In the current times, a career in management is one among the most highly sought after ones and that is primarily owing to the potentially lucrative jobs available in the domain. When it comes to taking on management positions, success is largely contingent on one’s skills and performance. To be successful, it is inevitable that you put in enough effort and hard work by getting past exams and interviews successfully. It hence becomes important for today’s b-school students to have a clear idea about how they should prepare for the interview and how they should ideally respond to gain the attention of the interviewer.
No doubt, an interview can make or break your chances of getting a job in your desired company. So, it is quite advisable that you are well-prepared to face the challenge and come out successfully.
Generally, interviewers look for specific skills and knowledge related to the concerned position from the interviewee and so, it would be better if you do your research regarding the particular position ahead of time and make yourself well-prepared for the same.
Commonly, interviewers split their questions into personal, academic, aptitude, and experience-based ones so that they can evaluate a candidate depending on their capability in each arena. While the personal questions allow interviewers to understand the private life and personality of the graduate, the academic and aptitude questions help them understand the proficiency of the candidates regarding their theoretical and practical knowledge and expertise. Competency and experience related questions help interviewers identify the ability and capability of the student with respect to the particular field. Only when you have satisfactorily answered all the questions from each of these different categories, you will be considered a potential candidate for the position.
Here we have curated a list of the most commonly asked interview questions that are put up to management students during the placement interviews:
When it comes to an interview, the interviewers often start with personal questions, as it is the most important part that allows them to identify and evaluate the personal capabilities and competency of the individual. Answering these personal questions gives you the scope to stand distinct from other interviewees. So be precise and clear in your answers and let the interviewer evaluate you as a better candidate for the position.
Some of the common personal questions are:
- Tell me about yourself
Talk briefly about your education, work experience, if any, the reason for choosing this field, your accomplishment in it, and finally your career goals.
- Why should we appoint you?
Tell about your academic proficiency and professional accomplishments in the field and how you stand as an ideal fit for the position. Also, discuss how this role in the company will help you reach your career goals.
- Do you think you can lead a team?
Talk about your accomplishments in your college, school, or anywhere else as a leader. Do have some leadership examples prepared beforehand both from your previous personal experience and also from your college life.
- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
This is an important and one of the most commonly asked questions. You have to address both your strengths and weaknesses. Addressing your strengths can be fairly easy but remember to choose the ones that you feel would set you apart from the rest of the candidates. As for the weaknesses, mention your shortcomings along with how you utilize them to the advantage. For instance, you can state how your impatience can be your motivation to get things done fast.
Questions on Academics:
Academic questions are a series of questions that will help interviewers gauge your clarity on the academic concepts and ascertain your educational foundation. Get ahead with your undergraduate/postgraduate syllabus and be prepared for any question. Remember, if you fail to answer these questions, it could impact your interview result negatively. Some of the typical questions asked in this section are:
- What is your management style?
- Give some proof of your technical competence.
- What strategies would you use to motivate your team?
Questions Related to Previous Work Experience:
For those MBA candidates having at least some work experience in their portfolio, there are some possible questions to be put forth.
- What was your role in your previous company?
- Give an overview of the industry you have worked in
- What was it that was the most and the least rewarding about your last position?
- What was your biggest accomplishment and failure in this position?
- Describe a project you successfully managed end-to-end. What major challenges and problems you faced? How did you handle them?
Questions to Analyze Your Capability/Competence:
Even if you are not having any previous job experience, you might be encountered with similar questions from a different perspective.
- What applicable attributes and experience do you have?
- What are your goals for the next five years? Ten years?
- What are you looking for in your first job? What is important to you?
- Can you successfully deal with underperforming employees? If yes, how?
- What traits does a good manager need to succeed?
Questions like these can help recruiters analyze and evaluate a candidate’s personality, management capacity, and decision-making ability. It is important for students to have good answers prepared beforehand, and more importantly, should be ready with an answer for a ‘why’ when asked. Always give a convincing and logical statement/argument for your decisions and this will help you stay distinct from others.
In short, students have to be well-prepared and equipped with knowledge, confidence, the right attitude, as well as aptitude, to face the job interviews. For this, we, at the J.K. Lakshmipat University, offer lots of opportunities to our students by means of mockup interviews, personality development programs, group discussions, and other skills development trainings that help them stand out among the crowd.
With apt and interactive academic learning environment, J.K. Lakshmipat University delivers all the essentials to make students get an edge over the competitors. We equip our students with all the needed skills and abilities that enable them to exhibit their true potential, and most importantly, make them ready to successfully face their job interviews with confidence and come out as winners in the true sense.