Personal Interview (PI) FAQs

Personal Interview (PI) FAQs


 The questions in your Personal Interview can be both generalized or specific. Questions are more or less simple and broad, how you answer them is very important.

1. Tell us about yourself

a. This question should not be answered by telling your bio-data.It is already available in the form you filled up. Repeating the same will be a waste of time creating a bad impression.

b. Do not speak something stereotyped or something which appears having been practiced before the mirror number of times.

c. You could narrate some incident highlighting your personality but be brief.

d. You could also answer like – Apart from the details in the form submitted, I am a quick learner and learn from mistakes. I believe in human values, a sharp and clear vision of life.

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 2. Why do you like your city?

a. Give the positive points of your city – as – it is large or small; it has so and so monuments; good picnic places; people are peaceful and loving; lesser crime; you were born there; famous products; Socio-economic activities – traditional and modern; cost of living; think of some memorable events etc.

b. How to present the negative points – like frequent power shutdowns, bad or congested roads, the uncivilised behaviour of some of the people even if there should be placed in such a manner that the future appears good enough and past has been worth appreciating except the time in between which may be termed as a transition phase.

c. Suppose you hail from Agra – Historical and Famous city, Taj Mahal on the bank of Yamuna river, Fatehpur Sikri, and other monuments are situated.

The good education center, regular development to decongest the roads, People are loving and living in harmony, Cost of living is less than in Metros, Quality of food available at a reasonable price, Less criminal city than other ones.

Also, tell something which you think the interview board members may not be aware of – like- The first President of India Dr. Rajendra Prasad studied at Agra Since Agra has been declared Taj Trapezium zone – uninterrupted power supply has been ordered by Hon’ble Supreme Court;

The need of the city – An International airport is required, why? Tourists coming from all over the world have to come to Delhi and reach Agra either by road or by Train. A lot of time wasted.

d. Please ensure you must know each and everything you speak about your city as it might generate more questions out of the answer presented by you.

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 3. Are you feeling nervous?

a. Depends on you. If you are perspiring and nervousness is getting reflected on your face how can you deny? If you are facing the interview for the first time – you can submit-‘ Yes sir, since it is the first time I was getting a little apprehensive.

But entering the room I am feeling better and am alright now.’

If you feel the environment extra warm you can convey ‘ I am sweating as it is rather warm over here.’

b. If you are confident enough-still – be submissive to the question- No sir, I look forward to a good session of learning.

4. Tell us about some great personality of your city (Live or dead).

a. When you come before the interview board, it is expected that you must have prepared well for your surroundings.

Every city, town, the village has some story to tell.

They are not only great people in your city but the products, places of interest etc.

Anything related to your city must be known to you.

b. If the city is historical one – you may contact Archeological Survey of India office-they can provide you lot of information on it.


c. Please ensure that you are able to answer the contribution made by such personalities to the society, city, state, nation.

d. If you do not know much about such personalities or any particular person, please do not try to bluff the interviewers.

Instead say politely that you do not know much about him/them except… (say whatever you know) If you know nothing please admit that too. Be straight

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 5.Who decides your dress code? How did you decide on today’s dress?

a. If you decide your dresses on all the events and occasions, say so.

You may expect more questions on it –How and why. To be clear about it – You liked it on your own, your parents or friends suggested it etc.

The dresses for interview etc. are formal one and according to the season- you might be wearing a suit, shirt-pants with the tie or so.

b. If someone else decides your dresses and that day’s dress is also decided by that person- be clear with logic- why the particular dress was selected.

6. What are the other examinations you have appeared in/ qualified?

a. If you appeared in other examination tell the interviewers. If you have qualified anyone/more than one, there is no harm telling them.

You should, however, be ready to face one or two more questions on it like – why did you appear in other examination, were you not confident enough to clear it etc. – So it is always good to have more choices, although you would prefer the particular Institute.

b. If you appeared this examination only – you may again expect more questions like-why didn’t you appear in more examinations.

The question of a. might be the answer to this question – As I was confident enough to qualify this examination, I didn’t appear in another one.

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 7.Why do you want to pursue MBA after graduation in Engg./ Medical/paramedical/arts & literature/ commerce etc.

a. Since your decision to join MBA has been taken after a lot of discussion and information shared among you, your family and friends- you can be categorical in stating that the decision is taken after a careful thought.

The managerial role requires other skills apart from your technical knowledge so it will be the right decision.

b. Beware of being a tall talk, asking for trouble, on the question.

8. What are your hobbies and interests?

a. The hobbies that you filled up in the form should be clarified. If your hobby is music- you must know the number of things about it – like events, instruments, personalities, various parts anything. You could be asked – Pt.

Ravishankar has recently gone for his heavenly abode – Awards won, the instrument he played, where was he born, where did he die, his family members, achievements etc.

b. If you are in the job-you may be asked the question –how do you get time to practice, what inspires you, how did you get to this hobby.


c. Even if other hobbies and interests, apart from one, are there like – reading books, trekking, traveling, playing with toys etc.

Anything can be your hobby but you must know as many things as possible related to it.

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 9. How did you prepare for the entrance examination? Was it a self-preparation or you joined some Coaching Institute? Which one and why? What would you recommend for future aspirants?

a. If you prepared on your own without the help and guidance of any mentor or any coaching – tell the board.

b. In case you prepared with the guidance of some reputed coaching Institute e.g. answer could be like – Sir, I made all-out efforts to prepare on my own but since I am an Engineering graduate, Verbal Ability was my weak link and most of the fundamentals of quant.

c. You could without hesitation recommend your preferred coaching institute – like – Sir, time is precious.

Since understanding the concept and clues is difficult and more time consuming, spending a lot of money is also an issue, The aspirant has more time to solve the practice questions.

10. Which B-school do you want to join as you have received the call from other ones also?

a. Apart from this one, you have received the call from other institutes also and you have filled this information in the form as well.

You can be straight at this point. It is always good to have the choice.

b. If you think that it will be difficult for you to enter the other Institute, tell the interviewers that you would prefer the present one.

Besides, you can clarify that you would have joined the other institute but given the high percentile requirement or so, you would prefer joining the present one.

Better to let the board know what you think.

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 11.Tell us about your dream Institute.

a. You might have IIM(A), IIM(B), IIM(C), IIM(L), XLRI (Any of them) as your dream institute. If you find you have got that much of percentile, WAT/GD equally good you may submit

Sir, given the opportunity I would like to study at IIM(A) or whatever is your dream Institute. This will call for more questions like – why? – you must be aware of the dream Institute – campus study environment,

you know the seniors who have appreciated it, More renowned, Older one, better opportunities etc.

b. If you find you can’t make to your dream Institute tell them about it adding that you prepared hard and would like to study harder in the present institute instead of preparing again for the dream institute.