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Frequently Asked Question

Questions You Should Ask the Interviewer

Successful candidates always ask questions at their interviews. In fact, the questions you ask reveal more about your suitability for business school than anything else. Here's what your questions tell us:


  • How seriously the committee is thinking about the modernization of the business school and how well they understand the student's expectations?
  • What is important for the institute - its own expectations or students' satisfaction?
  • Apply the general information you gather about the school's particular reality
  • Frame questions using your common sense and intellectual curiosity
  • Ask for feedback regarding your energy level and communication skills
  • Show the panel how well prepared you are (and will be in the future) for a becoming a manager
  • Your observation power should also play a role in framing relevant questions like - What is the importance of huddle room in the institute? Or "Could the students approach the professors after the college time for any further clarification regarding any subject?" Etc.

General Rules for Asking Questions


  • Only ask about topics you genuinely care about. You want to appear sincere and interested, not desperate for something to say.
  • Research the topic thoroughly before mentioning it so that you can engage in a subsequent discussion. Prepare for your interview just as you would for an exam.
  • Make sure the answer isn't obvious or has already been answered.
  • Ask the appropriate person. Faculty members can offer a better perspective on certain issues than business students and vice versa.
  • Watch your tone of voice and your body language. Many nervous applicants are unintentionally rude when they ask questions, which automatically puts off the interviewer. Be gracious and diplomatic in how you phrase your questions and reply to responses.

Mock Interview

(Here are excerpts from the interview of few successful candidates for your reference.)


Scenario-1:

An interviewer is taking interview of a Computer Engineering student who has cleared the entrance test and GD for admission in his college.


Interviewer: Tell me about yourself.


Student: "I was born in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh and attended Scindia School. Ever since I was a teenager, I tinkered with computers. It was my hobby, my passion, and my way of learning. Like most kids I enjoyed computer games. When my folks gave me a computer as a reward for good marks in 10th Class, I mastered DOS, Windows, and WordPerfect within six months. I then went on to teach myself programming basics. By the time I passed 12th Class, I knew I wanted to study computer engineering. From that point on, everything fell into place. My life revolved around the same. By my junior year at Engineering College in Nagpur, I decided I wanted to work for a major IT Company but I also wanted to master in other fields of handling business so that I can develop an overview of expectations of the company from me. That is why I decided to pursue MBA before joining any IT Company. I now want to graduate from this reputed college so I can be at the forefront of starting a career into a reputed IT Company. I am prepared to answer any questions you may have about my education and experience.


Interviewer: But you did tell me about your schooling, wasn't that all about your education?


Student: Yes sir, I did tell you about my school and subject preferences but can tell you a lot more about my engineering experiences and lessons I learnt from them, that is, if you allow me.


Interviewer: Frankly speaking, I have no idea about engineering stuff as I am a commerce student. So if you will tell me about you engineering course and all, I don't know how will I understand them, and above all, how will I know you are speaking the right thing?


Student: Hahaha.. You surely are very frank sir, so I will also be very frank to you. What I was about to tell you about my engineering days are just my experiences I had and the learning I get from them so far. They have nothing to do with my engineering course. Also, what I have heard about you from my friend's cousin, who is an alumni of this college, is that you are the most amazing professor with remarkable diversified knowledge base. So I can be very sure about your knowledge of computer engineering stream.


Interviewer: OK..So you are here with a lot of research and all. hmmm.. You seem to have done a bit of homework.


Student: Thank you for the compliment sir, I always like to be ready with my home work as it gives you an unmatched confidence.


Interviewer: Keep this attitude for the rest of your life as well. You will be informed about the final decision of the admission committee. All the best.