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Reinstating relevance of B-schools: Restore academic reputation; remove existing dichotomies

How would you feel when you receive a call for admission interview from your dream institution? Both ecstatic and nervous right? Well exactly these are the emotions that one must channelize to prepare well for the interview and reflect upon your skills, knowledge, accomplishments, and other significant information. Your nervousness would help you to research well about your own self and the institute; while ecstasy would be reflected in how you respond to each question and show how passionate you are to chase your dream.

Reinstating relevance of B-schools: Restore academic reputation; remove existing dichotomies By Prof. Rashmi Sharma

The first step is to know yourself, the programme you have applied for and the institute you have applied at. It is always good to reflect on who you are; what are your strengths and weaknesses and how would you make the most out of your education while contributing to the institute, society and nation at large. You must be clear about what you wish to achieve few years from now and how your college education is going to help you academically and professionally. Ensure that your research about the institute, its programmes, social and student driven initiatives are thorough. Visit the websites and follow their social media pages to get a feel of how things function there. During the interview, you can anticipate the very basic question: “Describe yourself/ tell us something about yourself”. While responding to this question, you may say “I am someone who can adapt to any situation. I thrive in a dynamic environment and I transform unexpected obstacles into steppingstones for achievements…” Or “I am someone who consistently innovates to create value. I find opportunities where other people see none: I turn ideas into projects, and projects into serial success.” You must give examples that substantiate the statements made; mention how you adapted yourself to a changing environment; or how you created a unique project during graduation which no one else was interested in. All in all, you must stay from sounding generic; instead, your response should be something that makes you different from other applicants. The second most common question that you would be asked is: ‘What are your strengths and weakness?” This question is a trap; never say ‘I am cool/fun-loving/happy-go-lucky/ chilled out person” or “I am a very emotional/temperamental/lazy person” Your strengths make you unique and should be something that can be harnessed for the benefit of others. Thus, your strengths may include Willingness to take on responsibilities; Ability to meet deadlines; Determination; Problem Solver; Flexible; Quick Learner; Team Player; Creative; Reliable; Organized; Hard Working etc. While mentioning your weakness, pick a weakness that you are currently succeeding to overcome or mention a weakness that is indirectly your strength. For example: ‘I used to stress about deadlines but now I allow myself plenty of time before a deadline to make sure I don’t leave everything to the last minute.’ Or “I am a straight-forward person and sometimes people get offended” or “I seek perfection in everything I do and at times people find this habit of mine very irritating”. Likewise, prepare other probable questions. Remember, that if you prepare well these three attributes i.e. Know yourself, Know the Programme and Know the Institute, you can rest assured of getting it right the very first time...Best of luck!! About the Author: Rashmi Sharma is Professor – OB & HR at Delhi School of Business and can be reached at rashmi.sharma@dsb.edu.in

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