Management courses are the most sought-after courses in India. Stellar career prospects and job opportunities right after the completion of the course are major reasons for the popularity of these courses. Every year, lakhs of students, from across the country sit for the entrance exams to get admission in management courses like PGDM and MBA.
However, only a few of them are able to grab a seat in the top management colleges of India. So what is it that sets apart the selected candidates from the non-selected ones? Well, good preparation for not just the written entrance exam, but for the group discussion and personal interview (GD-PI) as well is what matters.
Your selection in any of the top management institutes will depend on your performance in the GD-PI round.
Here we have listed a few tips on how to prepare for the GD-PI round and get admission in the college of your choice.
Polish Your Communication Skills
To cracking the group discussion and personal interview round, having good verbal communication skills is a must. Excellent verbal communication skills will surely place you ahead of others. It will help you explain your point of view in the best possible manner and answer all the questions fluently, with confidence. Those who like participating in extra-curricular activities like theatre, debate, dramatics, will most likely have better communication skills than others, and thus have better chances of cracking the GD-PI round.
Update Yourself on Current Affairs
Having good communication skills will not help you much if you are not updated with the current affairs. The panel may ask you questions related to any field, any current social or economic issue. So it is important that you have knowledge about the latest issues affecting India and the world, international events happening around the world as you may be asked to share your view and opinion on any of them. To get updated on the latest happenings, the best way is to read the newspaper on a daily basis. It will not only help you stay updated about the current affairs but will also improve your vocabulary. Tip: it’s okay to say you don’t know the answer to a question than giving a wrong answer.
Be Prepared for the Commonly Asked Questions
The personal interview (PI) round at any of the top management college, starts with some common questions. Some of the examples are: ‘tell me something about yourself’, ‘why do you want to pursue this particular course’, etc. The answer to these questions can make or break your chances of selection. The best way to approach these questions is by talking briefly about your career goals, family, and education. While answering a question like ‘why do you want to pursue PGDM’ keep in mind the holistic development you’re going to get during the course and the skills you get to learn.
Be Assertive on Your Point during GD
In the GD round, ensure your participation by putting up logical and relevant points. You must build your argument on the basis of facts and figures. It is important to be assertive to make your point. Having a logical approach will help in building arguments.
However, it is not necessary to come to a consensus. What’s more important is that the GD must conclude.
Keep these tips in mind and see how it helps you crack the GD-PI round and increase your chances of PGDM eligibility in any of the top management colleges.
You may like to read, All About Management: Selection criteria of B-Schools after CAT.
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