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Besides striking the right balance of preparation, a good attitude is the key to crack any interview round at a top B-school. For aspirants aiming for top B-schools in India, Careers360 brings to you the PI-WAT experience of Sneha Sukare who secured admission in the prestigious IIFM Bhopal.
Backed with confidence, Sneha had a clear strategy in mind during her selection rounds at IIFM Bhopal. She emphasises that confidence, common sense, calmness, and team work are what the panelists look for in a candidate. She prepared herself by knowing more about IIFM, and knowing about the areas in which IIFM works and what are the opportunities in those areas to remain prepared for some probable questions.
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Read on to know more about Sneha’s experience at IIFM Bhopal.
Careers360: What is the selection procedure at your B-school?
Sneha: Candidates are shortlisted for interview and WAT on the basis of CAT/XAT score.
Careers360: What was your overall experience of attending the selection procedure of your B-School. Share in detail.
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Sneha: Even though CAT/XAT was the criteria for the first stage they gave importance to WAT which reflects one’s skill to present his/her thoughts better. PI was also comfortable enough to express oneself. The weightage given to each rounds was also reasonable enough.
Careers360: What was your WAT topic and how did you structure it? Did you find it easy or you had a difficult time writing it?
Sneha: My WAT topic was “Is referendum necessary while taking strategic decisions?”
I applied a word-to-word approach. I started with what referendum actually means and then defined strategic decisions. I took two conditions - one where referendum was important and another where it was worthless. In the end I tried to conclude that it depends upon the condition we can not ignore it completely.
Careers360: How did you prepare for WAT? When did you start your preparations for PI-WAT rounds?
Sneha: I followed the study material given by my coaching institute. I started preparing just after my CAT exam. Before CAT exam I used to read different books also.
Careers360: Do you think that a separate preparation strategy is required for WAT?
Sneha: Yes, according to me it is difficult to cover all the aspects of your topic in short period of time and in proper manner. So practice of WAT is important.
Careers360: How should one tackle a WAT topic, if s/he does not have any knowledge about it?
Sneha: Keywords in the question can give us a little idea about any topic. By correlating them one can tackle a WAT topic.
Careers360: What must be the approach, Dos and Don’ts for WAT?
Sneha: I would say that while writing WAT, one or two examples are enough to substantiate your essay.
Careers360: Do you think there are some time management skills required for a student to write a complete structured WAT?
Sneha: Yes, before writing WAT one should make a row structure of your topic which will help you to write in systematic manner.
Careers360: How was your personal interview experience? How big was the panel and what were your feelings while facing them?
Sneha: Interview was quite tough, interviewer gave me situation and asked to find out a solution if I was to be in that situation. They asked questions like why do you want to join this college, what are your strengths and weakness, how will you overcome your weakness.
There were two interviewers.
Careers360: What were the questions which you found most difficult to answer? What were your answers to those questions?
Sneha: A question on 10th grade chemistry seemed particularly difficult. I was not able to recall some terms even though I knew the concept.
Careers360: How did you handle the questions for which you had no answer? Was the panel rude or easy on you?
Sneha: I was honest at that time. I simply told them I did not know the answer and they were fine with it.
Careers360: What were the most interesting questions you were asked? Please share your answers as well.
Sneha: One of the most interesting questions was “Would you be able to survive in rural area and how?”
I answered I lived in rural area for 10 years and I think I can connect with people easily.
Careers360: How did you prepare yourself for PI? What were the PI questions that you searched for your preparations?
Sneha: I prepared myself by knowing more about IIFM, thinking about how my graduation subject would help me in pursuing PGDFM in IIFM, knowing about the areas in which IIFM works and what are the opportunities in those areas.
Careers360: What factors or qualities, you think the PI panel looks for in a candidate?
Sneha: According to me confidence, common sense, calmness, and team work are what the panelists look for in a candidate.
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