How to Prepare for IIM Interview?

The Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) are a group of 20 public, autonomous institutes of management education and research in India. They primarily offer postgraduate, doctoral and executive education programmes. The establishment of IIMs was initiated by Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India, based on the recommendation of the Planning Commission. IIM interview is said to be one of the toughest interviews for admissions. There were situations where a candidate with  99.3%  didn’t even get a call for an interview and a candidate with 99% was not selected. So after research and candidates experience, we listed important topics to prepare before attending IIM interview.  Call for the Interview of IIM admissions will start from February last week

Interview Preparation for IIM Interview:

The key to IIM interview preparation is, to be honest, and to be prepared to handle a variety of questions from various spheres. Almost all questions can be broadly grouped into the below categories.

  1. Mathematics and logic
    This is an extension of the written examination. You certainly wouldn’t be asked questions pertaining to Stochastic Calculus or higher order differential equations. But the interviewers certainly expect you to have a basic logical inclination towards problem understanding and solving. Most of the time, they will not be interested in you giving them the final answer; rather they would expect and appreciate a systematic answer detailing your approach and methodology.
  2. Related to your undergrad stream/work-ex
    There will be a whole bunch of questions pertaining to your core courses at undergrad (in case of freshers) and/or work-ex. Remember to be thorough with at least 2-3 subjects of your choice.
  3. Questions based on your application
    Every word written on your application should be familiar to you. I remember being asked about the books I have read, their plots, my view on the story etc. If you have mentioned that you can solve a Rubik’s cube in less than 2 minutes, expect them to ask you about your technique, the logic behind it, the different techniques other people use, and in extreme cases, to solve one at the moment.
  4. General Awareness/Current Affairs
    Be thorough with the most important news of the year. Read through the last 2-3 months newspapers and around 6 months worth of magazines like TIME and Competition Success Review. Have an opinion and an analysis-ready
  5. Soft/HR questions
    There are generally the most dreaded questions as there is no right answer.
    Questions like “Tell me something about yourself”, “Why MBA?”, “Why <insert specialization of your choice?” fall under this category.They will generally be covered during your interview prep. Be honest. Completely honest. While that might not always work in your favor, it increases the chances of the interviewer seeing that you are making up things and for you to more confidently approach the question.

    Some ways to tackle the “Why MBA” question.


    • Better clarity of thought and understanding of business
    • Getting the requisite exposure, networking, knowledge of people, systems and process for starting up something of your own
  6. Never for:
    • Higher salary
    • Old job sucks
    • Old boss sucks
    • Sense of adventure
    • Out of boredom
    • Final option in decision by elimination
  7. Tackling the “Tell me something about yourself” googly
    Remember to keep it short, crisp, interesting and chronological. Start off with your background, your education, work experience etc. Move on to softer aspects of hobbies and interests. Talk about the company you started, or the app you developed, or the NGO you run or volunteer at. Tell them about things that excite you. Touch slightly upon your aspirations.Do not make it an elevator pitch. Do not be in a hurry to say everything. Make constant eye-contact. See if they are interested. Smile. Do not bring in your political, religious or philosophical affiliations. That is dangerous territory. Do not take it as an opportunity to “sell” yourself. Make it a conversation, an ice-breaker and give them fodder to drive the interview.
  8. Small talk
    Small talk is sometimes used by the interviewers to judge your interpersonal skills or to make you feel at ease.

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