Most often, an Indian MBA applicant sounds much more impressive in essays than during an interview.
A few tips to prepare:
– Review your application components and know it inside out. Identify gaps where you can be grilled.
– Read specific threads (on various discussion forums) related to the school that you are interested in.
– Review the website of the school again to refresh memories – find out what’s important to them. Talk to MBA alumni from the school if possible.
– Have a few mock-interviews done by someone who understands how B-school interviews go. This will give you an idea of where you sound confident and evaluate areas where you are likely to stumble.
– Experiment before the actual interview, not during.
Our friend Matthew Kuo has some more MBA interviewing tips on his website – MBAExcel.com.
Remember that an admissions interview can be very different from a regular job interview.
So the last two points can be critical and will get you in the right frame of mind.
All in all, realize that the Adcom isn’t your enemy.They want good candidates to get in too. Candidates who know their stuff and are well-prepared to address any concerns that Adcoms might have after reading your application.
Drop us a note if you need a little one-on-one help in this department.