Personal Interviews are the most dreaded stage of every admission process. Everyone experiences nervous jitters and that sinking feeling in the stomach which tends to subdue their confidence and totally lose your train of thought. In case of CAT interviews, most of the questions are generic and repeatedly asked. The interviewer may also ask specific questions about your profile related to academics or past work experiences.
Though all the B Schools differ in intensity and kind of questions asked, some of the questions are common to all. Below are a few commonly asked questions to expect in CAT 2018 interview.
- The age old, “Tell me something about yourself.”
This is a classic question, asked by almost all the schools. Try to work this question around how you developed your interest in pursuing MBA. The key to acing this question is to give an overview that shows off your strengths and gives a little sense of your personality too. Keep a positive tone. Moreover, the interviewer might start questioning you based on your introduction, about your educational choices or ask tricky questions related to political scenarios currently taking place in your hometown. So always be well prepared to answer these questions.
- Why MBA? And why now?
Elaborate on your decision of pursuing MBA. Describe how important it is to the realisation of your career goals and how you always knew you would be eventually pursuing it and now is the right time for the same.
- Why did you choose this particular institute?
In this question talk about the various offerings the school provides and how they are ideally suited for your career development. Naturally, do a thorough research about their courses, rankings, placements and other facilities to be able to talk about them.
- Questions about educational qualifications and work experience
Questions about your current or past work profile, your organisation and how, in your opinion, are you adding value to it, would definitely be asked. Try to talk about your achievements there and showcase your inclination towards management.
Academically, why did you choose your undergraduate degree and if it’s a major leap between bachelors and masters, then what is making you transition, will most likely be asked. Be prepared with satisfactory answers. Do not show that you’re whimsical, and are switching fields without even knowing why.
- What are some of your strengths and weaknesses?
Emphasise your key strengths that would be relevant to MBA. Remember, it should be relevant, not just some random strength such as swimming or cooking. Supplement your emphasis with experiences in the past about how you used these relevant abilities to excel. Stating weaknesses would be rather difficult, however through this question the interviewer is only looking to see how self-aware you are lli*and how capable you are of working on your weaknesses.
- Do you have any questions for me?
Even if you don’t have any questions for them, you most certainly should ask. This shows that you’ve done your research and are serious about the institute. However refrain from asking questions about placements and packages. Here are some questions you could ask.
- Are there going to be any major changes for this program from last year?
- How will MBA from your institute help in developing relationships with X vertical?
- Speaking vicariously, according to you how would this program benefit me?
- Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Don’t take this question as your cue to start exaggerating and boasting about your abilities. Instead, talk about how you will use your abilities to add value to your program and academics.
- Any incident or anything about yourself that you would like to change?
Answer this question honestly. You can talk about the challenges you have faced and how you could have handled them in a better way, making it a positive experience. Again, this question assesses how you evolve from your shortcomings and mistakes.
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