by Sehajdeep Singh, IIFT Delhi
Many students are confused as to how to prepare for GDPI and WAT after the written exam is over. Selection in an MBA institute depends not only on the entrance exams but also on the performance on the day of the interview. Although the written exam constitutes a major portion of the selection at IIFT, preparing for other components which include group discussion, essay writing and personal interview is significantly important.
Advice for GD Preparation
Most of the people start their preparation for GDPI after the IIFT exam is over. But that is very risky as the student does not get enough time to prepare afterwards since the time gap between the end of written exam and the start of interviews is very less. So, I started preparing along with my written exam preparation.
I had joined TIME coaching institute and every month we used to get a magazine where important developments and issues in the field of economics, politics, technology, environment and society were given in detail along with facts and figures of macroeconomic indicators as well. I used to thoroughly read the magazine and memorise important figures from the same. Apart from that, I had installed Economic Times and The Hindu news app on my phone and I continuously used to read news whenever I used to get time. It not only improved my GK but also improved my verbal skills as well.
Thirdly, I had subscribed to Project Syndicate and Investopedia newsletters. All the important financial and economic terms and news used to come to my mailbox through those newsletters which greatly increased my knowledge and helped me get an upper hand in GDs and essay writing. So, for GDs and essays, I would advise students to follow the above websites and magazines.
The speciality of IIFT’s GDs is that each person gets to speak for about 1 minute and then the discussion starts and each person also gets to conclude for a minute and then the discussion ends. So, there would never be a situation where the student complains about not getting a chance to speak.
I advise the students to do extensive reading before the day of GD so that they do not fall short of any points while speaking. Content is the most important part of the GD and falling short of it will give a very bad impression.
Lastly, give as many mock GDs as possible with your friends or in your coaching institute to have an upper edge in your preparation.
Advice for Interview Preparation
Firstly, there were some basic questions which were asked – like, tell me about yourself, strengths, weaknesses and hobbies. I suggest students should thoroughly prepare answers to these questions and the answers to these questions should be on their tips. I was majorly asked questions on my work experience and hence, I advise students with work experience to be prepared extensively for questions on the same.
Secondly, when the interviewer asks to tell me about yourself, always end the talk at something you feel you are comfortable with and are ready to face follow-up questions on the same. Keep the tell me about yourself part to a maximum of 2 minutes.
Also, give mock interviews to know your preparation and get feedback on your performance regularly for improvement. Lastly, watch mock interview videos on the internet to see how other candidates give interviews and what can you learn from the same.
I believe if a candidate follows all these tips, cracking IIFT would not be so difficult.
Sehajdeep Singh is a student of Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, Delhi.
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