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Group Discussion and Personal Interview Tips For MBA Aspirants (GD - PI).

Dear Friends, "Group Discussion and Personal Interview Tips for MBA Aspirants" e-book is an attempt to help you prepare better for GP PI of various Management Institutes. The author of this e-book, Mr. Kartik Raichura, Founder and CEO of has taken due care that the language used in this book is lucid and simple so that even a layman can read it, get wiser and secure a seat in his dream bschool. People preparing for GD and PI might also want to take a look at Kartik's new Venture: : An Encyclopedia for Management Students and Professionals' which has created quite a buzz in the industry. Now, we know that Time is of Paramount importance for MBA Aspirants, so let's start the learning process.

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INDEX Introduction Five Point Yourself Panel Perspective Group Discussion is all about "Role Play" Do's and Don'ts in a Group Discussion Group Discussion Gyan Personal Interview Dress Code Body Language Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). Personal Interview Strategies

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Time Management. © All Rights Reserved. Before the GD Discussion and Personal Interview is the Written Test.Introduction To Group Discussion and Personal Interview. A Management Paradise Publication -3- . Ability to handle pressure. The discussion puts out your team skills and your conflict resolution abilities to test. The corporate world demands team work and tolerance level. Getting a call from your dream B school is just the beginning. This e-Book will help you excel in the GD and PI process. Clearing the written test is your first step to get into your dream B school. Group Discussions bring out your personality. you should be aware of why B-Schools conduct GD in the first place. accept various perspectives of the group and then reach towards a common consensus for an acceptable solution. It demands that you keep your cool. If you wish to excel in a GD. The written test is a rejection technique which tests your Analytical Ability. Creativity and Aptitude. the real struggle lies in proving yourself the best from among the herd of highly intellectual and capable candidates.

) Reservations ii. This is best done with the Key Word Approach.) Team Player Skills 4. 1. give your group an understanding of the current scenario by articulating facts and figures.) Analytical Ability 2.Five Point Yourself You Can Excel at the GD with a "FIVE POINT" approach. A Management Paradise Publication -4- . © All Rights Reserved.)Higher Education Now you start the Group discussion by explaining the meaning of Reservations. You then define the scope of higher education and then you direct the GD. You break up the 2 keywords in your mind. 5. So suppose the topic is "Reservations in Higher Education".) Knowledge of current events. viz: i.) Analytical Ability: Analytical ability means defining the topic.) Personality Let me explain each point in brief: 1.) Communication Skills 3.

logical clarity and knowledge. objective and sensitive. © All Rights Reserved. 3. A good communicator makes his mark by communicating strong points in a brief. A Management Paradise Publication -5- . You should take into consideration various perspectives of the group members and then steer the Group to reach a common solution ground.) Communication Skills: Communication Skills mean clarity in conveying your thoughts and expressions in a structured manner. 2. clear and concise manner.) Team Player skills: A Team player is a good listener. You have to demonstrate your analytical ability by understanding different perspectives of your team and structuring the thought process. Good communication skills also demand control over the language. Analytical ability also means looking at the topic with different perspectives. As a Team player you need to be assertive and not aggressive. Your behavior should be sensible.The person who opens the GD has the panel's undivided attention and hence it's only wise to open the GD if you are confident about communicating your ideas.

analytic ability to solve the problem at hand. You should be aware of the recent happenings. Business books. Your creativity. interpersonal skills.) Personality: A personality is a mixture of all the above 4 points.15 mins. listening skills. Your personality is how you carry yourself in those 10 . You should be well read. magazines. inspiration and motivation skills. IBN LIVE. leadership skills. hot debates and news that make headlines. 5.) Knowledge of current Events: Know-how of current ongoing events is a must for an MBA aspirant. Tv channels like CNBC. BBC etc. A Management Paradise Publication -6- . © All Rights Reserved. your negotiating skills and your skills to persuade the rest of the group create your personality. Your source of information can be anything and everything ranging from newspapers. Novels. And those moments will decide the fate of your marriage with that institute.4.

Think different ways in which you can relate to the topic. 3. 2. give different ways to solve the problem.) Body Language: Use hand gestures when explaining your point.PANEL PERSPECTIVE Your best performance might not be the best performance from the panel's point of view. If the topic needs a solution. viz: 1. A Management Paradise Publication -7- . The Panelist rates you on different skill sets.) Content: Content is King. © All Rights Reserved. Many aspirants come out of the GD and brag about how they slayed the group with their points and how they were aggressive and dominated the whole GD and then they wonder why they did NOT get admission. Do not point pen or finger at someone in your team.) Delivery: This needs clarity in thought process. Brief and sharp up to the point statements give you an edge over the rest. It's best to know before hand what panelists look for and perform to be the best in the eyes of the panel. Give examples.

) Team Player Skills: Let others speak. Let the others speak.Control yourself from frowning when you dislike someone's point.) Leadership Qualities: Direct the GD. Communication is a two way process. © All Rights Reserved. no matter how well the content. 5. You will have to take care of all the 6 areas. A Management Paradise Publication -8- . If your focus is only on content and not on the rest 5 points. motivate and inspire others to come up with different angles. Know that you are a team and everyone has a role to play. The panel will not give you points unless you respond to the groups statements. do not step on someone. 6. Be receptive to what they speak and respond whenever appropriate. you will stand a chance to loose your seat. Guide the discussion and try to reach on common ground. 4.) Listening Skills: Do NOT keep blabbering.

be careful. You can show cast your persuasive skills best in such a situation. you can agree to the dominating person and back him up with your points. A candidate can play the role of opening the GD. You can agree to disagree to the group and show them the other side of the coin and come out as a person who thinks outside the box. Ofcourse. You can play the role of the person who summarizes the GD at regular intervals and maintains the flow of the GD. Also demonstrate your interpersonal skills and portray yourself as a team player. you have to maintain the same level of out of box thinking throughout the GD. The person who starts the GD has to be confident about his communication skills as he has undivided attention of the panelist. © All Rights Reserved. A Management Paradise Publication -9- . Assuming you are not the leader and given the circumstance that the group disagrees to the person who is dominating the GD with his communication skills. You can be the mediator in case of a dispute which is most likely to happen in a emotionally driven GD.Group Discussion is all about "ROLE PLAY" There are different roles that a person can play in the GD. You can be the person who gives examples to substantiate someone's points and support or oppose his opinion.

speak clear and upto the point with sharp points that create an impact on the discussion. Make sure that you do not "conclude" in the initial 3-4 minutes of the GD. A Management Paradise Publication .10 - . You can play the role of the person who summaries the whole discussion and gives a conclusion. Speaking brief and upto the point gives you added points.You can be a late entrant. Not all is lost if you speak very late. © All Rights Reserved.

It's always good to give facts and figures related to the GD. If there is a person who knows more than you in a GD.Do's in a Group Discussion Know your facts right. Add to his/her points. If you have good communication skills (which should be the case). There's nothing wrong in supporting someone who is better than you. A Management Paradise Publication . Accept that he is the better man. open the GD and define the scope of discussion. do not get insecure. © All Rights Reserved. Be reception and involve others to take part. Use the Key word approach. Inspire and motivate people to come up with new perspectives. Make sure that you do not bluff.11 - .

© All Rights Reserved.Don'ts in a Group Discussion Do NOT add to the fish market by yelling on top of your voice. A Management Paradise Publication . Do NOT frown or laugh if you dislike someone's reply. Do NOT keep silent until the GD ends. Do NOT criticize without giving reasons/solutions. Do NOT attack members on a personal front.12 - .

be brief and concise. If you have not said anything during the better half of a GD. You will get more marks to speak upto the point. If you are the whole and soul person who knows the subject best. listen to others. Come out as a leader and a team player. Playing as mediator will demonstrate your interpersonal skills and give you added points. go ahead. © All Rights Reserved. do not add to the commotion. In every GD there are highs and lows. but you have a good point to make. support him.13 - . If you do not know anything about the topic.GROUP DISCUSSION GYAN Some times you will face situations when you don't know how to react or what to do under certain circumstances. build upon it and come out with your set of interactions. Put forth your point in the right manner at the right time. put your best foot forward and then inspire others to speak. Co-ordinate and direct the GD. A Management Paradise Publication . Below is the gist of certain permutations and combinations: If there is a person who communicates better than you and knows the subject better. If the GD is a fish market.

14 - .html © All Rights Reserved. then it's a bad idea as you will loose out on what the group is discussing when you focus on jotting the points. A Management Paradise Publication . If you wish to participate in such online GD's.managementparadise. check out http://www.managementparadise. add yahoo id: "onlinegd" to your messenger list and you will be invited to participate in the group discussions. If you are not that active. You can also visit http://www. It will help you summarize the GD at the notes during the GD would be a good thing if you are a very active person.html where you will find more than 400 Group discussions conducted online on yahoo messenger. If you wish to read more on Group discussions.

Leather Polished Clean Shoes. A Management Paradise Publication . make sure they are set properly) Girls: Salwar Kameez Formals Decent Hair No Chunky Jewellery Keep it simple. Trimmed Nails Decent Hair Cut (If Long hair. Appropriate Tie. © All Rights Reserved.Personal Interview DRESS CODE: BOYS: Light Shirt.15 - . Dark Trousers.

BODY LANGUAGE Sit Straight. A Management Paradise Publication . Do NOT lean forward or backward Do NOT point finger or pen pencil at others. maintain eye contact with the panel. Do NOT laugh or frown in the GD or PI. maintain eye contact with all the participants and not the evaluator In PI. © All Rights Reserved. Smile and be natural when in PI.16 - . In the GD.

If you say your role model is Mr. A Management Paradise Publication . Be natural. This is normally the case in good institutes. © All Rights Reserved. Be prepared to answer questions like your strengths and weaknesses. People interviewing you would be experienced people and will have the intelligence to catch you whenever you bluff.17 - . then the institute is not good enough for you. you guide the interview. Your answers will direct them towards a set of questions. Be a little prepared when going for an interview. The panel will start with questions like tell me about yourself to break the ice. Be HONEST. If you get away with bluffing.Personal Interview Personal Interview is all about "YOU" and who knows you better than Yourself !? In a personal interview. Narayan Murthy then it is obvious that the next chain of questions will be on Infosys or Narayan Murthy. Stress on your Positive points.

being unrealistic isnt. ask for permission to sit.18 - . do NOT stand like a watchman waiting for them to give permission. if they dont respond.Being ethical is good. get in. A Management Paradise Publication . Wipe your hands with the hanky before you get in the PI room. Make sure you are carrying a handkerchief. ask for permission to get in. After all as a manager you need to be a little shrewd to smash competitors and protect the interest of your share holders. © All Rights Reserved. after all you have the ticket inviting you for the PI. Knock the door. sit and make yourself comfortable. If the panel acts all busy and doesn't reply. When you get in the room.

strengths. aim in life etc. Give short examples to substantiate your answer for strengths. Why Do you want to pursue MBA !? Although its implicit. For weakness. © All Rights Reserved. hobbies. Glorify the significance of an MBA degree in your life and relate it to personal growth and the industry. academic background. Tell me about your Strengths and weaknesses !? Be prepared for such questions. family. Be natural. There is tremendous scope for an MBA. tell them how you are trying to overcome your weakness.19 - . Speak points like how management is needed in every organisation and that in todays competitve world every organisation needs an MBA. In short.Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Tell me something about yourself !? Start with your name. do NOT say you want to do it for money. An MBA degree will expose you to new horizons and help you develop your skills and apt. Do NOT bluff or lie. A Management Paradise Publication .

© All Rights Reserved. Find out what unique they have to offer. Why Do you wish to join Our B-school !? Make sure you have gone through their brouchers and website. Link that uniqueness with your goals or preferences. your hobbies and your work (if any) on your fingertips.Where do you see yourself 5 . you should have information about your academics. your family. Be realistic. A Management Paradise Publication .15 years down the line !? Do not be over optimistic or pessimistic.20 - . Apart from this. Who is your Role Model !? Make sure you know about this person in and out. After all he is your role model. Saying I do NOT have a role model is a bad idea. Its all about how you can convince them to believe in what you believe.

A Management Paradise Publication .Personal Interview Strategies When you dont understand the question I would need more information Sir. I can try and attempt this question logically - .. When there is no Quick way to answer a question or you are not sure about the answer. When the question is sensitive In my opinion .. When the answer is too long I would like to answer this in parts sir. Feel Free to share your PI experience in that section. You can go through http://www.managementparadise...html for more information on Personal Interviews. © All Rights Reserved..

COMMON MISTAKES Taking Interviewers comments personally and arguing Getting defensive and acting all set to battle with the panel Getting demotivated with stress questions. Hope you enjoyed it !? Best Of Luck !! Warm Regards. Do Not over explain just because you get uncomfortable with silence. Over reacting to the silence treatment. the interviewer will act hostile. How tolerant can you be? How efficiently you handle stress? If you don't know questions like what's the capital of © All Rights Reserved. It's all part of the game. THAT WRAPS UP THIS E-BOOK. Kartik Raichura Founder.22 - . Management Paradise E-mail: kartik@managementparadise. MANY TIMES. will act like a jerk. A Management Paradise Publication . He just wants to know how good a manager you will be. the panelist is just trying to see how you react under stress. don't get de-motivated. will act stupid.

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