CAT (Common Admission Test) Interview tips and tricks

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  1. krishna

    krishna Banned

    Interview by Management Institutes

    The interview is in the form of a "Question-and-answer " session - the interviewer asking question and the interviewee answering them -all oral and nothing written.

    The weightage for the interview part of the selection process in case of most management institutes ranges between 10% and 25% but in most cases the institutes do not specify the weightages for different component of the selection process. However it has to be borne in mind that while the weightage given to interview in the selection process of management institutes is not high as compared to written test, this is an area that cannot be ignored by the candidates. Unless the candidate performs well in this areas, his/her chances of getting selected will diminish drastically.

    "An interview is conducted to have an insight into the attitude of the candidate to life in general and the chosen profession in particular."

    Some management institutes have only a single interview whereas a few management institutes have more than one interview as a part of the selection process.

    Why an interview is conducted by management institutes for selecting candidates?

    A written test tests the aptitude of the candidate by looking at the candidate's ability, logical ability, verbal ability, etc. But it should not provide any insight into the attitude of the candidate whether personal or professional.

    An interview is a process which looks at how you react to various situations. It involve thinking on your feet. An interview gives an opportunity to the interviewer to peep into your mind and look your thought process.

    "Look at each question in the interview as an opportunity to show more good things about yourself to the interviewers."

    About interview panel

    In the interviews conducted by management institutes as a part of their selection process, the candidate interviewed by a team of interviewers. This group of 'interviewers' is referred to as the interview panel. The interview panel normally consist of two or three members - in most cases ,the panel may have more than three members also.

    Management institutes normally give the responsibility of conducting interviews to their professor - in other words, the members on the interview panels are regular, full time professors of the respective institutes.

    some management institutes , while having their faculty members on the interview panel, may also have one outsider on the panel. For example IIMK Kolkata follows the practice of having an alumnus of their institute (who is working in the industry ) on their interview panels - with the other two members being professors of the institute. Some management institutes have a psychologist on the interview panel .

    Type and duration of interview

    Based on the process of interviewing, the interviews that you will come across in management institutes are of two type. The first one can be referred to as the non-stress interview and the second one as the stress interview.

    A non-stress interview proceed with questions asked in a normal business like manner and the candidate given enough time to answer the question .
    In a stress interview, the candidate is deliberately put under a lot of stress by the interviewers.

    Interview at management institutes last anywhere from 5-6 minutes to 30-40 minutes. However you should not come to any conclusion about your chances based on the duration of the interview. A short interview is not necessarily bad and a long interview not necessarily good.

    Preparatory aspects of interview

    Look at a few preparatory aspects that you need to know about interviews.

    1.Dress code

    2.Entry and initial moments in the interview room

    3.Sitting posture

    4.Body language

    5.Language to be used in an interview

    6.Conduct inside the interview room

    What the interviewer look for in an interviewee ?

    The interviewer are chiefly interested in knowing whether you are a suitable candidate for a management course as well as for taking up managerial responsibilities in future.

    The main qualities that the interviewer look for the candidate are:

    Level of knowledge the candidates possesses.

    Conceptual understanding of issues

    Clarity of thought

    Communication skill

    Planning of career

    Basic personality

    Reacting to a situation

    Type of Questions asked

    The main areas/questions in interview are:

    Tell us something about yourself?

    subject knowledge/Work experience

    General awareness/current affairs

    personality related questions

    Why do you want to do a course in management?

    Hobbies/Interest/extra curricular activities

    Why do you want to do management education?

    This question is basically meant to know how good you are in your thinking process and how clear you are about your professional goal .Remember that you cannot afford to give answers like "I just feel like doing it" "It plays well" etc to this question.

    In any case, you should have a clear idea as to what a management degree can provide to you .While thinking for an answer to this question, you should focus on what management can do for you, what additional skills you need, to grow in and contribute to the organization that you are working for or will be working with and how management education can help you acquire such skills.
  2. krishna

    krishna Banned

    What is group discussion?

    A Group discussion is a forum where people sit together and discuss the issue administrated to them with the common objective of discussing it in a wholesome way.

    Types of Group Discussion

    1.Topic-based group discussions

    2.Case-based group discussion (also called Case Studies), and

    3.Article-based group discussions

    Topic-based group discussions

    In topic based group discussions, the group members are given a topic to discuss. A topic is typically in the form of a statement (some times, the statement may not be complete. for example, the topic could be worded "The biggest problem faced by our country is........."). By the end of the discussion, the group should strive to arrive at a consensus on the issue that is covered by the topic.

    Case-based group discussion ( Case Studies)

    In case studies, a short description of a situation (called a "case") is given to all the participants. The case will typically be a problem situation that requires a solution. The participants have to study the

    case, analyze the problem and then discuss various situations to the problem.

    Article-based group discussions

    Article-based GD cover wide range of areas, like current affairs, politics, economics, technology etc.............

    The participants are given 4-5 minutes to read the article and are then asked to hold a regular group discussion of around 10-15 minutes on the article.

    The topic that are given in group discussion are of two types:

    knowledge based topics

    Some of the important categories of knowledge-based topics are listed below:

    Economic topics

    Eg: "India should slow down the pace of liberalization"

    "The economics of technology driven systems do not help developing nations"

    Social topics

    Eg: "Dowry continues to haunt Indian brides"

    "Education should become a fundamental right"

    Political topic

    Topics with politics as the basic content frequently feature in group discussions. These topics can easily drag the not-very-careful participant into a trap of emotional expressions.

    Eg: "Coalition on politics in a poor country like India is a drain on the national economy"

    "Plans to attract foreign investment"

    Sports/Films related topics

    Topics concerning films or sports are also common in number of GDs. Recently included tournaments like the world cup or thr Olympics games can be the subject matter for a number of GD topics.

    Eg: "Should India announce a sports holiday?" " Cricket is like opium to India masses?

    IT based topics

    In this era of the information technology revolution, it is natural that topics based on IT or IT enabled service like BPO feature prominently amongst the list of topics for discussion.

    Eg: we need more money to Fertilize crops rather than to increase band width"

    The BPO bubble will also burst the way the dot-com bubble did"

    Non-knowledge based topics

    Common, day-to -day knowledge is sufficient to do a good job of talking about such topics

    Concrete topics

    Eg: "Love marriage are better than arranged marriages"

    "Girls make better children than boys"

    Abstract topics

    Abstract topics are those about which the interpretation itself can vary from person to person.

    Eg: "The farther we look the closer we are"

    "Green is better than red"

    Performance parameter in GD


    It shows how well-read you are. All your management skills, etc.. will be of no use in an organization unless you are sound on subject and knowledge. That is the reason why content is such important

    aspects of the evaluation process.


    Communication covers three different aspects. these are:

    Correctly conveying what you want to say



    3.Group Behavior

    Each participant interact with the other members of the group

    4.Leadership Skill

    It is not possible for all members of a group to display leadership skills. If you get an opportunity to lead the group, do so by all means. However, do not go out of your way to establish yourself as a leader." Leader is one who is spoken to most and lends direction to the group.

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