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15 Do's in an MBA Interview

Interview forms the final stage of MBA admission process. Given below are the crucial things to keep in mind while appearing for an interview:
  • Make sure your personal appearance is prim and proper, and you dress appropriately. Your dress will cast the first impression on the panel. A candidate formally dressed up for the occasion demonstrates commitment to task and adherence to situational requirements.
  • In case of a handshake with the panellists, make sure it is a firm one. Your hand has to be extended in a proper and confident manner. Giving your hand in a loose and languid manner is indicative of low confidence or indifference. On the other side, too much enthusiasm may lead to crushing the hand of the panellist. Try to strike a balance.
  • Establish eye contact with the interviewer but do not stare at him. Eye contact is reflective of acknowledgement. Ensure that you look at all present, but spread the eye contact judiciously to cater to the panellist who initiates a question.
  • Use a strong voice, clear diction and correct grammar.This creates a favourable impression on the panel and supports your ability to express yourself.
  • Do equip yourself with sufficient knowledge about the B-school you are seeking admission to. This is important for you to understand the environment you aspire to be a part of. Further, it helps in answering questions where you need to give specific references to the pedagogy and practices of the B-school.
  • Do take criticism gracefully and display a sense of wit as and when possible. This projects you as a person willing to learn from mistakes.
  • Do take sufficient time to think before answering tricky questions and do not be rushed into your answers. Rushing impulsively into the answering bit may lead to a random treatment of the answer, which indicates lack of prioritization and planning.
  • Do state concrete goals in planning for your career. The panel appreciates a time bound plan with clear milestones in the professional advancement of your career path. Also try to establish a positive correlation between career goals and your MBA pursuit.
  • Do demonstrate sufficient grasp of the key graduation concepts. This convinces the panel of your learning abilities in a formal academic system, which is a highly desirable trait.
  • Do have sufficient knowledge of your key projects & papers. This illustrates your application orientation and empirical understanding of core concepts.
  • Do support your answers with examples, wherever possible. This reflects an ability to apply theory into practice and is demonstrative of your clarity of thought.
  • Do present yourself as a multi rounded personality with ability to learn from both academic and extracurricular activities. This puts you on a strong pedestal with respect to ability to learn from sources other than academics as well.
  • Have a back up for various claims made during the interaction. It is important to showcase an ability to take responsibility for your actions.
  • Try leading the panel into your comfort areas and try holding the panel there for a while. This demonstrates your initiative and leadership skills.
  • Thank the panel at the end and walk out with as much grace as you walked in! The closure is as important as the start. This is an effort to create a positive impact on the panel for one last time.
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