Tips To Ace Personal Interview - Do you get jittery when it comes to facing the judges panel? Although the personal interview of colleges differ a bit in terms of the external job interview. Yet it is most likely for candidates to have apprehensive thoughts. Feelings like what if I couldn’t crack the interview? What will I say if I do not know the answers of some questions? How should I ace my personal interview? Are there any tips to ace it? Well yes, we at Careers360 will provide you tips to ace personal interview in this article. What a personal interview is? What questions can be asked? What to avoid during PI etc., will be there in this article along with the tips to ace personal interview. These tips can be used by candidates during a job interview. As the MBA admissions in India are on peak time, candidates who are to face the admission process of b-schools can also use these tips to ace personal interview rounds.

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Tips To Ace Personal Interview

What is a Personal Interview?

With context to admission or jobs, a Personal Interview is a one on one real time interaction between a personal called interviewee and another personal / group of personnel called interviewer or panel. Personal Interview is a major tool used by institutes (at time of admissions) / organizations (at time of job placements) to gauge the abilities of an individual. In a personal interview not only the verbal responses are noted by the interviewer or panel,but also implied behaviour is carefully monitored.

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What is Asked?

Interviewers are curious to know everything about the interviewee. In a personal interview there will be questions about your personality, your workstyle, work experience, psychological behaviour towards things and work interest. Always remember to bring out the positive side even if the interviewer has asked a negative question. While there are some questions which do not have any right or wrong answers, make sure to be specific about them and try to answer in a dominating manner.

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Major Things To Be Kept In Mind

  • Do not speak wrong if you are not familiar with the topic asked by the interviewer

  • Speak only the actual algorithms. Do not try to bluff to look intelligent

  • Avoid slangs/jargon

  • Be in a formal dress code

  • Show your presence of mind

  • Be prepared

Tips To Ace Personal Interview

Now that you know what a Personal Interview is and what you should not do. Let us now move onto the tips to ace Personal Interview.

  • Do your research

  • Do not be empty handed

  • Know the basic etiquettes

  • Learn behavioural interview techniques

  • Dress for success

  • Demonstrate confidence

  • Be an active listener

  • Use illustrations

  • Ask questions

  • Stay calm and motivated

Let's look at Tips To Ace Personal Interview one by one carefully:

Do your research

Learn about the institute or company in which you are about to give the Personal Interview. Take your time to research about the institute or company. Doing good research will allow you to stay confident on this aspect and you will be ready to answer all related questions. Read the “About Us” section on the website of the institute or company. If you know people who have studied from the same institute or worked for the same company, go and ask out their opinion about the institute or company. Do not go unprepared.

Do not be empty handed

Do not land up without any certified documents or original certificated. Going empty handed may leave the interviewers thinking about exact qualification. Make sure to take the following listed documents.

For Admission Personal Interview- Take 10th and 12th certificate. In case of postgraduate admission take a Bachelor's degree as well.

For Job Personal Interview- Take certificates, Few copies of your Resume/CV, any additional educational certification.

Basic Documents- Some passport-size photographs, a pen, notepad/papers.

Know the basic etiquettes

Due to agitated state of mind, candidates make minor blunders and end up losing points. Candidates remain unaware about the basic etiquettes. Take your time and prepare yourself. Some of the basic etiquettes which candidates must follow are-

  • Be on time and don’t be late

  • Do not use cell phone during the personal interview

  • Pay attention to what the interviewer is communicating

  • Talk only what is necessary. Do not over-talk

  • Do not badmouth any institute or organization

  • Maintain a proper body posture

Learn behavioural interview techniques

Apart from the basic interview question, candidates need to prepare themselves for some behaviour based questions as the Personal Interview also judges what is implicit. Behavioural interviews are aimed at judging candidates on how well they have handled their past situation. The best way to prepare for this is to make a list of your strengths and weaknesses and then try thinking of situations where you think you have applied them.

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Dress for success

Be in a formal attire and look confident. It is said that a well dressed person is half prepared. Although, there is no proper dress code defined for the interviewee, yet do not try to be creative with the dress code. Wear a formal dress code. Do not wear a heavy perfume. Avoid doing too much makeup if you are not interviewing for a creative company or fashion institute.

Be confident

Be confident in how you look, speak and behave. Never let the interviewer feel that you are losing confidence through your answers. Remember that non-verbal communication is equally important and helps you portray yourself in a good manner. To look and stay confident maintain a positive body posture. Think positive during the interview. Your mood is reflected in your voice and hence is considered a factor of how confident you are.

Be an active listener

Do not force the interviewer to feel that you are losing interest and are being non-attentive to his questions. Listen to what he says and not hear what he says. Remember that “Listening is active” and “hearing is passive”. Hence, be attentive and an active listener.

Use illustrations

If the interviewer asks you any questions, try giving the answer along with some examples. Make sure to showcase the positive aspects of the question. Do not exaggerate the examples as they make sound confusing and a part of storytelling. Prepare some illustrations in advance and imagine a situation. Make it sound like a real situation and above all speak it with confidence.

Ask questions

As already known that a Personal Interview is conducted as an interpersonal communication. Henceforth, the candidates also have the option to ask question/s from the interviewer with regard to the institute or company. Do not hesitate in asking something that you think can be relevant and support your decision to join that organization or institute. Take complete advantage of the opportunity.

Stay calm and motivated

In case of nervousness, try using the washroom and make yourself at ease. Remember that it all shows on its face. Hence, be confident and remain calm. Prepare yourself in advance to see the after effects. Take some deep breaths for freshening you mind and enchant that your personal interview will be successful.

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I have 87.4% in 10th and 73.8% in 12th and 67.4% in graduation ,can I get a call from iim if I score 99 percentile in cat exam

ADIL KHAN Student Expert 9th Apr, 2020


You have a pretty average academic score and Some B-schools consider your academics but still Yes you can get into top b-schools, provided you have a  percentile in the common admissions test(CAT) too a cat percentile of 98+ for mediocre IIMs and 99+ for the top ones. But you can absolutely forget IIMs-  Ahmedabad , Bangalore,v Calcutta,Indore as they focus on acads and you have a very average profile as of now but still there are lots of other factors which govern whether you'll be gettin a call from the top IIMs or not like which company did you work for, if the company is one in which the selection rate is less or the selection criteria is hard, which college you did your undergraduate degree from, which course did you pursue, many other factors which play a role. But it depends also on what course you prusue in your graduation considering you are a student from the commerce/business stream.

Please focus on your undergraduation marks too and do a lot of Internships to improve your profile and hence increase the chances of getting a call.

You can reach out to us for more information regarding admissions entrance tests etc.

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is it neccesary to give CAT exam for pursuing In MBA?

Preeti Makhija 9th Apr, 2020

Dear Student,

CAT is the entrance exam for Top B-Schools in India. But  now there are other entrance exams as well like MAT,CMAT,XAT,etc for good MBA Colleges.

In Delhi/NCR there are many colleges who take MAT , CMAT score for admissions. some of them are:

IILM UNiversity Gurugram

Appejay school of Management

Amity University

SGT University etc...

All the universities have started with the admission process, please go through the websites and get all the details.


atleast how much percentile should i need in CAT exam to get admission in college which gives me package of mininum MBA finance after completion of course.?help me plzz

Deepshikha Student Expert 9th Apr, 2020
College does not have a big role to play when it comes to placement. It's only a gateway for you to participate in the campus selection process. Colleges like Indian Institute of Management across India, TISS etcetra provide you with great opportunities. Big companies come here to hire students. So,you should try to score above 95-96 percentile to get into such colleges,after that your hardwork and dedication will help you get a good job.
Hope this helps.
Good luck.

Im a commerce student without maths can I clear the CAT exam .

ADIL KHAN Student Expert 8th Apr, 2020

Hii Abhinav,

Yes you for sure can but the amount of hard work you will have to put in will be more. The maths/quants part is pretty basic but is very tricky so it is tricks which you need to understand and apply.

CAT is an exam which tests your practicality and not how much you can learn by rote learning. You can start off by appearing for a mock test conducted free online and assess your performance that'll help you see and judge the areas you need improvement in and then decide if you need coaching or you can go on by yourself. You can either go for self study or Prepare with a tutor. For english prep. You can start off with Word Power Made easy, do this book twice, don't rush but read it and learn for 30-45 mins everyday. For Quants and LR-Di Arun sharma. Giving a mock a week and analyzing your strengths and weakness in terms of topics, score, percentile score and the time you are spending per question is really important.

Do take mocks religiously and you'll see how much it can affect your preparation in a positive manner.

You can read more about cat prep here-

You can reach out to us for more help.

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10th -70% 12th -56% (Science) bcom - 80% (SC candidate), if I get 100 percentile in CAT, would have I got call from IIM A or C ??

ADIL KHAN Student Expert 7th Apr, 2020

Hii Biton,

Yes, there is a possibility for you as you belong to the SC category. But still there are  alot of factors taken into consideration while accessing your profile for giving a call for interviews bu top Business schools of India. You have a good chance provided you work on your communication skills and other skills. Also try doing internships and building your profile as these things will affect and may decide if you will be getting a call or not.

Hope it helps,


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