ISB Interview: Top 5 mistakes

Getting that interview call seems like you are almost there, isn’t it? Well, it’s not quite!

2 out of 3 people, who make it to the interviews, do NOT make it to top schools like ISB. Hence, it is extremely important for one to leave a lasting impression on the interviewer(s).

Based on our experience of interviewing candidates each year as well as from our ISB interview experiences, here are the top 5 mistakes you should avoid in your interview:

  1. Lack of structure and consistency: Structure is very important, be it written communication, or oral communication. It is important to not just jump from one point to another. There has to be a flow to it that must make sense. Also, deviating from what is mentioned in your application, or from what you have said earlier in the interview is a big turn off. Consistency is what an interviewer looks for.
  2. Repetition: Throughout your interview, the interviewer wants to get to know as much about you as possible and how you would add value to their community. While maintaining coherence, try to cover as many different aspects about yourself as you can, rather than repeating the same points over and over again for various different questions.
  3. Not adding a personal touch: The biggest advantage of a Face-Face interview is that you can actually show your passion for what you want to do through your body language. While talking to the interviewer, try to make it a conversation rather than a question-answer session and show different aspects to you personality along with your professional achievements and goals.
  4. Falling into the interviewer’s trap: This is true for any interview, whether or not ISB or any other B-school. One of two things can happen, you can either lead the interviewer into asking you questions you want to be asked, or follow his trail and let him ask the questions he desires. Your next question almost always depends on the answer to your previous question.
  5. Not asking a question at the end: One of the most common mistakes that candidates make is that they don’t ask any questions at the end. An interviewer almost always asks if the candidate has any questions. Always ask a question! This shows curiosity and interest, and if the right question is asked, it adds brownie points to the interview.

Avoiding these mistakes give you an edge over the other candidates who commit the same. So just be yourself and don’t try too hard to impress the panel. You should make the cut!

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