Why Pi is conducted for MBA Admissions?

After being shortlisted through the CAT, the Personal Interview (PI) round is the next most significant phase for getting into the MBA institutes after the Group Discussions/ Writing Ability Test (WAT).

Let’s start with comprehending why IIMs and top B-Schools do WAT/PI. Every applicant is different, and you must think about your abilities to deliver your best. When shortlisting prospects for admissions, the panelists are explicitly looking for the capabilities listed below.

  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Leadership capabilities
  • Group Dynamics and to understand how you will work in a group
  • Attitude & Aptitude
  • Listening Skills and open-mindedness to any topic
  • Confidence in yourself
  • ability to make decision
  • Analytical skills
  • Interpersonal skills

These are the general skills that are looked at. If you are good at all these, then it is excellent. Else start improving them. You can also tell them the journey of how you started improving on it and how you are making an effort. This shows them you are teachable.

The interview rounds of the MBA admission processes for B-Schools are more of an in-person inspection round to finally select the candidates for the available seats after the major elimination rounds have been done away with in form of the written test of CAT, XAT, GMAT and other exams, and they have filtered out further on the basis of profiles and GD rounds.
Now, while the importance and weightage of the interview round varies across the B-Schools greatly (even among IIMs), the interview rounds are conducted mainly to test the following characteristics of an aspirant’s mind:

  1. Presence of mind:

The interview round might not be a grueling test of your technical skills, but they want to see the presence of mind of the candidate. Some questions might come at you to surprise you, but how you take control of a sudden situation or were you prepared for it already is something they want to see in a future student.

  1. Confidence:

The competitive world is full of challenges, and while challenges might be easy and difficult depending upon the situation, the confidence of a future manager will be tested. People want leaders to show confidence, with cautious approach to avoid risks, but not nervous and confused. Interview rounds test the confidence an aspirant has about making through the process and his or her own set of skills.

  1. Clarity in Communication:

Future leaders should be very able communicators, for both internal and external players. The interview rounds test if the aspirant can communicate about his or her side of viewpoint with clarity. Of course , this also includes the ability to listen the things carefully, making the most out of the received message before replying on it.

  1. Sincerity of the profile:

Interview rounds are conducted to test if a candidate is worth the profile he or she represents or not. It is to check if the details of the profile are genuine or not. For example, calling yourself a sports buff and a quizzer to the extracurricular section might not be a good idea if you can’t tell the name and manager of your favorite football club.