GD-PI-WAT: How CAT topper Bhaghat G cracked WAT-PI to enter IIM?
CAT topper Bhaghat G cracked WAT-PI round of Common Admission Process (CAP) for new IIMs and secured admission at IIM Kashipur.
A B.Tech in Electronics and Communication with over 4 years of experience, Bhaghat G shares his WAT-PI experience in this interview with Careers360. He says his interview majorly revolved around his work and goals owing to his long work experience. In this interview, he advices aspirants to be prepared with generic questions such as ‘why MBA’ and ‘how MBA relates to your goals’.
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Personal Interview Experience
Careers360: How many members were there in your interview board?
Bhaghat G: There were 3 members in my interview board.
Careers360: How was the interview structured? What was the percentage of questions asked from your academic background, professional experience, interest/hobby, and generic issues?
Bhaghat G: As I have five years of work experience, I faced only one technical question, remotely related to my academics. Rest of the interview revolved around my work – experience, my small entrepreneurial stint (10 months before joining IIM Kashipur), my extra-curricular activities and my future plans etc.
While 40 per cent of the questions were from my work experience, 20 per cent were from my extra-curricular activity and 10 per cent from my academic background. A few questions were also asked on my future plans and how can I relate my MBA to it.
Careers360: What was the toughest area for you to answer?
Bhaghat G: With a long work experience (in education sector), I found it difficult to justify my career switch after MBA. They actually tried to grill me on these set of questions. Here is a sample:
Interview board questions: MBA can’t give you what you want (to my answer about my long term goalâ¦being an entrepreneur). Then why do you want to go for it?
My answer: I tried being an entrepreneur. But I faced difficulties. That is one reason I want to do my MBA. But I want to pursue my goal after gaining enough experience in business world. Even for that, I need an MBAâ¦(I was not sure whether they were happy with my answer from their facial expressions).
Careers360: What was the toughest moment during your PI?
Bhaghat G: Therewas not any particular tough moment. But after listening to my explanation for my MBA, they said they didn’t believe what I said. I didn’t know how to reactâ¦I tried justifying again, but they repeated the same.
Careers360: What were the key factors which you think influenced your selection at PI stage?
Bhaghat G: I was cool throughout the interview. I avoided a couple of traps by simply smiling where I didn’t had something useful to say. I answered which I thought was correct. I practiced little bit before interview. So, the tone was natural.
Careers360: What is your advice to aspirants for Personal Interview?
Bhaghat G: My sincere advice is prepare for the interview at least like we study for the exams (1 night before). But importantly, think about your career goal (especially if you have work experience). They might grill you with repeated questions (which, if not in interview, we might not be willing to answer). But answer patiently. In the interview or at least while preparing for the interview, it is very important to believe what you think and speak is correct.
Careers360: Did you appear for any other PI exercise at other top B-schools?
Bhaghat G: No, I applied for only IIMs
Careers360: How did you prepare for your PI? When and how an aspirant should seriously start preparing for PI?
Bhaghat G: I started thinking about the general questions right after I got the call for the interview. I tried to sink in what I felt correct (about my past and my reason to do MBA).
Careers360: Any interesting moment from your PI which you would like to share with MBA aspirants?
Bhaghat G: I enjoyed the interview, so did the panel members as they smiled to few of my light humours. I think the better you feel during the interview the better it goes.
Writing Ability Test (WAT) Experience:
Careers360: What was your topic for WAT?
Bhaghat G: Some general topic. I don’t remember what it was. But definitely not a great one (in the sense that one can answer it without preparation)
Careers360: What was the allotted time and how quickly you completed your writing on the topic during the test?
Bhaghat G: A total of 20 minutes was allotted for WAT. I completed it in 19 minutes. I spent around 5 minutes for thinking and making rough points and the rest for writing.
Careers360: What was your approach on WAT?
Bhaghat G: I was very clear what I wanted to write before writing. I thought Instead of writing a lot, it is better to write what makes sense. Also, structure is important. So, I wrote small points at the beginning in rough, framed them in my mind and finally wrote it in short time.
Careers360: How did you prepare for your WAT?
Bhaghat G: I used to read news papers regularly, questions asked in other IIM interviews, experiences of other aspirants (who gave interviews the same year or year before). I also practiced writing in 20 minutes by taking some random topic. I think this helped me a lot as I had lost touch with writing after B-Tech. I strongly suggest the same for everyone.
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