March 27, 2018

With an increasing number of reputed multinationals and new ventures all looking to hire the best among the rest, there is no denying the fact that with time, job interviews have turned into extremely grueling sessions. This especially holds true for management graduates as management is considered to be one of the most important aspects for the growth of any business. The interviews conducted for the budding business administrators and managers are primarily focused on their ability to delegate tasks, lead groups, and efficiently perform several other management duties. In terms of management interviews, the questions may vary widely from sector to sector. The exact questions might change according to the job you are applying for but the pattern more or less remains the same. In this article below, you will find some of the most common interview questions that are asked to management graduates.

  • What is your reason for wanting this job?

One of the major reasons for asking this question is to gauge if you are someone who is really interested in this particular position or can go for any job that comes your way.  You can answer this by highlighting certain specific aspects of the job description and how those particular aspects make you excited about the job. It helps if you keep the latest information and news about the company and incorporate how knowing those aspects motivated you to take the job.

  • What challenges do you expect to face in this role?

The aim of this question is to judge if you are someone who can take the challenges head-on. In this question, you need to show how your skills can help you to solve the problems and deliver better results. See to it that you create your answer based on how challenges excite you and motivate you to do better. No company wants an employee who fibs, and they would rather want to see that you are ready to take tough decisions and get the job done.

  • What do you think your objective will be for this role?

This question is put forward to see if you have a clear understanding of the job. The interviewers need to know that being a new management graduate whether you have an accurate understanding of the responsibilities, the scope of career progression, the hours, and the day-to-day workings. Since you are going straight to the job after your management education, you need to confirm that you know what you are getting into.

  • What would you do if your team members are under-performing?

This is just one example of the hypothetical questions that can be asked to work out how well you can think on your feet. A management graduate is expected to be spontaneous in his/her responses and thinking when faced with a problem. A question like this one assesses your ability to manage the people. These questions have no set answer and they are basically based on the situations that you may come across upon entering the job role.

  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?

Do not go for generic answers like “I’m too hard working” or “I’m too much of a perfectionist.” The employers are looking to get real answers and not the same old things that they have heard a million times before. Mention your actual strengths and how they make you fit for the job at hand. In terms of weaknesses, mention a weakness that is relatively small and fixable. Show that you are working to fix the problems actively.

  • Why should the company hire you?

This question is what you need to use as an opportunity and not a hurdle. The company wants to know what makes you a better manager than the other candidates out there. Show how your management skills are better honed and what internship projects you have availed. Give an idea of how you are a team worker who can effectively manage projects and delegate time as necessary. Bring out and show your skills and achievements in the discussion.

  • Do you have any questions for us or about the company?

You need to tread really carefully on this question. You would want to know about the company but not appear as if you are judging them. You can come up with questions about the company and your role as an MBA graduate. Ask them about the main focus of the company at the present moment, the amount of autonomy your team gets, and what the biggest challenges are that you as a management graduate will face.

A management graduates’ interview questions can be tough, but with the right preparation, the interview process can be handled with a lot of professionalism and grace. We, at the K.R. Mangalam University, understand that a dream job is the ultimate destination of all the skills inculcated and ideas learned. To that end, through academics and practical experiences, we begin preparing our students from the very first semester itself. So by the time they are at the end of their management course, they are fully prepared to face all and any interviews coming their way. Add to that the efficiency of our placement cell that has been working by the hour to bring in new job opportunities for our students. Apart from the esteemed regular recruiters, the placement cell sees to it that a number of new recruiters also come into the campus each year.

We, at the K.R. Mangalam University, understand that just bringing in the companies is not enough and the students need to be groomed to perfection to handle the interview pressure. For that, several events are organized throughout the year by the placement cell in cooperation with the mentor group. These events include corporate talk shows, internships, guest lectures, live projects, case studies, and many others. The honored guests at these events are the top-ranked working professionals in the business world. Knowing their ideas, facing their questions, and just listening to them brings in a clear perspective in the budding managers about what to expect in future. These inputs, together with the support from our mentors, have made our students prove their mettle to the recruiters every year.

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