Published: Friday, 25 March, 2016 10:00 AM
Keep your answers short but be informative in PI
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. Today you will read PI tips on: "Keep your answers short but be informative in PI"
- One of the mistakes that many candidates make during a Personal Interview is sharing information that is not relevant to the question. In a Personal Interview, you are tested on your communication skills.
- If you do not answer to the point or share irrelevant information, it shows that you are not paying attention to the question that the interviewer is asking you. This reflects badly on your interpersonal skills.
- Generally, you should answer a question in four to six lines. Also, do not beat around the bush while answering questions. Give direct answers that are informative.
- Many candidates elaborate on one point and keep repeating the same content in different ways. By doing so, you not only bore the interviewer but also convey that you have limited knowledge in that area.
- Another mistake that some candidates make is by responding in monosyllables like ‘yes’ and ‘no’. A Personal Interview is a platform for you to stimulate further discussion and show the interviewer your genuine interest in pursuing an MBA. So, you have to put some thought into your answers and convey them in an enthusiastic manner.
- Always ensure that your answers are short but also informative. Your interviewer will lose track of what you are saying if your answers are too long. This will immediately put you in the ‘reject’ list.
- A Personal Interview is an opportunity for you to throw light on your achievements and show how you fit into the culture of the business school. So, conduct research beforehand and make your answers as informative as possible.
- A Personal Interview is a test of your language and interpersonal skills. So, prepare well before the interview and impress your interviewer with crisp answers.
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