After having been selected through WAT or GD, now the final stage of Personal Interview has come and PI is most crucial in MBA admission process.
Experts advise the following Dos:
â–º Dress appropriately for the institute; err on the side of being conservative to show you take the interview seriously. Your personal grooming and cleanliness should be impeccable.
â–ºKnow the exact time and location of your interview; know how long it takes to get there, park, find a rest room to freshen up, etc.
â–ºArrive early; 10 minutes prior to the interview start time.
â–ºTreat other people you encounter with courtesy and respect. Their opinions of you might be solicited during admission decisions.
â–ºOffer a firm handshake, make eye contact, and have a friendly expression when you are greeted by your interviewer.
â–ºListen to be sure you understand your interviewer's name and the correct pronunciation.
â–ºEven when your interviewer gives you a first and last name, address your interviewer by title Sir or Madam, until invited to do otherwise.
â–ºMaintain good eye contact during the interview.
â–ºSit still in your seat; avoid fidgeting and slouching.
â–ºRespond to questions and back up your statements about yourself with specific examples whenever possible.
â–ºAsk for clarification if you don't understand a question.
â–ºBe thorough in your responses, while being concise in your wording.
â–ºBe honest and be yourself - your best professional self. Dishonesty gets discovered and is grounds for withdrawing admission offers and for rejection. You want a good match between yourself and your future college. If you get admitted by acting like someone other than yourself, you and your institute will both be unhappy.
â–ºTreat the interview seriously and as though you are truly interested in the institute and the opportunity presented.
â–ºExhibit a positive attitude. The interviewer is evaluating you as a potential corporate employee or future manager.
â–ºHave intelligent questions prepared to ask the interviewer. Having done your research about the institute in advance, ask questions which you did not find answered in your research.
â–ºEvaluate the interviewer and the institute s/he represents. An interview is a two-way street. Conduct yourself cordially and respectfully, while thinking critically about the way you are treated and the values and priorities of the institute.
â–ºDo expect to be treated appropriately. If you believe you were treated inappropriately or asked questions that were inappropriate or made you uncomfortable, discuss this the panel if you are given time to clear your mind by asking them questions else reach the admission co-coordinator of the institute or the director.
â–ºMake sure you understand the institute's next step in the admission process; know when and from whom you should expect to hear next. Know what action you are expected to take next, if any.
â–ºWhen the interviewer concludes the interview, offer a firm handshake and make eye contact. Depart gracefully.