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January 15, 2018 @ 11:05 AM

January 15, 2018 @ 11:05 AM

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Don't be under illusion; Objectivity is predefined to judge you


The personal interview is a critical step in MBA admission process and should not be taken lightly. PI is aimed at knowing a candidate more intimately - assessing the clarity of thinking process, future goals and the 'fit'   factor with the B-school. 
It provides the admission selection committee of a B school to evaluate your interpersonal and soft skills. With this aim MBA Rendezvous is presenting you PI tips so that you can be successful.

On the face of it, the PI appears to be a subjective assessment of the aspirant by the panellists, who may differ with each other in their evaluation of the aspirant - one may like the aspirant while the other may not. However, to maintain a sense of uniformity and reduce the influence of prejudices, there has to be certain objectivity to guide the interview process. Objectivity in the interview process will ensure that only the deserving candidates get selected and will also standardize the procedure.

PI Looks Subjective

 As the interviewers ask, what seem to be random questions, the PI might look subjective. However, there is method to this madness. Each question being asked is intended to reveal some characteristics of the aspirant. For instance, the answer to a question such as, "Where do you see yourself in the next 5-10 years", might reveal the aspirant's vision and his/her estimation of himself/herself and so on.

Importance of Objectivity

The interview cannot be accomplished if there are no pre-defined objectives. This is to say that the interviewers must establish the qualities that they are looking for in the candidate beforehand. In the absence of any clearly defined criteria, it will be difficult to arrive at a consensus, because each interviewer will, then, judge the aspirant on his/her own criteria. Also, objectivity gives a sense of direction and purpose to the interview process.

Objective Qualities

The core qualities that an MBA institute looks for in an aspirant remain common across institutes. This is because these qualities are absolutely essential to become a good business executive and, therefore, a pre-requisite for admission in MBA institutes. Some of these qualities are:

i. Can Do Attitude - The level of competition and the nature of the job market demands that an MBA aspirant should be a 'go getter' and have an inherent 'can do' attitude, to be able to surge ahead of the rest and thwart competition.

ii. Quick Thinking -  An aspirant, who displays quick thinking abilities, is more likely to be chosen over the one who doesn't.

iii. Problem Solving Ability - The business world throws up different challenges every moment. Since the MBA institutes train students to become business leaders of tomorrow, the aspirant, who exhibits problem solving skills in a time bound manner, will be more likely to secure a seat.

iv. Positive Outlook - The world of business is fraught with risks and unpredictability. Therefore, having the ability to spot the positive side of things is surely an asset.

v. Adaption - The personality of the aspirant should show flexibility to accommodate the changing scenario and adapt oneself accordingly.

vi. Budding Future Manager - While this quality is difficult to define, it is also the most easily visible. There has to be something in the aspirant which assures the interviewer that the candidate that they are selecting has the potential to become a good future manager.

Clearly, these qualities are a pre-requisite for any MBA institute and guide the selection made by the panellists. They also limit the scope for subjectivity and ensure objectivity.

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