How to Prepare for CAT Interview
Long wait for students who appeared for online management test will end soon as CAT 2013 results are expected to be declared on 14th January 2014.The exam was conducted from 11th October 2013 to 16th November 2013 by Institute of Management for selection of students for their business administrative exam.
CAT is a Common Admission Test and an entry gate for students planning to pursue Masters in Business Administration and other related programs at India’s prestigious and leading colleges.Each year several students enroll for CAT exam. As per reports, number of students who appeared for the exam this year are 1, 94,516. The exam was conducted in 76 centers across 40 cities.
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CAT result is not only acceptable by the IIM’s but also by other institutes such as Kirloskar Institute of Management, Nirma Institute of Management, S.P Jain Institute of Management and MICA Ahmedabad.Undertaking a CAT exam is an important eligibility criterion for students who are willing to get admission in leading Management Colleges.
Qualifying the written test is important. Usually each year a cut-off is set. Students who crack the cut off and scoremore than itenjoy privilege to get admission in the college of their choice. But that is not all, post written test, each and every premiere college conducts group discussion and personal interview session. Qualifying the interview is mandatory to get an entry in the institute. Interview is conducted to judge the suitability of the candidate.
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Below are some important questions of personal interview which are used by business schools. Students can draw great help from these questions and can prepare accordingly.
Questions asked in Interview
Here are some questions which are asked in the interview. So be ready to handle them, they include:-
- Being asked to introduce yourself
- Questions related to academics (students who are in their final year or completed their graduation)
- Question related to work experience (professionals who have work experience)
- Questions pertaining to Business Awareness, Current Affairs and others
- Hobbies and Interest
- Strengths and Weaknesses
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How to prepare for these questions?
1) Starting with first question, make sure that you mention mundane details about yourself. Speak confidently to tell information related to unique qualities, interest and aims etc.
2) Students are advised to revise the academic subjects which have been covered during graduation. Application based question should also be considered.
3) For candidates having work experiences, interview panelist expects you to highlight your role and responsibilities shouldered in the organization.
4) For question like your interest, hobbies, strengths and weakness, probe to come up with answers which are genuine. Be honest. Don’t mention fake interests to just impress the interviewer. If they make out that you are lying, it probably may not leave a good impression.
5) Candidates are expected to read about MBA as many times interviewers ask question such as “Why did you choose an MBA”. Here you can speak about the subjects you are interested to study and teaching methodologies you find are beneficial for learning.
6) It is always good strategy that you practice some mock interviews and seek feedback. It will help you to hone your skills and develop better answers each time. Speak confidently and avoid fumbling with words.
Subhadra Bhadauria is dedicated writer with renowned educational site, shiksha.com and apprises students about CAT results 2014 along with some useful information. The writer has completed her masters in mass communication and engages herself in novel writing.