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# Forum: How to prepare for the ISB PGP interview

Ok! You have secured an interview call based on your stellar essays and application. Congratulations! Now is the time to prepare for the D-day and get ready to translate the words in your application to a conversation with the interviewer.

Here are a few tips on how to prepare for the interview (we will have another post on ‘Do’s and Don’ts during the interview’ later)

Know your application inside-out: Remember to expect a question on any aspect of your application. From details around your interests: cricket, stamp collection, etc. to one of the big-bang projects you delivered, the interviewers can ask anything. Hence, make sure you have examples for all your accomplishments and skills handy and well thought-out.

Communication Skills: One of the more important aspects of your candidature is how you put your thoughts across. The interviewers look for clarity of thought, articulation, listening skills, etc in the interview. These things can be enhanced to a certain degree within the limited time you have for preparation so it is important to start working on them NOW.

For instance, as part of your daily conversations with colleagues / friends on various topics, observe and try to improve on the aspects outlined above.

Structure and not ‘rehearse’ answers: You would have a list of FAQs for the interview and prepare answers for those. However, make sure you do not ‘rehearse’ the exact answers you’d give because it would come across as if you have mugged-up those from the material available online. Instead, structure and note down key pointers you’d cover for each answer and during the interview, present them in the same sequence. This would show clarity in your thoughts and articulation.

Why MBA: This will be a sure-shot question in the interview so make sure you exactly know why you want an MBA and what it would do for you. There is no right answer to this, but high-level statements such as ‘I want to become a leader, learn management, etc’ won’t work. An MBA doesn’t make you a leader but it’s one of the tools which allows you to apply yourself and become what you want to

What after ISB: In our experience, most of the candidates falter in this question because they don’t think it through. Although it’s good to know which sector or what job you want to take, you should also know HOW ISB would help you get there. In addition, be prepared for a ‘what if it doesn’t go as planned’ question.

Ensure you have a ‘plan B’ which still makes ISB the best fit for you

Of course, you need to be yourself and honest during the interview. It is the basic thing all alums did!

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