What will do during Group Discussion and Personal Interview?

By: nidhidutta

With the onset of 2012, management aspirants have started a full fledge preparation for MBA entrance exams. These tests are like the “first step” for them as it opens the door of top notch MBA colleges, which are excellent in terms of education and infrastructure. It is seen that most of them concentrates on giving their best performance only in the written exams, but ignores (I would not say completely, yes partially) the GDPI part, which in fact is the “real” test. (An advice: Maintain equilibrium between written test and the GDPI).
Now, the question is – What is this GDPI? It is a kind of final assessment of your caliber. No doubt, written exams do assess your intelligence, but that is not enough to judge our “manager like qualities”. And any top B-school in India would certainly want to have candidates who can be a good business manager and at the same time a great leader. GDPI, being a manifold process evaluates a candidate by his personality, knowledge, communication skills and leadership qualities. I agree some qualities or personality traits are inborn, but still you can always improve yourself. Keep in mind some points that might not sound so crucial, still will make an impact, when taken into consideration.

How will you make the first impression?
“First impression is the last impression”, this rule does apply in GDPI, and particularly in MBA entrance exams. Dress appropriately, as per the occasion; wear formals. Put on clothes which suits you and fits you. Avoid wearing gaudy or dull colors (choice of colors reflects your attitude). Girls should take care that their dress is not too revealing (can create a negative impression). They can prefer wearing a saree, chudidar or can put on shirt and trousers with a blazer. For, boys; well shirt and trousers would be a better choice.

How will you introduce yourself?
Your introduction will play an important role in your GD and specifically P.I. Neither over boast about yourself or your achievements nor under-estimate your accomplishments; show confidence, but not over-confidence. Make it simple, yet impressive. Try not to give negative vibes to other member of your group. Modulate your voice such that you neither sound too loud or too vague. This will in a way make sure for you to secure admission in Top B-schools in India.

How will you begin with the GD or PI?
When it comes to Group Discussion take a lead if possible; it will show your keenness to the take initiatives. After all, you have to be a “leader”, when you are into the corporate world, and GDPI of the MBA entrance exam, is the best platform to display leadership qualities. While you are facing the interview panel, begin with a salutation and try to be calm and composed when you are showered with questions. Again be confident; nervousness will kill your capabilities (at least your communication skills).

How to be a pacifier?
At times, the GD room tends to turn into a “fish market”, because sometimes, it turns into a fight (just verbal fight). In such a situation, be ready to pacify the group, this will cement your position further. It is advisable not to lose your composure, control your aggression as you are trying to get into a top B-school in India and not in the parliament.

What to do in the P.I? (To be more precise)
Written MBA entrance exams will not showcase your ability to adapt or your eagerness to learn new things. It is during personal interview that these qualities will be judged. So, mold your attitude and be flexible to accept changes. Don’t be stubborn, while answering the questions of the interviewer. One very important thing that you should not forget, i.e. “Be yourself”. Don’t try to fool the interviewer, putting up a show, it will be noticed by the interviewer, anyhow. Any discrepancies will immediately hamper your chances to get an admission.

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