SNAP Exam stands for Symbiosis National Aptitude Test. In our previous article, we have been telling you about the last minute tips to pass the SNAP Exam. Just in case you have missed it, you can read them here. Once you have cleared the exam, you ideally receive a call letter from the Symbiosis college of your choice. The procedure, usually, is that you start with a Group Discussion(GD) round. If you’re shortlisted in that GD round, you move on to a round called Written Aptitude Test(WAT). Not all colleges conduct this set of the round, every one of them has combinations of 2 or more such rounds. Generally, if you’ve cleared these 2 rounds, then you move in the Personal Interview round.
SNAP Interview is overall, a very sober affair. You can’t expect that since you’ve cleared the exam, your preparation is at an end. Yet there is another round of SNAP Interview. I remember when I was preparing for my management exam, there was a very famous saying that “An Interview is a sophisticated chit-chat“. However, these interviews are much more than this. There is a whole panel that judge and analyse everything you say, you do and more. To crack the SNAP Interview round, you don’t only need cool mindset but few more tips as well, which are mentioned below.
Tips for SNAP Interview
- Keep yourself abreast of the current affairs even after the exam is done. This is because the panel might question you on the current affairs as well. Especially when you put a hobby such as reading, they often tend to ask if you read the newspaper as well and at times they ask you something from the current affair. Which you should know.
Tell us Why
- Out of all the Symbiosis colleges under the purview of SNAP, be ready to explain to them why you’ve chosen the said college. This translates to mean that you need to explain why you have chosen the major you did. This happens often with engineers, they are asked to justify the decision of choosing a management college after they are done with their graduation in technical stream.
- Be ready for a lot of introspective questions in the interview. They are going to question you on your career choices, seeking justification for choosing the college and the program that you did, and on why Symbiosis. They would have seen answers in the interview saying how great Symbiosis is, and how students from all over the world come to study over there. Therefore, such answers just won’t cut it. You must not be seen as going with the crowd. If you are, then be prepared for a barrage of other questions that you can’t get out of so easily, such as questions like why do you trust this particular opinion, do you think you have the requisite skills to attempt this course just because others said this course is valuable etc.
- Do your basic research about the college and the program you are doing. Use all of them to your favour in explaining why you chose Symbiosis. Talk to them about Exchange programs if that interests you, or the strategic location of the colleges that would offer the right amount exposure for the course you chose etc. These are the points that are going to work in your favour rather than generic statements that could be lifted off of the internet
- Building on the previous point, it is important to remember to not lift any answer from the internet. Just because some answer worked for someone, doesn’t mean it would work for you. Refer to that answer to understand how you need to approach that question, but do a little bit of introspection to formulate your own answer.
Honesty is Best Policy
- Your answers must be honest. Don’t try to sound smart or intelligent. They can sense fake answers from the numerous years of experience that they possess. Be genuine in why you want to do MBA. The answer might be as simple as the fact that you believe MBA will give you better prospects, tell them that but state it in such a way that you believe your skills are well-suited for an MBA
- If you don’t know the answer to a particular question, admit that you don’t know. If you think you know the answer but aren’t sure, tell them that you don’t know the answer but are willing to take a guess if the panel agrees. Don’t throw out there what you don’t know. This applies to high-frequency words, statements and facts, theories and opinions. You could end up in problems you weren’t in at the beginning
Always ensure that you highlight your CV to speak about your strengths and your achievements. Don’t boast, but don’t understate. Speak with pride of what you’ve done and how it shaped you. Help them get a clear picture of who you are as a person. This will help them judge with accuracy on how suitable you are to the program which will stack up the odds in your favour