Every PGDM student thinks about how he/she would crack any college/university’s GD/PI (Group Discussion & Personal Interview) during the admission process. The admission process mainly consists of Written Ability Test (WAT), Group Discussion (GD), and Personal Interview (PI). GD and PI are spontaneous. An individual’s presence of mind and some essential tips can easily help you crack the admission quest.
The interviewer takes these tests to know your few personality traits in-depth such as functioning in the team, decision making, leadership skills, critical thinking, problem-solving, and presentation.
Let us have a quick look at some of the important tips to crack GD/PI and the screening process with ease.
Group discussion during the PGDM admission process is a part of the selection process for admission in the PGDM course. Group discussion is an essential and useful tool as it helps in developing better perspectives on issues. Diversified viewpoints by different candidates are discussed on the given topic, termed “Group Discussion.” You can get a clear and better picture of the actual problem. You can discuss significant issues with your friends or family as in GD; the main parameter measured is your communication skills.
Other parameters measured are general knowledge about the topic, critical thinking skills, listening skills, presence of mind, confidence, attitude, and so on. Always make them feel your presence and speak with confidence while participating.
Do’s: Don’t forget to maintain eye contact while you are speaking to the group. You should carry a positive attitude during GD. If you feel that you have enough knowledge and points to talk about the topic, it is advisable to take the initiative and speak up in front of everyone. When others are speaking, you should allow them to speak without interrupting. Speak politely in such a simple way that everyone can understand your point. Be confident while discussing your topic/point.
If you want to speak less, that’s alright, but your speech should sound sensible and relevant to your group members. You can conduct a mock group discussion to brush up on your leadership skills and knowledge. During GD, always prefer to sit upright or lean forward a little.
Don’ts: You should never maintain eye contact with only one person while you are discussing. Never stare at the judges during the group discussion. Don’t lose your patience or temper if you disagree with other group members. Don’t shout in the discussion room while proving your point. Don’t be dominating by not letting others speak. While speaking, don’t point fingers as such gestures are negative.
Suppose you want to prove yourself as a perfect fit for the organization. In that case, a Personal Interview (PI) is an excellent opportunity to showcase your skills and other parameters to the panelists. The interviewers asked different types of interview questions, such as personality-based questions focusing on strengths, weaknesses, achievements, and failures. Academic intelligence can be measured through academic-related questions.
When the interview is face to face, you are solely responsible for winning or losing the battle. The questions asked will be mostly related to personal life, work experience, if any, environment, current affairs, and general knowledge.
Always face the interviewer with confidence and try to give the best answers possible. This will help you crack the interview easily. You can still conduct a mock round of interviews before appearing for the actual one so that you can brush up on your skills and thus perform better.
You can prepare a list of questions for yourself before the PI. Standing in front of the mirror and practicing helps you to boost confidence and stay positive while speaking to yourself. You can notice your expressions, voice, body language, and if there are any rectifications needed, you can do it easily and try to be perfect during the interview.
Personal Interview for the PGDM admission process is all about selling yourself in the smartest and best way. So, all your answers must be crisp and strategically framed. Your answers should be straight, precise, yet straightforward to understand with clarity for the panelists. You’ll be easily able to crack if you are honest while answering the questions. The panelists are smart enough to identify whether you are real or you are making up stories and just trying to be over-smart. There should be sheer clarity of your career and goals ahead in your life. Prepare for the questions like “where do you see yourself in 5 years” and “how will this field help you in achieving your career goals.”
Always try to maintain the interest of the interviewer during the interview. Such a lively conversation will want him to ask you more and more questions and know you personally in a much better way. Lastly, as a candidate, you must be a good listener so that there is no negative impact on the interviewer while he is questioning you.
The screening process for PGDM students varies from college to college. Every college has its own set of rules which they follow during the admission processes. The applicants are mainly shortlisted after constantly reviewing their past academic performance, their competitive exam’s score, and the extracurricular activities in which they actively participate when conducted.
The applicants are usually called for a written test/ group discussion/ personal interview depending upon the guidelines of the particular college. The ones who clear the first round are shortlisted and informed via email or phone. After a few days, they are called for the second round—the applicants who clear all the rounds are selected for the course.
To crack the screening process of any college/university, it is essential to be confident, along with carrying a positive attitude. You need to be respectful, polite, and honest with all the answers. You can practice mock rounds at your home in front of your mirror to see how, where, and when you need to improve in specific parameters.
In a Nutshell:
These were some of the key tips to crack the PGDM screening process, group discussion, and personal interview. You must follow this to ace at all levels. For more details or queries feel free to ask our experts.