How to Approach the Common Personal Interview Questions

February 28th, 2017 by

Most of the questions that one encounters in a B-school personal interview can be classified into the following categories: A – Introductory questions B – Academic and work-experience related questions C – Current affairs and general awareness questions D – Personality-based questions E – Goal-related questions F – Stress questions Let us begin by looking at these types, and the common questions that are asked under each type. Please note that while most interviews begin with introductory questions, no particular order of question types is followed by the panel as regard

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How to Present Yourself during the Personal Interview

February 26th, 2017 by

Having looked at the pre-interview preparation in the previous post, we can now focus on what happens in the initial stages of the personal interview. There is one factor of your PI performance that invariably shapes your first impression in the minds of the panellists even before they meet you. Can you imagine what it is? It’s not your CAT score, or your academic scores, or your work-experience, or your hobbies and interests. It is your punctuality. Whether or not you turn up on time for the interview greatly influences not only the panel’s first impression but also your own

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Free mock test for SBI PO Prelims Exam

February 24th, 2017 by

Our test series for SBI PO 2017 exam is now live. We have 20 full length mock tests for SBI PO 2017 Prelims Exam 10 full length mock test for SBI PO 2017 Mains Exam The test series is priced at 749 Rs. You can register for it from here: SBI PO Test Series @ 749 Rs. Javascript on your browser is not enabled. We have modified our mock tests based on what happened last year. We have cut down on syllogism questions and increased puzzles. Also, we have made the tests a little bit harder than last year considering that SBI PO papers have moved a little bit on the harder side. We thoug

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The Homework before the Personal Interview

February 24th, 2017 by

Let us get something very clear at the start of our discussion on the personal interview round. PI is difficult. Very difficult. This is the first and the last time the college gets to interact with you before they take a call on your candidature. Therefore they will do whatever is necessary – including testing you in ways you simply have not imagined – to ascertain that you are the right candidate for a seat in their college. The greater the competition at a particular institute, the tougher the PI, and the more the unexpected questions. The second factor that complicates the

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Seven Deadly Sins of Essay Writing

February 22nd, 2017 by

First thing first, when it comes to essay writing, there could potentially be 700 deadly sins. However, space and time constraints dictate that I resist the perennial, evil temptation of writing another long-winded piece and confine myself to the top seven that lead the line-up. These seven mistakes feature routinely in majority of the essays that I assess, and often a single essay contains all of them in varying degrees. So here I go with the seven deadlies in no particular order of frequency or seriousness. Sin No 1: Irrelevance This one is a two-faced devil and both equally ugl

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How Many Essays You Must Write Before You Write an Essay

February 21st, 2017 by

When I said in the previous post that you must write at least 100 essays, I was not joking. There are a number of reasons why this must be done. First, writing, unlike speaking or reading, is not a natural process we follow every day. Therefore, when we sit down to write, we are filled with self-doubt. Second, every writer, on most occasions, needs to motivate themselves to write. In the case of a WAT taker, the perceived disincentive for writing a bad essay outweighs the perceived incentive for writing a good essay. In other words, most WAT takers feel that a bad essay can do more

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SBI PO 2017 – Free Online Preparation Class and Coaching

February 10th, 2017 by

The notification for SBI PO 2017 was released couple of days ago. It has come as a surprise to a lot of aspirants because it has come a little earlier than expected. Actually, it is full three months early if you compare it with last year. To help students with these queries, I will be conducting an online live class on Sunday. Please register for the same by filling out the form given below and we will send you the link of the class to attend. Although this class is free to attend, you need to register for the same. Register for class Join Class Enroll Now for SBI PO 2017 Online Cou

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SBI PO 2017 Exam Notification – Important Details

February 6th, 2017 by

The notification for SBI PO 2017 exam was released today. You can download the notification from here: Notification on SBI website Mirror on Handa Ka Funda SBI PO 2017 Exam - Important Dates Online Registration and payment of fees - 7th Feb to 6th March Online Preliminary exam - 29th April, 30th April, 6th May, 7th May Online Mains Exam - 4th June Group Exercise and Interview - 10th July onward SBI PO 2017 Exam - Important Details 1. Number of vacancies - 2313 out of which 1010 are for general. It is the highest in the last 4-5 years. 2. Eligibility - Graduation in any disci

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The Five-step Process of Writing a WAT Essay

February 6th, 2017 by

If we all had the right guidance, the requisite reference material at hand, and unlimited time to write and revise the essays that we write, quite a few of us would eventually be able to produce satisfactory essays. The same task becomes infinitely more difficult when it is presented in the form of the WAT, which must be accomplished in approximately 15 minutes, and which must be produced entirely from references in one’s memory. When we are ultimately faced with the final WAT assignment and a blank paper, several factors begin to weigh heavy on our minds. There is the complexity of th

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Written Ability Test – Evaluation Criteria and Recommended Background Reading

February 4th, 2017 by

Over the last few years, most of the top B-schools have switched over from group discussion to writing ability test (WAT). There are compelling reasons why this has happened. It will be prudent to understand them before we begin our preparation for the WAT. The most important reason, I feel, behind this change is that, unlike in GDs, in an essay it is impossible to borrow the content from anyone else or further develop someone else’s thoughts. You must entirely depend on your own content and reasoning. In fact, GDs are meant to test your ability to assimilate diverse points of view along

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