Acing The MBA Interview (Part 3) - How To Tackle The Most Frequently Asked Questions?

This is the third part of the chat series. Tell us about your strengths and weaknesses. What are your hobbies and interests? These and many more general questions will definitely be a part of a candidate's interview.If handled well, they can be a game changer for the interviewee. In this chat, Priyanka Grover,a 2nd Year Student at IIM Lucknow will help you walk through such questions and plan your responses well in advance. Priyanka appeared for CAT 2014 and had calls from IIM L, K,I,New IIMs, SJMSOM, DOMS IIT Delhi, VGSOM and NMIMS.

LIVE CHAT Jan 11 - 08:00 PM to Jan 11 - 09:00 PM IST

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    Priyanka Grover

    Hello Aspirants! Post your queries regarding Personal Interview for B-School admission process here. Cheers!

    07:55 PM

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    Abhishek Kumar

    hello priyanka.

    08:00 PM

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    Abhishek Kumar

    I want to know how to confront questions related to extracurricular shortfalls in my life ?

    08:02 PM

  • hello priyanka.

    08:00 PM


    Hi Abhishek

    08:02 PM

  • I want to know how to confront questions related to extracurricular shortfalls in my life ?

    08:02 PM


    Hi Abhishek, It is not a shortcoming. Usually, the interview panel will not ask about your extracurricular activities, but your hobbies in general.The hobbies can be anything from reading books to watching some series. Even if you need to justify the absence of extra-curricular activities you can tackle it by talking about your focus on your academics or some other hobby that made it difficult for you to pursue these activities. All the best!

    08:07 PM

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    Abhishek Kumar

    thank you Priyanka. All the best for your personal endeavours.

    08:09 PM

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    Sharwari Harode

    Hi, my cat percentile is 91.72 and sectional percentile is 84 79 and 96 in eng LR and quant resp. My category is OBC. What are my chances to get converted in any of the iims?

    08:09 PM

  • Hi, my cat percentile is 91.72 and sectional percentile is 84 79 and 96 in eng LR and quant resp. My category is OBC. What are my chances to get converted in any of the iims?

    08:09 PM


    Hi Sharwari, Good chance. Just do the required preparation for personal interviews and you will be good to go. All the best!

    08:13 PM

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    Rohit Mishra

    Gd evng priyanka I want to knw the points whr the panelists wud try to trap a candidate or fields whr one can make mistakes nd succumb to traps. Plz enlighten.

    08:15 PM

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    Sharwari Harode

    Can u give some advice to perform good in personal interview? Do I need to join classes for that?

    08:15 PM

  • Gd evng priyanka I want to knw the points whr the panelists wud try to trap a candidate or fields whr one can make mistakes nd succumb to traps. Plz enlighten.

    08:15 PM


    Hi Rohit, The questions that are tricky are usually questions like 'Why MBA', 'explain your gap years'. But apart from the interviewers just want to know you better and evaluate if you are someone who will be fit for the program. So don't worry. It's just an interaction. Take it in a positive light and be thorough with your prep. All the best!

    08:21 PM

  • Can u give some advice to perform good in personal interview? Do I need to join classes for that?

    08:15 PM


    Sure! There are resources available online for the questions that are mostly asked in an MBA interview. Some of them are: http://www.mbarendezvous.com/personal-interview/ http://www.mbaheaven.com/business-school-interview-questions.html And it's always better to practice before your interview. You can join classes or you can simply practice your answers with a study group. Both work. All the best!

    08:24 PM

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    Sauman Bhakta

    hey , please tell i have 1 year gap after my grad then 2 year work and then again i left my job in may 2016 . So in total it makes 20 months how can i justify it ,i am engineer ,. Please help

    08:25 PM

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    Sharwari Harode

    Thanks a lot! :)

    08:27 PM

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    Sauman Bhakta

    priyanka r u able to see my question?

    08:28 PM

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    Sauman Bhakta

    Priyanka u there????

    08:33 PM

  • hey , please tell i have 1 year gap after my grad then 2 year work and then again i left my job in may 2016 . So in total it makes 20 months how can i justify it ,i am engineer ,. Please help

    08:25 PM


    Hi Sauman, Since there are 2 gaps, you might definitely be asked to explain them. First just admit the situation then politely tell them how those gaps were essential for you to take a breather and work on the goals you have set for yourself. Also, be ready with the explanation for an MBA will help you achieve your present career goals. And you will be good to go. All the best!

    08:36 PM

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    Priyanka Grover

    Signing off for today. All the best guys! :)

    08:59 PM

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    Sindhunath Chaurasia

    Hi Priyanka, I have hobby of watching cricket, but I don't know much about extact measurements of bats, stumps,etc. And fielding positions, like silly point. Only I focus on some of the pointslike whose probability to win, when a team should play safe,etc. So, I am confused about mentioning it.

    09:03 PM

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    Sindhunath Chaurasia

    Hi Priyanka, In my leisure time I use to see Stock Martket, Suffered losses to; learnt some fatcors affecting price value. But, don't know much about Finance World. What you suggest?

    09:05 PM