Top MBA Personal Interview Questions for Admission - It requires great zeal for candidates to take admission in top B-School across India for MBA course. Candidates have to cross various bars to reach the final destination of India’s top colleges. MBA degree is a two-year postgraduate course which can be opted by candidates having a bachelor’s degree from any background. Face to face interview is conducted only when candidates cross the stages of entrance exam and group discussion. A personal interview round is the last stage that decides the candidate’s fate in getting admission to his/her dream B-School. Cracking the PI round may seem like a cakewalk. However, candidates consider it to be challenging. With the MBA admission season starting soon, careers360 brings to you expert advice and real-life topper’s personal experience insights on top MBA interview questions that will be helpful to crack the interview, the level of difficulty, best possible solution etc.

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Top MBA Personal Interview Questions for Admission

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 interview) 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 exam (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.

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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.

Tips for Personal Interview Round:

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Be Well Pre-Pared (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

Be polite

Maintain proper non-verbal communication

Questions of MBA Personal Interview

MBA admission interviews might look scary to candidates, but those who prepare in advance and take a hang of it in advance will be at ease and their agitation will fade away. Candidates are always advised to stay calm and composed and answer questions with confidence. Staying alert and with open ears will help candidates to answer MBA interview questions positively. Even if you make any mistake or happen to wobble make sure it doesn’t happen more.

It is alright to feel apprehensive about the MBA interview questions. Believe it or not even the toppers confessed about having jittery thoughts before they were called in the interview room. Definitely none of the candidates can completely overcome the nervousness but at least can prepare for the personal interview. Prior preparation helps candidates to reduce the amount of stress. Knowing in advance what can be the possible MBA interview questions can help candidates to prepare answers and come up with the best possible solutions.

Common MBA Interview Questions

Experts divide the MBA interview questions 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.

Common Personal MBA Interview Questions:

Question - Give a brief introduction about you? Tell us something interesting about yourself?

Answer - Major MBA Interview Questions is to introduce yourself and 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 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 skyness 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.

Common Managerial MBA 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 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.

Wishing great success and hope candidates get a college of their choice.

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How much percentile would be good in CAT to get admission in MBA from IIT Delhi for a general category participant?

anurag khanna 5th Apr, 2020

Hello Aspirant,

Till now IIT Delhi has not released its cut-off for CAT for admission to MBA courses. According to last year's trend you should score more than 90 percentile if you belongs to general category and want to pursue MBA from IIT Delhi.

For more details about cut-off for MBA program in IIT Delhi you should read this article .

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Good Luck!!


Im doing BBA LLB after this should I prepare for judiciary exam ( civil judge ) or for CAT? Which one would be mire practical and easy to clear?

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 5th Apr, 2020


see no exam is easier to crack if you dont have enough of preparation. to become eligible for judiciary exam you must completed  an LLB or equivalent degree from an institute that is recognized by the Bar Council of India. and for cat exam eligibility criteria is graduation in any discipline with 50% marks in graduation. cat exam is admission for mba courses in finance, human resource, business analytics and many more stream. now it depends on you , you need to think which of the path you want to go, see in both of the ways you can earn a handsome salary, but you need to really dedicated and hard working for that.

hope you may understand.


Is it easy to prepare for both GMAT & CAT exam ?How can i prepare for both in online?

Ankita yadav 4th Apr, 2020
Hi aspirant
Both of them have same motive of doing MBA and somewhat there preparation is same. You have to Focus in 3 direction
Quantitative ability or maths ( it doesn't have that higher level you need to prepare till class 10th maths)
English ( this has to be done properly, in this a passage will come and you have to answer this requires a lot of practice and vocabulary)
Data interpretation and logical reasoning

Here is the link that will help you in preparation

My father is a government employee.If I get good percentile in CAT or MAT exam,does any b-schools offer scholarship to me?

Shiksha 4th Apr, 2020


Yes, there are many mba colleges through mat/cat those offers scholarships.

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my 10th % is 64 and 12th % is 54 in biology can i get the admission in govt. b school for mba through cat?

ADIL KHAN Student Expert 3rd Apr, 2020

Hii Gagan,

Yes, you can. You'll be benefiting from the diversity factor which is just because you are from Biology background in your undergraduation. Though you class 10th and 12th marks are below average but no problem the more you score in CAT the more will it help you in getting a call from a good IIM/B-school. Please prepare for CAT wholeheartedly and give your best shot to CAT. With a composite score percentile in CAT of around 95-98 you can definitely get a call from the CAP IIMs and maybe the old IIMs too.

Though there are many other factors which judge if you will get a call from top B-school or not like your work-ex, extracurriculars etc.

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