Common Questions For MBA Personal Interview (PI) Round

Last Modified: 14 Apr 2024

Personal Interview (PI) is the last round of selection process where interaction is done on one-to-one basis between the candidate and the interviewer. The Personal interview shape, duration and type of questions may be different in accordance with the nature of the PI round. The Personal Interview (PI) round is the test of your verbal communication skill, presence of mind and how do you present your views and knowledge skillfully to convince the experts who are interviewing you.

In the admission process for various MBA courses, the PI round holds its special position, as it is conducted before offering you admission in a course. Here are some general tips and some common questions asked during the Personal Interview (PI) round:

Personal Interview (PI) Tips-

  • Don’t start your introduction with ‘Myself (your name). Instead use ‘My name is (your name).
  • When asked about you; tell about yourself cutting the unnecessary information. For example; tell your educational background, any important achievement, you can tell about your family (father, mother and siblings) but not the extended family.
  • When asked about hobbies; don’t say ‘meeting new people’ or ‘making friends’.
  • If you don’t answer to any question, just say you don’t know may be expressing the interest of looking it later. But, don’t say I have read this in second semester and don’t remember.

Personal Interview (PI) Format for MBA Programme

Three-four experts are appointed as panelists who throw penetrating questions to you on your academics, work experience, current affairs, social issues, about your personality, your native place, on technical issues related to your academics and work place in the personal interview round.

On an average, the duration of a personal interview is around 10 to 20 minutes. In case some interesting and knowledge bearing discussion into a topic or issue starts deeply, it can go beyond 25-30 minutes. Apart from the one to one personal interaction session, the PI round may also include some other components including Group Exercise, Writing Test, Extempore speech, psychometric tests among others.

Importance of Personal Interview (PI) Round

Personal Interview (PI) is the most important part of your final selection process. It carries high weightage in final selection process in a range from 30 to 50 percent. Immediately after completion of your written exam, it is necessary to improve your personal interview skills and do away with any type of hesitation that you may face during personal interview round. If you do not get a required minimum score in personal interview, you will not be considered for final selection even if you have scored very high score in your written test.

Personal Interview (PI): Common Questions

Here are some common questions asked during Personal Interview (PI) round:

Introduce yourself or tell me about yourself?

This is the most common question to expect in the Personal Interview (PI) session.

Suggestions to Answer: What matters more than the answer is the way of speaking. Your voice should reflect confidence and passion. Include your educational qualification, interests and family details. Try to highlight your achievement but not in a loud way.

Why do you want to do the course?

Suggestions to Answer: The interviewer is looking for clarity of thoughts in your answer. So, don’t give vague answers. You can say that you want to start your own business or expand your family business.

What are your Strengths and weaknesses?

Suggestions to Answer: First thing is not to contradict your strengths and weaknesses. Also, don’t use that strategy of presenting strength as weakness like being ‘workaholic.’ Talk about a genuine weakness such as being unorganized sometimes and also talk about how you are planning to overcome it.

Short Term Goals

Suggestions to Answer: Include goals that can be achievable. Your answer can sound ambitious yet realistic.

Long Term Goals

Suggestions to Answer: Here you can sound a little more ambitious and can include your business start up plan or job plan as it may be.

Why should we select you?

Answer this question with full confidence highlighting your talent. Also, don’t forget to mention how dedicated you are towards achieving your goals no matter what the result of the selection process is.

Apart from these tips, you can read the interviews of candidates who are selected previously. Analyse their answers and frame the best answers for your Personal Interview (PI) round.

Proven Tips to Prepare Well For Personal Interview Round

  • Be careful while writing statement of purpose
  • Keep yourself updated
  • Brush up on your academics
  • Know all about your native place
  • Mention properly about your work experience
  • Know your personality
  • Awareness about your interests & hobbies
  • Brush up your GK
  • Join PI preparatory sessions
  • Be positive through out

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