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How to Ace CAT Personal Interview?

Rini Maria
Rini MariaUpdated On: January 17, 2022 01:08 pm IST

Candidates can find some helpful tips to ace the CAT 2021 Personal Interview round here.

How to Ace CAT Personal Interview?

With the release of the CAT 2021 results, another big question that is in the minds of the candidates is how to ace the personal interview. Many candidates get anxious and nervous and have multiple questions in their heads about the Personal Interview rounds. Well, here at College Dekho, we will help you regarding how to appear for the personal interview round. Know about the etiquettes, some tips, tricks and how to handle any unfamiliar or uncomfortable questions.  

Appearing before a panel of judges can be a little intimidating, but with just the right amount of confidence and preparation, anyone can easily ace it. Although all institutions and MBA colleges have different formats, yet Personal Interview is an integral part of the admission process. Therefore, one must be well-prepared.

Overview of Personal Interview

  • All leading colleges, institutions, and top B-Schools conduct Personal Interview rounds for the admissions to the MBA courses.
  • Personal Interview is an essential part of the admission process. It is held to understand the candidate better and their motivation and dedication.
  • PI rounds are conducted by a panel of judges. It is a real-time interaction with the candidate and interviewer.
  • The interviewer observes both the responses and behavioural conduct of the candidate during the Personal Interview.
  • Based on a total of the CAT percentile and all other stages inclusive of the Personal Interview, the final merit list will be declared.

Also Read: How to Prepare for PI/ WAT Rounds for MBA Admissions at Top B-Schools

Questions Asked in CAT Personal Interview

Interviews are held in order to learn everything about the candidate. And, it all depends on the candidate to guide the flow of the interview. The interviewer is curious to know about the different factors and opinions of the interviewee. Therefore, no matter what the question is (Positive/Negative), always have a positive opinion of it. Some questions do not have right or wrong answers, they are simply tricky. So, make sure to handle such questions with confidence and positivity. Some of the questions will be based on:

  • Personality
  • Interests
  • Psychological Behaviour
  • Work Style
  • Work Experience
  • Opinions on Social Matters
  • Political Views

Candidates must always have an upper hand while answering any of the questions. Be specific with the answers and have dominance over the response.

Key Points for the Personal Interview Rounds

  • Avoid answering unfamiliar questions instead of answering wrong answers.
  • Only speak for factual numbers. Do not try to presume and respond, it may lead to an opinion of bluffing.
  • Make sure not to use any informal or indecent language (Slangs).
  • Always be dressed in formal attire.
  • Be witty and quick in responding to the questions. Avoid taking long pauses.
  • Stay on the tip of your toes. Prepare well to respond to each of the questions put forward to you.

Also Read:IIM CAP 2022 - Registrations, Dates, Centres, Personal Interview, Shortlist Criteria, Selection Process

Some Additional Tricks to Ace CAT PI

Here are some of the necessary key points which one must keep in mind before appearing for the Personal Interview round:

Detailed Research

Before appearing for the Personal Interview, candidates must research in detail the institute or college they are appearing for. It will help in building confidence during the interview. Some companies or institutes tend to ask questions about themselves, to know whether the candidate is interested in joining them or not. There may be multiple questions about the organization as well, therefore always be prepared.

Carry Necessary Documents

Candidates should ensure they carry the necessary documents. The interviewer may want to know about the educational qualifications or other information. So always carry original documents while appearing for an interview. Carry class 10th, 12th, Graduation Certification, Resume/ CV, notepad, or any additional certificates (as per requirement).

Basic Etiquettes

Before entering for the interview, check through this list of some basic etiquettes:

  • Reach on time. Do not get late.
  • Preferably, Switch off the mobile phone. Avoid using a mobile phone during the Personal Interview.
  • Carefully listen to the interviewer before responding.
  • Only speak when necessary. Do not talk unnecessarily or out of context.
  • Do not speak ill about any other institution or organization, it only portrays your image.
  • Sit upright and maintain a proper posture during the interview.

Maintain Formal Dress code

Candidates must dress to impress. But that does not mean the candidate can wear anything. Apart from the actual dress, they should appear confident while presenting themselves. Also, avoid wearing heavy makeup or strong perfumes.

Always be Confident

Confidence plays a key role in the interview process. Candidates who speak loud and clear are confident. Always look confident during the interview. Never let the interviewer sense your distress. Even while you are not speaking, always carry a positive and confident personality. It portrays good behaviour and manner.  

Listen Before Speaking

Always let the interviewer finish their question. Do not interrupt in between. Candidates must show patience and listen carefully. Before responding, candidates must show that they are active listeners as well.

Prepare for Behavioural Interview Techniques

During an interview, the behaviour of the candidates speaks a lot. Hence, try to learn about behavioural techniques. Additionally, there may be some questions based on behavioural techniques, for which one must prepare well and respond carefully. One of the ways to prepare for such situations is to make a list of the strength and weaknesses of the candidates. Then, while answering, focus on the strengths and respond quickly.

Be Elaborate and Open to Communication

During the interview, it should not look like a closed-ended interrogation. Answer the questions with examples and also ask questions. The easier it is for the interviewer to communicate with the candidates, the easier it is for them to judge the candidates. Therefore, instead of being defensive, try to make it interactive and interesting. It will keep the interviewer interested in you.

Be Prepared and Stay Motivated

 Candidates must look motivated and speak with eagerness and actively. If necessary, try to freshen up using the washroom. But during the interview, you should not let the interviewer feel that you are nervous. Stay on the A-game and respond to each question with confidence and calmness.

Personal Interview for CAT 2021

Now, following these tips and tricks, candidates must start to prepare for their PI rounds. With the declaration of the CAT 2021 results, the shortlisted candidates’ list will be declared soon. Therefore, without losing any more time, candidates must start their preparation for their desirable institutions, or companies.

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