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Close Encounters Of The Tough Kind

What The Article Is All About:
A look at some frequently asked questions in the interview round, and how to answer them.

There are no fixed rules in an interview and hence you should be prepared to face any eventuality. However, there are some standard questions that panels post to the students, in order to assess a variety of personal traits, professional attitude and suitability of the students for a particular institute.

This is does not mean that mastering the answers to these questions would mean that that you would sail through the interview with flying colors.

The questions listed here are only the probable ones. The list is only indicative and not exhaustive. The intention is to give you a fair idea what all these questions are about and what they are expected to measure in terms of your suitability for the institute.

The following questions have been frequently asked by the panel and many students remember having tumbled in answering the questions as they are deceptively simple.

It is therefore very important that you take a hard look at the following questions and firm up the answers with adequate arguments. We shall see how the following questions could be answered in order to answer them effectively. It would be important to know what all lies behind them.

Let’s try to catch up with the following FAQs:
1. Tell us about yourself?
2. Why do you want to do an MBA?
3. What are your career objectives?
4. How have you fared academically till now?
5. Which is your favorite subject?
6. What are your hobbies?
7. One significant achievement in your life till now?
8. What are your plans, presuming that you do not make it this time?
9. What are your strengths and weakness?

Tell us about yourself?
This question is the most frequently asked one as it breaks the ice and attempts to gauge your overall ability to relate the past data in a coherent and meaningful manner. This question looks very simple at the face of it, yet it is a critical one. This is so because many are not able to decide what could be uttered in response and falter as a result.

Students must answer such a question in a way that gives the panel all the relevant details not only about themselves, but also about their parents and brother/sister. Many students are not able to handle this question as they either become too verbose or too opinionated. Try to relate all the relevant background information in your answer. You must also try to package the information so that it sounds logical and helps the panel to conduct the interview in a particular manner.

Why do you want to do an MBA?
This is another question that is frequently encountered by the students while facing the interview. This question is again very critical in so far as it assesses you mood and also tries to find out the “reasons” as to why you want to do an MBA.

This question is designed to probe deeper into your goals(s). Your answer in a sense, also reveals the finer elements in you that render your “suitability” for the said institute/course valid or invalid. The answer therefore has to take care of both your long term and short term goals.

Though there could be corollaries to the question, the fact remains that the panel may pose them in an entirely different version. It is how ever important to remember that whatever you say, justify your answer with reasoning and logic.

What are your career objectives?
This is another frequently asked question. The purpose behind asking you this question is to assess your clarity about the career you are going to take up. In other words you suitability (your understanding about what you are heading for, attitude, aptitude and goal etc.) vis-à-vis the institute/course is being ascertained by the interview panel.

Many students err here as well as they are not able to relate their career goals adequately enough to their answers. But one has to be very tactful while answering this question as the precise reasons have to be thoroughly embedded in the answer. Answer the question in a manner that encompasses your academic background and your interest, linking it next, to your career goals.

The cutting edge here is that you have to talk both about your long and short term goals while answering any question that might even have a distant relationship to your career objective.

How have you fared academically till now?
This is another critical area that the panel is interested in finding out as it has a direct implication both on your past performance and also on your future course of action. Your studies at the institute presupposed many factors that are expected of you. One factor that is critical is your academic background.

Though the institutes ask only for graduation for you to appear for the entrance exam, the fact remains that the panel has a bias towards those with a good academic background. This is perhaps not without reason.

The question presupposes that your pursuit of study at the institute is all about rigorous academic training and therefore already possessing a good academic back ground is a definite plus.

Those with an average academic record need not feel eliminated right away without giving a try. As a matter of fact, those with average backgrounds have been star performers at leading business schools. What perhaps mattes the most is your ‘on-the-spot performance’.

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