- Posted by Abhipsa Sahu
Have a proper knowledge about the top business schools and programmes in which you're going to apply:
Have proper research about the business school and plan properly about your future plans and if you're aiming for the top business schools, you've really got to know your stuff. Estimating the school's culture is also important. Reach out to current students and alumni to find out more about the student experience and different classes, what teaching methods the school uses, and so on. Through direct researches, you can also get information about who conducts the interviews, what are their expectations from you.
Be ready with the obvious questions
You should be well prepared with the basic questions revolving around your thought process about your career, life and ambitions, such as ‘why MBA’, ‘how will it relate to your goal’, ‘how does your academic background relate to your goal’, ‘how relevant your experience’, ‘why do you want to join a particular institute’. The interviewers may also grill you on core-academic knowledge and may go deep into questions related to your work experience. Besides this, few questions may also be asked on your general interest and hobbies. The interviewers might also interrupt in between to ask further questions.
Tough questions will, of course, be fired your way questions have relevance to your choice of recommenders, to the timing of your application and to your future career ambitions. A review of your resume might also stimulate the MBA interviewers team to ask about changes in your career, so you should be well prepared to face such questions. In addition to this, it's very important to look at your application to take out for your weaknesses. Once you've highlighted what these weaknesses might be, make a strategy on how you're going to present these positively. This is a must thing to be done as it will not only help in your MBA interviews but also other interviews which you are going to face in the future sooner or later.
Exhibit in front of the interviewers that you've got all the skills which they require:
The first and foremost question asked by the interviewer after seeing is your resume is 'tell me about yourself'. Try to keep the answer to these sorts of question relevant to the needs of the MBA, concise, but also natural as its easy to say. Then they will likely want to target aspects of your experience to evaluate how you work in a team, lead a team, handle conflict, problem solve, set goals, and so on. They may also ask some typical question is, for example, to explain how to deliver a project within a very tight deadline. Interviewers ask such question to create stress inside you by putting situation based question in front of you. But what you need to do answer the answer with full of confidence, answer them, for example, use the STAR (situation, task, action, result) approach and keep your answers to less than two minutes.
Ask intelligent cross-questions to the interviewers:
It is very important to ask the cross question to the interviewer. To clear all your doubts and insecurities. If you do not ask questions during the interview, it may cause an impression in front of the interviewers that you're not interested in them. Try to grab their attention by asking question-related to your professional and personal interests. Do not go for the questions which could be answered easily.
Rehearsal is a must!
The key to success to all the above-discussed plans is to execute. And for execution practice is a must! And when you rehearse, be sure of yourself, and sure of your experience, knowledge, and goals. The interviewers expect you to be a good communicator and listener. Jot down all of the questions you think you'll be asked to prepare good impressive answers. Practice them in front of mirrors or with any friend or else record yourself through your phones. Practicing helps you to sharpen your answers, to work on your manner and your tone -- this way there will be less garble and fewer digressions, making you come across in your MBA interview as prepared and polished as you can be.
So these were the hook points to be covered before facing any MBA interview. Make sure that you complete all the above-mentioned points and we give you the guarantee that following these steps would bring sure success in your interview process.
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