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Personal Interviews (Past Questions,Tips and Related Discussion)

*Welcome friends... I started this thread,as I don't find any thread where past Interview questions are posted in a systematic way.I request all PG users who had already attended many interviews to post their interview experience,so that others ...
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Interview Tips
General
  1. Be yourself; allow your personality to shine.
  2. Respond to questions honestly and candidly.
  3. Understand what is asked of you. Feel free to ask for a repeat if you don't clearly understand a question.
  4. Avoid the "smart-aleck" reply or the clever-flip demeanor (you know, the effort to be cute, snappy alert, falsely witty).
  5. Do your homework on the school and program.
  6. Be on time. Look nice.
  7. Examine yourself. Know something about the MBA and how it can aid you.
Specific
  1. Discuss special interests and ask how the school may help you to pursue them. For example, one representative particularly enjoyed talking to a young lady about her interest in fund-raising management.
  2. Ask about faculty research and interests, especially in areas that concern you.
  3. Review with representatives your work background, highlighting the benefits you received from the experiences.
  4. Know something about the MBA important and what it can do for you. Explore the possibilities of the degree as it relates to what you are seeking.
  5. Inquire about the school's philosophy, approach, and direction. Since management education is young, many schools are still defining and redefining themselves in regard to what they do and how they do it.
  6. Inquire about facilities (library, computer equipment), housing and campus life. A recent graduate chose a school based on its tremendous computer laboratory.
  7. If financial aid is critical to you, ask about aid sources, its availability, and the name of the person responsible for administering the program.
  8. Describe to the representatives who you are: your strengths, assets, traits needing development.
  9. Discuss your college work making special reference to those courses/projects that were valuable, exciting, worthwhile, and important to your future.
  10. Be frank about problems - real or perceived - without rationalizing, apologizing, blaming, or excusing. Common problems may include grades, test scores, an inconsistent record, or minimal work experience.
Sample MBA Interview Questions
A group of applicants have offered the following as questions asked of them when they interviewed for admission to MBA programs:
  1. Discuss your career progression.
  2. Give examples of how you have demonstrated leadership inside and outside the work environment.
  3. What do you want to do (in regard to business function, industry, location)?
  4. Why the MBA? Why now?
  5. Describe an ethical dilemma faced at work?
  6. Describe your career aspirations?
  7. What would you do if not accepted?
  8. What are your long- and short-term goals? Why?
  9. Why are you applying to business school?
  10. Why does this school appeal to you?
  11. What is an activity you are involved in? Why is it important to you?
  12. Talk about experiences you have had at work.
  13. Why are you interested in a general MBA program?
  14. Why did you choose your undergraduate major?
  15. Discuss yourself.
  16. What contributions would you make to a group?
  17. Name three words or phrases to describe yourself to others.
  18. What is most frustrating at work?
  19. How would co-workers describe you?
  20. Describe a typical work day.
  21. Have you worked in a team environment? What were your contributions to the effort?
  22. Discuss any experience you have had abroad.
  23. How did you choose your job after college?
  24. What do you do to relieve stress?
  25. It's two years after graduation, what three words would your team members use to describe you?
  26. Describe a situation where you brought an idea forward, and it failed.
  27. How do you define success?
  28. What would you do if a team member wasn't pulling his own weight?
    • Is there anything you would like to ask me/us?

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Tips For Group Discussion


There are a number of methods you can use to encourage those that participate in group discussions. One technique is to ask a single question and make a request for all the members to discuss it. The members can read the question, and they can tell the other members what they think the question means.
It is best to use open-ended questions, because they will allow the members to think about the topics. Everyone should be allowed to give their thoughts on the question. It is always important to make sure the group stays on topic.
If you notice that members are getting off topic, politely direct them back to the topic that is being discussed. It is also important for everyone to listen, even the leader. They should understand the statements that are being made by members. If they do not, they should ask the member to clarify the point they are making. It is also important to make comments on statements that have been made by the other members. When your respond to a statement that has been made, this can create a domino effect where other members will respond as well, and new ideas or solutions can be formulated.
There are a number of guidelines that you will want to follow at the conclusion of the discussion. You should always create a summary about the topic that has been discussed. Ask the members to review the things that have been discussed, as this will allow them to commit the various points to memory. It is important for the members of the group to keep notepads handy where they can write down important points that have been made. One of the common goals of group discussions is to brainstorm ideas. When members of a group are brainstorming an idea, there are a number of things they will do.
First, the topic will be given to the group. Each member will think about the topic for set period of time, and will begin coming up with a number of different ideas. The other members of the group should build on the ideas that have already been presented. After the idea creation period has ended, the ideas which have been developed will be organized and reviewed. The results will be shared with the entire group. Brainstorming plays an important role in group discussions, and is excellent for a situation where a group needs to come up with a solution to a complex problem.
When group discussion are held, it is important for them to receive encouragement. This encouragement can come from the group leader, or it can come from the other members. It will bring about results that are the exact opposite of what happens when the idea of a member is put-down by others in the group. The group that participates in discussions should behave like a well oiled machine. Everyone should be on the same page. The success of the group, not the individuals, is the most important factor. When members encourage each other, this will build a strong camaraderie that will allow the group to function as one. The biggest problems in group discussions occur when members discourage each other and promote their own ideas.
Group discussion are successful when all the members respect each other. When someone comes up with a great idea, they should be thanked for their participation. Members who are quiet should be allowed to convey their thoughts to the other members, and the participants who are outspoken should spend more time listening to what the other members have to say. No one member should ever be allowed to dominate the conversation in group discussion. Every member of the group should be given an equal amount of time to convey their own thoughts to the group.
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Topic: GD current topics

(1) "Terrorism can be eliminated only by use of sheer military force rather than by a political dialogue"

FOR
1. Conciliatory measures have failed to curb the increase of terrorism as the terrorists are motivated by harrow and perverted ideologies, which are not amenable to reason. Therefore, use of force is the only way to curb terrorism.
2. The situations in North East, Kashmir and SriLanka clearly prove that the trigger-happy terrorists resort to indiscriminate killings to create terror among people. There is neither an organized leadership nor a sense of purpose in their activities. Therefore, negotiations would not yield any result.

AGAINST
1. Lessons from Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Punjab, Assam and Kashmir show that by sheer force, terrorism cannot be curbed. Systematic attempts to remove the political / economic grievances of the terrorists, combined with persuasive negotiations alone would succeed.

2. Political solution would alone be the lasting solution, and the use of force would only temporarily solve the problem. Even though suppressed for a while, terrorism would crop up again as the terrorists are mostly unemployed, frustrated youth, who are very much committed to the redressal of their grievances.

3. Sustained and serious thinking along this line may help create an atmosphere conducive for a dialogue for peace. This particular awareness will force our political leadership to harmonize and dovetail their policies and programmes for larger and futuristic national interests.
(2) "There should be a ban on migration of educated Indians"

FOR
1. Migration of educated Indians is a huge loss to the country. A poor country like India with a high rate of illiteracy cannot afford this loss. It means a loss of trained technical or general manpower. It also means a loss of their creative potential that a developing country like India can ill-afford.

2. Migration of educated Indians also means financial loss to the exchequer. Education is very costly. It is heavily subsidised by the government.It is estimated that the government spends about Rs. 1.5 Lakhs on every medical graduate, Rs. 1 Lakh on every engineering graduate and Rs. 30,000 - Rs. 50,000 on arts, commerce and science graduates. All this investment is wasted owing to a high rate of 'brain-drain' from the country.

3. Migrating for monetary benefits or for other materialistic values is not a very healthy trend. It reveals a sort of anti-national trend. India is faced with immense socio-political and economic problems like communalism, nepotism, drug-addiction, trafficking, regionalism, smuggling, etc. This situation calls for the educated and intelligent Indians to come forward and mobilise the energies of the masses into concrete ideas and actions, and make the Indian democracy a success.

AGAINST
1. Banning educated Indians from migrating would be against democratic traditions and would mean denial of individual rights.

2. The state of economy in India cannot absorb or offer good working conditions to many educated specialists and technically trained personnel. The pay scales offered to many educated Indians are far below their expectations and needs. The working conditions prevalent in India are not of international standards. They have no alternative but to migrate.

3. It is evident from the recent trend that many Indians who have migrated have come back to India or are investing money in the Indian economy. This has proved to be highly beneficial to the country. Thus, the migrated Indians represent the country's assets and can be of use to the country in future.

4. The Indians abroad have proved to be very successful and have promoted India's name and culture abroad. They have played an important role in influencing the policies and decisions of foreign governments pertaining to India. We need such good samaritans and good-will ambassadors
in the developed world in a highly interdependent world, racing towards globalisation.
5. Indians like Vinod Khosla (a venture capitalist considered one of the most successful and influential personalities in Silicon Valley; one of the co-founders of Sun Microsystems and, currently, a general partner of the venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers) and Gururaj Deshpande (the Canadian billionaire of Indian origin; also the world's richest Indian) are the classic examples of Indians making big abroad, thereby, making a name for India too.
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there is one prominent question asked by board..

as to tell us y should we select u n y v should not..
please suggest ...
as far as my understanding goes...
whn u begin answering the first part u do mean that u are suitable to b thr but answering second part means u are contradicting urslf...
so if i tell the interviewer abt my strength n then say that my strengths overpower my weakness so thr isnt any reason y i shudnt b selected else i wouldnt b hr before u ..

what say??
plz suggest..

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Questions to Ask Employers


Just as important as the questions you will be asked are the questions you ask the employer. Interviewing is a two way conversation between you and the employer so you can see if there is a match of interests and skills with that employer. Be sure to do you research on the organization and the position before your interview so you can ask questions that reflect your research and will give you information you need to see if you are interested in pursing an opportunity with that employer. For assistancce in developing questions for the employer, see the list of Questions to Ask Employers below.

  1. Please describe the duties of the job for me.
  2. What kinds of assignments might I expect the first six months on the job?
  3. Are salary adjustments geared to the cost of living or job performance?
  4. Does your company encourage further education?
  5. How often are performance reviews given?
  6. What products (or services) are in the development stage now?
  7. Do you have plans for expansion?
  8. What are your growth projections for next year?
  9. Have you cut your staff in the last three years?
  10. How do you feel about creativity and individuality?
  11. Do you offer flextime?
  12. Is your company environmentally conscious? In what ways?
  13. In what ways is a career with your company better than one with your competitors?
  14. Is this a new position or am I replacing someone?
  15. What is the largest single problem facing your staff (department) now?
  16. May I talk with the last person who held this position?
  17. What is the usual promotional time frame?
  18. Does your company offer either single or dual careertrack programs?
  19. What do you like best about your job/company?
  20. Once the probation period is completed, how much authority will I have over decisions?
  21. Has there been much turnover in this job area?
  22. Do you fill positions from the outside or promote from within first?
  23. What qualities are you looking for in the candidate who fills this position?
  24. What skills are especially important for someone in this position?
  25. What characteristics do the achievers in this company seem to share?
  26. Is there a lot of team/project work?
  27. Will I have the opportunity to work on special projects?
  28. Where does this position fit into the organizational structure?
  29. How much travel, if any, is involved in this position?
  30. What is the next course of action? When should I expect to hear from you or should I contact you?
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Questions Asked by Employers
Personal:
  1. Tell me about yourself.
  2. What are your hobbies?
  3. Why did you choose to interview with our organization?
  4. Describe your ideal job.
  5. What can you offer us?
  6. What do you consider to be your greatest strengths?
  7. Can you name some weaknesses?
  8. Define success. Failure.
  9. Have you ever had any failures? What did you learn from them?
  10. Of which three accomplishments are you most proud?
  11. Who are your role models? Why?
  12. How does your college education or work experience relate to this job?
  13. What motivates you most in a job?
  14. Have you had difficulty getting along with a former professor/supervisor/co-worker and how did you handle it?
  15. Have you ever spoken before a group of people? How large?
  16. Why should we hire you rather than another candidate?
  17. What do you know about our organization (products or services)?
  18. Where do you want to be in five years? Ten years?
  19. Do you plan to return to school for further education?

Education:
  1. Why did you choose your major?
  2. Why did you choose to attend your college or university?
  3. Do you think you received a good education? In what ways?
  4. In which campus activities did you participate?
  5. Which classes in your major did you like best? Least? Why?
  6. Which elective classes did you like best? Least? Why?
  7. If you were to start over, what would you change about your education?
  8. Do your grades accurately reflect your ability? Why or why not?
  9. Were you financially responsible for any portion of your college education?

Experience:
  1. What job-related skills have you developed?
  2. Did you work while going to school? In what positions?
  3. What did you learn from these work experiences?
  4. What did you enjoy most about your last employment? Least?
  5. Have you ever quit a job? Why?
  6. Give an example of a situation in which you provided a solution to an employer.
  7. Give an example of a time in which you worked under deadline pressure.
  8. Have you ever done any volunteer work? What kind?
  9. How do you think a former supervisor would describe your work?

Career Goals:
  1. Do you prefer to work under supervision or on your own?
  2. What kind of boss do you prefer?
  3. Would you be successful working with a team?
  4. Do you prefer large or small organizations? Why?
  5. What other types of positions are you considering?
  6. How do you feel about working in a structured environment?
  7. Are you able to work on several assignments at once?
  8. How do you feel about working overtime?
  9. How do you feel about travel?
  10. How do you feel about the possibility of relocating?
  11. Are you willing to work flextime?
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:Personal Interview Tips:

Personal interviews are an important part of selection process at various jobs as well as for admissions to professional institutes. There are many personal interview tips that can help you in getting your dream job or admission to a reputed college or university. At a job interview, the interviewer meets with the candidate to assess their capabilities, skills and level of experience. During the personal interview at educational Institutes, candidates are evaluated on the basis on their confidence level, ability to act under pressure and their understanding of the subject that they are applying for. Here is a list of personal interview tips that will be helpful to you.

Tips for Personal Interviews

Personal Interview tips equip candidates to be better prepared to face any kind of probable questions from the interviewer.
These interview tips are also aimed at instilling confidence in the candidates, which is a vital ingredient for success at job interviews and admission interviews.

Dress code for personal interviews: Since any personal interview, whether it is for a job or admission to an institute is a formal affair, it is advisable that the candidates be well dressed, preferably in formals. A well dressed candidate automatically exudes an air of confidence that speaks well of his/her personality. Avoid bright colored or striking prints while choosing your attire for personal interviews.

Personal Interview Etiquettes: There are several etiquettes that must be followed when facing the interviewer. Knock before entering the interviewers cabin and ask for permission to enter. Generally one must wait to be asked to sit instead of going straight ahead and sitting. If you are carrying a bag, it should be kept on the floor beside your chair. Sit comfortably but with your back straight and hands on your lap. Too much hand movement to explain a point is not advisable.

Always listen carefully before answering so that you do not falter for words. Do not speak more than it is required and always pause in between if the interviewer wants to make a point.
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it is really very informative thread.Keep posting.thanks a lot

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Tell me about your dream job.
Stay away from a specific job. You cannot win. If you say the job you are contending for is it, you strain credibility. If you say another job is it, you plant the suspicion that you will be dissatisfied with this position if hired. The best is to stay genetic and say something like: A job where I love the work, like the people, can contribute and cant wait to get to work.
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What kind of person would you refuse to work with?
Do not be trivial. It would take disloyalty to the organization,violence or lawbreaking to get you to object. Minor objections will label you as a whiner.
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