– Rikta Doshi, CRISIL – GAC, Location:Mumbai
So, you’ve read the GD/PI experiences and must be suitable prepared already.
Here are a few common questions that are asked in the PI, and Rikta Doshi’s perspective on how best to tackle those.
Tell me something about yourself.
This question should ring the bells of opportunity in your ears to the loudest extent. If you answer this question well, your job is half done.
Here you can talk about briefly about your qualifications, your background (stream and specialization). Don’t shy away from highlighting academic achievements and strengths. You may then talk about personal strengths, and do be prepared to justify whatever strengths you mention here as well.
You can talk about your interests; elaborate on the relevant ones. Again, what you say in your answer could lead to more questions coming your way.
By giving them this sense of yourself, you create a certain impression about yourself in their eyes. The answer to this question can give you a chance to steer the interview towards the things you might want to talk about.
Remember, don’t recite your resume, the good interviewer always know what you’ve written in your resume. You could use this opportunity to showcase something about you that isn’t already put on paper.
Why did you choose CCAP over a general, full-time MBA?
If you’ve given enough thought to CCAP and the 2 years that may follow, and you’ve read all the CCAP experiences, you should be able to answer this and justify.
Jokes apart, what the interviewer is trying to understand through this is your thought behind choosing the stream/organization, what you think are the pros and cons, if have walked the extra mile to find out information not available publicly.
The easy answer, and even a correct one, would be “because of the combination of work experience and academics”. You could also add something of your own into it. To answer this question, first ask this question to yourself. Don’t try to say something you think the interviewers would like to hear. What they would like to hear is – what you truly think.
What do you think makes you well-suited for this program?
The ‘tell me about yourself’ question and this one are similar in some ways. If the interviewer asks you this, you again have the chance of navigating the course of your interview. I’d suggest that you go prepared with a SWOT analysis of yourself – paying equal attention to both S & W. Also, you could try to explain how you think you could add value to the organization that you would be associated with.