“With a large number of applicants registering for IBS Business School every year, cracking the GD-PI especially for the Hyderabad campus is not a cake-walk”
– IBS Hyderabad class of 2013 alumna, Prachi Tewari.
I still remember my experience of the selection process. After completing my graduation in biotechnology, I decided not to go for a job and instead pursue an MBA. After giving various entrance exams, IBS was one of the good options I had in my hand and I was not ready to let it go. Performing well in the group discussion and personal interview of IBS thus became very high priority for me.
Preparation – The most important factor for performing well in GD-PI of b-schools is to be well aware of current affairs, especially related to business world and the best source for that is reading newspapers. Since the time I started preparing for entrance exams I made it a habit of reading half an hour daily and if not the newspaper then at least to watch English news channels. Joining discussion forums related to latest GD topics was the second thing I did for preparing. For interview the first thing I did was to make a perfect resume as it gives your first impression to the interviewer and the second important thing was to be totally thorough with your resume.
Topic – Good guys always end last
We were a group of 10 students with 2 invigilators. I had an advantage of getting the center seat. Initiating a GD, for topics like these, or as a matter of fact any topic plays a very important role. If you do come up with a strong point, the direction of the discussion is lead by you and you get easily noted but if you are not able to initiate properly, you get noted in a negative way. The same thing happened with the girl in our group who initiated with a very weak and unrelated point and she was brutally countered by me. I just spoke one point but a relevant one and got everyone to agree with my point. I spoke three points in total and got full marks in GD. My first point of course brought relevance to the discussion; my second point was an example from my personal life. In GD’s it’s very important to give examples to support your point. If you cannot remember any famous personality examples, then give examples from your personal life. Third point I made was to take the discussion in another direction as everyone was speaking against the topic, I decided to speak in favor of the topic. In short speak relevant, speak something new and always support your point of view with examples.
There was a panel of two interviewers. As expected the first question they asked was why I want to do an MBA. Giving a good answer to this question is very important. One should never project that they are doing MBA just for the namesake. Since I had no work experience, 80% of questions were based on the academic projects mentioned in my resume. One should be very thorough with one’s resume. I was pretty satisfied with my interview when I came out and few days later the results came out and I was a clear winner. In short for an interview be honest about yourself and be thorough with your resume.
This was all about my experience and best wishes to the upcoming IBSAT qualifiers for their selection process.