Clearing the CAT exam is just the first hurdle. Candidates who have cleared the required cut off marks will be called for interview from the IIMs for Written Ability Test or Group Discussions and Personal Interview process. The Personal Interview is the final frontier in the admission process of most of the B-Schools.
The interview is used to assess the clarity of thinking, future goals and the suitability with the B-school of the candidates.
Institutes schedule the interview at these following locations. Candidates are required to travel to the nearest/ preferred location when called for the same.
The Interview Location Details for the Respective IIMs:
|Sl. No.||Institute||Interview Center|
|1||IIM – Ahmedabad||New Delhi, Kolkata, Bengaluru and Ahmedabad|
|2||IIM – Bangalore||New Delhi, Kolkata and Bangalore|
|3||IIM – Lucknow||Lucknow, Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Bangalore|
|4||IIM – Indore||New Delhi, Hyderabad, Indore, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore and Mumbai|
|5||IIM – Calcutta||Mumbai, New Delhi and Kolkata|
|6||IIM – Kozhikode||Mumbai, Kolkata, New Delhi and Kozhikode|
|7||IIM – Shillong||New Delhi, Mumbai, Shillong and Kolkata|
|8||IIM – Rohtak||Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai and Bangalore|
|9||IIM – Ranchi||Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi, Chennai and Bangalore|
|10||IIM – Raipur||Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi, Chennai and Bangalore|
|11||IIM – Trichy||Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi, Chennai and Bangalore|
|12||IIM – Udaipur||Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi, Chennai and Bangalore|
|13||IIM – Kashipur||Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi, Chennai and Bangalore|
|14||IIM – Nagpur||Information Not Available|
|15||IIM – Bodh Gaya||IIM Calcutta|
|16||IIM – Visakhapatnam||IIM Bangalore|
|17||IIM – Amritsar||IIM Kozhikode|
|18||IIM – Sambalpur||IIM Indore|
|19||IIM – Sirmaur||IIM Lucknow|
Remember the interview panel is here to select you not reject you. Here are some of the Do’s and Don’t’s you should go for when taking an interview:
Bluff or lie to the interviewer
Don’t think that the people sitting there in the panel would acknowledge everything in the CV blindly. They are smart and that’s why they are there.
Try to start a conversation and carve out a story in the form of your previous experiences. Try to start speaking about your strengths and weakness with relevant examples from your past achievements or failure.
Never try to contradict what you had said earlier in the group discussion.
Tell anything good or bad about any other institute
Try to talk about balances. Be very diplomatic in answering these kinds of questions.
You are going to face the questions like “Why do you want to go for our Institute?” “What are your future plans?” “What are your long-term goals?” etc. Be prepared to answer them well. So, prepare yourself beforehand with all the important and common MBA interview questions to be able to tackle the interview.
Carve a good plan why you want to do an MBA
Why MBA is the question every aspirant is going to face.
Study your CV
Try to go in depth about the skills and work experience you have listed in your CV. Be always prepared to get questions from the panel regarding your previous work experience and
Despite months of preparation, no one can predict the questions one has to face in the personal interview of CAT. The personal interviews usually test candidate’s interpersonal and communication skills.
There are few things that should be kept in mind before Personal Interview for B-Schools. They are as follows:
- Bring right documents to the interview
- Copies of resume, grade sheet(11th, 12th and graduation, ID proof and Recommendation letters(if any)
- CV should be informative, attractive and easy to read
- Be well-versed with the contents of the CV
- Should be able to answer questions, if asked outside the CV
Be Well Groomed
- Important to know what to wear to an interview and be well-groomed
- Body language should be appropriate
- Have a positive attitude
Presence Of Mind
- Give the right answer at the right time
- Helps to amaze panel with spontaneity, make the ambiance lighter, give out-of-the-box answers
- Be assertive and attentive
- Have well thought out answers to questions such as “Tell me about yourself?”
- Be prepared with your strategies to tackle the panelist
Follow Your Instincts
- Always believe in yourself
- Go with your instincts if the answer of the question asked is partially known
Be Textbook Ready
- Be well verse with academics(freshers) and work experience(working professionals)
- Be prepared with current issues in business-economy, taxation and foreign competition
- Speaking and listening skills are often tested
- Understand the question well and provide precise answer
- Do not bluff, Use appropriate language
- Walk into the interview with new found confidence
- Don’t fidget, think positively, make eye contact with the panel
- Be calm, cool and collected
- Keep up-to-date with all the latest happenings across the world(current affairs)
- Read newspaper and business-related magazines every day
The personal interview is the last bridge between the candidates and the B-schools; hence it is the most important selection process. Preparing for GD/PI sessions is a good time to reflect and introspect on one’s career goals and reasons why one is opting for a management career. Often various tricky questions are asked and so, the candidates are required to get acquainted with various logical questions for the interview to enhance the confidence level and face any unusual questions.
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