?
Shailav: WAT does require a separate preparation in which one needs to improve on the ability to structure the thoughts and write in a coherent way.
Careers360: Could you share the WAT topics which you were asked during the admission rounds last year?
Shailav: The topics revolved around the education system, GST, and current trends in the industry.
Careers360: According to you what are the possible ways to tackle a WAT topic? What should one do if they do not have sound knowledge about the topic asked to them.
Shailav: It is rare to have a topic that one doesn’t know about. But just in such case you get one, you could just take it generally and try to incorporate basic stuff.
Careers360: What was your personal interview experience? How big was the panel and how did you feel while facing them?
Shailav: The panel consisted to two professors. Both were quite friendly and made the environment conducive for sharing thoughts.
Careers360: Among all the interviews you have appeared in, which one do you think was the best and why? Share your best PI experience with us.
Shailav: The best experience was definitely at MDI as it revolved around applications of my learnings at workplace in an entirely different scenario along with a discussion around my life experiences.
Careers360: Which according to you were the most difficult questions? What were your answers to those questions?
Shailav: One of the most difficult question according to me was to tell something different about my life that was not reflected in my CV. I was not a prepared for such a question hence the answer I provided was also vague.
Careers360: How did you handle the questions for which you had no answer? What was the panel reaction to it?
Shailav: I just told them about the ones I didn’t have any idea about. The panellists were easy and wanted a genuine reply.
Careers360: What were the most interesting questions you were asked? Please share your answers as well.
Shailav: The most interesting question according to me was a discussion based on a book I had read recently and it went really good.
Careers360: How did you prepare yourself for your PI? What were the PI questions that you searched for as part of your preparations?
Shailav: I just reflected upon my life thoroughly and tried to be clear about why I wanted to enroll for a management role.
Careers360: What factors or qualities, you think does the PI panel looks for in a candidate?
Shailav: I feel clarity of thoughts and genuine answers is what the interview panel looks for.
Careers360: Coming to your GD experience, how many candidates were there in your group and what was your approach?
Shailav: I had around 10 candidates in my group. I tried to get to the basics and approached it in a way different from others. I put forward my points and was able to contribute substantially to the discussion.
Careers360: Did the discussion reach a conclusion? What was the overall experience of this part?
Shailav: Yes it reached a conclusion. The experience was enriching as I got to know the different perspectives of other candidates as well.
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