Written Ability Test (WAT) in IIMs, IIFT and other prestigious B-schools is a 15 to 20 minutes essay writing or caselet that may be followed by group discussion and personal interview.
Group Discussion (GD) is a methodology used by an management institutes to gauge whether the candidate has certain personality traits and skills required in management education. Group of candidates (Group ranges from 5 to 15 members) is given a topic or a situation, given a few minutes (Generally upto 2 minutes only) to think about the same, and then asked to discuss it among themselves for about 10 to 20 minutes.
Group Discussions can be topic-based or case-based.
MBA aspirants shortlisted by the top B-schools must be prepared with the latest and most important WAT and GD topics in order to sail through the rounds successfully and convert the calls. The GD topics for MBA can range from anything and everything and can vary from different sectors of news and information.
What to do and not-to-do in a Group Discussion to successfully clear it.
The Group Discussion that is conducted in the B-School admission process can be of several types. Group Discussion on a Case Study is a growing form of GD at the top B-schools.
Personal Interview, the name itself can make anyone nervous and jittery about the process. But it is not the interview which makes nervous, it is the fear of failing or not answering the questions correctly in the correct manner which makes nervous. And feeling nervous in the interview, there are very less chances (term taken from Probability) for success.
Mental fear of the unknown is often what produces the physical symptoms of nervousness. In addition to preparing yourself physically, you also need to prepare yourself mentally. The best way to prepare mentally is to know what may be coming. Fear of the unknown can only exist when there is an unknown. Take the time to understand some of the interview questions.
Tell me about yourself is one of the most common interview question. The moment you enter room and sit down, one of the member from the interviewing panel may ask you: Please introduce yourself. or Tell me something about yourself.