After having cleared cutoff percentile at MBA Institute, you will be invited for Personal interview and now it is must for you to practice with variety of PI Tips.
Out of thousands of candidates shortlisted for the Personal Interview Round across the country, only a few hundred will get selected for the coveted seat in one of the premier business and management institute of the country.
When you first decide that you want to apply for MBA in the best institutes of India and you fill up the CAT application form, the thought of not making the cut does not cross your mind. This is because you are full of positivity and are upbeat about your chances. That’s naturally a good way to begin. You can’t begin a journey thinking that you will lose. But it is important for you to consider the probability of you making it from the ruthless competition that you will face from the length and breadth of the country. Introspecting and honestly evaluating your chances vis-à-vis your preparation will help you tone down your expectations and come to terms with reality. It will help you keep your options open and not consider CAT a be all and end all of life.
Keeping options open
As in life, it is very important to keep your options open while giving CAT too. The level of competition and the number of people applying is so huge that the chances of you missing out is more than the probability of you clearing the admission stages. Even giving your best might not prove to be enough. And to maintain your ace performance throughout the various stages of the admission process such as CAT, GD and PI is not an easy task to do. There is always the risk of a slip up happening somewhere that may dent your chances. Therefore, you should be ready to face rejection and take it in your stride, instead of being sad about it.
Look beyond CAT
Even as you prepare for CAT, GD and PI, you should keep an eye out for other entrances as well, such as, XAT, SNAP, NMAT, IIFT, MAH CET, CMAT and MAT, if you are keen to get into an MBA institute. Telling yourself, that there is life beyond CAT is an important first step. It will help you put things in perspective and will also give you a wider perspective. IIMs are only few in number and they possibly just can’t admit everyone who makes it to the Personal Interview. So, it is wise to look beyond the IIMs as well.
Think about Plan B
Come up with a Plan B, in case you don’t clear the Personal Interview Round. Think of something that aligns with your interests and career goals and where you want to see yourself in your life ahead. Write down these details, so that you are ready to move on from the rejection you may face in the PI round or prior stages.
Plan B keeps you relaxed
Having a Plan B is a good idea, for it stops you from gloating over your rejection and feel sad about it. Before the rejection hits you and sinks in, you are already on to doing other things that will make a difference to your lives. You will not put yourself in a desperate, pitiable situation but would rather focus your energies in doing something constructive.
Advice for Candidates
You tried, gave your best, so, it is ok if you don’t clear PI. You are not alone. But you can be wise about the way you handle this rejection. Having a Plan B is a smart way of ensuring that you stay ahead of the competition and continue to be on track to achieve great heights in your life.
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