Top MBA Personal Interview Questions for Admission 2021
Top MBA Personal Interview Questions for Admission 2021 - Candidates have to cross various bars to take admission in top B-schools in India. Master of Business Administration (MBA) is a two-year postgraduate course that can be opted for by candidates having a bachelor’s degree from any background. Face to face interview is conducted only when candidates clear the entrance exam be it CAT or any other management entrance exam.
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A personal interview round is the last stage after group discussion that decides the candidate’s fate in getting admission to his/her dream B-School. Cracking the PI round is not at all a cakewalk. Aspirants do consider it to be challenging. With the MBA admission season on, Careers360 brings to you the experts' advice and topper’s personal experience insights on top MBA personal interview questions for admission 2021 that will be helpful to ace the interview round.
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What is Personal Interview?
Personal interview or commonly known as PI round is a face-to-face interpersonal round in which either a single person (known as the interviewer) or a group of people (known as panel) take the interview. The selection procedure at B-Schools mandatorily includes the personal interview round to check the candidate’s verbal ability, interpersonal skills as well as the presence of mind. Entrance exams mainly CAT, MAT, XAT, CMAT, SNAP and group discussion rounds do not divulge the personality traits of any candidate. Henceforth, the personal interview round is conducted. Certain tips on the essential components which all candidates must keep in mind before appearing for the personal interview are also given in this article.
Important MBA Personal Interview Questions
Experts divide the questions for MBA interview into two parts. One that deals with personal or personality traits of the candidate and other that helps the interviewer/ interviewers to know about candidate’s knowledge on managerial and interpersonal areas.
Top questions asked in Personal interview round of MBA admissions
Question - Give a brief introduction about yourself? Tell us something interesting about yourself?
Answer - One of the most common interview question is to introduce yourself. This is considered open-ended.
Candidates have an extensive opportunity and gain interviewer’s confidence in the very first question only if they know-how and in which tone to answer it.
The answer should be 2-3 minutes but should have major details.
Candidates must prove that they are well-versed about themselves and can express the same as well.
Question - Describe yourself in three words?
Answer - Keep your answer crisp and mention any three words which describe you well.
Be confident enough to disclose about your personality in three captivating words that impress the interviewer or the interviewing panel.
Candidates can use synonyms to learn fascinating words instead of being too simple.
Question - Why do you wish to do an MBA? What are your plans after getting an MBA degree?
Answer - Be confident and speak about your plans. Discuss the main reason for which you are pursuing an MBA and what have you planned to do once you have the two-year postgraduate degree from best B-School.
Question - How will MBA support your life goals?
Answer - Candidates can amalgamate their life goals with MBA goals and explain to the panel how the MBA degree will help them to earn a livelihood and stand on their feet. How through a better understanding of business terms will lead your career path to advancements. Emphasize on the special goal you wish to achieve by MBA course.
Question - Mention any one life experience that you wish to change.
Answer - In this MBA interview question candidates must make sure to answer any major or specific involvement of their life. Something that is worth telling and may leave interviewers thinking. Do not sit passively and think about that one experience. Be well-prepared and answer attentively.
Question - Do you have any goals? Five years or ten-year goals?
Answer - In these types of questions, candidates can specifically define their goals. Starting should be from the one-year goal followed by five and ten-year plans. Do not hesitate while answering these questions. People have goals. Remember the words of APJ Abdul Kalam Sir “You have to dream before the dream comes true”.
Question - Who do you admire and wish to be like?
Answer - It is your life, your dreams, your motive. You can admire anyone. Be it your mother, father, close family, any friend, famous personality, a fictional character that you might have read in a book. Be confident about your choice and say impactfully. Discuss the features that made you fall for them as an admirer.
Question - Express about the qualities which you have and make you peculiar from others?
Answer - Sound polite while answering about your qualities. Do not look overconfident and flaunt your strengths as this may appear crummy to the interviewer. If you feel there is any special quality you have you can discuss the same.
Question - What did you learn from your failures till now?
Answer - Know it is ok to fail and learn from your mistakes. Do not feel shy to discuss your failure.
Be prepared to answer this question or anything related to failure because such questions aim to judge the tolerance level of candidates.
Do not sound broken or disheartened while answering or discussing your failure.
Try to focus on what you learned instead of what you lost.
Question - What are your negative qualities which you are working on?
Answer - Before jumping directly to say about your negative qualities, start with something positive instead.
Show the interviewer how you can channelize the negative energies.
Do not choose to not answer this question as it may show your shyness to discuss things openly.
Focus more on how you are overcoming your negative qualities, what extra effort you put to convert the bad into good.
Top Managerial MBA Personal Interview Questions:
Question - Why do you think you are fit for an MBA degree? Any specific reason for selecting this college?
Answer - Make sure to highlight your strengths on why you are fit. Try to communicate how your personal interest aligns with the MBA course who wish to pursue. How your undergraduate skills help you. Talk about the qualities of college you are applying to, its campus, co-curricular activities offered, clubs you are passionate about. Reveal about your academic as well as professional experience that will help you enrich your journey in the MBA course.
Question - Do you think being ethical is considered important in today’s environment? What’s your take on that?
Answer - Such type of questions aim to judge your community awareness.
Do not try to answer it directly. Being diplomatic is accepted up to some extent.
Nowadays being ethical or conducting activities ethically has become a question all over the world. So make sure to prepare this question well in advance.
Keep your answer short in cases, where diplomacy is the only answer.
Question - Do you think there is any specific type of people with whom you can not work in future?
Answer - No matter how desperate you are to answer or reveal the other side of the coin by downsizing any other person or personality, keep your calm and answer this question in a fair tone. Do not downgrade anyone be it a person or any organization. By doing so, a candidate may end up portraying him/herself bad.
Question - Have you ever proved yourself as a good manager?
Answer - As you are applying for an MBA course, it is most likely that in the personal interview round, the panel may ask you about a time when you had to act as a manager or take responsibility of doing something worthwhile. Be well prepared with an example to give weightage to your answer.
Question - What according to you is that one managerial quality which all managers must have?
Answer - Do not plunge directly to that one quality. First list down the qualities of a manager like leadership, communicative, decision making, reliable, integrity etc., and then elaborate the one managerial quality which according to you is considered above all. Try to communicate crisp language while elaborating about the managerial quality. Answering this question is a direct opportunity to converse about something which you more passionate about.
Question - Elaborate on your accomplishments. Any situation where you stood out and took the responsibility as a manager?
Answer - Coming up with the positivity or accomplishments that you own is easy. However, some candidates may find it difficult to express the same in words. Be sure to answer MBA interview questions related to your accomplishment, its impact in your life, your experience, what you learned from that accomplishment etc., talk about the initiatives that you took, lessons learned during the journey.
Question - What do you understand by being a good manager?
Answer - As you are giving the personal interview for a management course, make sure you are aware of what a good manager is. Remember, you are expected to be one in future. Do not forget to emphasize the importance of a good manager in society.
Question - Explain decision making.
Answer - Learn about managerial terms, their meaning, try to draw inferences for the words in advance. This is just an example to make the candidates understand the importance of managerial terms. The topic can be different. Make sure you are aware of the managerial words and be elaborative about your answer. No one-liners will help you pass the MBA personal interview round.
Definitely, the questions mentioned above cannot be guaranteed to form part of the personal interview round. However, candidates can take an idea and prepare themselves in advance. Life is full of surprises, so will the MBA interview questions be. Just stay calm and confident. Do not hurry up to give the answer. First, understand the question and the revert.
Advanced Tips for MBA Personal Interview Round
Basic etiquettes like formal dressing, punctuality factor, cleanliness etc. are mandatory if you are planning to appear for a personal interview. Apart from the basic etiquettes, candidates can follow below tips as well to increase their chances of selection.
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Tips for Personal Interview Round:
Be Well Prepared (aware of must-know questions)
Listen Attentively and Respond
Do Advanced SWOT Analysis
Be Informative and Keep Answers Short Unless Required (in open-ended questions)
Be positive and Reflect the same
Be Honest While Answering
Keep Positive Body Language
Drive Answers to Your Strengths
Maintain proper non-verbal communication
GD/ PI Experiences
Check out the interviews of CAT 2020 toppers below to know about these candidates who successfully converted IIM interview call.
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|Ashish Sen||99.99||Click Here|
|Shivam Chandak||99.98||Click Here|
|Aditya Devalla||99.97||Click Here|
|Abhilasha Balakrishnan||99.86||Click Here|
|Adit Sanjanawala||99.85||Click Here|
|Ravi Pranshu||99.78||Click Here|
|Shivam Kumar||99.95||Click here|
Saurav Kumar Singh
|Syed Abdus Sattar||99.19|
|Manas Kumar Pradhan||99.18|
Wishing great success to candidates appearing this year for Personal Interview!
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460 neet score,obc cat can possibility of get admission in MBBS course
Your profile suggests that your domicile state is Maharashtra
It's quite difficult to predict that whether you will get seat or not as cut off marks for medical colleges keeps changing every year depending upon various factors like number of students that appeared in the exam, kind of marks obtained by them , toughness level of the examination etc.
But when we go through previous data then ,
>>>>> with 460 marks ,
you hold a low chance for an mbbs seat in a Government Medical College
in neet 2019, 521 marks for general category was the lowest mark to get an mbbs seat in Government Medical College, under Maharashtra State quota and it was for Government Medical College and Hospital, jalgaon
You can check the same at
You have chances in deemed universities for mbbs which are listed below along with their neet 2020 , 2nd round cut off :-
----------) SBKS Med. Inst. and Res. Centre, Sumandeep Vadodara:- 446 marks
----------) Yenepoya Manglaore:-436 marks
----------) Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences, Bhubaneswar:- 426 marks
----------) B.L.D.E University, Bijapur:- 387 marks
----------) MGM Medical College, Navi Mumbai:- 380 marks
And a few more
To get the complete list of colleges in which you have chances, you can go through our college predictor at
It gives you a personalized report with top college in which you have chances for admission , with the help of predicted colleges you can make better choice while filling your choices of colleges during your counselling
450 score, obc cat, MD anaesthesia, low budget college, good govt/ Pvt college, any chance??
To get a government seat one must score above 525. With 450 you can get in to a private college. As your NEET score is 450. Your Overall Percentile is: 93.39 - 93.89 and when it comes to rank, your Predicted Rank is:89930 - 107080 . Also depends upon last years cut-off. Adding it with 15% All India quota and 85% state quota seats in government colleges.
As per the last year result of NEET UG ,General category aspirants need minimum 147 marks (50 percentile). On the other hand General-PH(129 Marks 45 percentile) and SC/OBC/ST requires 113 marks (40 percentile).
Hope this helps
Wish you luck
my jee rank in obc cat. 29192 can I get cse in hbti
First and foremost,
congratulations on achieving an 29k rank in the JEE . According to recent reports, hbti may not accept admmision through Upsee. HBTI KANPUR is moving its intake to the Jee mains, which is wonderful news because it means more intake. And, based on your ranking, you will very certainly be offered a spot in the second round of counselling.
Visit http://hbtu.ac.in/ for further information.
sir as punjab democile cat. gen sroce 471 can i got best ptv collage in punjab
Hello Yatin. I hope you are in good health. You mentioned your marks but didn't mention the exam you are talking about. Assuming that you have a query regarding NEET UG 2021, I will give an answer based on that. You mentioned you belong to general category. Well, based on your marks, your overall percentile may end up somewhere around 91.59 - 92.09 while your AIR may lie somewhere around 127893 - 160043.
Well, it is quite difficult to predict whether you have any window of opportunity to get government quota seats in private medical colleges in Punjab. Although based on your performance you have less chance to grab a seat for MBBS via All India Counselling as well as State Counselling.
Moreover, you may get chance to grab a seat for B.D.S. under government quota at private dental colleges in Punjab via State Counselling.
You may get admission for pursuing B.D.S. in the following private dental colleges:
- B.J. Singh Dental College Hospital & Research Institute, Ludhiana
- Dasmesh Institute of Research & Dental Sciences, Faridkot - https://www.careers360.com/colleges/dasmesh-institute-of-research-and-dental-sciences-faridkot
- D.B. Dental College & Hospital, Mandi Gobindgarh - https://www.careers360.com/colleges/desh-bhagat-dental-college-and-hospital-mukatsar
- SGRD Institute of Dental Sciences & Research, Amritsar - https://www.careers360.com/colleges/sri-guru-ram-das-institute-of-dental-science-and-research-amritsar
To get detailed information on cutoff marks vs rank for Punjab medical and dental colleges, follow this link:
To know your admission chances in medical/dental colleges with NEET Score, to get a personalized report with Top MBBS & B.D.S Colleges and to check course & counselling wise cut-offs of NEET for various state quotas, caste groups etc., I encourage you to use NEET UG 2021 College Predictor:
I hope you find this information helpful.
Thank you and good luck!
for cat exam which is going to held on november 28 2021 is 2 months home preparation is enough to get good score. please suggest me
Home preparation or we can say Revision or Practice is more than enough to score good marks for any competitive exams. You should have a proper schedule and syllabus that is to be cover you should go through last years paper for knowing the pattern of questions, you should go through atleast 10 sample papers for proper practice. Be focused and set a target of how much you want to achieve, so that you can atleast give your best to achieve near to that target. The most important thing while writing an exam or while preparing is to be calm and focused. So be calm and don't panic.
Hope this helps you.
All the best for your exams.
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