If you have received a letter inviting you to the interview, it means you’ve crossed one hurdle, the CAT 2019 exam. However, the CAT aptitude exam is more non-interactive. It means that you don’t really have any human contact beyond the invigilation. But in CAT Exam Interviews, you win them over with your charm just as much as your skill-set. Hence, its important for the applicant to understand the interviews in and out, do confirm a seat in IIM’s. So bring your game face on because it is going to need you to prepare, and not just walk in.
CAT Exam Interview
Initially, in the CAT Exam, there was a huge competition for few seats. IIM Officials opted for the CAT Exam Interview as one of the best sources of weeding people that are not compatible with the program or the college. It helps them assess which students are serious about pursuing MBA and which have come because of prestigious recognition in the corporate and industries.
MBAs are a costly program. The potential investment in a student is remarkably high. Therefore, colleges look to reduce the risk of dropouts by picking those whose clear vision on the choice of course and college. It helps them understand the student’s compatibility with the program. It helps to know whether a student is following the herd or knows what he’s genuinely doing
Preparatory Tips for interviews
The technical aspect is something that’s unique to each student. Therefore, herein we mention what tips you need to handle while attending an interview
- Tip 1: The panelists are experienced people. Don’t bluff. This doesn’t mean that you don’t highlight your achievement. There’s a fine line between exaggerating what you’ve done and highlighted your real achievements. Identify that line and don’t cross it.
- Tip 2: It is a casual affair aimed at forming a picture of you as a person. Make sure you give every relevant information that puts you in a positive light and makes you compatible with the desired college. However, don’t try to hide the lies. Avoid speaking anything that might create a line of conversation that puts you in a bad light. Try to frame your experiences and achievements in the form of a story or try to involve panelists in the conversation.
- Tip 3: Prepare answers to basic questions which help you to present yourself and the intent for admission in IIM’s. e.g.
- Tell me about yourself?
- What are your short term and long term goals?
- Why do you wish to do MBA?
- Tip 4: Research a bit about the college. Get to know the programs offered and the academic qualification of the heads of the department at least. This will help you orient your interest in your field of MBA with why you chose the said college. Remember, if you’re a student from any stream other than management studies, this question becomes more pertinent to you.
- Tip 5: Always speak volumes about what you’ve done, but don’t make it a monologue. Practise the ability to simply provide highlights.
- Tip 6: Your resume is your list of skills. So if you’ve faked anything on it, make sure you’re capable of owning up to it. Even if it was only one thing you faked and got caught, it’ll make the panel lose credibility for you. That could be grave. Hence, count it as a bible and provide only solid information.
- Tip 7: Remember that they don’t expect you to answer right away. You can always ask them for a couple of seconds to think of an answer. The best solution if such problems recur is to maintain the uniform gap for answers to questions you know and don’t know. This will make the panelists think that that is your normal pace and a slack in answering a question you’re unsure of won’t have much of an impact on your performance.
- Tip 8: Take in your surroundings. Many panels take feedback from third parties to such receptionists, head of cleanliness of the behaviour of the candidate towards such persons. Greet all relevant personnel with a smile- especially anyone you approach any queries of any sort.
- Tip 9: While formals are advised, there is no hard and fast rule for same.
- Tip 10: One of the major questions asked if to describe one’s strengths and weaknesses. While strengths are easy, people wrap a strength under fake modesty and present it as a weakness such as being a workaholic, or being a perfectionist or being too meticulous. Interviewers have seen such people in the past and how they perform. Therefore, they don’t buy such statements anymore. Be upfront and honest. Speak of a weakness vaguely relevant to the workplace and highlight the most on how you’re working on overcoming it. That’s what they are looking for- your efforts, whether credible or not, are consistent or not; and whether there has been any progress or not.
This is how we would advise the applicants to plan their CAT Exam Interview. It is not rocket science, it is the evaluation of a person. You will face fewer challenges as much as you are honest with the resume and interview. We would love to hear your feedback and suggestions in the comment section.