Master of Business Administration is a reputed and popular program that generating leaders and managers who eventually work in corporate firms of repute. It is a program that promises not only financial success but also fame. Pick up any business magazine and it is full of success stories of how managers became national and international brands. One of the major reasons why MBA programs draw so much attention is their potential to create management celebrities.
Of course, the program has its own price. It not a cake-walk. The biggest part is the preparation for the entrance of management courses. And here’s where even the most confident person needs help. You have to know it all if you are an aspiring management candidate. You are expected to be well informed about the economy and business, news, current affairs, GK, subjects you studied in your graduation. Most candidates thus become avid radio listeners, active readers of magazines and newspapers and keen television debate viewers. Basically, ideal candidates try to draw knowledge from wherever they can.
However, in this article, we would rather focus on the interview part of MBA entrance. MBA interviews do not follow any particular pattern. One MBA school may ask questions about future goals while other MBA school may ask about your past actions in specific situations. For example they may ask about how you dealt with a difficult coworker or led a team in the past. Hence, you need to build an overall interview skill to face any kind of question. It’s best if you keep away from MBA essays or guides that teach you rote answers. Understand that panelists are usually so experienced in interviewing that they can tell between a fake and a real answer. It is advisable that MBA aspirants follow the STAR method technique when it comes to situational questions. The S stands for Situation. T stands for Task. A stands for Action. R stands for Result. Lets put that into action. This means you ought to know what was the situation; what task was to be performed; what action did you take; and what was the result. That way, you are able to prepare a crisp answer in four short sentences.
Before facing the interview of a special B-school, candidates must read its website or brochure in order to get details about its ranking, placement, location, infrastructure, courses, fees, facilities, faculty etc. This is how it helps:
- It will reflect your interest in taking an admission in that school. It will help the interviewer to know what exactly you are expecting from the school.
- You can utilize the displayed information for framing questions in the end when asked to put up your queries.
- It will help you to learn the school’s interview approach.
- Many questions of interviewers can be effectively answered on this basis.
“Tell me about yourself” is the most common question across interviews everywhere. Here, you are expected to tell about your education, family background, your work experience; any project you handled during work; your role and responsibility in your task etc. You need to be mindful of portraying your strengths supported by suitable examples. For example, if you say you are a cooperative person, you need to cite examples to support this trait. This description will help you to prove that you are comfortable in working with a team and will convince them of your team skills. While describing weakness, be honest and assertive about improvement at the same time. For instance, if you share that you are forgetful, you will have the opportunity to share that you keep a daily journal to keep a track of things to do. This will show your honesty and your willingness to take corrective measures.
You may also be asked about your failures in life. Here’s where you need to exercise caution. You must frame answers in a way so as to not hamper your bright chances. You may quote how your failure helped you in learning important lessons in life. You may be asked about your achievements also. Here you may tell them about any incident where you took an initiative or took a risk or you overcame any situation of crisis in connection to the projects you handled earlier.
At the end of the interview, you may be asked to clear your doubts or queries about the MBA program, school or anything you wish to know. Treat this question equally important. The questions you get to ask here will determine your seriousness and your research. Here’s where you extensive research about the specific B-school will help you. Best possible questions can be about networking events, social plugs or international exchange programs which interest you but are not mentioned in their website or brochures. You may also ask the interviewer the reason he/ she joined the school. You can also ask the interviewer to give an advice to you.
Last but not the least is the general interview etiquette. Follow some thumb rules like punctuality, polite responses, apt body language, eye contact, decent attire etc. They will make your first impression and reflect your sincerity.