GD-PI-WAT: How CAT topper Deeksha S cracked WAT-PI round to enter IIM Kozhikode?
CAT topper Deeksha S cracked WAT-PI round at IIM Kozhikode to secure admission to the top B-school. In this interview with Careers360, Deeksha elaborates on her experience of Written Ability Test (WAT) and Personal Interview (PI) and also shares success tips.
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A B. Tech graduate from NIT Trichy, Deeksha was a fresher when she appeared for WAT-PI round at IIM Kozhikode in 2013. Sharing success tips with MBA aspirants, she says that candidates must be ready with explanations and justifications for what they mention in their CV.
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Personal Interview (PI) Experience:
Careers360: How many members were there in your interview board?
Deeksha S: There were three members in my interview board.
Careers360: How was the interview structured?
Deeksha S: The interview started with questions about me and then further questions were asked based on my answers. One question was asked based on my academic background followed by two or three questions based on my response. One question was asked based on my interests (after seeing my certificates). The board also asked two or three current affairs questions.
Careers360: What was the toughest area for you to answer?
Deeksha S: The interview was pretty simple if you were thorough with your current affairs and the facts mentioned in your CV.
Careers360: What was the toughest moment during your PI?
Deeksha S: I would not say there was any particularly tough moment. It was not a stressful interview. The interviewers were relaxed and made me also feel comfortable. My interview lasted for 15 minutes.
Careers360: What were the key factors which you think influenced your selection at PI stage?
Deeksha S: I feel each person in the interview board looks into different abilities of a candidate. That being the case, it might be impossible for me to pin point exactly what I said or how I behaved, had appealed to them. Generally, one should be prepared with current affairs and business topics thoroughly and able to explain and justify CV details.
Careers360: Did you appear for any other PI exercise at other top B-schools? Please share a few experience (where you went wrong).
Deeksha S: I appeared for IIM-I interview also. They focused majorly on my academic background- Chemical engineering, which I believe I did not satisfactorily answer.
Careers360: How did you prepare for your PI? When and how an aspirant should seriously start preparing for PI?
Deeksha S: I took many mock interviews for my PI apart from reading the newspaper thoroughly. I started preparing for my PI three weeks before my interview
Written Ability Test (WAT) Experience:
Careers360: What was your topic for WAT? How did you write on the topic? Please share key highlights.
Deeksha S: My topic for WAT was “a single rose can be a garden, a single friend my world”. I approached the topic by first explaining what I understood by the topic and then taking a side. I was FOR the topic and gave relevant examples regarding the same.
Careers360: What was the allotted time and how quickly you completed your writing on the topic during the test?
Deeksha S: Allotted time was 45 minutes and I used up the entire time to write and proof read my answer.
Careers360: What was your approach on WAT?
Deeksha S: My approach was to put across any relevant points I had in my mind for the given topic after structuring my thoughts.
Careers360: How did you prepare for your WAT?
Deeksha S: IIM-K had a mentorship program where the students had shared the list of topics they were given when they wrote their WAT. I choose a few topics and wrote essays on them which I later gave to seniors and professionals to get their opinion. I believe the key is practice which prepares you to structure your thoughts fast and putting them across clearly.
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