Let’s break the myth first.
No, B-school interviews aren’t scary. They are not even meant to be in the first place. What is meant to be a conversation between the panellists and the interviewee is often misconstrued as an excruciating process. This is the first misstep.
There will, of course, be plentiful stories online which portray a skewed picture of what took place during the interviews. Not undermining any of those accounts, we strongly feel that the contextual lacking in the portrayal can make you unnecessarily dreadful of an interview (which of course, is a make or break). The best thing about these interviews is that they are fluid. There’s no pre-decided script even at the panellists end (confirmed by a plethora of candidates who have undergone this process), which makes it really interesting.
The biggest take-away is that the ball is in your court. This means that you can determine how you want to take it forward. To put it simply – you can make them ask the questions you want. How can this unfold is explained later on in the article.
The first and foremost requirement is to cover your bases. Have a solid grip on your domain subject(s) and be thorough with your prior work experience (if any). You should be able to walk the panelists’ through various scenarios you might have encountered at work and be succinct; you cannot afford to fumble here. Also, remember that questions may be centered around extremely basic ideas that test your concepts!
Next in your preparation, cover current affairs and major historical events (India as well as worldwide). The idea is to be abreast of significant happenings in the world and your views on the same. One of us (Yash) was asked to speak on four topics of interest in the IIM Ahmedabad interview, where I mentioned Indian Politics, Global Economy, Global Politics, etc. I was then asked to explain the different ways in which Brexi