Two of the trickiest questions that you can face in an interview are: What are the other institutes you have got a call from? Would you accept our offer even if another Institute selects you?
Why do evaluators ask you this question?
They would like to know which other institutes you got calls from. For example, if you are appearing for the interview of XLRI but you have received calls from all the IIMs it means that you have good analytical skills since you cleared the written exams of IIMs.
Evaluators would like to know how much you know about different institutes - whether you could rank them in the order of preference.
Evaluators would like to know how honest you are. You should never lie that you would join a lower ranked college even if you were selected in a higher ranked college - in that case, you would be obviously telling a lie and evaluators would not like it.
They want to know the criteria you use to evaluate institutes.
- How should you answer this question?
Firstly, be aware that this question could be asked. This is one of the questions that can be very easily rehearsed before the actual interview begins. Secondly, be honest about the answer. But be careful that you do not criticize the college for which you are giving the interview. You can relate this question to your career aspirations. Think of criteria important for you and construct a table to make a comparison between the Institutes.
- Poor answer
"I have got a call from the IIMs and XLRI. But I will accept your offer as I want to study in Delhi."
- No clear reason for choice
- Seems dishonest
- Location should not guide decisions of this magnitude
- Shows no background information or criteria used for evaluating options