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Mock Interview for MBA Exams (useful for bank interviews also)

Mock Interview for MBA Exams (useful for bank interviews also)

A selection interview Board is constituted with persons, who are conversant with the needs of the employers or the job requirements and is moderate and chaired by high-ranking officers and some senior functionaries of the selection bodies. They oversee and assess the qualities of the candidates and decide as to whether the candidate before them is the right type of a person for the jobs likely to be entrusted to him.
            It is obvious that an interview is also a process of eliminating a large number of candidates, who qualify in the written test and other screening tests, considering the basic yardsticks for the prospective candidates.
Object of the Interview
Mental caliber, to be judged for mental alertness.
Critical power of assimilation.
Intellectual qualities to be judged by clear and logical exposition, balance of judgment, maturity, etc.
Social traits, including ability for social cohesion and leadership.
Interest in current affairs.
Candidates are expected to take an intelligent interest in the events happening around them both within and outside their own state or country; modern currents of thought; new discoveries which could arouse the curiosity of well educated youth.
The interview makes people nervous and apprehensive because of its unpredictable nature. Competition Refresher simulates a Mock Interview to inculcate in the aspiring candidates the right techniques and skills.
The Candidate
            The candidate for this Mock Interview for MBA Examinations is Atul Sinha. He is a fair complexioned, short statured, well-build young man with an impressive personality and sharp features. The thick growth of long, well-cut and shining black hair on his head and his mod shoes give his personality an aura of smartness. His steel grey woolen suit, grey and blue, check-patterned shirt and navy blue, broad, striped tie, with a fine double knot, fit him exceptionally well. He thus has all attributes of a healthy, handsome, smart and well-dressed young man, poised for success, wherever he goes. One can also discern in him self-confidence and enthusiasm on his part from his brisk walk straight back, and firm steps, he appears to be a ready man on his way to success.
            At the Reception Atul completes the necessary formalities of filling up the requisite forms, and then walks up to the waiting room where three other candidates are already present. Atul’s entry at once attracts their attention. Without any hesitation or inhibition, Atul walks confidently towards them. After wishing them all a hearty Good Morning, he introduces himself and shakes hands firmly with each one of them.
Interacting With Other
            Atul: Well, friends! When I came, the three of you were busy discussing the nature of the interview. Perhaps I interrupted you rather abruptly. Would not you please continue your discussion, so that I can also have the benefit of your views.
            Dharmendra Singh: You see, Atul. I was telling Saroj and Dharmendra that this MBA Interview or Personality Test is a big farce. I do not know whether you will agree with me or not. I dare say, that by simply talking to an individual for about half an hour or so, you cannot evaluate his true personality traits or characteristics.
            Dharmendra: Yes, I see your point. I am inclined to agree with you. By asking some questions and noting down the answers, one can draw conclusions only regarding the candidate’s academic knowledge and general awareness. But one cannot  find out anything about his personality traits and the manner in which he could react in different situations, or the values he cherishes or lacks.
            Saroj: I really do not know what to say. This Interview has been going on for so many years now. I doubt whether it could have continued so long if it had not been of any value. I have my own reservations.
            Atul (Smiling in a charming and cheerful manner): Well, Mr.Dharmendra Singh, it will take us quite sometime to answer your question in its proper perspective. First of all, we have to consider what exactly are the personality traits or qualities of leadership required to be assessed or evaluated at the personality test or interview. However, in view of the conversation that was taking place between you, right now since my arrival here, I can briefly explain how the Board can determine or come to some positive conclusions.
            Dharmendra: It will be nice of you, Mr.Atul, please elaborate this aspect. I think the real secret of success lies only in understanding this very approach.
            Atul: Let us now examine what our friend Dharmendra has said. He has also concluded that the Board Members cannot assess the personality level of a candidate by talking to him just for half an hour or so. But his conclusion is not supported by any rational argument or logical reasoning. These are his surmises. One can only say that he rushes to the conclusion in haste without considering the pros and cons. He does not attempt to examine the problems from the other person’s point of view. A further inference could be that the individual is rigid and self-opinionated. There is one thing more. The only thing is that he thinks is to be a farce. Yet he appears for the interview all the same. Does it now mean that there is some inherent contradiction between his professed view and his actions? Now, my friends, cannot you se how the Board can infer or draw conclusions about personality characteristics from the answers given by the candidate to their various questions.
            Dharmendra: Thank you, Mr.Atul. You have given us a lot of food for thought. Thank you very much for those valuable tips. Well, I think they are calling for the interview. There comes, the messenger. We are sure, you will come out with flying colours. Wish you the best of luck.
            Atul: Thanks to all three of you. Wish you all the same. (He now proceeds to the interview room with brisk and confident steps. At the entrance, he gently taps the door seeking permission to go in. Then he gently closes the door behind him. He walks briskly inside the room. The he comes to a halt when close to the chair meant for the can didate and stands to attention and greets the Chairman and the Members of the Board, in a cheerful and audible manner.)
The Interview
            Atul: Good Morning to you all, Sirs.
            Chairman: Good Morning, Atul. Please sit down.
            Atul: Thank you, Sir. (He now takes his seat smartly, crossing his legs.
            Chairman: Well Mr.Atul, first of all, please tell us something about your hobbies?
            Atul: Sir, my hobby is listening to music because music makes me tension free, and I hope every one likes enjoying music. It gives me a peaceful mind.
            Chairman: Atul, we will give you a topic on which you have to speak for one minute. You may organize your thoughts in 20 seconds. You may speak on The Role of Services in Indian Economy.
            Atul: Services have to come the engine of growth in Indian economy for the last two decades. Robuts performance in this sector is reflected in the country’s more than seven per cent growth on a consistent basis since the early 1990s. The higher Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth with rise in manufacturing output augments demand for services, which extends over transportation, communication, banking, insurance, real estate, trade, hotel management, tourism, telemarketing and off shoring of calls. The growth of all thee areas in the services sector particularly in Information Technology has been responsible for rapid strides of India’s economy. The world has started looking at our country with a renewed respect. The developing countries of Asia and Africa look up to India for guidance and leadership.
            Chairman: Well Mr.Atul you know that it is the age of computers and e-Governance. How will you highlight the importance of Internet?
            Atual: I fully agree with you, Sir. E-Governance or Electronic Governance lies at the epicenter of IT revolution and Governance revolution. As for internet, over the course of last decade, it has successfully accommodated the majority of previously existing computer networks. It provides instant information in practically every filed on earth to the users. The internet protocols originate from discussions within Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and its working groups which are open to public participation and review.
            Chairman: There is no denying the fact, Mr.Atul that technology has developed by leaps and bounds in the country. But don’t you think that a large section of people have remained untouched by it? And if so, what is the use of such lop sided development?
            Atul: Sir, it is true and quite unfortunate that the benefits of technological development have not reached large sections of the population - those who live in abject poverty, unemployment and illiteracy. But it is equally true that with each passing year, more and more people are coming under the umbrella of technology-directly or indirectly.
            Taking the last part of your question, I think we cannot afford to miss out on the application of technology on as wide a base as we can though it may not cover our entire population. The developed sections of society have to be updated on latest applications to be on par with international standards.
            First Members: Can you call it the First War of Indian Independence?
            Atul: Although a number of heroic deeds were performed by some leaders of the revolt, the struggle can neither be called first of its kind nor a War of Independence. Truly speaking, it was a situation in which a number of local revolts had broken out almost at the same time, which had neither a coordinated plan of action nor any effective central leadership nor any well-defined goal.
            Second Member: Can you brief up the Telecommunications Policy?
            Atul: Telecommunications Policy is concerned with the changing roles of telecommunications in the economy and society. It provides a forum for research and debate amongst academics, policymakers, regulators, industry managers, consultants and other professionals. Its orientation is multidisciplinary and international, encompassing issues of both theory and practice. Its scope includes issues of telecom reform at national, regional and international levels, including issues confronting both developed and developing countries. It pays particular attention to the implications of convergence for knowledge infrastructure development, management and regulation.
            Second Member: What do you think about the white paper on subsidy?
            Atul: The Government of India has brought out a white paper on subsidy which discusses the various aspects of subsidy, distribution in our country. Since independence, we have taken the load of giving subsidy to the needy ones. This is rising in proportion gradually and things have come to a stage of no return. This is really unfortunate.
            Third Member: Atul, don’t you think that in recent years a Management Degree has become a fad as it offers hefty pay packets at the end of three years, and you don’t have to run after corporate houses. Instead, they run after you.
            Atul: Sir, this may be true to a large extent, as seen from the proliferation of Management Institutes across the country. But, for the few with a clear vision, Management as a career that helps us realize our dreams. One of the biggest advantages with this career option is that, as compared to others which generally prepares specialists in their respective areas alone, an MBA degree makes for generalists as well as specialists. It gives us a holistic perspective. A management expert takes strategic plans and, at the same time, has the authority to execute them. He/she must be a charismatic leader, be creative and willing to accept challenges in the fast-changing business environment.
            Third Member: What are the skills required for a successful management expert, Atul?
            Atul: Sir, in my opinion, a successful management expert requires the combination of several skills, whether he belongs to a business organization, an educational institution, a hospital or a club. A manager is successful only when he is able to weld together a smooth functioning team of people working under him. He is there to motivate, guide, coordinate, and apprize the various viewpoints and talents of people working with him towards the attainment of pre-determined goals.
            Third Member: Can you enumerate some of these skills, Atul?
            Atul: Sir, I can broadly classify these skills into three categories, namely, Conceptual skills, human skills and technical skills. Conceptual skills deal with ideas, human skills with persons and technical skills with the jobs or assignments. These skills are inter-related and all managers require these.
            Chairman: Good! What are the various managerial roles?
            Atul: Sir, Henry Mintzberg has conducted a comprehensive survey on the subject of managerial roles and integrated his findings with the results of a study of practicing chief executives. He has classified them under three heads, viz., inter-personnel information and decisional. These roles-organized sets of behaviors, belonging to a position, describe what managers actually do. In my opinion, the work of managers at all levels is extremely complex and open-ended at times it is more artistic than scientific.
            (Comments: It is obvious that the candidate is conversant with the career he has opted for. He possess the requisite background information and is able to present it in a concise manner to the Interview Board. He is confident and full of poise while expressing his views.)
            Fourth Member: What is the Enactment of the Right to Information Act (RTI) Act?
            Atul: The enactment of the RTI Act is a laudable step. It covers not only the public sector but also Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and the private sector to some extent. It has various other positive features like the provision of First and Second Appellate Authorities.
            It is also one of the toughest legislations in the world as it is the only RTI Act imposing penalty for any contravention of its provisions. After four years of its implementation, it can be said that the response to this Act has been very positive. People are learning the importance of the power of information. That is why every section has been seeking information from the authorities.
            Public Authorities and Public Information Officers are becoming increasingly aware of their responsibilities. It has been a learning experience for each entity involved in the working of the law.
            Fourth Member: Do you have any idea about the recently approved Direct Taxes Bill.
            Atul: Direct Taxes Code is an attempt to reduce the tax burden, broaden the base and simplify the complicate system. In all these set goals it succeeds only moderately. The DTC Bill, unless amended by a standing committee of Parliament, exempts an annual income up to Rs.2 lakh from tax against Rs.1.60 lakh at present. For women and senior citizens the tax exemption limit moves Rs.2.50 lakh. The original version of the Direct Taxes Code, first unveiled in August last year, was much more ambitious in lowering the tax burden as it had proposed a 10 percent tax slab up to an income of Rs.10 lakh, 20 per cent up to Rs.25 lakh and 30 per cent for incomes above that. This was widely hailed as a revolutionary, much-needed and long-due piece of tax reform.
            Fifth Member: You must have heard about nanotechnology. Can you define this technology?
            Atul: Yes Sir. Nanotechnology is the study of phenomena and fine-tuning of materials at atomic, molecular and macromolecular scales, where properties differ significantly from those at a larger scale. products based on nanotechnology are already in use and analysts expect markets to grow by hundreds of billions of euros during this decade. These advances can contribute to the European Union’s growth, competitiveness and sustainable development objectives and many of its policies including public health, employment and occupational safety and health, information society, industry, innovation, environment, energy, transport, security and space.
            Fifth Member: What do you think of India’s relations with its neighbours, Atul?
            Atul: Sir, India’s relations with its immediate neighbours have been smooth sailing so far, except for Pakistan because history has determined a path of eternal confronation with that country every since Independents. India’s relations with its other neighbours, viz., Bhutan, Nepal, Myanmar and Bangladesh are understood to have hit an even keel in the past decade.
            Chairman: Thank you, Mr.Atul Sinha. Your interview is over. You may go now. Wish you the best of luck.
            Atul: Thank you, Sir.
            (Comments: The candidate now softly withdraws from the interview room with the same confidence and poise, and the same faint smile playing on his lips, but without any signs of arrogance or self-aggrandizement).
            Concluding comments: Atul Sinha has given a good account of himself. He has carried himself well during the entire course of this important occasion. The Board Members asked him questions on a variety of subjects from different fields. He was able to answer each question convincingly bears testimony to his hard work and earnest preparations which have given him a decent all-round knowledge. He is sure to be selected and is likely to open for himself, floodgates of opportunities after doing his MBA.  (Though this is with special reference to MBA the learning can be applied for other interviews also.)
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