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CAT topper Jayesh Ruchandani cracked WAT-PI for new IIMs and secured admission to IIM Kashipur. In this interview with Careers360, Jayesh shares his experience of Written Ability Test (WAT) and Personal Interview (PI) and shares success tips.
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Jayesh completed B.E. in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Gujarat Technological University. The fresher engineering graduate had 99.12 percentile in CAT 2012.
Sharing success tips with MBA aspirants, he says that your answers on justification of your goals during interview can make or break your chance into a good B-school. He also narrates how the interviewers made him feel comfortable during the interview.
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Personal Interview (PI) Experience:
Careers360: How many members were there in your interview board?
Jayesh Ruchandani: There were three members in my interview panel.
Careers360: How was your interview structured?
Jayesh Ruchandani: The questions asked during the interview focused mainly on my goal clarity. Some of the questions asked on goal clarity were:
Why you want to do an MBA?
Why not take up a job, gain some experience and then do an MBA? (This question was asked since I am a fresher)
You have performed so well in engineering. Why not go for M.Tech or M.S.?
What specialization (Marketing/ finance/ HR/ Operations) are you planning to do in MBA?
What are your plans after MBA?
Careers360: What was the toughest area for you to answer?
Jayesh Ruchandani: As such, I did not face any difficulty in answering any question.
Careers360: What were the key factors which you think influenced your selection at PI stage?
Jayesh Ruchandani: I think my goal clarity was influential in my selection in the PI stage.
“I would suggest aspirants to prepare for interview by writing down the answers for all the possible common questions such as “Introduce yourself” and “Strengths and Weaknesses”. I also went through my resume and prepared for the possible questions that could be asked based on my resume.”
Careers360: What is your advice to aspirants for Personal Interview?
Jayesh Ruchandani: My advice to aspirants is to clearly think about themselves and their goals and “be yourself” during the interview. I would suggest aspirants to prepare for interview by writing down the answers for all the possible common questions such as “Introduce yourself” and “Strengths and Weaknesses” etc.
Careers360: Did you appear for any other PI exercise at other top B-schools? Please share a few experience (where you went wrong).
Jayesh Ruchandani: During my interview for SJMSOM, IIT Bombay, I was not able to convincingly Justify why I was directly going for MBA without having work-experience first.
Careers360: How did you prepare for your PI?
Jayesh Ruchandani: I thoroughly prepared for questions such as, “Why MBA?”, “Which B-School I would prefer if I got selected”, “How MBA would help in my career?” I read major English Dailies and magazines such as Business World, India Today, Outlook and Frontline to stay in touch with all major current affairs in business, politics and sports. I also went through my resume and prepared for the possible questions that could be asked based on my resume.
Careers360: Any interesting moment from your PI which you would like to share with MBA aspirants?
Jayesh Ruchandani: I was noticeably feeling excited as well as nervous at the same time. Seeing this, one of the panelists asked me:
Panelist: How are you feeling right now?
Me: I am feeling normal?
Panelist: Just normal or good?
Me: Now, I am feeling good
Panelist: Good or very good?
Me: I am feeling very good!
Upon this, all the members laughed. This lightened the atmosphere.
Writing Ability Test (WAT) experience
Careers360: What was your topic for WAT? How did you write on the topic?
Jayesh Ruchandani: My topic on WAT: “Road traffic has been a growing nuisance in urban and metro cities. What solutions would you suggest on individual level to tackle the problem?”
In WAT, I wrote about the problem of heavy traffic in cities, understanding of the problem and causes, followed by the solutions and impact of each.
Careers360: What was the allotted time and how quickly you completed your writing on the topic during the test?
Jayesh Ruchandani: Total allotted time for WAT was 25 minutes. I was able to complete my writing on the topic in around 20 minutes. I spent the remaining time in proofreading and corrections.
“I read major English Dailies and magazines such as Business World, India Today, Outlook and Frontline to stay in touch with all major current affairs in business, politics and sports.
Careers360: What was your approach on WAT?
Jayesh Ruchandani: I spent around 13 minutes towards thinking and structuring the points and utilized remaining time in writing the essay.
Careers360: How did you prepare for your WAT?
Jayesh Ruchandani: I regularly read editorials from newspapers (Hindu and TOI) and magazines. Material provided by my coaching class for preparation of WAT/ PI was also helpful.
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