Top Expected Questions in CAT Personal Interviews

Personal Interview is the final and the most crucial step to help you get in the top IIMs and B-school colleges. It’s crucial that to take your interviews in a far-reaching and yet casual way. Try to be witty, funny and very confident. Candidates can check the IIM interview tips to be able to prepare themselves for the interview. Though there are several interview questions to ask, the candidates should be aware of the types of questions that are frequently asked in a personal interview to excel in this final frontier. Here the top 10 expected questions in a round of PI are given to help the candidates get acquainted with the type of questions asked.

Top Expected Questions in CAT Personal Interviews

Top MBA Interview Questions:

  • Tell us something about yourself

This is the most common and one of the first questions asked in any interview. Remember to be brief. Don’t bore them with your long stories. Make sure you mention these aspects of your life:

  • Your educational and professional background
  • Your family
  • Your interest and passion

Remember to link your interest in management studies while mentioning the third aspect.

  • Why did you choose MBA as your career

Your answer should be depending on, whether you’re a working professional or a recent graduate. Never make it look like you took it out of curiosity or boredom. Make sure to involve the right aspects of management in the modern world and how it will be a valuable addition to your career goals.

  • Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Make a note that this question is asked because the interviewer wants to know whether this job is a good fit for you or not. Try not to lie. An answer like “In your seat” is a very outdated and monotonous answer. Talk about your weaknesses and how your skills will help you master it with this job profile.

  • Why should I select you?

Your primary focus while answering this question should be that you are fit for the student profile they are looking for. Make them understand that you’re hardworking, loyal and have an ability to handle stressful situations.

  • Do you have any regrets?

Answer it honestly. Even if your answer is no, try to make the outcome of the situation very positive. If your reply is yes, don’t be overconfident about it. They want to know if you learned anything from your past and whether it reflects on your potential shortcomings in your life.

  • Questions about your past

The interviewer wants to know what all you did in your college life and your working profession. Make sure you did something productive and make sure you did something related to management and business. And if you didn’t, tell them how you never got an opportunity and how much you’re looking forward to doing that in their college. If you’re a working professional, you should be prepared to know each and every detail of your previous company i.e. your job profile, your organization and its value in the market.

  • Your strength/weakness

Have you ever analyzed yourself? If not, now is the time to do a SWOT i.e. Strength, Weakness, Opportunity, and Threats. Make sure that your strength and weakness doesn’t contradict each other. For e.g. if your strength is reading body language, your weakness shouldn’t be being gullible. And also avoid the cliched tactics of presenting your strength as your weakness.

  • Why do you want to join this school?

Know about the institution’s history; know about their placement records, its ranking and then how it has fascinated and inspired you and how your admission in that college will make one of your goals to come true. Research about their institute and ask their students who will be able to give you a valuable insight over college’s academic record and its extra-curricular activities and its flagships.

  • Questions from GD

They will be curious that if you got lucky in your group discussion or are very intelligent. Also, there are chances that the topics discuss over your GD could be asked again in your PI. So don’t change your point of view when you are answering this particular question.

  • Do you have any questions for us?
Never say ‘no.’ This would make you look like you didn’t learn anything from this interview and you are not willing to ask them about their institution’s history or anything about the academic profile. Don’t ask them about its placement records and salary related inquiries. Your curiosity shouldn’t be reflected as part of your greed.
Once your interview is finished, have a smile on your face and greet them goodbye with a thank you note. Don’t ask any unnecessary questions. Remember this is the top 10 questions asked in a CAT personal interview. Your discussion can go on from 5 mins- 50 mins. It all depends on you whether you were able to stand out from other candidates or whether you’re one of the mainstream crowds.
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