With applications closing soon (4th Jan 2019 to be more specific), it’s now time to prepare for what’s next- group discussions and personal interviews. Here are some ‘unofficial’ tips that might help you in that next phase.
Know what you are going to say: We aren’t saying you should hard code what you are going to say at the interview but vaguely knowing how you are going to respond to certain questions could help you calm those nerves. While the questions at your interview may differ with the interviewer across the table, certain questions are inevitable and preparing for those will give you a boost of confidence as you step in. For eg: In all probability you will be asked, “Can you tell me something about yourself?” or “Why do you want to get into GIM?”; practice enough to remain calm and composed, but don’t overdo it, lest you sound robotic.
Bring specific questions:
Your interviewer may expect you to ask some questions about the institute and talk about how you are going to add to the campus community. Put some effort into coming up with creative questions; preferably answers to which cannot be found on the FAQs section of our website.
Be yourself…but be your best self: The interview is not the time to talk about your CAT/ XAT or GMAT scores, it’s the time to talk about your life and who you are. The most important part of the interview is letting your stellar personality shine through; now you may have many sides to you, but showcasing your professional, mature and poised side might be your best bet. Showing up like you just peeled yourself off the couch may not be a great idea, but grooming yourself to be pleasant and presentable might.
Know what’s going on:
Not only with regards to business and management, but also about the things that matter to you. If football is a passion, then you should at-least know who is at the top of the table of the English Premier league. Or if the financial markets are your thing, then you should have a POV on how to improve the strength of the slipping Indian Rupee.
Breathe in, Breathe out: Having a one-on-one interview could be nerve-wracking. But you shouldn’t feel like you are on trial. Try to be as comfortable as you can possibly be and remember that your interviewer also wants your interview to go well.
The bottom line here is to be yourself and not overthink the situation.