Crack the IPM Interview: Strategy and Tips

The 5 year integrated programme in management offered by IIM Indore is the first of its kind programme in India. If you aspire to become a leader, this is the course for you.  After your written exam for IPM, you will be called for a WAT and PI process for your admission. While the written exam tests your knowledge and aptitude, the personal interview will be a test of your overall personality and presence of mind.
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You should keep the following pointers in mind if you wish to ace your IPM interview:
  • Be prepared:
    Some questions may be asked more frequently in your IPM interview. It will give you an edge if you do the following things before going for your interview:
    • Prepare your answers to these questions
    • Prepare an example from your past experiences that validate you answer
    Preparing well not only boosts your confidence, but also helps you in giving better quality answers once you are inside the interview room.Certain questions that you can prepare for your IPM interview would be:
    • Why do you want to join IIM Indore?
    • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
    • Why have you chosen this career path for yourself?
    • Where do you see yourself 5 years down the lane?
    Also, each institute is proud of its heritage and the education it imparts. Study the website of IIM Indore before you enter the interview room. This will help you in getting an insight into what the campus and this programme can offer you both personally as well as professionally. This will also help you in framing the questions you may want to ask the interview panel.
  • Know about your field:
    For IPM, it is important and useful that you do some background research related to the basics of management. For example, if you wish to be a marketeer, it would be helpful for you to skim through the basics of marketing concepts. This not only brings clarity, but also boosts your confidence. Similarly, for other streams, it is always useful to know the basics of your field.
  • Be aware of your surroundings
    This refers to current affairs. You should be aware of what’s happening in the world around you, especially related to your field. If you are aiming for management, knowing the recent developments in the corporate world and the industry may give you an edge over other aspirants. Similarly, for other streams too, relevant sections of the news and current affairs are crucial.
  • Know your academics
    For seeking admission in the IPM course, it will be useful for you to study the subjects you had taken up in class XI and XII. You may be asked questions from your favourite subject or generic questions from your area.
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If you are able to cover these areas before your IPM interview, it equips you with a lot of substance- related to both personal as well as knowledge based questions to ace your interview.
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