Interviews always play an essential role in determining the results secured by the candidates in their dream colleges, and the most essential part after any entrance, especially in the case of MBA and UPSC. One needs to face the interview board of directors with a high level of confidence as it becomes the stepping stone to what one would like to achieve. Let us look at some tips and some typical questions asked

  • Tell me about your weakness?

The key to answering this question is to know that the interviewer is trying to find out whether you have done some introspection on your own personality, and thought about your biggest weakness and how to overcome it. Show humility and self-awareness when answering.

  • Why does your resume not show much of extracurricular activities?

If you have not mentioned much social service or participation in community programs, the interviewer may try to find out whether you have identified this shortcoming. Your reply to the question may get him interested if you say that you feel you have not done adequate work for the community and are making sincere efforts to involve yourself in more programs. You could give an example of a program you have started to attend.

  • How did you tackle your low grades?

For example, suppose you failed in your first year of engineering, because of some reasons (ranging from a lack of seriousness to a severe disconnect from academics), the interviewer wants to find out whether you are a people person and can manage difficult colleagues and classmates once you have been admitted into the MBA program.

  • Tell us about a difficult time you faced in your job place?

This question is very often one of the first questions asked in an MBA interview. Since the interviewer is asking the information about you, it should be fairly easy for you to answer. Most candidates, when preparing for an interview, focus on the positive aspects of their story. They cannot wait to share their successes and highlight their strengths. So when asked directly to describe a failure, they can be unnerved at best and completely thrown at worst, especially if they haven’t given such a question any thought. In addition, it’s not as though candidates are allowed to ask their interviewer about the other applicants the committee is considering. Since the interviewer is asking the information about you, it should be fairly easy for you to answer. While answering the question, you need to keep at bay any bitterness from your experience with a poor manager and try to show that you are capable of being empathetic and sensitive to others.

  • Give a walkthrough about your resume?

Although you may choose the timeline method to give an introduction about yourself, it would be a still better idea, if you focus on 4 groups – Your personal life such as family, Education, Experience and Passion, or goals in life.